Falling for You

Falling for You

Hi everyone
Ever notice how easy it is to write about something you feel strongly about? I find that I can express myself in writing much better if I have a strong emotion about the subject, especially anger. The words come easily. I can just let out all of my frustration on a piece of paper. It’s completely different than writing a school paper. Most of the time I couldn’t care less about the subject I have to write about for a homework assignment.

For example, in Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder, Rae, the main character, has a less than perfect life. She lives with her mother and her cruel and verbally abusive stepfather, who often steals the money Rae earns to gamble. Poetry is her only escape. Her anger and frustration help her write amazing poetry. Through her writing, she is able to open up and connect with her friends more.

I really liked this book. It’s actually a lot better than I or the official summary of the book make it sound. It’s a fun quick-read filled with comedy and romance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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The Infernal Devices

The Infernal Devices

“Much madness is divinest sense
to a discerning eye
much sense the starkest madness
tis the majority
in this as all prevail
assent and you are sane”

Hello people
So the words above were written by Emily Dickinson. This quote basically mean that people can often make sense in their craziness. Their behavior has a purpose.

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Claire has a character like this. This is an awesome story in which werewolves, vampires, warlocks, faeries, and shadowhunters (part angle demon-hunters) exist. Anyway, the main character Tessa, of whose supernatural origins are unknown, meets two shadowhunters named Will and Jem. Will is a strange character. To the others around him, he seems a bit mad. He fights for those he loves, but always does everything he can to make them hate him. He even goes as far as pretending to get drunk on a regular basis. Even though it seems crazy to do everything you can to make the people you love hate you, Will does all of this for a reason. His friends and family just do not know it.

The Infernal Devices is a great series! It has romance, comedy and adventure. It is also the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, another favorite series of mine. You may have seen the movie. It was good, but the books are way better.

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

If you are anything like me, then you usually prefer the book version of a story over the movie. In my opinion, books just have a special quality to them that cannot be captured in a movie. Books make me more emotional. I care more about what happens the characters because I know them better. I can read what they think or how they feel. In a movie, I can’t understand a character’s motives or thoughts or feelings as well as I could in a book because a movie replaces many of the words with images. I’m not saying I don’t like movies. I love them. I just hate it when an author writes an amazing book and someone has to come along and ruin it with a terrible movie. I think this picture sums it up:

never judge a book by its movie

Take Percy Jackson for instance. This is one of my top three favorite book series. The movie, however, ranks as my very least favorite movie based on a book. Some movies actually do a good job. My favorite is Harry Potter. It’s amazing to see their world of magic come to life. Just about everything from the characters to the setting is exactly how I imagined it’d be. Percy Jackson is not one of those movies. At all. For one thing, the characters are supposed to be thirteen in the Sea of Monsters, not in their mid twenties! One of the female protagonists, Annabeth, who, in the book, is an incredibly smart kick-butt warrior, is basically a cheerleader in the movie. I feel like the producers took the characters and general ideas of the book and made it into a completely different story. I usually would not mind this as long as it was a good movie, but then they had to go and change a Greek mythology story from they way it has been for thousands of years. I have heard from many of my friends that they liked the movie. Percy Jackson is not a terrible movie; it’s only terrible compared to the books.