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Something that bugs me about books: Irritating protagonists.

Everyone has read a book which has an irritating protagonist, surely. It is a good mark of a well-written character who may remind you of some equally irritating person you know in real life, just put down on paper. Nothing wrong with that.

However, it ruins the experience of reading a little, especially when you want to throttle them!

I’ll give you some examples:

  1. Ana, Fifty Shades of Grey - She is rather pathetic, despite being fairly intelligent. I guess she is a little less experienced in the world, especially in relationships and sex, than her peers. Suddenly, she realises that getting beaten up is OK if it’s a hot, sexy, rich man doing it in a way which is pleasurable. Until she realises just how messed up he is and how she is never going to have a normal relationship with him. She annoyed me almost as much as…
  2. Bella, the Twilight saga – This girl whines on about having to move to Forks, even though she says it was her own idea. She says she loves her dad, but refuses to call him that, opting for “Charlie” when talking to everybody but him. She complains about getting presents for her birthday and celebrating her birthday because she is getting old. There is no denying this fact of life. She is happy that vampire Edward watches her sleep at night and never leaves her alone if he can help it. She does stupid things like almost killing herself in order to see hallucinations of Edward after he leaves her. She ignores the dangers and persuades Edward to have sex with her as a human, knowing that she could easily die. She obsesses about becoming a vampire, which seems like the only way to stay with Edward forever. She really has so many flaws. She says she’s not normal, and i guess the story would be boring if she was normal, but even so, she’s still a fairly normal to other people’s eyes.
  3. Emma, from the classic Jane Austen novel, Emma. – She annoys me because she is constantly trying to match-make other people, and interferes too much. She spends too much time meddling in other’s lives that she doesn’t realise the effect she has on them. Mr Knightley even tells her off for making fun of people. For someone supposedly caring about the less well-off people, she can be really bitchy! And she is really selfish, especially when she tells Harriet to refuse the marriage proposal from the guy she loves (and ends up marrying anyway!).
  4. Valentina, from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. – She starts out so well, being the shy and quiet girl overshadowed by her domineering twin sister Julia, who nicknames her “Mouse”. Then she wants to escape her bossy sister and be with her lover, but instead of just running away, she hatches a plan to fake her death and then run away, just to sever the bond with her sister. The flaw? Her aunt’s ghost steals her body, so she ends up stuck dead, still with her sister.

Do you agree? Is there anyone else you would like to add to this list?

I have just watched the DVD of the film version of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ (2012). 

I have read the Twilight books many times, even though they have had many mixed reviews, and it took me a while to get around to watching all the films, having disliked the first one on my initial viewing of it. However, i have got into the films  but waited ages to see the finale due to being unable to find anyone equally sad willing enough to go to the cinema to see it with me.

I was curious how the director would make the film now that Bella is a vampire. There are a lot of special effects which show Bella’s new senses and strength as a vampire, and also show the fast growth of her and Edward’s daughter Renesmee. A lot of effects are shown as Renesmee grows from a baby to a child with her face being just bit too Photoshopped! The scene were Bell and Emmett arm-wrestle is another feast of special effects where nothing looks very real!

Away from the special effects, the film stays fairly close to the book, with most of the best scenes being kept, such as Bella’s training, and Charlie being introduced to his changed daughter and his new granddaughter. I liked how extra bits were added in, such as Jacob helping the kids who transform into werewolves because of the amount of vampires appearing in the neighbourhood, and how Jacob transforms in front of Charlie to try to explain that the world isn’t as straightforward as it looks. I also like the flashbacks to the Volturi hunting those who created immortal children, including Tanya’s mother, which makes it more poignant to the feelings shown by the characters.

The obvious thing i was looking forward to is the battle between the Cullens and their friends and the Volturi. In the book it generally involves a lot of standing around and people reading each other’s minds and talking and so on. The film tweaks this part and there is a huge twist that had me shouting at the screen in horror! However, the films still ends as happily as the book does, so it hasn’t ruined it for me, but the outcome is very clever!

So, for anyone who loves Twilight, you will love the film. If you don’t like Twilight, well, never mind! It feels very final and is a good ending to the Saga, and possibly is better than the earlier films because, let’s face it, Bella as a character is better as a vampire! A big thumbs up to this film!

“You could run from someone you feared, you could try to fight someone you hated. All my reactions were geared toward those kinds of killers – the monsters, the enemies. When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give your beloved, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?” 
― Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn