What’s the best name you’ve seen wasted on a bad character?
The Elite: Ch 03
America sits in her room, whining because she has to do “how to be queen” homework. The evidence is just stacking up. I know it’s a nice, identifiable trait for teenagers to hate homework, but FUCKING QUEEN, BOOK, WHY DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THIS POSITION MUST HAVE DIFFERENT CRITERIA THAN YOUR AVERAGE PRETTY-GIRL JOB? If America doesn’t understand military statistic reports and has no interest in learning, then she has no business even considering marrying into royalty.
But the book plays it off as humor, because how could that possibly backfire?
Have you heard about Kindle Worlds? It basically lets you get paid for fanfiction. People are blowing up about it.
And I just simply don’t care. Yeah, you heard me. I don’t care. I’ve never had very strong feelings about fanfiction, be it good or bad. People have been writing fanfiction since time began. Since the first little kid sat at a village elder’s feet and listened to an oral history and then said “it would have been better with more ogres and less kissing.” The only new thing about fanfiction these days is how we’re getting it, and I simply can’t be arsed to get up in arms over a delivery method.
And no, I don’t care that they’re charging money. They aren’t opening the floodgates to every fandom, just the ones they have rights to. Well, they own the rights to those canons. That means they can do whatever they want with them, including inviting other people to write-for-hire. We’ve done that before, too. It’s called ghostwriting.
And no, I don’t care that this will invite a deluge of crappy writing. Kindle isn’t going to be shoving their fanfics down your throat. The people who read there are going to be the people who want to read there.
Others will disagree with me, and that’s fine. A lot of the furor here seems to be either a backlash against the idea of fanficion (“it’s lazy!”) or a belief that this will fundamentally change fanfiction (“it’s supposed to be just for fun!”) Well, I’ve never held either of those beliefs. Fanfic writers aren’t inherently more lazy than other writers (see: the utter and complete lack of research in THG) and while art for art’s sake is nice, people do still have bills to pay. Besides, you cannot tell me that fanfiction has always been “just about being a fan.” Fandom is full of people scrabbling for status and trying to be a BNF, writing fics and then scheming to get more reviews/likes/fans.
This isn’t going to be the end of the world, of fandoms, of writing, or of anything. I promise. It’s just the next evolution of some very old concepts.
The Elite: Ch 02
The chapter opens with all the girls talking to Queen Amberly about wedding preparations. Yeah, because that’s what’s really important: the number of bridesmaids you have. Not, ya know, BEING FUCKING QUEEN AND HOW TO DO THAT AND IF ANY OF YOU WOULD BE GOOD AT IT.
You guys remember that very odd poll I had a few weeks ago, yes?
Well, here’s the result! Introducing…*gratuitous drumroll* WHITLEY READS
Yes, it’s a new blog! No, this blog will not be affected. I’ll still be doing weekdayly updates of snarky goodness. As for Whitley Reads:
This blog aims to look at books, trends, and tropes as a prospective writer. My reviews and comments are geared towards helping myself and others learn from examples.
I’ll have book reviews and articles on writing and fiction trends, and that’s also where I’ll reblog most writerly/tumblry things. Enjoy!
The Elite: Ch 01
Alright, ladies and gents, let’s dive right into this thing! You can tell that this is going to be just a riveting book, since it opens up with America and Maxon on a date, followed two sentences later by an infodump.
Ever since the Selection had been narrowed down to six girls, he’d been more anxious than he was when the thirty-five of us arrived in the first place. I guessed he thought he’d have more time to make his choices.
Except he has plenty of time. The rules in the first book explicitly said that he could keep you there indefinitely. He could, in theory, keep you all as a harem as long as he doesn’t marry one of you. He could keep you until he dies and go to his grave a bachelor. He’s got all the time in the world, and I demand to know where this mysterious deadline came from.
Catching Fire: Ch 27
Everything seems to erupt at once. The earth explodes into showers of dirt and plant matter. Trees burst into flames.
1. A violent and destructive shattering or blowing apart of something, as is caused by a bomb.
2. A violent expansion in which energy is transmitted outward as a shock wave.
Do you know what happens when a shock wave of high pressure hits a human body? Lungs deflate. Blood vessels burst. Organs get torn out of place. Bones break. The brain gets slammed against the skull. Membranes rip. In other words: GREIVOUS AND FATAL HARM.
Explosions are deadly because they are explosions, not just because they have the potential to throw projectiles at you.
If the “earth” is really exploding all around her, either because of bombs in the ground going off or….magic science, then Katniss should be deader than dead.
And as we covered in the last book, the flashover point when trees spontaneously catch on fire is hotter than the human body can handle. So she should be dead twice over.
But Katniss is a zombie that laughs in the face of your piddly little physics, so instead she lays there and mopes about how she failed to save Peeta.