Saturday, July 28, 2012

Thoughts: Welcome to the Jungle

Another blogger and my boyfriend have both been telling me that I need to read The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Book one is on hold at the library, and yesterday I read what is a prologue of sorts, the graphic novel Welcome to the Jungle.

I really enjoyed it, although I was getting irritated about Butcher putting a helpless little female into the story. But then I realized...she isn't a helpless little female. Not really.

SPOILERS

Of course, I'm talking about Will. When she first shows up she's the classic talks too much to have any brains, isn't letting our hero get a word in edgewise. Then when the bad guy (sorry, bad girl :D) confronts them Will is positively cute when she cowers behind Harry. That's right, cute.

But I reassessed my opinion with the following passage, later on in the book.

"Moe looks like he's going to tear her head off. And she just walks up to him, talking quietly. After a minute, he quiets down. She never wavers. It's the sort of thing I've read about, but never seen actually happen. Beauty and the Beast. She sits holding hands with him for a few minutes. Then she just leads him back over to the door of his enclosure. He goes along with her, gentle as anything. Incredible."

Walking up to an angry gorilla? That takes considerable courage, and isn't something that the classic "helpless little female"could do.

I quickly revised my opinion of both Will and Jim Butcher. If she's following along seeming helpless, it's because she's in over her head with the magic and magical beings. And the cats big cats, since presumably she doesn't know cats like she knows gorillas. Nor would she be familiar with cats that have blazing eyes and who work with other feline species to hunt individuals down. And her babbling whens he first met Harry? I'm guessing that was just surprise. Certainly, she doesn't babble pointlessly later on in the book.

[I am aware this is poorly written. Think of this as a notebook entry, it's not meant to be college essay material.]

2 comments:

Toriz said...

One of those "appearances can be deceiving" situations...

I've heard snippets of the series (or been told bits) but I've not gotten around to reading them yet. So many books, so little time!

Sarita Rucker said...

I know. I keep complaining about not having enough time for everything I want to read.

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