When Dr. Jerz first said that we would be reading Diamond Age throughout the semester I was no looking forward to it. I'm not a fan of science fiction and I honestly had no interest in reading the book, especially after reading the summary from Amazon, but my feelings have recently changed.
I had an incredibly hard time reading the first section of this book. I didn't understand what was going on, or even how the characters fit. I have never liked stories that start off with so many different plot lines that I, as a reader, actually got confused and frustrated. Plus you throw in all the science fiction things and all the future/future as past stuff and that's enough to make anyone go insane. I remember even mentioning in class how much I disliked the book.
Well, a couple of days ago I picked the book up again with dread realizing that if I didn't start reading it soon I would never meet the requirement. I did a little bit of refreshing stuff and read the first couple of sections in the story since it had been awhile since I had read the beginning of the book, and all of a sudden everything clicked and I actually began enjoying the book.
My heart goes out to Nell. I believe that she is my favorite character. When I get to sections about her and her dealings with the Primer I read like a maniac. I just love reading about her adventures in the Land Beyond. Meeting her Night Friends and seeing how they help her through the rough life the child lives before she moves to the Dovetail area of the L.T. Also, when I read about Nell I can see myself. I love getting myself lost in fantasy novels and dreaming that I was someplace else which is essentially what the Primer does for Nell. It teaches her things her mother never would have. I would love to live in a society where stories came to life on the page through ractors.
So that, in a way, leads to why Miranda is my second favorite character even though she is hardly ever in the story. Without her caring, Nell would probably have a problem adjusting to things that happened in her life. Miranda in a way came to be Nell's mother, and through the ractive Miranda was able to be there whenever Nell needed someone to talk to her or even protect her, like in the situation with Burt. I could never imagine what life for Nell would be like.
Then there are my curiosities that I hope are answered sooner or later. What is the deal with the time? Does it flow differently? How old was Nell when she first got the book? What's going to happen to Harv? Is Nell going to be accepted into the New Atlantan Clave?
So many questions and more keep popping into my head as I type. Hopefully these questions and more will be answered....
TiffPosted by Tiffany Brattina at March 20, 2004 6:48 PM