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I Won! November 25, 2011

Filed under: Books,Writing — katblogger @ 3:31 PM
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That’s right. At around 12 today, I entered my novel into the validator and came out as a winner of NaNo 2011. For proof, simply look below:

Of course, technically I had 50000 words on the 19th, but it doesn’t feel real until the website validates you.

Anyway, now that NaNo has cooled down, I can start posting normally again. Hopefully. For my first comeback post, I’m going to complain a bit. Can you guess why?

Of course. For the last few weeks, I have been bombarded by Breaking Dawn ads, and people gushing over Breaking Dawn. It’s enough to make a reader of decent literature gag.

Why am I hating on this book series so much? you might ask. If you don’t like it, just don’t read it.

And maybe I wouldn’t have such a problem with it… if ‘perfect, beautiful, god-like Edward’ wasn’t an abusive boyfriend. That’s right – the character that millions of pre-teen, impressionable little girls are looking up to as the perfect husband matches 12 out of 20 warning signs for an abusive boyfriend. So tell me that these books aren’t dangerous. They’re scary for more than their potential as really good bludgeoning weapons. They rationalize abusive, controlling behavior.

Don’t believe me? Read Eclipse. That one’s the worst. Edward is portrayed as being protective… as he rips the starter cables out of Bella’s truck so she can’t visit her friends, and later has his sister kidnap her every time he’s gone so she won’t wander off. How the h**l is that supposed to be romantic? I really hope a bunch of thirteen year olds don’t go out searching for their own personal Edward… because they may find themselves in their own personal nightmare.


Blogging Twilight is *sob* Over March 19, 2011

Filed under: Books — katblogger @ 11:54 AM

Yesterday marked the end of an era. The last part of a two year long series that made us laugh, cry, and see that even the most horrible literature can still give us amusement.

Yes, I’m talking about Blogging Twilight, one man’s hysterical reaction to the undeservedly famous series. I’m not kidding when I say it’s worth reading the books just to see Dan’s (the blogger) reaction to all of the plot holes and moments of general stupidity. This blog was the light of my Thursday, and I’ll probably read through the whole thing now that it’s finished. I encourage you all to do the same. Here’s the link:

You are my life now, 😉



The First Sentence Petting Zoo January 22, 2011

Filed under: Books,Writing — katblogger @ 10:27 AM
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A while ago, I wrote a post on the power of a first sentence. That being said, I thought – Why not show people the good, the bad, and the just plain weird of first sentences? So I grabbed some popular books, and some ones I like, and cracked them open to the first page. Here you are, along with a little commentary of mine.

The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

“She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.”

Good. We have a character’s name – a pretty long character name, which is intruiging – and the mystery. Why won’t she open her eyes?

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”

Medium. The act of waking up adds immediacy, and the cold bed signifies that someone is missing. Still… it could be better.

Uglies, Scott Westerfeld.

“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Good. This is one of the just plain weird ones. But it’s intruiging, isn’t it?

Midnighters: Blue Noon, Scott Westerfeld. (What can I say? He writes great first sentences.)

“Bixby High’s late bell shrieked in the distance, like something wounded and ready to be cut from the herd.”

Very good. The character is late, adding drama. Also, from their POV, they sound like a psychopath. That always draws me in.

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

“I’d never given much thought to how I would die – thought I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.”

Medium. As much as I like to hate on Twilight, this is pretty good. Obviously it sets up an immediate conflict. But it is a little long, and overly dramatic.

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, JK Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Low medium. It’s not usually a good idea to start a book by talking about secondary characters. And saying they’re ‘perfectly normal’ isn’t really an eye catcher.

Runemarks, Joanne Harris

“Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again.”

Very good. After the end of the world? Goblins? Seriously – this is a good hook.


Twilight… Not For Kids Anymore July 16, 2010

Filed under: Books,In the News — katblogger @ 8:04 PM
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I did a double take when I saw this article linked to the news page.

‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ to have sex scenes? Melissa Rosenberg says it’s possible

Melissa Rosenberg, who turned the Twilight novels into the blockbuster Twilight Saga films, is setting out to please many Twi-hards with the Saga’s final Breaking Dawn films.

I don’t think we’re planning to shy away from anything,” she told “I think the birth should be as horrifying as it is in the novel. The sex scenes should be as scintillating as they are in the novel, as erotic as they are in the novel. All of it, I think we should see all of it.”

Excerpt from

Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that 12 year old fangirls will not be allowed in. Heck, if it’s R anyone under 17 needs parental accompaniment. That slices a huge chunk out of the target audience. I can see the girls at my school sobbing now.

I’ve never had much respect for Twilight movies. I’ve seen the first one, and I didn’t recognize a single scene from the book. Obviously they took significant liberties. However, it pulled in the fans and made loads of money, so they were doing something right.

However, now it appears that the directors are keeping scenes from the book instead of adjusting the movie to get more viewers. How does that work? We’ll see, when the movie/s come out and legions of upset middle schoolers are turned away from the theater doors.

(And for the record, Breaking Dawn’s sort-of-there-sort-of-not sex scenes are not scintillating. Or erotic. Nuff said.)…