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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

Fingerprints - Will Dinski Most one star books get that rating from me because they incite some sort of anger, offence, or disappointment. However, Finger Prints gets one star because it incited absolutely nothing.This has all the familiar elements of a social commentary, with Dinski's focus on the questions of "beauty, celebrity, sexuality, art, and superficiality." referring directly to our plastic surgery culture. Unfortunately, this graphic novel is rather substanceless. Sure, it has a plot, it has relationship dynamics but I didn't care about either of those things. The story is so bare-boned that there is nothing to grab onto. A basic of good storytelling is that you need more then just something to say. The next step in that process is to take that message and surround it with equally interesting elements. Examples of these things might be, worthwhile characters and compelling dialog. By doing this an author is adding to their foundation, adding entertainment value to their ideas. This graphic novel lacked that for me, it was a start to something, but even that something didn't interest me. There are a lot of graphic novels and books that tackle the exact same questions. So perhaps I've been spoiled with the subtlety and complexity of the material that I have encountered in the past, having already seen this done better. This was lack luster, it was dull, and the characters embodied all of these things without redemption.In the end, I could have done to not be drawn in by the cover and passed on this entirely. Also, I have to say, cover price at $14.95 US for less then 100 pages that can be read in less then an hour is higher then I've seen some 200 page paperbacks. Which didn't seem proportionate.