Just when I thought I might have finally found a decent female author, Bitten comes to crush my hopes. Granted I’ve only read 2 chapters, but in those chapters the story and the characters flopped.
Bitten is a book about the ONLY female werewolf and how she tries to live her life despite her ‘handicap’. Later there’s something about a werewolf uprising (what a surprise, an uprising in a werewolf novel, never heard that before) and I don’t know I haven’t gotten there yet.
The main character, Elena, is described as being strong willed; and yet so many times within just the first two chapters she smashes this concept. I mean in the prologue she changes in her werewolf form and starts stalking this guy. while she does it she thinks about killing him fast and then she says something about not being able to control that primal urge and she just seems to accept it. There is no way you can call a character that gives up that easily ‘strong willed’. If she were really strong willed, then she would at least think about how much she’s trying to hold it at bay, to flush all those ideas from her head, no matter how deeply ingrained into her werewolf psyche. Strong willed does not mean bad-ass, it means that you will fight something, and you will fight it hard (whether it’s tangible or not). I will say that she is a bad-ass capable of holding her own, but she isn’t strong willed. People look up the definitions to words before you start using them improperly.
Another thing, the author expects the reader to believe that in a world with over 6 billion people, where over 1,000 animal attacks happen within the year, that there are only 35 werewolves. Now i can understand if they believed they were the only ones due to living in a secluded area with minimal contact from the outside world; but seeing how she introduced something about werewolves having a psychic link with each other, she pretty much threw that reason out the window. Also, even more ridiculous, that out of 35 werewolves, there is only one female. If these people are as primal as she described, then there should definitely be more. And I don’t mean born wolves (cause in this book only the males get the ‘gene’), I mean turned. 35 males that are extremely primal and only go to women for sex and not one of them turned one? Not even by accident? Not possible. This woman shatters the suspension of disbelief faster than a sonic boom shatters a glass wall.
Now I may be too hard on this book, but honestly if you fall flat in the first two chapters, you really need to question how well you think things out. If you’re going to write a book, put effort into it, don’t just half ass it. For the book I’m writing I actually have several sheets dedicated solely to developing characters, making sure the plot makes sense, working on every little detail so I’m not left going “ummmmm” if someone ever asked me about it. It’s this kind of writing that makes people say things like women are only good for writing sappy romances.You reinforce the stereotype, and honestly we really need to bring that back up. Especially after Stephanie Meyer knocked it down by a couple of HUNDRED pegs.
Now for slightly off topic rant. Why does everyone like the Howling? I’m not saying it’s awful, but I’m not saying it’s great either. People praise the crap out of it, but why? The plot can hold up okay but you have to admit it’s really weak. as for the characters, they’re not bland, but they’re also not well-developed. They’re just ‘meh’.
Never mind, I’m getting tired. Might elaborate later, might not. Seeing as I really don’t want to waste my time with either one. The only thing I can say that is positive about both is that now I have a basis for things not to do when writing a story or fleshing out characters.
Oh and before someone gives me grief about Meyer. She is a terrible writer, and if you want to argue this point further, let me leave you with this one simple question: If Meyer is as good as everyone says she is, then why hasn’t she won an award for her writing(teen choice awards don’t count) Stephen King and J.K. Rowling have won several, why hasn’t Meyer?