Monday, August 25, 2014

The Classics Club: Frankenstein


This book annoyed me on so many levels. Despite what you might think, it isn't really what I'd call a horror story, or even one that's mildly scary. (at least not to me...I didn't get shivers up my spine like dare I say I hoped I would. I mostly just rolled my eyes or threw my hands up in the air at the stupidity of nearly every character) Overall, what Frankenstein is is perhaps one of the most depressing books I've ever read.

However, what I probably disliked most was something in the underlying worldview of the book- that it is society that teaches us to be evil. (by the way, I find this to be so totally flawed in general- what is society made up of but people? So it's people who have the darkness in their hearts and it invades society. Not the other way around) Frankenstein's monster was a pitiable creature, and though I did feel sorry for him at times, I don't feel that his tragic experiences excused his actions. I guess I was mad because I felt Mary Shelley was trying to portray him in a certain light and I just wanted to hate him and she wasn't letting me totally do that.

And Victor Frankenstein- how did he live with himself? He didn't seem evil- just really, really foolish and somewhat cowardly. *SPOILER* And when the monster said he'd "be there at his wedding night" and Frankenstein was positive he was going to murder him, I wanted to slap Frankenstein up the head and yell, "You idiot! He's not going to kill you! He's going to kill your wife!" I saw that coming from about five miles away, and I just felt that it was one example of Victor Frankenstein's self-centeredness and foolishness. *END OF SPOILER*

However, if the book was trying to get across the dangers of intellectual arrogance and a search/obsession for knowledge that overrides basic morality and ethics, then it did it's duty. As it is, I was only too glad to finish this novel...and hopefully never have to encounter it again.

I almost gave this book two stars on Goodreads, because whatever I didn't like about it, Frankenstein was one of the first of its kind and remarkable in plot; still, I finally went with one star over the fact that Goodreads stars mean certain things and when all is said and done, I still didn't like it.

What about you? Have you read Frankenstein, and what did you think of it?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Literary Pet Peeves #12: One Hit Wonders

Nothing Odd about that!

(so I wrote this post nearly eight months ago {I think} but it somehow got lost among all my drafts and I only found it again a couple days ago after completely forgetting about ti!)

All right: I think this is going to be my last Literary pet Peeves post. I really think so. I did promise you this one, but after this I’m through.

I think.

Have you ever read a really wonderful book that you loved? And then you realized that the author had written more books, and your life, for one moment, got so much brighter because of your high hopes? And then you find another book by that author you love, read it, and then…

Disappointment.

This happened to me with one author in particular who wrote a fairy tale retelling I really liked. Happy to have found a new author, I picked up another of her books and found it just average. Nothing daunted (even the best of authors can make a mistake, right?) I found another book and still wasn’t that impressed. Then I decided to try another of her books…and hated it.

That’s not the only time. It is true that I doubt you’re going to find an author who has written tons of books that are all spot-on and amazing. I mean, I don’t even love every single Jane Austen book. (My least favorites are Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility, if anyone wants to mob me with tomatoes. Please don’t hate me) For instance, I loved Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern series, but then I read Book of a Thousand Days and disliked it (which is a pity, because isn’t that a great title for a novel?) I was afraid I had discovered another “one hit wonder”… until I read Princess Academy and Palace of Stone and my faith in her was restored. So even if you read one dull book by an author you really like, don’t despair- they might win you back. But when you read a string of bad books by one particular author, that’s cause for disappointment.


Has anyone else had this problem? Where you find a book you absolutely adored, only to discover that the author’s other books are…less than stellar?  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beautiful People: August

The Count of Monte Cristo, Mercedes

Character: Margaret Steele of Hidden Pearls

1) What does your character regret the most in their life? She has a temper, so there are several times when she wished she had kept her mouth shut!

2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory? Margaret’s happiest memory would probably be her thirteenth birthday, because her entire family was there and she got lovely presents and the day was beautiful and they had cake. :D Her saddest would be the day her sister left for America.

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves? A lot of things get on Margaret’s nerves (*cough, cough*) She doesn’t like it when people are rude, arrogant, thoughtless, or neglect basic hygiene. And running off without telling anyone is also liable to make her very cross.

4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how? Yes. Margaret isn’t fake by any means, but she is one of those people whose company rather guides her actions/conversation. When she’s alone, it’s easier for her to doubt herself, and she doesn’t like that at all- which is why she likes being around people so much.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.) She’s a Christian. Not superstitious. No conspiracy theories.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently? hmmm. I can't really think of anything.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them? I'm pretty sure it depends of the situation. I can easily see her running from her fears, but I can also see her facing them...if it was to prove a point.

8) Do they have a good self image? Yes, I’d say she does. She is a bit more concerned about her appearance than Constance or Meredith, but at the same time she’s probably the most satisfied with her overall appearance and personality. She has doubts like anyone else, of course, but for the most part she’s pretty comfortable with herself.

9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves? She turns to people, especially her sister.


10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry? I guess laugh?

Done For Beautiful People, which you can find here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sherlock Holmes: A Play

I'm back! So my old drama group got back together again for the summer (as they do every year- this was just the first time I was able to participate) and we did a performance of Sherlock Holmes. We pretty much put the entire thing together in a month, so things were pretty crazy for a while :) Anyway, here are some pictures! (oh, and this is the play we used, although it was edited somewhat as to not be so long and without quite so many characters [and to edit out the drug scenes *cough, cough*] We did ours in 2 acts instead of 4)

Madge Larrabee (me!) bossing around poor Judson. (Who's actually Holmes' friend Foreman in disguise...)

Madge and Jim Larrabee.

getting Sid Prince to open the safe

persecuting poor Alice...

the gun is pointed at Sherlock, by the way


wondering what to do now that Holmes is on the case...oh. Let's go to Professor Moriarty...
Professor Moriarty 
Moriarty's right hand, Bassick


Holmes and Watson

Holmes and zee French maid, Terese

Doctor Watson
the thugs
tying up Alice

Holmes. He's wearing the hat! :D

Sid Prince stalling at Watson's
Madge Larrabbe (that's me again) at Dr. Watson's. I got to pull some of my Mrs. Bennet theatrics right here ;)

Our amazing director, Mrs. Potry, who also performed this year (yay!) as the Countess Von Stahlsburg

The cast.

Oh, and if you'd like to see other plays we've done, you can click here for pictures from our dress rehearsal of Pride and Prejudice. For the performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, here are part one and part two.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A QUICK PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

All right, it's not really a "public service" but I'm just dropping a quick line to mention that I (probably) won't have internet access all this week. So I won't be checking my email or blogs, obviously. Anyway, have a great day!

That's all :D
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