RubyRed wrote:BELOW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR TWILIGHT, read with caution
I started reading the House of Night Novels by PC & Kristen Cast. The are FAR superior to the Twilight books. What bothered me about Twilight was the utter lack of backbone in Bella. She's a girl who funnels all of her self-worth into the approval of a boy/vamp. And she doesn't seem to evolve at all through the course of the four books. When I finished reading them, I actually called my sister and told her not to let my 13 year-old neice read them under any circumstances. I don't want to sound like a bra-burning feminist, but Stephanie Meyer should be ashamed of herself for thrusting a generation of teenage girls back to the stone-age with the message; If your boyfriend dumps you, you have no reason to go on...just do yourself a favor and kill yourself (book 2). I read all four books out of morbid curiosity. I kept hoping Bella would grow up and become a real, honest-to-gosh independent thinking person. It never happened. I mean, young girls NEED strong characters to look to. There are enough forces in the world telling them they aren't good enough, pretty enough, smart enough...sorry, it just makes my blood boil. Anyway, back to the book. I just felt the plot was annoying and the books were badly written. I think Stephen King said it best when he talked about Meyer vs. Rowling: According to Stephen, "Both Rowling and Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good." The movie was more bearable than the book...that's all I have to say on it.
Anyway, on to House of Night...these books feature a strong female lead in the form of Zoey Redbird, a normal teenaged girl until she is marked as a vampyre fledgling and must attend The House of Night, a vampyre finishing school. The books are well written, smart and funny. The first book is Marked, the second; Betrayed and I'm on the third right now; Chosen. Read them and you'll wonder why you wasted your time on the melodramatic emo snooze-fest known as Twilight.
VaiVedrai wrote:And as a link between this and the main topic, I'm re-reading a more recent feminist text, Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy. I highly recommend it to anyone who thinks that Paris Hilton and/or "stripper chic" have taken over where there once was a stronger movement for women's rights and equality.
ZebraWarriorPrincess wrote:I've got that book too - she writes a weekly column for the Sunday Times over here...
Carol wrote:I just finished reading "LAMB the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" by Christopher Moore. It's an unusual idea, but an interesting read.
vmh wrote:kellysouthpaw wrote:Vanessa - that is SO awesome! I'm jealous I'd LOVE to go to one of his book readings but they're always sold out by the time I even hear of it! I hope he comes out with another book soon. "Children Playing Before a Statue Of Hercules" - is that like his other books? I was going to buy it but it looked like he only edited and introduced it, that he didn't actually write the whole book...
When I tried to get tickets, the event at UCLA was sold out but luckily, there was another event at the Long Beach Convention Center. I got lucky with that one. He didn't write Children Playing Before A Statue of Hercules. A bunch of other writers contributed to the book. But he did edit it and he handpicked the stories. I went to the reading/book signing and I didn't even think to bring a book of my own. They had books for sale so I just bought one that I didn't already have.
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