Showing posts with label stephanie perkins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stephanie perkins. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On Trends and Why You Should Stop Mocking Them | YA Talk

When I tell people that I love to read books about vampires, I still get a bunch of weird looks. 
"Vampires are so 2007", "Vampires aren't in anymore"
"Vampires are sooo boring", "Omg did you like Twilight??!" - 

I can't even recall all the things people have said to me, because at some point, I just stopped listening.

Yeah, vampires may have been a trend in 2007, but that doesn't mean I still can't like them, right?

There actually is a crowd of people in the book blogging community that is all about the same stuff. You tend to find the same books on ten different blogs. Especially with YA, people play favorites. You can't run a YA book blog without even just having heard of Marissa Meyer, Stephanie Perkins, Tahereh Mafi, and Sarah J. Maas.

Whether it's the same five authors all over everyones' blogs or the same topics, sometimes posts tend to get repetitive. I see the same genre stuff on countless blogs all the time.

Is it a bad thing to like popular stuff?

Of course not. You can like whatever you want, and if you want to post about it, you do you. What bugs me isn't that people tend to go for the same genre/author books all the time, but seeing people pretend to like them just for the sake of belonging to the IT crowd. If you obsess about something for quite some time, you'll start to romanticize it. Same goes for books.

Why is it that you can't like what you like and not be afraid to show it?

What's in today, might be out tomorrow. I'm not a high schooler anymore, I don't care what people think is cool. My reading habits are maybe influenced by what's popular right now due to hypes, but I decide on my own whether I actually like it or not. You should, too.

Swimming with the stream in terms of reading preferences can get pretty exhausting and is not worth it. I used to try to keep up with the recent trends and at least read the books everyone is going on about. I don't anymore, because I don't want to have to keep up with anyone's expectations but my own. I like to read what I read and if it isn't what's cool right now, so be it.

Guilty pleasures don't exist

You may be mocking the trends of the early 2000s right now, but do you really think that dystopian fiction, those New Adult novels, or your paranormal romance books will still be cool in 2020? I don't think so.

I hate that we have to label everything a guilty pleasure that other people don't approve of. There should be no such thing as guilty pleasures. Whatever you enjoy should be what you're proud of reading. Even if it's smutty mom porn. I mean, these days that kind of stuff even makes it to the big screen ;).

No one should be ashamed of what they're reading, especially not on the internet.

Who the heck cares about trends anyways.

What is your stance on trends? 
Do you check out the popular stuff or do your own thing entirely?

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

[Review] Anna and the French Kiss (#1) - Stephanie Perkins

In "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins two teenagers that were sent to a boarding school in Paris fall in love. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this novel is basically slow. Really darn slow.

What intrigued me: I'm not going to lie, everyone on tumblr loves this, so I had to check it out.

Unrealistic Portrayal of France

This leads to another thing that bothers me - if you have any idea about Paris and about French, this novel is no fun. I can hardly imagine how a teenager who struggles with even buying FOOD from the school cafeteria can afford going to the movies in some fancy art house cinema in PARIS twice a week and casually pay for all the touristic activities there. 

Do you know how much it costs to go up the Eiffel Tower? Trust me, you don't want to. Also, yeah ... you can't learn French in 6 months. I'm talking about the scene in which Anna overhears a conversation between native speakers in fluent French and understands everything. She can't even conjugate verbs but she understands Parisians? Good luck with that. 

Poor Character Building

I've had the impression the characters were well thought out though. Sadly I thought that about everyone besides St.Clair. After forcing myself to read 370 pages, I still have no idea who that guy is. Exept I do know now that he's got perfect hair and rushes to Anna's side like a sick puppy whenever someone takes a deep breath to say something rude about her. I didn't care about him unlike Anna who was madly in love with him since the first second she saw him, obviously because she thinks he is attractive. Then he turns out to be a knight in shining armor that secretly loves her as well but is too shy to admit it. 

Anna isn't really a nice character either which gave me a hard time sympathizing with her. She does drop her friends the second they aren't interesting anymore, like her pastime-friend Rashmi stated. I just find it horrible how she drops everyone when St.Clair only breathes in her direction and I refuse to romanticize the idea of that. Just because you're in love, you don't become antisocial and drop everything and let down everyone you know. AND if you happen to do this, your friends sure as hell won't be there anymore to cheer on you when you finally got the guy. I couldn't sympathize with the protagonists at all. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

No. There's much better YA out there that doesn't bore you half to death. I don't like for YA relationships to be horrible rolemodels and I don't support selfish characters that drop everything for love. I'm not interested in the sequels and I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. If I want a quick, fluffy read I'd rather go back to the basics and choose a Sophie Kinsella novel.

Additional Info

Original Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: July 16th 2013
Pages: 372
Medium: Paperback
Publisher: Speak
Genre: YA / Romance

"Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's waiting for?"(Source: Goodreads)


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