Into the land of great characters, good plots and weak writing

Into the Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

Turns out it really helps to have a famous name ’cause I’m not convinced this book would have flown if it weren’t for the popularity of Glee. This is both a good and a bad thing. It’s a both thing.

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first shall we?

The writing is truly unfortunate. I mean not all the time, every once in a while there’s a-laugh-out-loud-funny moment with the writing, but generally its pretty, well, lame. I mean the number of times when we get one of these delightful scenarios:

Could their grandmother have realized their plan, the twins wondered nervously. “What do you mean grandma?” she asked nervously.

Honestly could we just assume that kids can work things out without being told what the characters are thinking?! The characters are well developed and generally epic, but instead of having faith in the relationship between the characters and the reader we have to have every thought the kids, and sometimes other characters who we only see the perspective of for a single sentence, spelled out for us. It frustrates me as the reader, like I’m not smart enough figure out how my favourite characters feel with a well written sentence and an adjective. Actually I totally am. Ask anyone.

But now on to the good parts! The characters were absolutely adorable. Queen Red was by far my favourite, but Goldilocks as an outlaw, Jack as her lover, Rumpelstiltskin as the misunderstood but generally kind hearted underling, Harper the golden harp, Clawdis the wolf pup, they’re all fantastic. I love them all. Alex and Conner are perfectly acceptable heroes and heroines and even if the story was over all pretty predictable, all the twists and turns with the wacky-yet-wonderful fairy tale tie ins were great.

So, all in all, a good enough read, fun, cheerful and other then a little condescending, good times were had. And the internet told me there might be a movie. I think it’ll make a better movie then it did a book.

Last movie I watched:

Still probably Wolverine? Who knows!

Last TV episode I watched:

This Orphan Black: Cosima!!! And a lot of other OMGs!!!!

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