Jul. 8th, 2011

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So I'm reading this book (review when I've finished) and I'm liking it, not quite as much as the first in the series, but it's still enjoyable brain candy. Maybe trying a bit too hard on making everyone witty and hilarious, but, you know, nothing's perfect. And it's fine.

AND THEN A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND A CENTURY-OLD-VAMPIRE DECIDE THEY'RE SOUL MATES AND EVERYONE'S ALL "HA HA, AS LONG AS THEY WAIT TIL SHE'S SIXTEEN HA HA." AND I'M LIKE "WHAT IS THIS AND WHERE DID IT COME FROM AND WHY IS IT HAPPENING?"

Really? Really? I don't see how this is a good idea at all. She's five. Five. And the author has tried to drop hints that, "oh, she may appear just a child, but maybe she's so much more," but I don't care, because for all intents and purposes, she is five. She's in a five-year-old body wearing five-year-old clothes talking like a five-year-old.

I'm not even going to get into how much the fated-to-mate trope annoys me. I'm sorry. What kind of relationship is that, where a one-hundred-year-old man is just waiting for a five-year-old to hit the legal age? Isn't that, well, grooming? And messed up? This isn't just me, right? I think it's weird and I wouldn't expect this character to be painted as one of the good guys.

It's bothering me so much. It undermines everything I like about the book, because it's just creepy as hell. I'm not a fan of precocious five-year-olds at the best of times, but this is taking the piss. It's really annoying me. And it's not like, "oh, I don't like it because it encourages paedophilia," or whatever, I just think it's a poor, dumb, authorial choice. Am I overreacting?

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