I must be a very boring person, because whenever I try to share my interests, they are passed over, ignored by my friends. Anyway, I made a deal with a friend. We book swap and do reviews, I gave her Ookami to Koushinryou (get em hooked on a series, right?) This will be my negative review, not because the book was bad (it really wasn’t) but because it enforces negative patriarchy.
Anyway the Selection was some kind of dizzy wet dream for whoever the audience was. The audience was not me, but I have to say that the book did it’s part to keep me entertained. Plot wise, basically there are a bunch of girls sent to the castle to do a not-that-weird dating game with the prince. he can’t go around courting girls, so he brings them to him. He befriends the main character after she knees him almost in the groin and it’s all uphill from there. Let’s break this down, and then at the end I’ll get the feminism terminology out. (#MaleFemist)
So, looking back on it now, the main character is your typical out of place teenage girl with a punky attitude. She does what she wants and is NOT interested in the main love interest, Prince Maximillion. (it’s actually Maxon, but eh.) I thought this was interesting, but then I remembered that two different Anne Hathaway movies already did this, Ella Enchanted and Princess Diaries II. Not that original. Their encounters are pretty generic, but still manage to be interesting.
The rest of the selection gets weeded away as the book progresses, making one think that the author chose too high a number (35) and didn’t want to do editing. You can guess from the start, based on character development, who is safe. The main character is safe, although the book would have been interesting if he sent her home at the end of the first book and the second was from his perspective (trying to poltricks her back in). And the main character’s friend, Marlee, is safe.
There also seems to be some kind of weird political subplot. This is a post WWIV kind of world, where America has been lost to monarchy. It’s weird and I feel like the country is the real bad guys. There are attacks from the rowdy North (Canada?) and from the deadly South .(Mexico? Racism?) Nothing other than rebel attacks come up for politics in this book. It’s probably the most intriguing thing about it.
Alright, here we go. I took notes.
Apparently in a post WWIV world, men still expect to be the bread-makers (pg 50). Aspen does nothing but insist on such patriarchy. “I am a man, I’m supposed to be a provider”
Delicacy, nice hair, a nice dress, and so on… is what really make you a lady. Still? After around a hundred years women are still defined by such meaningless features? Why?
“I wouldn’t call leadership one of my strong suits,” despite the fact that she seems appropriate for the task.
So the Selection does nothing for women, and actively enforces patriarchy, but I mean, it basically promised it. Just think about the slogan: “35 girls. 1 Crown. The competition of a lifetime.” Competing for one man, that’s a woman’s competition of a lifetime. Great.
Maybe I’ll get the audiobook of the second, if only to exercise my feminist criticism.