Monday, March 12, 2012

Delirium - a video review

In this video review of Delirium by Lauren Oliver I mispronounce Hillary Clinton's name, I get flustered and go on a rant in which I cutoff my own head, and there's a neat train sequence that involves a lot of cursing (you'll understand later).


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  1. Great video/review. Glad you loved it.

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  2. I haven't read this book yet. I will one day soon I'm sure. But when you throw your hand up in front of your face like that, you remind me of Lady Gaga. Because you know, she does that too. It makes for grins and chuckles.

    But your points are valid and correct.

    Also I've seen where people say they cry when they read this book. I need the TRUTH about what to expect.

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    1. Really it was fun because he did it so naturally, like it's part of his dance repertoire already.

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    2. I have no idea how to dance...

      I didn't cry during the book at all. So I'm not sure what anyone is referring too.

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  3. But you do realize that Lauren Oliver (aka Laura Schechter) and all other authors rarely have any say in their cover design, right (she says defensively)? And the first edition was much less girl-in-your-face (it was lettering, with a hazy face shining through the letters like windows).

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    1. 1. Beth you make a valid point, so valid in fact that I actually honestly spit my drink out.
      2. The other cover is good.

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    2. The first cover is great, Elizabeth.

      I am aware that Lauren Oliver is not responsible for her cover, that's why I address the publishers and marketers at the end, I figure it's easier to address her first, though.

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  4. I really liked the original cover for Delirium (but then when you took off the shimmery blue cover, there was a face underneath it instead of plain solid colors that you are used to with hardcover books... creepy!). I am grateful for my Kindle because there are so many great books that get paired with unfortunate covers.

    I can't wait to see what you think of Before I Fall. I did not seem to love Delirium quite as much as everyone else, but I really loved Before I Fall. I even reread it, and I rarely reread books in their entirety because there are too many unread books and not enough time!

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    1. Imagine being a guy! Sometimes the cover is pink. I can't go out in public with that!

      I already have Before I Fall. I'll probably read it sometime next week. Unless I Lauren Oliver myself out this month.

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    2. Uh, isn't it time for some more QUEEN'S THIEF?

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    3. And what about Melina Marchetta's books? Have you read any of those? I'm kind of author-crushing on her the way I crush on MWT.

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  5. I like the original cover of Delirium so much more than this new one. And I hate Pandemonium's cover, which is why I also own it on Kindle. I'm a graphic designer, and have ranted many times about how annoyed I am with cover designs right now. For some reason, they think slapping a pretty girl on a cover is creative and exhibits great design. No. It's a girl who has been photoshopped and placed on a book cover. There's no design, no creation. It's a photo. And yes, photographers are artists too. I'm not saying they aren't. But when you compare this cover to others, it's pretty obvious that there are more creative options out there. I find nothing exciting about a girl on a book cover. Why I do I want to look at a girl on my book's cover? An attractive man? Yes, that's a little better. But still. It's a cop-out. I'd rather see symbolic, creative design (vector or not), with amazing typography and attention to detail over a random person's face any day. Plus, I'd rather imagine what my characters look like in my own mind, and not have them plastered to my book cover.

    I'm really glad you loved Delirium. :) I did too, and can't wait to read Pandemonium REALLY soon! Loved your vlog! I filmed an IMM the other day, and had to do 16 takes because of interruptions and stupid things happening. I feel your pain.

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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    1. You said that a lot better and with a lot less cursing. I'm impressed.

      I am halfway through with Pandemonium right now. I live right next to train tracks, but this is the first time it's happened. We never get trains here... and then I started getting texts.

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  6. This is possibly one of the most difficult reviews I've ever written because, like many other people, I have been infected with amor deliria nervosa. Meaning: I loved this book.

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