Okay FINE. I am not really mashing these two topics together. I just want to talk about Breaking Dawn AND I want to talk about A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander book 6) but I don't really want to take up two days of blog posts talking about it on a holiday week. So.... MASH UP*! Don't worry, each section will be clearly marked so if you are only interested on one topic, you can easily avoid the other! But if you don't care about EITHER topic.... Well... Here is a picture of Henry when he was a baby:
(Why a baby picture? Just because.)
Okay, Breaking Dawn!
(spoilers are abundant below)
Okay so my love of the Twilight series has really died down lately. Not that I don't still remember that I loved it when I first read it, but really everyone elses crazy obsessive love has sorta taken away from it for me. So although I love the story, I wasn't really excited to be in the theater on opening night because I was too busy being embarrassed. Silly, yes. But also true.
So imagine my surprise when I sat down in the theater and enjoyed the hell out of this movie! The speeches at the wedding made me laugh. Hard. I though Bella and Edward seemed normal and sweet rather than SUPER AWKWARD which is how I felt like they seemed most of the time in the other movies.Sometimes the first half was awkward, but for the most part I really liked it.
Now as for the second half, with the mutant pregnancy and wolf conversations... I really enjoyed most of that too! I cannot believe how AWFUL Bella looked when pregnant. Like, HER BONES you all. HOW did they make her took that terrible?? The birth scene make my skin crawl, but in the way it was suppose to I think. I mean, it was gross and horrible, but acceptable. I though the part where the wolves were talking in human voices was funny in a not good way, but I don't really know how else they could have done that scene, and it needed to be in the movie. So I will give it a pass.
All in all, I liked it. Not that people who hate the series will like it. They will still hate it. But, if you read the book and enjoyed the book, they did a really good job with the movie. I was pleased. And not nearly as embarrassed as I walked out of the theater as I was when I walked in!
Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes!
(Spoilers are also abundant in the section. Fair Warning)
We are doing the bullet style, as per the norm for my Outlander book reviews.
- This was, in my opinion, the best book in the series so far. It didn't have the slow start I have just come to accept from all the other books. It was INTENSE from the very start and it never seemed to stop. But at the same time, it never crossed the line to being too much. It was just AWESOME from start to finish!
- Claire being abducted and raped. I was so shocked and horrified with that entire series of events. And the part where she hears the drums and she knows they are coming to save her, and THEN when Arch Bug offers to let Claire kill the men that did this too her, and Jamie is like "I do her killing for her" and then Ian was like "and I" . I just about died. It was INTENSE.
- The entire Malva story line. WHAT A BITCH for standing there saying Jamie was the father of her baby! (may she rest in peace and all that. but still.... BITCH!) I mean, I know she was knocked up by her brother and everything, but COME ON. HOW DARE SHE??
- The part where the mob comes for Claire and her and Jamie lock themselves up in the house and have that little moment where they say they don't regret anything. Oh man. LOVED IT.
- BREE AND ROGER LEAVE THE PAST. It killed me that they go back to their own time! I mean, of course they had to. There is no parent that wouldn't do everything in their power to save their child. But when they are leaving and Jamie tells Jemmy "If you meet a mouse named Michael, tell him your Granda says hello." Just about broke my heart. And at the very end when they get the box with Jemmy's name on it and you realize that Jamie has been writing them letters for them to find 200 years in the future. You all. I cried.
- Stephen Bonnett! That entire THING. Him taking Bree, Jamie and Roger finding him, him being tied to the post, Bree killing him. THIS BOOK WAS SO CRAZY!
- The little scene where Roger finally finds out that Jemmy is his son because they share the birth mark on their head. I cried at that part too.
- And then at the end when the big house really does burn and Donner being an all around ass from the future. I knew that guy was going to be trouble.
- Bree meeting William but not being able to tell him that they are siblings. How heart breaking would that be? To meet your only sibling for just this one time in your life and not being able to embrace him and call him brother.
*yes, by calling it a mash up I am also owning up to the fact that I watch Glee. Could I be a bigger nerd?