Archive | October 2015

Twenty One Pilots

7cc789feae2ddfa584c5fecf475223f3

Happy Halloween! I’m so excited for it! This year has seemed to fly, and I just can’t believe it’s almost November already! I’ve decided this year for Halloween, I’m either dressing up as a Ravenclaw student from Harry Potter or the Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who. I can’t wait!

Also….

I decided that my review will be a little different this week, because I am going to do a review on one of my favorite bands, Twenty One Pilots!

I discovered these guys this summer when I was playing around on Tumblr. A bunch of my followers were posting the band members (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.) and the lyrics to their songs, so I decided to go check a song out. One of the very first songs I played from them was called ‘The Judge,’ which is now on the list of my favorite Twenty One Pilots songs, but, at the time, I was in total shock when I heard it and I wondered what sort of genre it was. The song didn’t appeal to me at all.50c3b1a6f06f2886bd0a0da9ceaaa373

I came back a while later, after a girl at drama camp had mentioned she was a fan of them. Again, I was curious as to see why so many people were interested in this band, so I listened to bits of ‘The Judge’ again, then I moved on to ‘Stressed Out.’ The song was so creative, I began to research more of their songs. Pretty soon, I was listening to almost all of their songs on one of their most recent release and I was loving it!

I also have done bits of research on the band and I came across this from Wikipedia:

Twenty One Pilots bring a mix of piano (sometimes an electronic keyboard or a keytar), synthesizer, drums (also mixed with electronic drums some parts), vocals, and occasionally ukulele. Their songs are poetry-based (written by Tyler and Josh), and when his poetry is too long he stated that he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in.

People typically have trouble affiliating the band to a specific genre to describe them, since they bridge so many.However, many fans (and themselves to a degree) have labeled them “Schizophrenic pop” (also known as Schizoid pop), a technically unofficial subgenre of pop.

Although many of their songs contain allusions to Christian theology and have messages (even if implied) about God, and all members of the band (past and present) are Christians, Twenty One Pilots is not considered a Christian band.

 Twenty One Pilots official band logo as of 2015.

In regards to their logo, Tyler Joseph stated in an interview that:

“It means Twenty One Pilots, the logo does. Why it means Twenty One Pilots, is it really goes along with one of our songs called “Kitchen Sink.” The whole concept of that song is that I feel that humans are always struggling all the time when it comes to purpose, trying to figure out their purpose is, what purpose even is, what’s the point, justifying your own existence. A lot of kids and people my age struggle with “what’s the point,” and with the logo, what it really means is it’s an encouragement. When someone asks me what the logo means to me, the logo means something to me because I made it mean something to me. That’s the point. The point is that I created something that only I understand and whether or not I decide to disclose the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for me. The meaning of purpose for me, is by creating something, if it be by writing lyrics, painting a picture, by expressing yourself through art if it’s photography or music or theater, or whatever it is. It doesn’t have to be artistic, but if you create something and only you know the meaning of it, that’s the beginning of purpose for you. When you’re in the room by yourself trying to decide whether to stay alive, you can tell yourself “I should probably stay alive because I’m the only one who knows the meaning of that thing,” so the logo is an encouragement for people to create. That’s what it means.”
— Tyler Joseph explaining the band’s logo.

According to the band, their purpose for making music is “to make people think”, as well as encourage them to find joy in what they come to believe in life.

When I found out these guys were Christians, it all made sense to me. As I listened to some of their songs, especially ‘The Judge’, it all clicked! They weren’t just singing random lyrics; it was implying God! To me, that was pretty awesome to hear that even though they weren’t necessarily a Christian band, they were still singing about God. It’s cool when bands do that.

2f9ba1aae8112935f25311d010604cc0Tyler Joseph is also correct in his comment about people struggling about the point in life. I’ve seen and heard a lot of stories about people giving up hope and killing themselves. It’s sad to hear, because even though they had so much potential, they didn’t see it. Without God, we suffer under questions about why we exist, and even as Christians, we sometimes wonder why we are alive. The great thing about Twenty One Pilots is that they’re not afraid to sing about God. They want to encourage people, motivate them, inspire them, and cause them to think about their worth. People struggle, and that’s okay, but the important thing is that we get back on our feet and continue on.

I personally find this band the most inspiring out of all my other favorite bands. These dudes are out to encourage others through the songs, and since their songs are relatable, it’s amazing how many people have become fans of this band. Even though I wasn’t a fan at first, I’ve got to say, this is probably one of the most powerful bands right now!

Also, the most awesome thing about them right now is that next year, 2016, they will touring all over! In ‘Emotional Roadshow’, they’ll be traveling to all kinds of places, giving almost everyone a chance to go see them in concert!

Thanks for reading! If you have topic you’d like to see me possibly right about in the future, comment below one of my posts! Ideas are much appreciated, just please keep clean if you do comment!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

61b1977d8c4bcb1dd9db2bbf939528ea

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another post! I have not done a whole lot of anime posts, but I have to do a review on one of my favorite anime shows ever; Free! Iwatobi Swim Club.

1dad63aff46777ad0d86ca262ee803f1The series is about a group of three teenaged boys who have spent almost their whole middle school year swimming and competing in swimming races. When one of their good friends, Rin Matsouaka, leaves for Australia to go to a higher level swim school, the three boys eventually stop swimming…that is, until their second year of high school! Haruka Nanase, a swimming fanatic, is ready to dive back into the waters, so he and his old friends, Nagisa and Makoto, along with a boy who has never swam before, called Rei, create their own swim club for their school, soon getting to the point where their competing against their childhood friend, Rin! Throughout the summer, the new Iwatobi Swim Club must devise a way to beat his school, or else face total humiliation!

I started this series almost a year ago, and I’ve loved it ever since! The only downside to this whole thing is the fanbase sort of gets rather nasty when it comes to the characters of Free!, but other than that, it’s a fantastic show to watch! One of the main things I found I love about this show is 1.) I could totally relate to it (being a swimmer as well a few years ago.) and 2.) The whole show was about motivation, inspiration, and pushing yourself towards a goal you want to achieve. There were no dark themes like some animes seem to have, and the whole entire show was fun and inspiring! You can’t say that about a lot of anime shows!

I love all the character in the show as well, but one of my favorite characters was Haru! Featured as a sort of main character, throughout the whole entire two 26d1faf5361d6a1226b5c13091b40ffdseasons, he is working on how to better himself, how to become motivated to do what he loves best; swim! He didn’t give up when he was up against one of the best swimmers of the whole competition and his old friend, and instead, he pushed himself to achieve what he wanted.  All the characters seem to be inspired in different ways, and that was pretty awesome to watch develop as the show went on.

Also, there was an English dub released this summer, along with a new series featuring Haru, Makoto, and a few others characters back in their middle school days. I have yet to see it, but eventually, I’ll probably make my way!

And now the rating! This show was pretty clean, had hardly any bad words, and featured some awesome characters as well as some cool morals, so I rate this a 4 out of 5!

Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions or comments about what you would like to me to consider writing about next, feel free to comment below one of my posts. (Just please stay clean! No cussing or anything!)

Have an awesome weekend!

That’s Some Character Quality!

2ed4c7c29fdde58464d02e21298f59d8

Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for a few weeks! I have new content up now, and today, we’ll be talking about character!

Character means many things when it comes to stories and poems. Today, most people use the word ‘character’ to describe someone in a movie, but character can also mean traits that make up a person or being or someone who possess morality (ex: She posses strong character.) When writing up a character for a story, there a few steps that can help you put emphasis on their traits and abilities.

If you’re like me, creating a character can be a little difficult. You want to make up someone memorable and teaches important lessons through them. Sometimes you may want them to represent something, such as purity, strength, loyalty. This is called symbolism, and it is very important in the world of writing. Many characters such as J.R.R Tolkien, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and C.S. Lewis create memorable and realistic characters that stand for something. Take Aslan from the legendary Chronicles of Narnia series. He’s a wise, all-knowing lion with power beyond even the most wicked people. It’s clear he represents Jesus, who is omnipresent, powerful, and wonderful, all the same time.

5f38b3873f702f5101f8dcb8ffa78687

How do you create these kinds of characters, though?  I have come up with a few steps for even myself that may help put together some characters you can use for your writing. Every person is inspired differently, though, and some steps may not be necessary for you, but this is what has helped me create my story characters.

  1. First, figure out what kind of setting and story line you want your book to have (you can read more about settings and genres in July 24’s post ‘Genres of the Ages.’) and then pick out a character that will help move your book along. For me, it helps to figure out what sort of genre I want my book to be so that I can place characters accordingly. If the character does not fit, the story will not make sense.
  2. Figuring out the personality of your character also plays an important role in your story. A tough character may not be scared of much, so maybe he could work out in a military setting during a war. The personality of your character plays such an important part, because without a character, the story can not be moved along. Characters helps create drama, and if there were no characters in a story, there would be no movement, therefore making your setting pretty deserted.
  3. Once you figure out the character, look for their abilities. Abilities in a character usually distinguish what they are good at. They might be good at consoling others, fighting in the heat of a battle, or they might be brilliant at science and equations. Everyone has a special ability that makes them unique, and the same goes for fictional characters.
  4. After I figure out all these three steps,I like to figure out how the characters know one another. Recently, I’ve went through a list of all the characters I’ve created for my books over the years, and I realized over half of these characters had the exact same last name, so I decided I’d make them a large family. That was one way I bonded the characters. For the others, I selected a few older characters and a few younger characters, making them either great friend, heroic figures, or characters that liked eachother. Your own characters don’t have to know eachother, but it’s important to keep in mind that they probably will affect the main character in some way.
  5. The last step I do is to put them into the story. Trying to match their personalities and abilites up with the drama at hand, I want to make sure that everything makes sense. If I create a grumpy character, he’s not going to do well with consoling a broken-hearted person, but he could maybe go fight in a battle that’s happening at the same time.

Most people have different ways of handling their characters, though. If one step doesn’t work for you, maybe come up with some of your own. Writing is a unique way of showing creativity, so one way isn’t for all. Remember, many stories reveal truths that can be applied into daily life, and that is why characters are so important to what you are writing. They help the story along, create drama, tension, conflict, sympathy, remorse, and joy and that is why even the smallest of characters can produce the biggest changes, just like in reality.

Thanks for reading! If you have anything you’d like me to consider writing about next, comment below one of my posts! Ideas for upcoming posts are appreciated and welcomed!

Have a wonderful weekend!

90c7c604d5d70923182fc432dc879832