The Night Circus – Yeah, Okay.

I’ve just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I have mixed feelings about this one.

Normally, you’d find me rattling off the praise for the novel first off, but there’s something that truly had me struggling with this novel. The execution of the actual sentences was poor. So many times I had to stop and re-read a sentence or two because I honestly did not understand what Morgenstern was trying to convey. Many of the sentences were wordy and unnecessarily long. I’ve always found that great writing conveys exactly what is meant to be conveyed in as few words as possible. Yes, I know that we embellish and add words for flourish and style, but Morgenstern’s sentence structures felt fumbled and in disarray rather than stylistic.

That being said, I did enjoy the story as a whole, even though I felt that the organization of her multiple perspective structure could have used some more work. Some pieces didn’t seem to fit in the flow of things, others seemed obsolete nearing the end and didn’t need to be there.

However, despite all these technical flaws the story itself was well thought out. The characters were rich and vibrant, while the challenge surrounding the circus is what kept me reading.

My favourite characters, which will likely be everyone’s favourite characters, were Poppet and Widgets. Their mixture of brilliance and innocence made them so enchanting. Plus, I just love red-heads.

The concept of the circus itself was wonderful and well described. Each tent had it’s own individual personality that resinated well on the page. I found when I was reading the descriptions of each tent that I fumbled far less over the sentence structure.

My final verdict for this novel would be to read it, only for the general story idea, rather than the execution of it. I’m, of course, very picky when it comes to the execution of an idea and for me it needs to be done well so that I can immerse myself in a novel without tripping over awkward sentences. But, unlike me, a lot of people won’t notice these things that grind my gears.

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I Wish I Hadn’t Seen You

**Please note: Spoilers ahead.

The other night I went out with Cindy-Lou and we saw Now You See Me. I was excited to see it because a few of my co-workers had told me it lived up to the trailer.

I was not pleased. I had such high hopes for this movie with such a star-studded cast. The first, oh about 40 minutes were interesting, intriguing, and exhilarating. There was a fantastic build-up, but it ended in an absolute anti-climax. I was disappointed.

There was a good twist in the plot, but they heavy handedly added in a random love story that had nothing to do with the plot.

The concept of the movie was great, a mystery trick created by an unknown magician for four random street performers. I even bought into the whole “Eye” secret society. But the end… their last spectacular trick was basically to change into fake money and disappear. Then, then they just magically disappear into an old carousel and that’s it? No explanation except that the whole elaborate show was to avenge the man’s father and that got them into a secret society? Weak, so weak. If it had ended with no real secret society, that the man was just avenging his father and using the faith of these four magicians to do so… now that would have been a better ending. But, I’m guessing hollywood wanted us to sympathize with the man. PAH!

The script feels as if it was good at one point, then either a re-write or a massive edit after filming screwed the pooch and turned this movie with so much potential into a big flop.

It’s not horrible and if you go see it you’ll enjoy the first bit, but honestly don’t waste your money.