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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killi Graceling by Kristin Cashore follows in a burgeoning market for strong female charactersKatsa is much like Katniss from The Hunger Games in her naive perception of the world her coldness and tendency towards pragmatic practicality She is similar to Xhex from the Black Dagger Brotherhood in her disgust of all things feminine The story is well written with engaging fun characters Katsa is fun to read about The plot may be a little predictable at times but it did throw me a curve ball toward the end The romance is lovely between Katsa and Po I take exception though to the message that this book sends It is the same message I am reading over and over again in current literatureFrom Bella Swan who looks down on girls who like shopping to Xhex who must be wrestled into a dress and who sees all signs of emotion as feminine weakness and now Katsa who refuses to marry or have children and who despises dresses and long hairMessage to authors It is not nice dresses and pretty hair and an ability to be weepy on occasion that is the cause for the many ineuality issues that women face Putting a woman in pants does not change how the world perceives her It doesn't suddenly make her stronger and better than the woman in the dress who likes jeweleryYour character does not suddenly become the beacon of the feminist movement because she doesn't like dresses So sick of reading about strong independent female characters who don't like dresses and spend most of the novel putting down almost every other female character as weak and pathetic

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GracelingNg she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms July 2020 I cannot look at my original review for this book any It's time it went under a tag I won't delete it because it's sorta fun and deeply embarrassing to look back on the silly things I thought when I was younger But I don't believe almost all of the things I wrote 9 years ago If I ever do a reread I'll write an updated reviewOld review posted 7th May 2011view spoilerFirst thing I need to point out is that I consider myself a feminist even as far as to take an active role is such matters Previously I have written articles on Feministing and I honestly think so many of these issues are still very important in today's world However you look at it the battle for euality has not been won and has in fact become rather dormantOn that note I love reading fiction by feminist writers Atwood never fails to deliver and The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favourite books of all time Similarly with Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own except Woolf's writing can make you want to slit your wrists at times The point of me saying this is that when I heard Graceling called 'feminist propaganda' rather than being repelled I was intrigued I love modern stories with strong heroines who can stand up for themselves and don't need to wait for prince charming to swoop in and save them Katsa fit this in many ways true but I have so many issues with the feminist ideals in this novel that I don't know where to beginI am constantly faced with the irritating irony of radical feminists The irony being that their favourite passtime is telling women what to do Real feminism as in the one that actually cares about women is about choice not about having to follow strict guidelines in order to banish the image of feminity It's people like Kristin Cashore who make the term 'feminism' seem like a dirty word Being strong and capable of making your own decisions is one thing but the extremes of having to prove that you don't care about your looks or refusing to wear a dress is ridiculous I wear dresses I wear make up I like to make the effort to look nice but in Cashore's world that means I'm a weak pathetic wannabe housewifeFor me the main mistake that Cashore makes is to assume that anything 'girly' is bad It's an ongoing debate about women and feminism For example take the stereotype that women are emotional and are therefore weak than men The argument is Is this wrong and women are not emotional? Or does what's wrong lie in the idea that emotions are a weakness because they are a feminine trait? Radical feminism continues to try and spit on traditional aspects of what it means to be feminine Of course it is arguable that the idea of 'feminine' is created through socialisation eg dressing babies in either pink or blue depending on gender but it has long been my opinion that if you take the colour pink a worldwide symbol of the female gender and make it into something that should be disgusting then that's about as anti woman as you can getMargaret Atwood understood the dangers of radicalism and wrote the novel to go with it In the same way that extreme socialism becomes the mirror of totalitarianism radical feminism begins to mirror sexism And that's why I had issues with a great deal of Graceling But what I did like was the love story between Katsa and Po once Katsa got over the idea that he would somehow take possession of her after sex Po was a sweetheart and an all round likeable character And don't get me wrong I never really disliked Katsa because the fact that she refuses to wear a dress and doesn't want children is entirely her choice and that's what's important I liked her strength and at many times I felt her frustration particularly with regard

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Graceling kindle ☆ 471 pages Download ☆ Kristin Cashore · Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is withWith words alone With elegant evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world a death defying adventure and a heart racing romance that will consume you hold you captive and leave you wanting Updated 040114 I happen to like books which feature kick ass feminist heroines and are light on the romance so I should like this book right? Yeah but I don't First of all Katsa acts like a petulant little girl throughout the entire book not some strong feminist poster woman Katsa shows very little if any personal growth over the course of this novel Also I felt like the author spent too much time trying to sell us on the following ideas femininity is an idea forced upon women by the patriarchy men don't respect women commitment ruins relationships marriage is a tool of the devil and so on Look I understand that some women feel that way and I'm completely cool with it I'd be lying if I claimed that I've never thought some of the same things during my lifetime That said I hate how the author seems to be shoving very specific views down my throat instead of telling me a story that challenges me to think for myself This book is written in such a way that it makes me think Cashore the author is using her character her story as a vehicle to voice her very strong opinions Don't get me wrong I don't necessarily have a problem with that sort of thing it's just that this book is being touted as 'feminist' but I fail to see true feminism within the pages of this book I mean I guess you could consider it a version of feminism but it's not very inclusionary In fact it's a very bigoted version of feminism Other than Katsa every other woman in this book is portrayed as weak and dumb So basically unless you're an angry dress hating man hating woman with an aversion to commitment there is something wrong with you News Flash femininity isn't anti feminist I'm sorry but it is possible for independent intelligent and stable women to embrace femininity without losing credibility And anyway isn't that the point of the feminist movement? Gaining euality without having to act like 'one of the guys'? I mean sure you can reject femininity if you want but don't go around assuming that those who are feminine are pathetic weakling losers who do nothing to help the cause It just so turns out that line of thought is backward and does nothing to advance the cause Also Katsa's view of other women in the realm is uite condescending in that she never seems to consider how privileged she is compared to some of these other women Katsa's lucky in that she has the ability to kill pretty much anyone she wants so it's not like she has to do a damn thing anyone tells her to do Despite all the crap she supposedly has to put up with Katsa has benefitted from an education and she's also afforded freedoms than most women because someone else pays her bills She doesn't have to milk the cows or churn butter or become a serving wench She doesn't have to prostitute herself out in order to make ends meetGirlfriend needs to shut the hell up about all that because it's not like she's doing anything other than making a hole observations Katsa's not doing anything to change the way all women in the realm are treated which is fine it's her life whatever She just needs to uit it with the judgmental attitude toward others who can't afford to live or think the way she does I could have handled Katsa's aversion to having a relationship with Poe if she hadn't had any feelings for him or if she knew she wasn't emotionally ready to make any sort of commitment But no Katsa's aversion to commitment was built up do be some great personal strength of hers In the end it just felt like she 'she' being Katsa Or Cashore Kat Shore? was trying to prove a point or something like look at how independent I am I'm not a barnacle I don't need a manexcept for when I needs teh sex So Poe my lover sorry