Sunday, August 25, 2013

Any first thoughts on Butterfly Kisses before we talk about it tomorrow with the author tomorrow?? I personally am really enjoying it, but, not going to lie, I've still got a little bit left to finish before class starts :). Any thoughts on the title especially - page 101 is the first mention.

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  1. Butterfly Kisses isn't my kind of book. I didn't really enjoy the language or sexual activity in the book, maybe because it was so blunt. I could definitely imagine the book as a fast-paced action movie, and if it doesn't come up before I can ask tomorrow, I'll probably ask Dr. Thomas if he imagined it as a movie.

    I thought the characters were very well developed. Their interactions with each other were always pretty believable, I thought. Uncle Joe was my favorite character.

    I was wondering about the title. I remember when it was mentioned in the book, but there was never a moment when I said to myself, "Oh, he must have titled the book Butterfly Kisses because [insert symbolic or meaningful reason here]!" If anyone can explain it to me, that would be great. I guess it will come up tomorrow, however.

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    1. Oops. I forgot to ask about the title.

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    2. I had also intended to as but we ran out of time

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  2. Well what I got from the book regarding the title is that regular butterfly kisses (eyelash-to-cheek)are supposed to be really gentle and intimate. But Mari (short for Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly) has no concept of gentleness or intimacy, so her idea of "butterfly kisses" are delivered with the bullets from her gun, as Miguel says. So the "meaningful reason" for the title might be to lure in the reader with the promise of being soft and gentle, the same way that Mari might fool people by being a pretty female, but then turning the phrase around and actually being very violent and rough in reality.

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    1. Oh, that makes so much sense! Thank you for explaining it.

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    2. It totally makes sense now! Thanks!

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    3. I wanted to ask the same question. I like your thoughts though. That goes more in depth than my theory. Mine was that she finally found the intimacy she wanted and it was through the kisses of Miguel. They were her kisses.

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