Jun. 17th, 2017

soc_puppet: Deep sea fish wearing a monocle (Monocle Fish)
Anyone in these parts reach the end of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray? I'm about two-thirds of the way through the audiobook and at a squicking point I would very much like spoilers relating to. I'd just skip ahead in the text or skim until things got less potentially cringe-worthy, but that's a bit more complicated in an audiobook. If someone could help me out with some spoilers, that would be much appreciated.


For context: I learned about Beauty Queens when I saw it billed on Tumblr as "Lord of the Flies but with beauty pageant contestants who band together and use their skills to succeed and also one of them is a trans girl", which is. Not entirely 100% inaccurate*, but covers maybe half the plot at best (so far) and really mischaracterizes the entire thing as a character-driven work rather than the plot-driven (very pulpy) work that it actually is. I have very, very many thoughts and feelings about what I've listened to so far, mostly relating to how much I wish it were a better book, and hoping it gets to be a better book in the last third I haven't gotten to yet. At least to some small degree.

* The characters literally compare their situation to Lord of the Flies in the text, so I am not even remotely going to blame anyone who read it for passing that comparison on. It just left me grossly unprepared for the book I was actually setting up to listen to. In multiple ways.

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