Showing posts with label delirium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label delirium. Show all posts

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I Hate Love Triangles | YA Talk

Either you love them or you hate them.
Eventually every reader of YA will come across them. Love triangles seem to be trend that just won't get out of style.

What's a Love Triangle?
Love triangle commonly refers to the situation a protagonist of a novel finds themselves in when two different people are interested in them romantically.

Usually, the protagonist requites their affection or is in the process of learning to love them, hence leaving both love interest in competition with each other.

Some may say "Twilight" started it all, but I think we need to stop blaming Stephenie Meyer for everything that's going wrong in recent YA.

Popular Books about love triangles include
- "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver
- "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare
- "The Selection" by Kiera Cass
- "Shatter Me" by Tahereh Mafi

Books with love triangles usually play with the "bad boy" character and the "guy next door". I've noticed that more often than I'd like to admit, at least one of them is a super problematic villain. Not sure how that makes any guy attractive though.

Here's What Bugs Me

Love triangles in theory are absolutely fine. If you're looking for them. If you love reading about them, great, but I'm just not. The market these days is FLOODED with hidden love triangles. Most of the times you can't even tell from the blurbs whether the books are all about the romance and only feature the actual topic of the book on the side.
which I am absolutely not. Love triangles never have and probably never will be something that I'm personally interested in.

I've encountered it numerous that I've tried to read a book, let's say, about angels descending their heavenly wrath on the Earth, only to find out that the novel is actually about a teenage girl falling in love with an angel and a demon (any relations to existing books are just coincidental).

This has ruined the reading experience for me so many times. Had I gone on looking for a love triangle and a girl stuck between the evil overlord and the brave hero, I would have bought a novel about that.

Every popular YA novel these days features a love triangle.

Realism? What is Realism?

If you'd live in a dystopian society where every day is a struggle for survival, your number one concern would probably not be which one of the super hot two guys you should choose. I mean, these days it's a miracle if you find a guy that's attractive, smart and respects you, let alone two! If you're seventeen, cut the odds in half.

Here's What I Demand!

There should be something like ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) ratings for book romance like:
- N for no romance
- E for established romance
- X for multiple love interests
While I'm at it, there should be a rating for instant love, but I guess we can't have it all at once. I just want to be warned before I get invested in a book and then get drowned in love triangles. I actually did encounter novels with multiple love triangles, god knows why.

Do you like love triangles? 
Which novel do you think has portrayed them the best so far?

More YA Talk:
15-year-old Protagonists Confuse Me 
Mary Sues and Why We Need More of Them 
Instant Love and Why It Ruins Everything 
Hey Authors, Why Is LGBTQ Representation So Hard? 
I Fall For Problematic Love Interests 
Are Diverse Characters and Representation Unnecessary?

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Review] Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Lena lives in a post-apocalpytic world where love is a recognized disease and everyone gets scheduled to have the capability to love removed at age 18. She has no doubts that this is the right thing to do until she meets - surprise, surprise - a boy. 

What intrigued me: The fact that everyone loves this book. I liked BEFORE I FALL by her and was hoping for something similarly interesting.

Innovation? Not Found.

The idea isn't anything new, banning emotions was already a big thing in the 90s/00s, think of movies like Equilibrium, heck scratch that, this is basically a bad version of BRAVE NEW WORLD.

I know that Lauren Oliver is a great writer, but in DELIRIUM she seems to have forgotten all the basic rules of how to keep the reader’s attention. Every single chapter begins with pages and pages of reflective paragraphs about some kind of childhood memory or relationship to another character, that I as a reader, could not care less about. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just every other chapter, if there was action that would justify these passages. But due to her talking and talking and talking I zoned out after a while. 

The big question is how Oliver is able to fill 400+ pages with nothing. Honestly, nothing happens in this novel. Lena meets Alex, they get caught, they find a place to make out, they get caught, they take daytrips into the Wilds, they get caught.

Unlikable Heroine

The protagonist Lena has such a weird way of thinking, it made my head hurt. If you're brought up in a society that stigmatizes and makes you fear a certain thing so much that it is said to KILL you, why would you then look out for it?

Because the boy is pretty? Because the boy is pretty. Sigh.

There are not many characters that I have left to rate, nobody is paid attention to besides Hana, her best friend, and Alex, her love interest. The entire world of Delirium seems to revolve around them. I liked her friend Hana, because she actually had a personality and opinions. Lena sucks up controversial topics like a sponge and copies the way of thinking of other people, she is a very flat character and absolutely not worth having her own story dedicated to. I’d rather have read about Hana. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

I had such high hopes and expectations. I wouldn’t recommend it, if you’re looking for a good dystopia. Lack of world-building, lack of plot, lack of character-depth.

Additional Info

Published: February 7th 2012
Pages: 441
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA / Dystopia
ISBN: 9780061726835

"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
(Source: Goodreads)

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