I just finished reading The Nine Lives Of Chloe King by Liz Braswell. And all I can say is that it was not what I expected, having watched the TV show adaptation first. One of the main difference between the books and the TV show was the characters. Most of the characters in the books are nothing like their TV counterparts. The only ones who were like their TV counterparts were Alek/Alyec, Paul, and Chloe’s co-worker. In the books, Chloe and Amy are more like juvenile delinquents as opposed to normal teenagers in the TV show. As for Chloe’s adoptive mom, in the book, she seems to like the finer things in life and the mother/daughter bond isn’t as strong as compared to the TV show. And let’s not go there with Brian. It turns out Brian is not only a member of the Order, but he is the son of the head honcho, Whitney Rezza. Anyway, there are so many other differences between the books and the TV show. All I can say is that the TV show is very loosely adapted from the books. I mean, it’s not likely it’s a bad adaptation of the books, but it’s just so different. So, would I recommend the books if you’ve watched the TV show first? I would recommend it, but with the understanding that the TV show is loosely adapted from the books.
So, I finished Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey, and to be quite honest, I have mixed feelings about the book. On one hand, I liked how the author switched it up by having the story told by Paul, who is the main female character’s Protector. But on the other hand, I wished that the story was told by Vivienne’s point of view. With Vivienne’s point of view, I think that the story would have been more interesting. Personally, I thought that the character of Paul was…not dull per se, it seemed like the author didn’t quite flesh out Paul’s character enough to be the lead character of the book. In addition to that, in my opinion if the story had been told by Vivienne’s point of view, the story’s ending would have had more meaning. As for possibly reading a third book (if the author should continue the series), I would read it, if only to see what happens next. Anyway, I would recommend this book series if you want to read a book series that has a Ghost Whisperer vibe to it.
So, I have been reading Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey lately. You can read about the premise of the book here. Anyway, this review is only up until the end of chapter eight. So, bear with me. Anyway, this book is the sequel to Mary Lindsey’s Shattered Souls. After reading the first eight chapters, all of my assumptions about the book went out the window. Not having read the book flap nor any of the websites explaining the book beforehand, I thought that the book was going to be a continuation of Lenzi’s story, not a related story from a different character’s point of view. Having said that and having read the first eight chapters, I am interested to see what will happen next.
I was just thinking about Breaking Dawn as the end result of a Twilight train of thought because of the New Moon DVD having come out this past Saturday. Anyway, I have a slight problem with the Bella parts of Breaking Dawn. The problem that I have is why couldn’t Alice have seen that Renesmee’s existence would cause problems with the Volturi before Renesmee was born. The way that I see it is that Alice was able to see Bella’s pregnancy and therefore put birth control pills into Bella’s luggage when Bella and Edward went on their honeymoon. So, by extension, Alice would have seen the future problems. Now, I know that Alice can’t see Renesmee’s future because Alice was never a vampire/human hybrid. But I’m thinking in terms of either Bella or Edward’s futures. Anyway, that’s just what I think.
I was watching E!’s show 10 Vampires We Love shortly after I came home from watching New Moon. The show was a countdown of the vampires that the people of E! like. I’ll include the list at the end of this post. Anyway, I have a bone to pick with who they chose to be on the list. I noticed that the list didn’t include, in my opinion, a variety of vampires, and the fact that all, except one, of the vampires are from movies or tv shows that came out within the last ten years. Anyway, what I mean by the lack of variety is that four of the vampires came from two different sources. I find it biased like how this post is. The reason that I have a problem is that they didn’t include other vampires like Henry Fitzpatrick from Blood Ties, Mick St. John from Moonlight or any of the vampires from the Vampire Chronicles or The Lost Boys. I don’t think it’s right to put a relatively unknown vampire like Santinico Pandemonium or Dracula from Dracula 2000 on a list like 10 Vampires We Love when there are better qualified vampires out there.
10. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
9. Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
8. David Boreanaz as Angel
7. Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton
6. Selma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium
5. Gerard Butler as Dracula in Dracula 2000
4. Wesley Snipes as Blade
3. Kate Beckinsale as Selene
2. Alexander Skarsgaard as Eric Northman
1. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
You know, with all the tv shows having talked about the Twilight series, since New Moon was coming out, and how Bella and Edward’s relationship was forbidden, etc., it made me think. Why are people hooked onto the Twilight stuff when there are other movies or other pieces of literature where there is a forbidden romance in it? I mean, there is the classic Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. There is also the movie Titanic. In Romeo & Juliet, the forbidden romance was the fact that the couple were from feuding families. In Titanic, Jack and Rose were from different classes. What is it about Bella and Edward’s relationship that makes it so different from the other two? Is it because he’s a vampire and she’s human and that’s something new? I really just don’t get it.
I got to watch New Moon on the day after the premiere, and I’m telling you, the whole experience was nuts. As soon as I sat down to watch the movie, and the New Moon title screen came up, the rest of the audience started to scream. I thought to myself, jeez, what a bunch of crazy fan girls. Now keep in mind that while I like the books and the movies, I will forever be a Vampire Chronicles fan. Anyway, again, everybody screamed when Edward and Jacob came on, as well as when Jacob took off his shirt for the first time. Now, I can understand why everybody was screaming when Jacob took his shirt off for the first time, but why for Edward? I’m sorry, but I think that Edward is a pasty-ass pansy. Anyway, overall, I think that the movie was ok. There were quite a bit of funny parts but I think the movie is just a bunch of notable scenes from the book that was just pieced together and made into a movie. I gotta admit though, it’s very Chris Weitz. I say that because it reminded me of the movie that he did before, The Golden Compass. Both The Golden Compass and New Moon were edited very similarly. Anyway, don’t let my opinion deter you from watching the movie.