Your book was, as expected, an entertaining read for reasons that I'm sure you didn't intend, and it will be a long time before I...moreDear Stephenie Meyer,
Your book was, as expected, an entertaining read for reasons that I'm sure you didn't intend, and it will be a long time before I stop laughing about vampires that glitter in sunlight and make thunderous noises while playing baseball. Thank you.
There are, however, a couple of things I'd like to point out. Putting aside the terrible plot and ridiculous vampire rules - because really, those are so charmingly absurd - you have a problem with your protagonist's love interest. You keep describing him as courtly, gentlemanly; in essence a heartthrob straight out of Austen (or perhaps Bronte). At the same time, you reveal that he was born in San Francisco in 1901. There is no reason why he would speak like Rochester. I understand the desire to have a younger, sexier, less inhibited Darcy wandering around your vampire romance novel, but if you want a character who speaks as though he's from the early nineteenth century, make him from the early nineteenth century. There's already an eighty-odd age gap between your characters; is another hundred years really going to make it that much worse?
On a point of local pedantry, your heroine keeps thinking that she should drive all the way to Seattle in order to find a decent bookstore. This in itself is ridiculous; while Forks is indeed the back of beyond, I assure you, there are closer bookstores. Also, there's Amazon. Maybe you should just come up with a different plot point to get her driving to Seattle - she could be homesick for an urban environment, for example. In any case, she would certainly not drive the route you picked for her. Nobody drives all the way around the Sound instead of just taking the ferry across. Admittedly, I was surprised that the route you picked would only take about an hour longer than the normal way, but really, if I were going to spend four and a half hours driving to a bookstore, I would go to Portland instead. It's only ten more minutes, and you could go to Powells! I love Seattle, but believe me, we don't have anything as good as Powells.
Let me leave you with one more thought: subplot. It's this fantastic new concept that involves having more than one thing going on in your books. You should try it. In the mean while, thanks for the sparkly vampires. They made me laugh.
I have very little to say about this book, except:
- Neil Gaiman watched far too much Doctor Who as a child (or perhaps exactly the right amount). - I l...moreI have very little to say about this book, except:
- Neil Gaiman watched far too much Doctor Who as a child (or perhaps exactly the right amount). - I love Coraline's parents more than I probably should. - You should read this. Unless you are particularly prone to nightmares that will not be thwarted by the heroine outwitting the nightmarish bits.(less)
**spoiler alert** Being a teen is stressful. Finding out that you're a teen with magical powers is even more stressful, especially as you start to int...more**spoiler alert** Being a teen is stressful. Finding out that you're a teen with magical powers is even more stressful, especially as you start to integrate with the magical community that lives in side-by-side with the ordinary citizens of a major city. Then, of course, there's the discovery that the evil overlord that the magical community thought they had defeated twenty years ago is still alive and about to try to take over the world again. Don't worry, though - your stalwart adolescent companions will help you out, blithely ignoring any help that adults might give you.
Sound familiar? A former Harry Potter fanfiction author might at least have chosen to name the evil overlord with a name that doesn't start with V. But hey, why stick to one fandom? Let's switch.
You're young and thrown into a battle against an evil overlord who has ambitions of galactic proportions. At least your crush is at your side. Things aren't looking so great when you find out that the evil overlord is really your father. It's just going to get worse, though - there is another. Turns out, your crush is also the child of the evil overlord. Eeep. Han Solo, can you resolve this love triangle?
OK, so Han Solo isn't around. But your family friend, the local business-owner who's been like a father to you since you moved into town when you were about ten, is still here to give you advice. He and your mom keep saying they're not interested in each other, but you're pretty sure that Luke's been pining after your mom for a long time. You'll probably have to wait until fourth season to find out. In the meanwhile, drink up - he makes a damn good cup of coffee.
Clare may make free use of other people's plot twists and characterizations, but there's plenty of originality in here to keep you busy, especially if you've never read her fanfiction. She's got some great witty banter reminiscent of Joss Whedon, although she'd do well to pay a bit more attention to characterization and appropriate timing before dropping banter into any and every conversation. Is this high quality fantasy? Well, no. It's still fun, though - and it beats Twilight hands down.(less)
**spoiler alert** Girl meets demon-hunter. Girl falls for demon-hunter. Demon-hunter turns out to be girl's brother. Girl decides to pay attention to...more**spoiler alert** Girl meets demon-hunter. Girl falls for demon-hunter. Demon-hunter turns out to be girl's brother. Girl decides to pay attention to that nice vampire who's been pining after her instead.
Vampire finally gets the girl. Vampire notices that the girl is still batting her eyes at her brother the demon-hunter. Vampire meets werewolf. Now vampire has someone to bat eyes at, too! Good for vampire. But will the epic struggle between werewolves and vampires get in their way?
Oh, and in the mean time, the fight against the evil overlord continues. Will light triumph over darkness? And how many boys will fall in love with our protagonist before the book ends?
("Meg, are you reading Twilight fanfiction again?")
("What do you mean, again? The original was bad enough!")(less)
Cassandra Clare managed to surprise me with this one. I'd resolved to read this mainly because I'm a completionist, but I expected another tediously p...moreCassandra Clare managed to surprise me with this one. I'd resolved to read this mainly because I'm a completionist, but I expected another tediously predictable read. About half way through, Clare blew me away by allowing her fun-but-stereotypical-YA-fantasy-heroine to do something that (a) I hadn't anticipated nearly 100 pages before and that (b) represented genuine character development, rather than sudden out-of-character behavior for the sake of the plot. From that point on, her writing managed to draw me far enough into the novel to drown out the voice of the internal critic that had distracted me throughout the first two novels. It helped that the plot stops echoing other stories quite so much, and becomes intriguingly original.
I still like Clare's fanfiction better. Pity. But I'll still track down her next book. She's got potential - and despite the Meyer quote on the front cover of this book, at least this series was a million times better than Twilight.(less)
I highly recommend this for anyone who lives in DC - the author describes the area so well that I can almost picture exactly where in Georgetown the b...moreI highly recommend this for anyone who lives in DC - the author describes the area so well that I can almost picture exactly where in Georgetown the book is supposed to take place. (If I knew Georgetown better, of course, I could picture it exactly ... :-) ). I also loved the scene in which the kids (invisible to adults) go roller-skating through the National Gallery. That's now on my to-do list if I ever develop magical powers.(less)