I really get kind of mad when people say that they don’t like the last few Maximum Ride books “becuase Max got soft when Fang left” and that “Max is supposed to be hardcore, not Bella” and Max isn’t supposed to need a man she shouldn’t get that upset over Fang” because just because she suddenly…
I do agree with you for some of this. To start, I don’t hate the last few books, I just like the first three better. Just to get that out of the way.
Now onto Max: I believe the reason why people think Max is no longer hardcore or like Bella is because she lost some of her spirit that was present in the first few books. Although I agree - holding back emotion can only last so long - but Max just flat out turns into a teenage girl and loses her goals: to save the world and take care of the flock. Fang definitely would have effected her, but Max would have came back. Going into a rut for part of one book might have been fine, but Max - being Max - would have dug out of it and she would have been stronger than before, there for her flock, and ready to save the world (and then maybe actually save it). The key to Max as a character is never backing down, never giving up, and fighting for what she believes in. That’s her spirit; That is her character. Whenever things got rough, she’d come back and she would want to go back to trying to save the world and her flock would come first again.
In fact, I personally think that instead of completely stopping in her tracks, Max should have just thrown herself into caring for the flock and trying to save the world instead of stopping at all. She would be changed, definitely, but I don’t think she would have completely stopped. She didn’t when Iggy left, right? She just kept going with the flock even though it devastated her. But Fang leaves and she completely destroys herself? That doesn’t make sense at all. It really doesn’t. Max loves the flock all equally, although Fang in a romantic way. They’re all her family. She needs all of them to feel whole, yes, but she would have still stayed strong for the rest of them. It almost seemed like she didn’t care for anyone but Fang when she did that. She should have only been completely down and destroyed when no one is around, but she was down even when she had to care for the flock. That shouldn’t have happened. That isn’t Max.
But even then, besides Fang leaving her, I think the fact that there is a love triangle in the last few books also makes Max seem Bella-esque. In the first few books, romance was second seat always. The action and the flock and the story were first, and then Fax, but then the last few books turn more to romance than the action. Max completely focuses on Dylan and then Fang and then all this love-triangle stuff instead of saving the world. That’s another reason people may think that. That’s just the direction the last few books go in though, and some people may think that it is uncalled for which would justify why they think Max’s change in character is uncalled for.
There have been really strong characters that have broken down and been emotional and then come back, still being strong, Tris from the Divergent series being one of the best examples. I think there could have been a way that the author could have expressed Max as an emotional character but also a strong one if it were written differently. Many people just don’t buy that one of the strongest characters in YA fiction would lose a lot of her strength for one member of her family, then completely disregard the rest of it and then also get caught up in a love triangle instead of caring for her family and then saving the world.
I probably contradicted myself a lot and there’s a good chance this all makes -12% sense since my mind moves 4000 miles a minute and I can’t type as fast as I think, but that’s a lot of how I feel. The reason people don’t believe her character development is because she loses her spirit because the books go in a strange direction that they shouldn’t have, etc.
Not trying to start any conflict, just discussing the topic. Hope you don’t take any offense to this because I didn’t mean any. I’m just really passionate about these books and about Max’s character (as you know, haha.)
Okay, well, this post was for the people who say they hate the last books because of that, (not to offend them, just to inform them) so, I wasn’t saying that that’s how everybody is, it was just directed towards those people.
Also, yes, Max did seem to lose her spirit, but I figure by that time, she was just so beaten down that she actually did lose her spirit. You can’t say it’s not Max to do that, because people can change (and obviously, the creator of Max thought that it was a good idea, so, I mean, there’s that) and who is really to say that she would have just gone into a ditch and come right back out? Because every time you go through crap in your life, it gets harder and harder to come out, and I think that’s what he was showing with her giving up. What I’e been saying, too, is that it wasn’t just because of Fang so much as it was everything put together and piling on top of each other. Also, maybe people don’t buy it, and maybe it’s not true, but I’ve always though that even the strongest people had their limits. (That’s kind of what got me over seeing my mom cry, so, I really hope it’s true) To be human, you mess up, and you break, and the more pieces you shader into, the harder those pieces are to put back together again. I think he was kind of trying to show that in Max’s development. Also that sometimes everything doesn’t go your way, but no matter how broken you are, how many people you’ve lost, and even if the world has ended around you, if you have with you the people you care about the most, everything will still be okay.
Basically, I believe the books were just a big metaphor on family, who family really is, and the importance of family. It might not make any sense to anybody else, but it makes a heck of a lot of sense to me and it would explain everything.
Also, yeah, I get your passion, I’m probably the most obsessed person with this series and the character in this universe. (in another I’m probably a 40y/o preppy blonde woman who gets bookgasms off of 50 shades of grey, but let’s not go there, cool?)
I know what you mean, definitely. People do have their breaking points and it would get harder and harder for her. I guess losing her spirit wouldn’t be bad either, but only if it were the right reason. Her spirit is her family, and Fang was gone, but not the rest of it. She would still have most of it because the rest of them would be there for her and she’d be there for them.
Anyways, the part about the metaphor on family is where the Max we know and love is lacking and where I think you’re slightly contracting yourself. What you’re saying is that Max destroyed herself because she lost part of her family, but what about the rest of it? Although Fang is gone, didn’t that mean she should still be there and be strong because the rest of her family should be just as important? She didn’t do that and that’s where her emotions aren’t justified. She was devastated losing part of her family, but she should have been there for the rest of it. Do you see what I’m saying? Of course it was harder for her to dig herself out after each crappy thing and not just Fang, but Max would have done it for her family, no matter what. Max is nothing without her family, and although she’s missing a piece, regardless of everything she’d gone through - not just Fang leaving - she would have been there for them and that is why people think she seems weak and un-Max-like.
I just think JP went too much into the romance thing because if it was like the first books where romance was second seat, Max wouldn’t have stopped just for Fang. Destroyed yes, but still there for her flock, her family, and for saving the world.
I also get that was supposed to be the character development, but again, she wasn’t there for her family. She dropped everything because Fang left for a very long time. She wouldn’t pull herself out of it and she didn’t think it was going to be okay, not even for her family.
And I wasn’t saying that she could go right into a ditch and come out- I’m saying she’d be in a ditch for a while, but she’d make herself at least seem like she was out for the rest of her family. I’m not saying it would go away, definitely not, just that it would be handled differently.
Again, mind 4000 miles per minute, this may not make sense, not trying to insult, etc.
haha your last bit about the bookgasms omg