rubykatewriting: (Books: Never Enough)
[Error: unknown template qotd]The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I've read it cover to cover multiple times, but I've also gone back to it, flipped it open to wherever, and just read from there. It taught me about description and how not to overwrite but still to pack a punch in your prose.

As for whether or not I discover something new: It reminds me of what my LIt & Film professor just lectured on. We're covering Amadeus right now, and he brought up the fact that Shaffer reworked the play after it had already gone to Broadway and been adapted for the screen. Essentially, his hypothesis is that Shaffer, as he'd gotten older, had felt the story needed reworking because he had changed. This is how I feel about The Secret History. I have gotten older (I first read it at twenty-two), so the story has changed only for the better to me, especially the Camilla/Henry subplot.
rubykatewriting: (Books: Heaven)
I need to get the 16th anniversary edition of The Virgin Suicides just for that cover.

Also! Also! He says his new novel is only two to three years away! I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS, CLEARLY.
rubykatewriting: (Books: Never Enough)
Somebody posted a secret about World War Z!

Please don't let the movie suck balls, okay, movie people?
rubykatewriting: (Books Books Books)
I just finished Living Dead Girl. It reminds me I've been meaning to post about this run-in I had via email with Del's friend The Peon, re: modern women's unwillingness to submit to men as is their place per the scriptures. However, I am too emotionally spent by that ending - I closed the book, hugged it to my chest, and sobbed - to get into it tonight, but it's going to have to work it's way out eventually.
rubykatewriting: (Michelle My Belle)
A chain email I got that nearly made me choke on my own spit. )

In other news, Mom and I rented The Secret Life of Bees yesterday. It really captured the tone and themes of the book so well, even if it did young-ify the sisters and Rosaleen, and I, of course, SOBBED LIKE A BABY through the latter half of it. The use of india.arie's "Beautiful" socked me in the chest bone, people, and I’ll admit I’m predisposed to love anything Sophie Okonedo does because hello, AWESOME, but she WAS May.

I told Mom she has to read the book, like, immediately.
rubykatewriting: (Books Books Books)
NPR's "Three Books..." series is one of my favoritist things ever. I love the authors. I love the books and I love the whys behind the particular books they choose. I especially love the idea of making up my own list. It's sort of like the end of The Time Machine (I'm talking the 1960 version with that Aussie hotass Rod Taylor): which three books would you choose to rebuild civilization? Only with a smidge less pressure.

Anyway, yesterday I was driving to class when it came on and that in and of itself was awesome because I was nervous about getting back my first paper, but then - THEN! - I heard the author's name: Curtis Sittenfeld. She wrote Prep, this fish-out-of-water novel set in a prep school with Lee, a scholarship student from the Midwest, as our guide and society-skewer and follower. To say that I loved this novel would be putting it mildly. I ADORED IT. When [livejournal.com profile] iridescentglow, equally as enamored, posted about it (minor spoiler in that link, btw) just weeks after I had finished it and as I still lived in that awesome-book-afterglow, I was a wee bit overjoyed.

Anyway, her list was about so-called "chicklit." I, too, find myself immediately recoiling from anything remotely looking/sounding/whatevering like chicklit. Call me a snob, but as someone who aspires to publish one day, the fact that talentless crapsicles like Cecilia Ahern and Laura Weisberger get their drivel like P.S. I Love You and The Devil Wears Prada published (and made into films) causes me to make this face. Basically, Curtis chose books that were about women, about rich stories that don't necessarily involve finding happily ever after, and considering Prep, with the vivid way she rendered Lee’s internal life, I am definitely adding them to my ever-growing list of books to buy.
rubykatewriting: (Books Books Books)
Scott Westerfeld has a blog?! How did I not know this? (Oh, hey, [livejournal.com profile] fox1013, I'm finally reading his Midnighters trilogy and holycrapwowsoawesome! I'm loving every minute of it. I think I might actually like this series more than the Uglies trio, and I ADORED the end of Specials like burning.)

Annnyway, to those who don't read him, this is a whole big mess of WTF?! for y'all, but seriously, if you want some kick-ass YA-SciFi, look no further than Mr. Westerfeld.

Hey, y'all!

Jun. 9th, 2008 11:40 am
rubykatewriting: (Oh Shia)
Idaho was chilly, rainy, and windy, but absolutely lovely. )

In other news of the awesome, Lewis Black is coming to Houston in July. This makes me veddy, veddy happy.

And finally a book rec: Max Brooks’ World War Z. I read it while I was in Idaho Falls and immediately had to pass it on to Zeebert before I left who was to then give it to Rae for her flight to Europe. All I have to say is: NORTH KOREA. That shit freaked me the fuck out.
rubykatewriting: (Books Books Books)
This review of the final book in the Traveling Pants series almost perfectly sums up my feelings after I completed it. Whereas the third book felt off and rushed and I didn't connect with it as I did the first two (I literally stayed up two nights straight to finish them each in one sitting, and I cried like a baby both times. I’m talking body-shaking, sobbing, cathartic crying.), the fourth left me feeling complete. I could let the girls go because I had so much hope for them, that even though I wasn’t going to see them continue being the amazing women they were by the end of the series, I knew they were going to be all right. They were going to succeed at everything they set their mind to. It was an amazing non-ending.

Now all I need is for Megan to knock it out the park with Fourth Comings, and I will be a happy, happy YA-lovin' fangirl.

Quadogies are SO the new trilogy.
rubykatewriting: (Alexis B.)
They're adapting The Secret Life of Bees into a movie. David Gordon Green is handling the adaptation, which gives me a smidgen of hope that the novel won't be completely ruined in the transfer.

But.

This book is one of those that I felt so close to while I was reading it, and when I finished, it was like saying farewell to a beloved friend. I'm reluctant to see the transformation because I know they're going to change things - it's inevitable - and not necessarily in the bad way either. It could be a wonderful film with its own magic and I may even love it. It's just that kind of outcome is such a rarity.

For every The Virgin Suicides there is Where the Heart Is, and I really hope The Secret Life of Bees turns out to be an example of the former.

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