Posts Tagged ‘Twilight’

What I am reading:

“Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer – Don’t judge me, I like it when I don’t put my critical English graduate head on!

What I have finished reading this week:


Other Bookish Things:

I love Harry Potter (in case you hadn’t gathered by the amount of posts I write mentioning the series) and only recently have I started reading headcanons and fan theories about it. The latest one I found is regarding the numbers of student at Hogwarts being difficult to work out, as JK Rowling said there’s 1000 kids in the school but the maths doesn’t add up when you consider how many first years there are in the first film. See the article on Glamour magazine’s website for the full theory!

This theory actually makes a lot of sense! It’s very sad though.

I’ve never really thought too much about the number of pupils before – I just assumed that Harry shares a boys’ dorm with 4 others (Ron, Neville, Seamus and Dean), and we never hear of any other Gryffindor boys, and then there must be 5 Gryffindor girls as well (although I can only recall Hermione, Lavender and Parvati) so that’s 10 students for their House, so maybe there’s 10 in the other 3 houses too, so that makes Harry’s year a total of 40.

I’m probably wrong as it’s unlikely there would be an equal number of boys and girls in all Houses as the number of students depends on how many magical kids were born in that year group – and not all of them necessarily went to Hogwarts, as you could go to another school (but why wouldn’t you go to Hogwarts!)

I recently read “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.  

The blurb reads:

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”

It is an interesting read and feels like a mixture of several things put together: one huge dollop of “The Hunger Games” (a dystopian world of segregation where people fight each other), a tiny pinch of “Twilight” (a girl discovers she has supernatural powers and is in her element), a bite of “Noughts and Crosses” (a world of segregation of the elite and the commoners) and a chunk of the X-Men (people born with special powers).

Mare is an interesting character who had no idea she was special and was just struggling through life knowing she hasn’t got a promising future. Then everything changes and her world becomes full of secrets and power struggles. There is plenty of promise in this novel, especially as it is the start of a series, although it’s not as good as “The Hunger Games” so far. It’s a good read and is fairly easy to follow. The ideas are intriguing with all the special powers and the fact that certain people have red blood and others have silver blood is quite weird.

It seems to end fairly quickly but if there’s more books to come then it isn’t too bad. I recommend it if you liked “The Hunger Games” as it’s got a lot of similar features but then that could be a downside to this novel!

I give this book 7 out of 10.

Day 29: “A book everyone hated but you liked”

It’s kind of difficult, but I suppose I could pick the “Twilight” books because the literary world seems to think the books are awful, but they were still bestsellers. I was given the series by my friends for Christmas one year and I actually really enjoyed them! I have since read countless reviews by people who point out the flaws in the books, and if I let my critical inner English student review them, I too see the flaws in the books. I still like the books though! I don’t care if you judge me!

About the Challenge:

30 Day Challenge – Books (via mylittlebookblog – click photo to visit blog)