Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined Book Review

Book Review

To watch me talk more about what I thought about this book you can watch my youtube video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5j14jXZ-08

  Who saw this book coming? Not me.

  If you have somehow missed out on hearing about this book, in a nutshell, it is Twilight told as if all of the female characters were male and all of the male characters were female.
  To be honest not much of the plot has changed because of this. I was expecting some more changes to be made throughout it but it remained faithful to the original story for the most part.
  There were some changes made but I won't talk about those because they are more fun if you don't see them coming.

  I want to say firstly that I enjoyed this version of the Twilight story much more than the original. I feel like this version would have been much better received in general as well.
  In this version the protagonists are Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen.
  The names of the characters were all similar to the original. At times this could be interesting and other times it made it a little difficult to separate the new characters from the old ones in my mind.

  It was interesting to see the story, that is now so well known, in a new perspective. It was fun to read it again with new eyes.

  If you were a fan of the original I would recommend giving this one a try.

4 Stars

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

SPOILER FREE REVIEW

  I suppose because I hadn't heard much about this book before I read it I didn't have high expectations for it. But let me emphasise:

I LOVED IT

  Catherine is a young girl who loves to read. Most of her experience comes through the books that she loves so dearly. The first half of this book shows Catherine's relationships and friendships as she travels to Bath with some family friends. She is soon in love with the society and lifestyle there. It also helps that there is a very handsome Mr. Tilney.
  But the book takes a darker turn as it progresses and it may be that her new friends are not all that they seem to be.

  What I loved most about this book was seeing how Catherine progressed from such a naive character to a more mature woman. She was a fun protagonist to follow. Her love of books was endearing but also very humorous.

  I think that this is a book that I will be rereading many times.

4.5 Stars 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Reading Multiple Books at Once

  I have always been a person who likes to read one book at a time. I like to fully immerse myself in the story and for me it works best if I do that by reading one book at a time.

  In college professors and lecturers have little sympathy for my whims like this. They don't much care for my satisfaction in reading a good book fully. They just want the book read before class. Which I understand. But I don't like it.

  This weekend, in order to meet deadlines, I will be reading two books at once. While this would not even be an issue for many other readers I find myself very stressed about it.

  I will be reading Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey both by Jane Austen. Both I am looking forward to but I am worried that the stories will both begin to merge in my mind because I can't do what I normally do and read them separately.

  Why is this a stressful thing?
  Does anyone else have weird reading habits like this?
Please let me know if you do and we can despair over our weird habits together.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Nothing of Note

The days are whizzing past and college seems to be eating slowly away at my life like the cracks in space and time in Doctor Who.
By the end of this semester I will be well and truly brushed up on my classics. Well and truly brushed up on a whole lot of critical essays and will have a big reading binge where I read simply what I want and NOT analyse it.
Goodbye reading life, see you in December.