Friday, March 19, 2010

Twiday: New Moon for All!

Hey Meadow... It's time! It's time, it's time, it's time!

Oh, you did not just quote Alice. *raised eyebrow*

Oh yes I did. *flounces around*

Dear readers who do not know Rain personally, she really is like Alice: tiny, perky, plans parties, and is completely irritating in said perkiness. But she's cute and sweet enough to get away with it. I kid you not.

*flashes Meadow my most annoying Alice-smile*

Okay, back to the point, the New Moon DVD will be released tonight at midnight - if you're brave enough to go to the release parties. Or you can wait until tomorrow and get it at Target while you pick up diapers and laundry detergent.

*cough* Rain, you're such a snob. We might have readers who brave Walmart for diapers and detergent. And pork rinds. *winks and ducks*

Until then, however, Summit did bestow a gift upon the masses of eager twi-hards this week: the "Driving Home" scene.

You know what makes me laugh about this scene?

The complete and total LACK of chemistry between them?

Well, there's that, but no. I was thinking of Edward's voice when he says, "If I were a normal boyfriend..." It's the same voice as in the restaurant in Twilight, when Edward says, "I feel very protective of you Bella."

He uses the same voice for the Eclipse trailer clip. The, "I will love you every day of forever." It's his BROOD VOICE.

Ah yes, but you love the BROOD VOICE.

I do love the brood voice but I feel like sometimes his voice should be happy.

OMG, you realize Breaking Dawn is gonna kill us with that voice.
Can you see him trying to use that voice to say, "She can have PUPPIES for all I care." *dies at thought of two hours of Gravel Voice*

I think we should put together a care package for Rob when they start filming. It'll include eye drops and lozenges.

You mean IF they start filming. *rolls eyes*

So, what about you all? What are your big plans for the DVD Release? Are you having a party? Are you watching at home? I'll be watching with Mr. Rain tomorrow evening and throwing a party next weekend, because I do love to throw parties. *wink*

If you're not the party type, never fear. You can join me online. I'll be sitting alone in front of my laptop crying into my Vampire Wine.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Boy Meets Girl. Do Boy and Girl Kiss?

I read this great post about the age-old question, "Can boys and girls ever be ONLY friends?" As I was reading all the comments, it got me thinking about YA lit: Can boy and girl main characters in YA lit have platonic relationships?

One of the things I love about the Harry Potter series is that there is no romance between Harry and Hermione. Having had a guy, whom I never had any romantic tendencies toward (or vice versa), as one of my best friends when I was an adolescent, I'm happy to see an equally platonic friendship portrayed in a popular series.

How common is that, though? If art imitates life, is the platonic relationship uncommon in books because it's not common in life?

As I was reading the reactions to Aidan's post, I was quickly reminded of other literary relationships. Many people spoke about their platonic relationships which blossomed into love, like Hermione and Ron. Others lamented how friendships were ruined because there was an underlying tension which turned into romantic feelings for one party that weren't equally reciprocated by the other (think Bella and Jacob). Still others talked about friends becoming friends with benefits. Okay, I admittedly can't think of a literary example right now, but I'm SURE there is one.

What do you think? Does the boy always get the girl (or vice versa) in YA lit, or are there an equal number of examples of true friendships, like the kind Harry and Hermione have?

Yes. To all of your questions. *wink*

No, okay, seriously... I do think that for most people platonic boy/girl relationships are few and far between. When you throw in the hormones, growing, and exploring that happens during the ages of twelve to twenty (and then some), I think that those odds fade even more. Think about it: in high school, how often were you really just friends with someone that didn't (eventually) either develop feelings for you or you for them?

For me, every time a boy even LOOKED at me I was convinced that he must "like" like me. And then I ran and hid.

It seems to work the same way in most of the lit that we read. Take Clary and Simon from Mortal Instruments, for example. They may start out as "just friends" but it becomes more for at least one of them.

I have really been trying to think of a truly platonic friendship in YA literature. I was quite sure that at least a handful existed, but so far I can only think of relationships where the boy is flamboyantly gay, and thus not a threat.

But one thing that the Bella-Jacob or Clary-Simon type of relationship allows for in YA lit is the exploration of Unrequited Love, which is a much more common experience for young people to go through, perhaps, than the platonic boy-girl friendship. Perhaps that is why there are so many more examples of Unrequited Love than the truly platonic friendship.

I think the thing that we see in these "explorations," so to speak, is that since the relationship started as friendship the non-interested party often tries to make a romantic relationship work for the sake of their friend. It makes sense, after all, to be in love with someone you share so much with. Love doesn't make sense, though, and we see through their struggles that you can't force a relationship and you shouldn't be with someone for the wrong reasons.

As for Harry and Hermione, I think the only reason they stayed "just friends" and never explored a possible romantic relationship was because they both found love with someone else. It's completely believable that they found everlasting love with someone at the age of sixteen simply because of what they went through. In a different situation, they wouldn't have grown up so fast, and the question remains as to if they would have stayed together. If those relationships hadn't worked out, you know we'd have seen Harry and Hermione rebound with one another.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Reading Rain-bow: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

I'm a sucker for wizards, witches, and magic. I will pretty much read anything that has some element of magic. When @katarinasmama offered to send me her copy of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken with the promise of a hot wizard (!!), I did not hesitate to accept. And, with a synopsis that starts, "Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever," I'm so glad I did. How could I resist this book?

Brightly Woven was a fantastic read. Drama, intrigue, a strong-minded (if sometimes stubborn) heroine, and yes, the promised swoon-worthy (if sometimes impertinent) wizard.

The action in Brightly Woven starts out quickly. Literally within the first ten pages, a ten year drought ends in Sydelle's village and a mysterious stranger with a "roguish charm," shows up [enter hot wizard]. Sometimes it takes a while to settle into a book, but not so with Brightly Woven. I was hooked immediately and had to keep reading to find out more.

One of the things I loved about this book is that the action didn't let up, and it was always surprising. One moment Sydelle and North would be having dinner, and the next fighting for their lives. This book is exciting, and it is that way throughout. Also? It made me laugh. I laughed out loud more than a few times while reading this book.

Brightly Woven will be available March 23rd from EgmontUSA. I'm definitely recommending this one, and even recommending you pre-order. It's that good.

Links for Brightly Woven:
Read @katarinasmama's wonderful review of Brightly Woven over at MundieMoms
and Books By Their Cover's review here.

Follow Alexandra Bracken on twitter

So, will you be pre-ordering? Are you as easily swayed by hot wizards as I am? Let me know!