Friday, April 30, 2010

Twidays: Dusty Moats and Traitor Tears

sidebra with apples & red ribbons: You all know we love Twilight. But we also love to mock. So, please don't take this too seriously. It has to be done.

So, we were thinking that some of you might be wondering where Dusty Moats got her name. Or maybe we were just thinking that we had to share her name's brilliance with you. Either way.

Basically, a few weeks back we were all guffawing at this post from the "I will if you will" book club via NPR. The blog writers kicked off their book club with Twilight, and of course they hated it. But their hate is not the normal, "Vampires don't sparkle," and/or "What the hell is this sh*t?" style of hate. Friends, this is NPR, the hate is bound to be more cerebral.

Exhibit A:

Marc: Right. And as for the little mocking I did there of Meyer's previously-discussed tendency to pick the bluntest, least-interesting analogy, allow me to quote the following, from page 190: "I quickly rubbed my hand across my cheek, and sure enough, traitor tears were there, betraying me." That's like saying, "I took a bite, taking some of the food in my mouth." Who writes like that? Who edits and leaves that in?
: TRAITOR TEARS! You know what traitors do? They betray you.

: Right. That's why you call them traitor tears. YOU DON'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN THAT THAT THEREFORE MEANS THEY BETRAY YOU. Somebody's stupid here, and I think she thinks it's me. (Also: "traitor tears" is walking the line as it is.)


You see, their problems were with the actual WRITING STYLE of the book. And sure, this has been discussed ad naseum, but we thought these bloggers came up with a special (hilarious) way to show us exactly WHY the writing is bad.

Photobucketsidebra with Swiffer sword: Oh, this is so serious. I live to mock to Twilight. It comes as part of my love hate relationship with this damn saga. It chagrins me to think about it.

Exhibit B:

Marc: Also, in an incident that damns both Meyer and her editor, there is a line about "dust moats" floating in the light. ...Moats. Of dust. Ah, here it is: "I ate breakfast cheerily, watching the dust moats stirring in the sunlight that streamed in the back window." I think she was going for "mote": "a small particle; speck."
: Dust moats! Dusty moats! Moaty dust!
: Keeping out the dust barbarians!
: "If you want my daughter, the princess, you shall have to cross this MOAT OF DUST!"

I am chagrined. I know SMeyer had to have had an editor, right? A real, live person. Whose sole job was to read the manuscript and look for mistakes in spelling, grammar and continuity, right? It's not like they relied on Word and its sketchy editing to get them through the series, right? Because Word wouldn't have noticed that a mote is not the same as a moat or...

Oh sweet Baby Edward...I probably just answered the burning question. I am so chagrined. Like, chagrin is flooding all over my body in an embarrassing show of disappointment. So. Chagrined.

Like NPR, I like to back up my mocking with something cerebral. So, you know what I did? Purely in the interest of dedicated scholarly research for this article of course.

Wait, Dusty... do you mean to say that you're chagrined? *snicker* Okay, what did you do in scholarly research? I'm both scared and excited to see what you've found.

PhotobucketYes, Rain. Are you chagrined at my chagrin? Because it chagrins me to think you are chagrined at my chagrin. Or something. I am reminded of the quote from The Princess Bride " You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

I love that movie. Tru wuv. *sighs* Buttercup and Westley.

Okay, so getting back to my dedicated scholarly research... Wait a minute. Rain, have you ever read The Princess Bride?

*hours later* You're trying to distract me. I've decided your scholarly research must be counting the number of times a version of the word "chagrin" is used in Twilight. Am I right? chagrins me to think you would that.


You are right. I'm not the only one who noticed the use of chagrin, right? And all the typos. Right? I DID do research. I got a bottle of wine, because you can't do research without being a little tipsy, you know? And I did what any great scholar does, I Googled.

Did you know TwiTeens are not as forgiving of all the grammar mistakes as TwiMoms? Whole forums exist of TwiTeens cursing SMeyer and her editor. Which gives me hopes of a brighter future. I mean, anytime you have teens fighting for better grammar, that is a good thing, right? And the thing is, these TwiTeens are SPECIFIC. They have the mistakes down to page, to the paragraph.

"Page 134, paragraph 5, sentence 2....SMeyer uses Chagrin again".

It makes me wonder why teens are so picky and other sets of fans are able to ignore any insight into that one, Rain?

Btw, The Princess Bride is flawlessly edited. Just sayin'.

Fine. I'll read The Princess Bride. *rolls eyes*

Okay, so what about you all? Did you find any dusty moats while you were reading the Twilight saga? (Or any other book, for that matter.) Were you chagrined at the amount of times Edward was described as chiseled? And, on the flip side - were there things that you liked about the writing? And I do mean the writing - because we all know we loved the story... and Edward. *grins*

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Whimsical Book-ery

Often when Rain reviews a book it inspires me to read it (which great, since that's the point and all.) I'm sure that sometimes you, the reader, feel the same way. And then I want to talk about the book, because I love both books AND talking. I'm sure this happens to you all too, but we've already talked it about it on the blog. I could dig through the old posts and comment on it, but that seems so futile. There's very little chance of actual discussion. So, what's a wordy girl to do?

Well, if you're a wordy girl with a blog and a very well-read partner, you start a virtual book club! Now, I have to be honest, I don't usually "do" the book club thing because of the commitment of time, energy, and the possibility that the book blows. But a virtual (and Whimsical!) club means no responsibility. If you don't want to participate, no big deal! If you've already read the book, here's your chance to discuss it with us!

I love this idea for so many reasons! Mainly because I have a deep fear of the commitment that "normal" book clubs require, but with the Whimsical Fic-ery book club, we can be... well... whimsical about the whole thing. You want to read the book? Great! If not, maybe next month! You want to leave a comment for us? Even better! If not, we're none the wiser! No commitments and you're allowed to be lazy about reading - what could be better? And we promise to pick books that don't blow. *grins*

So, here's the deal:
Once a month we'll pick a book to read and set a "discussion" date. Anytime during the month, stop by the site and leave your thoughts on your progress in the "comment box" which we be on our sidebar soon. (It'll go to a hidden spreadsheet so don't worry about posting spoilers for your fellow readers.)

Then, on the given day, Rain and I will discuss the book and include some of your comments. We'll continue the discussion into the comments on that day's post.

And, if you'd like to recommend a book for the book club, feel free to email us with your suggestions! We have a few in mind for this summer, but we're always open to book recommendations from you all.

Meadow and I have decided our first book will be Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. I did a rec for it here, and you can find out more about Rachel and her books at her blog (which is so funny, I kept getting distracted when I went to get the link for you all).

So, what do you all think? Does this sound like your kind of book club? Feel free to leave suggestions for the book club here as well! And the Comment Box will be up starting in May, so you'll be able to leave your comments about Hex Hall soon. Happy reading!

Get your copy of Hex Hall:
Powell's Books

Monday, April 26, 2010

Reading Rainbow: The Evernight Series

I recently finished the third book in the Evernight Series, Hourglass by Claudia Gray. Once again, I was not disappointed. Like it's predecessors in the series, Evernight and Stargazer, Hourglass had plenty of drama and action, as well as a few surprises.

Synopsis of Evernight, from the author's website

When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she's spent her whole life. She's a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the "Evernight type." There's a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can't be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart... and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed to be true.

Evernight has a huge plot twist in the middle of the book that affects the rest of the storyline in the series. If you haven't read these books, I recommend staying away from ALL reviews and plot summaries of Stargazer and Hourglass until you get through the first book (including the one I've linked at the end of this post).

Honestly, because of the plot twist, it is really (really!) hard to discuss these books without giving anything away. You all know I hate spoilers, so rather than try and dance around it, I'm just going to say that this series is great for those times when you want to sink into a book. In addition to a sweet love story, these books are a tiny bit scary (but remember, I'm a wimp) and have lots of excitement and twisty-turns. Bianca, the main character, grows from a naive, sheltered young girl into a strong-minded young woman. Nothing is easy for her, as she faces much adversity throughout the books, but does so in a very real and believable way.

I've enjoyed reading the Evernight series and I'm already looking forward to the fourth and final book in the series, Afterlife. I definitely recommend all of the books in the series.

Sidebra with black crosses: If your comment has spoilers about the series - please give a *SPOILER ALERT* Thanks!

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Read a review of Hourglass at Page Turner's Blog