Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Your Grammar Sucks #2

Since my university life is getting pretty busy, I decided to leave you with another episode of, “Your Grammar Sucks” by Jacksfilms. These never fail to make me laugh, and push me to be extra aware of what I post online. I’m hoping these videos are encouraging all people to double- check what they post. Nobody is required to have perfect grammar online, but it should be readable, and it shouldn’t make myself and others cringe.

I hope everyone is having a good week, and to remember to take breaks from their busy schedules!

City of Bones

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, is a novel targeted towards a young-adult audience. The story is based around main character, Clary Fray and her family secrets. At the beginning of the book, Clary is doodling a strange symbol everywhere, that only her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend seem to recognize. When Clary and her friend Simon decide to sneak into a strange bar, Clary watches somebody being killed. When Clary reacts to this, nobody else but the people involved with the killing know what is going on. This leads into Clary going on many adventures to discover what her mother has been hiding from her.

This book was also made into a movie, which turned out pretty good. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a easy read filled with vampires, werewolves, and other fantasy creatures!

 

Sources:

Clare, Cassandra, and Mike Rosamilia. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry, 2007. Print.

http://www.literaryfeline.com/2013/10/bookish-thoughts-city-of-bones-by.html

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1

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I have started reading the first comic book of the series, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. So far, I love it! It starts out with the Watcher talking directly to the reader about how he has seen worlds with good in it, and some with evil. That’s all I’m going to say for now, since I don’t want to spoil what happens later on.

For anyone who has never checked out comic books, I would highly recommend giving it a try. They are super interesting, and it gives you a new type of reading, which is super refreshing.

 

Sources:

Bunn, Cullen, Dalibor Talajic, and Lee Loughridge. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. New York, NY: Marvel Enterprises, 2012. Print.

http://www.destructoid.com/review-deadpool-257138.phtml

Is Twilight really that bad?

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Some would argue that despite the poor grammar, and the weak storyline, Twilight is meant to be escapism for young adults into a majestic vampire fantasy. I don’t buy this reasoning at all, and these are my top 3 reasons of why Twilight is indeed, that bad:

 

1) It’s poorly written:

This is probably the main reason these books are difficult to get through. It felt like Meyer lost her dictionary while writing this book, making the storyline fall short. It was like she discovered a thesaurus for the first time, and couldn’t control herself. Using a thesaurus can be extremely beneficial, but Meyer found a way to abuse it.  

2) Bella, or who should we just call her Mary-Sue?:

One of the main thing that bothers me about this book series, is the main character. I understand some stories have the main female character as a normal Mary-Sue, but the character Bella takes it to a whole new level, it’s embarrassing. She has no backbone, and if you look at the relationship between Edward and Bella, it is actually quite abusive. Along with Bella’s low self esteem, she seems to be attracted to guys that are aggressive, dangerous, and who she would have to give up most her life to be with, while still having her eye on a werewolf.

3) It lead to 50 Shades of Grey:

Need I say more?

 

Sources:

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. New York: Little, Brown and, 2005. Print.

http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/have-you-read-twilight-liked-it-but-are-you-tired-of-all-the-sudden-vampire-wannabes/question-299312/

Divergent

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I have started reading the book Divergent, and so far it is pretty good. The storyline is set in the future, in Chicago. Within the city, there is 5 different factions which are split up depending on certain traits. At the age of 16, there is one day of the year where everyone of this age group must go through a series of tests to see what faction they fit best. Throughout the movie the main character Beatrice doesn’t go through this system like she’s supposed to.

So far the novel is well written, and interesting. It has been made into a movie recently, and it also looks like it will be good.

Sources:

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen, 2012. Print.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summit-sets-release-date-film-369966

 

Is Harry Potter worth reading?

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The other day, my roommate and I were arguing about movies. Mostly the Harry Potter series. Her argument is that these movies are brilliant, and the books are even better. Personally I did not really enjoy the Harry Potter movies that much. The first one was not bad, but all the others didn’t really impress me. I realize that the book is usually better than the movie, but I’m not sure if I should waste my time reading the series. The storyline and some of the characters just do not interest me.

Is this book worth reading? Or will it be similar to the twilight series, where both the books and movies fell short.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sources:

http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/562497-trolling-2-harry-potter-sucks#/slide/1

One for the Money

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One for the Money is a novel by Janet Evanovich, and is one of the first in a series with the character Stephanie Plum. This book is about Stephanie, who is unemployed, and gets a job with her cousin. This job consists of her getting after people who have skipped out on their bonds. Throughout the book she gets put into a more dangerous situation than she anticipated. She gets involved in this dangerous case to get a large payout, so she can look for a better job, and get back on her feet.

I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy humour, and action. This book has also been created into a film, and I do not think they did the book justice. I would advise to read the book instead of watching the movie!

Sources:

Evanovich, Janet. One for the Money. New York: Scribner’s, 1994. Print.

http://bookaholicmom.blogspot.ca/2012/02/one-for-money.html

Your Grammar Sucks

Throughout my university experience, we have been taught the importance of grammar in our writing. I have came across a series of youtube videos that combines grammar and people who do not really know how to use it on the internet. The series is called “Your Grammar Sucks”, by the youtube channel JacksFilms. Jack Douglass is a youtuber and comedian, who has over 1.3 million subscribers on his youtube channel. On “Your Grammar Sucks” he gets his viewers to send in grammar mistakes, or people who post content on the internet with poor grammar, that comes out funny and entertaining. Although the entries he receives makes me lose faith in humanity at times, it is worth checking out, and it will definitely make you facepalm and laugh at the same time.

This show is extremely entertaining, and he hopes to make people more aware of what they post, and to spread the message that you should have decent grammar skills before you post something on the internet.

Below I linked a video of one of his videos, in this one he gets other youtubers to read some of the bad grammar entries. I would highly recommend checking him out, he also makes funny parody videos!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

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I decided to change up my blog once again! I am starting a series of comic books called “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.” There is only 4 books in this series since it got discontinued after the fourth one. I read a review of the series by Noel Thorne on whatculture.com and he mentions that deadpool is self aware that he is a character in the comic book, which I find absolutely fascinating. Deadpool has been known for his morbid wit and humour in comics, and I‘m hoping to experience that in this series.

I haven’t read many comics, but I really want to get into this type of reading. I have been interested in comics for quite sometime, but have been too occupied with other books to really get into them. I decided that this year is the year I was going to start reading into the Marvel world, and I have joined a comic book club where I plan to ask lots of questions and learn more about this genre of books.

Leave a comment if you have any recommendations of comics I should take a look at! Also leave a comment if you prefer Marvel, or DC comics. If you answer DC, you’re wrong (;

Sources:

http://whatculture.com/comics/deadpool-kills-the-marvel-universe-review.php

http://marvel.com/comics/issue/41553/deadpool_kills_the_marvel_universe_2011_1