March 20, 2004

Forced Reading-Beloved Character

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....


Posted by Tiffany Brattina at March 20, 2004 6:48 PM

Thanks for blogging your reaction. I was hoping that the development of Nell's character would start winning over some more people... Anybody else out there have anything to say about the book?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 20, 2004 11:32 PM

I have to agree with you Tiff, I like reading about Nell, thats probably the best part of the whole book, Miranda is interesting as well. When I was little I always wanted to be an actress, so its fun and fasinating to read about her. That would be really neat if books to talk to us. I know what you mean about getting lost in a book. Basically, I'm with you, I don't hate this book, but it isn't my favorite either.

Posted by: SueMyers at March 20, 2004 11:40 PM

Sue, what has been your favorite so far? Blog about it on your site, if you like.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 20, 2004 11:53 PM

Oh, Tiff. I really like Nell, too. Although, some of the stuff thrown into the plot confuses the daylights out of me, I can rely on Nell and her stories with the Primer to be pretty consistent. It's a relief to have some sort of common place to return to after strange developments with Dr. X, Carl Hollywood, and even Hackworth (all those story lines have my mind reeling, as of present, FYI).

Posted by: Karissa at March 22, 2004 9:13 PM

If you think your mind is reeling now Karissa, wait until you read the next section of the book. The plot thickens tremendously and Hackworth starts coming back to the land of the living after being with the Drummers for so long! I can't wait to see how the end turns out...


Posted by: Tiffany at March 23, 2004 1:00 PM

I blogged about it...come on over. I am such a blog slut sometimes. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at March 26, 2004 12:48 AM
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