Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Top 10 Bookish Confessions

1. I love Books with more than one narrator: I love having more than one narrator a book because I dislike the idea of always being stuck with one character and I also love to hear the thoughts of as many characters as possible through out the story. I know that quite a few people dislike having more than one narrator and say that it's confusing, well I personally have never experienced that problem in a novel. Some of the books I love with multiple narrators are The Heroes of Olympus series, The Kane Chronicles series, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Wolves of Mercy series, Impulse, Perfect and Tricks.2. I'm convinced that Anna and the French Kiss is a shoujo mamga in disguise:
I know this may seem a little strange but I notice that there were actually quite few similarities between this book and shoujo manga. The first that came to my mind was that St. Clair was kind of impossibly perfect with the whole being half french and half American with a British accent, this is not to say that his character didn't make any mistakes but it does make him seem too good to be true. Then there's the group of friends who have clear personalities and problems having nothing to do with the main character, I'm not saying that this doesn't happen ever happen in books just that it seems to happen in manga and tv shows more often because in both of those formats the audience doesn't have to stay with the main character at all times, I liked that Anna and the French Kiss at least mentioned other little sub-plots that were going on even though it couldn't really focus on them. Another thing is the whole Anna and St.Clair going on dates without calling it dating basically happens in every shoujo series I read and not all that common in YA novels. There's also the whole Anna and St.Clair didn't get together until the last second which happens in a lot romances so that's not that big of similarity.I would like to write a post someday that would give more specific examples of my theory, tell me if your interested.
3. I only like poetry when it's written by Ellen Hopkins: For some reason the only poetry I enjoy comes from Ellen Hopkins novels most likely because I can actually understand her poetry.
4. There's a few authors I'm sort of fans of even though I haven't read there books: I'm weirdly a fan of Neil Gaiman even though I haven't read any of his books but this is because he wrote the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" which was fantastic and now I really wanted to read his books. I also like Lauren Destefano because I stumble upon her blog one day and saw that on a list of recommended books she included Cardcaptor Sakura which is one of my favorite series of all time so I decided I really like her, I've been planning to read Wither for awhile now but I still haven't gotten around to buying it.
5. Sometimes minor things really bother me: The minor things I'm talking about really has more to do with manga than it does with novels but I still feel the need to mention it here. I hate when manga doesn't include honorfics because the honorfic attach to someone's name actually says a lot about the relationship between the two characters and the character that is using the honorfic. For instance I was very upset when I was reading part of the third omnibus edition of X and I notice that Subaru and Seishiro didn't use the honorfics they normal do which I know they did in X because I've seen scanslations of this scene before with honorfics included. I think the lack of honorfics takes way quite a bit from the scene.
6. I haven't read most of the YA dystopians because I fear that they're really just romance set in the future: I actually love dystopian books but it seems I haven't read much of the new YA ones that are coming out and I'm pretty sure it's out of fear that most of them would focus on a love triangle instead of a screwed up futuristic society. I hope my fear is unfounded but most of the reviews I've read for the newer YA dystopian series mention more about the romance than the society.
7. I don't use my library anymore: I don't use my public library anymore because my library never have the books I want to read in stock and the last time I put a book on hold it took a year(even though I was third on the waiting list) for me to get it and by that time I wasn't interested in reading it anymore so I now buy all the books I read.
8. I'm more likely to swoon over couples than characters: For some reason I'd rather read about a couple being all sweet together than about a guy chasing after a girl he's better off without.
9.I'm not a huge Hunger Games fan: I like the Hunger Games and all but I haven't read the last two books because I want them in paperback but I can never find paperback books in stores and I'm not obsessed enough with the series to buy them in hardcover although I did promise myself that I would read Catching fire before the movie comes out so I may cave and buy the hard cover book.
10. I only like love triangles when the author knows when to end it: I don't really like love triangles in general because I feel they add unnecessary drama to a relationship. But I don't mind a love triangle were all three characters are well developed and one of the guys(or sometimes it's a girl) bows out of the love triangle because he knows the girl doesn't feel that way about him or that the two main characters are just meant to be. I like it when triangles end this way because it lets you like all the characters. Sadly it seems like most writers don't know when that third character needs to give up on the middle person in order to make the series stay enjoyable.


  1. i am not a huge fan of poetry at all. i just don't get it i think. haven't read an ellen hopkins yet but she is on my list of to-read authors.

    agree about the triangles. when they are just there for drama, it's so lame. and then the girl doesn't usually make a real decision. instead one is made for her. lame!

    thanks for sharing your confessions!

    1. I don't usual understand poetry either which is why Ellen Hopkins is the only poet because her Poetry doesn't feel like poetry it feels like really pretty sounding prose. Also Ellen Hopkins use of poetry basically just cuts to the core of the characters emotional state and there's even a bit of the characters subconicous that shines through.

  2. I can definitely relate to enjoying more than one narrator in a book! If it's done right, it makes the story way more interesting. And I totally feel the same way you do about love triangles! =D

  3. Gasp! You don't love the Hunger Games? Just kidding. Catching Fire is my favorite of the three, so hopefully you'll have a chance to read it, if you want. I'm a big fan of some authors (and their blogs), even though I haven't read their books either.

  4. I hadn't thought about this before, but I agree with you about the love triangles. They stress me out! I always end up feeling bad for whoever might end up left out.

  5. I totally agree with #10! --Bummer about your library ..I'm lucky to have a wonderful selection in my library ..helps my pocket book! --I'll have to check out Ellen Hopkins, thanks!

    Thanks for stoppin' by my blog. --New follower.

  6. I like triangles when they're done well and an actual triangle. Where all three of the characters are invested in each other and not just two characters invested in each other with a third hanging out. That's a love angle.

    Definitely number one! I'm always in awe when an author pulls that off well! I love when authors give snippet scenes from different characters perspectives as well. I love seeing how characters see each other or why the choose to act as they do when their actions might confuse the other narrator.

    I really liked your addition of manga. Sometimes I think I separate them in my head more than I should.

    Great list!

  7. I definitely agree with you on love triangles. If they are done well and I feel like it is believable and there is some sort of conclusion, I'm all about it. But drama for the sake of drama irks me. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Some very interesting confessions! I agree that many YA dystopians are more about the romance than the future society/world. I hope you give some a try, like Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Too bad about your library, though :)

  9. I love poetry and I actually haven't heard of Ellen Hopkins. I'll have to check her writing out! Great list! Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten!

    -Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot

  10. I'm not a huge fan of romance triangles and definitely not of bad boys getting the girl in books!