Thursday, 25 August 2016

Аеніль - читаю українською

Продовжуючи тему про пошук книжок-друзів, я все ж таки вирішила написати декілька рецензій на книжки, які прочитала за останній час. Мабуть, почну з книги, яку завершила сьогодні та на яку мала великі сподівання. 


Що сказати? «Аеніль» – суцільне розчарування з початку до кінця. Перш за все мене привабила обкладинка. Дивіться яка гарна та таємнича. Сто пудів щось захоплююче та магічне має відбуватися на сторінках такої книжки. Загадкове ім’я. Тендітна дівчина. В руках світиться щось золотавим сяйвом. Мабуть щось магічне. Якась магічна кулька. Можливо важлива для сюжету. На задньому плані замок магічної академії, де навчається дівчина. У дівчини добрі та впевнені карі очі. Гарна посмішка. Мають бути магічні здібності. Можливо ці здібності приховані чи не надто розвинені на початку книги, проте рано чи пізно вони мають проявитися та допомогти щось знайти, когось врятувати, абощо. 

Такі були сподівання. Жодне не справдилося. Дівчина виявилася повною нездарою. Та ще й дуже неприємною, зухвалою, різкою, недобачливою. Моє питання після закінчення книги: Навіщо називати книгу ім’ям дівчини, яка жодним чином не вплинула на події книги? Якщо вилучити цю дівчину з цієї книги – нічогісінько не зміниться. Ну, може книга буде менше дратувати. Друге питання: Навіщо дія книги відбувається у магічній академії, якщо «головна героїня» там так нічому не навчилася та не використала нічого із магічних знань, які мала отримати, для просування сюжету? Можна було назвати книгу «Академія» і все тут. Тоді це б мало певний сенс, бо все що відбувається на сторінках стосується радше магічної академії, її викладачів (по більшій частині), та (дещо) її учнів. 

Щодо умов проживання та навчання в цій академії, то це просто суцільне неподобство та безлад. Нема жодного балансу між поганим та добрим. Постійні знущання, образи, пригнічення, небезпечні магічні експерименти зі смертельними наслідками для учнів. Жах. Викладачам начхати на учнів. Інтриги. Клани. Вбивства. Невиліковні хвороби. Порятунки. Звісно ж, до яких дівчина немає жодного відношення. Складається таке враження, що автор не зовсім зрозумів жанр, в якому вирішив написати книгу, та проігнорував всі тропи, закони, та правила, які роблять такі книжки цікавими та захоплюючими. Все ж таки, коли називаєш книжку певним ім’ям, в читачів виникають певні сподівання, що головна сюжетна лінія буде будуватися та розгортатися за допомогою людини, що носить це ім’я. Чи може я помиляюсь?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Декілька слів про пошуки книжок-друзів

Як насправді важко знайти книгу собі до душі! В мене є декілька улюблених книжок та серій, які я постійно перечитую, бо не можу інакше, але іноді хочеться відкрити для себе щось нове – нові світи, нових героїв, нові пригоди... Це дивно, адже книжок так багато! Тож у чому проблема? Іноді здається, що книжок аж занадто багато – бо як же їх усіх прочитати??? От як заходжу до книгарні, очі то й діло розбігаються. Назбираю цілий врожай, а потім як починаю читати, розумію, що щось воно не те – не до душі. Гарна книжка, так, але… але… але… 

Бути книгофілом важко. А бути вибагливим книгофілом той поготів. Бо я ж не шукаю просто якусь гарну та цікаву книжку, яка легко читається та дарує миттєву насолоду. Ні. Я шукаю таку книгу, яка стане моїм найліпшим другом та невід’ємною частинкою мого життя; яка буде мене надихати та підтримувати; до якої я буду повертатися знов і знов; від якої мені буде затишно та солодко – не люблю книжки після прочитання яких стає ще гірше на душі ніж після перегляду новин – проте, яка даси над чим добряче покумекати… Ось такі в мене критерії до улюблених книжок, нічого не можу з цим зробити, я їх не один рік вдосконалювала))) 

Підсумок: За останні два тижні я прочитала чотири книжки, та гарного друга так і не знайшла. Виявляється, знайти таку книжку так само важко як і написати.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - initial (spoiler-free) thoughts

By Dumbledore! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I’m still trying to process what I’ve read but I’ve decided to write down my initial (spoiler-free) impressions before rereading and analyzing the newest story later on. My first thought was how amazing – stunning – spectacular – breathtaking – etc – it must look on stage. It was closely followed by the question: how on earth did they manage to pull it off without magic? I mean, all those set decorations, special effects, choreography… and all that.

It was definitely not what I would have expected. I mean, I tried not to expect anything, so I don’t know what I expected, but I was surprised by the plot and twists and turns that it took. I was also surprised by the way some of the characters turned out to be and how they interacted with each other. I don’t know. I kept thinking that I would write it differently and so would Jo. I could just tell that she didn’t write the thing. I found something alien in the style, the words, the expressions, the humour… I think I once said that it is a legitimized fanfiction and it definitely is. In fact, at times I found that it was a mixture of all possible headcanons and fanfic scenarios that I’ve ever heard of put together. 

It is not a novel so everything is condensed and, therefore, extremely intense – the pace is wicked. I’m not yet sure whether I like it or not. I’m discombobulated (*snickers* you’ll know what I mean when you read the play). I think I do. I do like the story. I just need to read it again... and again... and again! It is exciting and hilarious and sad and heart-breaking and intriguing and wild and shocking and unexpected and batshit crazy and it definitely should be watched on stage. But – and this is entirely my issue – Harry is my favourite character and when he is treated unfairly, hurt, criticized, has aspersions cast against him, etc, I get very-very angry – especially, if it’s someone very close to him.

But this story did something very important (maybe without even realizing it) – it addressed an issue that a lot of fans regarded as possible for resolution of certain plot things within the seven-book story arc, criticizing Jo for not using it when it would obviously (in their opinion) solve so many problems, and it showed them exactly why it would be a very-very bad idea. So... has anyone read it yet?

On an entirely unrelated note, did you see Jo yesterday? She looked magical, didn’t she?


Friday, 29 July 2016

HP Month is almost over - so here is a thank you post:)

I want to thank Micheline from Lunar Rainbows Reviews and Faith from Geeky Zoo Girl for hosting another Harry Potter Month. It's coming to an end and I already feel nostalgic. I've had a real blast getting to know you all guys, reading and discussing your excellent posts, earning points for Ravenclaw House, and gushing about everything HP on my blog and in the comments on the other participating blogs, without feeling silly or ashamed for being so HP-addicted, knowing that this amazing bunch of people will totally understand and support my HP obsession.

Naturally, I'm already looking forward to the next year and I'm already working on a possible list of HP-related posts that I'd like to share with you. I also have a really cool secret HP-related project that I'm looking forward to working on, but it might take a while to actually realise it, so I won't say anything about it just yet - wouldn't want to jinx it! Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving your comments on my blog. I had so much fun interacting with you.

I hope, though, that while HP Month will be over by then, we'll get together again to discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child once everyone has read it:) I understand that Pottermore is planning a digital midnight party experience by holding a quiz tomorrow on Twitter at 8 pm BST. Maybe I'll see you there? Farida ;)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

People telling J.K. Rowling to stop writing about Harry Potter

From Jo's Twitter
Guys, have you ever come across "open letters to Jo" that crop up once in a while online? Their authors (they call themselves Potterheads - as if true Potterheads would ever do something like that!) tell Jo (out of the goodness of their hearts, no doubt... right) that she should stop writing about Harry Potter and go and write something else, because, apparently, they just want to lock him up in the cupboard of their childhood and leave him there. So, instead of opting simply not to read new stuff Jo shares with her grateful and lifelong fans, they opt to tell her what to do with her world instead. Gah! I'm so angry and outraged right now I'm shaking! And I needed to share it with someone. I'm not even talking about complete disregard for those of us who actually want to know all this stuff. I mean, why would anyone at all think that they have any right to tell anyone else what to do with their creativity and where to take their famous character and his beloved world?!! Here's this piece of rotting garbage: An open letter to J.K. Rowling: Please, just stop. Can you believe the nerve and the condescension of this person?! Are you with me on that? I'm so furious!

HP Scavenger Hunt + GIVEAWAY!

Do you feel like taking part in a Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win something special? Well, then, here's your chance! S.P. Sipal - the author of A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter - is holding one today on Facebook and Twitter (11 am - 2 pm Eastern US) as part of her book launch party. Press this link to take you to the Facebook Event. I'm sure it'll be fun. There will be interviews with authors from around the world influenced by J.K. Rowling, excerpts from A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter, discussion of all things Harry Potter, a scavenger hunt, and, of course, a giveaway! Isn't it a fine thing for Harry Potter Month?

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter by S.P. Sipal

Hi all! I'd like to introduce to your attention (if you haven't heard of it yet) 'A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter' - an excellent book for anyone who wants to improve one's writing and go behind the scene of J.K. Rowling's writing tricks and techniques - written by a fellow HP fan! I thought it would make sense to do it now seeing as how the author is having a book release week and we're having Harry Potter Month and this is the kind of book that is all about Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling and it's all happening at the same time, so yay! I found this book extremely useful in my writing endeavours and I know that I'll be using its excellent advice again when writing my fantasy novel. In any case, I think that you'll find this book an excellent store of information and knowledge whether you are a writer or not and you will definitely enjoy it if you are a HP fan!


You can read more about what the author has planned for the release week HERE. Please do! There's a giveway planned and many other things at the launch party.

A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter:

5th year anniversary edition! Expanded and improved. Includes references to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Improve Your Writing with Harry Potter as Your Text!

The Harry Potter magic lives on as J.K. Rowling expands her wizarding world into new stories and formats. For five years, writers and fans from all continents have used A Writer's Guide to Harry Potter to delve beneath her pages' surface to discover the skill and artistry which created a story that enchanted audiences across generations. In this newly revised and expanded edition, S.P. Sipal takes you even deeper than before, exploring new techniques, and even peering into the artistic and marketing vision behind the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

No matter your genre, this guide will help you strengthen your writing by virtually apprenticing under a bestselling mentor. Through fifteen lessons, discover the expert techniques Ms. Rowling employs which makes her series such a phenomenal success and which will help improve your own craft and style.

Topics include:
  • characterization
  • world building
  • backstory
  • mystery plotting
  • myths and archetypes
  • fan interaction
  • social media
  • and author-driven publishing and promotion.

MY REVIEW:

A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter by S. P. Sipal is an amazing treasure trove for someone who happens to be both a writer and a Harry Potter fan. The depth of research that went into writing this book is astounding. In fact, I'm simply floored by the author’s profound insight into many layers hidden between the lines of J.K. Rowling’s excellent books. I thought that I knew Harry Potter books from cover to cover, having read them obsessively for many years, but the author of this guide managed to pick out all these amazing details – from the biggest to the tiniest ones – and then put it all into words and explain everything so well. It made me think about my own writing in ways I never considered before. It made my mind explode with new ideas and all sorts of possibilities for making my book so much better. It is full of special treats, advice and techniques that will help make your book stand out and remain with readers for many years to come. I confess that I got distracted quite a lot while reading it, because all the while it made me think about different ways in which I could improve my book and I wanted to start right now. It is as inspiration as the books it is based upon and I can’t wait to start revising my own novel in hopes of using all these excellent lessons provided by the guide.