Saturday, February 25, 2012

Movie & Book Review

Last night I stayed up too late watching Breaking Dawn Part I.  That was a waste of lost sleep.  Not bad enough to be funny.  Oddly, it was mostly...boring.  I just don't care anymore about Bella and Edward.  In fact, Edward gets creepier-looking in each successive movie.  So the fact that Bella obstinately chooses Edward when Jacob gets cuter and cuter makes very little sense.  (Since none of the characters have actual personalities, choices about marriage and whatnot should obviously be based on looks alone.)  I will say this though - the wedding was absolutely beautiful.  I could have gone for a magical woodland setting for my reception - with flowers forming a canopy over my head.


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I am reading Island in the Sea of Time right now and am seriously geeking out.  The characterization leaves a lot to be desired.  But the amateur historian inside me cares little for that, when the author takes me on a tour of early Britain, proto-Celtic villages, and Olmec settlements in the Bronze Age!  I love having these civilizations described by twentieth-century individuals.  First-person historical novels don't always work well for me, because I hate when I detect modern sensibilities in historical figures.  This would be why I like Philippa Gregory's novels, because her characters are so rooted in the 16th century.  The farther back in time you go, the more different the perspective (generally speaking), and usually authors simply cannot get into the mindset.  That's why I didn't like Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.  It was neo-paganism pretending to be an accurate portrayal of historical religion.

I'm thinking of declaring next month Medieval March.  I've been meaning to read A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett for ages.  I have them both in my possession, thanks to Paperback Swap.  I don't think I should add any more books at this point, considering A Distant Mirror is non-fiction and nearly 700 pages long.  I figure if I don't commit to reading A Distant Mirror, it might not happen.  I tend to be pretty lazy about non-fiction.

3 comments:

Jessica Clark said...

I also watched it this week and found it to be thee best of the all the movies so far. Am I over it too, oh yea- thus not caring enough to see it in the theatre. I can't say I prefer Jacob over...ANYONE. Everyone is RETARDED! I think the script is what kills it for me and and really???? Why did they go ahead with the talking wolves part? A piece of my soul died there, oh wait, wrong series! hehe
Agreed with the beautiful wedding. I was like OH MY GOSH that's what I wanted it I had another 10K for my wedding! (not that I was disappointed)

Rebecca Snyder said...

Oh wow, I love your brain. It's hard for me to put what I'm thinking into words, but in a nut shell: It's so hard to find anyone that reads books like you do and I love to hear your thoughts on it. Do you ever review books on goodreads? I may have to go check and see for myself!

Cassie said...

Oh, come on -- you didn't find the scene when the wolves were talking to each other in their wolf forms at the lumberyard the LEAST bit funny? I was DYING during that part. DY-ING.