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The Witching Hour by Tania del Rio
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Fri, Sep. 26th, 2008 11:25 am
My Thoughts on Minx

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Crystal J.
Sat, Sep. 27th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)

I had enjoyed most of the Minx line, but not all of it lived up to its promise. PLAIN Janes was ok I guess, Re-Gifters was mildly entertaining if nothing else. Clubbing started out decent enough but took such a total left turn at albuquerque near the end that the change in suspension of belief nearly made me soil my unmentionables.

I really enjoyed confessions of a blabbermouth because I could identify with some of the characters, and I think Good as Lily was my favorite.

Kimmie66 was just kinda, I dunno, just couldnt get into the whole future VR thing, it's been done to death and the ending was predictable. Burnout was fantastic IMO, tho it did seem a bit preachy near the end.I haven't yet read the new york four, but its sitting here on my desk for when I have some spare time...

...and then we come to Water Baby. I'm not sure what the writer and editors were thinking on this mess. It had some pretty good art, and an idea with lots of potential, but in the end it turned into a road trip movie where someone forgot to write an ending.

Seriously, a story is more than just a bunch of stuff that happens one after the other until you run out of pages. and um... wow, mature content alert here, I know the writer wanted to portray some more realistic people with faults and flaws, but man, WB was just pretty raunchy.

So they're real-ish people who do disgusting things like real-ish people, but they talk like my niece IM's! Seriously, does everyone say "heheh" before every sentence? At one point one of the characters literally says "OMG"! Have you ever heard anyone literally speak the acronym in real life?

I think what really brought the line crashing down was a lack of focus. I really don't think DC really knew what kind of audience it was going for other than the whole two X chromosomes thing. The demographics for those books were all over the map, and therefore there was no way they could have possibly solidified a consistent brand identity.

It also probably didn't help that only 2 (and a half at best) of the aforementioned book were actually written by women. Several of them seem to have had no female involvement of any kind. Now I know men can write female characters well, look at Sean McKeever and Terry Moore, but seriously, the ratio of men to women creative talent involved in a line of books made for young(?) female readers is just plain pathetic.

IMO those are the reason the line has failed, a lack of focus, vision, and proper talent scouting that probably sealed its fate before the first book hit the press.

Well, at least that's my 2 cents worth.


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taniadelrio
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taniadelrio
Sun, Sep. 28th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts - I think your reviews of the various titles was interesting to read.


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Erica Currey
Tue, Oct. 7th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

They did seem all over the map. We girls are more diverse than an all encompassing "girls line"... I really had high hopes for Minx though. I wanted it to do well on principle.

On a side note, my family, friends and I have been known to say "Oh Em Gee" in real life. (But usually with a tongue in cheek attitude)


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