A few weeks ago I read an article that summarised the Disney Pixar movies in 140 characters, or a tweet for those who are technologically unchallenged. (You can find the article here.) This made me think, why not do something similar yourself?! I have been reading a lot more over the past few months, and decided a while back that I wanted to review the books I read in some way to practice writing and to collect my thoughts so I actually had, and retained, an opinion on what I had finished.140 characters is a tiny amount to commit to writing considering the length of the average published novel. Reviewing went down the proverbial toilet bowl the second I came travelling, but no matter where I am or what I am doing, I should be able to write a tweet length piece on a book.
Now as I am thinking about it, this may turn out to be more of summary, but we can see how it goes, and always abandon it if (when) it goes wrong:
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn: A psychologically crazy but strangely absorbing roller-coaster ride, featuring an absolute whack job and an ingeniously unrealistic twist
Delirium Lauren Oliver: The middle-ground of dystopian YA fiction between Divergent and Hunger Games, better written than both, but not as exciting. Too lovey dovey
Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy) Lauren Oliver: A lot more action, less sickening romance, but too much time-jumping. You win some, you lose some. More gritty, but lacking summat summat.
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : Oh Holmes, how I love you. An emotionally, intellectually engaging classic tale, no stupid plot twists. Despite that, distinctly whelming
Matched Ally Condie: Another dystopian YA book. Not just another story. Well written, cleverly futuristic, overly societal. The Matrix did red/blue pill better.
Crossed (Matched Trilogy) Ally Condie: Adventurous, rebellious, appropriately romantic, and realistic about character death. Belter of a middle book with an intriguing cliff-hanger
Reached (Matched Trilogy) Ally Condie: Scientifically engaging and politically intriguing. More layers than expected, and a realistic thought provoking end. So far, best in genre
I think I might make this post a two-parter, best not post them all at once. Not only have I been meaning to do this for ages, but it has filled some of those boredom filled frees I definitely haven’t been harping on about. I definitely think this is a good idea, I might try to keep this up.
I should extend it to films. Maybe. We’ll see.