Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris– the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax– but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they’ve worked for.
I have an obsession with Little Red Riding Hood, and I don't know how I can survive until this book is released in June. You can read more about Jackson Pearce at her livejournal. Strawberryluna, the artist who created the amazing cover, can be found here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Song I'm Reminded Of
If you remember the 90s, you probably already know what I'm going to say. Do you have to, do you have to, do you have to let it linger?
Linger by The Cranberries
You can watch the music video here. Lyrics are in the info box.
Why does the cover remind of this song?
This one is a combo of the title and the cover. When I first heard the title, I thought of the song automatically because it's such a famous song. I think the cover artists did a good job of reflecting the title. The girl seems to be walking away slowly while the wolf lingers to watch her go. The cover evokes the emotions I imagine the characters will feel in this story.
Does the song reflect the story?
Maybe? Maggie has said that Linger is about what happens after you fall in love for the first time. I suspect that means a bit of heartbreak.
Will I listen to this song while I read the book?
Absolutely. I'll put it on just as I crack the spine for the first time. I haven't listened to this song in about ten years, and now it has been stuck in my head for tow days. Maybe that's why I haven't listened to it in ten years.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Warning: I love to hate the Twilight saga.
Rob Pattinson still plays Edward as if he is constantly constipated. That furrowed brow and those pursed lips aren't doing you any favors in the Sexy Department, Rob.
Kristen Stewart still mumbled through many of her lines, but did show a wider emotional range this time around. Her screaming during Bella's nightmares even made me a bit worried about the character.
Taylor Lautner and the rest of the pack gave solid performances. They definitely had the close friends/wolf pack vibe going on since they could go from vicious in one scene to carefree in the next.
Ashley Greene as Alice was perky and cute in the first half, but lacked the emotion she should have felt when dealing with a life or death situation. She didn't seem liked she cared much about what was going on.
All of the Volturi were smooth operators with the exception of Dakota Fanning. They should have found an age appropriate actress for Jane because Dakota looked ridiculous in that short cloak and she delivered her lines with a blandness that did not hint at a the deeply disturbed and evil character Jane is.
The Special Effects
The werewolf scenes were amazing. I was worried the werewolves would be the size of normal wolves and look to much like anime drawings, but the special effects team did not disappoint. Wolves bigger than people and growls that shook the theater were met with many cheers from the crowd.
As for the floating head of Edward Cullen, a friend of mine put it best: People in the future are going to laugh at us for how dumb that looked.
The fights with the Volturi were somewhat of a let down after the wolf scenes. Pale people fighting at super speed (in slow motion) isn't anything new. At least the make-up department was skilled enough this time around to hide where the pale make-up ends and real skin color begins.
Staying true to the book
I read New Moon over a year ago, and from what I remember the movie is a decent interpretation. It does end at a different point than the book does, but the moment is so full of tension that the filmmakers really leave fans wanting more.
Sadly, they can't change too much about the book. Bella is still a young woman who can't live without a man to support her. Her biggest improvement was when she told Edward to shut up! I almost jumped out of my seat in delight.
Two things that were in the book, but blissfully absent from the movie:
1. Long hair = long fur. This never made sense to me because the wolves do not all have black fur, and the fur sprouts from all over their bodies, not just their heads.
2. Imprinting. I think this concept was introduced in New Moon. I'm just happy I didn't have to listen to it this time around because promising young girls to older men is disgusting.
I was with a very enthusiastic crowd of girls, and a few guys, who were all screaming when cute boys appeared on screen, and chanting "Team Edward!" "Team Jacob!" throughout the movie. Not to an annoying point, but to a point that had me laughing and enjoying the movie experience more.
On a final thought, I've been obsessed with Little Red Riding Hood (more than I usually am) for the past few months so all of the themes about being alone in the woods where wolves are roaming, and young women growing old left a haunting impression on me. I suggest keeping the tale in mind when you watch New Moon.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tithe by Holly Black
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Bee, 13, wants to eat the dirt in her mother's garden; Haze believes that he is half-alien; and Stephanie thinks that she is a reincarnated slave girl from the 1800s whose name was Sarah. One day Bee sees a girl in her room who could be her twin. After the girl says, "You are me," she disappears. Bee usually doesn't talk to anyone, but decides to ask Haze about the vanishing figure. He explains that she is a doppelganger and that seeing one means your eminent death. Bee hears Sarah sing a Billie Holiday song about lynching and talks to her. The three loners become friends. The teens figure out that Bee is a changeling, and the real Bee is desperate to have her body back.
I fell in love with Francesca's Weetzie Bat series in high school and since then have been convinced that nothing she writes can ever top the characters and modern faerie tale stories in those books.
The Waters & The Wild came very close.
The only problem I have with this book is that it is too short. I wish Francesca had written it as a full length novel. By the end, there is so much more to explore. Why was Bee switched for a changeling? How will all of the characters live when so much of what they knew of the world has changed?
If you've ever felt like you don't belong, and all of us have in one way or another, you'll find yourself in this book. I really connected with Bee, Haze and Stephanie, not only because they felt they belonged somewhere else, but that there was a place they needed to get back to. The difference in finding a place to belong and returning to a place where you belong may seem subtle, but I think it is vast. Returning is reclaiming who you used to be, but often times you can't go back unless you go forward. Is that a paradox?
Francesca weaves in other themes such as war. War between the world and war between peers, the outcasts and the popular kids. But it isn't the typical dynamic you see in a lot of books. Bee and her friends aren't afraid of the popular kids. They don't long to be them. They crash their parties and fly away. Francesca's prose is so lyrical I found myself side by side with the characters as they soared and sang and were covered in the earth.