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Top Ten Tuesday – Character Opinions I Differed On

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Characters I Had Different Opinions On

So, I chose to alter the name of this weeks TTT because I think its a good idea to show some I liked that others didn’t and vice versa. So here goes.

Characters I Didn’t Like But Everyone Else Did:

1. Every single character inside Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I don’t get it. I have seen so many positive views on this book because of the different way is plays with characters but I hated them so much I just couldn’t handle the book in the slightest.

2. Hannah Baker in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. There isn’t really a way for me to say this without being a total cow so go forth and read my review.

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3. Alaska Young in Looking for Alaska by John Green. I really don’t see the attraction. She is just another teenager.

4. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

5. Chaol Westfall in the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Mass. This is a little bit of trick one. I do like Chaol, but everyone wants him with Celaena and I don’t. I so so so so don’t.

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Characters I Liked But Others Didn’t:

This section was WAY harder than I thought it was going to be. I don’t pay attention to if people don’t like the characters I do.

1. Sydney Sage in the Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead. I have heard so many bag on Sydney. Yes, she is not as good as Rose but I still really like her.

2. Cam Briel from Fallen by Lauren Kate. Those who actually like this series seem to disregard him because he is not a real contestant, but he had substance.

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3. Catherine and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. They are horrible people, but I like them.

4. Matthew from Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. He is bonkers and I love him.

5. Bella Swan from the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. Yes, she is a flop of a character. But, while I am reading the book the only time she actually annoys me is through the love triangle parts. I only ever think about her flaws after I am done enjoying the books.

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Till Next Time…

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OCD & Books Don’t Mix – Book Height

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I would like to point out that I don’t actually have OCD (I think), if I do it’s probably really mild stuff. This series of posts will be about observations that drive me completely insane in regards to books and writing.

I went to get books the other day and I noticed that I’m starting to develop a serious issue. All my books must be of the same height. Now this might not seem like a big issue, and at first it wasn’t for me either, but I’m starting to feel this compulsion restrain me from enjoying my reading time.

At first it started off as a simple kind of thing. All books in the same series must be of the same height. Easy enough and really understandable on the grand scheme of things. They must be pretty, matching and neat. Unfortunately for me this level of the OCD trait is aggravated by one series on my shelf, Twilight, because I was given the first two books in the series at the same time and they were both of different heights.

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The first book in the series just gives me a headache everytime I look at it, but I just can’t justify finding the larger size copy to match the rest of my Stephanie Meyer books because I feel like the Twilight series is one I probably won’t love till the end of time. So that this issue never happens again I have put off buying books for ages. One of my series that is not complete is the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. It has been over a year since the final book Rapture was release and there is still an empty spot on my shelf for it. But, I spose I will continue to wait until I finally see the correct size so something like this doesn’t happen:

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This poor person has THREE different book sizes for this series. Gah I think I would just die.

Then my obsession started growing more. I own the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, and this series kind of branches off and continues in a different characters perspective in the new series Bloodlines. To me, it might as well be the same series, so the height rules was applied. I didn’t want something like this to happen:

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BUT, now a new issue arises for me. The first book in the new series Bloodlines was release in mid 2011 and its now the end of 2013 and I still have not seen it released in a smaller size. A general rule I have noticed with releasing books in a different size is that it normally takes about a year. Its been more than a year. Does this mean its just not going to come out in this smaller size? If so what on earth am I going to do? Do I forever deny myself of something I really want to read possibly forever because I can’t handle the different book sizes, or do I try and get over it (so not easy to do) and then possibly have to risk the fact that I might cry and have to buy them all over again if they finally release them in a different size once I bought the books?

Then the other day while looking at my shelf I noticed that It had turned into something more. Books by the same author but are in no way related to each other being a different size to one another started to freak me out. For example, there two books of mine by Kresley Cole:

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They are nothing alike, Poison Princess is a young adult book and A Hunger Like No Other is one of her adult smutty slightly too rape like adult books, but the fact that I can’t put them neatly next to each other on my shelf has been giving me more and more concern. My chest kind of tightens when I think about it.

Now the fact that I feel like this makes me worry, because I can totally see myself getting more OCD and then insisting that all my books be of the same height. That would make my reading life way more complicated.

Do any of you guys out there in reader land have this issue? How bad is it for you? Or do you not care a bit? If so, how can I stop carring so much!

Till next time…

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From Book to Movie – The Host

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Title: The Host

Genre: Post-Apoctalipctic Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction

Rating: 2 (maybe 3) Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t remember much of what happened in this movie. This is not because it has been about 2 weeks since I saw the movie (I saw it the night it came out), but thats the way the movie was. I didn’t really remember anything the second I stepped out of the cinema. It was hysterically terribly and completely forgettable.

So why the maybe 3 star? Well if its not so bad that you have been scared for life because of it, then its borderline right? I dunno either… There were seconds in there where I grew really quite angry at the changes they made, despite the fact that I was trying really hard to not take what was happening seriously. When I succeeded in the not taking it seriously, It was hysterical just h0w poorly some things were done.

My friend and I were probably the loudest people in the cinema. We laughed our butts off, and so did other people there who obviously read the book too. I felt a bit sorry for the guy a row in front of me who was obviously taking it seriously and hand’t read the book.. but there was no stopping the hysteria.

It was done better than Twilight I feel, ans this I mainly chalk up to the actors being better than those in Twilight, though I don’t feel that they were well chosen for the characters they were supposed to portray.

For lack of a better word, from the bits that I do remember, the love scenes were a bit… rapey. Everything was over dramatic and most the time it just seemed like it was being forced and at least one of the people apart of the scene was not enjoying themselves. Though this kinda happened in the book, you get info about why and what not which is not offered here. Really they just didnt do the depth of the love issues at all. It was looked over, but I suppose they couldnt do a 600+ book which is pretty much just complete development of the love between everyone they just couldn’t get it in there and tried to cover it up with over dramatic lines that never happened like “Sleep with me!”

I think the most ridiculous thing that happened though was at the end. They are in the desert and Mel and Jared finally get to be together and they go outside to have a happy ‘yay us’ kiss, and it suddenly starts to rain so they can kiss in the rain. All, if there was much, respect for the movie was lost at this point. You already had them kiss in poorly constructed rain scene earlier, the rain didn’t sudden need to happen for this last kiss… completely unbelievable.