Sunday, January 26, 2014

Super Six Sunday (1): Books I Wish I Lived In/I'm Glad I Don't Live In

Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme hosted at Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the weekly schedule of themes here.

(1) The Hunger Games

Here's a true story:

This past fall November when the movie version of Catching Fire was released, a friend (whom I'm mostly lost touch with but whose Facebook statuses I occasionally see) decided to go see Catching Fire. She's never seen The Hunger Games or read any of the books. Her reaction to it was basically violent distaste and wondering what the hell was wrong with all of us who love these books because their barbaric and it's kids killing kids. And her experience was worsened by the fact that there was a seven year old in the audience in front of her with his mother who asked his mom, who asked her during the movie "Mommy, is this real? Because if it is, we need to move now before they find us!"

I kind of feel like she asked for what she had coming to her by going to a movie based on a book and not having read the book first. Or at least the synopsis.

Anyway, like the seven year old kid said, if this was real, we would need to move and hide before they find us, much like Katniss and Gale contemplate throughout the series. So yeah, I would not like to live in Panem, unless maybe I worked in the Capital and I got to dress all wacky like the stylists do. But even then, probably not.

(2) The Newsoul Trilogy

It's no secret that I'm in love with the Newsoul Trilogy by Jodi Meadows. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trilogy, I highly recommend you getting on the bandwagon.

Infinite, the final book in the trilogy, comes out on Tuesday!

The people of Heart, the civilization focused on in the trilogy, are all people whose souls have been reincarnated dozens and dozens of times. When they die they return, reincarnated, the next time there is a birth. This allowed medical or musical prodigies to continue their life's work over the span of centuries. The only person this doesn't apply to is Ana, who was born when a previous soul, Liana was set to be reborn.

I love this concept of being reincarnated over and over again and of being able to continue to return to your life's work with memories of your past. I understand there would be downsides to living this life this way, too -- you might get tired of returning to the same things. Having memories of your previous deaths would be traumatic. But as someone who considers herself a nerd and addicted to learning, the idea that I could keep coming back and learning and reading more is fascinating to me. Although I wouldn't want to come up against a dragon or a sylph.

(My reviews of Incarnate and Asunder.)

(3) Harry Potter series

Is there anyone out there who has read the Harry Potter series who can honestly say that they don't wish they lived in world of the witches and wizards as opposed to the word of the Muggles?

We are the generation of people who are disgruntled to find that our Hogwarts letters never arrived. I think the Pottermore website's success and popularity is proof that most of us would love to live in a land where you can cast magical charms, play Quidditch, and fly cars. Despite the dark side of wizardry, all us Muggles wish we had some magical blood.

I mean, I frequently have dreams where I cast spells on people. And where I protect my house with magical enchantments. Sometimes I even take count of how many magical spells from the books and movies I can name off. I would ROCK a wizard's duel.

(4) The Twilight Saga

Way back when Twilight and its sequels were all the rage, I desperately wished that this world of vampires and shape-shifters was real. And I was somewhat (or a lot) bitter about the fact that my dreamy vampire hadn't shown up, read my mind and swept me off my feet. Living forever seemed cool, even if my blood did boil until it stopped pumping for a few days.

Now, a few years later, I still love the world that Stephenie Meyer created and I think the love story she developed is still as intoxicating as the first time I read it. No matter what kind of dirt people want to sling at Twilight, the fact is, so many YA books I now love may not be here were it not for Twilight. It, along with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, really ushered in a renaissance of sorts for YA and we're still reaping the rewards.

At 28, I now do not wish that the vampire ridden world existed. Odds are, I'd cross an evil vampire who would just drain my blood and not change me. So I'm glad I don't live in a vampire-filled Forks. But I'm still interested in visiting the true Forks, WA, just to say I've been there.

(5) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was easily one of my favorite books of 2013. For that reason, I'm not going to go too far in depth here because I do actually plan on reviewing it as one of my Top 13 Books of '13. (Better late than never, right?)

The gist is this: There has been a takeover of vampires in the U.S. and across the world. People bitten by a vampire (but not completely drained), turn "cold" with a virus that can eventually turn them into a vampire should they drink human blood. The infected have been sequestered in walled-in communities known as "Coldtowns." These Coldtowns aren't just populated by the infected or those who have turned, but by those who who wish to become infected and become a vampire themselves.

This book is haunting and chilling and it is a perfectly creepy read that I simply devoured. That said, I do not want to have my blood devoured by a vampire, nor do I want to turn cold or move to a Coldtown where those people un-turned literally walk around with butterfly needles and supplies to set up an IV-drip of their blood for a vampire that they hope will eventually turn them. Holly Black painted a picture of a civilization so cold it gives me goosebumps and I certainly do not want to live in it.

(6) The Iron Fey

The Iron Fey series and its follow-up series, Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, exist in the world I most wish were real and
which I was most enchanted by. The magical realm of the fey, both summer, winter, and iron, is both frightening and seemingly beautiful. Julie is so skilled at world building and character development. She makes me want to know her characters and walk among them. She makes me want to talk to Grimalkin the Cat, and she makes me want to plot against Queen Mab and get a makeover from Leanansidhe.

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