The quality of the writing in this series varies greatly from chapter to chapter. Maybe what they say is true, and there were several writers working...moreThe quality of the writing in this series varies greatly from chapter to chapter. Maybe what they say is true, and there were several writers working on this. But while in the previous two we got some vivid, well-written chapters in between mediocre ones, this book seemed much more imbalanced. Don't get me wrong, there were still some chapters that made the book worth reading (and not just so we can know how the series ends).
Personally, what I find terrifying is not so much the concept of scary monsters, but the potential in all of us (maybe the person sitting right next to you on the bus, maybe a member of your family) to commit terrible acts. If you compare how vital it was, how we felt the need for Reggie to save her brother in the first book and all the implications of her possible failure (the destruction of her family, continuous hurt inflicted by someone you love and still feel a visceral need to protect) with the much more cliché and impersonal off-to-save-the-world thing, I think the majority would feel a more primal response to the first one. The book suffered from a lack of the more personal and relatable side of the characters.
That aside, it's still a good trilogy and I recommend it. (less)
It's perfectly fine to like problematic things, as long as you realise they are problematic, and this is the case. See, Jareth is my favourite male c...more
It's perfectly fine to like problematic things, as long as you realise they are problematic, and this is the case. See, Jareth is my favourite male character but I wouldn't date him - I know better than that. His behaviour was sketchy to say the least, there is the bright point, however, of Sarah realising this and not letting herself fall for him or any of his tricks (oops! spoilers! for anyone who hasn't watched Labyrinth, but if you haven't stop whatever you're doing and go watch it and read it). Sarah's tale is one of growth, she leaves childhood behind and accepts she must become a young lady (though it's mentioned that childish things have a place in grown up life, as well). Jareth's role is pretty much that of the big bad wolf - he's there to tempt, to represent the awakening sexuality, running away from responsibility, and other very important things which I won't discuss because I want to focus on other things.
No, not the bulge.
...it speaks for itself.
I mean Jareth, the character. Sarah is annoyed at having to babysit her brother and wishes him away, wishes he'd be taken by the Goblin King. And Jareth just shows up all sparkly and fabulous, like
And tells her she has to beat his labyrinth if she wants her baby brother back. The thing is, Jareth is always cruel. He never hides this. And he mocks Sarah - mostly with reason. And he's creepy. But he's right about many things. And he always shows Sarah she should be better, that she's not exactly the heroine because, as he mentioned:
"Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn't that generous?"
But just because a guy is super powerful, and hot, and offers to place the sky within your eyes, the moon within your heart, paint you mornings of gold, and promises he'll be there for you as the world falls down... doesn't mean you should take him up on it if he's a creep.
I mean this...
This isn't healthy.
And Sarah was totally right when she told him:
And left. So YAY for girl power and ladies saying no and meaning NO!
But even realising all this I still go... Man, I would have left that baby behind for him. And that's problematic. But I realise it and accept it only in fiction, so it's okay.