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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

 

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

Trust Me, I’m Lying

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About a week ago, in one of my university classes, we had the opportunity to Skype call with Ryan Holiday.  He is the author of the book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.  This book is split into two different parts. In the first part of the book he talks about how he exploits the media by setting up a hoax that was spread through blogs.  The second part of the book is a closer look at media exploitation. The book was super interesting, and I enjoyed hearing Holiday talk about this topic. It was pretty exciting and I found myself agreeing with his perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It brings awareness to people who question everything they read in the media. He also has many other books that I hope to read in the future!

Sources: 

Holiday, Ryan. Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. New York: Portfolio, 2012. Print.

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Interview With Ryan Holiday

The Shack

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I recently read a book by Wm. Paul Young called, The Shackit is about a father named Mackenzie, or “Mac” for short. After his daughter passes away while camping, Mac finds himself depressed, and doesn’t know what to do. Further in the book he finds a shack, and a African American women cooking in the shack, which seems odd and out of place for Mac. This book takes Mac through a emotional and spiritually journey.

This book overall is extremely interesting to read, and definitely worth reading. The only critique I have of the book is that it can be a bit confusing at times, and it may not be suited for someone who is against religion. Rather than that I would highly recommend it!

Sources:

Young, Paul, Wm. The Shack. Newbury Park: Windblow Media, 2007. Print.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-controversy-of-the-shack

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

Instead of posting about books, I decided to talk about a trailer of a movie coming out in summer that has caught my attention. My second post in this blog was written about a book called, “The Fault In Our Stars”, by John Green, and I briefly mentioned it was being made into a movie. About a week ago the trailer was released for the movie, and I’ve watched it about 3 dozen times. It is amazing how powerful the few minute trailer is, and I’m going to post it above so you can watch it for yourself.

I am extremely excited for this movie to come out, and I would encourage everyone and anyone to go out and watch it. It is supposed to be released in the United States on June 6th 2014, but I am not sure when for other countries, so keep an eye out for those dates!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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One of my favourite books ever has to be The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. I’ve read this book over and over and it never fails to bring me to tears, even though I know exactly what is going to happen. The book is set during World War II where a young boy named Bruno moves to a new house for his dads work, who is a Commander for the Nazi’s. Bruno does not quite understand what is going on at the time, and gets curious when he spots a concentration camp in the distance of his backyard. He decides to feed his curiosity and go explore the camp. He finds himself meeting a boy on the other side of the camp fence named Shmuel, and they become good friends. There has been some critiques on the book that not all the historical references are correct, but I do not think it affected the quality of the book.

This book has really changed my outlook on life, and has a very powerful story. It has been made into a movie, and is also very moving. This book is a must read!

Sources:

Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. New York: David Fickling Books, 2006. Print.

http://450hololitspring12.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/boyne-the-boy-in-the-striped-pajamas/

The Fault In Our Stars

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“The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green is a book about a teenage girl named Hazel who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She is hesitant to go to a support group, but decided it would be good for her. She finds herself meeting a boy named Augustus, and goes through many experiences with him. This is all I’m going to say about this book, because it is absolutely brilliant and it is a must read. John Green found a way to write an emotional book that tugs at your heart, but at the same time writes with incredible witt and humor.

Last summer I attended an event in California called Vidcon, which is a convention for the YouTube community to come together and meet and watch their favourite YouTube stars in person. John Green, and his brother Hank Green organize this event, and are also famous and respected YouTubers. I had the opportunity to go to a meetup where John and Hank talked about their career and experiences, as well as answered questions from audience members. John Green is not only a very talented author, but also a positive role model for many people.

This book is also being made into a movie, and is expected to be released in the summer 2014. If you ever get a chance to read this book, or go to a meetup with John Green, I would highly recommend it!

Source:

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.

http://penguineducation.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/teacher-review-of-the-fault-in-our-stars-john-green/

Lullabies For Little Criminals

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I decided to kick off this blog with a book I read in my first year of university. The book, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was required reading and at first I wasn’t that keen on having to read it. Once I started reading I could not put it down and it is one of my favourite books I have read in the last couple of years.

The novel takes you through a journey from the point of view of a 13-year-old girl named, Baby. Her mother passed away when Baby was young and she was left to grow up with her father Jules, who is addicted to heroin. This book was very effective in showing the struggles of a young girl growing up too fast. Her childhood was short lived and by 13 she was immersed in an adult world, which leaves her wishing for those things children need most, love and attention.

O’ Neil depicts Baby in hard living conditions, living a life of prostitution, stealing, and other activities a girl her age should never have to go through. Throughout the story Baby often wishes she could have a normal life, like her peers and classmates.  The author portrays the trials of Baby’s life clearly and in a way that you need to find out what happens to her in end.  She engages the reader and you can almost feel the many emotions Baby must feel.

Sources:

O’Neil, Heather. Lullabies for Little Criminals. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2006. Print.

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