Month: July 2015
V for Vendetta, what could I possibly say that could describe the way I feel about you? The 2006 film V for Vendetta is my all-time favorite movie ever. To be perfectly honest, I cannot imagine that changing anytime soon. I suppose I knew going into this graphic novel that it would be a very difficult sell for me because of my adoration of the movie. That being said, there aren’t many things that are inherently wrong with this book, but overall, it just didn’t sit with me as well as its film version did.
Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
If you are not aware, V for Vendetta is an incredibly complex tale of a corrupt, fascist government and one man’s journey to bring it down. It follows a large group of characters from the mysterious, masked V, his young follower Evey, to an investigator by the name of Finch. There is a high level of complications within the government, betrayals, and schemes. As the reader, you are never quite certain with where it will lead. Read the rest of this entry »
Now, I found it very difficult to compile this list as I went along. The first few I feel passionate about, and the others I would definitely be interested in. However, for the most part, I like my series to be compact things. One series: no novellas, no companions, nothing else. But without further ado, onto the list!
- Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce BrownHe is just so sassy and loyal. I cannot help but think that whatever he does that isn’t in the Red Rising trilogy is incredibly fascinating. While I love Sevro, I do think that any side character that would be pulled from this series to create another book would be just as interesting. It really doesn’t matter who it is: Fitchner, Mustang, Jackal, whomever. I’d read those all.
- Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingWhile I think that most Harry Potter fans agree that they’d love to read anything else Harry Potter related, I love the fact that she hasn’t expanded it. Since finishing the series though, I love Severus Snape as a character. I know we get some background, but I would love to see an entire book about his life.
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I feel so conflicted about this book.
Now, I did this all in the wrong order. I actually saw this movie years ago before I was aware that this book existed at all. So, I tried to not allow the fact that I knew what was going to happen affect my opinions on the novel, and I’m pretty sure I succeeded. The reasons this wasn’t really my cup of tea had nothing to do with my prior knowledge of the book, but rather the details—or lack of details—that were present in the book.
The Time Traveler’s Wife chronicles the lives of Henry and Clare, a couple that love each other endlessly. To make things more complicated, Henry time travels involuntarily to other times and places. They must deal with his disappearances together as they travel through life as an unlikely couple.
Unfortunately, I love the idea of this book and my imagined version of the couple more than I actually like the book itself. There are a myriad of different things about the book that I don’t like from Henry kissing Clare while she is underage to the couple allowing a three year old child to sit in the front seat of a car to the billion references of the real world beyond the book in the form of bands, places, etc. Smaller things aggravated me as well, but with some of my bigger grievances, I cannot simply ignore the way they make me feel.
In this novel, there is essentially no character development or relationship development. I could not tell you anything about Clare more than that she cannot cook, is an artist, makes terrible friendships, and loves Henry. And why does she love Henry? I really, really wish I knew. I wish that the author had put an effort into making the development of the relationship beautiful because it could’ve been such a moving story. The entire buildup of the relationship from Henry’s side isn’t in the book. It’s like one second they meet; in the next, they’re having sex. Magically, after that, they’re in love. That just isn’t realistic. More than that, when Clare is asked why she is going to marry Henry, she says that they have great sex. Really, Audrey Niffenegger? Why couldn’t you have taken that opportunity to give their relationship some more depth?
More than just Clare and Henry though, none of the interpersonal relationships in this book make a whole lot of sense. Clare makes these despicable friends, and I have no idea why she likes these rude, manipulative people. For that matter, I don’t know why Henry and Gomez are friends. I think Gomez is disgusting and disgraceful. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know why. Additionally, by the end of the book, there are so many different characters that I couldn’t remember who they all were. Oops.
One of the last things that bugged me about the novel is the way that Henry and Clare approach life. Since they know portions of the future, they’re very casual about life and living. They don’t really try to do anything; they just relax and let things happen. To me, it just felt like they were taking life for granted, and life is this beautiful, strange occurrence that we should appreciate.
Anyway, I truly am split in the way I feel about this novel. I was very moved by it at the end, but I didn’t feel much during the beginning and middle. I wanted to see the couple go through more happy times, and I just feel like they experience so much despair. It saddens me that so much of their lives were wasted in anger rather than being content in their love together.
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