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  1. Days of Blood & Starlight is just a “middle”

    December 24, 2012 by Kiersi

    Days of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor

    This book gets: ♥♥♥ out of 5

    Days of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor – I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so, so much–mostly due to the love affair I had with its precursor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone (tapped by Universal Studios for a motion picture). And that is, perhaps, part of my problem with it. High expectations. Unrealistically high expectations.

    In a lot of ways, I did like Days of Blood & Starlight. As ever, Taylor’s writing is (at least in prose) totally flawless–gorgeous, in fact. Unfortunately, this book suffered from, well… middleness. The whole novel feels like the soggy middle section of a much larger book. It reminds me of The Two Towers in Lord of the Rings, doing a lot of the necessary world-building, lore-weaving, or whatever that is, at the expense of plot and character.

    The story follows many different story strands that, for the first half of the book, only run parallel to each other and rarely cross. Karou spends a lot of time locked in a room, building bodies for Thiago, and surmising and ruminating and generally mulling over her dreary situation. It makes you long for the ray of sunshine timelines–cough, Zuzana, cough–and even for the snippets of war and bloodshed that sneak in.

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  2. On Drama, Fan Service, and Serials

    September 19, 2012 by Kiersi

    Okay. Here it is. My guiltiest admission.

    I am a total sucker for drama. Teenage girl drama. Soap operas. Recently, a friend turned me on to a trashy TV show called Gossip Girl (yeah, you heard me) and I couldn’t stop watching it for nearly three weeks. It’s like ordering bottomless fries at the pub down the street–you just can’t pull yourself away.

    Drama works because it’s the fantasy that no one really has. I mean, who wants their life to be this complicated and messy? Daddy issues, amnesia, unexpected pregnancies, the gamut–but we kind of do. We envy their glamour. We envy their passion.

    So why does it work? And how do you do it?

    The Conflict Cycle (more…)