I am SO excited to finally talk about this book! Thanks again to Trish & Melissa for hosting :-)
I’m surprised by how much I’m loving Vanity Fair! It was one of those classics that I wanted to read eventually, but it’s kind of long and I thought it might be boring or too hard to read. Turns out it’s actually extremely entertaining! Who woulda thought.
Oh, and right, if you haven’t read Vanity Fair before and you’re not doing the readalong there will be spoilers here for the first half!!! So avert your eyes. You’ve been warned.
To make sure that I was keeping up with the readalong and to motivate myself, I decided to read it in sections – when Vanity Fair was printed, it was originally a couple of chapters at a time in a monthly magazine thingy. So I printed out the sections as they were published back in the day, and I’ve been reading one section a day (so about 3 to 4 chapters). There were actually a couple of days when I wanted to read past that section, but made myself wait until the next day.
I really love the sarcastic, mean, and sometimes silly tone of Vanity Fair. I love that the author is constantly talking directly to the reader about these characters and happenings as if it’s all on a stage.
- Yeah, I really like Becky Sharp. Is she calculating, selfish, and mean? Yup! But that’s what makes her such a fun character! And I like that she’s looking out for herself, even if she’s kind of a sociopath about doing it. She’s poor, and was picked on at that school because she was poor, and I totally get her wanting to get ahead. At least she’s not whiny…
- like Amelia. Amelia suuuuuucccks. I just do not like that timid and fragile kind of girl that’s prone to crying all the time. Have some backbone, woman! And for no good reason other than they were matched at birth, she’s totally hung up on…
- George Osborne, who I HATE. He is such an ASS! But I think he’s going to be one of those characters that I love to hate. Lighting your cigar with love letters from your lady is such a douche move, but it’s also SO crappy that you almost kind of can’t believe it. It was a total “Oh-no-he-didn’t!” moment. But it looks like we won’t have to deal with him anymore, so yay.
- Awwwww Dobbin! I liked Dobbin right away, when he was defending himself as a kid. And now he’s the sweet guy who (for some reason) is in love with Amelia and is literally doing all he can to make her happy. And she treats him like garbage. I’m wondering though… Dobbin seems like a “hero”, and this novel isn’t supposed to have a hero, so will he do something horrible later?
- I didn’t like Rawdon at first… but now I kind of do. It’s endearing how much he kind of adores Becky right now. He’s not a horrible guy.
- Little things like that are what are making me love this book. There’s so much humor and wit and edge and I just love it all so far.
- Sooo… Mrs. Bute is horrible. I liked old Matilda Crawley at first, but now I don’t cause she’s a big ol’ hypocrite. All “oh rank and titles aren’t important!” and then she goes and disowns Rawdon for marrying Becky? Lame.
- Things started to drag a little bit around the war stuff, don’t you think? War talk in books almost always makes my eyes glaze over.
- Aaaand now the young Pitt Crawley and his boring little wife are the ones inheriting all of Matilda Crawley’s fortune! Wonder what Becky and Rawdon are gonna do now… And oh yeah, Becky had a baby. I wonder how that’s gonna go. She doesn’t seem like the mother type.
- Oh, I would totally be ALL about Thackeray and declare him one of my favorite classic authors… except for how racist he seems. Yeah yeah, I know it was common for the times, but I don’t like it. His descriptions of Sambo and Miss Swartz are really horrible. I tried looking up more about him online, and things seem to point to his being racist… It seems like there’s not a whole lot of biographies about him though, so finding info is hard. This might keep me from reading his other books after Vanity Fair though.
Okay, I think those are the majority of my thoughts! What do you guys think so far?