Favorite Fiction FanArt

 

Just had to share possibly the coolest version of fan art I have yet to see. Here is the link to see some of his other work or to learn more about the artist and his museum: Matchstick Marvels.

 

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry…

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Tolkein’s Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings…

 

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Then I got to thinking about other sorts of fan art our favorite fiction might inspire and I thought, I wonder how many people love certain books so much that they get *ahem* more permanent versions…

 

Dumbledore…

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Harry Potter…

 

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Snape…

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Twilight: 

 

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And Finally, Elf Ears, inspired by Lord of the Rings…

 

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Book Review: Breaking Dawn

Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

So, yeah, spoiler alert. I usually don’t talk about the content of a book when I review it. That way people can read the review and decide whether or not the book is for them, but with Breaking Dawn, I don’t think there is another way to effectively discuss it. So, Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First of all, this book is a saga all in itself. Therefore, it’s easy, I think, to have several different opinions of it. Because with the scope of the thing, I’m fairly sure it could have been broken into two or more good sized books.

There has been a ton of talk about what people hated about this book. Some legitimate, some a bit petty, i think. So I’m going to start with popular criticism and give my take on them then move onto my own Likes And Gripes. 

 

Popular Criticism:

 

1. “Jacob imprinting on Bella’s daughter is creepy”: Yanno, I didn’t really think so. Stephenie Meyer went to great pains to explain to us why wolves imprinting on babies is not as yucky as it sounds. She prepared us in Eclipse with Quil and Claire. There wasn’t quite the outcry then. Imprinting for Jacob and Renesmee does not equal a romantic attachment. I see no ick factor as of yet. In fact, I thought his attachment to a baby was sort of sweet. I’ll admit that maybe we could term it “edgy” but “perverted”? I don’t think so.

2. “The book dragged”: Yes, it dragged and was long. There were a lot of story lines going on. To think that at the beginning of the book Bella was human and unmarried and then look back from where we finished? Yes, readers traveled too long a distance.

3. “The ending was too ‘pat’”: She was going for a fairytale feel. It’s a romance, people. We needed our Happily Ever After. That said, I can’t believe there was no fight between the Volturi and the Cullens’ forces. Are you kidding me? She’s already received criticism about dodging action sequences. I’d just finished praising Eclipse for finally including a fight scene. And then what does she do? She drags me through 600 pages just to tell me that there would be no climax? Goodness!

And because she avoided the fight scene, I had no sense of loss afterward. Sometimes a sense of loss can go a long way in making a series feel complete and satisfying. Is that morbid? No, I don’t think so. There is a price the hero and heroine should pay for their happiness. Usually that price should be the cost of friends. The last Harry Potter did that well. I was glad to see that Ron, Hermione, and Harry survived, but we lost some important players and that gave the series weight.

BUT, even if you don’t want to kill off good guys, my gosh Stephenie, could we kill off a bad guy? Please?

4. “Renesmee is a ridiculous name”: Yep. It is. It did grow on me though. But Renesmee Carlie? Wow.

5. “Edward faded into the background”: I like to think of it as Bella coming to the foreground. She finally had a character arc. She changed. She was his equal. Isn’t that what people had wanted all along? Guess not. As it turns out, women really do seem to like the feeling of being rescued, being vulnerable, and having a hunky boyfriend be all protective of them.

 

Ok, now here are my own personal gripes. It’s actually a short list:

 

1. Bella’s super self-control seemed a bit convenient. I kinda wish she could have gone through the awfulness that should have been becoming a newborn.

2. Why’s she such a martyr?

3. Getting the papers for Renesmee to get on a plane seemed like a pretty minor worry. I can’t believe that’s what Alice wanted to hide from everybody. I thought J. Jenks would be way cooler.

4. I felt a little misled that Edward could get Bella pregnant. I thought vampires had no bodily fluids? Why do they have semen and not blood?

5. Adding “Jazz” as a nickname for Jasper like it’s always been his nickname. That’s probably my biggest gripe.

 

 

Finally, reasons why I’d like to give Stephenie Meyer a high five:

 

1. Bella pregnant!? Didn’t see that coming.

2. Bella a vampire? Ok, I guess other people didn’t see this as a question after Eclipse, but I sure did. I thought surely the message wouldn’t be to throw your life away and potentially your soul. Granted, I don’t think she ended up having to do that in the end, but still. I at least thought that the entire storyline would revolve around whether or not she became a vampire and if she did I figured it would be the climax of the book. As it happened, it was pretty early on.

 

3. Jacob finally stepping up, becoming an Alpha, and finding happiness. I was always on Team Jacob, so that made me happy.

 

4. No sex before marriage. I’m not saying this because this is necessarily what I believe. I’m not going to say either way on the blog, so don’t speculate. But, a lot of people have been on her case about the fact that she’s pushing her opinions through her book and that we shouldn’t make it “wrong” for girls to have premarital sex. Um, guys, if you can’t push your views in your own novel then where can you? It’s her story! Plus, there are already sooooo many YA books with rampant premarital sex. One postmarital sex book is not gonna kill us.

 

5. I enjoyed reading this book. Despite everything. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know what happened. And I had fun doing it.

 

 

So, what I’m trying to say is that I don’t think people should take themselves too seriously while reading this book. We can talk about the editing here. We can talk about how Stephenie may have been rushed trying to write Breaking Dawn and The Host simultaneously. We can discuss all that. I think the main factor is just whether or not you enjoyed reading it. For many fans, I think they truly did not.

A final word: I think trying to return books to the bookstore because the customer didn’t like the story is a bit ridiculous. And I’ve actually heard this practice defended because “books shouldn’t be any different from other products that you aren’t satisfied with.” I beg to differ. Returning a book that you’ve already read is like wearing clothes to a party and then taking them back to the store. It’s not ok. If you want to do that, wait to get the book at the library.

 

Good talk. See you out there.

Status: Gotta get ready for a wedding!