callistahogan: (Sigh.)
Look here.

And then, look here.

Read what both of them say.

Now. Am I the only one who thinks fandom_wank is being entirely unfair to Stephenie Meyer? Am I the only one who thinks that they have no right to assume she threw a fit and is "packing up her toys and going home"? Am I the only one who thinks that they have no right to treat her this way? I hope not, because I am mad enough to scream.

I won't, but I will rant. If you don't like Twilight, or if you don't want to read this, go right on by. However, I can't just let this go.

So listen. Am I the only one who is seeing how Stephenie Meyer is feeling right now? How would you feel if you were writing a novel, gave it to some people you trusted impeccably, and then found out a few months later that they had distributed it out over the Internet, without your permission, when the draft wasn't even finished yet, when it had mistakes and errors you wanted to fix later? Would you want that manuscript to go out into the public eye? 

I'm looking at this from her perspective. If I was writing a novel that was as big as Midnight Sun will be, then I'd work as hard as possible to make it the best it could possibly be. Not because of me, but because of my fans. I wouldn't want them to get something that wasn't up to the standard they were used to seeing from me. And, in the case of Stephenie Meyer, when the last book she published flopped and the vocal people are the ones who hate it, I'd want to make sure that Midnight Sun was as good as people expected Breaking Dawn to be.

Of course, in doing so, I'd probably hand the manuscript off to some people I trust so that they can go over it, compare it to Twilight, and tell me about any mistakes that had occurred. I'd be putting that manuscript in their hands, knowing that they would keep it fairly well-hidden from the public eye. But wait. What's this? Someone I gave the manuscript to wasn't completely trustworthy? Someone, without your permission or without the permission of your publisher, distributed that copy on the Internet, knowing it would be a breach of your trust?

How would you feel if that happened? You'd be upset, betrayed, hurt, that you put in all that effort to make the book as good as you possibly could, and then people could read it when it wasn't ready. She's not just "packing up her toys and going home." She's not just saying this so that she can "cry upon her pile of ill-begotten millions." She's upset because her book was leaked, the book she put a lot of hard work and effort into.

I'd do the exact same thing in her position. I can't believe people are getting angry at Stephenie Meyer because she's upset her book got leaked. She's perfectly entitled to get upset when that happens. What are the people over at fandom_wank saying, that she can't get upset because her book got leaked, and that she can't really be upset, she's only waaaaahing for sympathy from her fans? That's sure what it seems like they're saying to me, and I might be wrong, but regardless, that post makes me angry.

Just look at this from her perspective, the perspective of an author who's trying to write the best book she can for her fans, and then try and say what you've been saying. That's where I'm coming from, and that post makes me mad.

So mad that I just had to get that off my chest. This post might not make perfect sense, but meh. I don't care. Just had to rant.
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Book: The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Science fiction
Length: 619 pp.
Grade: A

Amazon Summary: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won't surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangle involving just two bodies, it's unabashedly romantic, and the characters (human and alien) genuinely endearing. Readers intrigued by this familiar-yet-alien world will gleefully note that the story's end leaves the door open for a sequel—or another series.

My Thoughts: I didn't believe that I could like Stephenie Meyer more than I already did after Breaking Dawn, but after reading this book, I see that I was wrong. Now Meyer has sky-rocketed to my top five favorite authors list, and I am looking forward to reading every single book she comes out with. The Host truly is science fiction for non-science fiction fans. Before reading this book, I wasn't quite sure about the science fiction genre, but this book really brought it to life for me.

I had originally wanted to read this book a few months ago after coming across it being talked about in school, but didn't get around to requesting it from my local library until July or so. And, of course, it took until now for my library to get a copy in again. During that time, I heard so many great things about this book and, frankly, I wondered if it could live up to the praise. After all, it seemed to have everything, and I know for a fact that no book is perfect. However, as soon as I started reading it, I knew all the praise was well-deserved.

From the very first page I was hooked, although it was a bit hard to get into. Once I got past the first few chapters, however, I couldn't put it down. Although it wasn't the fast-paced, good-versus-evil novel that I was expecting, it was still a marvelous story. It combines action, romance, intrigue, and conflict in a way that makes you ask the question: "What makes humans... human? What does it truly mean to be human?" I was skeptical of the book's power to do that at first, but it truly does. 

At the beginning of the book, I immediately liked the "souls," especially Wanderer. The rest of the souls can't seem to comprehend what they're doing, but Wanderer does—or at least she does by the end of the book. She really grows as a character, from a soul who just wants to smother her resistant host, Melanie Stryder, to someone who would actually want to give herself up in order for Melanie to have the life she had before. It really strikes me the way Stephenie made me adore Wanderer. Instead of hating her and her kind for "invading" our planet, I came to really like her. 

In fact, I liked the rest of the characters, even the souls. Probably the reason why I do is because... well, they think what they're doing is for the greater good. Commonly, they don't know how to comprehend that what they're doing might not really be the best and, as such, they can't stop. Also, that makes me feel pity for them, rather than hating them. In a way, the souls have it right, but then, the humans have it right. The dynamic between soul and human was masterfully written so that you can't side with one or the other. Or at least I could not.

And the humans. Jeb, Ian, Jared, Jamie, Melanie, even Kyle... I couldn't help loving every single one of them. The love triangle (square?) between Melanie, Jared, Ian, and Wanda couldn't have been written better. In the Twilight series, I ended up despising one of the characters in two of the books, but in this book, I loved both of them. And it all worked out in the end, which made me love them even more.

Wow, I can't even explain how much I liked this book. To me, it was Stephenie Meyer at her finest. I thought I liked Breaking Dawn the most out of all her books, but I think The Host just knocked it out of its first place spot. Like Ridley Pearson said on the back of the book, this is "a fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful novel. The Host should come with a warning label: it will grab you and keep you reading well into the wee hours of the night, and keep you thinking, deeply, hauntingly, well after the final word." 

I tend to gush about books I like as much as The Host, just because it was so gripping and thought-provoking. It's books like this that make me want to shove the book into everyone's hands and get them to read it. It's for more than science fiction fans; to me, it's for everyone.

So, highly recommended, as you can see. If you haven't already, go out and read this book. You won't regret it, I'm sure.

Next Up:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Maybe I'll actually be able to finish it this time...
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Before I get to the reviews, poll results.

Four votes for "I don't care either way," three votes for long reviews, and one for short. That's pretty much what I expected, but I just wanted to make sure. Long book reviews are incredibly difficult, but here at my personal journal, why not?

So, here they come.



Next Up:
I don't know yet. Probably The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (I think that's the author) or Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Maybe Angels and Demons or The Da Vinci Code. It depends on what I feel in the mood for. 

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