The beast’s heart..and why I have up on it

Hey guys! A quick article today but I still wanted to share my feelings on abandoning a book, and, as The beast’s heart is my latest example, I thought I would take this chance!

 A luxuriously magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in seventeenth-century France–and told from the point of view of the Beast himself.
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.
He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.
Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse . . .
 

I was super excited to start this book, as it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite tale), and that made me even sadder that I couldn’t get into it! Just after reading the first chapter, I had this feeling I would not enjoy reading this book. I think it was a mix of the writing style, the POV and way to « think » of the narrator (aka the Beast).

I just felt uncomfortable reading, not at ease, and I was forcing myself to continue, just in case. But I had to face the truth, this book is not for me! I was comforting in that opinion after reading some reviews on Goodreads (I know, it’s dangerous!) talking about the main character as controlling, harassing and a voyeur. After reading some romance with these traits and being angered by how abusive the male character was, I was not ready to inflict that to myself again!

Which made me think: what is it always so hard to give up on a book? Why do we try and try? Because often, when I force myself to read, very often I end up thinking « why didn’t I stop sooner »? There is just this GUILT in abandoning a book. It’s there…and I have decided to fight it!

Because reading is a pleasure and it should stay so. Because the world is full of books I will truly enjoy, my time is limited and so, better focus on these. Of course, that’s all the logical theory, and I have to keep it in mind to allow myself to abandon a book. So for the next year, that is my goal: to allow myself to abandon a book, free of guilt and without forcing myself to go halfway through it before giving up!

Who is ready to join me in this fight?

See you for a cup,

Elise

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