April 25, 2012

V is for...Veronicas

Hmm...what? Weird title, I know. What is it about VERONICAS, though? It's like the name is a direct conduit to sheer awesomeness→ VERONICA=Awesome. Three of my favourite things are somehow linked to a VERONICA:

I've mentioned this before in past posts, but Divergent is the only book that I've read more than once in the same year (in a span of about two months). Usually, I've got tons of books waiting in the wings so I don't want to take up my time with rereading. After reading The Hunger Games, I was hungry (pun intended) for more dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic reads, and Divergent stands out as especially great in the string of books that followed. I've always loved reading and had toyed with the notion of writing my own stories, but had never gotten up the courage to give it a go. This book was the nudge I needed to get started.

I'll admit to suffering confusion of the "What the heck is going on?" variety at the beginning of this book (What is the Aether? Why do they live in pods?) It's a prime example of dropping us right into the action sans prologue or setup. In the end it didn't matter because what I needed to know became clearer, and the rest just didn't matter. The book was just so darn compelling that I got sucked right in. The story is told from Aria and Perry's POV (third person), and the author made me care about each of them equally. I loved reading from both of their perspectives. The romance, the supernatural abilities, the story...love it all.

3)  Veronica MarsVeronica Mars (TV show)
For those of you unfamiliar with Veronica Mars here's what it's all about: 
"In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries. Veronica used to be one of the popular girls, but it all came crumbling down around her after her best friend, Lilly, was murdered, and her then-sheriff father, Keith, was removed from office for naming Lilly's rich father as the lead suspect. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling, new private investigator business--and what she finds may tear the town of Neptune apart at the seams." (Source) This TV show only ran for three seasons which is unfortunate because it was totally interesting, and such a unique idea. Veronica was wry and witty, and the relationship between her and her dad was both heart-warming and hilarious. It was really fascinating to watch the overarching mysteries in each season unfold and to follow Veronica as she solved them. The episode specific cases were also interesting. But, as is usually the case, if I like a show too much it inevitably gets cancelled. You can totally blame this show's cancellation on me.

So what do you think? Is the name VERONICA synonymous with awesome or what?

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* I haven't read these sequels, but I fully anticipate a continuation in greatness.

36 comments:

  1. yeah!!! I love Veronica Mars. And I've been meaning to read Divergent. I've heard wonderful things about it, and it's sequel.

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    1. I seriously wish Veronica Mars hadn't been cancelled. It left on a total cliffhanger too. Grrr... DIVERGENT is such a great book. You should definitely read it! And the best part is, if you like it you won't have long to wait for the sequel (it's out May 1st).

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  2. I can't help but think of Betty and Veronica when I hear the name. And I liked Betty better.
    I'm going to have to reread Divergent before I read Insurgent. I hardly remember it cuz I read it so fast.

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    1. I did kind of think of Betty and Veronica too, and like you, I prefer Betty. So we'll just skip over that and focus on these awesome Veronicas instead. :)

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  3. I almost did my V post on Veronica Roth - because yes, she's that awesome (and I can't wait for INSURGENT!)! I haven't read anything from Rossi yet - but I was definitely a fan of Veronica Mars (and totally agree, such a shame only 3 seasons!).

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    1. I'm really excited about INSURGENT, and the fact that I'll have an 8-9 hour flight to read it on the next day! Perfectly timed. :) I bought all three seasons of Veronica Mars, so I just might have to sit down and watch them again when we get back from our trip.

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  4. Yes! I love Veronica Roth, and I LOVE Veronica Mars. I'm not as familiar with Veronica Rossi.

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    1. I knew you were a Veronica Mars lover too! :) I'm thinking I'll have to watch them again soon. I have them on DVD so I can watch them whenever. You should give UNDER THE NEVER SKY a whirl. :)

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  5. The Soap Opera cable channel here in the States started running Veronica Mars so I got sucked in over the weekend. My only complaint so far is all the white guys look the same (I won't say all the guys since a Hispanic and African-American are in the cast too). I seriously cannot tell 3 or 4 guys apart except for one taller guy with a shell necklace who seems to be a bit of a mouthbreather. BUT the show is pretty good!

    I hear so many great reviews on Divergent but I haven't read it yet. Here's the thing: I give dystopian and YA sci-fi kind of a hard time. I didn't love Delirium like everyone else. But, I really liked The Hunger Games as I found the society easier to buy into than Delirium's. Is it more Hunger Games than Delirium, or is it not fair to compare?

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    1. Veronica Mars was too good to cancel after only three seasons. Too bad.

      I found it really difficult to buy into the premise of DELIRIUM, so I'm not sure that I would compare DIVERGENT to it. It's not really like THE HUNGER GAMES either, though. It's just a really good book. :) Sorry, that's not all that helpful, is it? See what Colin says below in the next comment.

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  6. The only Veronica I know on your list is DIVERGENT-Veronica (who is all shades of Erudite, Amity, Abnegation, Candor, and Dauntless) :). To those who have yet to read DIVERGENT, set your dystopian concerns aside. I'm not a big dystopian fan, but DIVERGENT was my favorite book of last year. I'm re-reading it now in anticipation of the arrival of its sequel on my doorstep within the next week.

    And "Veronica Mars" sounds like an interesting show. Why d'you have to go and get it cancelled, Jaime?! ;)

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    1. I'm waiting rather impatiently for INSURGENT. Less than a week now! I'll have it just in time to read it on my overseas flight. Yay! So much for getting any sleep on our hop over the pond. Oh well. I'll be suffering from jet lag no matter what I do.

      Yeah, Veronica Mars was really good. This always happens to me with shows that I like. Sadly, television is getting taken over by stupid/lame reality TV.

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  7. GREAT category. I'm in the middle of UNDER THE NEVER SKY right now, and it's making me realize how much I tend to love split POV books (THE SCORPIO RACES, the LEVIATHAN series, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS...it's a pretty long list, actually). And Veronica Mars--my husband and I have reached the consensus that if we could wipe one memory permanently, it would be the knowledge of how Season One of Veronica Mars ended, so that we could watch it again without knowing the answer. We watched all three seasons in a week when we were in grad school and had breaks long enough to do that.

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    1. I like split POV books when it's done well. My sister and I were discussing CROSSED recently and how the POVs sounded too much alike. We both had to keep flipping back to the start of the chapter to figure out who was speaking. Not good. I think Veronica Rossi nailed this with Perry and Aria, though. Such a good book! I didn't realize that LEVIATHAN, etc. was done that way. That kind of makes me want to read them more now. :)

      Yeah, it would be great to enjoy the mystery of Veronica Mars all over again. I bought all three seasons on DVD, so I can watch them again whenever I feel like it. I'm thinking that should happen sometime soon. :)

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  8. AGREED! Veronica is synonymous with awesomeness. There are a lot of awesome Allys out there too. Ally Condie. Ally Carter. Ally Sheedy. Maybe I should use that as my pen name?

    Great post! Less than a week until INSURGENT!!!

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    1. I've read Ally Condie's books, but I still have yet to read Ally Carter's. I have HEIST SOCIETY on my TBR shelf, so that could happen really soon. :) And Ally Miller does kind of have a "successful author" vibe to it too!

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  9. I love the name Veronica!

    I keep hearing about "Divergent" but I haven't read it yet... maybe I should. :)

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    1. You should definitely read DIVERGENT. It's such a great book! And the best part is, if you like it you won't have long to wait for the sequel. It's out on May 1st. :)

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  10. I so have to read Divergent. It's on the TBR pile but I keep hearing how amazing it is.

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    1. Definitely read it! It's such a good book, and the sequel is out next week. :)

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  11. VERONICA MARS!!!! (I wasn't a huge fan of Divergent) BUT DUDE...LOOOOVE VERONICA MARS!!! I've only seen season 1 and own season 2 and I've seen like...4 episodes? So...I need to get on that. But love the snarkiness :)

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    1. I love how dry and witty she is. I bought all three seasons on DVD some time ago, so I'll be watching them again in the near future. :)

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  12. Love Veronica Mars and Divergent (how cool that it nudged you into writing!)...haven't done Under The Never Sky yet, but if it belongs on a list with the other two I'm sure it will be great!

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    1. You definitely need to read UNDER THE NEVER SKY. It's really good! I'm hoping to reread DIVERGENT this week before INSURGENT comes out, but I'm not sure if that's going to happen. I'm thinking that I need to sit down and watch Veronica Mars again soon, though. :)

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  13. What a fabulous idea for a V post, Jaime! I adored DIVERGENT (can't wait for INSURGENT!) and I'm currently working my way through the awesomeness that is UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I'm in complete agreement: People with the name Veronica write exceptional YA!

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying UNDER THE NEVER SKY! I loved Aria and Perry so much. :) Maybe I should change my name to Veronica so it'll bring me YA writing luck. Hmm...

      Less than a week until INSURGENT! Can't wait. :)

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  14. I am praying to the Netflix gods that they will add VERONICA MARS to streaming. That's #1 on my to-watch list!

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    1. Yeah, I'm not sure why they don't have VERONICA MARS up on Netflix yet. It seems like the perfect show to stream there. It's really good :)

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  15. These are such good authors! Veronica Mars is amazing.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. I love both Veronica's books :) And Veronica Mars was just too good to get cancelled so soon.

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  16. They are very pretty little flowers! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

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    1. I didn't know that there was such a thing as Veronica flowers! I just looked them up on Google, and you're right, they are very pretty. :) Yet another great Veronica to add to the list.

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  17. You've got a great Veronica list, but you forgot the band, The Veronicas! Love them, too! So great for dancing!

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  18. If Veronica Rossi is as awesome as Roth and Mars, then I DEFINITELY have to check out her novel. :)

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  19. Interesting. New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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  20. I've heard such good things about Divergent. It's on my To-Read list. (But first, I'm reading a bunch of books from bloggy friends of mine!)

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