Archive | June 2015

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Before I go on with this blog post, let me just remind you that I do not normally read these kinds of books. This was most likely a once-in-a-lifetime thing that I tried and……may never do again.
So, this week, I finally started reading this book I got from the library called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. When I first saw this book, I seriously thought it was some child’s book, although a quick glance over how small and old-fashioned the words were, as well as some scenes, changed my mind.

*Spoilers*

The story revolves around a lawyer by the name of Mr. Utterson, who has recently heard numerous stories about nearby murders. He also discovers a rather ill man by the name of Dr. Jekyll, who is rather a reclusive person. Countless days did Utterson ponder over this until he met yet another man, a hideous figure by the name of Mr. Hyde.
Further investigation led Utterson back to Jekyll’s house, where the case was uncovered. Jekyll had created a liquid in which he could feel better from his ailments, although, at the same time, he would turn into a rather ugly person, this person being Mr. Hyde, the violent being killing off people simply because he felt like it.

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My opinion of this book is rather low, considering some of the graphic imagery as well as a boring and odd plot. This book was not like the famous Sherlock Holmes as I had hoped it would be like.
Though the book has some fairly clean language ( one bad word was uttered, but the context was not used the same as today it would be.), the wording is rather difficult and some scenes are rather violent.
My review for this book is a huge thumbs down. It was rather a disappointment as well as gruesome, odd, and severely weird.
Thanks for reading and gave a wonderful weekend!

The ‘Positives’ and ‘Negatives’ -It Has To Add Up (Part 2)

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Last week, I gave a definition and examples of what a ‘negative’ character is. As the name suggests, a negative character is one who has a bad view on life, failing to see good in those around them. We call these characters pessimists sometimes, but I don’t want to label them with such a severe title because negative characters don’t have to see the bad in everything. A traumatic experience could cause them to react a certain way (see my post ‘Writing From a Villain’s POV for more details on that subject), or perhaps they have lost something important to them and that caused them to behave a certain way.

The opposite of a negative character is what I also call ‘positive’ characters. These are the sort of characters we see in much literature today. They have a fairly good view on life and they want to do good for others. They don’t have to be the protagonists, just as the negative characters don’t have to be villains. They can be side characters, maybe an added character, or they could possibly be the hero, but this doesn’t exclude them into being just main characters.

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The opposite of a negative character are what I also call ‘positive’ characters.

When I think of a positive character, I imagine something like the Amity in Divergent. Their main focus in life is to be happy and give encouragement and comfort to those that need it. Parties and social gatherings are some of the things that keep them happy, and they actually enjoy life and all it gives them, good or bad. These are some traits of a positive sort of character.

But what do negative and positive characters have in common? They are polar opposites in many ways, sure, but there are also some similarities they share. Maybe they have similar experiences, and they just handled them in separate ways, or perhaps their views of life and humanity are the same, but the beliefs that they keep to themselves are relatively secret. The possibilities could be endless.

Now, the real question is: How do we add such characters into a storyline? What if you don’t want them to be the main characters? How do we handle that? There are also many options, but most authors tend to make these characters friends, bullies, or comrades they work with or know at school or in the neighborhood. For example, Pride and Prejudice uses many side characters that were important for the story, but weren’t really main characters. The story focused primarily on Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, and the sisters acted as either negative or positive characters depending on their personality.

So, negative characters are those who appear grumpy and slightly misanthropic and positive character act as comforters and encouragers, depending on the situation, and the possibilities for how you use them are endless. So feel free to use them as you wish! They’re yours to control.

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Each character has a destiny, even if they are not protagonists.

 

Divergent

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Hello and welcome back to another blog post movie and book review. Today I will be reviewing the book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. Similar to the scenario of the Hunger Games, this book and movie explains life in a controlled environment with strict rules, a rather severe government, and a choice that could hurt or hinder the future ahead for everyone involved.

Beatrice Prior is sixteen when she goes through initiation with her brother, Caleb. The test determines which of the five groups you are sorted into (Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Abnegation.) and leaves you with a choice on which group to join. For Tris, she is sorted into a rare group called Divergent, which means she fits into more than one category. Her self must be kept a secret, for fear of Divergent is rampant, so Tris acts as normal as she can and chooses Dauntless in the hopes of finding a new life. During her training in her new home, she meets Four, a mysterious young man who acts rather harsh but is hiding his own dark secrets. Together, they must face their worst fears and hide themselves for long enough that they won’t be harmed.

82ade97db63bb5ed3c102f243ae12024So far, I have only read the first of the three books thoroughly, but what I have seen so far has been really good. The first book had their own little test to determine which faction you entered, which is always a bonus to me when there are extras.

I didn’t really have any favorites in this story (yeah….that’s a first.), but I really enjoyed the plotline. Even though it was similar to the Hunger Games, it also covered important truths about the world around us and about ourselves. The book is also pretty clean, with only a little use of God’s name in vain. It is also a pretty good-sized book, but not as large as The Wheel of Time books. Trust me, no book can ever be as big as those.

So, my rating for this is a 4 our of 5 with a thumbs up! The first book stays pretty clean, has a good storyline, and good characters, and usage of words is also appealing!

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The ‘Positives’ and ‘Negatives’- It Has To Add Up (Part 1)

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Many times I have found myself writing about negative types of characters. Negative characters can be seen in many books and movies today, and, to some degree, they play a good role for the storyline, however, negative characters do harm situations in some way, whether by ideas, personality, or actions.

When I refer to a ‘negative’ character, I mean that they are not necessarily villains, but they have a pessimistic view on life and humanity in general. They see no good in people, and they think that they all are out for only themselves (ironic, eh?). Their views actually are intended to harm others because they just don’t care about feelings. This could be seen as almost villainous.

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Negative, dark characters could almost be seen as villainous

Why do I write negative characters in my stories then? I think negative characters are important to the plot, but not just that. I feel like this is the best way to portray a lesson to the reader; through a mentally or physically damaged person. It is better to work from negative to positive than positive to negative, in my opinion (I can’t say the same for math, though.), so this is why I find them easier to mold.

One thing I have noticed in some aspects of life is the focus on self. People tend to care only for their own needs, wants, desires, basically anything they can get their hands on that they want. If you don’t rank, appeal to them, or come across a certain way, say good bye to ever getting to personally know them. This is the definition of a ‘negative’ character to me.

Not everyone is like that, though. Just like in stories, people also have a good side to them, and I have also witnessed this. There are those who wish to build up others, to lead people to the right perspective, and those who want to uplift someone.

So, negative characters are just as important as the positive ones, but keep in mind their views may not always be the right ones.

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Just like in stories, people also have a good side to them.

Why Fandoms Matter

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It’s all around you.

The internet, clubs, social groups. They dedicate themselves to TV shows, books, movies, anything they love. Sometimes they may become a little insane, but they make up a part of the internet, including Tumblr, Pinterest, and other social sites.

Before I go on, here’s what a ‘fandom’ is according to Wikipedia:

Fandom (a portmanteau consisting of fan [fanatic] plus the suffix -dom, as in kingdom) is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates “fannish” (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow up centered on any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbies. genres, or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.

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They may sound a bit too obsessive and crazy, but everyone has at least once in their lifetime been like that. I don’t go as far as that definition (I don’t think.), but I am a part of some fandoms such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Hunger Games, and The Hobbit.

So why exactly do these fandoms matter?

Reality can be quite harsh sometimes. We often need a break from it, so what better way than to turn to a favorite book! They helps us heal, they point out morals, they help create us. Everything we watch and read develops our character from what we see, whether good or bad. A fandom is a group of people who enjoy the same show or book and come together to discuss what they truly love. We can learn so much from fiction just as much as nonfiction.  Almost every story has a lesson behind it, something we can try to apply to ourselves.

The best part of this is proof that people do actually care for others. So no matter what anybody says, enjoying something that inspires you should be appreciated.

Because we all deserve hope.

By the way, my mom is running an Etsy shop where I am working an internship and she’s trying to sell hats, so any of you interested in a nice beanie or sunhat, this is the perfect place to get those! To check out some of her stuff, go here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ConradFashions

Also, I have created a Tumblr account. You can find me at: http://deducingdoveinthetardis.tumblr.com/

Have a great week!

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Death Note

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And now’s it time to introduce one of my favorite animes of all time, Death Note, as suggested from Angela R. Watts!

It’s the exciting story about a teenager boy called Light Yagami who is sick with the violence of the modern world, and he longs for a time when criminals are no more. One day, he runs into a book called the Death Note, a notebook with an ability to kill anyone and anything within 40 seconds. Light then realizes he can use this book to kill of these criminals, and he becomes a bloodthirsty and murderous young man. Luckily, the police step in, with an indestructible force; L, the secret detective who’s name is not known. With L at his heels, Light finds him as an obstacle in the path of what he wants, and there’s only a small amount of time before Light can get what he longs for.

From what I’ve seen, there’s never been an anime quite like this before. The artists and writers have taken the works of the modern day police and the struggles of today’s life to make a dramatic yet an almost realistic story. The creators of Death Note, Tsugumi Obata and Takeshi Ohba, have somehow mastered the art of using the brain in drawings and art!

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I finished this series and the episodes late last summer, and I marveled at the workings of this story. The amazing part to me was the subliminal message; power corrupts, and we must be wise with whatever we do. Not many shows portray this lesson.

What got me about this anime were the characters and the artwork. There were characters that thought they longed for good and thought they were doing right in the process, but they ended up doing terrible, wrong things, and sometimes one of the two sides would get so caught up in their work or in their plans they forgot about everything else around them. And the art! I have never seen artwork like that before, even in the manga!

Okay, now for my favorite characters. L and Mello were two of some of the best characters, in my mind. L was like a modern day Sherlock, complete with all the quirks and the quiet ferocity of thinking. When Mello and Near came in, two of the orphans raised to think just like L, entered the scene, I was interested in Mello, the punk who wore his heart on his sleeve.

Death Note is not what I would consider a children’s show, though. The plotline is far too complex and there are a few swear words as well as a few sad character deaths.  So, for this anime, Death Note, my rating would be a 3 out of 5.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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The Infinity Dreams Award

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I was nominated by https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com! Thanks a billion, Angela!

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Rules:

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

 

Okay, so let’s see how many of these questions I can answer!

 

Fact#1: I’m actually a pretty big geek and have multiple fandoms!

Fact#2: I love all things medieval, Scottish, and Victorian.

Fact#3: I speak a little bit of Japanese.

Fact#4: I do the drums.

Fact#5: I love hats! Stetsons are cool!

Fact#6: I love all animals, but I especially like birds (specifically mourning doves, owls, and ravens), wolves, and cats!

Fact#7: I absolutely love the bands Paramore and Fall Out Boy! Their music is so awesome and have a ton of truth in them.

Fact#8: My favorite authors are Erin Hunter, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Donita K. Paul, Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and probably others that I can’t think of right now.

Fact#9: I have eaten squid, crawfish, and frogs. (Random fact for ya’ll.)

Fact#10: I love pie.

Fact#11: Get me in a bookstore or library and you will never see me again.

And now it’s time for Angela’s questions!

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1. What movie/show/etc has had your mind lately?

Doctor Who, without a doubt. I just finished 11 and now I’m sitting back and wondering why I sped through him so quickly. I love Doctor Who and all the lessons it teaches us.

 

2. Do you watch anime? If so, your top 3 favorites?

I do watch anime! My top three would most likely be Death Note, Vampire Knight, and Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

3.Choose one album to be your life’s theme soundtrack. Which one is it?

Riot by Paramore. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to a song on that album and have been like,”Hey! I can relate to this song!”

 

4. Cats or dogs?

Both. Both is good. I love cats, but I also love the playfulness of dogs.

 

5. Thoughts on small talk/chat?

Small talk sometimes bores me to death, but I do like hearing how people’s lives are going. Chatting is good, too! It helps you get to know someone.

 

6. Its a sunny, perfect weather day- not too hot nor too cold, just right! What do you do?

I would go outside and read, do photography, or play around on my device.

 

7. Fictional/real character/person that means a lot to you. (Come. *gestures* Go. Explain.)

A fictional person that means a lot to me…The Doctor, John Watson, and Bilbo Baggins, and a real person(s) would be my family and friends. Without their support, I don’t know where I would be today, and I love them all deeply.

 

8. You had a bad day, so what’s the first book in the Bible you turn to?

I think Matthew or John would be what I would turn to. Jesus has quite a bit of wisdom to teach us in every situation, so I would go there.

 

9. Do you fast forward theme songs or listen to them each time?

I tend to fast forward them, although, if I love it enough, I’ll just sit back and listen each time.

 

10. Why did you first make your blog? What has it turned into? Do you enjoy it?

I made my blog as just a place I can write down all my thoughts and feelings on certain topics. I think my blog has turned into a place where people can go if they are looking for some writing inspiration or for some help on if a show is good or not. I enjoy my blog immensely!

 

11.Recent favorite quote? From real or fictional person.

I have a ton of recent favorite quotes, but one that really struck me was by Thomas Merton. “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire if they are worthy.”

 

Blogs? 11 blogs? Wha?! *starts panicking* I don’t know that many people! Uhm…..*looks around*

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For now, I nominate:

Melody’s Musings

 

Time for my trivia!

1. What or who inspires you in your hobbies?

2. What genres do you find yourself watching?

3. What fandoms are you in?

4. Your favorite authors?

5. If you had to choose your life quote, what would it be?

6. Favorite song(s)?

7.What character from a show or movie do you think you are similar to?

8. What interested you in making a blog?

9.If you had to choose between the city or the country, what would you pick?

10.Favorite season?

11.Cake or pie?

 

Well, I hope this post wasn’t boring! Thanks again to Angela at https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com for nominating me!

This is AC C signing off!

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