Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I have something to say.

Several somethings actually.  First, we are indeed having another boy.  There is a rousing debate about possible names on my Facebook page if anyone would like to contribute.  I believe the winning name at the moment is Sherlock Danger.  Second, if you haven't read Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, go buy them now.  We'll wait. 

Third, if you haven't finished Allegiant, skip this next paragraph because there will be major, MAJOR spoilers.  Now that we're alone...what the crap, Veronica Roth!  I have some questions for you.  I very much love your writing, and despite my questions, I still think the ending of your trilogy was beautiful and had a  lot of beautiful things to say.  Did you plan the entire time to kill Tris, or did that come as a surprise to you as well?  Why did you choose to kill her permanently instead of giving her a gunshot wound that she could heal from?  It was certainly an option.  A lot of people have gotten shot during the series, and a lot of them have survived.  I'm tempted to email her and ask because as an author, and one particularly interested in YA novels, I'm curious about her intentions.  Let's be clear: I'm grieving, not upset that she dared to kill off a main character that I truly enjoyed.  I was so proud of Tris for surviving the death serum.  Honestly, I didn't doubt that she would, and I felt it was a triumph that her will to live was so freaking strong.  Then she does what she has to (I think even at the end she was hoping she would survive the encounter, and I think she did the right thing in her actions), and she is finally taken down by a bullet.  After everything she's been through and the hope she embodied, I wanted her to be alive to spread it.  It seems so sad for the entire society that one of the people who was trying so hard to raise herself and those around her up to a be better people would die.  Also, I just wanted Four and Tris to have the chance to be happy together.  They never really knew a time when they weren't in some kind of conflict, and it just makes me really sad.  I'm going to quote a paragraph here that is the main reason it makes me sad:  "I fell in love with him.  But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me.  I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other.  I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me."  I really like that definition of love, and I would have liked it to have the chance to blossom. 

Okay, rant over.  Next blog post will return to our regularly scheduled anecdotes of my daily life.

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