BA Post Challenge: Intense Reactions

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

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This Week’s Topic


Intense Reactions: What are some books that have given you intense emotional reactions and why? Can be rage, crying, skipping born from happiness, laughter… well you get the idea!

The top ones to get reactions out of me are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer, The Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, and the Harry Potter series by JK. Rowling.

  • The Time Traveler’s Wife made me cry. I’m not a sucker for romance usually, but I don’t know. There’s something about Niffenegger’s prose that messed me up. I also read The Time Traveler’s Wife in the span of two days, a five hundred word novel, and barely gave my eyes a break. My crying may have been brought on my lack of sleep and eye strain, who knows?
  • Breaking Dawn made me walk away in disgust. It’s true, I’ve read the books… Don’t judge me for it. The part that made me walk away, I bet you can guess! When Bella finds out she’s pregnant. It’s one thing to be able to have sex with a vampire, it’s just unfathomable when the woman falls pregnant. I mean, come on! I can barely wrap my head around the idea of a corpse with an erection, how the hell do they have viable sperm? HOW? It has been years and even now I want to stomp on Breaking Dawn. Do women really want to have babies via necrophilia? That’s what it is, except it moves. I think that’s even worse. Next thing you know, some moronic character is going to fall pregnant after having sex with a zombie. I can’t even deal with the thought.
  • The Story of the Eye is one of those stories you need to read to understand how messed up it is and yet I never want to recommend it to anyone. It basically involves a ridiculous amount of urine-play and the main images I’ve come away with is abuse of a priest, lots of urine, eggs for some reason, and a girl wanting to insert bull’s testicles (after being lopped off the bull) and an eyeball into her virgina. This story is definitely not for the faint-hearted, or the squeamish. It can be difficult to offend me, I can read very interesting material, but even I felt gross after reading The Story of the Eye.
  • Harry Potter is awesome! It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me happy, it made me sad, and it made me angry. It’s all the main emotional reactions you could want in a series. Rowling knows how to write. The story and characters have depth, they’re loveable and despicable, and crowd-pleasing. I read this in my 20’s and I still think HP is marvellous.

I recommend HP and The Time Traveler’s Wife to everyone. I don’t recommend the other two. Not unless you like the idea of sex with vampires, especially when it involves dim-witted girls with possessive boyfriends.


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