Tags: Alan Spaulding, mayhem, murder, Reva Shayne Lewis, tired, Tourmaline California, working toward a goal
I finished Jonathan’s Story last night and it felt somewhat like watching (or, in my case, listening) to a Friday episode and immediately being able to watch the Monday episode. A murder is committed, but it isn’t nearly as wanton as I had hoped. That being said, it was deserved from a vigilante justice perspective. I just wish the characters had more fun in the process (the fiction reader in me is evil, don’t you think?). The ending also answered the question I had about how well Reva and Alan were getting along after Alan found out that Sarah and Jonathan are alive and that Reva had been keeping that from him. So, that’s all good.
The last third of the book had scenes were Tammy appears to Jonathan and Sarah. Similarly to the way in which she appears to Cassie on the show, Tammy has words of encouragement and wisdom for Jonathan that he finds hard to accept. I did find Tammy’s first “appearance” to Aubrey somewhat hokie, but this is a book about my guilty pleasure, so why not? One thing that legitimately got in the way of book for me did deal with this specifically. As I mentioned in Part 2, there were a couple of instances where the name of the baby got mixed up in the prose. At the very end of the book, not knowing if the character was the baby or Tammy confused me and, therefore, the very end didn’t flow as beautifully as it could have.
I was somewhat disappointed in how quickly the ending came for the plotline encompassed within the book. I know that part of the purpose of the book was to develop Jonathan and Aubrey’s relationship. That was good. I genuinely like Aubrey and I think that Jonathan needed to move on from Tammy. However, there was the potential for some really juicy action at the end involving Reva and Alan showing up in Tourmaline and the murder. It all happened so fast and at such an accelerated pace from the rest of the book. To me, it felt as if it was rushed just to complete the book on time to coincide with the show.
All criticism aside, I enjoyed the book and I’m glad to have read it. I don’t feel like it wasted my time in the least. It was a quick read and now I’m ahead of the game – assuming watching Guiding Light is a game with other people who watch Guiding Light. (nana nana boo boo! ;P ).
Personally, it was nice to take a break from some of the headier and involved books I’ve been reading recently as well. I’m in the homestretch of my 52 books goal and I’m getting just a wee bit tired of the pace I’ve needed to keep up. There is a time and place in this life for guilty pleasures. I think I might have thought of counting this book as cheating earlier in the year. The truth is that in any way that you challenge yourself you have to take a rest period of sorts. Your body/mind/spirit needs it. Even God rested on the seventh day.
Tags: mayhem, murder, Tourmaline California
Jonathan’s Story by Julia London with Alina Adams
* Spoiler Alert: If you are not caught up to last week Friday’s episode of Guiding Light,
this post touches on plot lines. *
I was able to catch up on my backlog of Guiding Light episodes over the course of the work day yesterday. By the time I turned my mp3 player off, I was extremely excited to start reading Jonathan’s Story. I could not believe my ears when I heard Reva talking to Alan about the MURDER they committed while they were away from Springfield. Murder? Who? Alright!* Reva and Alan teaming up as assassins is really something I could dig my chops into and I knew the answers to my questions were in the small hardcover book I had waiting in my purse.
The book begins with a Prologue that tells the story of the day that Jonathan and Sarah “died” in a car crash. Although I am very familiar with this episode, reading about it brought the images back in mind very well. Although I have to admit that it seemed funny to be reading about Reva instead of watching her or listening to her, I think that author did a great job of capturing her essence in a few short pages.
I was able to read through Chapter Seven. I have really enjoyed it so far. I can hear Tom Pelphrey’s voice and see the character of Jonathan very clearly as I read. What is happening is credible. We’re also introduced to Aubrey Cross, a young woman just about Jonathan’s age and type. She is the daughter of Tourmaline, CA’s sheriff named Zeke. Zeke is well revered in his community, but Aubrey knows him to be a vile, hateful man. I believe we have our first candidate for assassination here.
Jonathan reaches Tourmaline and finds it to be a small town in which he can settle down and start a life with his daughter. He and Aubrey have had a few sexually charged meetings that confuse them both. Jonathan, bless his troubled heart, feels guilty being attracted to a woman other than his dearly departed Tammy. As much as he loves Tammy, I don’t see his guilt standing in his way that much longer.
As we enter Chapter Eight, Aubrey has a confrontation with Keith Stanley, her ex-boyfriend. Keith and Zeke get along famously and Aubrey is pretty sure that the two men have worked together to murder at least one other person. I find some personal satisfaction from this. I have a Keith in my past who did me wrong. I loved reading the in Chapter Seven where Aubrey “cuts him off at the knees” publicly. I would love to have that experience myself.
* Literatehousewife does not in any way condone committing murder in real life. That being said, she loves a good murder in her fiction.
Tags: personality pornography, voyeur
Today I’ve been catching up on my Guiding Light episodes so that I don’t get hit broadsided while reading Jonathan’s Story. It was while listening to Marina whining about loving Cyrus but being unable to stop being the straight-laced Cooper that she is that I had a mini-personal revelation. I love Reva for the same reasons I love Scarlett O’Hara and Elizabeth Winthrop – they move mountains to be the person they want to be. Sure, Reva doesn’t have quite the strict societal norms with which Scarlett and Elizabeth had to contend, but that doesn’t make her any less her own woman. I like Marina Cooper and I love Melanie Wilkes, but they are not the reasons why I read or listen to soap operas. I want to experience all that it out there in this world. I’m sorry, but you just can’t do that through people who are as thoroughly kind and self-deprecating.
What does this say about me? Well, I guess it says that I define “making the most out of life” as experiencing all (well, most) of what this world has to offer. I do not find that through reading the lives of saints (either secular or otherwise). Good people are the backbone of this world. There’s no doubt about it. However, the individuals who push and question and scandalize that have a greater impact on where society heads. I suffer from too much guilt and anxiety to do as I damn well please and to hell with everyone else. As I get older this is less problematic, but I don’t see myself as a woman who will change the world. Instead, I will champion those women and men (let’s not forget them) who have done what I might have liked to do by reading about their lives and reporting to my readers here.
I hope this doesn’t make me sort of voyeur or a purveyor of personality pornography… Strike that. So what if it is? Reva, Scarlett, or Elizabeth wouldn’t feel guilty about it – at least not for long.
You want a piece of me?
As much as I try to not think about Jonathan’s Story, I knew the second that I woke up yesterday morning that today was “the” day. The book is in the book stores. I checked the reviews, and I could only find two on Amazon.com. One liked it one didn’t. Hmmm… So, I bought it last night. Apparently, my dismay over having to pay to find out what has happened off-screen on my soap opera was just a little tantrum.
Who could pass up a book that includes the “Slut of Springfield?”
I’ll keep giving updates as I read. I’m not up-to-date with the show from the Reva and Alan leaving Springfield perspective, so I’ll work on that as well.
Another fun thing I found was a contest to win a copy of the book signed by Kim Zimmer. Would giving you the link ruin my chances because of increased entries, or increase my chances because of good karma????
Sorry, Alan… You’re signature isn’t part of the contest.
I love to read. I love Guiding Light. I’ll take it a step further and admit that I love to read about Guiding Light in soap opera magazines. I’m not, however, very enthusiastic that the powers that be are in the process of tying my hands and making me read a BOOK about Guiding Light.
Per a CBS Daytime-specific magazine, I’ve just learned that a new book will be hitting the shelves next week that details what has happened with Jonathan and Sarah after he faked his death to get Alan Spaulding out of their lives. [Side note: I got a chance to meet Ron Raines in the flesh several years ago. Danny drove me to Lynchburg and it was an incredible experience. He was perfectly pleasant and even got in character a little bit for me.] Usually, such details would be fleshed out over time once the character(s) return to town. This time, it appears as though you have to read the book to find out and to be able to completely understand Alan and Reva’s absence. I’m not sure that I like that.
I have watched Guiding Light since one afternoon in my high school years. Around about that time, I was tired of Frisco and Felicia’s Asian Quarter story line and happened to get up and turn the channel. The moment I saw Reva Shayne standing on the bridge, contemplating jumping, I’ve been hooked on her and the lives of her friends and enemies in Springfield. My loyalty to her was fused completely when I learned that Kim Zimmer grew up just outside of my hometown. In college, my friend and I renamed the soap opera “Reva.” To me, that’s just the way it is. I love her best when I love her nemisis. Annie, I miss you!
Once I started working full-time, I had to read the paper and stand in the grocery store reading soap opera magazines to keep in touch. Once I moved to Virginia, I was able, with the help of my devoted husband, to tape Reva every day. It was wonderful – even during the Reva clone days. The stench of that plot line can still be smelled off and on, but what’s a Reva devotee to do?
After having children, I resorted to reading the story recaps in the paper on the Internet. When I discovered that CBS was making netcasts available, I jumped in whole hog. I may not always stay up to date (I’m a week behind as I write this – with an episode playing in the background), but I love being able to have Reva marathons. I’m delighting in her current story line with Jeffrey and Olivia. It’s great.
This all brings me back to trashy soap magazines. I bought one last night because there was a picture of Reva on the cover with the word “OUT!” over top of it. That is when I read about the new book coming out. I love Jonathon. I love everything about him. In fact, his story line getting to know his long lost mother Reva was front and center the day that Allison was born. It even made me laugh. Do I want to have to pay even Amazon prices to read his story after the car crash? Do I like having to shell out $15 or more to keep current with my soap? Umm… Not so much.
When it comes to books, I like to read things with substance. Granted, there doesn’t always have to be the Great American novel sitting on my night stand, but you’ll never find me reading trash (I save that for my time with Reva). I’ve never read a Harlequinn romance. I’ve never bought a bodice ripper. How do I come to grips with Jonathon’s Story? Which of my great loves is going to win out – Reva or literature? Juice in concentrate or manna from the heavens? I’m not trashy soaps. I love them. They just have their place, right?
Still, everyone has bought a less than thoughtful book at least once in their lives, right? $15 isn’t all that much to spend for all of the joy I received over the years and to help fund those wonderful netcasts, right? One trashy pleasure won’t ruin my taste in books forever, will it? Will it?