Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Born At Midnight By C.C. Hunter Review
I am Scootaloo.
*TW For Slight Discussion Of Rape, Blatant Homophobia, LGBT Slurs, Slut-Shaming, And Pure Stupidity*
I'm glad to know there is a chance for me to sloppily rewrite a former book of mine and get it published. I can be extremely hateful to someone's personal situation, lack originality, and have page after page of angst. That's Born At Midnight.
I may as well summarize this up: Kylie was caught at a party that had drugs. Her parents are divorcing, so they send her to Shadow Falls summer camp, a camp for "troubled teens". It turns out these troubled teens are actually not troubled teens, but paranormal creatures. Kylie wants to deny it, but she too is a paranormal creature.
Let me tell you about a YA novel I once tried to write before I realized what shit it was. It involved:
-Vampires (An entire school just for them)
-Scenes where you wish something would fucking happen already
But there was one catch to this! The romance was gay! There were a bunch of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans* vampires! (I'm serious, I was going to have at least one of every letter of the LGBT acronym.) Before I realized it sucked, I thought it was genius. Not only were the vampires not going to all be straight, but they were not all going to be white, either! I didn't get that far in the book, but the main character's love interest was Native American. There would have been more characters who weren't white later on, but I didn't get very far.
Anyway, if I did want to rewrite it, I'd have to throw around a few terms offensive to the LGBT community, make every fucking one straight, and have a token non-white character. I'd also have to mock someone with a serious medical condition. Cause that's perfectly fine, right guys?
So, let's first look at the book's romances so we can get them done with. Enter Jerk One, Trey.
Trey: Sleep with me.
So Trey goes and get's a girl who will sleep with him. It is bad, but so is calling the girl a slut multiple times.
Enter Derek to stage right.
Derek: "I'm Fae."
Kylie: "Oh so cool. He must say Fae cause any guy who's Fae that calls himself 'fairy' must be gay. I mean, look at how he walks. He so doesn't walk gay."
Derek: "I have this weird thing with emotions."
Kylie: "So you can manipulate girls to, you know?"
Derek: "I only used them to get a girl to notice me. If I used them to sleep with her, that'd be rape."
Kylie: "Oh I should have never said that, I'm such a bitch." It's not like we should be concerned that studies have shown 23% of men surveyed stated that rape is acceptable if the woman asks the man out, the man pays for dinner, or the woman goes back to the man's room after the date, totally not concerned.
Lucas, stage left.
Lucas: "I know I killed your cat, but I protected you from bullies. Also, I'm sexy, so love me."
Kylie: "Oh what to do? So sexy, but kitty."
Lucas: "I got you a new cat."
Kylie: "Yay, I love you."
That is the romance in a nutshell.
So, let's discuss why this book is so bigoted.
Sarah is a slut. She's slept with three, possibly five guys. She had a pregnancy scare and might not get an abortion. She can flirt easily with guys.
And Kylie knows when to tell a boy to stop, she's still a virgin, and she can't flirt easily. Clearly we should sympathize with her.
I. Just. Can't.
It is perfectly acceptable to ignore the gay subculture of bears because clearly gay guys must be feminine. They MUST walk a certain way.
You see those guys? They're clearly not gay because they aren't feminine.
Also, it's perfectly fine to use "gay" as an insult. Because clearly when a guy vampire bites another guy by the neck to turn him it's because he's gay and not because he's a fucking vampire.
Why am I so mad at the throwing around of gay? I get enough shit for being a lesbian that I have every right to be mad at people who throw around words like "lesbo", "gay", "fag", and "tranny" (I'm not trans*, but I have many trans* friends). Those words are never, ever OK.
Now do any of your relatives/friends have brain tumors? Have they died from it? Well, it's not nearly as bad as being a vampire or fairy. Sure you can live one hundred to five hundred years as a paranormal creature, but OMG! They're freaks! It's way better to die a horrible death than to be a freak!
I just can't. This is offensive beyond reason.
I reread this. It was so bad that it was even worse than last year when I first read it. What compelled me to reread it. . .
The world may never know.
I also only made it through about 160 pages before skimming the rest.
HOW DO YOU SNEAK A LION INTO A CAMP? Seriously.
It was also offensive how it was said paranormals caused The Civil War. I just can't understand what the author thought. Then WWII was added as a possibility. . . How is this book published?
And that is my jumbled review of this book, almost as jumbled as this book. Amaingly, I'm rereading another book, one I am determined to finish.
One fucking damn star.