I always tell myself I'm done with shojo/shoujo. It's been years since I was a wide-eyed teenage girl and I just can't buy into this toxic romantic trI always tell myself I'm done with shojo/shoujo. It's been years since I was a wide-eyed teenage girl and I just can't buy into this toxic romantic tropes that try to sell "rape, manipulation and submission" as love, when there's countless studies out there that prove how damaging this actually is. The fact that this came from Japan is not an excuse, but rather an example of the sad state of media in that country; a country that still thinks women are lesser, or that they need to be lesser to be attractive protagonists (less intelligent, less experienced - take a look at the disgusting Itazura na Kiss manga, which granted is not as misgonistic as this one) and that they should submit to men and this somehow makes them "strong"; cultural and moral relativism are just unfonded, silly theories and the laughing stock of any professional philosopher after all.
This is manga is your steorotypical shoujo. The misoginistic tropes, the misgonistic male leads, the "virginal", "shy" braind dead heroine and the weak plot barely held together with potential rape scenes (of course) in every other page. "Brooding, coocky controlling wannabe alpha male" are not sexy, they only make want to grab them by the seam of their clothes and throw them to the floor, judo style, then stomp on their necks like they show you on self-defence classes, and save other women from having to deal with these misoginists.
Don't get me wrong, as someone who has dealt with abusive relationships in the past I think is important to write about them, to explore what makes them that way and how one can cope or even escape them... the problem with this type of books/manga is that they try to portray absurd power imbalances and abusive relationship as something desirable, as the norm, and that is something I'll always condemn. (Take the new Marvel TV show for example: Killgrave is a rapist and a misoginist, he's the villan and at the end of the series (view spoiler)[Jessica breaks his neck, a fitting punishment for all the pain he caused to other people and to her (hide spoiler)], now that is a good story).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Meyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't cMeyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't changed at all.
This "novella" manages to be even more sexist than the other Twilight books. Bree is a useless lump that's only capable of rational though when a MAN is near. Forget feminism (ACTUAL feminism, not the feel-good variety liberals like to sell), forget empowerment, if a man isn't at your side your life is worth nothing!
Meyer tries to tell us that her female characters are "smart" because they read. *Snorts* I'm sorry, but reading for a hobby has no direct correlation with someone cognitive functions. Plus, It's hard to believe that they are smart when they're incapable of any critical thinking.
Ugh. I have some many (unkind) feelings towards this book. I'm just going to leave this link:
The worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine", and unlikeable "romantic lead" that is nothing but a Han Solo Expy (fair warning thaThe worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine", and unlikeable "romantic lead" that is nothing but a Han Solo Expy (fair warning that I hate Han Solo, at least in the first movie; give me Luke Skywalker, not the womanizing, amoral pirate of the first movie) and all around a weak, trite plot that is barely held together with language more akin to a Harlequin Novel, and because Cinder is there. If you're looking for a good retelling of Rapunzel in comic form, you're better off with Rapunzel's Revenge (and its sequel, Calamity Jack), a nice take on the fairy tale with a compelling heroine. Don't waste your time with this boring book.
Oh, Cinder and Scarlet, how I miss you. But hey, at least the book looks pretty on my shelf....more
Dear Author: Genetics, vaccines, molecular biology, human physiology DO NOT WORK THAT WAY. Go read a fucking Biology 101 book, or rather, stop pretendDear Author: Genetics, vaccines, molecular biology, human physiology DO NOT WORK THAT WAY. Go read a fucking Biology 101 book, or rather, stop pretending that science equals magic.
There is really nothing else I can say that hasn't been said by other reviewers, so I'm just going to add:
"Alpha male" is the worst concept ever created (No dears, there is no such thing, humans are much more complex than that). You know why I would do to an "Alpha male" if I ever met one? I would punch him in his stupid face. Your precious "alphas" are nothing but abuser than should be in jail. ...more
Some reviewers have said that this book is like crack, and I agree with them. Do you know what crack does to your body? Let's just say that is actuallSome reviewers have said that this book is like crack, and I agree with them. Do you know what crack does to your body? Let's just say that is actually very, very bad for your health (http://science.howstuffworks.com/crac...), specially for your cognitive functions.
Don't even bother with this book, unless you are a teenager that still thinks that "Rape is love", "He hurts you because he loves you"; or an adult that still has the mind of a teenager.