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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

First of all – a winner! In a randomly selected drawing, Jen at Unedited wins the signed copy of The Second Date by Mary Simonsen. Salute, Jen! Best to read it with a little Prosecco, I think!

Next – Eclipse. I went to see it with my 13 year old daughter yesterday, safe in the advance knowledge given to me by Helen Ellis that – although it was steamy – “nobody scores.” There was still some embarrassed wriggling and coughing and giggling in the seat next to mine during the bedroom scene. Meanwhile, all I could think about while Bella was trying to undress Edward was: He must be so cold. His chest must be cold. His lips must be cold. Good heavens, EVERYTHING must be cold. Needless to say, it spoiled the mood for me.

And speaking of SPOILERS – (Stop here if you don’t already know): When it comes to Bella’s heart, Edward wins and Jacob loses. Sorry, Team Jacob. But I couldn’t warm to that character, either. Yes, he has a ripped body and all that, but there is something pathetic about a guy who keeps trying to steal somebody else’s girlfriend. And thanks to Breaking Dawn, we all know that what Jacob *really* wants is Bella’s daughter anyway.

But in the end, everybody ends up with somebody. Which brings me to speculation about another little love triangle that is still unresolved: Peeta vs. Gale. Many of us are anxiously awaiting the conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy and dividing up into teams. Here is my take on the situation: If Katniss ends up with Peeta, Gale will find somebody else. (Hopefully not Katniss’s daughter, though.) However, if Katniss ends up with Gale at the end of the trilogy, then Peeta must be dead – probably in some heroic, self-sacrificing way. Because Peeta will never love anyone else, and I can’t see Suzanne Collins leaving him jilted by the side of the road.

That’s my prediction folks. Peeta will be the winner – or else he will die. In which case, he still wins, because people always remember the martyr. Everybody remembers Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities (“It’s a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done …”), but does anyone remember the name of the guy he saved? Anybody?

I had to look it up.

12 Responses to Winners and Losers

  1. salarsenッ says:

    Nice glimpse of Eclipse. Haven’t seen it yet. You have a point about the cold. I wondered that while I was reading.

  2. Candyland says:


  3. Cara says:

    I’m such a Team Gale fangirl…but I don’t want Peeta to DIE! On August 24th the sound of The Hunger Games fandom collective crying will be heard throughout the world. The only question is, who are we going to be crying for? Oh, the nerves. Great post–much to think about! (:

  4. Jen says:

    YAY!!! I’m so happy I won! Thank you so much Dianne! I will certainly take your advice! I’m looking forward to this read 🙂

    I haven’t read Twilight or Hunger Games *holds head in shame* but thanks for revealing the secret on Twilight I’ve been asking my friends and it’s about time someone speaks the truth!!!

  5. Jen says:

    Oh and next time let me know when you say something bad about Team Jacob… I’ll be sure to cover Candyland’s ears… you know she loves her pool boy!

  6. I love your predictions about Mockingjay. Would that book get released, already?? And, one of my biggest pet peeves about Twilight series is that NOBODY DIES. What’s up with that? With so much invested, someone should get killed off… 🙂

  7. Liza says:

    Read your comment on Constant Revision, and had to click over due to your name, (Salerni, vs. Salerno). Congrats on your publishing success. My almost seventeen year old loved Eclipse…I’ll wait for the DVD to come out!

  8. Hi, Liza! Welcome and thank you!
    Are you a Salerno, then? I think there are more Salernos than Salernis! (Although I’m a Marenco by birth and only a Salerni by marriage.)

  9. Adele says:

    I know that not everyone wants a spoiler, but I do– now I can go see it and just enjoy my popcorn and snowcaps, shaken not stirred.

  10. Adele, I NEEDED something “shaken not stirred” to accompany my teenage daughter to a steamy vampire movie! Yikes!

  11. oh, controversial post! good for you! Okay, I’ll say, I’m team Jacob absolutely, so that movie just bugged me. I mean, WHAT is she thinking anyway? Also, if I had to choose, I’m team Gale, so I really hope Peeta does NOT die.

  12. dawn-metcalf says:

    I share your prediction that the triangle shall end on martyrdom rather than someone being the “odd man out.” (Friends didn’t like that prediction, but I think the movement needs a figurehead and a dead one works better than a live one.)

    Great minds… 🙂