Musing Mondays #12: Controversial bookish topics

Posted April 21, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 4 Comments

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Musings:
Today I’ll be discussing the more controversial book elements: love triangles, insta-love, and, of course, vampires.
 
LOVE TRIANGLES: I tend to be neutral about these. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. I usually only get upset when she ends up choosing the guy I wasn’t rooting for, which doesn’t happen all that often. I actually hesitate to bring Twilight into this, because when I read it the first time, I liked both Edward and Jacob. And the ending was satisfying enough to me. Looking back on it, I am now 100% Team Jacob, but still not really upset at the whole thing because it’s Twilight and I was never obsessed with it. It’s all right, really. 
My only other example today is Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I haven’t read the third book yet, so I actually have no idea how this love triangle will work out, but it’s the most intense I’ve ever seen! I’m so hopelessly for both of these guys that I just know my heart will be broken somehow in the last book! I’m scared to read it, honestly. But deep, deep in my heart I know I will most likely be rooting for Will. I can’t even write about it. I get so many feels just thinking about it.
 
INSTA-LOVE: I don’t have many examples of this to talk about. I don’t even know if I’ve read all that many books with insta-love. I have one example, though, of an extreme case of insta-love: Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet. Ashling and Grey bond instantly and it’s crazy intense. The insta-love thing is another one of those things where either it works or it doesn’t. In this case, it works for one reason. I didn’t really approve at first, but I was focused on the other elements in the story besides romance and as long as the book isn’t ENTIRELY about the romance, I can overlook the insta-love. But this worked because there was, at a few points, a question as to whether the love was real. If it was 100% certain the entire time, well, I would doubt its authenticity. But the fact that it was questioned and then proven makes it okay, more realistic. That’s the kind of insta-love I can stomach.
 
VAMPIRES: Some people are so done with vampire books. Some people say Twilight ruined it for them. Not so for me. I don’t actually read that many vampire books, but the ones I do read I enjoy. They may all seem kind of cookie-cutter (to an extend) or similar to Twilight, but hey, I didn’t hate Twilight, so it’s all good. And then there are the books that aren’t even about romance at all- take the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. An excellent example of a vampire-based middle grade series (and a long one too- 12 books) that is fantastically written with a great plot to match. See, vampire books don’t all have to be about romance, forbidden love, and all that, to be good. They don’t even have to be young adult. And as a side note, I haven’t read Dracula and don’t really plan to. I’ve got enough classics on my TBR without that one.
 
And I guess I’ll mention forbidden love while I’m at it. I have no issues with it. It usually works. Things along the lines of Romeo and Juliet- I’ll eat them up. 
 
So what are your thoughts on these controversial elements? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Comments on "Musing Mondays #12: Controversial bookish topics"

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saturdaynightwriting
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I’m the opposite to you. I find unnecessary romance in a story (or romance necessary because there is a poorly written story) to be a lazy way out of creating a story with complexities and tension. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I just scream “This is a completely pointless love triangle!” To each their own, I’m just not that into romance. You might not be into… robots… or something that I like.

Alicia the Awesome
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Haha that’s true! And you know, I don’t think I’ve read that many books with robots. You never know, I may like them (: But yes, I agree unnecessary romance is just silly and should be left out entirely if the plot holds up.

Lyle Lee
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I agree: vampire books don’t have to be all about romance. I find that some of the most enticing creatures in the fantasy genre are vampires, and not all of them are as witty or as charming as we often think them to be.
Actually, if we’re speaking of middle-grade books with vampires, the “Skullduggery Pleasant” series is quite good. It’s not entirely about vampires, but I like how Derek Landy depicts them as horrific ghouls and not really hot teenagers. They become pretty formidable opponents when they’re hungry.

Alicia the Awesome
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Yeah, that’s basically how vampires used to be before they were Twilight-ified. We need more of that or perhaps just a really long break from vampires. That series looks pretty good, I might read it (I quite enjoy middle grade books)

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