The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

[Originally posted on tumblr on 14. November 2013]


I finished ‘The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern last week. It took me long enough, phew.
So yeah, this book - it’s one of those books that were written during Nanowrimo. At least the first draft. About the book itself: I had no idea what to expect. It’s a story about two people who have to fight each other. Well, not in a way of wielding weapons or something, but by using their magic powers - not to kill each other but to proof that their magic is ‘better’ than that of their opponent. As for the circus: its purpose is to serve as a ‘battle ground’ for the participants. I have to give it to the author: lots of wonderful ideas for a circus. It’s not ‘one’ show but actually a place with numerous tents that contain different attractions like actual magic shows and stuff like that. I remember that the author wrote in a pep talk she did for Nanowrimo that the circus was her ‘ninjas’. (If you’re unfamiliar with that: ‘adding ninjas’ means adding something random, something new to your story. This should help if you get stuck.) It evolved into much more than just ‘ninjas’.
Anyway, this book also has a nice lovestory.
One thing though: I kept reading the name ‘Friedrick’ as either ‘Friedrich’ or ‘Frederick’ because … err, well, if you speak German you will recognize the problem I had with the name (no matter if this is an actual name or not).
I wasn’t sure what to think of the book at first - it was a bit slow in the middle but the end was very interesting.