Interesting vs. Charming Prince

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So, almost like every other person with access to a movie theater, I’ve become infatuated with Frozen, though you’d more likely to find me humming the “Snowman” song as opposed to the worldwide sensation of “Let It Go.” For those of us living in the US East Coast, the scenery of the movie oh-so accurately reflects what we’ve needed to put up with these past couple of months — that is, piles of snow and bitter, unrelenting freezing winds.

Anyway, if you’ve seen the movie, you know that scene with Hans and Anna in the castle. Yes, ‘that’ scene… I don’t know what happened in your theater, but when that scene happened, there was an audible gasp in the crowd, with one brave soul loudly crying out, “asshole,” not caring that the audience was 2/3 children. I don’t know how many of them have seen the movie before and are still reacting that strongly to that scene… I was, unfortunately, spoiled for it weeks earlier (thanks tumblr!) but I kept hoping that I misunderstood; there was no way that charming Hans could be that much of a douchebag, could he? Continue reading

When Fandom Invades Your Fiction

Cinder by Marisa Meyer is marketed as a “sci-fi retelling of Cinderella,” complete with its cover of a cyborg foot dressed in a bright red pump. As a big sucker for a good fairy tale retelling, I was really excited to get my face all into those glorious pages, seeing how the author would retell this classic story in a futuristic age. Little did I know that this story isn’t as much about Cinderella as it is about Sailor Moon.

This novel is the first of a four-book young adult series entitled “The Lunar Chronicles.” Generally, when I start a new book series, I try not to look up too much information on it. I thought the series title was sorta weird and not really “fairy-tale appropriate,” but sure, I’m willing to run with it. So anyway, Cinder, our heroine, is a cyborg mechanic living in a city named New Beijing. She was adopted into a family after her parents were killed in an accident, the same accident that destroyed one of her hands and her feet and which condemned her to a cyborg existence. She has only a couple of friends: her foster sister Peony and the house android Iko. This novel actually makes a lot of cute parallels to keep the spirit of the original fairy tale: instead of a pumpkin that turns into a coach, Cinder goes to the ball in a pumpkin-colored car, etc. I’m okay with those parts — it’s really the Sailor Moon fanfic part that I didn’t care for.

Obviously, spoilers from here on. Continue reading