#BookReview: Cinderella’s New York Christmas | Romance – Retelling

Hi guys! I am super excited to share my thoughts on my latest read: Cinderella’s New York Christmas by Scarlet Wilson. I love reading romance and Mills & Boons/Harlequin are my favourites when it comes to reading choices, but I … Continue reading

Romance in Young Adult novels

soulmatesThe “Young Adult” romance I have stumbled lately on my random reading picks from Amazon on quite a few Young Adult novels, some good, some note quite so, but they all shared the same pattern.

The romance in YA novels has the same pattern (in 99.9% of books read) with all the ingredients that make me think that somehow teenagers will get it wrong, that along the lines they will understand a story worse than Cinderella’s…

The ingredients: we’re taking unexperienced girl and throw her in the mix with a hot guy, preferably dark, rich and with a murky past, then brand the chemical attraction and adolescent hormones as “true love”. Then we spice things up a bit with some drama and controlling/abusive/manipulative behaviour from our guy and we stamp is as being cool and seductive; nice, good guys are overrated. For extra flavour, we can remove the guy from the picture so that our girl can crumble into pieces, cry her eyes out, contemplate suicide because life without him is unbearable and there is No Way for her to live without him. Then we bring him back into the picture and he’s the hero of the day after he says “Sorry” and gives her a good kiss and a smack on the bum. 😉

It is also okay to think that you are destined, a.k.a you have no control over your emotions, body and soul. She is destined to be with him for all the stupid reasons and there is no real need for real communication because destined love doesn’t need that bullshit, right? I mean, they are destined to love each other, why should the petty details like his huge criminal record, the fact that he’s actually a monster (literally) coming from hell, has creepy stalking tendencies, etc, would actually matter.

“Soul mates” know each other from the womb and of course she knows he is not going to rape her, or sink her fangs into her throat or any other horrid thing, because they have the bond. Really? Are you f*ucking joking me? Plus that, are you really telling me that it’s either “fangy” over there or nobody else to love? Someone has to tell these gullible girls that the world doesn’t just spin around One Guy no matter how hunky, sexy, alluring, smart, witty, mysterious, etc he is. Love is a bit (insert sarcasm here) more complex and complicated than that and soul mates and destiny doesn’t even begin to cover it.

It’s not only an unhealthy message, it’s also bad writing since you don’t have to justify anything you throw in there since it can be branded as “true love”, “destiny” and/or “soul mates”.

 

 

Cinderella is Evil

Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell is a 30 pages kindle story published in March 2013 and it tells the story of Anna, the ugly stepsister. The story offers a good premise, an enticing new perspective of the classic Cinderella story, but it fails to portray the scenario and characters in any way likeable or believable. 

First of all, we have our Anna, who’s the ugly stepsister who in comparison with beautiful Cinderella, she feels far more uglier. But this Anne lacks any kind of conviction, strength and drive, she constantly whines over her appearance, of why she can’t be beautiful and desired. The character is dull, just reacts to whatever is thrown in her  way (usually by fleeting) and the only thing she manages to do right is be submissive to anyone around herself. Too much self-pity for my liking, too much whining for a short story main character. I couldn’t relate and like her at all, and not because of the original story, but because this one was so poorly written that lacked the conviction to make me succumb to the charm. 

The writing is unconvincing. The author tries to find excuses and reasons to why Cinderella is in the kitchen, to why Cinderella does the hard labours and that reason is: she wants it, she likes it. Seriously? Is the author really saying that a character that has beauty and charm, someone as shallow as this Cinderella would rather labour around the house instead of acting shallow and using her beauty to her advantage? Yup, that’s what’s happening. Plus that, Cinderella doesn’t do anything actually… evil! Shallow, yeah, perhaps, but this Cinderella is not evil. 

I thought I would have a bit of something dark and twisted, something that would tingle my sense, but instead I found the story, dull and unconvincing, with an ending that made me cringe and poke my eyes out. Pity for the cover, because I truly like it!