I dunno, y'all. This story rubbed me entirely the wrong way in a lot of places. It feels a little like a slap in the face of the original purpose behiI dunno, y'all. This story rubbed me entirely the wrong way in a lot of places. It feels a little like a slap in the face of the original purpose behind her character and world. Instead of an island of women raising one girl to be a compassionate, wise warrior who only draws her sword when talking doesn't work, they spoil her and make her conceited and mean. Instead of the Goddesses willingly creating Diana from sand, it's more like a happy accident that happens after Poseidon quiets the seas so he can listen to Hippolyta's song, thus letting it carry to Olympus where the gods hear it, all of them cry, and boom: instant baby, just add tears.
I dunno. I feel like there are ways to add depth and complexity to Diana without sending her into the exact opposite direction and then punishing her for shit a male character would get away with....more
1. Belle is told about the curse and figures out the Beast was human at one point, and she says she wants to br**spoiler alert** A few minor quibbles:
1. Belle is told about the curse and figures out the Beast was human at one point, and she says she wants to break the spell. This is then dropped and never picked back up in favor of focusing on her relationship with the Beast. Sad this thread was left hanging, as it made Belle into a much more pro-active character than she was in the original film.
2. In the original film, Beast isn't as much of a jerk as he is in this version. He went back up to Belle after tossing out her father, presumably to offer her a proper room, of his own volition -- Lumiere's suggestion happens after Beast is already on the way up. He also shows some remorse at hurting Belle for separating her from her father, and does try to be nice to her at first. Here, he's just a jerk right off, and the servants have to put things into motion (which makes the foundation of her relationship with Beast very rocky, as she's given a false idea of him by the servants.)
However I did like how the Beast was a book lover from the start, instead of Belle having to literally teach him to read all over again. This puts them more as equals instead of Belle being more like a nurturing, almost mother-esque figure to him. I also liked the revision to Gaston's backstory: him being a former soldier/war hero adds a great depth to him and his cruelty. The fleshing out of the subplot between him and Maurice felt a little like unnecessary padding, even as it does show how abusive Gaston truly is.
(I did sort of roll my eyes at the Beast's new backstory, though, and how it was used as an explanation for his behavior. Of course a woman is fridged to give manpain to TWO male characters!)
I also would have preferred to see Belle be more active in the final act; much like in the original film, she arrives late, then just sort of stands around while Beast and Gaston fight. It's no different here. Belle herself does seem to get a little lost in the second half of the book, which is a shame.
But overall, I'm still excited for the movie....more
If it hadn't been for the ending, I would give this five stars. But the ending was utter bullshit, so I won't.
(view spoiler)[Seriously? Alex should haIf it hadn't been for the ending, I would give this five stars. But the ending was utter bullshit, so I won't.
(view spoiler)[Seriously? Alex should have lived. Culture venerates male versions of her, like the Punisher, but the one girl Punisher-esque character has to get killed? Fuck that. (hide spoiler)]...more
Not bad, but there are two major logic plotholes that you have to ignore for the novel to work:
(view spoiler)[1. They never run a DNA test on Sarah. INot bad, but there are two major logic plotholes that you have to ignore for the novel to work:
(view spoiler)[1. They never run a DNA test on Sarah. I could be wrong, but I do believe this is police procedure, never mind getting confirmation from the family that the person is who they say they are. Especially because people claiming to be long lost kids or such for money is common enough to warrant a little caution.
2. Dead bodies float. Sarah's body would have eventually risen to the surface and been found. Even if it hadn't, the police would have searched the lake for a body. The novel tries to explain this away by saying the police had no reason to search the lake because Sarah's bike was found in the nearby park so they thought she disappeared from there, but no, sorry, the police still would have searched the lake. (hide spoiler)]...more