Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Notebook

The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks

I had the urge to read this book because I was feeling sort of sentimental about the movie. I loved the movie (hated it the first time I saw it though) and every time freshman year when my dorm neighbor and I needed a little cry, we'd slip in the Notebook and have it. I thought, then, I would have some emotion when I read the book. I was wrong. The theory that movies are never as good as the books has been proven wrong. Extremely wrong.
Not that the book was bad, it just didn't live up to the movie that was based upon it....It feels strange to type that poorly written sentence. Movies are never supposed to live up to the book. Today at the library when I was checking it out, the libriaian was gushing about how much she loved this book and how amazing and sad it was. She lied. Thanks, old lady. Some of the comments about the book in the back are "Simply beautiful- I cried and cried", "Beautiful love story. What a tearjerker", "The story hit so close to home for me" and my ultimate favorite" OMG no way!" but the exclamation point had a heart instead of a dot.
I didn't feel like this when I read it. The whole time I was wondering when the whole love scene at the dock was going to take place...it never did. Or the best scene at the fair when Noah climbs up the Ferris Wheel. Never happens. Okay, the movie is better than the book, by far. And there is no old people sex in the movie. No one wants that...not even old people.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Milan Kundera

I'm not sure if the reason it took me over three weeks to read this book was because of the fact that I'm lazy or if it wasn't what I imagined it was going to be. The book has an amazing title and I guess that I might have judged the book by it's cover. Whoops, my bad. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, I liked the way it was written and the way it was set up (into sections, then into short chapters. All of the sections were more or less talking about a different character's life). There was something about it, and I know it was the characters, that threw me off. There were only two characters who I even sort of appreciated and connected with. Those two characters were Marie-Claude and Simon.
Spoiler, FYI I'll give you a little play by play as I see it (but I usually read things wrong, so bear with me): Thomas is married, has a son (Simon), gets divorced, meets Sabina (along with dozens of other mistresses) and Tereza. He gets married to Tereza and still sees Sabina. Sabina also sees this man named Franz who later sees one of his students. Anyway, Franz is married to Marie-Claude, who is stuck in some sort of domestic funk. That's why I like her. I've always been sort of an advocate for housewives. I like Simon cause he's not like everyone else.
Every character (other than Simon and Marie-Claude) is the type of person I don't like. Therefore I found this book slightly off-putting.
Everything else about the book I liked, but I'm not good at writing about it.

How to Meet Cute Boys

How to Meet Cute Boys
Deanna Kizis

I thought that this might be some sort of a how-to guide to meeting attractive men. It's not. This girl is at a party and within the first 20 pages has an official boyfriend. I think that the title needs to be changed to How to Have a Stupid Name in an Extremely Generic Book about a Boyfriend Who is 8 Years Younger Than You. Oh, whoops, SPOILER alert. By the way, the main character's name is Benjamina Franklin. No, I'm not kidding.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Demian

Demian
Herman Hesse

I'm not sure if this post is going to be more about the book or more about my feelings towards what I think the book is about. But you know I never really have any idea. To get my feelings about the book over with, though, I really liked it. It was one of those books you had to pay attention to the whole time or you'd miss something. I feel as though it was an extremely complicated book, yet at the same time it was so simple. The message that I picked up from the book was (well this is one of the messages, I don't think that it is the overall theme or anything, but what spoke to me):
You don't wait for change to happen, you seek it out when you're ready. Only when you're ready will you be able to positively change and grow in strength and wisdom.
Does that make sense? I'm not sure mostly because I don't have that rare gift of making people understand what I'm saying and also because I'm not sure if that's right. But if I didn't already return the book to the library or I had a photographic memory, I would tell you the quote that spoke to me. I just think that Emil Sinclair knew that he was ready to change is reckless ways and become a higher person. That's why this book came at a good time in my life because I think that I've been sitting around for 22 years waiting for something to happen and it never did. Now I'm not one of those 8 year old romantic little girls thinking that my prince will come and life will be peachy thereafter. I'm simply saying that something needs to change, whether what's changing is my faith, my moral outlook, my job, my career path, my desire to help people, my weight, the way I dress, how I feel about myself, how others see me, anything that could be possible.
I'm not even 100% sure if I am, in fact, ready for this change that Sinclair sought out, but I'm trying some new things at the moment and I'm ready to see how they work out. I'm putting myself in some new situations and I'm trying to not complain about them, but learn about them and hopefully grow into a more enlightened person. I'm also hoping along the way I will meet someone like Demian who will be like my spirit guide who could help me discover something, anything. I guess we'll have to see where I end up. At least we know what happened to Sinclair, he's lucky in that sense.