Once again, we’re welcoming Rachel’s boyfriend Brody to the blog! Thanks for your thoughts on Cinder, Brody!
Rachel invited me into the world of Cinder. We had the idea to read it together with Rachel reading from female characters’ perspectives (such as Cinder’s pov) and me reading from the male characters’ perspectives (such as Prince Kai’s or even the Doctor’s pov) whenever their appearances would permit us to do so! Which made it extra fun for me, not only because I wasn’t just reading it by myself, but also because I was reading it with an experienced Cinder Lunar Chronicles reader, and so she was able to point things out by saying things like “pay attention to that” or “this is important.” And then there were those loud and surprising “I never caught that before” moments that would catch me off guard where she would then refuse to spill the jar of spoiling beans on what she was talking about, because she’s a firm believer in not supporting the said action known as spoiling. Unfortunately, our schedules got too busy that we weren’t able to incorporate Cinder into our Skype dates (seeing as how we are at this present time “geographically challenged”), so I had to embark on the rest of the story by myself while still filling her in on the things that intrigued me, surprised me, made me laugh, or made me miss her when it got to the sappy stuff.
See, I wasn’t just being a loyal boyfriend. As avid book readers, you all understand how you’re not just reading about a world, but you’re in that world, immersed by the smells floating down the streets of New Beijing into the grease stained floors of the garage where Cinder’s eyes met Kai’s for the first time. You can feel the anxiousness in Cinder’s stomach regardless of her persistent denial. That’s what gets me, I get invited into this world, into Rachel’s world, so that I can better understand…
I’m not sure if it’s sad to say that I couldn’t recall ever really watching Cinderella as a 22-year-old young man. As a kid I was probably too busy watching Power Rangers, TMNT, or Bruce Lee movies. Woah. (I just noticed a weird pattern of Kung-Fu there, I think I learned something new about myself.) But any-who, by dating Rachel I’m pretty much dating Cinderella, so on our last visit, as a 22-year-old young man, she sat me down on a warm Christmas night with a few members of her family and we partook of Disney’s animated classic of Cinderella.
That’s probably how a lot of people see the story line unfold, as an elegant fairy tale. I guess partly because of my biological make-up and partly because I hadn’t seen Cinderella, I visualized the book from more of an anime perspective. Any of you who watched the real anime on Adult Swim know what I’m talking about. One in particular stands out, FMA (Full Metal Alchemist). But only as a visual of the character because of Ed’s auto-mail arm and leg, like Cinder’s hand and foot. Howbeit he may not be a cyborg, they both try to hide their true identities by covering these features.
When I think of New Beijing, I get this very busy futuristic-Chinese setting. When I picture the city of New Beijing I see it looking something like this.
Cinder was a thrill to read and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of The Lunar Chronicles!
Especially Cress… for obvious reasons.