Valentine’s Week Books for 2013 (Breakfast at Tiffany’s & Warm Bodies)

I schedule books for reading on Valentine’s week. Last year was this book:

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I enjoyed that book–a lot! Thank you to Marie for lending me the book (book also available in ebook form at Flipreads.ph) which I remember came with a reminder for me not to cry, which of course– I did. I am iyakin. Bow.

This year’s choices were: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Reading the Story of Us was also an option, but I tried reading that and I just got to page 5. So no.

I ended up reading both books instead of picking just one. Both books didn’t make me cry. I did have a hankering to write about them, so a book blog post! yes? yes!

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S

BreakfastAtTiffanysBreakfast at Tiffany’s, the book is VERY different from Breakfast of Tiffany’s, the movie (at least from what I remember of the movie). The movie follows some parts of the storyline, some bits of the characters, but really the movie just takes the idea of Holly Golightly and goes with it.

The novella is mostly about this girl, Holly Golightly and a writer. They both live in the same building. Holly is a socialite that goes around on dates, and is involved in various “things”. The writer is captivated with Holly, as are most of the characters in the book. And it goes from there.

Did I like the book/novella? Oh yes, definitely! Mr. Truman Capote is very talented, and my fascination with male authored books continues. I feel ill-equipped to discuss Mr. Capote, but let’s just say that there is a reason why Holly Golightly is one of the most fascinating characters in fiction.

In terms of the ending though : movie > the book. But that’s because I’m–me. I can’t really say more without giving spoilers.

To show how different the book and the movie are from each other, here are my favorite quotes from the book and the movie:

from the book:

“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,” Holly advised him. “That was Doc’s mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.” – Holly Golightly

from the movie:

“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a ‘wild thing,’ and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. [takes out the ring and throws it in Holly’s lap] Here. I’ve been carrying this thing around for months. I don’t want it anymore” – Paul to Holly Golightly

What’s more romantic? The movie definitely. 🙂

WARM BODIES

marion_warmbodies_ukThere was a movie out based on this book a few weeks ago (or was it just last week?) Enihoodles, so the book was on my radar because someone tagged me and said that they would like to read this book because it was ‘romantic’ parang ako lang daw ang peg. Haha! I liked the comment of course.

I have mostly read romances my whole life. Paranormal romance too! But I’ve never really been into zombies. I didn’t get into the Anita Blake series because her job was a necromancer, I found it icky. Oh well…so this book!

After reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I immediately started reading this book and i believe that after a few chapters, I tweeted the following: “Reading Warm Bodies, my brain is not prepared for emo hipster zombies.” Were the zombies hipster? The zombie had a vinyl collection. Ano beh.

But don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. It wasn’t “unputdownable”, but I liked how the book tried really hard to do this love-angle/save -the-world thingie given that it’s a zombie book. The thought of kissing a zombie is kinda gross. This “review” will definitely show this bias. Sorreh!

I think the author wanted to make a thought provoking book, and in some parts, he succeeded. (He did at least got me thinking of kissing a zombie,haha!) He also writes almost philosophically about things, pretty poetic/dramatic.

Here’s some lines from the book that I read last night to friends:

“There’s a Zen saying, ‘No praise, no blame, just so.’ We don’t care about assigning blame for the human condition, we just want to cure it.” – Nora

“Are my words ever actually audible, or do they just echo in my head while people stare at me, waiting? I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.” – R

…and they said that the lines were very emo. “My kind of book” daw, mwahaha! It’s true though, I liked the parts where the zombie was trying to figure himself out, and there was a lot of emo rambling and internal monologue. If you enjoy these things like I do, I would say– go read this book.

Character-wise, both of the main characters were not compelling enough for me. Sure, I liked it when R (the zombie dude) talked in his head, but Julie as the love-interest was sorta flat. Which brings us to the romance part of it all– romance-wise, I couldn’t relate. I’ve never wanted to end up with a zombie, or something that even smells like one– so totally could not/did not want to relate.

I think that was the main challenge of the book: to make the zombie likeable or at least make it believable enough that one could fall in love with one. But you know the thing that makes the girls gaga over Edward of Twilight? It’s not here, and i’m not just talking about the good looks. R is supposed to be “cute” anyway. In some ways, he’s like the anti-edward. He can read your mind, but he has to eat your brain. He’s not sparkly, he’s grey. Super strength, check. Hunger, check. He’s trying to change his diet? Check. Suddenly fixated with a girl, check! Was this all deliberate? Ewan. Pero the more I think about it, parang pwede! Could this be Mr. Marion’s thing? Maybe he wanted to make zombies as likeable to the masses as the Twilight vamps are? Ayayay!

But besides that, take away the zombie part, this book is basically a story of a boy with no life (literally in this book) that falls in love with a very lively girl (extreme MPDG hello!), and there’s nothing special without the zombie parts. You might say that that’s the point of the book–it’s a zombie book. But still, basta… the romance part lacks the necessary “awww..shucks” factor that’s why it seems lacking.

What has the book going for it?

Well, the writing read pretty good to me. It had a “new” take on the zombies that peeps might enjoy. And it does discuss a bit about what it means to be alive, so again if you’re a fan of that– go ahead and read the book.

As for me? I’m finding a copy of the movie! 🙂

Other things: The-Walking-Dead-Book-1-Kirkman-Robert-9781582406190-1

I’ve finally started reading the Walking Dead! Yes! I can now finally watch the series! 🙂 I’m more comfortable with the thought of killing zombies vs them-talking-feeling. Most definitely.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY EVERYONE! 🙂

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PS. We won quiz last night! I am blogging about this because ang epic the face of my teammates when I answered a particular question. Slow-clapping Jeeves. yun na!

PS2. If you’re in the mood for geeky haikus since it is Valentine’s Day, do check out Carl Javier’s new book, Love Haikus. Free download in Flipreads.ph. Link here. Velma ftw!

PS3. I will not be surfing this weekend, which kinda freaks me out. I seem to have committed to things for Saturday and Sunday. This’ll be the first Valentine’s day weekend that I will not be surfing since… I started surfing. I will make sure to surf in February though. Dang it, I miss the ocean. Bring me surfing people!!! Please? 😦

PS4. Whoa! I just saw the blurb that’s on the cover of Warm Bodies. It’s Stephanie Meyer! Dundundundun…

Again, happy heart’s day peeps. 🙂

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