Soulless Contest

Alexia Dress-Up Doll

Alexia Dress-Up Doll

I know that strategically I should keep this contest a secret so that less people enter and I can have better odds at winning, but, what can I say? I want people to ♥ this series so Gail Carriger can spend many years churning out endless episodes of The Parasol Protectorate series.

You’ll need to read and review Soulless and post that review online. Need I say, no plagiarizing, please!

Good luck! (I still hope *I* win, but good luck to you nonetheless.)

Jane v. “Jane”, or, Darcy v. Rochester – A Conundrum

So an odd, book-related little problem has been keeping me awake. Usually it is just the act of reading which keeps me from sleeping, but this time it’s just thinking about books, specifically Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre Illustrated

My friend Jane says that most people like one or the other but not both. I said that I like both books (Jane Austen v. Charlotte Bronte), both heroines (Lizzie v. Jane), but I prefer one romantic interest over the other (Rochester wins!). My friend says I am a freak, that normal people would love one and hate the other.

To me this means that a lot of readers are missing out on the Charlotte/Jane/Rochester experience. This also presented me with a realization that I am not quite as well-versed on either as I would wish, since I couldn’t come up with a decent argument at the time to convince Jane to watch the most recent adaptation of Jane Eyre with which I have become somewhat (ok, verily, and to excess) obsessed.

But I also think that a lot of people who say they dislike Jane Eyre have either seen terrible film adaptations of it, or read the book and did not understand the themes (as I do think it is a more difficult read than P&P), which lands the popularity prize right in the Jane/Lizzie/Darcy court. (*grumble grumble*)

I have decided to educate myself on the differences between the two and try to convince Jane to watch the 2006 Masterpiece Theatre Jane Eyre. I would also like to convince her that there need not be a void between the P&P and JE camps! That it is entirely reasonable to love and enjoy both (or hate both, I don’t know) and that the majority of readers need not fall on either side of the void. Maybe I can convince you, too!

  • I have ordered the Norton Critical editions.
  • I have Netflixed all available film versions of both stories, that I do not already own.
  • I have started an Excel spreadsheet to track my data.
  • I will be holding a contest! You know, just for fun, and to pick your brains for ideas on how to convince people that JE is just as good as P&P. (stay tuned for details.)

I may be a little delirious at this point, having slept poorly two nights in a row.

Maybe I should sleep on this.

Winners! 9 books for 09/09/09

Hello everybody!

First of all, thanks to everyone who entered my contest. I’m still adding you guys who have blogs to my blogrolls and feeds, don’t worry if you don’t see a link yet–I’ll get to you soon!

Secondly, apologies for the slow posting over the last week–things have been hectic at work and it’s been kind of rough and time-consuming. I hope to be back with fresh material next week and catch up on some posting today, too!

Hmm, what else… Oh yeah! You want to know who won, don’t you? Here are the top points-gainers; anyone who tied with others for points was ordered alphabetically by my Excel spreadsheet and came out in this order:

First Place: Paradox at paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com wins Immortal by Gillian Shields

Immortal by Gillian Shields

for Paradox

Second Place: Jazz at missdanaidae.blogspot.com wins The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

for Jazz

Third Place: Kristen at www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com wins My Bonny Light Horseman by L. A. Meyer

My Bonny Light Horseman by L.A. Meyer

for Kristen

4th: Alexa from http://violeteyesroaming.blogspot.com wins Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

for Alexa

5th: Aly from prodelektric.blogspot.com wins The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow

for Aly

6th: Alex & Lauren from aflightofminds.blogspot.com win The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

for Alex & Lauren

7th: Brittany from thelifeofateenlibrarian.blogspot.com wins Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston

for Brittany

8th: Bunny from bunnymoney9.blogspot.com wins The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

for Bunny

9th: Rachel from parajunkee.blogspot.com wins Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

for Rachel

Congratulations to all the winners! I’ll be in touch with all of you shortly to get your addresses.

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t worry–I plan to have many more giveaways in the future, and you might want to check out the links from all of the contest entrants who have blogs–they seem to love to give books away as much as they love to get free stuff!

Oopsie! And a comment ended up in my spam folder… Sorry, Froggy! You win a copy of Masquerade, too ^_^

Running Late!

How could I have forgotten this? (I must be sleep-deprived.)

Maria V. Snyder is being interviewed at Bitten by Books and is giving away copies of her newest novel, Sea Glass!

Bitten by Books

Bitten by Books