Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Breaking Dawn - The End!

Luckily for me I didn't get into this series until about 2 months ago. This made the wait for Breaking Dawn much more bearable. I'm a very impatient person too. I originally ordered this book from Amazon, but when I realized that they weren't going to even mail it until August 4th I was upset so that Saturday morning I marched bright and early into Target and grabbed one of their 50 copies. I would have enjoyed going to a midnight party, but with a 9 month old that still nurses and makes up at ALL hours of the night, I decided that morning would be just fine.
I didn't finish this one in 27 hours, but it was a real page turner. My husband picked up my slack with taking care of the baby, so that I could escape into the "Twilight." At first I didn't like the change in point-of-view, but after a while I realized that it was probably better seeing Bella's pain rather than actually experience it through her. The fact that she had a baby is insane! The name was a little weird, Renesmee? I understood why she did it, but I mean the kid will be stuck with that name FOREVER, literally.
The whole "Imprinting" thing is cool except when they "Imprint" on a baby! Very strange . . . when I read that Jacob had Imprinted on Renesmee I was like WHAT?!!!!! I'm glad Jacob got his happy ending though. I didn't really know how his story would end up.
Thank goodness Bella is finally a vampire! Stephenie makes being a vampire seem so cool that I keep wishing vampires were real. Who wouldn't want to have the ability to run super fast and never get tired? Jump over rivers? And awesome sex?! Not, that sex isn't good but the book seems to say that vampire sex is the ULTIMATE! Here's my neck!
Overall I thought the book was great. There are so many critics out there that judge these books so harshly, but you know they weren't meant to become the greatest American literature to be studied in classrooms for generations. They're fun! A good story that helps people escape real life for a time and make women all over wish they would run into a vampire like Edward. Enjoy the books that's what they were written for.

Persuasion Isn't Perfection

This was the 2nd time I'd attempted reading this novel. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. I'd also watched an old BBC version of this book on screen and it was lacking. There just wasn't enough meat for me. However, if I am to claim that I'm a Jane Austen fan then I better read this novel.
It wasn't bad. It wasn't the best either. For me Pride and Prejudice is Jane's masterpiece. P&P is a book that you can't put down and the proof of the power that this novel contains is on bookshelves worldwide! There are so many spin-offs to P&P that it's ridiculous! I've read a few of them and honestly they're not that great. Anyway, back to Persuasion. I liked that this was a rather short novel. The heroine Anne, has a self-absorbed father that I find very funny. Anne's embarrassed by him and it's not hard to see why. Anne's father Sir Walter Elliot is described thus;
"Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot's character; vanity of person and situation . . . Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did . . . He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy."
I'm so glad that neither of my parents act anything like that. It would be very embarrassing and probably turn me into a self-absorbed snot too! The fact that the father spends more money than he earns is fitting. Although, being such a prideful person he seems to take their reduced income and removal of their grand home rather well. You'd think he would've thrown a fit or something, but it just seemed like a minor inconvenience.
If Anne were real I'm sure she would find my next comment utterly false, but I didn't find Captain Wentworth to be all that great. I don't think it was his fault though. It seemed that Jane spent more time on developing the character of Mr. Elliot (the cousin) than she did for Wentworth. I thought he could've used some more depth and dialog.
Persuasion is a quaint novel, but not a favorite for me. I enjoyed my time reading it, but I didn't find it difficult to put down (that's what determines if it's awesome or not). I rented the new Persuasion film version from Netflix and I can't wait to see how close it follows the book. What are your thoughts?