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The Wheel of Time

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To tell the truth, I have a ton of books in my collection. In fact, I have too many to even begin counting. Ranging from sci-fi to fantasy all the way to nonfictional books like astronomy and weather, pretty much every book has been read and enjoyed by me, and it is not difficult to please me with a book.

However, in all my knowledge of books, I have never once heard of this series called The Wheel of Time until a friend began to speak of it and highly recommended it. Research proved it was popular in the fantasy novel world, and it seemed as if people thoroughly enjoyed the series, which consists of fourteen books and still counting today. So, without much hesitation, I rushed to the library and picked up the first book, Eye of the World, last summer.

As sorry as I am to say, my reading had declined much that summer. Once in a while, I would pick up a book and read, but my newfound discovery of Pinterest was taking over my skills in reading. I really picked up on this book, though, after a library contest for the summer reading program.

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The story begins with a young boy named Rand and his two best friends, Mat and Perrin. The three live in the small village where pretty much nothing happens, that is, until an Aes Sedai by the name of Moraine and her warder, Lan, enter. She comes with a warning- Rand, Perrin, and Mat are being hunted. Running away with Rand’s girlfriend, Egwene, and the merchant, Thom, they all discover their future is more than what they thought, and the three boys learn something about themselves that could help or hurt their world.

I began this story with enthusiasm, even though the book was twice the size of my head in thickness and the words were small in print. The story is well-done, created with vivid worlds and characters, and the art on the covers is fantastic!

My favorite characters are Mat Cauthon and Min Farshaw, but there are other characters I thoroughly enjoy as well, such as Perrin and Nynaeve, the Wisdom. There are a few characters that really grate on my nerves, but that can be with any story. Each character is designed with their own personality, which is very entertaining.

Because of the size of the book and length of the words, I doubt this would be as entertaining to children as to teens and adults. The book is mostly made for older people, but the comics created are excellent for any young person wanting to learn more about the series. The Wheel of Time has many books out there, whether reference or side stories, which I find amazing because I love the extra books from a series.

That’s all for today’s review! Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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Character Developments

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Even though it is a bit early to post, I wanted to go ahead and blog on a topic I find very important when I read and write. Sometimes it may seem so minor because the plot is so dramatic, but I feel like this is the most important part of any writing ever.
First of all, let’s narrow down what character development is. A character is represented by use of traits, personality, and philosophy, which is why they are called ‘characters.’ Many characters, such as Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia and the One Ring in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, represent undeniable characteristics and meanings. Not all characters posses an underlying theme, but sometimes they can be found.
Character development, however, not only uses the concept of qualities, but it goes from the bottom up or vice versa. A character who seems aloof and weak in the beginning may end up becoming the most brave person in the story ( Such as Rory Williams from Doctor Who.) or perhaps a character might be relatively good but quickly turns evil because of a change of their own philosophy. Ideas and philosophy are ideal in characters because they have to be individuals, like humans.

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A character sheet like this is what I often use before the development of the book. Of course, everyone has their own style. My processes usually include making a character on the sheet first, getting a grasp of what kind of person my character is, and them I dive into the plot. The plots and characters will often mesh once you get to a certain point of a book.
Characters that are too perfect are called Mary Sues. Keep careful watch of these folks; oftentimes, they will lead your book down the path of doom that could turn into a place of no hope if not noticed soon enough. It us possible to correct this, but it must be done to a point of where the story makes sense
And that, my friend, is the basics of character developments. Not all stories are made the same, and each forms our character.
Have a wonderful week!

The Hunger Games

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I find that keeping up with today’s movies is extremely hard. Every month, new movies are pouring out of nowhere for die-hard fans and those just wanting to kick back and relax. Most movies I do not care to see or have time to watch in the theaters or at home.

However, I did have an interest in the Hunger Games movies, especially this third one that came out a few months ago. I was late getting to it, but it was worth it. As a fan of the Hunger Games, books and all, I was thrilled to see what was in store for the Hunger Games victor, Katniss Everdeen.

In the first Hunger Games , the twelve districts are required to enroll in the drawing of the Hunger Games, a gory entertainment for the capitol after the disticts, with failure, try to rebel against them. As punishment, a girl and a boy from each district must participate in these games. Katniss’ sister Primrose, is called out to take part, but with quick-thinking, Katniss steps in and takes her place to save her. Now a participant, she must figure out a way for not only her to survive, but also her partner, Peeta Mellark.

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In the next movie, Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta are the winners of the Games, but President Snow is irritated when the two manipulated the rules into getting them to win, and he sends all the living victors of the Games back into the arena.  Katniss now has an even bigger burden-she must find a way to save Peeta, even if it means getting herself killed.

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Lastly, in the third movie Mockingjay: Part 1, Katniss is saved by District 13, the once-though deceased member of the districts. The rest of them are now rebelling, as Katniss has sparked more confidence in them, and President Snow is furious, even to the point of wanting to kill Katniss. She doesn’t care, though, and she forces her way onto televisions everywhere, reporting the Capitol’s fierce aggression. Snow has other ideas, and he has Peeta, now brainwashed, try to talk Katniss out of rebelling anymore. Refusing, District 13 saves Peeta, only to find out he is brainwashed more than they though. Peeta is almost programmed to kill Katniss.

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What will happen next? Another movie, Mockingjay: Part 2 is schedule to come in November of this year, which is a happy and sad sort of feeling. I’ll be happy because then I’ll get to see what the next movie will bring, and then sad because there will not be another Hunger Games movie.

My favorite character is a toss-up, but it has to be Rue in the first movie and then Katniss through the rest of them. Rue was just inspiring to me because, even though she was fairly young, she had so much determination and loyalty that she wanted to win, and Katniss displays what bravery and courage in the midst of danger meant. It didn’t matter what she was facing; she was still selfless and courageous.

The movies have minimal swearing, though they are a bit violent. Not many movies these days come without swear words. I would give this movie a thumbs up!

That’s my review on the three Hunger Games movies so far! Thanks for reading!