So. Vader. You know the Father of the Year that is Darth Vader?
Yeah, I’m talking Star Wars in relation to books.
Bear with me.
When I first watched the original Star Wars movies, Vader was mesmerising. James Earl Jones’ booming voice, the costume and the sheer menace in everything he did and said. The character made me afraid for the rebels, for Luke and Leia, and Han and every damn time I watched those originals I was always afraid.
And then of course, the prequals came. And for brevity and coherency within this post, I’m just going to call them: How Vader Became Vader.
I watched the first one, and part of the second and completely lost interest in everything to do with Star Wars and Vader as a result. The new Star Wars movies are awesome, of course, but I’m not lining up to watch them and if I miss them and catch them months later when everyone else has watched them a couple of times over, I’m cool. I care even less that Vader was in one of them (and more to come maybe?) because hey, he’s a guy with a romantic backstory now and not the iconic villain I used to know. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a murderous asshole, but now he’s a wronged murderous asshole, with a heart. Or something.
My point is, Vader should have been left a murderous asshole (for me anyway). His backstory with Padme was way too much information and actually robbed a lot of the shine of the character for me.
And I find that happens in books too. Sometimes, I just really don’t need to know.
Take the review coming up this Wednesday: The Dry. To sum up in one word: Brilliant.
Seriously. All the stars.
It’s about a murder in a small town in regional Australia. When the murderer is unmasked, there’s a flashback to the day of the murder, to what was going through the murderer’s mind as they explained their choices. BUT.
Up until that point, the book doesn’t give the murderer a POV. And I don’t think they needed one – the power of the act, of the way the book built up the murders, the impact on everyone in the story was enough such that I didn’t feel I needed to know the detailed motivations of how the act happened in a flashback. An act like that doesn’t need a sudden context, it can simply stand as an act of a murderous asshole.
Then I finished another book recently that had flashbacks – chapters of them to the events leading up to a kidnapping and I wanted to cry – really did not need them.
Too much detail about the murderous asshole didn’t take the shine off The Dry because it was THAT GOOD. But it did get me thinking about Vader, about when it’s okay not to tell a reader everything. Have you ever felt that way about a book? Thinking that you got too much information? Or is there never enough information for you as a reader?
But. On to better things: like Star Trek. Because there was a meme going about last week about the top 10 things that would make you pick up a book and I’ve got two already: Paris (for another review) and Star Trek.
Every damn time, I will stop and look even if I glimpse the words “Star Trek”
She’s a lesbian, he’s gay and they’re the kind of BFFs that have Star Trek boxsets. I’m sold. Even more so when I read to see that Meg tries to set up Linus up with Danny to distract herself from her own breakup with Sophia, who might have something else going on as she might still be interested in Meg, while Linus has no idea if Danny is interested in guys. Look. It’s cute and we all need cute in a read. Nods.
This second recommendation is sheer curiosity for the title (first):
And then I read the rest of the blurb, and hello, based on a true story! Betty Jane wins Miss America, but that win threatens her newfound relationship with her pageant-approved escort, Griffin who is a little reckless and dark than Betty or the pageant realised. It’s the idea of Betty, of who she is while unintentionally winning this pageant that interests me more, I have to admit.
This one is about family, pure and simple
Set in Tehran, the book begins with Noor coming home to her family and their café after 30 years. Her father is still there, the kind of man everyone knows and loves I think. Lily, Noor’s daughter is a typical teen while Noor tries to reconnect with her. And of course, Lily gets caught up in things she shouldn’t in Tehran. And it has flashbacks! Gosh, please make them make sense for the novel, please!
Alright who remembers this movie:
Because it’s based on a book series I really ought to have started reading earlier bc this is book 18:
Which has the only preface to the actual blurb that is impressive and worth noting methinks. I mean, Stieg Larsson?? But anyway, I have no idea what’s going on in this series, but in this one, VI is off to Kansas to find a film student and former Hollywood star. Small town USA, racial tensions and secrets that seem to stretch past into decades. Yeah, who am I kidding – book 18 or not, I’m in. Nods.
And last, here’s the $1,000,000 question. Or the million rupee question as the case may be: what would you do if you received money, enough to change your lives completely?
Set in East Delhi, this is the story of Mr and Mrs Jha, whose lives are changed completely when they come into some money. Mr Jha moves his wife and himself to the richer part of Delhi, and there he tries to change himself and his family and results in a ton of stuff that’s going to make you think about social status, pride and what it means to share a home. Think Crazy Rich Asians in India.
So what are you looking out for? And what books could have done with a little less information?