The Wildwood series is quickly becoming one of my favorite book series. In the words of Taylor Swift, like, ever. I read the first one because I'm a bThe Wildwood series is quickly becoming one of my favorite book series. In the words of Taylor Swift, like, ever. I read the first one because I'm a big fan of Colin Meloy's music, and it was on sale in the Kindle store. It seemed like the fates were smiling down on me, and telling me it was finally time to read his debut novel. I was totally blown away. It was so much better than I expected. I bought Under Wildwood before I even finished Wildwood. Although I felt Wildwood was a slightly stronger novel, I still really liked Under Wildwood. It's just that I really hate waiting for the third book.
My favorite part about both books so far, and especially about this one, is how many strong female characters there are. Before I read the first book, I just assumed that the main character would be a boy, because that's just how books are. Instead, we're treated to Prue, Iphigenia and Alexandra, and then in the second book we get Elsie, Rachel, Martha and Darla too. These characters run the gamut of good and evil (or, really, misunderstood - Meloy has characters who do bad things but have their own good reasons for it), and I'm legitimately impressed with how well Meloy has balanced the genders of his characters. I especially love how independent many of the female characters are. Young girls are encouraged by society to stay meek, to not stand up for themselves, and to work in groups. They aren't taught to stand on their own and fight their own battles, so I really love that Meloy turned that on his head. Reading the Wildwood books in my late twenties is fine, and I enjoy them way more than I thougth I would, but I really wish that these books had been around 20 years ago so I could have read them as in impressionable youth. I don't know that they would have changed how I turned out, but I would have loved to be able to have Prue as a heroine....more
It took be a total of a few hours to read this, and all I got from it was 222 pages of proof that Mindy Kaling should be my best friend. She comparedIt took be a total of a few hours to read this, and all I got from it was 222 pages of proof that Mindy Kaling should be my best friend. She compared herself to Tina Fey/Bossypants, and I mean I guess that's okay, but I would definitely recommend this book to more people than I would Tina Fey's book. The laugh-out-louds were quieter but no less frequent, and Mindy Kaling did absolutely NO trash talking of other women. I really respect and love that.
In short, I think Mindy Kaling should change her name to Mindy Killed-It....more
I enjoyed Bossypants. I really did. It's a quick read, it's funny (I even laughed out loud during a train ride or two while reading it), and I guess II enjoyed Bossypants. I really did. It's a quick read, it's funny (I even laughed out loud during a train ride or two while reading it), and I guess I may have learned a thing or two (i.e., how Tina got her scar, but honestly I wasn't sure if that was a joke or not).
Some parts of the book made me angry, though. Angry enough to read passages to a friend and then rant about Tina Fey's not understanding and/or just plain ignoring sexism. There's a reasonably funny chapter where Tina responds to internet comments about her, so maybe she'll see this and respond to it in her next book. So:
Tina Fey, I think you're funny and I don't think you hate women. But sometimes I can't tell. Like how you say it's okay for men to not understand things like maxi pads that use a belt (you might be sad to know that women not much younger than you also don't understand these things unless they read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and then only if they read the original version and not the version Judy Blume edited to get rid of that part because 13 year-old girls no longer understood what a sanitary belt was), despite the fact that in order to enjoy comedy things including but not limited to SNL, women need to have a basic understanding of man things like jerking off. I know you say that there is no institutionalized sexism at Saturday Night Live, but less than 1/3 of the cast are women and less than 1/4 of the writers are women; with only a few exceptions, all the women who have ever been on the show have been thin, white and attractive, while some of the show's biggest and most successful stars have been ugly and/or fat men. But maybe we have different definitions of institutionalized sexism, T-dawg.
I also had a minor complaint about something that popped up a few times in the book: you referring to other women as whores, sluts and bitches. This was especially troubling to me in the chapter wherein you responded to internet comments. When jerkstore from perezhilton.com said you don't have a funny bone in your body, you quipped, "You know who does have a funny bone in her body? Your mom every night for a dollar." I won't deny that when I read that, I laughed. When I reread it to include it here, I laughed again. But I think that a wise young math teacher named Ms. Norbury might have a bone to pick with that comment. Remember when you wrote Mean Girls and one of your lines was "you all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it ok for guys to call you sluts and whores?" Because I do. But I guess maybe that whole concept is just fetch....more
First and foremost, I learned several nicknames for my cousin's daughter Harper, which I am not allowed to use in front of them, but my sister seems tFirst and foremost, I learned several nicknames for my cousin's daughter Harper, which I am not allowed to use in front of them, but my sister seems to enjoy. Especially calling her Atticus.
Um but it's a really good book and that actually surprises me, since so many "classics" are, in my opinion, incredibly boring and you might as well watch the damn movie and save yourself many hours. To Kill A Mockingbird, though, it's timeless....more
So I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I've never even seen a movie version of it. I don't like Jane Austen. The only Jane Austen thing I like is CluSo I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I've never even seen a movie version of it. I don't like Jane Austen. The only Jane Austen thing I like is Clueless. So I found the Jane Austeny bits a little boring. There were, however, some pretty rad fight scenes in it, and a couple of ball jokes to hold my attention. I particularly liked the questions for discussion at the end of the book. They really got my brain juices flowing, so I guess it's good that it's fiction....more