There are two things that are evading my understanding right now:
- Why it is still snowing here. I am watching it come down right now. It’s going to snow all day and into the night. Where is the lamb? We are officially halfway through the month and I haven’t heard a bleat. I tried to shovel the snow off the concrete pad in front of the fire pit as a form of encouragement but no one is taking the hint. I hear springtime birds out when I am cleaning inches from my car!
- BookRiot’s unabated love for comics and graphic novels. Yes, it is a quick way to knock out a post, and the one I am talking about today I did get a teeny bit into, but why? why are there like three categories of comics/graphic novels this year? I must be missing something.
A Comic not Published by Marvel, DC, or Image:
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, books 1-6
Now, when I was a kid I found a stash of Archie comics at my grandparents house that helped me while away the longer hours there. Sometimes I had cousins to entertain me, sometimes I liked to read the adventures of Dot or Archie. I also did a lot of Nancy Drew books and Reader’s Digest. This was when I was not making someone watch me in the pool, playing with neighbor kids, or alternating between being freaked out and okay with the fact they had a cemetery in their backyard.
Anyway, BookRiot recommended these, and while I could have knocked out some sweet, whitewashed Archies for this challenge, of course the darkness of Sabrina was a draw for me. I wanted to see how it was reimagined with a true witch, even if it involved a lot of Satan. Plus goats that aren’t totally goats all the way through?
And yup, these are scary, gruesome and dark. Evil and twisty. Which is why I might have borrowed a few more to read through Prime (it was the first time I borrowed anything to read through Prime. I liked it and I would do it again. I did a trial of Kindle Unlimited but I am not the kind of reader that would benefit from Kindle Unlimited.) They have some issues of the original Sabrinas after the dark satanic ones, which makes the contrast even more clear. I did like these, I have to say. I might read more if more roll out on the Prime lending list. I mean, (spoiler alert) she thinks she has brought her boyfriend back from the dead and hasn’t learned that it’s not really him yet…who wouldn’t want to know how that plays out?
I can see why comics pull in reluctant readers, whose own traumatic lives might prevent them from feeling empathetic and investing emotionally in the typical teen conflicts in books, even though the current YA things that get on the market blow me away with how cool and high concept and inclusive they are. Something a shade darker for a kid who needs more visual interest and a plot that more closely meets how they feel inside. Not the Sabrinas with a cute haircut and a tiny waist and pictures of Melissa Joan Hart from when she played her for Friday night family TV. Sabrina’s witch aunt in that one is dressed like one of the puritanical “witches” with the blocky buckle shoes and the long Puritan dress and everything (insert roll eye emoji here). Sometimes women were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials and murdered so men in power could get ahold of their land and three hundred years later they are made silly in a comic strip…anyway…maybe that kind of thing bothers me more than the dark stuff.
What is interesting for me as a person/reader/writer is that I tend to be positive in my outlook and with others, but I like to read dark things, and I have a problem being dark enough when I am trying to write dark things. Maybe Sabrina will help me keep the novel I am writing now as dark as I can make it, without the sacrificial/creepy Satanic goats, because I am not going that dark. People are too nice in it. I have to erase things and make them darker. When I meet with my instructor next week I will be interested to see if she feels that my scenes moving forward have been dark enough.
And a brief note on the options for borrowing on kindle: Kindle Unlimited to me is for people who like to consume genre fiction. Lighter, plot driven, more diversion stuff. I think its a great service for high consumers of that type of book but I get snobby about wanting to pick up award listers and winners and the highly recommended stuff that Amazon tells me about all the time. And I can’t say that if I get into writing I wouldn’t make my own writing available via that service.
I am hardly a princess of darkness but I could use a flamethrower to get through some of this snow and not really feel badly about it.