This week I read one and a half stories out of Flannery O’Conner’s short story collection A Good Man is Hard To Find and when everyone (even the kids) was slaughtered by gun wielding bad guys at the end, I decided that I would return to consuming some bookish fluff for awhile. So I read Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Um, it was a bit too sexy for me, and although the idea of an angel being tricked into a motorcycle ride into Hell is unique…I was just so frustrated by Bethany (the angel) and her lack of faith. She hardly ever even gives God a thought. He is where her allegiance is supposed to lie, He is her boss, she holds no love for her God, just fear and frustration. She wants her high school sweetheart at any and every cost, that is the crux of her personality. So frustrating. It did have some fun moments, ritzy hotels in hell and fun clothes, trying to escape hell-hounds, and befriending Nazis. But I learned that I don’t respect a character unless there are a few values that they absolutely will not give up. Some things that they would never do…no matter what. I want a character to be noble, just once in awhile. And Bethany the angel is blown and tossed by the wind and the only thing she really truly cares about, is an eighteen-year-old boy.
It’s Frappuccino Thursday.