I wrote a long review but I deleted it because I rambled on and on about fan identity, perception of fandom, and fan memories. Too much.
Instead, I amI wrote a long review but I deleted it because I rambled on and on about fan identity, perception of fandom, and fan memories. Too much.
Instead, I am just going to say that I just finished this book and I loved it. I relate so much to Cath it's borderline scary. The escape into fandom, fanfiction, the end of canon. Just... floods and floods of memories of my undergraduate years and my active HP years.
Loved how Rowell explored fandom, fangirl, fan identity etc etc. Less judgment, more understanding.
I'm so bursting with effusions for this book but I cannot put them to words yet. Short summary - this book is made for any HP fans who was/is active in fandom. Beautiful!...more
**spoiler alert** I think I can finally put a finger on why I despise the series so much. Despite a good attempt of a plot, which at best is predictab**spoiler alert** I think I can finally put a finger on why I despise the series so much. Despite a good attempt of a plot, which at best is predictable and mediocre, I think the reason I despise the books is because the way the author over-describe everything with little relevance to plot.
I say this because a seasoned reader will know that one of the joys of reading lies in the freedom it gives you to imagine this world the author has created. Too brief in description can be lacking, but an excess in it can be too restrictive - and that is what I don't like. The author went into so miniscule details that at most times, I feel like I'm being dumbed down.
For example, one scene when Eragon called upon this Elf Queen. Yes, she appeared, that's good, but it is not so good to know that she appeared standing at this angle, wearing this and that. I kid you know, he described the angle of how the character was standing, as if trying to ensure that what the readers have in their minds MUST match what he had in mind when writing it. No freedom for the readers to add their own to the storyworld (i.e. remember the Balrog? Wings or no wings... such a debate as rivalled by nothing else!) and personally for me, makes me want to just slap the author and tell him to get on with the bloody story already.
Another example... he spent a whole chapter describing about how Eragon & Saphira helped made a sword. No kidding. One whole chapter of how the forge looked like, how long it took them to stoke the fire, explaining the process of softening the metal, how many times they heated and folded the bright steel (SIX times if you must know!), how long the handle was (seven foot!), shift his arm here, move the arm there. GUH. An elf made a sword, the sword is mighty, end of chapter. It worked for Tolkien, it should work for everyone else. I do not need to know the minutiae of every step in wielding tools to make a sword. Does the dark ash-grain clay solution that they dried with a quick incantation have anything to do with the story unfolding? Not really, just another barrage of over-indulged prose. Yes, Paolini, you did your research, well done, thank you Google. Now get on with the story already.
Apart from the dry descriptive narrative, in terms of plot and character development, there wasn't really much happening here. The varden is in wait, Eragon freed some blind guy, everybody waited with baited breath for the mighty Eragon's return, lots of over the top superficial war politics, long wedding scene, one battle with the evil brother, heart to heart chat with his master, Eragon got a sword, someone died, that's it. No development in terms of the big story arc with Galbatorix, and quite frankly, no clear plot that makes the book a stand-alone book worthy of publication.
Character-wise? Let's just say in summary, everything that was previously impossible is possible if it was Eragon, because he's the wonderboy who defies apparently everything.
I have yet to read the last instalment of the series, but I can already guess how it's going to turn out - wonderboy will save the world flawlessly (because, really, when is Eragon ever at fault for anything? At least Harry Potter was emo in Book 5 so bad that I want Voldemort to just kill him and end all the CAPSLOCK! But Eragon? The ground he walked on turned to gold dust). Along the way, he'll somehow work that frustrated school-boy crush and live happily in love or something. His world will continue in peace, happily ever after and hopefully will bless us with no more of his adventures....more
My review will pretty much be similar with most other positive review. I didn't expect to, but I ended up really enjoying the story, whizzing through
My review will pretty much be similar with most other positive review. I didn't expect to, but I ended up really enjoying the story, whizzing through the bulk of it in the one day for the want of returning to it every time I put it down.
My only hang up which held me back from giving it a fifth star is the unfolding of stories in the second half of the book. The first half had such a good pace and exposed the plotline so excitingly but it sort of halted midway (not going to explain further as I don't want to spoil the story). The second half is more exposition than action, and it left me a little frustrated.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with explaining backstories and crafting the bigger picture, but I wish there was some sort of stand-alone climax and denouement that made it book one in a trilogy, instead of just the first chunk of story out of a three-part one-story book, which seems to be in vogue with YA nowadays. Having said that, I look forward to reading more and finding out what is to happen with Karou & Akiva. Bring on part two......more