Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I just finished



The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. I was immediately hooked. Impressed. Because that is what I want to do too. I really liked the ideas in it. Frankie becomes interested in the "unequal gaze" of the establishment, as described by Focault. She calls this the Panopticon(as, I think, Focault did before her). Not only is that a fantastic idea, it also has a fantastic steampunk feel to it(I just learned what steampunk meant yesterday, thanks to The Rad Librarian) (vacations are good for learning things). Frankie repeats this word through the story at the same time that she begins creating fake words out of taking apart real ones and creating their opposites. She becomes more and more interested in being subversive, and even her language becomes subversive. E. Lockhart managed to write about big ideas clearly, concisely and quickly. Feminism and art weaves the way through there. I was not completely satisfied with the end. Perhaps the transformation of Frankie was not enough--that is what the Narrator told us the story was about. I wanted a little more of her by the end. I saw what she did and how she did it and even why she did it, but I don't believe the other characters changed enough for me. Perhaps they saw her as a different character but they didn't have any epiphanies of their own and I wanted that. But is there something wrong in that. Perhaps that was too big for this one book. Perhaps E. Lockhart saved that for the next one? I will read it if she did.

As Always (enjoying time off),
Tina