The Ophelia Syndrome: A Character Analysis and Discussion

shakespeare_williamDespite the fact that few women of Shakespeare’s age had rights or social power, Shakespeare gravitated towards writing strong, developed, and empowered women, the writer seemingly having a modern opinion of the female sex. However, Ophelia from Hamlet, is often criticized for not being able to think for herself and her eventual decline into madness. Critics generally perceive her as weak and baseless. The criticism of Ophelia is so strong that there’s even a condition named after her called the Ophelia Syndrome, where a person relies upon another’s thoughts and opinions to form their own action.

Based strictly on the script, her role in the story and relationship with other characters, particularly Hamlet, come off as ambiguous. Her obedience to her father makes her seem passive, and whether or not Hamlet truly cares for her is unclear. Truly, the text is open for interpretation on Ophelia’s function and character.

What do you think Ophelia’s role in the story of Hamlet is? Do you think she is a strong, independent character or a weak one who solely does what she is told? Did Hamlet just string her along or did he truly care for her?

Continue reading “The Ophelia Syndrome: A Character Analysis and Discussion”

Alice Giveaway via Instagram

I’m working with the publisher Ace to give away a copy of Alice by Christina Henry, the first book in the Chronicles of Alice duology. I take a lot of pride in my Instagram account, and I will be hosting the giveaway there! I hope you’ll all consider jumping in!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY VIA INSTAGRAM

 

It’s a great giveaway for a great book! To read my full review of Alice, click here.

This giveaway is open to everyone and will call on your awesome photography skills! We’re looking for some awesome photos.

📕Prizes:
A paperback copy of Alice by Christina Henry to be fulfilled by the publisher and an Alice in Wonderland Funko Pop (I’ll give you some options to pick from) to be fulfilled by me via Amazon.
Giveaway closes July 31st


📖 Rules:
1. Must be following me
2. Take your best, beautiful creepy Alice in Wonderland inspired picture. Tag me in it and use the hashtag #fictfoxgiveaway
3. Leave your picture up till after the giveaway ends!
4. For an additional entry, repost this photo (you may add it in a collage with your original entry photo.) Mention me in the comments and also add the hashtag!
5. For additional an additional entry, tag up to three friends in on this photo. Each friend=1 extra entry.
6. For an additional entry, go to my blog (link in bio) and comment on my review of the duology. The post is entitled Magicians and Axe Murderers. Make sure you include your Instagram handle in your comment.
7. No private or giveaway accounts please

Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry

Wow. I almost don’t even know where to begin. This retelling of Alice in Wonderland is one crazy, dark, wild ride. And I loved every minute of it. Even the parts that made me squirm. Continue reading “Magicians and Axe Murderers: The Chronicles of Alice by Christina Henry”

Why is Neverland Full of Hippies?: Never Ever by Sara Saedi

22840374Publisher: Viking Books

Publication Date: June 21st, 2016

Series: Never Ever, #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2/5

Never Ever is a contemporary re-telling of Peter Pan. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take this book seriously, and me not liking something Peter Pan-related is just unheard of. It goes against the very core of my being. Continue reading “Why is Neverland Full of Hippies?: Never Ever by Sara Saedi”

Book Signing with Kiersten White

Hello, my lovelies! Happy Monday! How are all of you? Let’s chat.

On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to meet the lovely Kiersten White, who graced us with her magnanimous presence in celebration of the recent release of her book, And I Darken (which you can read my review of here)And I Darken is my top book of the year so far, so if you haven’t read it, please go out and get a copy of it. I love this book with my whole heart.

And meeting the author was such a delight! Continue reading “Book Signing with Kiersten White”

Blasphemy: Burn, Rewrite, Reread

Alright, everyone. I’m sorry for being a horrible blogger. I had all these things I was going to post this week, and it just didn’t happen. I will do better! I promise!

I do have this tag to share however. I saw it on (Over)Analysing Literature, and I just had to do it! I loved watching Chloe squirm.

Here’s the rules. Go to your read shelf on Goodreads, and choose to sort by random. From there, scroll down and divide the books that appear in groups of three. In each group, choose a book to burn, rewrite, or reread.

This is book blasphemy! Let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading “Blasphemy: Burn, Rewrite, Reread”

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

If you love this book, you might not want to read ahead. A lot of unpopular opinions are about to spew from my lips…er fingers.

16034235Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: August 7th, 2012

Series: Throne of Glass, #2

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: 2/5

It all starts with the cover. At first glance, you see it, and you’re blown away. It looks so bad-ass and awesome! But then you look closer, and you realize it’s actually ridiculous. How can anyone possibly fight with all that long hair flying everywhere?

tog reviewAnd don’t even get me started on those pants. They look great…till you realize that if this was real life, her pants would be falling off her butt, they’re slung so low! I can’t even look at them.

Girl, your pants are falling off!

And this is where my eye rolling began. Continue reading “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”