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Thursday Tidbits 7/5/2010 Part 2

Because it can’t wait another week: the hilarious Cleolinda does it again – Eclipse in 15 minutes!

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Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel; read in July, 2010.  Copy provided by St. Martin’s Press for review.

Rebecca Maizel begins her new series with Infinite Days.  The novel opens on Lenah Beaudonte, beginning to panic when she wakes up and realizes she is lying naked in the sunlight, expecting to burst in to flames.  She soon learns that despite the past five centuries that she has spent as a vampire, her life has been changed; she is now human again, thanks to the selfless sacrifice made by her soul mate.  He took her away from her coven to allow her to build a new life.

She is now enrolled in a boarding school and begins to experience life as a “normal” 16-year-old.  Of course, normal is not really what she is, as she still possesses some of her vampire senses, and she cannot quite bring herself to feel safe in the sun.  Lenah becomes friends with an artist, Tony, and develops feelings for the golden-boy, Justin, who is the antithesis of the vampires she spent centuries with.  Yet, she knows the coven she created is out in the world and will track her down eventually – they need their queen.  How long can she live this human life when she knows her vampire past won’t rest until it finds her?

I really enjoyed this page-turning read.  It is a refreshing take on vampires.  So often, vampires are glamorized and romanticized; but Maizel depicts them as tortured creatures who yearn to be made human again – to feel again.  Lenah is a very interesting character.  She might take a bit to win you over, but it is because she is realistic and believable.  I loved her friend Tony – he was my favorite in the book.  I have to admit, I was never completely sold on Justin; he was too perfect and didn’t have much depth.  The glimpses the reader is given of the characters that make up Lenah’s coven are intriguing.  I look forward to getting to know all the characters further in the sequel.

While the YA vampire market is over saturated at this point, Infinite Days rises to the top and is worth reading.  The cover is extremely attractive and does not set up a false expectation for the story it contains.  I look forward to seeing this devoured by the fantasy fans in my high school library this fall.

Rebecca Maizel has a blog, and there is a GREAT trailer on You Tube for Infinite Days.

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Thursday Tidbits 7/8/2010

The past week has been a blur, between the Fourth of July (which involved a couple different gatherings), working summer school, and some personal stuff that has kept me busy.  (Nothing bad, just busy.)  My sleep has also been terrible; many nights of 3 – 4 hours, no naps during the day.  I am tired all day, yet come night, I can’t sleep.  So I have not accomplished as much as I had hoped this week.  This has also resulted in not finding as many awesome things on the internet to share!  I just have one:

Eclipse with lolcats!

If you’ve never seen the rest of the lolcats on Pop Suede, they are worth checking out.

In other news, I received my seat assignment for the David Gray concert I am attending next month – front row!  I am so excited!

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Thursday Tidbits 4/8/10

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Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer, art and adaptation by Young Kim; read in March, 2010.  Copy purchased for my school library.

Description from GoodReads:

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret…

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 begins where Twilight began – Bella leaving her mom, and it ends after the sparklemotion reveal.  (Disclaimer: I don’t consider myself a graphic novel expert at all. I don’t usually like them so I have no vast store of knowledge to base my opinion on.)

The illustrations, for the most part, are pretty.  I do feel like Mike, Eric, Jessica, and Angela are rendered very generic looking.  I put most of the blame for this on SMeyer as she wrote such generic characters, but if the movies can manage to make those four a bit more complex and interesting, the illustrator had a chance, as well.  There’s random use of photos – enough that I noticed but not enough that I felt like it really served a purpose, which was weird.  Edward is good-looking – prettier than RPattz but definitely more generic looking.

I feel like Bella is prettier than she’s supposed to be.  I know that Edward finds her gorgeous, and that every other Forks male falls at her feet, but SMeyer also made a big deal about how no one in Phoenix noticed Bella.  I feel like she’s supposed to be average looking and graphic novel Bella is more than average.  She often has this random drop of water (sweat?) on her temple, which I assume is supposed to show the reader that she is stressed/nervous/anxious.  Although it also migrates: it appears more under her eye when she is looking in the window of the occult bookshop, and I thought, ‘Why is the bookshop window making her cry? Was she hoping for a bigger sale than the advertised 10%?”  The droplet is there often enough that it grated on my nerves.

I also didn’t like the lettering used.  As previously stated, I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I am used to the font being more “comic-y/graphic novel-y.”  The font used in Twilight: The Graphic Novel looks like someone took a copy of Twilight and cut the text out and glued it on to the illustrations, giving it a “make your own storyline to fit the provided pictures” feel.  It reminded me of the comic strip that (used to?) runs in Rolling Stone – “Get Your War On.”  It uses and re-uses a few generic pictures of people and pastes in dialogue for them.  It also gives me a feeling that this is a graphic novel aimed at people who don’t read graphic novels and really just love Twilight.

I think that many Twilight fans will gobble the graphic novels up, but it won’t win over new fans.  It might get some readers to venture into more graphic novels, maybe?

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Thursday Tidbits

I hope everyone is having/had a great Thanksgiving!  It’ll be short, but here are my Thursday tidbits!

 

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New Moon movie review

I went to see New Moon last night.  You should know that I like the Twilight series.  I don’t love it – it has it’s flaws – but it’s fun and addicting.  If I had a dollar for every person I recommended the books to – students and adults, my Christmas shopping would be easier.  I saw Twilight three times in the theater, and bought the DVD.  I thought the first movie was cheesy but fun, and improved on the book by making a lot of the characters, such as Bella’s dad and school friends, a lot more fun and three-dimensional.  While the falling in love between Bella and Edward was fast, I also believed it and could see what they might see in each other.  I’m not a Twitard by any stretch of the imagination, I proudly wear my “And then Buffy staked Edward. The End.” t-shirt, and I’m not on Team Edward or Team Jacob, but I like the books and the first movie a lot – I’m a semi-fan.

I did not like the movie version of New Moon.  First of all, it was slow.  I lost count of how many times I checked my watch.  There was so much dead space where characters just stood around and stared at each other.  (Roger Ebert agrees with me.)  I know that New Moon isn’t the most exciting of the books; a lot of it is Bella being depressed.  Did they really have to duplicate all of that and cut out the few fun things like more of Bella and her bike, Bella being reckless and depressed?

I also really missed the other characters.  Like I said, that was one of the things I thought the first movie did better than the books.  Bella barely interacts with anyone besides Jacob and faux Edward.  I know – Bella = depressed so she’s alone a lot, but the lack of other characters hurts.  This must have been an easy film shoot for everyone else.  Billy is in about 20 seconds of the movie, Bella’s friends barely show up, her dad is never around, and we get a boring English teacher instead of the fun science teacher.  The Cullens could have been cardboard cutouts for most of the movie, since every scene just requires them to stand in the couple formations and stare at Bella.

The special effects were a bit better.  The sparkle still looks hilarious, but it is a little improved, and the running vamps (mainly Victoria) are sooooo much better than Twilight.  The wolves were decent from far away, if a bit too cuddly looking, but more than once they made me think of the wolf in The Neverending Story, and if your 2009 movie wolf makes a viewer think of an 80’s movie, is that good?

Jacob’s wig is better this time, but Jasper’s wig is just as bad.  Alice’s clothes are terrible.  I thought she was supposed to be into fashion, but she’s always draped in all these large billowy things, like an eccentric older lady. Very weird.

The acting was up and down.  Taylor Lautner was okay, but RPattz looks constipated the whole movie.  Michael Welsh is adorable as Mike Newton – I think he’s become my favorite character in the movie version – and Anna Kendrick is just as cute.  Justin Chon made Eric even more gay than he was in the first, which is pretty good considering the lack of screen time he has.  Jackson Rathbone is just as stick-up-his-rear as in the past.  Nikki Reed never fails to make me want to punch her in the face.  Kellan Lutz was cute.  Rachelle Lefevre is gorgeous and incredibly underused.  (I am still very angry that they fired her from the third move.  Bryce Dallas Howard is always so dead in the face, and not as gorgeous.)

I liked the Volturi, they were pretty much how I imagined them to be.  In the books, I did think Jane was one of the main three, so I’m not sure if I read it wrong, or if they put three males on the dias for a reason, but reading a few fan sites makes me think it is my mistake.  Michael Sheen as Aro is perfect.  Marcus cracked me up with his constant boredom of everything.  Meyer mentions is whenever the Volturi show up, and I always found is amusing, and it is played out even better on-screen by Christopher Heyerdahl.  He is in the background most of the time, but I found myself watching him more than the main action on the screen, which might speak volumes about my interest in the main action.

I have no plans to see this again in the theater, and I don’t care to purchase it on DVD.  I will see the third, despite this one and the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard, but I’m not as excited about it as I was to see this one.

On a side note, I went to see what the hilarious Cleolinda had to say about it, and she seems to feel the same way I did about a lot of these points.

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