Friday, September 27, 2013 06:00

Fairytale News | Hard life of a reader (4)


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

ANOTHER BOOK?
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I love buying books. There is no way I am embarrassed by the amounts of books I’ve in my room. Buying them makes me happy, putting them on the shelves makes me smile and watching them standing there makes me proud. The only problem is the fact that other people might not understand that. The only thing they see are piles and piles of books scattered through my room, so whenever I buy a new book the only thing they say is “another one?” YES, another one. And after that one, many more.

Favorite character dies.

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Dear authors, how can you do this to us? We get to know them, feel what they feel, see what they think and you still take them away. Ruthless, I say! One of the masters is of course George R.R Martin. I knew from the start that he likes to kill them off, but it’s still hard to not-like anyone. On the other hand, I must applaud for him after reading this in the article on Starpulse:

"We've all seen the movies where the hero is in trouble -- he's surrounded by 20 people, but you know he's gonna get away 'cause he's the hero." Martin says. "You don't really feel any fear for him. I want my readers, and i want viewers to be afraid when my characters are in danger," he adds. "I want them to be afraid to turn the next page because the next character may not survive it."

It’s great, but be honest, don’t you want to cry when one of your favorite character dies? Like the ones in Harry Potter, oh my broken heart!  But I guess it’s always better than bringing them back with a lame reason. Isn’t that something you hate? I wish I could give some examples, there are two series I can think off, but I don’t want to give away any ‘spoilers’

MONEY.

funny-quote-millionaires-moneyIf there is one thing we booklovers have in common, it’s buying ‘too much’ books (not that there is such a thing). The only problem is money. In my case, I’m still a student and finding a job is almost impossible. There are some months where I want to buy all the new releases and I just can’t. Wouldn’t it be great to have all the money in the world?

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

66 comments:

  1. George RR Martin is an ass. That is all. Does he not know the gravity of killing a beloved character to any reader will be? We are fragile. That is practically our family in there! Well, okay, maybe not. But killing off a character that we love is perhaps the cruelest a reader can endure, second only to an author not continuing on with the series and just basically disappearing into the thin air.

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  2. Omg yes money!!!! I wish all of us could go book shopping anytime without thinking about our budgets!

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  3. Ahh, my dad comments on my book buying habits all the time. Anytime anything that has to do with money comes up, he says something like: "Yeah, that's nice. Too bad it's too expensive for you because you already bought seventeenhundredthousand books this week!"
    It's SO annoying.

    Like last week we were talking about our future houses and my sister was describing these beautiful curtains she'd seen somewhere. So my dad looks at me and goes: 'Too bad you won't have money for curtains..." So I said: "Well, I'll just put a bookcase in front of my windows then!" I mean, come on.

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  4. You are so right with the book hoarding, my whole house is like that with books, games, dvds, you name it. People just don't get my collecting makes me happy lol. Do whatever makes you happy I guess!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. Yes, if I only collected books.. but I'm also a crazy hoarder when it comes to dvds :p

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  5. FABULOUS POST! I couldn't agree any more, Mel. I mean, every single time I ask my mum if I can my a book she rolls her eyes like: Seriously? You bought your last book last week. My room is like a book mine field too. Millionaires are mad to not have amazing bookcases like that. And my feels *sobs*

    Thanks for posting, hun! <33

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    1. When someone on TV answers things like "I'd buy a car" when they are asked what they would do with a lot of money, I want to jump right into the screen to talk some sense into them, haha. BUY BOOKS, if you have money you don't have to leave your house to work, so what's the use of a car? :p Haha.

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  6. Sometimes I look at the number of books I have and just go "I don't have enough." Other times I cry over how many books I have and the lack of time to read them xD

    Wow, I applaud GRRM for wanting to go beyond that and really twist his fan's heart but our poor hearts and feels :'(

    Oh my gosh I totally relate, it's not easy to work and study full-time so I do wish I could get a job and study but I'm not the best multi-tasker when it comes to these two D; But a job would really help with my book buying...

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    1. Yeah, those mood swings are something I recognize myself in, haha.

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  7. Same here. I don’t know why I have to compulsion to hunt more books when I already have enough. And I have plenty of books that I haven’t even read LOL. Oooh, I liked GRRM thinking, I don’t like the hero feels less vulnerable than the others because he is the hero. I want to see him merits his achievements and not because he’s in that position.

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    1. I have MORE than enough books. If I'd lock myself in my room, I think I have enough books for 3 years, but it's never enough :D

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  8. I would love to have all the money to buy books. I am such a compulsive buyer. And I'll end up pre-ordering tons of books because Amazon gives you the lowest price -- like 10 dollars instead of 18. But that's till 10 bucks! I love that quote by Martin. I think I've read that before, and I was so mad that he could kill off my fav characters so easily, but I was kind of in awe that he had the guts to do so to create real suspense.

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    1. Yes, I like the suspension it gives to the story, but it's also hard to say goodbye.

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  9. It WOULD be great to have lots and lots of money to spend on books, but then I'd just collect them all and probably never read most of them. It'd still be fun though;) And my shelf would look amazing! I love that explanation by Martin!!! I love it when I don't know who is going to survive and you know what? It must me like he does it: one can't come back unless it's a memory. In TVD (I don't know if you watch it), it's not even that big of a deal if someone dies since they can always come back -.- which isn't that new anymore and takes a lot away from the shock value. Or in.. you know.. in a book that you recently read and just reviewed *wink, wink* I haven't read the book, but it seemed obvious from the blurbs and from what I read in book #1 since you know.. one was a HUGE character. Anyhow, HP deaths? They. Were. Bloody. Sad. Love this post, Mel! :D

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    1. Haha, that was one of the books I'd give as an example ;)

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  10. Uhm, YESSS to all of this! I mean, seriously, why do people not get that we need to own ALL THE BOOKS? Obviously there's no such thing as too many books... And isn't it nice to just look at the new pretties as they come in...
    Also: I'm SO scared for all of the Martin's characters, so seeing as that is his goal: he's doing it right. But yeah, devastation at the hands of a novel.

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    1. Getting packages in the mail filled with books is one of the best feelings in the world :p

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  11. Aw, love this post! Thank you for sharing Mel. <3 I LOVE buying books too. It makes me happy. I probably have too many, and my mom and family just don't get it :\ makes me sad. But I am happy with my books, always. <3

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  12. George R.R. Martin... YOU KILL ME. I understand that characters can't be invincible forever but still. It destroys me. Also, I have a serious book buying problem. It's really bad. I also am a student and do not have the funds to keep buying to my heart's desire -- one day!!

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  13. Character deaths are sad! It's like, dying is a part of life, and you have to deal with it in life so it makes sense for it to happen in fiction, but you're also just like nooooooo, don't do it!! But I like that GRRM isn't predictable, like in the situation he mentions where you can be sure someone won't die, you can't do that with his books! It's scary but I like it, too.

    And ahhh money. I can't afford many books lately because of money! I dream of having enough money to buy all the books I want!

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  14. Game Of Thrones is so rough that way, if he is not killing them he is torturing the characters or making the suffer in some fashion lol!

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  15. I totally agree! Between managing your latest reads,finding money to buy new releases and just finding room for all the books, being a reader is hard! But it's totally worth it, of course. Great post! :)

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    1. Oh yes, I wouldn't trade my reader life with anything else :D

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  16. I would happily accept donations to fund my love of books. because as far as things go, I could send it on worse stuff, like drugs.

    Better be addicted to be books than drugs, I say.

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  17. I hate when characters I love die (*glares at Jay Kristoff*), but at the same time I love an author that can take those risks. Because it is annoying when you know that there's no real danger because the hero/heroine is obviously going to survive. Boring! I like books that make me cry, because that's a hard thing to do. And killing off a main character may not be the popular decision, but it makes a lasting impression! I'm still emotionally traumatized from reading Kinslayer...

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    1. Yes! Although it's hard to deal with the death of a favorite character, I always admire it.

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  18. Haha. That Dory gif is perfection! And I agree!

    I think what George R.R. Martin is awesome, but man I can't handle that stress. :)

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  19. I am constantly buying books! I do not have a shelf since I have moved, so I am stocking up!

    I love when a favorite character dies. *runs in shame*

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    1. I don't have the place either, but I don't care :p and you don't have to hide, haha. I sometimes love it too, because it makes me feel all these feelings.

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  20. Honestly, I love when a favorite character dies. I'm with Christine on this one. I mean, obviously I'm super sad and angry, but it also takes serious authorial balls to go there. So. Though I've heard Martin might take it too far. I've not read those yet though.

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    1. Martin is pretty much King of killing characters.

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  21. Ah, I'm familiar with the 'another book?' thing. I get sick and tired of hearing everyone tell me that instead of buying books, I could have spend them on clothes (that I'll never wear) or something else. Like, seriously? My money - I decide what happens to them.

    Blech, unlike a lot of people, I like being surprised with the death of a main character. I admit I cried when I watched the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones. I was all, "BUT THE BABY!". Tsk, tsk. I was so convinced Catelyn was going to survive... Of course, I've read books where the author kills the ONLY character I like. It's not funny, to be honest.

    MONEY. Books. Money. Books. I think a lot of readers want to be millionaires for the same reason. Money = books.

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    1. That scene is just BRUTAL. I've watched the series before reading the books (reading part 2 at the moment) and my jaw dropped on the floor. I. did. not. see. that. coming.

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  22. I like my MC's and favorite characters to make it to the end, of course, but I also don't like things to be too easy. There should be some struggle and hardship and maybe someone close being lost. Makes the story more authentic. Although, sometimes I need to read a book that is completely a happily-ever-after story where everyone is safe in the end. I can't wait until my husband's student loans are paid off. Think of how many more books I could buy!!! ;)

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  23. I completely understand about buying books! Your new meme sound very interesting and I can't wait to see all the things you come up with!

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  24. I'm actually quite good with not bitting off more than I can chew - I only buy a few books a month. Sometimes only one :) My recent problem is: another review copy? I keep getting review requests of very promising sounding books and I just don't have the time to accept them all. #sadness
    FAVORITE CHARACTER DIES. - absolutely HATE IT - And Stephen King ALWAYS kills off my favorites. I'm going to read Doctor Sleep next and I'm worried. Very.

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  25. For me, I'd say it's mostly money. I don't got enough money to buy books! Only a sophomore, my allowance isn't much (the fact that I have an allowance is good). Just wishing that books weren't so expensive. Sometimes I just wanna buy all the month's new releases but I can't! It's like a stab to a bookworm's heart haha.

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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  26. I exercise pretty good self control when it comes to buying books. I generally rent from the library because I am not a big re-reader. But BEA definitely spoiled me in wanting my own copies. AND I just bought a huge bookshelf and want to fill it up with pretties. Cue the money problem. Part of why I exercise self control is because I have to haha. And alas George R.R. Martin. I warn everyone who picks up that series that "no one is safe". As much as it kills me when a character dies, I feel that it is way more realistic and I definitely feel fear for all of them. So mission accomplished.

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  27. MEL this is like the best post to come back to. :') The woes of not having enough money to spend on books... D: Before I started blogging, I used to feel really guilty every time I bought a bunch of books, but now I feel like it's kinda.... justified? :P Like, I have a duty to provide for my readers! A shitty reason, but it makes me feel so much better! :D Yesterday I got a brand new bookshelf, and like it's tempting me or something! Off to buy some books. :P Lovely post, Mel! <3 x Btw, your blog is looking so lovely. :') xxx

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    1. Yeaaaaay! Haha, yes, I sometimes use my blog as a reason for myself :p And thanks Riya :)

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  28. I'm with you on all of these, but I especially appreciate George RR Martin's approach to his characters. He's killed off several characters I really liked, but it does make a nice change; I quite enjoy not knowing what's coming.

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  29. All us book lovers have one common problem: addiction to books. I have so many books that are sitting unread on my shelf right now, and some more in my Kindle, and I promise I'm slowly slushing my way through them, but that STILL doesn't stop me from getting more books! Admittedly, though, I'm much better than I was before. Before, I'd bring extra money just in case my parents decided to drop by the bookstore, and just in case I found a book I really wanted to read... which is nearly almost all the time. Now, because of dwindling pocket money, and because I know my limits - sort of - I'm able to control my spending SOMEWHAT. That, and the need to get a new laptop is incentive enough. ;)

    The only times I have come across this is in HP and TFiOS. Both Jo and John are incredibly realistic authors, and they aren't afraid to make you suffer by killing off your favorite characters. Authors these days? Not so much. I mean, I guess it's good that your favorite characters - who also most likely will be the main ones - say alive till the end of the book, but sometimes, life doesn't work that way. Karma's a bitch, and it would be both refreshingly heartbreaking to see more deaths of favorite characters, TBH. And haha, I've heard a lot about Martin's cruelty, and if I'm being frank, it just makes me more intrigued. :P

    The picture! HAHA. Oh my gosh. No wonder bookworms aren't millionaires - because we keep buying books when we already have too many! SO true, though. *sigh* Wishful thinking...

    Great post!

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    1. Oh yes, don't get me started on all the e-books I have to read :p It's just.. I love buying them :D And yes, killing them off is sometimes the most realistic approach and I think you will like Martin's story ;)

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  30. OH jeez more money yes it does mean more books. Heck it would be cool to get a book a day - but then only if you can read that many books. Definitely a bookshelf that hides another room and spins would be fracking marvelous!

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  31. I am so glad that most of my family and friends don't judge me for my stacks and stacks of books. I wish I had an endless stream of money so that my book supply would never run dry.

    I haven't read any Game of Thrones books, but I do like the idea of having the main characters die! I don't mean this in any negative way but I think it would definitely keep the book exciting.

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    1. It definitely holds your attention. You're always afraid someone will die.

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  32. 62 comments? Look at you girl! Comments galore :D

    I definitely think book buying is a problem many of us have. I've been in London for a whole three weeks, and I've been really good in only having bought two books. But, I also brought 12 unread books with me. And then shortly after I arrived here won a series of 7 books. So I have 21 unread books on a shelf already, and I just got here. How the heck am I going to get all of these home? Do I even have time to read them? You would think that would make me decide not to buy any more but um... I always have books in mind I want to purchase the next time I'm out! Eek ><

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    1. Remember that half of them are my own replies :p But still!

      It's great you didn't buy much books, but winning such a long series makes up for it, haha. No matter what reason I tell myself, I always end up buying boks.

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  33. If I had all the money in the world, I would have the most amazing library. There would be reading nooks galore and ladders for the tall shelves and of course a bookshelf that spins into another part of the library, both sides loaded with books!

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