From all the praise and all the love I expected a wonderful, glorious and beautiful read. Instead we got whining pigs, spiders (eww, nope), rats without any sense of kindness, some strange girl who can talk with animals.
And yes, Wilbur was a whiny little piece of bacon. Dear lord, that pig whined about everything. Couldn’t do anything without the help or direction of others. I had hoped that as Wilbur grew, that he would become more wise, more independent, but no, even after all those years he is a whiny, attention-demanding pig. It just got old very quickly. I liked him better when he was still a little big and not talking (or should I say whining) so much.
Sorry to all, but I didn’t like Charlotte. She had a great personality, but I hate spiders. A lot. Even a kind spider does not undo all of my dislike/hate for spiders.
But I was happy what she did for Wilbur (even though he didn’t really deserve it). The whole webs with messages was a nice touch.
Templeton was the worst character in this book. I disliked him instantly, I knew he was up to no good. In the end, if it was parts with only him, I skipped those parts. I didn’t want to ruin the book for myself any further.
Fern, I must say I loved her the most, well up to the end. Though it is never explained why she, as the only one, could hear the animals. I would have rather had some explanation on why she could talk. And now don’t come with the silly things like: She is a kid. I don’t take that as an explanation.
However, the ending ruined Fern’s character for me. I won’t spoil anything, but let’s just say I didn’t like what happened there. It was too abrupt, too strange.
I heard that people cried while reading this book. I got to the event that I guess people would have been crying over, but sorry, no tears from me. It was quite anticlimactic. I was like: Wait? This is it? This is what all the fuss is about????????
All in all, I am glad I have this book finished and that it wasn’t that long. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.