Hello Beautiful People!!!
I just HAD to post this as soon as i finished Beauty Queens.
I LOVE LIBBA BRAY. I read the Gemma Doyle Trilogy
A wonderfully captivating trilogy set in Victorian England with magic and mystery and just incredible characters and richly descriptive supernatural elements like gargoyles. So yes…it’s about Gemma and her friends who get lost in this spiritual world kind of thing and it’s about illusions vs reality and just PURE AWESOMENESS IF YOU LOVE HISTORICAL FICTION AND MAGIC.
Some quotes from the trilogy:
“People have a habit of inventing fictions they will believe wholeheartedly in order to ignore the truth they cannot accept.” Libba Bray
“What if evil doesn’t really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?” Libba Bray
“There’s a lot about discovering who you are and how difficult that is. And it never stops.” Libba Bray
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius
Now this is a truly incredible book. Yes it is similar to Lord of the Flies in the sense that they crash on an island but it was so not accidental and they are BEAUTY QUEENS- yes the pageant queen thing which is so superficial and completely objectifies women BUT they are truly ingenious girls and they manage to survive- well not all but it’s not EASY being in a pageant you do have to have some sort of talent and yes a lot of it is rehearsed or not their passion but these girls are so cool. i wouldn’t mind being trapped on an island with them. it helped that some stuff did survive the plane crash like make-up and some clothes.
Also the island had various fruits and plants as well as creepy animals but they weren’t ALL dumb so they COULD survive.
I’ve read other reviews and many seem to not have liked this novel as much as her previous books and of course it is understandable but I certainly do love it.
It has been defined as ‘satirical’ but of course the novel is hardly subtle- it’s in your face showing the world what indoctrination is and making fun of American society but helloooo there is TRUTH IN THAT.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou
But many others DID also find themselves enjoying the novel and most people who have read the blurb:
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and complete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eye liner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
Most people who have read the blurb found the concept rather amusing and i was giggling or laughing out loud or smirking throughout the whole novel (trying NOT to laugh aloud on the bus). It’s definitely a book worth being antisocial for. 😉
It’s quite a juicy read: 396 pages but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it deserves as much credit as Lord of the Flies- it would be a fun film but possibly end up being a bad movie so perhaps no film but win some awards and teachers telling their students to read it.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller
I hate it when teachers say ‘that’s not proper literature’ WHAT IS THEN?! CHAUCER?! AUSTEN?! I mean…yes there are many many TIMELESS books and authors which make them ‘classics’ but teachers are such book snobs. it’s horrible.
i hate it when they look down on Meg Cabot or any author or book they havent heard of (is it fear of the unknown?) or they just think I’m an ENGLISH TEACHER if it’s good enough I would have heard about it. NO…there are so many unknown books or books which deserve MORE NEWS AND MORE MEDIA ATTENTION because EVERYONE SHOULD READ THEM but people just don’t listen and it’s party to do with publishers and whether they promote the books enough and individuals whether they ENJOY or WANT the book to be successful.
Anyways so everyone is pretty familiar with the term ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ so whether you prefer nicely formed guys or fat bottomed girls or whatever…it’s all about aesthetics and appearance- they matter- of course you have to be physically ATTRACTED to the person but what if they open their mouth and what they say is disgusting that it ruins their beauty.
I find a lot of the time it’s your CHARACTER which makes you beautiful because the way you behave, speak and your confidence all make you beautiful to SOMEONE.
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” Khalil Gibran
- Stay Beautifully Mad and Awesome. =)
“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.” Markus Zusak
“What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.” Scott Westerfeld
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” Leo Tolstoy
“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” Toni Morrison
PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D