This week, my blog post will be a little bit different. In a few weeks, I'm going to do a podcast with Elin, Laban and Tom. It will be about the books we are reading. The exciting thing is, that we are all reading different books (well, except for Elin and Laban, because they are actually reading the same one). But even tho we are reading different books the theme is the same. We are all reading books that revolves around the theme death. Pretty dramatic theme, right? Tom is reading " The fault in our stars" by John Green, Elin and Laban are reading "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. And you probably know by now, that I'm reading "Elsewhere" by Gabrielle Zevin. I know for a fact that both The Fault in our stars and Elsewhere are two really good books, since I've read both of them. But I don't know that much about Thirteen Reasons Why. I've done some research tho, by reading both Elin´s and Laban´s blogs, where they have written great blog posts about it!
I'm going to compare the three books, and write about some differences and similarities that I could find. I could tell from the start, that Elsewhere and Thirteen reasons why was way more similar than Elsewhere and the fault in our stars. I mean, all three books are about a teenage girl. But in both Elsewhere and Thirteen Reasons Why, the girl is already dead from the start. They die before the story begins. But in The Fault In our Stars, the girl is very sick. She pretty much waits for her death to come, because she knows that she doesn't have much time left. But she actually never dies. Not in the story.
Even tho the main characters are dead in both Elsewhere and Thirteen Reasons why, it seems like they still are very different. In Thirteen Reasons Why, the whole story revolves around the fact that the girl committed suicide. But in Elsewhere, Liz didn't chose to die. She was killed by someone else. But the main difference seems to be that in Elsewhere, you get to follow the whole story from her own perspective, about what happens after her death. The whole book is about her new life, at a new,pretty different place, that you end up in after dying. Like i said, I don't know that much about Thirteen reasons why, since I haven't read it. But from what I could tell by reading their blogs, the perspective is not from the girl who died.
Between Elsewhere and The fault in our stars, it was pretty difficult for me to find any similarities. There is pretty much nothing similar between the two stories. The fault in our stars, is about a sick girl named Hazel, She has stage four lung cancer, and doesn't have much time left. But just as she is at her most depressing state in her life, she meets Augustus. They fall in love, so the book is actually about a tragic love story between them. Elsewhere is not that much about love. Liz says she falls in love with Owen, and he falls in love with her. But nothing really happens between them (except for one kiss). The book is more about her daily life in elsewhere, and not so much about love. That's one thing I was dissapointed about.
Anyways, I could go one forever talking about these three books, but I wont. I am really looking forward to the podcast, and getting a chance to discuss the similarities with the others as well. Here is a little list to sum things up:
Similarities between Elsewhere and Thirteen reasons why:
The books are about a young girl who died. 😲
The books tells us what happened after their lifes.
The girls die before the story begins.
Similarities between Elsewhere and The fault in our stars:
The fault in our stars is about love, and there's a little bit romance in Elsewhere as well.💓