BookTube-A-Thon Progress

Challenge one ticked off: read a book with a person on the cover.

The challenge has gone off to a really good start as I’ve already been able to check off one of the challenges by reading an ARC of Through the Sad Wood Our Corpses Will Hang (285 pages). I really enjoyed the story and it’s one of my favourites of the year, and I hope it does well when it is released fully on 1st October 2017.

As you can see, there is an abstract image of a woman on the cover to complete the first challenge.


My review of this book, also found here:

Verdict: 5 stars

Without a doubt, this book is one of the best reads of the year.

“Those were the days… when hairs were not pulled for being beautiful, and dreams were not nipped for being dreams, and wings were not clipped for wanting to fly.”

THROUGH THE SAD WOOD OUR CORPSES WILL HANG is the unusual tale of a twenty-year-old woman named Sheyda who is disassociated with reality, set in a city in Iran. The unusual narrator reminiscences about her life in first-person, and discusses in length her upbringing; her personal rejections of culture and religion; the torn dynamics between herself and her family; and her struggle to find love in the broken world. Told in flashbacks that ultimately lead to Sheyda’s execution, it is suggested that she is responsible for the death of her mother, and the story eventually shifts to focus on the real events of what happened on the day of her mother’s death.

The prose in this book is undeniably beautiful, emancipated by the unhinged mental state of the narrator. Sheyda’s logical mental leaps disassociate her with reality and portray her dissatisfaction with life, and a yearning to find another like her. In her lonely existence, she finds comfort in broken dreams and in imagining returned love. Between moments of disturbed joy in Sheyda’s imagination and her dark sense of humour, she is subjected to abuse in the conditions of a notorious prison. The use of physical symbols is also really interesting as it is ambiguous as to what Sheyda sees is actually there, such as the black cat and the birds. Her character is so fully fleshed out that the reader can fully imagine meeting Sheyda as a friend, and imagine how she might think and react.

I really love the way that the author blends in a cultural shadow over the story, it isn’t overbearing and really highlights Sheyda’s contrast to the world around her. She lacks the capacity to understand the conformity of those around her, and instead would rather live forever in her illusions. Essentially, she would make a brilliant romantic poet. It’s also interesting that Sheyda’s mental disassociation is eventually dismissed by her doctor, who believes that she is faking her behaviour, and that her dark humoured comments are in fact honest thoughts. Entirely alone, her isolation might very well be the reason for her increasing spiral into madness.

Overall, this novel is not for the fainthearted and really encourages the reader to think deeply and question every passing scene from the unreliable narrator’s point of view. The abrupt ending drops the reader with a sense of ambiguity, where it is doubtful as to whether or not Sheyda achieves the freedom she has been craving for, and delivers a cold reminder of the character’s strained relationship with reality. If you’re looking for something bizarre to read set in a theocratic country, with some brilliant and evocative writing and dark themes, then this is definitely the book for you. I would definitely love to read more from this author.

Note: This book was kindly provided for free by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for this incredible opportunity.

  • Total books read: 1
  • Total pages read: 285



Challenge two ticked off: read a hyped-up book.

For this challenge, I chose to read a short read by Neil Gaiman called The Sleeper and the Spindle. It’s a retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty with a brilliant twist as to who the villain turns out to be. The story is accompanied with some beautiful, detailed art which really encompass the overall story.

I would agree that this is a hyped book largely due to the fame of the author, and I’ve seen the book around BookTube a lot as well. I loved Coraline and The Graveyard Book so I was excited to get my hands on this!

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My review of this book, also found here:

Verdict: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this quick read. Having fallen in love with CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK I was excited to give this one ago. The story is a dark (or darker) retelling of Sleeping Beauty with some elements that blend with Snow White as well, all set in a fantasy universe. After a terrible sleeping sickness seems to be spreading like an army, a Queen must trek across half the world with some dwarf companions to confront the witch believed to be behind this: the same witch believed to have put a spell condemning a princess to an eternal, youthful sleep.

The graphics in the short read are simply breath-taking, full of intricate design. They really add to the dark fantasy tone of the book. The spin on the story, while it starts in a familiar way, ends up with a brilliant twist to add a turn to the original story we all know and love. However, I lacked giving a full five stars to the novelette because I felt that due to the short length, something was missing in terms of character development. I wanted to understand the motivations of the villain more, and I wanted slightly more world-building.

Overall, this was a really good short read and well recommended for the incredible artwork and an intriguing twist.

  • Total books read: 2
  • Total pages read: 357

Challenge three ticked off: read a book in a day

For this challenge, I chose to reread one of my all-time favourite reads, Animal Farm. Many are familar with his more popular dystopian 1984, but I personally prefer Animal Farm because while it stands alone as a simple story about animals, it is also a brilliant extended allegory for the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and perhaps other dictatorships too. The first time I read this book I didn’t think much of it, but the more I think about it, the more the book seems as intriguing as ever in light of the political complexities of the world.

At 122 pages, the book was quite short and I was easily able to read it in a day.

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My review of this book, also found here:

Verdict: 5 stars

Reread this brilliant book.

Many of us are familar with the story of ANIMAL FARM: a group of animals finally decide that enough is enough, and overthrow the farmer who rules over them, rejecting the capitalist way of life. They decide to work collectively for the good of all animals, as opposed to the few that benefited from their labour before.

I adore the satirical angle this story bears on the tumultuous nature of twenty-first century politics, and subsequently the difficulty of living in any society at all. The bleak nature of the communist (or animalist) society the animals reside in eventually returns to be no better or less exploitative than the capitalist way before. As the old saying goes: all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What started off as a triumphant shift to the animals’ way of living soon turned into a descent of personal freedoms, liberties, and madness.

I love the way that everything is simplified in the story, and yet can be seen in a parallel form in reality: today as well as in recent history. Many dictatorships also rely on keeping people in line like Napolean did, having dogs growling at their sides the moment the leader felt their power threatened (not literally dogs, but you get the idea).

My favourite part of the book is the extended references to the rules which they created when they initially overran the farm. One by one, these rules are slowly eroded, taken away. And since the animals are not taught to read, the rules slowly become redundant, to the point that nobody cares to remember what they were at the beginning, or perhaps they are too scared to believe that they were mistaken in remembering the rules differently.

The final line of the book continues to haunt me and effectively satirises everything about the story and perhaps most revolutionary political shifts:

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  • Total books read: 3
  • Total pages read: 479

 

Unfortuntely, I didn’t completely get around to finishing the fourth challenge (about a character completely different to you, but I am halfway through You by Caroline Kepnes (422 pages). The protagonist is completely different to be because he is a routine stalker and murderer, obsessed with a young woman. The story is really intriguing so far and I can’t wait to finish it!

  • Total books read: 3.5
  • Total pages read: 690

Challenge five ticked off: read a book completely outdoors.

For this book, I chose to read IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. This read also goes for being a hyped book too, due to its popularity as a book that will make you weep as well as due to a popular film adaptation starring Chloe Grace Moretz. After work and dinner, I sat outside in the garden and read the whole book in one sitting (with a hot water bottle and chamomile tea to fight the chilly weather). It was dark outside when I was finished but I’m glad that I got around to reading this!

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My review of this book, also found here:

Verdict: 3 stars

I really, really, really wanted to love this book. I loved the concept and was in the mood for something teary to read. Unfortunately, the read turned out to be average and I wasn’t as emotionally affected as I wanted to be. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I read it when I was younger.

The story is focused about a teenage girl called Mia who ends up getting into a horrific road accident, killing her parents, placing her and her brother in grave condition. In a comatose state, Mia has an out-of-body experience, and from there her life is told in flashbacks. She sees her friends and family fight to see her and beg her to come back, but she is torn: should she stay and continue her life without her family and risk a lifetime of medical complications, or should she go with her family and stop fighting? Some of the moments were very touching: her visits from her friends and family, the hopes and dreams she might have to give up forever, her anxiety about the condition of her brother. This concept alone is really intriguing and heartbreaking, especially considering this situation happens on a daily basis.

However, I wish more of the story was focused on this aspect, and why she should go, as from the flashbacks there is more of a balance on why she should stay and a lot less than why she should go (not that she should go, of course, simply I wanted more of a dilemma on her side). Perhaps I didn’t really get in the story because I couldn’t really relate to Mia as a character, she seems to be too perfect of a person for me, as does her boyfriend. I didn’t really feel like they were real people I could meet.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book because of the heart-breaking situation it sets up. Regardless of my thoughts about the characters, the book does really make you think hard about how quickly everything can change in your life. In a moment, Mia’s family was torn apart, and what started out as a snowy day turned into a decision to confront grief and mourning, or stop fighting and let the pain go.

  • Total books read: 4.5
  • Total pages read: 962



Challenge six ticked off: read a book you got because of the cover.

For this one, I just had a glance around at covers that looked different to what I usually read. After I saw this one, I was automatically intrigued, and since I hadn’t read a horror book in quite a long time, I immediately wanted to read this one. I knew nothing about the story but based on the cover, you can already guess that there is some element of ghostliness and entrapment about the story. It also reminded me of the urban legend Bloody Mary, which always creeped me out as a kid.

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My review of this book, also found here:

Verdict: 4 stars

I picked this book because of the cover: it looked very intriguing and it’s been a long time since I read a horror story. The girl behind the mirror also reminded me a lot of the Bloody Mary urban legend which always used to creep me out as a kid. It also didn’t help that in primary school, some of the girls used to switch off the toilet lights as a prank when the other cubicles were in use.

Honestly, I really liked this story. Although it stuck to a lot of cliches and I did find it predictable, it was a very enjoyable read and still managed to add a freshness to the genre, as well as leave the story on an ambiguous note. A few moments genuinely did creep me out, and with a mirror opposite my reading space, I will admit that I glanced up a few times to make sure I was alone.

The plot follows a young girl in a ladies boarding school and her friends on Halloween, dared to say Bloody Mary into a dark mirror. The protagonist is very likeable, somewhat of an outcast, but smart and quick to seek out answers (thankfully cutting out the stage of denial). When her friend goes missing and strange things start to happen around the group, they realise something is wrong and seek to find out how they might stop themselves also disappearing. The book really does get more creepy and intense the further into the story, and I found myself dreading what would come next, but also excited.

I really like the fact that the group actually try to figure out what the ghost is, and what it wants: there is an essence of mystery although the ghost’s intentions are never fully clarified. Even though I predicted what they would find, it was pleasant to read about characters actively trying to change their fates. It was also interesting as to what happened when the characters disappeared, rather than an instant death, something more horrifying and fulfilling happens instead.

There are multiple layers in the story: romance, mystery, horror, and the time limit of five days also adds to the overall suspense. Although not a short read, the pace was very fast and picked up quickly, leading to a very intense climax. Overall, I would definitely recommend this because it only gets better and better!

  • Total books read: 5.5
  • Total pages read: 1249

The final challenge was to read seven books, and although I didn’t quite reach this challenge, I did make the mistake of starting many and not finishing them.

Other books I read this week but didn’t finish vs pages read:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella — 50/286
  • Slated by Teri Terry — 130/439
  • The Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde — 74/320

(+ 254 pages)


Ultimately, I am really pleased about the progress I’ve made this week. Altogether, I’ve read 1503 pages, which is more than I’ve read in a week for a long time. I had a lot of fun during this reading challenge, and I liked the challenges that were set. I can’t wait to keep reading and discover more amazing books!

 

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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 Challenge

This year’s BookTube-A-Thon is this following week, July 24th-30th, and is a perfect opportunity to get ahead with your reading goals! Kindly hosted by Ariel Bissett, this is an exciting challenge to encourage everybody to read as much as they can during the week. There are also some official reading challenges within the more general read, which I also hope to complete, listed below.

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover 
  2. Read a hyped-up book
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read a book with a character that is very different from you.
  5. Read a book completely outdoors.
  6. Read a book you got because of the cover.
  7. Read seven books.

I plan to be overly ambitious and complete every challenge, best of luck to everybody participating this year! It’s going to be very difficult, but also very fun!

Thoughts On: Arrival (2016)

Thoughts On: Arrival (2016)

Hands down, this film is one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. It offers a refreshing lens to the alien first-contact sub-genre, with some brilliant acting from the main cast, a beautiful soundtrack, and an epic glance at the nature of language and its conceptual reality.

In Arrival, one average day twelve giant metallic-looking pods appear in seemingly random places across the world, levitating above the ground and defying the laws of gravity. Already, this foreshadows some of the later parts of the film by introducing the defiance of everything we know to be real and possible. We follow a prominent lecturer in the field of linguistics, Amy Banks, who leads a team to try to find a way to communicate with the aliens within the pod that hovers over the US. The film daringly explores the nature of communication and unlike many similar films which depict the aliens as creatures wanting to crush humanity, their motive is strikingly different: the aliens want to give our planet a gift.

Since the aliens communicate with inky circle-like shapes, Banks must try to decipher a series a of symbols and determine whether the aliens will be a threat. However, the clock is ticking and other nations lead by China are threatening to start a war with the aliens if they do not leave their territory within twenty-four hours.

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My favourite aspect of the film is the way in which it portrays the conceptual realities that language imposes upon (and restricts) us. For the aliens, time passes in a non-linear format, which is eventually revealed to be the gift they wish to give to humans: the transcendence to greater meanings and experiences. Therefore, their arrival into time and our reality is simply another place, as they appear to be highly developed multi-dimensional beings. The film directly references the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis: our language determines, defines and potentially restricts our every day experiences. Banks gives an excellent example, if one taught language in the relation to the rules of chess, every word and its meaning would be linked to victory and defeat. This is a lot like Wittgenstein’s idea of language games and the potential inability to conceptually grasp what is meant by the meanings of  a language beyond our own.

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Ultimately, this film is a beautiful look at what it means to communicate and presents the sheer fear of an unknown species with potentially greater power but unknown intentions. A breath-taking film and massively overrated!

10 Quotes For When You Feel Like Giving Up On Your Novel

10 Quotes For When You Feel Like Giving Up On Your Novel

Earlier today I finished writing my third book (I’m still not quite sure how, exactly). It’s in a magnificent need of an edit, but it’s complete at around 70K and I’m sure some of you can relate (or will soon relate) to the satisfaction of closing your story with a great ending. For those of you like me who struggle with procrastination when writing, here are ten brilliant quotes to motivate you to finish that story!

  1. “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” — Anne Tyler
  2. “The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.” — David Schlosser
  3. “The professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach
  4. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” — Octavia Butler
  5. “You might not write well every day but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” — Jodi Picoult
  6. “You only fail if you stop writing.” — Ray Bradbury
  7. “If I waited for perfection I would never write a word.” — Margaret Atwood
  8. “If a story is in you, it has got to come out.” — William Faulkner
  9. “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller
  10. “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” — Martin Luther

(#10 is my personal favourite!)

Hopefully you will feel inspired, and if not, what are you waiting for? Go and work on your next story, or finish that edit, or pick up that book!

And also have a lovely Easter.

To Read: April

To Read: April

April? Already? How time has flown by, and I’m certainly not looking forward to my upcoming exams… Anyhow, hopefully these gorgeous books will distract us all from the impending doom of A-Levels.

As well as finishing the books I am currently reading, I would like to read in April (all from The Ultimate Reading Challenge List):

  1. The Sun Also Rises // Ernest Hemingway
  2. Gone Girl // Gillian Flynn
  3. Far From the Madding Crowd // Thomas Hardy
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha // Arthur Golden
  5. Fahrenheit 451 // Ray Bradbury
  6. Great Expectations // Charles Dickens
  7. Wool // Hugh Howey
  8. Slated // Terri Terry

What are you planning to read this month?

PS: Who else is hyped to see 13 Reason Why, released yesterday?

Reading Challenge Progress: End of March

Reading Challenge Progress: End of March

Since the last update I’ve been reading a lot more than I actually realised, I’m stunned to discover that I’ve actually read three times more books over the last month and a half than I did the same time period before! It looks like this year might be the most successful reading year yet as I’m well on track to completing my Goodreads reading challenge!

Current progress, as of 26/03/17

I have read 39% of my overall challenge of 100 books, which means that I am 16 books ahead of schedule!

My last update recorded 10 books, but in the same time period this time I’ve read quite a number more, many of my reads correlating to The Ultimate Reading Challenge List. Therefore, I can definitely say that this last month or so has been the most successful update to date!


Books I’ve read since the last update:

Underlined Books that are part of The Ultimate Reading Challenge List

[I also added on a rating out of five stars for each of the books I read.]

  1. Elizabeth Is Missing // Emma Healey 5 stars
  2. All the Bright Places // Jennifer Niven 5 stars
  3. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die // April Henry 3 stars
  4. This Is Where It Ends // Marieke Nijkamp 5 stars
  5. The Infinite Sea // Rick Yancey 5 stars
  6. Eagle Strike // Anthony Horowitz 5 stars
  7. Abducted // Evangeline Anderson 4 stars
  8. The Raven Boys // Maggie Stiefvater 3 stars
  9. The Giver // Lois Lowry 3 stars
  10. Sabriel // Garth Nix 4 stars
  11. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be // Paul Arden 4 stars
  12. Me Before You // Jojo Moyes 4 stars
  13. The Last Star // Rick Yancey 5 stars
  14. The Little Book of Clarity // Jamie Smart 4 stars
  15. Confessions From An Arranged Marriage // Miranda Neville 2 stars
  16. Not That Kind of Girl // Lena Dunham 4 stars
  17. The Alien’s Abduction // C. K. Roxanne 2 stars
  18. Captured by the Sweet Alien // Ruth Anne Scott 3 stars
  19. Taken for the Alien Prince // Ruth Anna Scott 3 stars
  20. Mine to Tarnish // Jeneal Falor 3 stars
  21. Defaced // Marissa Farrar 4 stars
  22. The Knife of Never Letting Go // Patrick Ness 5 stars
  23. The New World // Patrick Ness 3 stars
  24. The Miserable Mill // Lemony Snicket 3 stars
  25. Owned By the Hitman // Alexis Abbott 1 star
  26. A Monster Calls // Patrick Ness 5 stars
  27. The Power // Naomi Alderman 4 stars
  28. The Extra // Kathryn Lasky 2 stars
  29. The One // Keira Cass 3 stars

The Highlights

  • Overall, I’m really glad to have finished The Fifth Wave trilogy; it’s truly unlike any YA trilogy I’ve read before and I definitely recommend for anyone looking for some brilliant characters and thrilling plot.
  • As always, anything by Patrick Ness. The film adaptation of A Monster Calls is also just as amazing as the book.
  • Sabriel was a brilliant read. I went into it blind not sure quite what I would find. I was pleasantly excited to discover a fantastically-constructed world with memorable characters and a badass heroine.
  • Abducted. While it seemed another awful romance on the surface, it was a surprisingly great read blending humour, drama and sci-fi elements.
  • I added in some non-fiction books which I don’t usually read, my favourite of which is Not That Kind of Girl.

The Low-lights

  • Me Before You. Admittedly this was a good read, but it wasn’t as mind-blowing and polished as I wanted it to be. I finished the book feeling that something was lacking.
  • The One. The third instalment of the series was the middle ground between what I hated about the first book and what I loved about the second.

Currently reading and plan to finish soon…

Quicksand // Malin Persson Giolito // 20%
Hunchback of Notre-Dame
// Victor Hugo // 12%
Daring Greatly // Brene Brown // 10%
Tess of D’Urbervilles // Thomas Hardy // 4%
Betrayal’s Price // Lisa Blackwood // 0%
Ketchup Clouds // Annabel Pitcher // 0%


What are you all reading at the moment? Do you have any great reads to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Why Claude Frollo is Disney’s Most Twisted Villain

Why Claude Frollo is Disney’s Most Twisted Villain

I recently rewatched Disney’s brilliant and vastly underrated The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and realised how greatly developed and intriguing Frollo is as a Disney villain. Compared to more recent Disney antagonists such as Hans in Frozen, or traditional antagonists such as Scar in The Lion King, Frollo seems to transcend upon the usual archetype of a Disney villain in a way that isn’t typical in Disney films, or children’s films in general, because it’s only when you’re older when you realise just how twisted Frollo’s motivations really are.

It doesn’t take more than the opening scene to convince the audience of Frollo’s evil nature. From the beginning, there’s a suggestion that Frollo’s motivations are power and control. He immediately chases after a gypsy woman who carries what he perceives as “stolen goods”, and eventually murders her on the steps of Notre Dame without as much as a flinch. He is shortly stopped from murdering her child, young Quasimodo, by the Archdeacon who seems to remind Frollo that there is a greater judge than him. Frollo has become so fixated upon his desire to purge sin from the world that he has become paranoid, resorting to murder and even justifying it (as well as the promise for murdering an infant- “an unholy demon” – too) by his quest to strike out evil. In his own mind, Frollo probably thinks himself as the hero rather than the villain: “I am guiltless, she ran, I pursued.”

It’s interesting, during the opening song, because it’s one of four times in the film where Frollo seems in genuine fear. The first is when the Archdeacon suggests that Frollo, so consumed by his power due to his position as a judge, cannot hide from the “very eyes of Notre Dame”, and of ultimately God. Frollo realises that he has gone to far, displaying genuine fear at the prospect that he has overstepped the line of his ability as a judge.

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Cue The Dark Knight: You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.

However, Frollo doesn’t learn his lesson. Despite having the option to save his soul, he does not take it – he cannot bring himself to raise Quasimodo as his own son which inevitably leads to his own downfall. He considers himself above justice, which is his fatal flaw.

Another way that Frollo shows just how deluded he is, is by the way he dehumanises anything that is a threat to the righteousness of his conscience. Ironically, this contradicts to Catholic ideas about forgiveness and love.

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He degrades gypsies to ants as they represent everything he wishes to wipe out, and reduces them to a scapegoat group. He lowers Quasimodo to a deformed, demonic monster to disguise Frollo’s inner guilt about the fact that he murdered his mother. He vilifies Esmeralda to a witch when he starts to develop sexual desires for her, all the time placing on the blame on everything but himself. He refuses to accept himself as a villain but instead as a holy man fighting a war.

Despite isolating Quasimodo for twenty years and emotionally reducing him to a monster, Frollo is able to justify this abuse by presenting himself again as a protector: “The world is wicked… I am your only friend”. Even calling twenty-year-old Quasimodo a “boy” keeps him in a state of emotional dependency.

Claude Frollo certainly has a hero complex.

While other Disney villains like Ursula and Cruella De Vil want something from the protagonists, it’s the other way around for Frollo – he presents himself as the hero and Esmeralda as an evil entity that wants something from him and a direct threat to his holy conscience. Frollo’s obsession with purging evil costs him his life: instead of dealing with the rebellion in the streets, he heads up to the bell-tower and stands out on the ledge, which cracks, sending him into the fiery pits of hell.

Frollo’s obsessive nature is entirely evident in the contrast between the two songs: Heaven’s Light (sang by Quasimodo) and Hellfire (sang by Frollo). Both immediately after each other, they serve as a direct dichotomy: two conflicting versions of love both evoking religious imagery.

Quasimodo is innocent in his affections, he only dares to hope that Esmeralda might share his affections and bring him happiness. The semantic field of heaven creates a beautiful image for his affections: “heaven’s light”, “glow”, “angel” and ultimately he sees her as a gift from God. The soft blue light and the dark shadows show the slightest inch of hope and light that Esmeralda has brought into his life. Overall, his song is like a melody, a prayer of contentment and hope. Even though he doesn’t get-the-girl at the end, he still manages to find hope and happiness in the fact that she finds somebody who she can love and be happy with.

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For Frollo on the other hand, there is a direct opposite response to his feelings about the girl. Sang as a prayer, Frollo fears for the safety of his soul. He praises himself for his lack of vulgarity and uses hellish imagery to blame the girl for his attachment towards her: “smouldering eyes”, “sun”, “blazing” , “scorch”, “burning desire” which results in thoughts of “sin”. Immediately he rejects her as a “witch” and suggests his weakness is only because of the power of the devil compared to the inferior power of man. Unlike Quasimodo, he cannot stand the thought of her with another man: “be mine or you will burn!”

Way to bring on the charm.

Most of all, Frollo fears Esmeralda’s power over him, because it threatens his control. Throughout the film he is portrayed as calm and calculated, but his lust blurs the objectivity of his actions which eventually turns the people against him.

Ultimately, Frollo is such an interesting and memorable villain, and well worthy of watching again to notice the little things that you never realised before, if you watched the film growing up. I do wish that Disney would stop rebooting old classics and start coming up with fresh, darker ideas again, taking new risks.

Do you agree? Do you have other ideas about the character? Please let me know in the comments!