Em and Ro are technologically challenged, or our second joint review

blue border limited cropred border limited cropRosi and I did a group chat via Google to wrap up our Ruby Red Trilogy week. We discuss rude relatives, rude love interests, rude plot holes, and inconvenient immortality. The plot holes and immortality can’t help themselves. The relatives and love interest have no excuse. Also, I tell you why I like guys with dark hair and green eyes (hint: its because of the dark hair and green eyes).


 

 

Emily

Over here in the chat box.

Rosi joined group chat.

Rosi

hey

Emily

Ok now that you have found your way here, we can start.

Rosi left group chat.

Emily

Um.

Rosi joined group chat.

Rosi

ok, what shall we discuss?

Emily

Idk. I’m just glad we figured this out. We should write out instructions for next time.

Ok. So the main part of the book I didn’t like was Charlotte and her mother.

Rosi

well, to be honest, most of it was me trying and failing to use my iPad, because I’m a lazy arse who wants to multitask.

Emily

Haha too bad for you.

Rosi

Does anyone actually like Charlotte or her mother? it seemed like they were deliberately made to be unlikeable and mean and spiteful.

I almost wish that we had seen enough of Charlotte to get a real opinion of her, because there are several times that Gier mentions how she’s been isolated and told that she’s the Chosen One her entire life…that’s got to have serious psychological repercussions.

Emily

Right but I really wish they had disappeared more into the background. Their participation in many discussions just grated on my nerves.

Rosi

Because it was meant to…their only purpose for most of the book was to be annoying and remind us how awful they were.

Emily

Also, I feel they might have been added for some humor, but I just found them rude?

Rosi

I really think they were just added so we could go ‘aww, poor Gwyneth, she has such a horrible family’, which seems sloppy.

Emily

Also, I really wish someone had just told Charlotte she was an all around ass.

Rosi

I don’t think she is, though.

I think that she’s a product of the people who made her.

Emily

True, but she’ still an ass.

Rosi

I’ll accept that her mother is an ass with a superiority complex, and that Charlotte is her ultimate victim.

Emily

Still an ass. At some point people are responsible for their actions.

Rosi

Yes, and I think towards the end we start to see some of it, but I can empathise a bit with Charlotte.

She’s a bit of an ass, yes, but she’s also like, brainwashed.

I think she could be cured of Ass Disease.

Emily

I don’t know, I’ve run into people like her. And really I can’t empathize with anyone who is that outright mean.

Especially if you are Gwyneth and have dealt with it all your life.

Rosi

I’m assuming you are talking about several people from our high school…anyways, let’s just agree to disagree and move on, hmm?

Emily

Ok, but I’m right.

Rosi

Eh-eh-eh…I’m offering you a compromise here, don’t blow it.

Emily

But I did like her mom and brother and sister. I liked their relationship.

Rosi

I liked the rest of the family, too.

Can we talk about plot holes? Because I like the series, but as I went on I kept asking ‘wait, why has it been a time traveler every 100-ish years, and then suddenly its like WHAM, all at once?’

Emily

Ok. Yes. But there was also that set of time travelers (the twins and some lady) that were time travelers all at once too.

Rosi

Yeah, but not 4 in the same 20 years.

There were 2 time travellers per 100 years (with the exception of the twins), right up until Gwyneth and Gideon, and then BOOM.

Seemed nonsensical, really.

Emily

True, but its also a time travel gene, so its nonsensical begin with

Rosi

But there was some order, right up until there came time for there to be a story that worked best in the early 21st century.

Emily

Also, that whole thing was predicted and calculated? So you can look at it as 2 every 100 years, but its also that all of them have been scheduled from the beginning so there was no established pattern, just the schedule.

Rosi

Ok, I suppose that’s acceptable.

But then I don’t understand how no one spotted that Count Saint-Germain was only in it for himself…I mean, would the greatest minds of Western Civilization actually be fooled by a bit of bad rhyming?

Emily

True, but I also think that they would be very intrigued by time travel.

Rosi

Probably, but the whole ‘greater-good’ thing seemed to be the main objective.

Emily

But I also find it odd that no one discovered his true identity, how he lived for so many years constantly changing identities and then working his way back into the society.

Rosi

Yeah, really, that was also annoying.

Emily

But the MAIN thing that bothered me is that Lucy would have HAD to time lapse while preggers with Gwen, right?

Rosi

Also that she was like 17 when she got pregnant.

Emily

So, if a baby, who is a time traveler, or a anyone who isn’t a time travel can not time travel then how did she lapse without loosing the baby? How did any of the past time travelers do that?

Rosi

…Good point.

Time Traveler’s Wife, that kept happening, she kept miscarrying her babies because they would time-travel out of the womb and die

Emily

Also, pregnant 17 year olds are not plot holes silly. Those happen in real life.

Rosi

Ok, they’re not plot holes, but they worry me.

Emily

See, I’m thinking that the reason is that you can’t time travel without the gene, so anything living without the gene cannot travel with you. And the person with the gene can’t travel until the do it uncontrolled the first time. So how did the gene not die out?

Rosi

I don’t really know…huh.

Emily

My brain hurts. Lets move on to Gideon.

Rosi

Oh, good.

The amount of plot holes at the end are insane.

Emily

Ok, I also have a question about the whole love story at the end. Like, Gwen is immortal, and Gideon becomes immortal but none of them really contemplate the long term effects of this on their relationship.

Rosi

RIGHT?

Like, I’m not sure that the insta-love is going to last another year, let alone an infinite number of them.

Emily

Because it sounded like they’d be together forevers. But they’ve only known each other for two weeks and their relationship has already been rocky.

Rosi

Extremely rocky.

Emily

Also, I would kind of feel bad asking anyone to be immortal with me.

Like, that sounds super lonely and I wouldn’t want to be in Gwen’s shoes.

Rosi

Seems like it would be boring…I mean, being alone would be worse (we need to watch Age of Adaline, btw…its relevant to our discussion).

Emily

Haha ok.

Rosi

But being with only one other person would also tiresome.

Emily

I mean if they actually did have an established committed relationship, I could see how it would work.

Rosi

Yes, it might.

Emily

But they don’t. Not really.

Rosi

But still, after 100 years, I feel like I’d get sick of someone.

Emily

Also, would their kids be immortal? Because if not that would suck.

Also, when would Gwen stop aging?

Rosi

True, she’d clearly aged up until she was 16

We really need to watch Age of Adaline

Emily

Yes ma’am

Rosi

I’d wonder if there’s going to be a sequel, but clearly there isn’t going to be one.

Also, Gwyneth wouldn’t be any fun when she’s old and wise.

Emily

I think she would hang on to her sassyness

I mean her life got turned upside down and she was able to hang onto it.

Rosi

But the feckless immaturity that makes her so adorable would be gone.

Emily

True, but I think her general personality wouldn’t change. Her perspective on things.

Rosi

Good point.

Emily

I think the hard part would be being able to time travel but not being able to visit your own life.

Rosi

I don’t know, I’d be pretty grateful.

The instinct to grab and shake my younger self might be too much.

Emily

Well I wouldn’t go back to shake my younger self, I might want to defend myself from bullies though, but I’d like the option to go back in time and cry on my mom if need be.

Rosi

That would be useful.

Emily

I actually really like the idea of older me going back and intimidating the assholes i went to grade school with.

Rosi

Hahaha

What else do we want to talk about in response to the book?

Emily

I never really got behind the love story.

Rosi

I could see a bit of it, but it was also just quite silly.

Emily

Yes. It moved to fast for me to care that much.

Also, Gideon was rather wishy washy and dumb.

Rosi

Ugh, seriously.

They were both wishy washy and Gwyneth fell in love in 2 days.

Emily

Well at least she is reliable in that aspect. Gideon, for someone who acts so pretentious and superior, is really dumb relationship wise.

Rosi

Very much so.

Emily

Also he acted like any of his feelings towards Gwen were burdensome. Which is just rude and not very romantic.

Rosi

Admittedly….there were flashes of romance, and then lots of arseholiness.

Emily

Yes, even when he was like, I love you, he was still being assholey.

Rosi

Yes, actually.

Emily

But I also find guys with dark hair and green eye very attractive, so he wins points for that.

Rosi

Yes, he seemed to be quite attractive.

Emily

GREEN EYES

DARK HAIR

Rosi

We also need to watch the movie version…I’ve been told it’s actually not terrible.

Emily

Oh, yes ok.

Does it have english subtitles? otherwise you will have to do a running commentary.

Rosi

Haha, I can attempt it, but we’ll look for subtitles.

Emily

Ok anything else? because its lunchtime here and my brother is taking me to black cat.

Rosi

No, I should also eat dinner.

I’m envious of your black cat…I’ve mentioned there’s no Mexican food in Germany, yes?

Emily

You should be, it will be fabulous.

 

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