The Black

Discussion in 'The Black' started by djmachale, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. djmachale

    djmachale Author Staff Member Administrator

    A place for second chances.
     
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  2. Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn New Member

    I love Maggie's story and how Gramps fits into it.
     
  3. djmachale

    djmachale Author Staff Member Administrator

    Me too, Kaitlyn. The "smaller" stories in many books tend to get overlooked because everyone usually talks about the main thread of a story. But it's the small stories that give a book color and life...and round out the main characters.
     
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  4. Lights

    Lights Member

    I always thought that Maggie was the most interesting character in those books and wished she was basically like the main character. Although I guess I tend to really like the characters with troubled pasts/messed up characters...
     
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  5. Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn New Member

    Those characters seem like the most interesting. It's really interesting to know what makes them the way they are. I can't say Maggie's my favorite (partially because it would be impossible to decide) but she's definitely one of my top 5.
     
  6. Lights

    Lights Member

    I guess the characters I like the best are the ones that are misunderstood. That is probably the best way to describe it.
     
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  7. Jordan Dreyer

    Jordan Dreyer New Member

    I still have yet to read this one. I'm going to check Barnes and Noble for a copy of the whole trilogy tomorrow, actually! I've been needing something new to read and this could be it. Plus- there's no better way to get pumped for SYLO than to read some of D.J.'s previous works!
     
  8. Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn New Member

    -GASP- READ ITTTT!
     
  9. Shannon

    Shannon Honorary Garbage Can

    I'm going to admit something that you're all probably going to kill me for here - I actually really didn't like The Black all that much the first time I read it, and that was mostly because, as a character, I really disliked Cooper at the time. To me, he seemed rude, arrogant, and really self centered, and reminded me of some people I'd been having problems with at the time. I didn't have really any friends at the time (and I still don't have many I would consider anything past acquaintances), so I didn't really understand him, I guess.

    But a couple months after I'd gotten The Black and read it, I met one of the best friends I have. My relationship with her is a lot like Cooper's relationship with Marsh - we're really good friends, but aside from a few interests we share, we're absolutely nothing alike. I'm the introverted, artsy one, and she's the bouncy, extroverted one. Getting to know her and having someone like her close to me allowed me to better assess Cooper's character and realize that my first observations about him were pretty much wrong. I can really like and appreciate Cooper since meeting Natasha, because now I know what it's like to have a close friend that I can really connect with on something more than a superficial level.
     
  10. Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn New Member

    Cooper does tend to be pretty arrogant and I absolutely don't hate u after reading that XD u have perfect reasoning. I'm glad you found someone u can be yourself with :D
     
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  11. Shannon

    Shannon Honorary Garbage Can

    So am I! It's really hard to find those people, especially for me and especially people my age. Most people that I consider friends are in their mid to late 20s, and she's one of the few real friends I have that's my age =3
     
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  12. Lights

    Lights Member

    I hate you because of that post. lol just kidding!! It's okay there are always characters that you won't like and sometimes reading or seeing things from their perspective is hard.
     
  13. Shannon

    Shannon Honorary Garbage Can

    The way I've actually figured it out, there are typically 4 types of characters - the ones you like, the ones you're supposed to like (usually protagonists), the ones you dislike, and the ones you're supposed to dislike (usually antagonists) =3
     
  14. GardenPoultryFries

    GardenPoultryFries Active Member

    It's true, you will often find all of these characters. However, especially with an author like D.J., it is unwise to pigeonhole characters into one category. Characters, as with real people, go through changes - both negative and positive - and, as such, can dramatically change themselves. For example, Nevva Winter in the Pendragon series. Throughout the books she changes from 'supposed to like' to 'supposed to dis-like', yet I like her all the way through.
     
  15. Dado

    Dado Moderator Staff Member Moderator


    I agree with you, characters often go through changes. Even more-so than that (as we've already discussed in this topic), even the readers change! I've read the Pendragon series a number of times. Character I used to like are no longer my favorites, and vice-versa. When I was younger, I thought Bobby was awfully whiny. Now that I'm older, and I better understand his situation (having read it a few times and knowing the full story), I like him a lot more. I think that is also important to keep in mind.

    On topic, I am about half-way through The Black. I'm really enjoying it so far, though I do have a lot of questions.
     
  16. empire_c2

    empire_c2 Active Member

    I finally was able to read the Black! (only a rare couple of stores had one in stock). Definitely an interesting story. I like how the events parallel the ones in the Light and the concept of the after life itself. The only time I didn't like Cooper was when he started to fall for the temptation. Especially after being so intent on protecting Marsh. Well onto the Blood (finally)
     
  17. Dado

    Dado Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    I cried when I read Maggie's story. :3
     
  18. CloranTraveler

    CloranTraveler Active Member

    I also cried reading Maggie's story. She was such a sweetheart. And might I add, she and Cooper were simply adorable together :)
     
  19. djmachale

    djmachale Author Staff Member Administrator

    Maggie's one of my favorite characters.
     
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  20. She was well written, I agree on that
     

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