Oz and All That Was Off

Movies are uoz-the-great-and-powerful-poster-1sually not my type of reviews, at least not on this blog, but somehow, these thoughts had plagued my minds just for far too long. I think most of us know this movie, which is allegedly based on a classical American literature of children’s novel, which actual name is The Wizard of Oz. 

I will try to keep the summary as short as possible, because really, I do not want to waste too much words on something that would just irritate me or would just end up on being a waste of time on my part on sometimes that is not worth it.

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Our dear magician Charming

Anyway, the story is typically about an impostor, wannabe magician – played by
James Franco – who acts tough and oh so charming, but in fact is a mere cheating con, of whom one should beware of, especially women, because well let’s say he would cut out more than just your money.

He is the kind of typical male portrayed nowadays, far often than one, especially me would have like it, I guess. He is arrogant, conceitedly selfish and an apparently a celebrated hero from a legendary prophecy – please take note that my voice is dripping with sarcasm –

When he lands in Oz, after escaping some ridiculous self-induced events or rather a promise of dangerous violence inflicted on his person. Everyone just believes him to be the wizard that is going to rescue all of them from, yeah the Wicked Witch, which no one actually knows of who it really is, since there are apparently three witches in Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East, one for the West and the Good Witch of the South. The first one that our dear heroic wizard meets is the Witch of the West. 

In the movie she, Theodora, is portrayed by Mila Kunis, so yeah, she is a beautiful woman, clad in red, the first thing the wizard lays his eyes one and the first one to fall for his ‘charming’ ways. She believes to find the wizard in him who was prophesied to kill the Wicked Witch, who murdered their last king. That was one of the first sequences, where – especially as a woman – you hear the alarms coming off for the first time in your mind.

Their first day ends with a ‘romantic’ night, with dancing, charming and in my mind I can see the camera moving towards the night sky (not sure if it’s true) and we all can guess what had happened. In the next scene/day, you will learn that things are apparently a ‘little’ bit different from our expectations. Because she now expects him to marry her and make her his Queen, when he becomes the King – it’s a prophecy thing. (plus she is pretty naive)

Okay, I claimed that I will make this short. He meets her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz), who is obviously the true evil witch in this story – has anyone looked at the way she was dressed? – shows the promise of gold and money to the wizard, knowing that he is actually a fraud. But all she wants him to do is to kill the ‘Wicked Witch’ of the South, Glinda (Michelle Williams). The truth comes out and as the movie makers wanted it, the actually good witch has the same face as his childhood and probably true love – not sure, if it was obvious, but just to note, this really deserves the eye roll -.

I present thee, the three Witches, Glinda, Theodora and Evanora (left to right)

I present thee, the three Witches, Glinda, Theodora and Evanora (left to right)

And like many of us already guessed with the first scene, he breaks poor Theodora’s heart. Okay, it was more of a scheme that her sister created to make her believe it. Either way, she ends up with a broken heart and out of despair, she eats up an apple which apparently shall erase all her heartache. It seems that the apple had some side effects, aside from erasing sweet naive Theodora’s personality, turning her into an inhuman monster with a thirst for revenge, she now looks as inhuman as she is probably as a personality, with her green skin, typical witch nose and what not.

From there on, the story is the typical run-of-the-mine, if you want to put it that way. After some big resistance, the guy undergoes an epic epiphany, becomes the ‘wizard’ everyone expects him to be and succeeds in overthrowing the now two Wicked Witches. Now, I will tell you what my problem was with the movie or problems, because there might be more than just one.

Let’s begin with my first thought when the last curtain fell.

Seriously, what is the message of the movie?! It’s okay to be a fraud, it’s okay to cheat and lie and steal your way through life, pretend something you are not and hop your way through life, leaving a trail of broken hearts, but hey, you can still be great and a good guy, because there is a ‘wizard’ in each of you? In this case, the ‘wizard’ shows us that they do not have to be a real wizard, you just have to cheat yourself through that and all is well!

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Really?!

Okay, I can understand what kind of pseudo message the movie wants to deliver. They just want to show that anyone can be great and you don’t really need to be born to be this way, you just have to use your brain, be smart and witty and you can be successful. Fine, that way is fine, as lacking of every other moral and virtue as it is, it’s fine!

But what I cannot agree nor accept is the fact the way that is portrayed. I find that character disgusting. Lying, cheating, deceiving and whatever else he brings up to the day of light that I find despicable. Maybe my views would have changed, if they had done the move a little bit differently. Sure, he underwent some changes, when he became less selfish and started to actually care for other people and according to the movie and weird bubble wall, he had always had a good heart, he just needed to find himself. Yet is it again the message they deliver that irks me the most.He had never revealed the truth, like the fact that he is not a real wizard, neither had he ever apologized for misleading that poor naive folk.

Some people may believe that I am overreacting, but I cannot help but find this to be actually important. Because, as cliché as it sounds, the hero must be truthful and honest, especially when he has gone through what was supposed to be some epic and life-changing  transition. I had even expected him to do exactly that when he held his speech, but like always, I was waiting in vain.

Even towards the end, it was never made clear whether people were aware of the truth, it was hinted, it was obvious for everyone, who watched the movie, but what about those little naive people in the movie? I would even give their naivety enough credit to buy that lie as a truth. So, what was it now? Are people now trying to say that the whole myth of the Wizard of Oz was based on a whole bunch mountain of lie? – I wonder whether I even wanna know… –

That was not the only thing left in question. At the end, I could not help but wonder whether he would truly return home, like he had first planned to when he arrived. The answer was quite obvious at first, of course he was, but suddenly all I saw him do was make out with the Good Witch and suddenly it appeared as though he would stay. If he stayed, what would happen to his childhood sweetheart? Does he forsake her for her lookalike?

Again, this became quite questionable for me. Did he fall in love with Glinda due to her likeness to his childhood girlfriend (or whatever she might have been to him, when it comes to that guy, one can never be that sure) or really for her personality? What does it even say about her, if he just forsake her, whose name I forgot, for someone who just look like her? How would that make me feel? What does it even say about him. (Not that he was ever put in a good complexion in the movie, at least according to me)

Now, to the greatest problem in this movie. Perhaps it was already quite obvious in my summed up version of the movie. The film made Theodora and her evil sister Evanora as the main villainess, clearly seen in the ending scene, in which Theodora was driven away from the Emerald City, with its whole population celebrating their defeat. The worst thing that made my heart ache was the moment, where James Franco’s pretty face turning towards her flying figure on broom – talking about cliches huh? – and the only thing he said that if she ever redeemed herself, there would always be a place for her…

I did not like it. I hated it.

I hated the way it sounded as though she was the one, who was wrong!

I do not deny that she was the ‘villain’ towards the end, neither am I trying to reason that Glinda’s torture was in any way okay, but what I cannot stand for is the fact that they are portraying her as the only one, who was at fault.

Thinking back, he was the root for all the evil inside her. So what is that little scheme of her sister had triggered her ‘turn’. It does not matter, just as it does not matter that he had not ‘actually’ cheated on her with Glinda, like her sister had wanted to her believe. Let’s be frank, he would have broken her heart either way, her sister – unluckily – just turned out to be the early bird and break it to her in the hardest way.

Do not misunderstand, I am in no way trying to condone her actions. They were indeed wrong, there could have been another way to handle this, a greater way to be the greater person. But hey, that’s love, it makes you blind and when it breaks, you are even more blinded. What I am trying to say is, that it is true that her actions were wrong, that she may have been evil, considering her actions, but she was not the only one at fault. 

I can even understand that people chased her away, she was evil and a danger and they hated here. So there was no other choice, that I can understand as well. It is rather the way that she left that I cannot understand or rather, cannot accept.

That moment, when he turned around, facing her; those two, who once shared an attraction – even love from her part – towards each other, it should have been a sad scene, reminiscing and maybe even apologizing. The latter is what I have missed. He had not even apologized to her…

At this point, I am done with any accusation. I am rather resigned to this…. thing. It is just sad to witness that scene and for any woman, or any person with the right mind, it was enough to make you wince. All of this, the celebration of someone, who is nothing but a fraud, pseudo messages about how to be great and now that.

Seriously, this is not a movie I would like to show little boys.

“Yes, it’s true, you can toy around with girl’s heart and even break them, especially if you found the right one and you do not actually care about the other one. Apologize? What? No, there is no need for that!” 

As horrible as it sounds, this was what I saw from the movie.

But despite all these shady questionable pseudo messages on morality that makes my head shake? hang in shame, there were still a few enjoyable things. For example I like the allusion towards his real life, like the little girl in a wheelchair and the china doll girl and granting her wishes, his ‘best friend’ from home and the flying ape. Those were kinda sweet. Of course, the animation was very good as well, it looked beautiful and real, especially in 3D. Still, has anyone noticed that the blond was the good one and the other two witches were… not blond? Another cliché or maybe just a coincidence…

To sum it all up, maybe I am blowing things out of proportions, I don’t know about that, but I just had to let this all out, because I do not condone this message nor the portrayal of woman that is offered by the movie. I hope people can understand this. 

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The Gentle Creature, by Fjodor Dostoyevsky

sanfteThe cover is slightly yellow and even the pages are probably not as white as they had once been. My hands glide over the cover and when I open it, the first words that I read are “A Gentle Creature – A Fantastic Story”.

Following after this introduction is the preface of the author, in which he reasons his perhaps willful writing style, but the reader also gets to know about the content that is about to unravel.

The first chapter starts with a man, frenzy and maybe even hysterical in his apartment. On the table lies the dead body of his wife, who had just recently jumped from the window. The narrator, from whose perspective the story is told, tries to sort out his thoughts, however it does not really work out. He laments on his situation, the death of his wife. He is all alone again.

Worse, it’s all his fault.

Or is it?

He reminisces about the past, remembering the day he first met her. It is an attempt to make sense to what has transpired.

We learn that he is a pawnbroker and that she used to be a frequent client of his’. She constantly pawns her belonging and valuable items in order to advertise in a newspaper as a governess. We also learn about her, through his mind, that she is a young woman of 16 years, an orphan living with cruel aunts and soon to be married to a much older man with many children and a horrible past when it comes to his wives.

The narrator, whose interest is piqued, offers her a way out of this by asking for her hand himself. At first, it seems to be a noble, even romantic act on his part and this is also what the young woman believes. However, this initially fairy-tale story, in which the damsel in distress is rescued by a hero, soon turns out to be a mere illusion.

The intentions of the narrator are far from noble. He had not chosen her because he loved or pitied her, rather his intention behind his action were that she suited him. For she was young, gullible and had no other choice but to choose him above that old man. Furthermore, he had realized the gentle personality that she possessed and intends on taking advantage of that very gentleness.

This is also the part, which makes us realize the path the story is heading towards. The narrator is the exact opposite of her. He wants to subject her, conquer her and change her personality, to be admired by her, wants her to listen to his every word.

He wants to break her.

But she has no idea of that and at first, their marriage is going well. But each time she tries to get closer to him, her approach is met with a cold rebuff and indifferent rejection. This lack of communication, as well as his demeaning ways are wearing her down and leads to disagreements. She is becoming more rebellious towards his ways and one day, she leaves the house without his permission.

The narrator soon learns thought bribing her aunts that she is meeting with a man, who is a member of the regiment to which the narrator used to belong to once. It is also through him that the wife learns of the (seemingly) cowardice of her husband and how low he had fallen since his refusal to a duel.

What is seemingly a love story is in fact actually a through and through psychologically structured storytelling on how to break someone.

This guide shows that there may be many ways, but there is just one perfect way on how to break someone and with every page that your eyes glides over, it makes it even more plain that this is the intention. For it spares no detail, the cruelty, not behind – for it is in now way covered – but in front of this story, brought to the light by the narrator is raw and makes you cringe with each naive reasoning that is delivered along that makes you shake your head.

As if being conscious of the depravity of this storytelling is not enough, the more you read the more horrific it gets.

Perhaps it is most comparable with a scene in which you are standing on the sideline and someone is standing there on the tracks with the train is running towards you with the highest speed. You know that this is not going to end well to put it mildly, you know someone is going to die.

We are in shock when we see his true intentions. We feel horror as we see how her gentle nature slowly crumbles under the icy cold and indifferent attitude of her husband. We hope that he would tell her the truth about the duel, that what appear as a cowardice was bravery as he defied his superiors for what he right and we hope that he would finally see that he is slowly killing her.

But just like that scene, everything happens so fast. The doubt, the denial of the tragedy that is going to unfold in mere seconds and then the hope, somewhere sprang from the denial that this may have a happy ending and just as fast as everything had happened, it’s over.

The railroad is gone.

Everything is quiet. And there lying on the ground is the end of the story and also the beginning.

Well, this is how I felt when reading the story, even the ending is quite similar. In the end, she is dead, no happy ending in sight and we are not even spared a hope that perhaps the narrator can change his action or find some grand epiphany in her death.

There is nothing.

In death, you find nothing.

I adore this book for his topic, but as well as they way it is written. For one, the topic and the way Dostoyevsky builds up the plot around this topic is magnificently unique. This was one of the first works I have read from him and I was instantly swooned. For the few, who might not know him, he is one of the most famous writers of the Russian literature, born in during the period of the Russian Realism. He is famous for his psychological approach in his works, as well as his realistic depiction of a world that was during this time filled with social upheavals, the disparity of material welfare between the social classes, as well as the social injustice.

It is this certain depiction of the narrator’s innermost thoughts, his inner life, that impressed me the most. The way he does not only reveal the inner workings of the human being, but as well as how he fractionalizes every part of what makes that person up with an accuracy that was most praised and aimed for during his time. He shows how two contrary natures clash and due to their difference, one has to die and it is always the weaker that is wiped out. Furthermore, this story and so many others of this author, are written in a time ahead of Freud and Jung, so considering  these facts, one can say that this book was ahead of his time in a way.

What I also found impressing during my journey through this artful work was his talent of writing. The whole story is an interior monologue, the dialogues in oblique speech and through this deliberate choice, I was able to feel and hear the silence that is most characteristic for this story. But perhaps it also due to its addictiveness that absorbs all of your self so that it feels like you are inside the book.

What I liked about the story was despite the time, is also centers on two (different) people, who are not able to work it out. Their personalities are too different, so different that it is almost sickening for them to be together, because it is wearing them down and in the end, they are left with nothing. It shows how a relationship is not always dependent on outer factors, but sometimes it depends on yourself and sometimes, it is better to leave. It shows that a relationship can not only be dangerous, but have a depraved and twisted character and no matter which times, I think as long as love and humans are there, this topic will always contemporary.

Even most people, who praised this story expressed their dislike for the narrator. Most of them consider him as an inept man, incapable love, empathy and undeserving of sympathy. I have to say that although I can understand those, who are of those opinion, I do not share them. For sure, the character is hardly likable and even more so is it possible to sympathize with him, as he is in a way the reason for her suicide and thus her murderer. But considering the time in which it was written, the topics that dominated the literacy world, I doubt that this is just it.

The human being is influenced by many factors around him, those outer influences are what makes him who he is, the decisions he make, the action he brings to light and the paths he take. This is what the authors considered, when creating their characters, their ordeals and dilemmas and also their – mostly tragic- endings. (Influences by Darwin’s theory of revolution ;))

Hence, I believe that it is not the narrator that is the supposed source of evil. There is a reason for how he is, in this way, cruel and unfeeling. As the story – and he himself once said – he used to be an honorable and just man, he used to be good. But because of his honor, he was forced to become what he is today. In a way, it is the society, which makes him who he is today and accordingly, the source of the cruelty we are dealt with when reading the story.

But well, I guess this is where the opinion differentiate and I am open for every opinion. And for all of those, who had not read it before: You should do it! It is worth your time, for everyone, who enjoys a well-written short story with psychological depth. 

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The Tea Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly

400000000000000286692_s4 “We’re not punished for our sins…we’re punished by them.”  – Jennifer Donnelly

It’s 1888, East London, in a place a few might know as White Chapel, when a young woman is waiting at the Thames for her life long friend and lover since childhood, Joe Bristow. Fiona Finnegan is that very young woman and she is about to start a quest that is going to be filled with heartache, sacrifices and losses, but as well as success and love, everything in order to achieve her goal of opening her own tea shop.

Fiona is a simple girl, living in White Chapel, a poor district of East London, but as simple as her upbringing is, as greater are her dreams. For she dreams of opening her own shop with the man she wants to spend her life with. Joe is a costermonger’s son and grew up in the same environment as Fiona did. So basically, the both of them have nothing more but faith and a cacao tin that is filled more with dreams than coins, yet both of them are trying hard to fulfill their goals. It sounds so very sweet, but just like every story, dreams do not turn out the way we want to and even if, things always come in the most unexpected ways.

Earlier than the readers would like it to be, those dreams are shattered. The sweet couple is broken up, because of a mistake Joe did during a wrong night with too much liquor in his veins than he would like at the morning. It is that very same mistake that causes a chain of events to unfold that would end in her father’s murder, her mother a victim of Jack the Ripper and ultimately force Fiona to lose everything that meant anything to her, except for her brother, her only surviving family. So with nothing to lose, she sets sail to New York, taking her brother along with her. But by doing so, she is not only leaving the shambles that her life had become behind, but as well as her (lost?) love Joe, who is still hopelessly hung up on her.

In America, Fiona is finally able to take the first steps to her dreams that will soon turn into one of the biggest tea company’s of her time. Of course, along her path, she meets hardships that is expected for a woman during her period to encounter, she meets new people, even a new love interest. But in the end, she will still marry someone of whom she knows will never love her or could give her the love she desires from a certain someone back in England. 

Thus, this is the beginning of a their captivating, yet so heart-wrenching love story, as the couple, albeit separated, try to fulfill their dreams nonetheless. We learn how they arise from their poverty, from being young adults in the poorest district of London, to successful adults, admired and respected by the society and yet, we notice that although it appears as though they have finally achieved what they had dreamed for so long, that although they finally found a place in the world, it is only half a life, for their dreams mean nothing if they do not have each other.

“She was his soulmate, as much a part of him as the very flesh and bone that made him. She was with him, in him, in everything he did. She was everything he wanted from his life, the very measure of his dreams.”

Their separation in the story was the saddest and yet most romantic thing I find in the story. It is touching to read how no matter how many times passed, how despite the amount of their failed chances and the impossibility of their reunion, they were still unable to forget the other and move on, as many of their loved ones had advised them to. 

As sad as it is, it also shows the fragility not only of love but also when it comes to happy ending and how much it depends on doing the right thing at the right time. When reading the story, one surely cannot help but wonder what would have happened if Joe had sailed the ship on the right time.

What I found endearing during the story as it played out was not only the explicit storytelling that offers the reader so much insight on the events, as well as the character’s feelings, but also that certain unique plot of the lovers, separated by the ocean and united by their love. I have not read anything up until now that resembled that plot.

Surprisingly, although the male protagonist is made as the bad man in this story, for the mistake he had done that led to this whole mess, I cannot help but find him just as endearing as the whole story. I even enjoyed reading his parts more than Fiona’s. Perhaps it is due to the romantic way he is portrayed throughout the rest of the book, his silent suffering as he tries to accept living a life without the love of his life, his way of trying to repent for his sins he thinks he is to blame for and the way he never forgives himself.

Well, guess I am a sucker for tortured characters.

Fiona is also a great character. When thinking about the book in retrospect I have this image of a girl, poor, yet so rich of innocence, with her eyes all wide and full of dreams and ambition, waiting at the Thames for her childhood sweetheart. This image has been slowly changing, as she grows with each chapter into an adult woman, sure of herself, yet in a way marked by life for the losses she had to endure to achieve to her she is today, still possessing a heart of gold, but also filled with her thirst for revenge for her father’s murder.

However, as much as I loved this book, it is nevertheless not infallible of flaws. As perfect as Fiona is as a character, as flawed is her creation. There is nothing one can find amiss on her, she seems perfect, maybe too perfect. She is a young woman, born in poverty and becoming one of the most influential females in the economy during her time and building one of the greatest companies.

A young woman, born in poverty and becoming one of the most influential females by building one of the greatest tea companies? This seems very unlikely, actually, just as the rest of book. For it may possess a wonderful love story, which I recommend for everyone, who enjoys such stories, however if you are looking for a realistic – at least as realistic as they can be – historical novel, this is definitely – or sadly? – not your’s.

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[FF Review] Black Velvet Kings, by MidnightTrain

He promised he’d be waiting behind that church; he promised he’d change her mind. But he broke a lot of promises along the way, didn’t he?

What a lovely summary, shortly summarized and precise. As less as necessary and as much as possible, this is the way this Fanfiction is described. This Fanfiction belongs to the fandom of Twilight and yeah, I know what probably most of you think, but I assure you, this is definitely worth reading.

It is a heartbreaking story between doing the right thing, only that you don’t know what the right thing is. It’s about choosing yourself or choosing others, taking risks and well broken promises. It sounds like the typical story about a stupid guy, breaking a poor girl’s heart and maybe it is, but it is the BEST stupid guy breaking a poor girl’s heart that I have read, as much of a typical story it is.

As most would have guessed, it is an impending wedding, an indecisive wife along with two guys, one to whom her heart belongs to and one that is soon to be the man she will be (or should be) forever tied to and of course, they are not one and the same person. No, of course it has to be either that one or the other one.

But there is so much more than that. It begins with the image of everyone scurrying around, busy with the preparations of the upcoming wedding and only the bride is quiet and the room is filled with sweet nostalgic lyrics that seemed to have been designed for that occasion. Only it is not a happy song, but rather is sings about a guy, helplessly with someone who is about to be married off to someone else and how he keeps on waiting behind the church.

It is not surprising that this song is indeed especially made for the bride and the singer, in this case Edward, is the one waiting for her to elope with him or at least stop the wedding. As the story unfolds, we get to know that they had once been together, very much in love like most fairytale love story is, but also like in every story, life gets in the way as he chooses his career and his love for music above his girlfriend, who is at the time pregnant with his child.

So, this is the exposition. This is also from where she has now to decide where to go from now. She is caught up in her insecurity, wanting to do the right thing and not knowing what it is. For there is the man that she loves, who is still in love with her, waiting for her to chose him and the other one, who had always been there, when Edward had not and to whom she made a promise. And of course the little man that ties her to Edward, that little adorable kid. It is also about keeping promises, like the way she promised to marry Garrett and breaking promises, like Edward had broken his to her, and the issue of trust.

It was heartbreaking for me to read this. Because at some point in the story – and I really do not want to reveal this, because it would take all the surprise away, so just trust and believe me – we realize that whilst we may have thought it was her choice only, we see that it is actually not and that the choice was, thanks to the way life is, taken away from her and in that regard, there is not much to decide.

I do not know why, but somehow, despite the long period of time that I am left waiting for the next chapter, it always manages to draw me in and leaves me hanging with a box of tissue near me. Maybe it is because of the guy, who is about to lose everything that actually gives his life a meaning and although he desperately tries to rectify what he has lost, just because of one decision he had made when he was young, he cannot, because time’s got away.

We are not even given time to resent him, maybe resent him for the heartbreak it causes us when we see it, but overall, there is not much time to do that, because we are too busy pitying him.

The impressing thing here is that the story is pretty short, considering all the heartbreak and I guess tragic plot that could be possibly found in the story, or the potential to unfold this in many many many chapters that make it seem as if it is never going to be finished and at some point would make us get so disappointed that we just abandon the story.

Luckily, this is not the case.

Everything is kept short, we get glimpses of how her life had been without him, pinpoint the times she had been hurt the most, so we get a general idea, but it is never too overdramatic, too desperately wanting to be a tearjerker that it renders it so annoying as we know of others.

That girl tries to live her life without him, as hard as it is. This is the picture we get to see and maybe that is what makes it so sad. For it is in that rare moments that we see the raw pain that is inflicted on both parties.

The only thing I may not like that much may be the long period of time it takes, but well, I cannot fault it that much. Good things take their time, right? And at least it does not effect the continuity that much, at least for me, because I could never forget what is happening in there.

So, yeah this is truly a story worth reading. I hope I could have convey the goods of this particular one. You really should take a look, I love it 😉

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The Iron King , by Julie Kagawa

Cover of "The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)&...

Cover of The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)

“The Iron King” or what happens if you put Romeo and Juliet in a Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Iron King is the first book in Iron Fey installment, written by Julie Kagawa. It’s about a girl, Meghan Chase, whose brother Ethan is replaced by a changeling and is now, with the help of her friend Rob/Robbie also called Puck, searching for Ethan. During the quest, they meet more allies or whatever one would call it, one of them is Ash, prince of the Winter Court, to whom Megan feels attracted to and soon turned out to be her Romeo, since he is the son of Mab, Queen of the Winder Court and archenemy of her father, King Oberon, making her a half fairy.

It is a story about magic and magic I felt when reading it, because I could not pull myself away from this particular one.  The plot was conclusive, thrilling and reasonable. There was not a passage which was in any way boring. In a lot of books, authors tend to have a idealistic way of describing the story and this time it’s not the case. Of course, this book does have some idealistic points, but it was okay, it was not too overwhelming.

Iron King offers a new version of girl-turned-into-fairy story. The story itself is nothing new, but it is the way in which the topic is dealt with that makes it so interesting, for it offers a different approach of things or at least one that I have yet to encounter in a different book. That is what makes the book refreshing. Usually the girls would freak at the idea of being magical – because it can be really scary to find out that you are special – and try to deny what suddenly makes sense out everything that was so mysterious up until now. Meghan is actually not different here, and I guess no one can fault her for that, but what makes it endearing is that it is not in the exaggerated  way that is so often portrayed. Instead she gets over it, she gets over herself and concentrates on the more important things, like the task that is awaiting her, like finding and rescuing her brother.

And this leads to the characters in the story.

Just like the story itself, the character are original and refreshing. They are individual and as mentioned, not as annoying as one can perhaps find most fairy fantasy characters.  They are exhilarating, they are not perfect which makes their personalities more realistic.

Meghan, for example, is not what one would call the perfect girl, she is made fun of in school, she blunders just like normal girls. She makes mistakes, she makes stupid decisions like normal girls do. But the thing is, she is not. She is a half fairy with royal (Summer) blood flowing through her vein. She is special and she should probably act like that. But she doesn’t. She just wants to save her brother and live her life, or at least stay alive, all the while trying to do the right thing in the right way. That involves not falling for the icy, yet so dashing Prince of the Winter Court, the rival of her father Oberon (even though he does not mean that much to her, considering he is the Zeus to her illegitimate unknown half mortal offspring persona).

Back to the topic, Meghan is a Juliet trying not to fall for the Romeo of the story. Sadly (or is it luckily?) there are not many love scenes between them. It is not the instant raw attraction, that is usually based upon their superficial appearance, although there can be a little bit of that as well. However, in Iron King, it is more of the softly slow and silent attraction that grows as their adventure passes and unfolds with each step they make towards each other. But as I said, it is not purely concentrated on them and perhaps this is the reason why it makes you want for more.

Even the secondary characters are wonderfully portrayed. I, for my part, also could sympathize with the Queen Titania, the scorned wife of Oberon, who some might know from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and especially the Grimalkin, the cat, was wonderful, as he reminds one of the cat in the Alice in Wonderland.

All in one, I loved the book. Romeo and Juliet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a hint of Alice in Wonderland. And even though there were not much love scenes, well not enough for my taste, I fell in love with it. On top of that, it totally makes sense to me. The more I read of the story, the more it made sense for the existence of Iron Fairies and in my eyes, it’s a message. It tells us of the growing dominance of technology over the creativity and fantasy.

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