Vamps in Italy

May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm (books, pop culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Volturi

Is it me or does every Vampire novel place the Vampire stronghold in Italy? Its so common I’m starting to think its something the authors think is a necessarily spice to the Vampire essence. Its only neat once to read that the vamps were behind the Renaissance or that their base is in Italy.

We’ve got

  • The Volturi in Twilight
  • The high council in A House of Night
  • The past in Blue Bloods

Although Anne Rice has vamps from Italy, it isn’t the only old world country of importance unlike the other novels. And besides she wrote her novels well before the other ones so in my opinion even if Italy was the only old world country of importance in her novels it would be fine. Now I could complain about the amount of awesome vamps in New Orleans considering Tru Blood’s there too, but what would be the point of that? And from what I’ve seen of New Orleans, if vampires were in the US that’s exactly where they would be with all the swamps and old magic.

And as you can see I read far too many vampire books…So what do you think about vampires in Italy? Or New Orleans for that matter?
Kagehime

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Twilight vs. Harry Potter

August 26, 2008 at 3:22 am (books, rant) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I don’t see why the critics keep comparing Twilight to Harry Potter. Its on the cover of New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. The authors are totally different and their books target different audiences.  Maybe what they’re really trying to compare is popularity.  Harry Potter was a huge huge hit that has gotten and is continuing to get a lot of young people to read in a time when people are afraid children aren’t reading as much as they used to.  It also showed that children are willing to read bigger books than were previously thought.  I read the first Harry Potter book when it came out when I in 5th grade I think.  I’ve now read all seven of the books.

I’ve also read the entire Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer’s books target the people most interested in a love story, teenage girls. It has vampires which are always interesting if written about well. It is about the decisions a girl is then forced to make. While Harry Potter has magic and is about a boy growing up in the shadow of his own name and legends.

I think that Meyer develops the emotions of her characters better (she is writing romance), while Rowling has a really amazing grasp on storytelling, in that she knows myths and legends very well and is able to portray them as she wants.  Also she has a good understanding of what people would do in desperate times.  Both are excellent authors in their own right and have an excellent sense of humor.  I’ve laughed outloud from reading both.  I’ve also gasped outloud too at the terrible things that happen to the characters at times.  I’m glad the authors could lighten things up at times. 

The last book in both series upset fans although they were both good books in my opinion.  The epilogue was terrible for Harry Potter (Why was that even there? It was like she had written that when she was 7.  Everyone stayed together even though I think that would have been highly unlikely and it unfortuately hinted at the small size of the magic community in England which made me think Ewww. I think it would have been perfection without it, but I guess Rowling wanted people to know the afterward. As for Breaking Dawn the book was written a bit different than the other ones and was rather graphic in parts.

A test of skill and popularity is whether they write something popular outside of the series that made them popular. Meyer wrote The Host.  I didn’t get a chance to read that yet and I didn’t hear any reviews about it just that it was hyped up. Rowling has written the fairytales mentioned in the seventh book that sold for millons, but that’s not outside of the HP universe, which may be so big that she may never have to leave.  And money not exactly a good test, because Rowling has gotten over a billion dollars from HP from its wide audience (me included) and the fact that its so transferable to material goods and movies.  Ever tried Bertie Bott bag of jellybeans? Well I guess I ended up comparing the two more than the critics… Maybe American critics want an American author to have such acclaim. 

Kagehime

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Breaking Dawn

August 14, 2008 at 4:12 am (books) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It took me three days to read when it really should have taken two, but I got through it finally.  When I wasn’t reading it was like the TV was telling me to go read.  We just got HD tv so I was flipping to look at the channels and I see that a documentary of Vampires in America was on two channels…it was seriously saying that Vampires were in America… Then I flipped and a show called Jake 2.0 was on whatever that’s about but that only reminded me of Jacob.  Later all these previews for True Blood, a vampire movie, kept playing.  It was rather annoying and odd.  Now that I’m finished I haven’t seen any of that. 

The Twilight series is definitely the best and most interesting book series I’ve read this year or the best several years and Breaking Dawn sums it up well.  It has everything Twilight fans were looking for or at least I was.  It’s longer than the other three books in the series and most of the story is given in Bella’s perspective, but not all of it as with the other books.  I have to say this book was a shocker.  Throughout much of the book I was thinking “Oh my God!”,  “What!”, “This can’t be!” etc. and I’m not given to thinking these thoughts much less yelling them out while reading.  I’m not sure I’ve ever done that except with this book while New Moon too I have to say. 

I was sort of reminded of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and Vampire Chronicles in this one unlike the other ones. Not because of the writing style or anything.  Just that it was dark, extreme, and sensual. Also there’s a surprising shocker (that I will not give away) that were in common in The Witching Hour (which is not about Vampires) and Breaking Dawn.  It is actually something that a lot of Vampire novelist attempt to write about and fail, but Meyer succeeded in having. She continues to have life go on as normal, well show that beyond the vampires its going on as normal.

As for the characters: Edward and Jacob great as always.  I was feeling really sorry for Bella for a while who was not annoying in the least and actually got to be really cool (hmm… 🙂 There’s a lot of surprises from the Cullens and werewolves.  There are a lot of surprise throughout the novel so read it if you haven’t! 

As awesome as I think it is I think its lacking some of the relationship development of the earlier books which was really the thing that got me hooked to them in the first place.  There was a lot more action and a reliance on shockers that weren’t in the previous books.  Endings are really hard to write.  It’s the part that’s most likely to upset fans, but this ending was priceless. Now I’m looking foward to Midnight Sun.  In the mean time I guess I’ll just find The Host.

 Kagehime

PS. I love the cover. All the covers were great, but this one is awesome.  The red pawn looks rather threatening doesn’t it? And the Queen is the most powerful piece in the game of chess.

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Reading on the Road

August 10, 2008 at 8:45 pm (books) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A lot of people can’t read while riding in the car, but I’m glad I can because the trip to and back from Texas was long.  It was 11 hours one day and 10 the next to and the same back.  I only took two books with me, knowing that I read slower in the car, because of all that bouncing so I was afraid of running out.  I couldn’t read at night or anything in the hotel. I read Son of a Witch by Greg Maguire going down and First Truth by Dawn Cook coming back.

Son of a Witch, the sequel to Wicked, followed the story of Elphaba’s son, Lir.  Throughout the whole novel no one is completely certain of his heritage, but for the most part Lir accepts this.  Lir is in search of his own identity and self-identitifying skill that he believes he lacks. There is also the question of the use of religion and what is honor more so than the question of good and evil in Wicked although it touched on that as well.

First Truth is the first of four books in the Truth series.  I had found out about it on one of those lists that people make on Amazon.  It sounded good to me so I just checked it out the library to see and I was right.  It proved to be an interesting and quick read.  The only problem I had with the book was the ending, because it seemed abrupt, but I found out that the first two books in the series had once been one. In the book Alissa, lives in a world with magic only she and most of the people don’t know magic even exists.  She is sent away by her mother on a journey to the hold where is she turn learn magic from a master and become a keeper.  Only problem is the masters are all gone and there remains an insane keeper.  The book is good and like one of the commenters said its for fans of Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley which I am fans of both.  It kind of reminds me of Patricia Wrede’s Lyra books for some reason too.

I am going to try to finish Hidden Truth, the second in the truth series, at least by sometime tomorrow because Breaking Dawn just came into the library and once I start reading that I don’t plan on stopping.

Kagehime

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New Moon and Eclipse

July 20, 2008 at 8:06 pm (books) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I finally got book two from the library in the Twilight series so I went ahead and read that one and the third because I had already gotten it from the library.  Book two was losely framed around Romeo and Juliet, while the third was framed around Wuthering Heights.  It kind of reminded me of Wuthering Heights. I didn’t like the characters in the book, but the book was still awesome and is one of my favorites.  And although I didn’t like either Catherine or Heathcliff I still wanted them to be together.

To get back to the Twilight series Isabella Swan annoyed me to no end.  She was so clumsy to the point where I was wondering Is this for real?, because even I was never that bad and it was like she had a death wish or something.  Also she could not live without her love, Edward Cullen, because there was nothing else in her life in her mind.  But I did like Edward and Jacob Black.  I just wish Bella could see her own life worth.  I guess that’s why I found her annoying.  She was likeable though and I guess this book shows the power of first person narrative. I got to see what Bella thought of herself more so than what others thought.

It still managed to be a good book.  I could really see it as a shojo manga though. People would really flip over that.  It’s kind of similar to Vampire Knight in a way, but without some of the things that I found were distasteful in that.

I may not have liked the main character, but that didn’t stop me from reading all three of the books and enjoying them.  And seeing that Stephenie Meyer has a new book with another on the way I think I’ll be checking them out. 

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Twilight

July 2, 2008 at 2:27 am (books) (, , , , , , , , )

I just finished reading the book Twilight.  I can see why its such a popular teen book.  It’s got a girl stuck in a situation she doesn’t want to be in (namely living in and going to school in a place she knows she hates), forbidden love (shouldn’t fall in love with someone who’s not even your own species), vampires, trouble(lot’s of it).  The guy Bella loves is kind of scary (he’s a vampire I guess he can’t help it) so he’s kind of got this bad boy image, but he’s really good at heart which makes it ok. And of course he’s really hot.  Now I’m going to go wait for the second book to come in on hold at the library. I’m curious to see how this turns out.  Of course the third book came in on hold before the second, but I’m not going to peek or read ahead although I’m sorely tempted and to speak of temptation a girl’s hands are holding an apple on the cover…hmm….Well it’s a really good book and a really good vampire book (a lot of them aren’t good but this one is).

Kagehime

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