Critical Linking: April 13, 2012

 

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Alright folks. Here. We. Go.

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What is it that makes Fifty Shades of Grey so appealing? What makes it such a steamy read? My answer may shock you. It wasn’t about the hot sex, although there was plenty of it, and it certainly makes you turn the pages quickly. It wasn’t about the story line or the dialogue, either. For me, there are two reasons, and they both have to do with Christian Grey, the oh-so-Domineering Leading Man.

Subtitle: A-Hole, A Love Story.

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“I’d love to read a concise, non-hysterical biography of Michael Jackson. I just want to know everything about him.”

Kinda creepy. And am I so on board.

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Katniss was clearly a heroine, but a heroine with issues. She intrigued me because she never seemed to know her own strength. She wasn’t blandly insecure the way girls are often forced to be in fiction. She was brave but flawed. She was a heroine, but she was also a girl who loved two boys and couldn’t choose which boy she loved best. She was not sure she was up to the task of leading a revolution but she did her best, even when she doubted herself.

She’s just a girl, standing in front of a few boys, asking them to lead a revolution with her.

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