I wrote a paper on this, so I get it more now. I think I love her wording more than anything, and the way her personality comes through in this book..I wrote a paper on this, so I get it more now. I think I love her wording more than anything, and the way her personality comes through in this book.. as if the biographer and narrator and protagonist all share blood.
I do still actually criticize some of her ideas. She has a bit of an elitist edge, inability to see past her class. Aristocratic stories are also really boring, so even though Orlando is an interesting experiment and a dedicated writer, showing us the downfalls of being a woman who makes art in a man's world... she really does fail to see class (and probably race... free use of n word makes for uncomfortable).
In A Room of One's Own Virginia her elitism really does start coming through. It's a logical concept to have some way of supporting yourself in order to fund your other passions, but to say that anger doesn't produce good art and that angry women are clouding their judgment. I dunno, she really lucked out in some ways and doesn't acknowledge it at all....more
I did not expect that plot at all when I started reading it. I just picked it up because it was Sam Kieth. It threw me off, was very uncomfortable, anI did not expect that plot at all when I started reading it. I just picked it up because it was Sam Kieth. It threw me off, was very uncomfortable, and seemed to me a tad bit too .... not sure what. So okay, here is a man trying to tell a rape story from the woman's point of view, and he completely missed out on the pain. He showed the fear well, but not really the pain. I found aspects really unrealistic and as it was his attempt at telling a realistic story for once fell short in actually realistically telling it. He showed sacrifice and cowardice at the same time well but it wasn't entirely believable. He did some aspects really well, though. The story between the women was fantastic, as was the suspense. The men ....well, even sadists have personalities and aren't necessarily just brutish balding muscular freaks, but I understand that isn't what needs to be shown, especially not when a man is writing a rape story. Overall it was good, and may sink in and seem way better after a few days of thinking about it....more
When I was 12 years old I read everything Christopher Pike wrote. I loved this series of novels (6, and I have learned there is as of last year a 7, wWhen I was 12 years old I read everything Christopher Pike wrote. I loved this series of novels (6, and I have learned there is as of last year a 7, which makes me sad because it appears to be some kind of vampire-wagon-jumping. You broke, Pikey?) Anyway, so I actually loved all of his books but I'm not going to list them all. I'm also skeptical to ever read them again because miniature Zena was not exactly a good judge of literature and I don't feel like ruining the experience in my head. So, knowing they may actually suck now, I'm still going to rate this 5 stars because that's what my 12 year old self would have done, for every single one of them....more
I'm re-reading The Sandman! I intend to re-read all of it, but my attention span frequently gets in the way of such things. Mostly doing this becauseI'm re-reading The Sandman! I intend to re-read all of it, but my attention span frequently gets in the way of such things. Mostly doing this because Sam Kieth does the artwork in the first 5 or so issues (first volume), and I recall having an idea or two about that. I'm not sure it ever was a good idea. Sam has his own style and I think he works best when he's also doing the writing. His version of horror tends to be a bit absurd and surreal as well, really interesting and sometimes believable. Gaiman is a little bit of horror and gorey, though he tries hard to make the most of things and you know, add a dreamy philosophical aspect, but usually he just steals creatures, monsters, and gods from other stories and puts his own spin on it. It's not nearly as original as I used to think. More ranting later....more