There has been no humor in this book up to this point. It started with people fighting and losing to supernatural beings, an execution, and a man feeling guilt towards taking another person’s life. The chapter I just read is about Daenerys’s brother, Viserys, forcing Dany to presents herself to the Khal Drogo in order to be wed to him. She does not want this, and she told Viserys this. Viserys wants Dany to marry Drogo because he wants to trade her for an army. He states later in the chapter that he would not care who she was with if it meant he could get his army. He even says that he would have her lay with forty thousand men and their horses in exchange for his army. This obviously deeply upsets Dany, but she continues to do whatever Viserys says. I believe this is because he has abused her in the past. It is never outright stated in the chapter, but from what is said and how she acts, I believe this to be true. People who are abused tend not to stand up to those who have abused them, because they are afraid of it happening again.
I do not think that there are many ways humor could have been added to this chapter due to how dark it is, but one way that might have created a lighter tone to this portion of the book is if the khal had been a short, skinny man. He is described as being this incredibly strong and powerful man by one of the ladies who bathes Daenerys. It would have been funny to see him be puny and the complete opposite of what she had described. It also would not have made the scene so harrowing to read, which I believe would have taken a lot away from the scene, and this scene reveals a lot about Dany and Viserys’s characters. Although there could have been some changes to the story to make it more funny and less upsetting, it would not have been a good idea to do so, and the book up to this point has been better without the humor.
Bran Stark is a seven-year-old who is the son of a lord. Bran is introduced on his way to his first execution. He is nervous about going, but he is also very excited. The reader can immediately see that Bran wants to be seen as mature and older than he is. He rides to the execution site on a pony, and he tries his hardest to sit up on his pony so that he appears as tall as his older brothers. Later on in the story, they are riding home from the execution, and Bran’s older brothers find a dead direwolf and her pups. Bran insists that he is old enough to care for and train a direwolf and begs his father to keep one. This is another instance where Bran shows that he is eager to grow up and be like his big brothers. Another example of Bran trying to be older than he is can be shown when he riding his pony back home. He tries his best to stay up towards the front of the group where his brothers and father are.
Jon Snow is a fourteen-year-old who is the bastard son of the same lord. Jon is very mature and knowledgeable for his age. This can first be seen when he is at the execution with Bran. He tells Bran not to look away from the execution or else his father will know. This later proves to be true when his father talks to Bran about the execution and he makes note of how Bran did not look away. This is then demonstrated again when Jon and his brother, Robb Stark, find the direwolves. There are only enough pups for the legitimate children of the Lord, and Jon Snow recognizes this and tells the lord that he should allow his legitimate children to keep them. He then says that since he is not a Stark, all the pups should go to all the children and that he should be without one. This shows his maturity because he does not ask to keep one for himself. It takes a lot of maturity and courage to acknowledge that he is below his brothers and sisters due to his conception.
I choose to read the book Leah On the Offbeat because it is the sequel to Simon Vs the Agenda, a book I read and really enjoyed. This book is about Leah Burke and her struggles with her sexuality, band, self-esteem, and crush on her taken friend. The book starts with Leah at her band’s practice, where she is a drummer. She is debating the set list with her other band members, and it is immediately noticed that she does not put up with nonsense and likes to get her way. The band then decides to wait for their other members to discuss the set list, and the practice ends. We then learn that Leah’s mom is a single mother and her dad is out of the picture. Leah’s mom has Leah’s car, and she is too busy to pick her up, so Leah is asked to take the late bus home. Leah decides to go watch the play rehearsal where her friends are until the late bus leaves the school. She watches her friends as they finish up rehearsal, and they get together and start discussing the play. We are then introduced to some of the characters from the previous book. They then all decide to go to Waffle House together.
When the main character, Leah Burke, was first introduced, I was shocked. She is much more assertive in this book than she was in the last. She seemed very passive in the last book, and in this one, she is not afraid to share what she is thinking. She has no problem arguing about the song her other band mate, Morgan, had picked out, comparing it to meth. I had known from the previous book that, compared to the rest of the people where she lived, her home life was not perfect, but already from the first chapter I learned how much worse her situation is compared to her peers. She goes to school where almost everyone else is well off, and most people’s parents are still together, and she feels like an outsider. Leah is a spunky character, and I am excited to see what happens next in her story.