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Ender vs. Bean. Ender wins. - GROWL
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Ender vs. Bean. Ender wins.
I finished Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card yesterday.

It made me pick up Ender's Game to reread. (Different PoVs for the same surrounding plot. Ah, I love those!)

I didn't have the emotional connection with the main character (Bean) that I did with Ender. I enjoyed the read, but half the time I was calling Bean a bastard in my head. I... actually think that's rather cool. If it's done right, I'm okay with not liking the main character much. (Note: Laurel K. doesn't do it right) And Bean did start growing on me as the story progressed.

There was one aspect of the two books that I've found an annoyance to look over. Which is why I'm not now. It had been a few years since I'd read Ender's Game, so I'm not sure if this thought was present then. But my mind went straight to: If the government is gathering up all the child geniuses, why are hardly any of them girls?

Rereading the beginning of EG, it's explained. Evolution, man. There's only a few girls that manage to break away from evolution.

... What the fuck does THAT mean? Clearly, it must mean the evolution of females being constantly under male's lowered expectations because they don't pee standing up. Because it sure as hell doesn't mean the evolution of women not being intelligent enough.

The evolution of girls being too gentle, so boys are more needed in the military for their aggression through testosterone, maybe? Umm... Have you ever dealt with girls before? They can be MEAN. People make fun of the hair-pulling and slapping. I remember a bout of hair-pulling I saw once. A good bit of it stayed in the girl's fists because it was pulled OUT. And earrings... oh man. I was not a popular kid growing up. I was taught very young that you don't wear any type of earring that could be yanked out. Hell, I remember the fear I dealt with every day going to grade school because of the female bullies.

You don't fuck with girls or they will CLAW YOUR EYES OUT.

Ahem. Anyway, moving on... Aside from the problem with sexism our society just constantly deals with, I liked the book. I'm glad I read it. It made me think, and when done right, I enjoy books that do that. But it wasn't Ender's Game. That book, I loved. That book brought out my emotions as well as my mind into play.

I can't wait to read it again.

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chamelaeon From: chamelaeon Date: December 13th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Orson Scott Card is an overwrought, bloated-with-his-own-self-importance, unintelligible, plot-thieving, ham-handed, indelicate, misogynistic, boring, pompous, odious Mormon blowhard fuckstick, and Ender's Game is the only book he wrote with any kind of value or insight that was worth the time required to get around his ego and read the fucking thing.

*spits*
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 13th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hot damn!

Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are the only books I've ever read of Orson Scott's. So yeah, hard for to agree or disagree on that account. (Aside from what I've already said in my post.)

However, I did chance by his website once upon a time and discovered that yes, you are very much on. I remember reading how he invited struggling authors to email him their writing so he could critique it. ... There are no words for how he critiqued. He was such an unbelievably arrogant dick I couldn't believe it!
chamelaeon From: chamelaeon Date: December 13th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you should totally read the series where he rips off the plot of the Book of Mormon, only it happens IN SPACE on some planet somewhere and it's sci-fi, and God is a satellite!

Or you could keep reading the Ender stuff with Speaker for the Dead, which isn't too horrible, and on into Xenocide and Children of the Mind which are, in actuality, the deranged ramblings of an insane man with little grasp on physics let alone consistent characterization.

Reading the intro to the collection of his Worthing Saga stuff was enough to put me off the book entirely. I didn't even get past the first page of real text - he rambles on about how it was SO HARD to get published because somebody, gasp, didn't like his stories! It's like fucking Heinlein - "I was in the Navy, and I wrote a story and someone liked it, and so I'm _AWESOME_!" The answer is "No, plz thx."
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 13th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
... *Shudders*

I think I'll just finish rereading Ender's Game... and then move far far away from Orson Scott Card. I've never met anyone who liked any of his other books (though those people must exist...), so I'm just going to take that as a sign and try my hand at another gamble!

I've had these two Stephen King books rotting in my 'to read' pile for YEARS. I tried to start It a couple times, but I just couldn't get into the description that wouldn't stop. But hey, at least I like SK as a person (he wrote an awesome book about how he became a writer). It sounds like a better time than... any of Orson Scott's other books anyway.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: December 13th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've read the rest of the Ender books. They're at least twice as bad as Cham has said.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 13th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not at all suprised that you've read them! ^_~

I will add you to the 'bleh' list for the rest of his stuff!
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