I have been a reading machine lately. I think it’s because of something Terry has been encoraging me to do. He knows that I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 7 years old, and he’s been pushing me to actually do something about it instead of just look at books wistfully. Of course, I’ve written lots of stuff; I’ve got a a screenplay or two collecting dust, notebooks full of poetry and drawers crammed with fan fiction (no jokes, please).
Well, as you know I love the Twilight series. And I just finished it’s most recent chapter – “Breaking Dawn”. It was much better than the others. Not that the first three books were bad (because they weren’t), but you can definitely tell that the auther, Stephenie Meyer, has…blossomed. Her writing has more depth, maturity and insight – this is possilbly because the main character herself, Bella, is less insecure, less immature. Nevertheless, it made this latest book leaps and bounds better than the others.
Secondly, I’m finally getting around to reading Watchmen. It’s a graphic novel that came out in the mid-to-late 80’s. Basically it’s about superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who – with one notable exception – lack anything recognizable as super powers. I haven’t finished it yet (about half-way through) but it’s very engrossing and engaging. It’s also going to be a movie next year, directed by Zack Snyder (the guy who did the remake of “Dawn of the Dead” in 2004 and the film “300”).
If you haven’t yet heard of this graphic novel (Watchmen), or the upcoming movie – get ready. It’s going to be big. And of course, so will Twilight.
Oh, and coming soon – pictures of the pugs and Terry’s classroom. I promise.