Musing Mondays (March 4,2013)
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then.
This is a continuation of last week’s Musing Monday rant. Sort of. You see, that rant was brought to you by Splintered by A.G. Howard and its eye roll worthy clichéd teenage romance. This rant is also brought to you by Splintered by A.G. Howard but because of its annoying lack of character development that is exacerbated by the eye roll worthy clichéd teenage romance. What do I mean? I mean that Jeb needs to die. Why does Jeb need to die? Because he is in the way of Alyssa’s journey to being a BAMF. (BAMF = Bad Ass Motherfucker. Meaning; what all characters should aspire to be.)
Jeb is a controlling, overprotective, alpha male butthead that is stemming Alyssa and she needs to get rid of him. Even if they weren’t running around a fictional land of madness, she still needs to get rid of him because any boy that acted like he’s acting right now should throw up so many red flags they should be seen from space. Example: When Alyssa cried that tear that would grant her a single wish, Jeb immediately wanted her to use it to wish them home. I about climbed the wall, I was so annoyed. That is not something you do to a person you just professed to love. I don’t have a very high opinion of Jeb right now. I do think he’s only with Alyssa out of some sense of guilt and duty and that he is manipulating her feelings because he thinks it will get him home sooner and some misguided impression that Alyssa can be nothing but some broken doll.
The fact of the matter is, that when Alyssa is alone or just with Morpheus, she is an independent and interesting character. When she is with Jeb, she becomes a whinny child. The whole purpose of this journey is so Alyssa can take control of her life, find out who she is, and generally come out of her cocoon. (Pun intended.) She’s not doing that while Jeb is breathing down her neck. If Alyssa does not evolve as a character and separate herself from Jeb’s control, she’ll remain this indecisive little kid and pretty much just fail as a character. I’m going to be really annoyed if she ends up dragging Jeb around Wonderland like some sort of dead weight. Ugh! Come on, Alyssa! Your BAMFness is at stake here! I feel like I should be taking up pompoms and cheering her on because Alyssa needs to get going under her own steam really quick.