Saturday, June 3, 2017

Realistic Character Development

What makes a good story? Some may argue that the plot is the best part, others the theme, and those named Michael Bay will probably say unnecessary explosions. Personally, I tend to think the characters are the most crucial component. Without characters where is the meat of the story? Sure, plots are important as well as they set what the character's goals are, but I don't honestly think anyone will care whether or not all of humanity is saved if all your characters are area bunch of mindless drones.

This leads to the question of what is crucial to making a good character. And honestly there could be all sorts of answers, their personality, their redeemable qualities, the color of their eyes, etc.... however, I tend to think that he big key to creating fun, likeable, characters is how their development is handled, for without character development the characters themselves wouldn't feel like real people and that's the whole point of characters right? We get so much more emotionally invested in them as we get to learn new things about them along the way.

However, I've found some assumptions about character development to be rather unrealistic. It's usually assumed that there's only one type of character growth. The kind where the character subtly becomes a better person or we learn better things about them along the way, and while this development is all well and good, life isn't always like that.

Not everyone in life honestly gets better. Sometimes people get sharper rather then softer, mean instead of nice.


Many fans of The West Wing were disappointed in how Joshua Lyman's character was handled in the last few seasons. We had grown quite attatched to the funny hot headed deputy chief of staff and so were quite disappointed when he became mean and stuck up.  After living off of caffeine an 2 hours of sleep every day for the past sixish years it was only a matter of time before he snapped.

There's nothing beautiful or glorious about it, but it's pretty darn realistic. Sometimes life hands you lemons and instead of making lemonade you just want to squirt them in someone's eyes. That's realistic and it's life








Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lightporter Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! Today I am privleged to share with you the cover reveal for Lightporter, the sequel to the awesome book Twinepathy!!
 
Before I show the cover, I would first like to share the synopsis of the 1st with you via Goodreads:
 
 
Albany York has a secret.

Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.
  
 
 
 
And now... for the big moment.... the cover!!
 
 
 
                                                          Isn't it awesome???
 
 
 
          
 
You can connect with the author on pinterest and goodreads here:
 
 
 
 
Also, the book Twinepathy is going on sale for 99c today only!!! If you haven't picked it up I suggest you do so, you will not regret it!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

15 Bookish Moments

#1.  That moment when you find out the sequel to a book is a different size then the previous one.


#2. That moment when you run out of room on your bookshelf


#3. That moment when you're so tired that you continually have to re-read the same paragraph over and over again


#4. That moment when you have to be somewhere but all you want to do is stay home and read


#5. That moment when you go into a reading slump


#6. That moment when your reading in public and all of a sudden you read a plot twist that makes you screech like a Behemoth on steroids


#7. That moment when you buy a used book and the book cover looks like it's been to Tartarus


#8. That moment when the sequel in one of your favorite series disappoints


#9. That moment when you realize your book budget is as low as your love for hallmark movies


#10. That moment when you spill coffee on your book


#11.That moment when a book series suddenly gets inappropriate


#12. That moment when the movie adaption to a book is totally inaccurate (I'm looking at you Percy Jackson)


#13. That moment when you look at just about any type of fan art


#14. That moment when you go on pinterest and read headcanons that have no idea what the characters personalities are.


#15. That moment when you have a new fandom that none of your friends have ever heard of.


#16. That moment when you read a book you love and realize it's fandom is as non-existent as the population of Alderaan







Saturday, April 29, 2017

When Is It Ok For Art To Include Profanity?

The world has been trending in many different areas lately. Over the past decade movies, books, music, and any other type of art has been getting littered more and more with colorful language, which for the most part I believe is a bad thing.  However, I think once and a while profanity is permittable during certain circumstances.

Why do I believe this? Because it's realistic. Lets face it, the goal behind making a book or movie is not just to make it enjoyable, but to also make it believeable and realistic. Now, I'm not saying that every other word should be followed up with a big fat f bomb, but I do believe that it can sometimes be used to show emotion or impact. Still don't believe me? Fine, I will just have to give an example you ungrateful prunehead!

Say that your in the middle of a gigantic world war, the stakes are extremely high as in the losing side has to serve the other as slaves for life. Your side just lost. Along with that your best friend has just dies in your arms, and as far as you know everyone else you care about is dead as well, and you now know you will be a slave the rest of your life. How does that make you feel?? I would hope it wouldn't make you feel good. Now, given those circumstances, I think it's a pretty safe bet you won't say something like, "Wow, this really sucks" Or, "Darn it!" No! Your probably going to curse the banana you had for breakfast, and your mothers cow, the baseball glove you got for Christmas, your 9 year old pit bull and any other thing that comes to your mind.


It's circumstances like that where I believe it is justifiable. When the impact and emotions are running so high that there's no other word to describe what your feeling. We see this in Ant-Man when Scott Lang sums it all up by saying, "My days of stealing S**t are over" If he had said the word crap or something similar do you really think it would have felt the same, or had the same type of impact?

This does not mean that we should just go out throwing around swear words whenever we want though. We still need to keep to our morals and attempt to find ways around swearing like maybe using some milder ones or even some slang terms if we can, unless, of course, you just really need to use that one word to add that emotional effect.

If you do feel like you need to add profanity into some of your art, don't worry about what others might think or say about it, you're the author and you know what needs to go into the book. If you felt like profanity was justifiable to a situation then you have every right to put it in and those people have no right to criticize it! And besides, it' usually very clear whether the writer is using profanity for their own ammusmeant vs when they add it for a reason.

What do you guys think of profanity? Should it be occasionally permissible? What are some cases you've seen where it's been done right? Talk to me in the comments below.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Authors That Stand Out To Me And Why Part 1

Hey guys! I had at first intended to write a post about my predictions for Cars 3, but then I realized that wouldn't make for a very good post, so instead I am blogging about authors that stand out to me in their unique categories and why


#1 Brandon Sanderson: World Building.

Sanderson is known for doing a lot of great things with the fantasy genre, and world building is one of them. He has this way of incorporating races, and religion, and government, and any other world building thingy you can think of and incorporates it into his plot.

We see this very vividly in Elantris. Religion, magic, government, and lots of other details in his world are the main focus of his plot.


That's something that I love when it happens, where you can see that they didn't just create the world of the top of their head because they needed to, but because it's a main focus of the story. And if you haven't read Elantris then stop what you're doing (Unless you're reading this blog, in which case you're doing something just as valuable to your time) and go pick up a copy right now!


#2 Rick Riordan: Characters.

Go big or go home! that is pretty much Riordan's motto when it comes to writing characters.

Along with making his characters extremely likeable and overall amazing, he also slips in all kinds of little quirks that make them enjoyable as well.

His characters are just on a whole other level.

He should also be widely acknowledged for his character development. Any character of his that you don't like at first and isn't an antagonist you will eventually end up liking. His character development is off the charts!!!!  Take Alex Fierro for instance. I absolutely hated Her/Him (Alex is a complicated case) at first! He/She was that same boring oh I'm such a tough buff girl who hates everybody type of character. But then the story progressed.......... and *Spoiler alert* she really grew on me!

That's Riordan for you! Someone with talents no mortal could achieve, and some of the most sass I've ever seen.


#3 Eoin Colfer: Diversity

Ok, I'm not gonna lie. there's actually two reasons why Colfer is on this list. (A) Because he's Eoin Colfer and therefore should be included in all author realted posts and (B) because of his story diversity.

He wrote a series about an anti-hero who basically helps and yet makes trouble for a bunch of faries. He wrote a story about a plot to overthrow a kingdom. A book about a girl who has to help write a wrong if she wants to get to heaven. And finally a book about..... wait for it...... IRON MAN!

As you can see there is quite a bit of diversity in those stories. They do all contain certain Colfer smidgets in them such as his high level of snark, but the writing and plot all look completely different.

Time and time again he never ceases to impress me.

So those are just 3 particular authors that stand out to me in different ways.

Who are some authors that stand out to you and why? Let me know in the comments below and we shall rant about bookishness stuff!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Changes Coming

Hey guys! I just wanted to provide you guys with a quick update as to my blogging status.

Quit jumping for joy! I'm not quitting or anything!

You guys may have noticed that lately I've kind of been slacking off with my blogging. I have not been keeping well with the deadline I have set for myself, because, frankly, I haven't really been enjoying it. There's just been no motivation to do it lately, and because of that I usually end up typing a really crappy watered down blog post that just makes me sound like a robot carrot. And I think the main reason why I'm like this right now is I constantly am feeling pressure from myself to crank out a book related post. Don't get me wrong, I still love reading, nor do I ever think I will stop loving it. Sometimes though, I just simply feel drained from writing posts only about that all the time. 

So starting right now, I am simply going to blog about whatever I feel like. It may be about politics, movies, jokes about brass or even a life update.

That's not to say that I will no longer be writing about books. No, far from it. I'm simply going to expand my horizons, write about whatever's on my heart, sometimes even some personal things.

So yeah, I just though that I would provide all you awesome people with that update, and warn you this will be looking like a completely different blog soon. Cheers!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Book Sacrifice Tag

Hey guys! So I originally was going to write a book review on Elantris , but I realized that there is just so much I want to say about the book, and I haven't been home much for the past two days, so instead of the review, I will be doing: The Book sacrifice tag.


So let the questions begin.


#1. What book do you think was overhyped? 
 Ooh there are just so many. Which one, which one. I'm going to have to say Riders. When I first heard about this book, I was so excited! and rather then staying loyal to my TBR list ,I got this book from the library straightaway and put my TBR on hold. Then I read it.............  I had so many issues with it, the main problem being I did not like the MC at all. He just didn't really have any qualities about him that I liked or respected, and when I'm unable to enjoy the protagonist of the story, there's usually a problem



#2. What was a sequel you hated?
The Scorch Trials. The sad thing is, I really enjoyed the first book of the trilogy. It had a great concept to it and I didn't find myself trying to rewrite every single sentence of it. Alas, the second and third drasticly fell down in terms of writing, subjecting the readers to endless torcher of reading his choppy writing. And for some reason Dashner decided it would be a good idea to throw in one of the worst female characters ever, the type of character that can only come from book hell: Brenda.



#3. What classical novel did you dislike most?
I would have to say Lord of the flies. I didn't really feel any connection to the characters due to the out of place writing style, and so I felt nothing when the characters were killed off.
  


#4. What one book in the world would you burn?
 I don't think my conscience would ever let me burn a book, but if I absolutely had to burn one it would probably be Eragon. This book is one of the few that I never finished. It bored me to tears, and the fact that it's been made into a whole series? I can't even think about it. For some reason these books are popular, which I'm not quite sure why, but hey there are weirder things that became popular *Cough* Twilight *Cough**Cough*



#5. What is a favorite book series of yours that you hated the ending of?
That's easy: The Heroes of Olympus. It had so much momentum going, the greeks and romans were going to work together, we would finally get to see what the next chapter for Percy holds, and there promised to be a great big battle. Well the so called "Great big battle" turned out to last about five pages, the ending just turned out to be really whimpy, and the book overall just really sucked. In the end it just all felt like fan fiction.



I'm simply stating my opinion of course, you may have a completely different opinion on them which is completely fine. After all, what goo would book discussions be if we were all in agreement.


Now is the point where I'm supposed to tag a few people, but I will not be tagging anyone because I usually forget a bunch of  people and end up feeling really bad about that so yeah.


If you think this looks fun and you want to do it consider yourself tagged. And when you do, leave a link to your post in the comments as I would love to see your answers for the tag.


Until next time!