Friday News Report!

Friday News Report: Friday, October 9, 2015

If anyone is reading from the East Coast, especially from Virginia, North and South Carolina, I hope you guys survived the rain! For me, I almost had to build a boat to row myself to class, but they cancelled classes before I got the chance. Anyways, I was pretty busy this week with a Marine Geology paper that refused to write itself, so it took me a little longer than I expected to get The Golden Day read and reviewed. If you missed that review, I suggest you take a look! Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post a review for I am Princess X until next Sunday, the one after this one, because I’m doing a lot of driving this weekend, visiting my boyfriend and his family.

Updated reading list:

  • The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky (posted yesterday)
  • I am Princess X by Cherie Priest (currently reading)
  • Ghost Light by Sonia Gensler
  • Existence by Abbi Glines

 

New releases this week:

  • Tuesday October 6, 2015
    • YA
      • This May Sound by Abigail Breslin
      • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
      • The Chess Queen Enigma: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason
      • It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
      • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition by Stephenie Meyer
      • Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No by John Townsend
      • The House by Christina Lauren
      • Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
      • The Detour by S. A. Bodeen
      • Speak Up!: A Guide to Having Your Say and Speaking Your Mind by Halley Bondy
      • Endgame: Sky Key by James Frey
      • Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
      • A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
      • Spawn Point Zero (Defenders of the Overworld Series #3) by Nancy Osa
      • A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
      • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
      • Wild Sky (Night Sky Series #2) by Suzanne Brockmann
      • My Secret to Tell by Natalie Richards
      • The Storm by Virginia Bergin
      • It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah Schmitt
      • Rose by Amy Ewing
      • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
      • Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School Series #3) by Gail Carriger
      • The White Rose by Amy Ewing
      • The King’s Arrow by Michael Cadnum
      • We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean
    • Adult
      • The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
      • Saturn Run by John Sandford
      • Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
      • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
      • The Survivor (Mitch Rapp Series #14) by Vince Flynn

NOTE: The ones that are completely bold are books that I think would be interesting to read purely by the name of the title.

Book News…Not Really, Just a Rant

(Warning: Rant will ensue shortly)

So I may be late to the party for this one, or right on time, but that’s not the point. This past Monday, October 5th, marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first Twilight novel. Did anyone else subtract ten years from their age to figure out how old they were then? I totally did! Anyways, as a ‘celebration’ of the novels, Stephenie Meyer basically ‘reimagined’ Twilight and gender-bended the original characters and released is as Life and Death.

First off, gender-bending your own characters and changing the story to fit the new genders is not ‘reimagining’ it’s called rewriting because you can’t write another story. I know that she has another book, but I checked, it’s been three years since the sequel to The Host was supposed to be released and there’s not even a cover for it. Also, I have no problem with bender-bending. Honestly, I read it in fanfiction all the time, however, that’s the problem. Most gender-bending is done in fanfiction, or by other authors to a story that’s been around for a while, like RWBY (I know it’s not a book, but some of the characters are the opposite gender of the mythical/legendary heroes that they’re modelled from). This isn’t even the most frustrating thing about this book.

Second, what pissed me off the most was the sales pitch for this ‘reimagined’ book:

“Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.”

Do you see the blasphemy, yet? They called Twilight a classic; let that sink in for a moment…Do you know what a classic is? Here’s a definition from The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature: ” a well-crafted plot; a sharp, clear setting that gives a sense of place, period, time and feeling; fully developed characterizations; natural dialogue appropriate to the characters; a logically developed theme; and accuracy that lends authenticity to the whole. The adult’s goal is to unite a child with a novel exhibiting these characteristics.”

Now, even though this is referring to children’s classics the same idea can be applied to more adult literature. Most authors view a classic as a book that everyone has to read, or has remained in print. Yes, Twilight has remained in print for ten years, however, it isn’t a must read for everyone because there isn’t anything striking or revolutionary about it.

Another way to define a classic is a book that has withstood the test of time and has been enjoyed by many people for many generations, and that usually means more than three. It hasn’t nearly been long enough for Twilight to even begin to be considered a classic, whether it was written well or not! I’m not saying that Twilight is horrible to read, I did read it and it’s been a while since I have, but it’s in no way shape or form a classic…yet.

It physically pains me to put Twilight next to classics like Little Women, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, The Prince and the Pauper, The Awakening, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankenstein, or even bloody Dracula!

Rant over, please enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂

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