Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Random Post of Randomness

I didn't sleep much last night. I went to bed too late, couldn't sleep, then woke up too early. I should've gone to bed hours ago because I know I'll wake up at the same time tomorrow and it will be too early. But I am stupid and wanted to stay up to watch Corazon Salvaje.

So I'm all jittery and jumpy because I just downed an entire can of Coke even though I KNOW that I get all fucked up if I drink caffeine at night (like a Gremlin, yes?) but I wanted to stay awake to watch the damn show because I am obsessed with how ridiculous it is. I still need to write a full recap here and get you all to watch it too even if you can't understand it because it is so good to just watch and not listen.

And I have to get this out of my chest and write SOMETHING or I will go insane with this sugar rush.

See, I'm annoyed that the show has been stuck in this damned rut for about two weeks now. On the one hand, we have this totally awesome plot of Juan finally falling in love with Regina The Good and Noble Who Opens Up His Heart To Love and Goodness. And it's really genuinely sweet and cute and the cheesy romantic in me is eating it up.

On the other hand, we have the four other main characters doing this EVERY single episode (caps are meant to signify screaming because they just shout all the damn time:



Renato: NO YOU HAG



Renato: NO YOU HAG! RAH!


Noel (Renato's Goodly Poofyhaired Dad): NO RENATO YOU MUST FORGIVE HIM



Rodrigo (Aimee and Regina's Evil Dad, Evil Mom is in love with him for some reason, and he squints a lot): ATTA BOY GO AFTER THAT BASTARD WHOM I HATE!



And they seriously just run around the same three rooms for DAYS ON END having this same exact discussion EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. The timeline really confuses me, too, because it seems like WEEKS have gone by in the Juan/Regina storyline. But then we have Aimee wearing the same whorish dress and matching neck-flower for like four episodes! Sometimes Renato goes to the police to try to do something. It's very confusing and very stupid. There's a lot of screaming and yelling and wailing and it's really repetitive.

And really, the revenge is just totally stupid because what's he planning, exactly? He's already married to The Whore, right. And Juan and Regina are already married, and falling in love, of course. So I don't get what he wants to do, exactly. He's just a turd who needs a hobby.

That's all I have to say about that. Hmmph.

You guys, get this show. It's ridiculous beyond belief.

Oooh just wait til I tell you the convoluted storylines and tell you about the characters! you will love me.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Pain: Chapter 10

And we're back to this damned thing. Sorry for the delay: I've been distracted by World Cup Madness and whatnot. Honduras is out of the Cup but I'm still proud as hell that they made it all the way there, and hey, we're still not as embarrassing as France. Bwah. So I'm sucking up every last minute of the matches, enjoying just about every game, shouting at the TV a lot and driving half my friends insane over facebook. I tend to get very emotional about these things. I don't have a favorite quite yet, but I'd like to see Uruguay and Chile go far, and I want to see Brazil, Spain, Mexico and Maradona suffer. Not Argentina. Just Maradona. Not sure how that will work, but let's just roll with it.

Anyway, here we go. Prepare for the pain.



You know, I honestly thought I'd be hooked by now. So many people have said that they got into it and couldn't stop reading, even if they found it horrible. The word "addictive" came up a lot. But I'm on chapter...what...10? 100 pdf pages or so in and I'm not feeling anything but contempt for the writing and an immense dislike for the characters.

But I vowed I would read this entire goddamn series and I WILL DO IT IF IT COSTS ME A LEG FROM HITTING IT IN ANGER AND FRUSTRATION.

AND I know that we're done with the boring bits where Klutz didn't know what Eddie Sparkles really was. Now we know, and maybe shit will get more ridiculous. It had better.

At the very least, I hope I get more stuff that makes me laugh and less stuff that makes me want to scream.

Variations on "Edward is Pretty" Count: 5

Quick n Hard Summary:
Sigh. Another day at school. The entire point of this chapter is for us to find out that Edward likes to keep tabs on Bella's every thought and activity by READING OTHER PEOPLE'S MINDS. So, basically, dude can find out everything about Bella (including what she says about him) by reading other people's minds. It's completely disturbing in a total-stalker type of way. Bella is mad for 3 seconds before she forgives him because of how she's an idiot and stuff. She asks a lot of questions about him. There are some unintentionally funny bits and I nearly die.

Real Time Notes:

-Eddie Sparkles is waiting for her in his car when she gets up for school the next day. She's all giddy, of course.

6- "Again, the fabric clung to his perfectly muscled chest. It was a colossal tribute to his face that it kept my eyes away from his body."

COLOSSAL. Poop really fails at using words properly. Yeah, it's an adjective. That doesn't mean you can use it for ANYTHING, woman. You idiot. I'm embarrassed for you. Also: geez, Bella. Just jump him already.

-Also also: He likes muscle shirts and body glitter? oh, Edward.

-Ed says it's weird how nonchalant she is with his confessions. He thinks she's guarded or something; I think she's just a giant idiot who never considers the consequences of anything. Plus she's dazzled by his perfection or whatever the fuck.

-They see Rosalie (Ed's pseudo-sister) has some awesome sports car in the parking lot, even though Ed claims they want to blend in--WHY?! Why pretend to be in High School? Most people consider High School as the worst years of their lives. High School is BORING. Why do you want to blend in with TEENAGERS? Blergh!

7-"Good morning, Jessica," Edward said politely. It wasn't really his fault that his voice was so irresistible. Or what his eyes were capable of."


-Klutz asks Ed to tell her what's on Jess's mind because hey, whatever with ethics when it comes to mindreading the little people.

-blahblah, class, Mike is a doofus, class. Doesn't matter because she's not with Eddie.

-Erm, so basically Ed's gonna find out how Bella feels about him by reading Jess's mind. And because Bella's an idiot she'll tell Jess everything? that's kind of creepy.

-Now Bella even likes the clouds because that means Eddie's gonna be around. Yay, her life is changing! For the worse!

-Bella tells Jess about her pseudo-date. They gossip and for once she sounds like a normal teenage girl.

-"I think so, but it's hard to tell. He's always so cryptic," I threw in for his benefit, sighing."

I love that Jessica's just this empty shell of a person that Bella's using to transmit messages to Ed.

-"Oh, well. He is unbelievably gorgeous." Jessica shrugged as if this excused any flaws. Which, in her book, it probably did."


Once again we just confirm that there is NOTHING that sets Bella apart from everyone else.

-It's completely hilarious to me how easily Bella takes in Ed's 'special condition'. Wouldn't you be slightly more...disturbed, or at least curious about him being a vampire? But no, it has to be incredibly easy to accept his vampirism and his soullessness and whatever. Because, again, IT DOESN'T MATTER. It's just some stupid McGuffin that will bring up some stupid plot points later on, but which fails to create any real conflict between the characters. There's nothing to be lost or chanced here. And so, how is it interesting? Why make him a vampire at all, except as a stupid gimmick to sell more books?

8-But outside the door to our Spanish class, leaning against the wall — looking more like a Greek god than anyone had a right to — Edward was waiting for me.

1. HAHAHAHAH EDWARD IS RIDICULOUS. Does he have a pack of cigarettes rolled up in his sleeves and a comb sticking out of his pocket? OMG I bet he does. And I bet he's flipping a coin and looking dangerous.
2. I wonder how close one is allowed to get to looking like a Greek god? Oh, Poop, that sentence made no sense at all.

-Ed is all upset because Klutz thinks she likes him more than he likes her! TRAGEDY! I guess when one is turned into a vampire at 17 one retains that mental age without ever changing or learning anything? It's the only explanation for how stupid and immature Edward is sometimes. Specially when it comes to girls. And yeah, most 17 year old boys are dumb about girls, but he's been around forever and still doesn't know a damned thing. 17 forever. What a horrible prospect for Bella.

-AND THEN. THEN she says Ed's eyes are like 'liquid topaz'. And then I just about fell off the couch from laughing so hard and I think my brain wanted to hit the edge of the table really hard AND KILL ITSELF FROM THE ABSOLUTE DUMBASSERY OF THAT.



*ahem* sorry. But oh that was just too awesome and THANK YOU, Poop, because you broke the monotony by reaching new levels of complete fucknuttery. That was hilarious! I can't believe I just read that sentence. Heeeeee!


"Well, look at me," I said, unnecessarily as he was already staring. "I'm absolutely ordinary ..."

Oh there's Bella's ugly insecurity rearing its head again. And the Mary Sue-ness of it all makes me want to vomit.

"Trust me just this once — you are the opposite of ordinary."

And, really, isn't that what EVERYONE wants to hear? Specially from a ridiculously good looking person of the attractive gender? This is where we all swoon.

Except you know, not, because it's complete bullshit in Bella's case. Just because she has a metal plate of dumb in her head that keeps you from reading her mind doesn't make her interesting.

9-"Abruptly, his unpredictable mood shifted again; a mischievous, devastating smile rearranged his features."

AGAIN with the devastation.

-So Eddie says he keeps his hunger at bay by hunting animals with his entire family. It's OK though, because they keep the population down! Apparently they went bear hunting the one day he wasn't in school. His brother Emmett likes grizzlies and I immediately like Emmett and wish he was in this thing more. Ed likes mountain lion. I'm surprised he didn't say he likes cuddly things like raccoons or *snerk*, beavers.

-Bella, of course, isn't even slightly disgusted by this. Better than eating humans, I suppose, but STILL. At least REACT.

- OK, vampire hunting sounds kind of awesome. But because Precious doesn't get to do it we don't get to see it. Why do vampire books always make the humans the protagonists? no one CARES about them and they're always so damn boring when compared to vampires.

-She asks if she can go see them hunt and he freaks out before they part. LAME.


Final Impressions: Liquid Topaz (sounds like a name for a super effeminate boy band) is the most boring vampire ever, though his family sounds fun. Bella will never think about things and she is an empty shell of a character.

Business as usual.

Final Grade: B- for the Liquid Topaz hilarity alone. That made this chapter my favorite so far.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gratutious Shirtlessness is Our Guarantee

"The Ten Most Inexplicably Attractive Villains in Movies at TV

I made that! with some help, of course, from Doctor Who and Whedon fans (two groups to which I really, really do not belong to). Some of my favorites are there--Skarsgard of course (though he's technically not THE villain in True Blood), Sean Bean, Christian Bale, Denzel Washington. My ultimate Alan Rickman character is Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, though the truth is that with his voice, he's my favorite in anything he's in.

Anyway, the point of this (besides a Pajiba pimpin') is that I promised some shirtlessness at the end of the column. And then I realized that I hadn't posted any hot men in ages and ages, and that's hardly true advertising. On top of that, it's come to my attention (thanks to StatCounter) that my most popular posts seem to be, well, those containing the shirtless men. And hey, I like the attention so I might as well post some more.

So. Here's my latest celebrity crush in 5 easy photos. Because why the hell not, right? Plus what with the vampire (or pseudo-vampire anyway, when it comes to Twilight) theme that's been going on here lately, it only makes sense.

And so, because I want to make people happy, here's Alexander Skarsgard.

He wears this outfit quite a bit in True Blood. And it's a good thing he does, too.

No one has ever looked this good in a black tank top and vampire makeup.

In normal face. I normally don't even like blondes, but this one? Yow.

Couldn't miss the shirtless photo.

I think after that one, even Bella 'Klutz' Swan would say "Edward who? RAWR".

You're welcome.

PS: If you click on the 'Shp' tag right below this, you can get to all the shirtless posts I've made. There's...a surprising amount of them.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Pain: Chapter 9

I completely forgot where I left off, and I think I haven't read a chapter in about a week. I'm beginning to doubt my own commitment to Sparkle Motion.

Here we go.


[ie: I have a theory on how to kill Eddie: it involves a Magic Eraser, a stake and killing Bella]

Fast n Hard Summary:
They're still in the car, and Klutz confesses that she thinks Eddie's a vampire. He says she's right. Everything that has been written about vampires (and what made them cool) is shot to shit in a few paragraphs, because Poop is a total hack. It's insanely boring and gross for such a "ta-da!" chapter. Klutz is completely blase about it, which is not at all surprising. It's horrible.

Real Time Notes:

-Oh God, we're still in the car. Bella asks him how he found her and he says he followed her scent. Romantic? Hell, no. All it makes me think of is that Bella smells like dookie. And Ed likes it. Ew.

-He explains his mind reading abilities and how he can't read her.

"I don't know," he murmured. "The only guess I have is that maybe your mind doesn't work the same way the rest of theirs do. Like your thoughts are on the AM frequency and I'm only getting FM."

Like she needed more encouragement to feel like a special snowflake. See, the big problem here is that we KNOW that Bella isn't any more special than anyone out there. If anything, she's WORSE. So this 'you're so special' thing is complete bullshit because NO SHE ISN'T. I guess that's the whole thing, though; finding someone who thinks you're special for some reason. But Poop could have at least given Bella a personality, or depth of character, or a terrible disease or have her grow hair in weird places or SOMETHING.

To compare it once more to True Blood, where a Vampire With a Heart falls for a Normal Human Chick That Everyone Wants to Fuck. At least in that, the female character HAS a special ability--she can read minds. Sure, Sookie is still kind of annoying, but she's plucky and stands up for herself, has an actual personality and is an engaging character. At least there is a REASON why this ancient immortal character is in love with her. Here, Eddie falls in love with Bella just because! The only thing "special" about her is this completely arbitrary mind-block thing she has which is never explained and that took no effort whatsoever for her to achieve. She is completely fucking empty and useless, and thus, the entire premise of this damn book is empty and useless and stupid, It's nothing more than a wish-fulfillment fantasy where we can Become Bella because WE are special. I guess that's OK for some people, but dammit, I'd expect more from a book that so many women seem to go gaga over.

But what the hell can I do? Just carry on. And carry a big stick to bash things with. Soon I shall have no pillows on my couch.

Sorry about that digression. Let's keep going:

- Edward is speeding in his car, but totally in control and she freaks out and whatever. Haha he 'hates' driving slow. BAD BOYS DRIVE FAST IN THEIR VOLVOS. VROOM VROOM.

A Volvo. Honestly.

- Wow, so he totally he just comes out and says he's a vampire and permanently 17. And that's that. Which is pretty funny and completely underwhelming considering the 90 pages of buildup. Talk about anticlimactic.

- Apparently these 'vampires' can go out in the sun and don't sleep in coffins (or sleep at all). He asks if she wants to know about the blood drinking and she says Jacob told her how the Cullens don't hunt people. Blahblah it's pretty boring considering HE'S A FUCKING VAMPIRE and shouldn't she be at least a little more fazed about this? But, no, she's Bella and a complete idiot, so she takes it like he just told her that he tans really quickly or likes spicy foods.

-He says how it's hard for him to maintain control of his, um, "urges" around her.

"Is it very difficult for you now?" I asked. He sighed. "Yes."

So, in other words, he badly wants to fuck her drink her blood. But he won't because he's a Good Virgin Mormon Boy and would never touch a girl in Inappropriate Ways. Not before marriage, anyway. Hee.

- He says he can't go out into too bright sunlight for some reason. But we all know why and it's possibly the most ridiculous thing anyone has ever heard of. (hint: it's because everyone will know he likes to cover himself in GLITTER a lot!)

-[about the guys who attacked her]
"You were going to fight them?" This upset him. "Didn't you think about running?"
"I fall down a lot when I run," I admitted."

Yeah, she's a fucktard who trips over her own feet. SHE IS A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE.

5. 5. "Bella?" I turned and he was leaning toward me, his pale, glorious face just inches from mine. My heart stopped beating.

GLORIOUS. And uh, Bella, I think that's called a heart attack. Might wanna get that checked out.

-We almost get a kiss, but he just drops her off.

-I cannot emphasize enough how completely blase she is for someone who just found out her crush is a motherfucking VAMPIRE who's lived forever and sucks the blood off living things. Even if it's just bears and not humans it's completely fucking gross, but she just thinks it's SO ROMANTIC because he is so pretty and all the other girls will be jealous, squeeee! PLOT POINT OF LAMENESS created for nothing more than to create some stupid division between them that you know will bring up more stupid Plot Points in the future. He could be a narcoleptic or a sex predator or a circus performer and it'd be the same damn thing, because the point here is to make him something really weird or special. There's no real conflict at all. It's safe, and utterly boring.

-"First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn't know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him."



Final Impression: I think I said it all in the notes. The vampirism is out but it's in the lamest form imaginable. Bella is still an empty blob of a person, who is also a massive idiot. Edward is "charming" and gentle and therefore dreamy. He is pretty.

Final Grade: F for for fuck's sake, Bella, wake up a bit!

World Cup Madness, Cont.

Oh, so um, Honduras lost.

But that's OK really. I'm not as crushed as you'd think I would be, mostly because the mere fact that we're in this thing and PLAYING in it is enough for most of us. Plus we were missing our top three players and our coach, and we have a long history of well, sucking whenever it counts. We're good when it doesn't really matter. And Chile was just a better team.

I couldn't be happier that Spain lost, however. I've always hated that team and maybe now we have somewhat of a chance (probably not though). I have to say I'm thoroughly thrilled that the Big Guys are losing or underperforming left and right--Germany, Spain, France, England. Even Brazil didn't do so great. The only one really plowing through is Argentina, and they had a super easy group. I'm happy because I'm sick of seeing the same guys win, and I'd love for a first timer (just not Spain, please) to take the whole thing this time. I don't know who that might be, but I'll be happy as long as Brazil doesn't take another one.

So, anyway. Honduras plays next Monday against Spain. It should be a slaughter but you never know. Any smart team could figure out how to beat Spain at this point, I think. A tie is the best thing we can hope for, I suppose. I'll be rooting for Chile, though, because it's always nice to have a lot of latin teams in the next round.

In other tidbits:
-The Slovenia-USA game was hilarious fun. The referee was clearly blind, or drunk or something, missing what was really a wrestling match between the teams and discounting what was clearly a completely valid goal. Then Landon Donovan took his shirt off and I got distracted.
-Speaking of, I'm trying to collect Hot Men of the World Cup for a big Sunday Hot Post in a couple of weeks. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
-this second round (actually, beginning with the Chile-Honduras game) has definitely turned up the excitement that was lacking in the first round. There's been goals galore and hardly a tie anywhere. Keep it up!

I'll leave this up and write another chapter of The Pain next, just as to not confuse the two. It'll be up in a sec.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

World Cup Madness

Erm, so maybe that update will take a couple of days. Because, damn it, Honduras is playing in the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and win or not, I just want to see them play in this thing. IT HAS BEEN TOO DAMN LONG.

So, for the first time ever, my country's national anthem is being played at a World Cup and I could NOT be more excited.

I mean *I* am up at 5:30am, even though the tv guide LIED and the stupid thing doesn't start for another hour. But still, totally worth it. Gives me more time to wake up and cheer properly.


Monday, June 14, 2010

back from vacation

Apologies for the long silence.

I've been out on vacation since Thursday night and we just got back. Am completely exhausted. We'll be back on track tomorrow, I promise.


I leave you with photo of a bunny.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Not a Twilight entry, I promise.

Apologies for the lack of an update, but I feel completely exhausted today for some reason and I cannot even begin to think of Eddie Sparkles and Klutz. Maybe later today when I feel a little bit more alive.

I think part of the exhaustion just comes from my terrible sleeping habits. Now, I love sleep. I can sleep for hours and hours under the right circumstances. But therein lies the problem. My body and brain are incredibly picky about what the right circumstances are. It has to be very dark, very quiet, and the right temperature. If there's a noise somewhere it must be squashed or my brain will not let up on it. And we have a noisy fan, a very bright light shining outside our window and I sleep next to a walking furnace. So it usually takes me about an hour or so to get to sleep. After that happens I'm mostly alright, so long as nothing louder than a pin falling on the carpeted floor happens. I will wake up with ANYTHING. I don't know where the hell this comes from, but I am the lightest sleeper you can imagine. MrFig's turning on his side in bed can wake me up. It's infuriating, particularly because it takes me forever to go back to sleep.

And then morning comes and it sucks. I don't like mornings. Mornings should be banished from my life.

I light night time. And so, I go to bed way too late--12 at the earliest, but it's usually 2 before I close my book and go to sleep. So, I go to bed at around 2, far after MrFig is asleep. Then maybe the day before I got up to pee (tiny bladder also a problem) at 6:30, which means that the next day I will wake up at 6:30 whether I like it or not. Same thing about falling asleep--if the previous day I went to bed at 3 then by God you better believe I will not fall asleep until 3 the next day. It's terrible. So. His alarm clock goes off at 7:15. I wake up. He gets up and I try to go back to sleep, with my sleep mask on. Mostly this works. Then he has to leave for work anytime between 8 and 10, and I wake up again when he comes in to say goodbye. I love that he does this, and I usually get up after that.

Am I spoiled or what? Yes this is all because I don't have a job, but bear with me. So I get up, I stumble around, exhausted because I had about 5 hours of very broken-up sleep and then I'm just annoyed at the world. Thus the exhaustion.

Christ, I just spent like 3 pages explaining my sleeping habits. I'm sorry.

Point is, I never feel like I've gotten enough sleep. Hopefully now that I can get a job I'll be able to correct this and have a decent sleeping schedule. I think the last time I had one of those was...hell, probably in High School. Because then college happened and I was all over the place. Then I started working at the high school and that meant getting up at 5:30am...but I would spend the night chatting to MrFig on the computer, sometimes until midnight. After that it was still talking until all hours of the night, and I'd be woken up by noisy neighbors.

This all just means I'm an idiot with too much freedom with my schedule and that needs to end soon because I'm not getting any younger.

OH! So in other, actually important and not totally boring blog updates, I FINALLY got my Work Permit from the USCIS. Six months after I entered the US, but YAY! This means that not only can I get a job, but I can open up a bank account, I can learn how to drive and actually get a car, I can get a library card, I can, well, do pretty much anything. I still can't leave the country (I'll need permanent residence for that and that's still about a year away), but like before I can travel around the country itself. So, yay!

I need to start looking for jobs pretty soon. I'm hoping to get my teaching certificate and just go to town with teaching. I'm not sure if I'll stick with Art--I'm getting more and more interested in teaching ESL or something like that. I have high hopes that with the fact that I'm bilingual and have two years' experience I won't have too much trouble landing a job, even if it's part-time. So wish me luck.

So that's that. An entry on sleeping habits and my work permit.

Maybe later I'll make a cherry pie and update The Pain. For now, I need to just sit around on the couch some more and enjoy the days before I go back to the workforce.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Project Pain: Chapter 8

Today was a great day. It was over 100 degrees for the first time, but even that didn't stop the goodness. We went to Target, and I LOVE Target. That alone made it great. I bought a couple of summer shirts to wear to the beach next week (WOO!) and some more ice cream. Then I cooked chicken drumsticks with lemon and herbs, some curry rice and corn on the cob. It was a smashing combination. And now we have Noises Off! from Netflix to watch, and booze to drink.

It's a good day. Even if my computer's power cord decided to freak out and refuse to work unless it's held up at exactly the right angle and I have to use an external keyboard and mouse for the first time in 10 years (oh, woe!) so that I won't move the power cord and cause the whole thing to collapse. It was still a good day.

So, what does my brain decide that I should do? Update my blog. And because I don't have much to say aside from how full of delicious food and happiness I am, there's only one other thing I can post about. Pain and misery.

Let's get to it, then.



Fast n Hard:
Bella and her "friends" take a trip into town to look at dresses. Since Bella isn't going to the dance, she wanders off on her own. And because she's a dumbass, she gets lost and is quickly harassed by some dastardly miscreants. But never fear! Eddie Sparkles is here! she rescues her, then takes her to dinner and they have an awkward pseudo-date. The he drives her home and doesn't even TRY TO KISS HER! WOE!

Also, this is where I decide to start keeping track of how many times Stephenie Meyers ("Poop", if you're paying attention) mentions something about how pretty Edward is. I'll keep count of how many times she references his good looks, and how many synonyms for "pretty, oh so pretty" she managed to find in the thesaurus. Spoiler: I'm on Chapter 12 right now and we're already up to 25. Fun times. I think that, by the time this ends, I will have collected a veritable treasure trove of horrors, and it will be hilarious. I expect that the count will get much higher once I go back to the previous 7 chapters.

Real-Time Notes:

-Wow, Bella's socializing and not making fun of anyone, that's refreshing! She and the girls drive to Port Angeles so that the girls can buy dresses. Bella isn't going to the dance so she'll just come along. And sulk, probably.

-She spends a great deal of time describing the dresses the other girls are trying on. And it just kills me, too, because as I've mentioned before just about every other character in this book reads like a completely unimportant and boring meatpuppet. Bella doesn't care about them, so they don't matter in the least. So it's boring AND forgettable.

-Bella ditches them (see?) and wanders off to the bookstore on her own. She looks through books and describes the bookstore and everyone in it. This woman SERIOUSLY needs to learn to not describe shit that doesn't matter. She leaves the bookstore.

-Because she's so completely engrossed with thoughts of Eddie, she gets lost, and ends up being pursued by some thugs out on the street. I start skipping paragraphs of her describing every single step she takes and every sound she hears so that I can just get to the moment where the cavalry comes in in the shape of Edward Frakkin' Cullen. It's about 4 pages of buildup for a 2 second rescue that we saw coming fifteen pages ago.

- So she gets in his car and they drive off. Here's where I start keeping count.

1. "I studied his flawless features"

-Edward is completely ANGRY at Bella because...she didn't take care of herself and how DARE SHE go off on her own when she knows she's an idiot and a magnet for trouble! And I tear my hair out because WHAT A DREAM, THIS GUY. Bella was just scared out of her mind and almost attacked or worse and she has to TALK YOU DOWN? You fuck!

-Ugh. They go to a restaurant, and Jessica and Whatsherface are just leaving. Bella tells them to go on, because

"I wanted nothing more than to be alone with my perpetual savior."


-He keeps forcing her to do things: drink, eat some food, sit down, etc. And then this happens:

"I dazzle people?"
"You haven't noticed? Do you think everybody gets their way so easily?"
He ignored my questions. "Do I dazzle you?"
"Frequently," I admitted."


I think what she's TRYING to say is that he 'dazes' her, which would make a LOT more sense, but this woman is a complete fucktard and says Edward is dazzling. Like a fucking disco ball or strobe lights. Which, now that I think about it, makes PERFECT sense. Also, isn't there a superhero called Dazzler? And she goes around in roller skates and shoots glitter out of her hands and is completely useless? MAKES PERFECT SENSE. And I also think I had a My Little Pony called Dazzler.\

UPDATE: My friend Nathan pointed out to me that 'dazzle' is actually a very popular cliche in romance novels, which totally makes sense in the context of this novel. He'd also like to point out that reading romance novels from time to time doesn't make him any less of a Manly Man.

2."His face twisted up into that perfect crooked smile."

-GAH. He makes her drink. He tells her off for not having a jacket--and gives her his, of fucking course.

3. "underneath he wore an ivory turtleneck sweater. It fit him snugly, emphasizing how muscular his chest was."

I picture this and crack up, because obviously the Cullens have been keeping J. Crew in business forever, because they're the yuppiest vampires to ever live.

-There is a LOT of awkward banter following this. I...ok, have you ever listened to a couple of teenagers out on their first date? it is the most embarrassing thing in the whole world, and just painful and sad. That's exactly what reading this is like, only worse because Ol' Sparky over there is supposed to be really old.

-""I was wrong about you on one other thing, as well. You're not a magnet for accidents — that's not a broad enough classification. You are a magnet for trouble. If there is anything dangerous within a ten-mile radius, it will invariably find you."

Hey, Bella? Eds? I want to introduce you to my friend Mary Sue. I think Bella in particular will find that they have SO MUCH in common! a delight for the ages?


- Oh, get this. Apparently he always knows where she is because, well, he can read everyone's mind (not hers, of course) and he basically spies on her through them. Lovely. He's mind-stalking the shit out of you and you think it's the most swoonworthy thing a boy has ever said to you. KILL, BELLA! KILL!

-But no, he just decides to drive her home. Snore.

I wonder how you kill these "vampires"? Stain remover? Just some warm water and soap like when you need to get rid of glitter glue? Drop them off a cliff? Oooh! I like that.


Final Impression: The Wooing begins at last, and it's painful. I guess I can see some people thinking it's really sweet; young girls can fantasize about having the perfect first date, too, though they'll be disappointed when they find out that teenage boys can do ANYTHING but read a girl's mind. And the older ladies can think back on their first dates and wish that someone could read THEIR minds and know their every desire. It's just nothing more than simple, cheesy wish fulfillment, and I sort of get it. My problem is just that there's this giant white elephant in the room, Edward's "condition", and it's just plain creepy with its undertones of abusive relationships and such. I guess I can see how some people might say I'm thinking way too hard about this, but I really just find it obvious and not at all easy to miss. But, to each their own I suppose. Won't stop me from enumerating the many, many ways in which this book is a terrible example for women of all ages.


Final Grade: D. Something happens at last, but it's predictable and boring.



I went back to my notes and noticed that I had missed one "Perfect Eddie" tidbit. Here it is:

4) "It smelled amazing. I inhaled,trying to identify the delicious scent. It didn't smell like cologne."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Project Pain: Chapter 7

Let's get right into it, because I'm in snarkin' mood and itchin' for some bitchin'.

Oh yeah.


[as in: this BOOK is a nightmare! hyuck hyuck!]

Fast n Hard:
Bella does research on vampires and misses Eddie. That's it, plot wise. Big picture-wise, Poop Meyer destroys vampire mythology in one fell swoop. In its place she raises up...Sparkles McGee.

Real Time Notes:

-Klutz has a dream and Jacob's there. He turns into a wolf *roll eyes* and Ed comes striding along all shiny. *rolls eyes right out of head*. Ow, my optic nerve.

- She has to describe every single thing she does before checking the internet. She tells us she picked up the CD player, then the headphones, then the modem made a noise, and she watched some dust, then she stared off into space, then she scratched her left nut...

-So she does some research, to show us that Poop really did some research about vampires. And bitch still made them sparkly. Ugh. How insulting. Bram Stoker is rolling in his grave. YOU ARE CURSED FOR LIFE, STEPHANIE MEYER. Eric the Viking is so gonna come over and bitchslap you one day.

-She goes for a walk, sits down and reads a book. This all takes like three pages to describe.

-[about Eddie Sparkles]"And the way be sometimes spoke, with unfamiliar cadences and phrases that better fit the style of a turn-of-the-century novel than that of a twenty-first-century classroom."

No. No. He talks like a harlequin romance character, because that's the extent of Poop's knowledge about 'ye olden times'.

-She seems to think she only has two options--stay away from him (IMPOSSIBLE) or just go with it (YAY HE IS PRETTY) so, that's it. This is the least conflicting conflict I've ever read about.

- Bella is writing a paper on "Whether Shakespeare's treatment of the female characters is misogynistic" and I crack up in derision because there could be entire libraries filled with books on how these books are misogynistic.

-Oh goody. We get to read about her talking on the phone with Jessica about going shopping, then about her taking a NAP and then talking about food with dad AND THIS IS REALLY FUCKING BORING.

Final Impressions: fuck all happened. I start to think that this wouldn't be so insufferable if the protagonist were at least mildly interesting. But no, we're stuck with Klutz McBlandy and I hate her.

Final Grade: F for being completely unnecessary.

Hmmm...I was gonna do two chapter but I better hold on to this next one, because it's long and painful and as usual, I wrote too much about it. Also, I need to take a shower and do laundry.