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.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

Quick Note: Thank you to those who have sent me feedback in regards to the future of BA’s Posting Challenge. If you’d like to send me feedback, or want to catch up on what’s going on, you can do so here. Thank you!

This Week’s Topic

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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! Continue reading

Through The Lens: Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Welcome to our weekly meme, Through The Lens! We’re combining a love of books with photography in order to visually display what we read and love.

How It Works

Each Thursday BA will be sharing a photograph taken of a book, such as a current read, recommendation, or a favourite, with an object or in a setting the reader feels represents an element in the story. Then we’ll share a short blurb about why we chose it.

You Can Join In Too

If you want to participate you can. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, the point of this meme is to be creative and share! Take your book, including eBooks, and display those covers with something that shows what you took away from the story. You’re welcome to post another day, we just like alliteration here at BA, and there is no theme unless you want to have one.

We do ask, if you wish to join in, that you grab the banner, link back to us, and share your link too so everyone can see your photos! Continue reading

Stephenie Meyer’s Novella

I was going to post a review of Infected by Scott Sigler, but I’m so flustered today that I thought I’d share the news going around the traps (in case you haven’t seen it yet).
Stephenie Meyer is publishing a novella that is a spin off from her book Eclipse. It’s based on Bree Tanner’s story (if you’re a fan you’ll most probably remember Bree Tanner and if you’re new to it or not a fan she was one of the newborns) and Meyer will be making it available online to read from the 7th of June to the 5th of July (for free) and the novella itself will be released in book format on June the 5th.

Also a dollar from each purchase goes to The Red Cross, but rather then me going on about it you can read up more about the announcement on Meyer’s website.

Twilight Graphic Novel

It’s true. Twilight has been made into a graphic novel which was released today in Australia. The first book has been divided into two graphic novels to include all the details (because there’s so many).

I was really tempted to check it out and buy it because I’m getting into graphic novels, but after seeing the cover I know I won’t like it. The only reason I’d get it would be for the art and the art isn’t my style. After checking out the pictures and cover I’m going to go immerse myself in some Heavy Metal magazines to cleanse myself (no offence to Twilighters, but I have very specific tastes with art)!

Here’s the full story by The Sydney Morning Herald

Twilight Graphic Novel – A Tasty Treat

Twilight fans now have an addition for their collection, with the first volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s books hitting Australian stores.

The hardback graphic novel, with selected text from Twilight, will be published in two volumes in order to span the length of the original book, with a release date for the second volume still to be announced.

Meyer has played a key role in the production of the graphic novel, consulting with Korean artist Young Kim on every panel.

The result is a beautiful rendition of one of the most successful publishing phenomenons in the world, with Kim’s black and white artwork highlighted by the strategic use of colour panels throughout the book in what the publishers describe as “a rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques”.

Meyer has credited Kim with creating characters and settings very close to what she was imagining while writing the series.

“I’ve enjoyed working on this new interpretation of Twilight,” she said in a statement released ahead of the novel’s publication.

“Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images.”

In the four years since her first novel was published the franchise has seen translation rights sold in almost 50 countries with 85 million copies of the books sold worldwide.

Here in Australia sales figures have passed well beyond three million.

There are four books in the saga, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

The first two have already proven to be hugely popular movies and the third film will be released in cinemas on July 1.

When New Moon opened in November 2009 it achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend in Australia with a box office of more than $16 million.

AAP

Review: Nightlight: A Parody

I love parodies of Twilight. I admit I enjoyed the Twilight series, but I’m realistic enough and well read enough to be able to realise what it is – not a masterpiece and possibly a very detrimental piece of fiction if taken to heart by adolescent girls. It’s a story full of dominating, abusive relationships, and generally puts women in a bad light which would be alright if it admitted to that rather than trying to take itself seriously as a love story, an innocent love story no less.

Because of this and how popular it is I love anything or anyone that takes the piss out of it and is actually humorous. I think a lot of people try to take the piss out of something, but fail dismally because they’re trying too hard, which is why as much as I don’t mind parodies they can seriously irk me.

I have enjoyed Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon though. I enjoyed it right from the word go. I even get a chuckle out of the synopsis.

About three things I was absolutely certain.

First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe.

Second, there was a vampire part of him – which I assumed was wildly out of his control – that wanted me dead.

And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

Pale and klutzy Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon, looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events – Edwart leaves his chips untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball! – Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?

I love it because Edwart is afraid of cooties and not graceful whatsoever and Belle comes across as really, really self absorbed and delusional. They make references to Bella Swan in Twilight being a very obvious Mary Sue – Belle thinks she’s popular when she isn’t, Belle thinks everyone thinks she is remarkable and she thinks so of herself while pointing out she doesn’t wear make up or pay attention to fashion – and Belle being a bit of a nitwit.

There’s also references to sparkly vampires, one of which involves glitter, stalker like behaviour, inept parenting, and one of my favourite of all is the reference to when (spoiler alert for those who haven’t read New Moon or watched the movie) Edward leaves Bella and the break up aftermath is emphasised with several pages with only the month on them to signify the months going by (spoiler alert ended). I did enjoy that in the series, but I love how it’s payed out in Nightlight.

I also love how Belle’s father is distant after several years of being a window wiper and being separated from people by a windowpane. He is also the cause of Belle being a klutz because he used to push her down when she was learning to walk.

There’s lots of references like that through out the book, all of which are silly and some quite laughable, but at one point it took a turn I was not expecting and for some reason there is a robot.

I would recommend it if you’re a Twilighter who is fine with it being payed out or if you’re someone who can’t stand Twilight, but unfortunately got to know the story. There is one qualm I have about it though. It may be a novella and sure it’s only a parody and not serious literature, but that doesn’t mean the people who wrote it can’t take pride in their sentence structure and punctuation. Unless that’s the whole point, but I doubt it. It’s not overly distracting, but it is noticeable every now and then (or if you’re just pedantic like I am).

Could Not Have Said It Better Myself

At the risk of being abused by twi-hards, this is a post I found in my feed reader and it’s something I’ve been trying to tell people on occasion when I discuss Twilight with them. It’s an article that is well written and explains the problem with Twilight so I felt I had to share it. And even though the writer of this article has not read the series, I have and I completely agree.

Dark Warning About Twilight by Duncan Lay

It’s both a love story celebrated by millions and an account of a textbook abusive relationship, a light-hearted fantasy aimed at teens and tweens but a tale with disturbing messages about sex.

Welcome to Twilight.

The best-selling book series and now blockbuster movies have captured imaginations and inspired devotion among fans across the world.

Twilight also has many lining up to attack it, with accusations of everything from bad writing to betraying the vampire genre to Mormon brainwashing.

But leaving aside the mud-slinging, the literary world and schools are warning parents not to simply go along with the marketing hype and peer pressure, but to first understand exactly what it is their children are reading.

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