Love and First Sight | Josh Sundquist

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The Book

For Will Porter, getting around has never really been a problem. His parents old, loud car, the familiarity of home all made things easy. But then he decides to go to regular school. And his mum gets a new, quieter car, and the principle wants him to feel his face, and Cecily has a beautiful voice. The thing is, Will is blind, so when he gets a chance to see again he takes it. but there’s always something. Seeing comes with a price, and secrets must come to light. Featuring: Blind Guy, Popular girl, secrets.

The Good Bits

– It takes a realistic outlook on seeing for the blind. You can tell that Josh did his research on blind people seeing again.

– Josh Sundquist’s voice is pretty distinctive. And I suppose is a book about a blind guy, it’s good then that his voice is so present within the words. I could almost hear Josh reading me the book.

– Another good thing about this book’s voice is that it’s so very good at describing. Particularly when he can see, all he can figure is shapes, so all we can see is shapes. And it’s really brilliantly done.

The Not-So-Good Bits

– It covered a year is the space of, like, 200 pages. We didn’t get to see much develop and by the end I still felt estranged by Will’s friends.

– The book was just too short.

– A road trip? really? can anyone say Paper Towns?

Thoughts from the Back Cover | Why we like seeing Blind men is books and movies. 

This is a few thoughts of mine, but let me be the first to say I haven’t seen a lot of blind protagonist films or books.

I would like to look at this book, Blind Dating, NCIS Season 2 Episode 1: See no Evil,  and Dollhouse Season 1 Episode 5: True Believer. 

In this group of (let’s face it) mostly film. We’ve got a blind Teenage Boy; A blind 2006-era Chris Pine; a blind, young Abigail Breslin; and a blind  2009-era Eliza Dushku.

I will tell you my theory about blind men in things. They’re vulnerable.

We see Will as a vulnerable and naive because he can’t actually see the world around him, despite being able to perceive it just fine.  He’s dealing with being able to see again, and seeing this girl he likes and there’s misunderstanding and he’s very vulnerable.

We see Chris Pine’s Danny (a vulnerable name already) trying to date without blindness being an issue. We runs into a tree as a kid because his brother isn’t looking after him. He still lives with his parents because he can’t function on his own. He is continuously set up with women who see him as vulnerable as he is made out to be and it’s a comedy. But he is being shown as completely vulnerable and naive.

We see Abigail Breslin’s character Sandy Watson on the other hand, as  a young girl kidnaped. She is able to help the NCIS team find her mother despite being completely scared. She is vulnerable. And she is shown as such. Just a blind girl whose mother has been kidnapped.

Finally, we see Elisa Dushku’s Echo as Esther a young blind woman recently indoctrinated into a cult. She cannot see, but she doesn’t have to. When she is able to see (long story) she is immediately to be the complete BAMF we know Echo to be.

What I want to say about this is that blindess in film makes people vulnerable. Perhaps more vulnerable than blind people are. But we like seeing blind men vulnerable because we think it lowers them down to the level of women (in film) because (in film) women are typically seen as the more vulnerable, shyer, quieter of the sexes.

I’m not saying that these aren’t good stories. I love these stories. I’m just saying that maybe we need to start thinking about the way blind people are portrayed in film because I’m sure that they can at least live alone.

Get Reading. Get Travelling.

Ash

 

 

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