Ender's Game is a heartwarming tale about a young boy taken from his home and trained to be a military anti-christ so he can commit...more¿¿¿mild spoilers???
Ender's Game is a heartwarming tale about a young boy taken from his home and trained to be a military anti-christ so he can commit mass genocide against a dormant species.
There's literally nothing fluffy or light-hearted about this book. I wouldn't even consider it a kid's book, despite the main character being only 6 - 11. Like this is some dead up serious shit. Fuckin rotting corpses and children turning into wolves and sacrificing squirrels to Satan. (I'm not even kidding. this book is hardcore.) If you go into this book lookin for some fun sci-fi alien invasion story, bitch you got another thing comin.
The cover looks old as shit and I would have never have even looked at it twice if my English teacher didn't make me read it. But imma admit, it was really good. It was still a bit cheesy ("buggers" sounds like the stupidest fuckin thing seriously) but not nearly as bad as I'd expected.
It was hella deep in fact. Really well thought out. You can tell this was written back when books were made for entertainment and not to make money. I liked the intertwining of Demosthenes and Locke's Russian revolution with the end of the 3rd invasion. Actually, I just liked Peter and Valentine's roles in the book in themselves. They reminded me of some sort of superhuman version of Bart and Lisa.
Actually, I liked Peter more than Valentine. You know me and my fascination with the criminally insane and sociopaths. Peter was most definitelty both of those things. This crazy motherfucker crucifying squirrels and eating snakes and literally starting World War 3 on earth. He's a futuristic Hitler. I love it. He was my favorite character, no doubt, just cuz he was so well-developed and scary.
He doesn't actually show up that often, despite being considered one of the main characters. He's mentioned all the fucking time (*pre-pubescent boy voice* "I'm not like Peter! I'm not a killer! You want Peter, not me!") but he only shows up in person maybe twice, if you don't count the video games.
Ooh! Ooh! Story time!
Once upon a time when I was young whippersnapper like yerselves, I would watch my brother play video games all night. (Cuz, y'know, when you're like 5 you idolize your older siblings and want to be surgically attatched to their hip no matter what. That was me, anyway.) Yeah, well, I would be up till a good 12 - 1 am on school nights watching him play video games with pure fascination. Not like military games though, no, he likes horror games. He liked Blood Rain and all those bloody zombie games. but he also liked to play those really fucking creepy horror games. y'know, those ones where it's all quiet and you gotta look for somethin or complete a mission but there's like a monster after you, hidin somewhere. Like Amnesia, or Slenderman, or THIS SCARY ASS FUCKIN GAME RIGHT HERE GOD HAVE MERCY
*chills* THIS IS MY CHILDHOOOD.
seriously tho pixelated games are the scariest fucking thing.
ANYWAY, you expose a little kid to those kinds of video games, and she's gonna have nightmares. Nightmares where she's in those scary games and can't get out or get to safety. Hence my terrible fear of pop-up screamers and, of course, video games.
That's right, I'm scared shitless of video games. Pixelated games are the fucking worst. I nearly cried playing Ib, probably the mildest video game on earth. It's a deep rooted self-inflicted phobia.
In Ender's Game, Ender has a "desk" (basically an iPad that you can control with your thoughts or somethin) that he uses to play games on in his rare instances of free time. The one game he continually plays throughout the book is a never-ending strategy game that projects the player's worst fears, which it figures out through digging in their mind (or something). Basically, he's stuck in this desolate empty world in which everything's trying to kill him.(Including, but not limited to: poisoning, flesh-eating acid, children that turn into viscious wolves, a giant snake, suicide...) He has to find some way around each level, generally something bloody and horrific that no 6 year old should be doing (view spoiler)[ say, scraping out the giant's eye or drowning wolves in a river or ripping a snake apart with your hands... (hide spoiler)] or else the screen goes black.
The scariest part of the video game in my opinion is (view spoiler)[when he kills the snake the first time, and he looks into a mirror to see Peter smiling with the dead snake in his mouth, blood dribbling down his chin. Then Ender dies and the screen goes black. THAT IS SO FUCKING FWHKFJ:JSRJGLR ;_; (hide spoiler)]. I can picture that in my head and it's just the creepiest thing okay. IDK if this book is actually supposed to be scary or not but I think the video games scared me more than any actual horror novel has.
Plus any game titled Fairyland/End of the World has to be fucked up.
So yeah. The video games and dream sequences had great significance to me, even though they weren't technically directly related to the plot.
Also in pure Emily nature, I liked the scenes of mental breakdown. I just find that shit so interesting. When he's going through the trauma-related self-harm and nightmares and stuff I was on the edge of my seat like "ooh gurl ooh gurl wut gon happen"
Of course, I'd seen the movie already so I wasn't that surprised by the ending, but it still got to me.
I'd just like to end on the note that I really liked Ender. I liked his weird stragezing thing and his diplomatic mindset. His occasional homocidal defense mechanism was pretty decent too. He was a real Gary Stu in the flesh, but i didn't really mind because there would have been no plot without it. I'll deal.
all in all, the plot was fabulous and the characters were fabulous too. I'm not gonna comment on the author cuz we all already know he's a dick. I wouldn't have read it if my teacher didn't make me, but i certainly don't regret it at all.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
If there is one thing that I can never underestimate, it is my love for this series.
I've never experienced any other manga/book/movie/show that tugs o...moreIf there is one thing that I can never underestimate, it is my love for this series.
I've never experienced any other manga/book/movie/show that tugs on my heart strings as much as this does. No matter what I've ever said before, you better believe it: Fruits Basket is my all time favourite anything. I can't count how many times I cried and how many times I had to stop reading to skip around my room squealing.
Last year when I was horribly depressed, reading Fruits Basket was practically the light of my life. As in, I would sit through school thinking When I get home, I have to finish Chapter 39! and spend lunch talking to my best friend who I forced to watch the show. I could barely read YA books anymore because, after all, who the hell would want to read about some douche bag "hot" guy love interest and a whiny heroine, when you could have the sweet Yuki and socially incapable Kyo, and Touru, my fucking favourite heroine in the history of time?
I read this series in two parts: Volumes 1 - 4 all last year, and Volumes 5 - 23 in the period of 4 days. I was literally staying up till 7 am every night (trust me, I'm not exaggerating) just to read this
For example and because I have to share this pitiful story with someone, I was at a hotel on the 22nd, and I had to share a room with my parents, who hate any type of light when they're sleeping. Moreso, the fan on my laptop was broken. So reading fruits basket was pretty much impossible.
I hid under the bed with the blankets covering the sides of the bed, pretty much cutting off any airflow along with light, and kept a frozen water bottle pressed to the side of the laptop to keep it from overheating. I did this from 12:30 am to 3:30 am.
Since I finished, I've been listening to the Japanese opening of the anime over and over again. Crying.
Has anyone else noticed how the characters grew up over the path of the series? Namely Kyo, Yuki, and Momiji. They look almost completely different by the end of the series compared to how they did in the beginning. Especially Kyo (who looks alarmingly like Tohru's dad). I mean look at this:
Kyo in the beginning:
Kyo towards the end:
Yuki in the beginning:
(he kind of looks like a female alien)
Yuki towards the end:
Momiji in the beginning:
MOMIJI NOW OMG WHAT THE FUCK:
Touru in the beginning:
Touru towards the end:
I really love the way the art developed. It was a combination of Natsuki's drawing skills getting better with time and the characters themselves changing as they got older. I love how Yuki evolved from an odd-jawline alien thing (yet still somehow attractive) into a really attractive pretty boy. I like younger Kyo better but the newer isn't bad. I thought Tohru was pretty throughout the whole series, moreso at the end. And Momiji...