How better to make the perils of communism accessible to younger or less politically savvy readers than through anthropomorphism. The animals on Mr. JHow better to make the perils of communism accessible to younger or less politically savvy readers than through anthropomorphism. The animals on Mr. Jones’ farm decide that they are sick of ill treatment by humans, who get do none of the work and reap all of the rewards. They institute a rebellion and, what’s more, they win. The pigs, being the smartest of the animals take over leadership at the farm. Progressively though, the pigs take liberties with their power, because although all animals may be equal, some are more equal than others....more
One of my dark readerly secrets has been that I’d never read Little Women; all my knowledge of it came solely from the movie with Winona Ryder and ChrOne of my dark readerly secrets has been that I’d never read Little Women; all my knowledge of it came solely from the movie with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale as Jo and Laurie (and I will forever die on that ship). As a kid, I tried several times to read my copy of Little Women that I’d had my parents buy me because of how much I loved the movie, but I never managed to make it more than a couple of chapters. Because you can get audiobooks really cheap on Audible if you own an ebook on Amazon, even if it’s a free ebook, I purchased the audiobook, determined to finally read Little Women. I’m not sure that this particular narration was ideal, but I’m not sure that I was going to enjoy this much in any format.
I did it! I finally fished this behemoth, and I can’t judge my young self for not being able to hack it, because holy shit is this book long, boring, and fucking jam-packed with Christian moralizing. The characters, while basically the same as in the film adaptation, lack vibrancy, all do to the staid and judgmental voice of the author. Alcott’s authorial voice is at the forefront, and she wants you to learn certain lessons.
Like, there’s this one part where Marmie teaches her daughters a lesson about chores by not making them do any, and after a week the girls are so bored that they BEG to do chores. I THINK NOT, ALCOTT. This scene is referenced over and over through the rest of the book, as the girls devote themselves to hard work and not having idle hands. It’s not that I think this is necessarily a bad lesson in and of itself, but it’s done in such a heavyhanded, moralizing, unrealistic way. Blergh.
In the film, Jo’s the protagonist with her sisters taking more of a backseat. That’s sort of the case here, but the focus is more evenly shared. Amy gets quite a lot of narrative time once she’s older, and Meg gets some too. While Jo’s character is precisely the same as the movie depicts, the difference is that, in the book, it’s so clear that Alcott doesn’t admire her spirit. It’s also very apparent that Beth is the ideal little woman, and it’s so preachy when she dies that I could not even.
One thing I will say is that the romance stuff is easier to take in the book. Mostly because all of the romances are absolutely awful, so I could just shrug when Jo and Laurie didn’t happen and he married Amy. Jo and Laurie would have been the best of a bad lot, but it’s apparent from pretty early on that Alcott absolutely does not approve of the match. The professor shows up earlier, and it’s less awful than the very end surprise of the movie, but I still do not like it. Amy and Laurie are also better set up, and it feels less like they got together solely to spite Jo and will be cheating on each other within the year. Still, I do not ship it. Meg and the tutor was worse too. All the romance is as unromantic as possible.
This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I found Little Women dull from beginning to end, and from this point on I’m going to pretend the book doesn’t exist, so I can still enjoy the retellings and adaptations....more
HAHAHAHAHA. It’s Harry Potter, bitches. Obviously it’s amazing.
Seriously, though, The Sorcerer’s Stone was actually better than I remembered. TBH, itHAHAHAHAHA. It’s Harry Potter, bitches. Obviously it’s amazing.
Seriously, though, The Sorcerer’s Stone was actually better than I remembered. TBH, it had been so long since I read HP that I was afraid maybe I’d only loved it so much because I was young and stupid. I mean, not that they would be bad, because I’m not that ridiculous, but I feared they wouldn’t be as amazing as I thought, as perfect. Even the first one really is fucking perfection. I will never understand how there are people who do not like these books or don’t want to read them. *glowers at boyfriend*...more
Bilbo Baggins, a perfectly respectable hobbit who never went on any adventures, finds his life turned up upside down at the arrival of Gandalf the wizBilbo Baggins, a perfectly respectable hobbit who never went on any adventures, finds his life turned up upside down at the arrival of Gandalf the wizard. Bilbo ends up accompanying Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on a quest to recover treasure from a dragon. I tried several times, unsuccessfully, to read this book when I was younger, but loved pretty much every page this go round. This book differs a bit from The Lord of the Rings, primarily because Tolkien wrote it for children probably. The Hobbit has quite a bit of humor, beautiful language, even more songs and bursts with onomatopoeia. A beautiful, engaging read....more