Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 07:23 pm: |
Well, I haven't really got a chance to read a lot of books yet, with school work and all, but during this summer I plan to read some books. I read this book last summer. Summer is the time of year when I do my best reading. I can focus most of my attention on reading. I will take into consideration some of the books and authors you all have suggested.
To answer Cynique's question, I think that a lot of people put up a front about their feelings on the book and its characters. Many will say they are turned off by the character's stupidness, but deep inside they envy the characters. Especially the teens. I'm a guy and I kind of envied Winter in some ways. She was willing to do whatever she could to get what she wanted, she always had money, she lived at a fast pace, and most importantly she didn't give a damn about anyone. A lot of teens fantasize about having the type of freedom Winter had in the book. I don't think that that was Sister Souljah's intention though. One thing I do have to say was wrong with book was the ending. The way it ended was unappealing. I have no problem with Winter ending up in jail, but the ending didn't hold up. It seemed as though Souljah had something burning in the oven so she jotted down any old ending. I guess it was to keep the story somewhat open. You all do know there will be a sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, right?
I know for myself, I don't think the book really started getting good until half way in. You probably stopped a page and a half short of the interesting parts. This book not only appeals to teens because they know people like the characters, but because we all have some of the same traits the characters had. Jealousy, back-stabbing, money, sex, violence, etc... Wether you believe it or not, us teens see and hear this everyday. The sex and violence in this book plays a big part to why most people are attracted to it so much. Look around, these days everyone is fascinated with the 'hood.' Even kids in the suburbs. Winter is a prime example. Even when she moved she still wanted to go back to Brooklyn. Like they say, "You can take the girl out the hood, but you can't take the hood out the girl." If you ask me with out it the book wouldn't be as appealing to most people.
I think Sister Souljah was just trying to give people an open door to see into the life of people in the ghetto, and their mentality. Unfortunatley some took the book out of context. Some think she was glorifying the life, but actually she was just telling it how it is. Some say Winter had no good characteristics or good people in her life, like a mentor or teacher. You can't have one of those unless they reach out to you. But Sister Souljah did interject herself in the book, I think for that exact reason. She was Winter's escape from that fast life. Had she put another person in her place, it would have confused the plot. She put herself in to make a long story short. When she came up she didn't have to explain who Sister Souljah was, because we all knew who she was and what she was about. Anyway like the saying goes "You can't save someone who don't wanna be saved."