BRAM STOKER DRACULA

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(I don’t own this version, but boy, I wish I did.)

Well, I don’t think there’s much need for me to go into much detail here on what this is about. Everyone knows of Dracula, but I was actually pretty shocked at how attractive the character was, and how I was kind of annoyed that we didn’t get his point of view. He’s a complex character and I feel if we were to be given his point of view we would empathize with him more. 

I mean, I didn’t expect this. I also didn’t expect how attractive Mina was either. I mean, I was kind of hoping for her and Van Helsing to get together. Or even her and Dracula. 

I just hated dull, boring Jonathan Harker. You can’t have everything.

I also loved the style of this book – the collection of diary entries, ship logs, articles. It was fantastically put together and I had previously never read anything quite like it. 

I know this was short but I don’t think there’s much to say about Dracula, except that it does deserve its status as a classic. The characters are phenomenal and it was actually better than I expected. 

I might watch the movie now. I know, it’s kind of appalling that I haven’t.

 Also, the three ladies freaked me out. Like, more so than Dracula. 

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Is Daisy Buchanan really so bad?

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Can we all please take a moment and take in the beauty that is Carey Mulligan. 

Okay. Thanks. 

Now that that’s over with, lets discuss Gatsby. I was kind of reluctant to do this – there are more Gatsby reviews flowing around the internet than cat memes. I read the book two years ago (although I’m not a hipster in this sense guys – it doesn’t matter when you read something, as long as you do and you love it), and I must admit I didn’t like Daisy Buchanan one little bit. 

Well, push-over women who always go back to their volatile husbands are never top on my list of admirable characters. The feminist inside me wouldn’t let me sympathise with her –  I just kept thinking ‘why doesn’t she just leave?’ 

Well, after reading it again I thought about it. Gatsby deserted her once, there’s nothing to stop him doing it again. She’s as much under the male gaze in Gatsby’s mansion as she was in her old money home with Tom. 

Gatsby puts on his parties for Daisy, he woos her with beautiful shirts and his lavish lifestyle. He’s almost so obsessed with the idea of Daisy that the real person has become meaningless. (In my opinion, anyway). He buys her, essentially, because she is another object that he wants to own. I think maybe she did love him once, but the past is so distant in this novel that I’m not sure those feelings still exist. 

People describe this as a love story but I don’t think Daisy is as in love with Gatsby as he thinks. 

I don’t know where this is going. All I know is, I don’t blame Daisy entirely for staying with Tom because I don’t think Gatsby is a much better alternative. And if she doesn’t go with Gatsby, where else does she go? 

This was confusing. Clear this up for me, and reply with your opinions on the character. If you want. 

For such a shallow character I sure do find her complex. 

Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game

AND NOW WE DELVE INTO SCI-FI

I just found out, like literally five minutes ago, that this is being made into a film. Don’t know how I feel about it yet though.

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I just googled Orson Scott Card and every bone in my body hates this man.

BUT I LOVED HIS BOOK.

These feelings are so conflicted.

Basically, he’s Mr Homophobia. If there’s one thing that really annoys me, it’s homophobia. He’s so homophobic, in fact, he thinks it should be outlawed…

Google him, or youtube him, you’ll see what I mean.

BUT THE BOOK

This was amazing – again, my sci-fi reading is nothing on my fantasy- and when this book arrived I thought ‘this is gonna be another Hunger Games.’

It was better than the Hunger Games, in my opinion anyway.

It was detailed and to the point – exact but enthralling, conspiracies everywhere and everyone loves a good conspiracy.  Basically, it’s about a futuristic kind of world where ailens seemingly are threatening to attack  Earth and a select few kids – mostly boys – are being chosen to train, in space, to save the world.

Andrew Wiggin, or rather, Ender Wiggin is chosen.

This novel is fast paced and entertaining, and I loved it. Especially the parts about Valentine and Peter as well – I mean, how do you cope in your family if your brother is one so vile as Peter Wiggin?

And Valentine. Well, she’s just lovely, isn’t she?

I love the fact that all the kids are so damn clever though! I LOVE SMART KIDS. I love reading about them, watching them, and these kids are seriously the tip top. They’re elevated, intelligence wise, above the adults which makes for good story and endearing characters.

Read this book. Maybe. Though if I had known about Orson Scott Card being a bitch before I read it I probably wouldn’t have.

Let me know what you think, of both Orson Scott Card and the novel.

-boredearlysummer

Stephen King’s ‘Misery’

Okay, so it’s officially the morning after the night before (the ‘night before’ being the night I decided to start this blog) and I don’t, as I presumed, regret the decision entirely. I still feel up to this. In fact, I really want to do it. 

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‘Misery’ is a popular novel by Stephen King, through my reading about a writer who gets pulled out of his smashed-up car by- to put it bluntly – a freak, Annie Wilkes who is obsessed with his ‘Misery’ novels. Except in his last book, Mr Sheldon killed off the main character, the beloved ‘Misery Chastain’.

(I never promised I’d always be politically correct. I’ll try to be, but if that means that I can’t call Annie Wilkes a crazy freak then I simply cannot be so. There’s no other way to describe her.) 

So our dear little Annie, being the flat-out bonkers she is, holds Paul Sheldon against his will and forces him into writing an alternative outcome to the novel on a creepy looking type-writer missing the letter ‘n’ in her guest bedroom. She also has a seemingly endless supply of drugs, so hey, it’s not all bad for our protagonist. 

If I’m honest,this woman actually scared the hell out of me, and it’s all to do with King’s marvelous characterization and the amazing writing. For a horror story it really did its job. I mean, middle-aged women who I’m not familiar with kind of creep me out as it is. Annie Wilkes scares me so much because she is real; I’ve come into contact with women like her (maybe not so crazy). She’s lonely, and obsessed with a character from a fictional universe – aren’t we all? Don’t lie to me. You’ve adored a character like this at some stage. I can totally see something like this happening with the 50 Shades of Grey fans: the countless middle-aged women who miraculously keep that boat sailing. Annie just takes what we all think as readers a step further. It’s kind of like that thing Holden says in Catcher – about wanting to ring the author up on the phone after you’ve finished a book. Annie does more than that –  if she could she’d have him on speed-dial. But she can’t do that because her telephone’s only for show. Inconvenient for detained writers. She can only hold him in her guest bedroom and cut of his limbs if he refuses to do anything.

Though I am thinking of doing this to get faster Sherlock seasons. 

I forgot – I should probably keep this spoiler free.

In short, after reading ‘The Shining’ I wanted another Stephen King fix and I wanted it bad – and Misery gave me everything I expected. In terms of horror, I haven’t read much in the genre but I don’t think I could ask for more than this. I preferred the Shining though; I gobbled it up just that little bit faster. I think it creeped me out more. There’s something about kids though, they can be just that bit more disconcerting than obsessive middle-aged women. 

Thanks for reading, and if you’re looking for horror, or just a good read, I do recommend this novel. 

You’ve probably already read it. If you have, let me know what you thought!

-boredearlysummer

It would seem an introduction is in order.

Basically, I’m a soon-to-be 18 year old with an all consuming passion for books of all genres.

I’ve just finished school for good, and, when it comes down to it, I’m bored. So why not write a bit up on the internet each time I finish another book. It’s all I seem to do these days anyway. Let’s make it productive.  

Can’t be too bad, can it? What’s the worst that can happen?

If no one reads it, then no one reads it. At least I’ll have something to do with my time. 

 

It will be hard to call these reviews – they will merely be my own thoughts and opinions. Also, my grammar and spelling can be – (despite the fact that I do try my best!) – questionable. Apologies in advance.

So yes, if you’d like to hear the random thoughts of some random kid, probably miles away, stick around. 

If not, it’s been a pleasure. I’ll be surprised if anyone lasts. 

 

The first book I’ll publish my ramblings on will most likely be Stephen King’s ‘Misery’, which I finished around ten minutes ago. Or maybe ‘Ender’s Game’, which I also finished recently. See, I’ve got the suspense going already, no one knows what’s coming next. 

 

STICK AROUND KID, YOU MIGHT FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE.