I've been very vocal about my disgust with the first book and, thanks to some lovely people who have left comments, I have come to learn that the sequels are no better. But what about the movies? I hated the first and yet it could be that the movies are less offensive. Right?
Not according to this paragraph from the review of the most recent movie:
"But when a saga popular with pre-adolescent girls peaks romantically on a night that leaves the heroine to wake up covered with bruises in the shape of her husband's hands — and when that heroine then spends the morning explaining to her husband that she's incredibly happy even though he injured her, and that it's not his fault because she understands he couldn't help it in light of the depth of his passion — that's profoundly irresponsible."
I not only am appalled that mothers are praising these books and encouraging their daughters to read them, I am truly disgusted that I know adult women who think highly of them and have even recommended them to me.
Thankfully, I had the sense to know how bad they were from reading the first one and everything I have learned about these books since then proves one thing: they don't get better, they only get worse and worse and still more worse.
""A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." - Elbert Hubbard "
Debra Moffit is one of the presenters from the Wellness & Writing Connections conference and she recently published a book which is featured in the upcoming issue of the newsletter. This link is to her newsletter page.
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I'm very likely going to be hosting a reading challenge of my own on book review blog. I will announce it both here and there. But I enjoyed the Classics Challenge this past summer and I'm still enjoying the Books I Should Have Read By Now Challenge so I'm keeping my eye open for other interesting reading challenges.
Over on A Literary Odyssey, there is a Shakespeare Reading Month Challenge. I've been meaning to pick up on reading Shakespeare where I left off a while ago so this seems like a good way to get that kick started.
On Friday, Rob and I went to the school to politely request my money back but the administrator who brought us the bad news about the course being canceled said that they were going to have the class after all. Seems that 1) they knew back in September that the final class in the course would not be offered and 2) they should never have taken our money. So even if there are only three of us in the class, they are going to have it. And the teacher is willing to teach it even if there are only three of us.
So all's well that ends well. Some other things came out after Thursday, things Rob hadn't told me about someone, things that I'm glad he didn't tell me because they would have diminished someone in my eyes but now, under the current circumstances, this someone needs to be diminished in my eyes and in my heart so the things he shared, although they hurt, hurt me for him rather than myself. And that's what I needed.
I'll hopefully have more news regarding my own reading challenge for 2012 coming up. I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am.