Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Twidays: Scooby Dooby Doo!

The role of Rain will be played by her evil twin Train today. Why? Because Rain would never, ever say the things that Train is about to say. (At least not until June 30th when her bet with Spank is over and she can say whatever she wants. )

OMG. WHY didn't you tell me about the new Eclipse stills? Jasper's f*cking hair!!!

BWAHAHAHAHA! I think I had that hairstyle once.

I think my MOM had that hairstyle once.

They DO get that Jasper wasn't turned in 1976, right?

I'm thinking... No.

Apparently Summit's ever-so-hip fashion experts think he was turned when "Welcome Back Kotter" was the fashion standard.


Too bad it's not a full shot of Jasper. I'd love to see the bell-bottoms. *snicker*

*snort* With his earth-loving sandals? Or do you think that's more of a disco-shoe kind of hairstyle? *looks at the hair again* I can't help myself, I want to brush it.

*sigh* Poor Jasper. It's almost too bad to mock.

*raises eyebrow* Pardon me? It's PERFECT to mock. Who are you? Have you met you?

I said ALMOST. Sheesh. Cut me some slack, woman. But I'm going to mock it anyway. Because my grandmother had better hair than that.

Also, do you think he's hiding any Scooby Snacks on him? He looks like he should have the munchies.


What if Watson Had a Pink Streak?


Okay, so I just finished Hex Hall (loved it!) and wanted to talk about Sophie's pink-streak-wearing vampire best friend, Jenna. Or, actually, Jenna's role in YA lit - that of the sidekick.

It does seem that every YA hero or heroine has to have a trusty sidekick at their side. The sidekick is such a great character, and I usually end up loving him/her just as much as the main character. Definitely love Jenna in Hex Hall. She's such a great character. I wanted to be her best friend too.

Right. She was awesome! I love when a sidekick has a well-developed backstory, like hers. Sure, every main character needs someone to play off of, but it's so much more fun when that person has depth.

Like Simon from the Mortal Instruments series. I adore Simon. He reminds me of my best friend in high school. But is he considered a sidekick? Because he was also a potential love interest.

I think that the mystery of boy/girl relationships makes sidekicks fair game for romance, especially in YA fic where everyone is still exploring their needs and desires. So, yes, I think Simon is a sidekick.

It was that way with Maggie Stiefvater's Lament as well. James as the sidekick to Deirdre. Often the boy sidekick is the poor sucker who is in love with the Heroine while she pines after someone else. (Or makes sexytimes with someone else.)

*snort* Good point. *cough*JacobVersusEdward*cough*

Also, I'm now going to use "making sexytimes" from now on when I'm writing lemons.

(Sidebra in citrus colors for the readers: "lemon" is a fanfiction term for a sex scene.)

Oh thank goodness. I would not want to see "making sexytimes" fall into oblivion.

Does Jacob count as a sidekick, though?

I think Jacob might count as a sidekick. Maybe?

A sidekick I wanted to kick. Oh, sorry. *grin*

*snort* Or that. *winks*

I think sometimes the love interest truly IS the sidekick. Because, in life, we tend to pair up with someone who compliments us. Sometimes we get lucky and that person is also a great friend.

Are you getting all sappy on me? *raises eyebrow*

Maybe there are different types of sidekicks?

Definitely! Everyone knows how we love long titles around here, so here are my categories:

There's the "Is He Maybe Sorta Kinda A Love Interest?" Sidekick - Jacob, Simon, countless others...

The "Wisecracking-Ego-Tamer" sidekick - I think Jenna from Hex Hall is an Ego-Tamer. You know, the friend who keeps you down to earth.

The "Sickeningly Loyal" Sidekick - Samwise from Lord of the Rings

Oh! And the "Rebitchsy" sidekick - You know, the bitch who tells it like it is? Aphrodite from the House of Night series or you and I to each other? *grins*

*smirks* Oh, I'll be the wisecracking Jenna to your rebitchsy Sophie any day. Now pass me the hot-pink hair dye...

*hands you a bottle of Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink*

Monday, April 12, 2010

Reading Rainbow: The House of Night Series

In early Fall of 2007 I had just finished the Twilight series (for the first time) and was busy consuming any and all YA books about vampires. I happened upon the House of Night series during this time and it's been my guilty pleasure ever since.

Description from the House of Night website:

HOUSE OF NIGHT is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling book series that follows 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, OK, and move into the House of Night, a boarding school for other fledgling vampyres like her.

It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. Although Zoey has awesome new powers, it’s hard to fit in when everyone knows you’re “special.” As Zoey tries to make new friends and maybe find a hot boyfriend (or two), she comes up against all kinds of evil, from the perfect-looking, super-popular girl with not-so-faultless plans, to the mysterious deaths happening at the House of Night and all over Tulsa. Things at the House of Night are not always what they seem. Can Zoey find the courage deep within herself to find the truth and embrace her destiny?

What I like about these books is that the authors (the mother-daughter team of P.C. and Kristin Cast) take a very different approach toward the whole vampire (or vampyre) mythology. The Casts draw from all types of myth and spirituality to pull together an interesting storyline led by Zoey Redbird and her band of misfits at the House of Night boarding school. And there are plenty (and I do mean plenty) of swoon-worthy guys. So many I can't even begin to pick a team. *grins*

I do have to admit that the writing style in these books is not my favorite. You know you're reading YA when you're reading these books, so keep that in mind. But, aside from that, the story is well done and has kept me reading for the last six books.

I'm going to recommend these books for summertime reading. When you want something light, a bit fun, with a great story. You know, when you're sitting outside letting your kids run wild and you need to set down the book every now and then to kiss an owie? Or you're at the beach and want to read while enjoying a Bahama Mama and pretending to pay attention to your family on vacation? These are the perfect books for that.

The seventh book in the House of Night series, Burned, is due out April 27th.