What I’m Reading
So I just read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s fine. It’s all fine. I’ll be fine. Totally fine.
I’m just gonna lay here on the floor until 2017.
Basically what I knew going into this book:
@Mic_Domenici it will. it breaks everyone. literally everyone. ITS GORGEOUS.
— Sierra Abrams (@yearningtoread) July 16, 2016
@Mic_Domenici May all the luck be with you.
— Seoling Dee (@seolingreads) July 17, 2016
@Mic_Domenici It will break you, rip you to shreds, fix you back up and then smash you again 😬❤️
— Inkwells&BookSmells (@Ink_Booksmells) July 17, 2016
And now I’m done and I don’t know what to do and what even was this perfect perfect book of wonder and pain and awesomeness? 1. It was feminist af. 2. It was dark and hard and complicated. 3. It was heartbreaking and gut stopping and filled with love and life and friendship. 4. It was filled with swoon I can’t even process.
I’m gonna try to sum up my overwhelming feels with some gifs.
Okay so this GIF is basically Tamlin the entire book fight me on this:
And this was Rhys and his crew who are actual #SquadGoals:
That’s also coincidentally the image in my head when Lucien went “You’re my mate.”
Speaking of Lucien, this was my relationship to him the entire book:
This book in general:
Me anytime Rhys and Feyre were together:
Me anytime Cassian and Nesta were together:
Feyre when dealing with dumb dumbs:
Feyre to Tamlin (the biggest dumb dumb):
Everyone to Tamlin:
Tamlin to Tamlin:
RHYS AND FEYRE OTP FOR LIFE WHAT EVEN IS AIR IN OTHER NEWS FIRE IS HOT AND STARS AND PAINT AND HALP there you are. i’ve been looking for you what’s that oh it’s just me dying forever I want you to know that I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belongs to you seriously i’m fine why do you ask Because you were breaking. And I couldn’t find another way to save you nope no I’m not byeeee:
It’s so awesome, you will die.
What I’m Doing
Languishing in my book hangover. I’m not a functional human being. Also, I’m coveting this:
Okay, no, I have done some things.
I saw Ghostbusters yesterday, and it was SO good. Really fun, really well written, and just a marvelously ‘feel-good’ film. Much recommend. I’d recommend it with the same vigor I’m recommending those Maas books above. Coincidentally, I watched the movie while in the middle of reading…
The ONLY reason I’m stopping A COURT OF MIST & FURY is to go watch Ghostbusters. I wish I could do both at once haha.
— Michella (@Mic_Domenici) July 17, 2016
It was totally worth it. I was high on amazing storytelling already, so the film had a lot to compete with, but it was really good. It had 4 amazing female characters at its core, Chris Hemsworth being ridiculous and dancing, and captured the feel of New York.
I also did 2 Pitch Wars critique giveaways! One was 5 query critiques, but I ended up doing 7. Then I also did 5 query and first 5 pages critiques. I posted a few writing tips on Twitter after the fact, so those are there for any writers that may be following me. I’m doing one last PW giveaway with my friend Michelle Tran that’s running until Wednesday, so get involved while you can (info all on Twitter).
I really wanted to do these giveaways because Pitch Wars helped me so much last year. It’s a big part of why I’m agented now. + the community around Pitch Wars is so phenomenal and supportive. I was also feeling a little weird about a whole new class of mentees being chosen this year and the whole process starting over without me. Maybe part of me felt like I was being left behind while new writers filled our shoes. But doing these giveaways helped me get over that and connect with prospective mentees. I found my new place in the community. Good luck to everyone entering Pitch Wars–it really is a magical experience. 🙂
What I’m Thinking About
Look I’m just a pile of feels right now and I can’t process anything other than how perfect A Court of Mist and Fury was. It did so many things.
It didn’t romanticize abusive, controlling, overprotective behavior.
It showed that relationships are built on more than just sex. It showed that your first love isn’t always your true love. And that people can change and who you were once were, or what you once needed, isn’t what you’ll always need.
It didn’t vilify ambition. Too often we swoon over a man in a position of authority he doesn’t want, feels trapped in. But here we had Rhys who loved his power, had a vision for his land and people, and was working hard to create a better world.
Rhys was never just one thing. He was sad and broken and angry. He was loving and kind and fierce. He was gentle. He was brave and scared. He saved others, but was also in need of saving (mentally and physically). He brooded and lived and fought. He was shrewd and calculating, and apologetic and naive. On the same note, literally everyone was full of different sides, and grew and developed and stomped on my heart.
We had sisters. I can’t get over Feyre, Nesta, and Elain, and I never will.
It explored trauma with all its hard, dark places. I loved how Tamlin and Feyre dealt with their trauma differently. The same experiences are never the same for different people. Feyre’s nightmares and guilt, her flashbacks and slow and quiet withering away were artfully done. Tamlin was agitated, aggressive, closed off, and controlling.
The way Feyre gradually comes back to painting, to her creative outlet, was beautiful.
Rhys’ feminism was everything. He saw Feyre has his equal, treated her as his equal, put her first, wanted her to embrace her power and control her own fate. He treated the women around him with nothing but respect and saw their worth, giving them high ranks befitting them.
Feyre’s arc was never about Rhys. She didn’t grow because of him, or become stronger because of him. Their epic beautiful love story isn’t responsible for the epic beautiful lady Feyre became.
I can’t even with this book.
What I’m Writing
Apparently love letters to this perfect book.
And I’m working on this fantasy idea, but slowly, letting the pieces come together in their own way. Brittany and I had a writing date at Breads last week where I brainstormed some stuff for it.
What I’m Watching
I showed my mom the 2006 mini series of Jane Eyre last week. I love that version so much. They capture the characters and essence of the book so well. But other than that I don’t think I’ve really been watching stuff… my mind has been preoccupied with books.
Oh, Jess did come over last week and we finally watching The Scorch Trials. I wasn’t really into it, but then THAT ENDING. Jess and I both had overwhelming feels. So, um, I guess I shall be watching The Death Cure (whenever that happens) (get well soon Dylan <3) (#SaveMinho2k16).
I want A Court of Pain and Feels movies.
That’s all from me for now. Be kind to each other,