Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Life and Death of a Character

I just finished reading a mystery novel that I really enjoyed, but I can’t tell you the name of the book if I want to write about it because what I want to discuss would be a major spoiler.

At some point in the future I will mention the book’s title, though I won’t reference this post; today I want to ponder the author’s choice to kill a character after we’ve come to know and like them. Not just once, but in this book there were four different characters that were brought to life only to be killed.

The first person started the book but we had just shy of 9 pages in which to get to know her, not unusual or surprising. The second victim had about 35 pages in which she was brought to life, a little harder but still not unusual for this genre. The third had many more pages, and was more likeable than either of the first two, but at least she died of a heart attack before the serial killer got to her. But it’s the fourth victim that got to me.

Introduced on page 31 and pronounced dead on page 416 (out of 438 pages), this character played a major role in the story. Knowing that this is the first in a series of books about a different character (who would have been the perfect love interest), I was sure she was going to be around for the rest of the series. I absolutely did not see her death coming.

Normally I like it when I don’t see a plot twist coming, but this was one I had considered it and dismissed because it wouldn’t make sense to kill her (but probably really because she was my favorite character).

I will continue to read the series, but I will be very careful who I give my heart to in the future!

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Revisiting Cloud Atlas

First I watched the movie and I was confused, yet curious.

Next I read the book which I thought was easier for having the illustrations of the movie. Although I did ask myself a few times “who is the Tom Hanks character in this one?”

Last week I watched the movie again (less than a month from the first time I watched it) and I am now confused about completely new things. The book is only obvious in its reincarnation theme on the comet birthmark – or is it that I only caught the obvious? Was the Hugh Grant character supposed to be the same person he played later in the film or is that movie-making license? And our first pair, Adam Ewing and Dr. Henry Goose, have they really “evolved” to be Zachry and Meronym?

I want to read the book again with pen and paper nearby and track clues to answer this question. Instead I am headed to the internet to see what others think.

My first stop:
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Biggest-Differences-Between-Cloud-Atlas-Book-Movie-33797.html

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