As it happens to turn out, this Bout of Books has given me a bout of something.
Regular followers are well aware that I have just started a new job and, let’s just say, it has significantly cut into my reading time (previously was all day living as a NEET [look it up]). In addition to that, I seem to have contracted some sort of plague. People have been telling me things like:
“Chebk, stop overreacting, it’s just a rash,” and “Chebk, stop being ridiculous,” but who are they to say what is the plague or not. My doctors.
Anyway, I have managed to inch half-way into The Scorch Trials and a few more stories into the sci-fi anthology I’ve been reading.
Today’s challenge is hosted by: Writingmyownfairytale
It has been dubbed: Character Coupling Challenge and I am to find two characters from two different books and put them together in a relationship and why.
I chose Minho from The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner and Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
This would be under a romantic or friendship relationship and I think it would work out really well. For starters, their priorities (as far as I know) are very similar. They want to survive and they want the people they care about i.e. the people in their communities, to survive and will go through great lengths to help them get there.
Minho is more of an outgoing extrovert who seems to gain energy and wear responsibility well when others are depending on him. But, as a side character, by nature he has a beta personality and will defer to others in crisis.
Prim, on the other hand, seems more introverted, working better when others are focused away from her. Then she adopts command easily, like when she instructed Katniss on how to help when Gale was injured.
She would be the power and the bedrock, he the outgoing stubborn face of their relationship.
Back to books I’m reading. I’m finding The Scorch Trials a bit dry (har har har. It takes place in a desert). It moves a bit slower than The Maze Runner and has a completely different dynamic. The shift is a bit hard to adjust to, but now that things are happening, I’m reading much faster than I was in the beginning.
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane has been quite a bit different from most of the sci-fi I choose to read. There is a certain artistic element that I’m much too dense to comprehend — the first story was a poem. (For those who are new: I totally suck at poems. Teachers say there is no wrong way to read a poem, but trust me, I do exactly that.) I’m much more action oriented which is what I pick to read so I guess it’s good that I’m being exposed to different kinds of writing styles. I do like some of the imagery and subtleties that are used.
In other news, I have started up my WIP novel again and may be doing some posts on that. Also, I finished a hat. Bonus points if anyone knows what it is.
Are you reading or writing this next week? Let us know what it is and if we should read it in our comments below!