So there is a growing worrying trait in these books. And possibly it is because of what happened in Stubenville that I am extra aware of it, but I donSo there is a growing worrying trait in these books. And possibly it is because of what happened in Stubenville that I am extra aware of it, but I don't think keg parties where girls are groped and routinely date raped are the imaginings of a good time.
The second novel dealt with this culture of frat boys gang banging for fun a little bit, and it is part of this third novel too. I think a discourse on rape culture and female objectification is vital; especially in light of Stubenville. But it doesn't feel like this is what is happening here.
Claire almost got raped in book two. The answer was for her to be rescued by a vampire.
A random unconscious girl was having her panties removed by a group of boys in this novel. The answer was for Shane to rescue her.
When they arrived at the party, the things that were described were given as examples of a great party, a party to be respected. A list of things: * A mob of drunken frat boys stumbled down the walk carrying a couch. * A girl ran by dressed in the top half of a bikini. * Drinking games. * People making out in full view of everyone.
Eve and Claire dressed up for this party, and were pleased when drunken frat boys wolf whistled at them. Claire only decided to get dressed in the outfit Eve provided for her because she wanted to see Shane's reaction. She dressed up specifically for someone else, not herself.
I don't know, you guys. What I'm saying is, this doesn't seem to be fodder for open, vital discussion on the dangers of rape culture. This seems to be Caine portraying stuff that she thinks just happens. There is not enough autonomy of female character for this to be a feminist depiction. If the biggest way in which your female characters are displaying control is to choose to wear clothes that are going to make boys gape - that is just not sitting well with me.
There's a troubling dynamic of the male characters either being bad or good. Either you can get stuck in a room with a rapist, or you can be rescued by a good man. Either you can be threatened by a creepy boy who has just been let out of jail, or you can rely on one of your two male housemates to protect you. You are either a bad cop who carries out vampire slayings, or you are a good cop that is available to give you a ride home at the drop of a hat.
The character of Myrnin here, is the physical portrayal of a man battling between his good and his bad side. He can't be both, he has to be one or the other. Unfortunately for him it is going to end up being bad, as that is the illness he has.
Add to this we are routinely told Claire is some child genius, but she consistently makes the most ridiculous and stupid decisions. She goes off to find a mentally ill vampire who has already tried to kill her twice without telling anyone. She acknowledges to the person who tried to kill Sam that she knew he was the one whilst she was in a moving vehicle that he was driving.
There is only one thing that I require in a female protagonist to make it bearable for me to read; common sense. Her complete lack of foresight or self protection is detracting from what isn't a bad idea for a world.
I am told these books get better, and I'll be reading on because it is one of my GCSE pupils providing them for me. But I'm just sayin'. They're not great....more
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