Chat Between Chapters: Ownership of the Novel

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 Have you ever thought of the novel as having an owner? Who owns the novel? Which is more important: the author’s intent or the reader’s interpretation?

Julie Review Avatar Julie:

I think once the author writes the novel and releases it into the wild, the novel is also owned by everyone who reads it. I remember all the essays we had to write in high school about our interpretations of all these great novels. Yes, the author’s intent was discussed by the teacher, if known, but otherwise we discussed our own thoughts and opinions on the work and how it related to the times and present day. So we took ownership of these novels as we thought through our analysis. The same applies to novels I now read for pleasure. I take the book I just read and form my own opinion about it – on the characters, the events, and the overall story. I might not have the same experience as someone else reading the same book, and that is what makes my reading of the novel my own.

Rose review avatar Rose:

My guess is that many people consider the author the owner of the novel. A good case can even be made for the publisher being the owner of a novel. That aside, I believe the that true ownership of the novel is given to the readers. A book is never complete until someone has read it. I think that there are a million and one ways to read a novel. Your experience might be quite different from my experience despite the fact that we read the exact same book. Sometimes I read a book and feel one way and then read the same book years later only to discover my interpretation has completely changed. In high school I used to get so incredibly frustrated with the teachers telling me that my interpretation is wrong. I can understand the need to study the critical analysis of a given novel, but to tell a student that his or her interpretation is WRONG is ludicrous. I also dislike the notion of author privilege. I mean, sure perhaps they meant for the book to mean one thing, but they cannot control how the world received it. My take is that once an author has “released” a book into the wild… it is no longer completely theirs. The reader now holds ownership of that novel. What do you think? Who really owns the novel? On a side note, I get frustrated when I buy a digital copy or audio book and cannot share it. I mean, I purchased it, why can’t I loan it to a good friend? Do I not truly “own” digital copies? <sigh> Alas, I suppose that is a topic for another day…

Sharing the Bookish Love – Oct 17, 2014

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Sharing the Bookish Love is our newest feature where we share some of our favorite posts we have recently come across on the book blogosphere. If there’s a recent post you want us to share, feel free to let us know.

Thought-provoking Discussions:

Icy Cold Reads investigates author events.

My Shelf Confessions asks, is there a right moment to DNF?

Nose Graze shares why “follow backs” are pointless.

Novel Heartbeat shares some thoughts that no one’s opinion is “wrong”.

Parajunkee shares 10 signs you are a book junkee.

Rabid Reads asks, why do you read?

The Perpetual Page-Turner lists 8 Reasons she struggles to put down a book.

Recommendations and Tips:

Book Bumblings shares 3 reasons to use post excerpts.

Oh, The Books shares tips on moving your blog to a new home.

Bookish News and other Round-ups:

Oh The Books Weekly Recap Oct 5-11, 2014.

Parajunkee Book Bloggerista News: October 13, 2014.

Book Beginnings Friday- October 17, 2014

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name. Also, do not forget to link up your posts here.

 

Rose review avatar  Here is the beginning of a book I just started reading:

 

I AM A COWARD.

I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending. I spent the first twelve years of my life playing at the Battle of Stirling Bridge with my five big brothers- and even though I am a girl, they let me be William Wallace, who is supposed to be one of our ancestors, because I did the most rousting battle speeches. God, I tried hard last week. My God, I tried. But now I know I am a coward. After the ridiculous deal I made with SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer von Linden, I know I am a coward. And I’m going to give you anything you ask, everything I can remember. Absolutely Every Last Detail.

 

Code Name Verity by: Elizabeth Wein

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The beginning of this book had me immediately intrigued. The next paragraph was even better, and the next, and the next. This book is beautifully and expertly written. I listened to the audiobook, but I am going to recommend my YA For Adults Book Club read this book. It was amazing and funny and refreshing and haunting.

 

 

That’s what HE said Thursday- October 16, 2014

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Every Thursday we are hosting a brand new meme called: That’s what HE said Thursday. For more info on what this meme is all about click here.

Rose review avatarRose’s Quote:

I love you more than I hate everything else.

-Neal to Georgie

(Landline by: Author Rainbow Rowell)

This is the quote used when he proposed to Georgie when they were still in college. And no, that is NOT a spoiler because this books starts out with Neal and Georgie married with children almost 20 years later. I like this quote because you have to really know Neal in order to see the beauty in what he is saying. 

 

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Ugly Love Review

Ugly Love ReviewUgly Love by Book Reviews, CoHo, Colleen Hoover, Miles and Tate, Ugly love
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: 2014-08-05
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
three-stars
Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered.Love gets ugly.

Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:  3-stars

 

So I really hate that I’m even writing this review because of how much I love this author and her previous works. I’ve just about loved all her books I’ve read in the past so I’m quite sad that this one didn’t do it for me. But, I think it is just too different from her norm, and it didn’t work for me. I think I’m extra upset about this since I was hoping the amazing CoHo would help get me out of this reading slump I’ve been in. But no such luck.

I found Ugly Love a bit boring, actually. I didn’t think Miles was any kind of swoon worthy amazing book boyfriend AT ALL and I thought Tate was an idiot for even allowing herself to be in this situation. Their relationship wasn’t suspenseful or exciting, but it was just a back and forth we’re screwing, now we’re not talking, now we’re screwing again and pretending we don’t have feelings, now we’re mad at each other again, and it was just UGH. I am so not into that kind of stuff. I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance because I find I roll my eyes just way too much but this one was the worst for me in a while. I didn’t respect Tate or fall for Miles, and if that doesn’t happen, then the book fails, right?

I realize that the ending, when we finally learn what stick is up Miles’s…. ok so I’m being insensitive here. His trauma is immensely painful. I definitely understand how much that would affect someone and I’m certainly in a point in my life where I get that better than I would have before. But… it was a tragedy, sure, but it was out of his control. For him to continue blaming himself and punishing himself for SIX YEARS is insanity. See a freaking therapist!

But the ending was quite nice, while a bit cheesy, at least it finally gave everyone the contemporary romance ending they were all expecting. I’m probably the minority in not loving this book based on the other reviews I’ve been seeing.

Now don’t get me completely wrong, there are still aspects in this book that show CoHo’s awesome funny writing style. Here’s an example:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.”

“Some people they grow wiser as they grow older. Unfortunately, most people just grow older.”

I do have to add that the narrator who did Miles’s voice was creepy sounding. Especially all the sections in the book when Miles was (in his mind) talking to Rachel and seeming a bit stalkerish.. the voice made him sound even more deranged. I did like the narrator for Tate’s voice though.

 

 

Rose review avatar Rose’s Review:   4-stars

I liked this book. I rated it 4 stars. I’m thinking that as a stand-on-its-own merit, it is 3.5 stars. I like the style for the most part, so I rounded up. If I compare this book to other books by CoHo, then it is probably a 2.5 star or perhaps even a solid 3 star book. It isn’t that the book isn’t any good. It is just that I never felt compelled to read it or even once I started reading, I never felt that compulsive, insatiable need to keep reading. I could put this book down. And did. Several times.

This book is written for an older audience than Hoover’s previous works, that’s for sure. I would be no means consider this book to be YA. The characters are older for one thing and the subject matter is more mature than her first books.

I suppose my main issue is, I struggled connecting to the main female lead. Tate reminded me a lot of Syndey from Hoover’s previous book, Maybe Someday. In fact, I cannot tell you a thing about either one of them and I read both books this year! (not really all that long ago.) I had other issues with Tate.  I felt like she entered into this “situation” with Miles with ulterior motives and it was those motives that hurt her, not so much Miles. I liked Miles, but he read like a teen-aged boy trying to play dress up in his daddy’s pilot’s uniform. His whole role as a pilot just came off as unbelievable.

Overall, my take on Ugly Love was that it was an enjoyable, but rather forgettable, read. Will I keep reading CoHo books? YES! She is a talented writer and I have yet to hate a book she was written. However, I do hope she can slow down her writing and perhaps take the time necessary to make her next novel as amazing as I know only she can make it! 

Rating Report
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Overall: 3.3
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