Day of Debate: Love Triangles

Day of Debate

This is a feature my brother came up with— wherein we tackle certain topics on books, young adult or not, and give you guys the low down on our opinions of them (which, mind you, generally differ). I’ll be encoding our conversation, and if you guys have any opinions of your own on the topic, or on the heated discussion, feel free to once again make my day and comment!

I apologize for not being around as much anymore—it’s my senior year after all, and I’m doing my best to make it count, and it’s getting to be a more formidable task than I’d like to think it is. And since these discussions are one of the few things that can keep me relaxed under pressure, I’d like to share them with you!

My brother is seventeen, a college sophomore, approximately one year and two days older. His name is Juan (that’s pronounced like the number, one), and he’s my best friend. No matter what anyone else says.

Here we go!

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Jasmine: So… love triangles! Yay or nay?

Juan: Nay. How about nay?

Jasmine: … I think yay. They make books so much more interesting, cause the girl slash guy can never really have both, unless she’s a player. I hate players!

Juan: So do I. That’s why I hate love triangles so much. It’s a scenario where girl slash guy basically gets to put two love lives on hold, and it waters down stories that aren’t about love triangles in the first place.

Jasmine: But I find them romantic. I mean, if you get to meet two amazing people at the same time, and you’re lucky enough to have them both like you back, you aren’t just going to choose… It provides an extra challenge. I don’t think they’re that petty. They don’t water down the story, they spice them up.

Juan: Yes, they are that petty! Let’s go with examples. Think about the Hunger Games. When you’re basically one mistake away from your demise, the first thing on your mind probably isn’t whose better for me, Gale or Peeta. That’s the only thing that annoyed me about the Hunger Games. Their country’s freedom is on the line, and they still find time to think about their teenage hormones.

Jasmine: But aren’t YOU a teenager? Maybe it’s just that you’ve never been in love before (lame), I don’t know, but if I were Katniss, it’d be a pretty big deal to me, just because I don’t want anyone getting hurt, much less someone I deeply care about. I wasn’t annoyed, I was excited! And Peeta’s a great guy. I’m being biased, sorry. If let’s say, Gale wasn’t in the picture, I guess Katniss would just run straight into Peeta’s arms. That’s one less a hard decision she has to make. And those decisions made her strong didn’t they? Though Gale was barely in the picture, anyways… Next example, please.

Juan: Percy Jackson?

Jasmine: Percabeth forever!! Jaspereyna doesn’t really exist, and Frazeleo… no resolve there, but it doesn’t matter. Leo is mine. Neeext.

Juan: Hey, hey, hey! I still have to say my piece! Basically, it’s the same thing. If I were on an adventure, to save the world from the earth goddess, finding Ms. Right would be the last thing on my mind. I get that it’s used to appeal to the teenagers out there, but Rick Riordan spends too much time on it, thus taking away from the adventure parts of the series. He did waste a lot of time with the Frazeleo thing, you gotta admit.

Jasmine: No, I don’t gotta admit! Although, to be fair, I think you have an eensy teensy bit of a point-ish. I mean yeah, it did distract some of them unnecessarily, but it still made the books more interesting. That’s the main argument isn’t it? I don’t believe that every book needs a love triangle per se, because there are lots of titles out there that do great, even better without them. But I don’t think they’re that distasteful either. I’ve always wanted you to read the Infernal Devices… I loved that triangle. Now I have an excuse to get you to try it out. MUAHAHA.

Juan: You got me. You sneaky little… swine.

Jasmine: I’m underweight.

Juan: Oh yeah, I forgot. Pffft. Your turn!

Jasmine: I stopped at ‘you got me’. Do I win?

Juan: No. We’re getting off topic here. I need one last statement. *** extremely long pause*** Basically, I think there are more interesting topics than love triangles that you can use to appeal to readers. They’re too cliché and most of the time, stories rely too much on the sexual tension, and when the sexual tension is resolved, the characters lose all semblance of being a character. They become defined by who their boyfriend or girlfriend is rather than how they respond to important situations in their life. To summarize, they lose their individuality.

Jasmine: Okay, that point-ish grew a bit. Just a bit. Fine, I get it! But that doesn’t hold true for many titles. Love triangles sometimes allow characters to devolve, but there are others that allow them to develop. I think it depends on author’s style of writing somehow. I’m glad there are a lot of them out there that manage to make love triangles work. But I can’t make you like them. You’re you! But don’t be surprised when you find Clockwork Angel on your bed later, just waiting to be read. You’ll love it. I swear. I don’t swear. But still. I rest my case.

Juan: I shall pass judgment when I get there.

Jasmine: I should call this feature something…

Juan: Brotherly love?

Jasmine: Eww.

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So what do you think? This is our first try. Forgive us our mediocre analysis, and comment what you think we should discuss next week! 🙂

 

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Feature and Follow Fridays (4)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read 🙂

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THIS WEEK’S QUESTION

What is your preferred reading format?

I’ve only ever read books in paperback. Rare exceptions to this case include situations wherein

1) I was given a copy as a gift

2) I wasn’t patient enough to bail on the hardcover versions already stacking the shelves.

I have nothing against any other reading format. I think hard covers are durable, and prettier to look at, though they’re pricier than paperback copies, and the opportunity cost in making a purchase, in my opinion, isn’t enough to outweigh the loss, given the benefits. Besides, the covers tent to slip when I read, which is irksome, and I think I’m careful enough to make sure no one gets to break my spine or dog-ear my pages. In this way, I guess soft bound covers suffice for comfortable reading. I’ve made a pledge to read the printed word, and though I think e-books are easily accessible and may be added to entire libraries in a single device, I’m not sure I’ll feel anywhere near as content when I’m sifting through the pages of an actual book, instead of through the forward and back buttons of a virtual one. And I happen to like the smell of parchment.

So what do you think? Sound off in the comments 🙂

 

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Week 5 Review: The Son Of Neptune

Son of Neptune Title: The Son Of Neptune

 Author: Rick Riordan

 Release Date: October 2, 2012

 Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 Description: 513 pages, Young Adult Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.

MY THOUGHTS

At The “Other” Camp

I was really excited by the thought of a new camp for demigods, and I thought that it was a clever idea to acknowledge the Roman side of the gods as well as the Greek. I found it all but fair at first, that Camp Jupiter was bad-ass in ways Camp Half Blood could only hope to be- their system was more organized, their rules more disciplinary, their camp twice in size, and their war elephant actually existent. Given the choice, however, I would stick to Camp Half-Blood, because apart from being the better option to actually camp at, the environment was also warmer and friendlier, and honestly, Camp Jupiter feels not so much like a camp as opposed to the military. Additionally, Rachel Dare is a non-hostile, teddy bear friendly oracle who’s actually effective at being an oracle. Plus, they don’t have to strut around in bed sheets, while simultaneously trying to hold their dignities together. On the overall scale, I honestly enjoyed this book, as well as the concepts behind the new camp, and in the long run, I found myself enjoying this book better than the previous, a) because Percy is in it b) because Frazel over Jasper any day (though I have nothing against Jasper, either).

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You Can Be Anything

I took this figuratively at first, and I thought it was a really cheesy encouragement that was so vague it couldn’t possibly have been encouraging. Now that I get what it really means for Frank Zhang, however, I believe this gives him by far the most ass-kicking powers of the seven. Frank was Leo’s counterpart in this group, although he and Leo could never have been more polar as opposites. Frank hates fire, and Leo creates it. Frank’s the reserved type, and Leo’s the crazy kid. Frank exudes humility and at times negativity, while Leo was outwardly cheerful enough to have named his own dragon ‘Happy’. I didn’t like Frank as much as I did Leo, but I think that he was a quick thinker, a great tactician, and he knew how to separate business from personal struggle, and he didn’t let any of the emotional turmoil get in the way of their mission’s success. He sold himself too short a lot of the time, but by the end of the book, I think he started to acknowledge that he was capable of many a great deed, and was determined to use his abilities to protect himself and the people he cared for. He’s quite the admirable guy, and his chemistry with Hazel was nothing short of amazing. Next to Leo, and then to Percy, Frank Zhang comes a close third.

“Life is only precious because it ends, kid.”

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The Dead Undead

I think Hazel took the brunt of the impact on her life with the curse she was given. She was discriminated and judged for most of her short (legitimate) life, and spent 70 years in the Underworld doing nothing except itself (apart from regret all of her mistakes, of course). I think she was the most deserving of redemption and I was really happy for her. She was the one who remained cool and collected even in the face of potential death revisited- sometimes, it made me completely forget that she was barely even a teenager in living years. I myself would have cried home to mommy, should I have been issued a quest that was almost, if not entirely impossible. Although it seemed as if she was the least believable character, due to the fact that she possessed values that were largely unnatural, I still admire the fact that she emanated bravery, and skill, and her ability to control precious stones and rocks was a vast improvement from girl powers like Piper’s (which were only really useful on the defensive).

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By The Feast Of Fortuna

As always in Rick Riordan’s mythology books, the characters were issued a quest that looked impossible to accomplish on the surface. And as always, I really enjoyed Percy’s character, because he had amazing willpower and the same amazing powers, and his mistakes and imperfections really only served to highlight his perfection and his achievements. I was happy to have him back in this book, though was sad that he wasn’t going on the adventure with Annabeth. Though I’m not a die hard shipper in terms of their fandom, I liked how they worked together and felt bad that Percy had to take Grover’s place as third wheel. On the other hand, he was at least all for Frank and Hazel’s happiness, and he treated both the camps like family. Though it was hard for me to believe how they could have worked that well under pressure and time constraint, and next to that was finding it difficult to understand how they thought up clever strategies immediately and got help at the most convenient of times (luck does NOT run that long for normal people), I still really enjoyed their quest. After all, they would never have been part of the Seven of Prophecy for no real reason. This was definitely a step up for the series.

Nothing but love for this one.

“I’m fine!” Percy yelled out as he ran by, followed by a giant screaming bloody murder.”

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MY RATING

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