Why I Say, “Merry Christmas!”

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Only a few more days before Christmas! The lights have been strung around houses, Christmas parties are being hosted, stores are jammed with people shopping for gifts, and songs are being listened to and sung! Christmas is one of those times of year when you sometimes feel like you’re really a part of something special-something brilliantly wonderful!

And another thing constantly getting played over and over again are Christmas commercials. They are everywhere! Modern-day Christmas songs are being played in the background of car commercials, Santa is displayed reading over lists, and deals are going on! They always say the same thing, too; “happy holidays.”

Back when I remember the term ‘happy holidays”, it really referred to both Christmas and New Year, which I was good with! There’s nothing wrong with that, but these days, that’s not the main reason why it’s being said anymore. “Happy holidays” is now a term of saying “Merry Christmas” without actually saying it and offending someone, because mentioning the name of Christ to other religions is offensive and wrong.

tumblr_nya0xlEsM41uxlydeo1_1280This makes me go, “(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻.” Okay, seriously? You’re going to tell me that saying the word Christmas is offensive, and yet other things are okay?

Why is saying the word ‘Christmas’ offensive to people? Because of the name ‘Christ’ in it. Nonbelievers of Jesus are offended over the fact that this name is being used. In order to not get bashed for using this title, companies have avoided using it and are now saying ‘xmas’ and ‘happy holidays’ in order to please the public.

Christmas is an important word to me, though! The word has so much meaning, and it means so much to me. It’s not just a title or a word to me; it tells a story, and an important one at that, because long ago, a special child was born on a glorious night!

A young woman by the name of Mary was visited by an angel one day, and she was told she would bear a son, and they would name Him Jesus. Although Mary was a virgin, God had blessed her with this little baby, and a few months later, it was time for that special night to begin.

tumblr_nxey2qiUrk1soh8kao5_540Jesus was indeed born, and a brilliantly-shining star, placed by God, shone above the stable in which Jesus was born, announcing the arrival of Him to the world. Many people, such as wise men and shepherds, saw the star and followed it to the stable, where they saw with their own eyes the Messiah. The offered Him gifts and praised the Lord for this long-awaited Messiah. Throughout Jesus’ life, he would heal the sick and broken, teach to those He was around, and later in His life, die on the cross for the sins of the world. Whatever Jesus did, it was out of love for His creation.

People do not want to hear about this miracle, though. Instead, the become offended over it, and they want Jesus obscured from their view. They cover it up with worldly objects and stories and soon forget about the true meaning of Christmas.

Why do I say ‘Merry Christmas’ then? Because I want Christ to shine through everything said and done, and I want nothing obscured having to do with Him.  I want people to be able to hear about Christ so that they can come to know Him as their Savior and be with Him forever, where there will be no pain and no suffering.

So as we delve into another year of Christmas, remember that Christmas isn’t about gifts-it’s about the Gift, Jesus!

Have a very merry Christmas!!!!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Rant and Review

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As most of you have probably seen on the side of my blog, I have been working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows, featured as a classic cartoon, a CGI film, a new, updated cartoon, and Nickelodeon animation. Although it’s been hard looking for websites to watch some of these off of, I have managed to actually get to season 2 of TMNT 1987, probably one of my favorite versions of the TMNT universe that I have seen.

Unlike most of the versions of TMNT, some of the characters’ personalities and the story line itself is quite different than what we have seen. The 1987 version follows the four ninja turtles as they come face-to-face time and time again with their master Splinter’s old enemy, the Shredder. Along the way, they meet up with a news reporter by the name of April O’Neil, who tries to convince the doubting public that the ninjas are heroes in the city where crime is imminent. Along the way in the plot, they make their way to the center of the evil, where the evil Kraang and his cronies are controlling the crime rates in New York.

I am rather surprised by the changes in today’s versions of TMNT. Although the animation of 1987’s version wasn’t that great (a lot of times, the turtles’ masks would change and their voices would not match up with the right character.) the characters themselves as well their lines were pretty funny. Pun after pun is stated, jokes are nonstop, and one-liners are hilarious. Seeing what the makers of the original TMNT wanted in the story is rather interesting, especially compared to the TMNT 2012 version currently ongoing. The characters have much different personalities than the original characters.

latestLeonardo doesn’t nearly have as much leadership roles as 2012’s Leo. He actually doesn’t do a whole lot of talking either. When Leonardo does have some lines, it’s more of pointing out the facts about a situation and telling the others which way to go when they are not sure. His voice is a ton more deeper than I would have expected.

1173382_1359216879778_fullRaphael has a ton more lines than all the others combined. Most of the TMNT versions make Raphael out as moody, arrogant, and very stubborn, but 1987’s version is more witty, sarcastic, and pretty confident, but there really is no sign of an angry attitude in his character. Raphael is the one to make as most puns as he can, which are sometimes super funny and other times something that make you go,”What?” I think 1987’s Raphael is my favorite, though. The consistent amounts of wit and funny lines really makes the show. Though I don’t mind 2012’s Raphael much, I still can’t figure out how a joking character can turn into an angry, pessimistic, and aggressive ninja within just a few years time and some seasons.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-fred-wolf-season-4-donatello-weird-roomDonatello, as usual, is the brains of the group. He’s always trying to fix things up or build inventions, and he’s the one responsible for many of the inventions he created, including a giant blimp. (They use the blimp to get around a ton in season 1, which I consider kind of funny because a blimp is totally secretive and noone will notice a giant blimp with ‘Turtles’ on the side of it.) Besides, Raphael, Donatello has quite a few lines as well. Although he doesn’t crack as many jokes as Raphael, he still has some of those crazy one-liners, but, you know, that’s the show! *Shrugs* Can’t be helped.

latestMichelangelo also makes quite a few puns. I think he’s more of the hippie kind of dude, similar to 2014’s Michelangelo. His personality and the other version of Raphael are sort of flipped, I think. Michelangelo is quite a go-getter character, and if there’s a fight, he’s in! However, despite the confident personality, he’s still Michelangelo the prankster!

1987_SplinterSplinter….ah, Splinter…..I’m not even sure what to say about him because this version of him sort of bugs me and makes me laugh. Really, all he does in 1987’s cartoon is sit in a certain room meditating or he’s getting trapped (very very easily. I mean, that guy hardly puts up a fight!) by Shredder. Half the time, the turtles are saving him! He says a ton of wise things to the turtles but when he’s faced with something he must battle, he just doesn’t fight well! If the ninja turtles are so well trained, why in the world is Splinter getting caught so easily? I just don’t understand!

latestThe 1987 April O’Neil is a totally different character from 2012 as well in certain aspects! Most of the time, when we get to see what April is doing, she’s working at the news station, either fighting with her boss or trying to find the turtles. She’s seems sort of a whiny character to me, though she isn’t exactly helpless either. Quite frankly, I think she’s a good addition to the show. Even though she doesn’t know ninjitsu like some of the other version of April, she uses her wits to carry her through some tough situations.

Aaaaaand the enemies. The leader of the Kraang and Shredder are featured as two of the main protagonists, and the iconic Bebop and Rocksteady are added in as well. I get rather bored with the shots of the enemies talking to one another, because they talk to one another for so long! The thing that is really funny about Shredder in this version is his slight stupidity and helplessness. 2012’s Shredder really seems like a fearsome character-the leader of the crime-but this version makes Shredder out as more of a wimpy character that the turtles are always defeating pretty quickly, and if he escapes, it’s merely out of pure luck.

Overall, I really enjoyed this version. I especially enjoyed the witty jokes said throughout every episodes, and even though the animation isn’t the best, I’d say it’s pretty good for that time! The theme song is pretty catchy as well! I sort of wish 2012 kept the classic theme, but I have to admit that 2012’s theme is really good, too!

Okay, the one thing that seriously has me wondering is where Casey Jones is! There is no sign of him anywhere! His friendship with Raphael in later versions was really cool to see, so it seems like something here is missing! And Karai! Does she not exist in 1987’s version! Where is she?!

Other than 2007’s TMNT (which I need to watch and therefore can’t officially declare as a favorite even though the characters and the story as well as the CGI looks amazing!), I think that this version is a total favorite!

Thanks for reading! I haven’t done a whole lot of rants like this before, but it was fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these kinds of rants on TMNT as well as more of my favorite TV shows and movies!

Also, if there is a topic you’d like me to consider writing on, feel free to comment below any of my posts! Suggestions are welcome, just please keep it clean!

Have a great weekend!

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This entry was posted on December 6, 2015, in TV. 5 Comments

Thanksgiving- Truly a Time of Thankfulness

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Thanksgiving is probably one of the most celebrated (besides Christmas) holidays of the year, where friends, family, and a whole lot of food are gathered around the table with an air of happiness, bonding, and most importantly, thankfulness. It is a time when those we have not seen in a while, and those we have, are gathered into one area, where they can meet with one another and show love, support, and care for those they meet, but Thanksgiving isn’t only just about all of that.

Long ago, back in November of 1620, a ship called the Mayflower landed on a land unknown to its passengers, the Pilgrims. This New World was indeed very new to these people, who were trying to escape persecution and the laws of their homeland, and they longed to build their own community, where they could create a place to worship God freely and be able to give themselves and their descendants a place for them. Although these travelers knew nothing about how to find food, a kind Native American by the name of Squanto showed them how to fish, plant, and make a living off the earth. With his help, the knowledge of this new land, later to be named America, spread, and during harvesting time, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans gathered together and gave thanked to God for what He gave them.

Today, we still celebrate this important time in history. Without God’s guidance, the Pilgrims would never have found America, have the ability to live off their land, or be able to prosper like they did. America is one of the most populated and prosperous nation of the world, and without God, we would have never been able to find America. God’s power and care was shown through the Pilgrim’s journey.

As I think over the many joys and events of my life, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my parents, who love, care, and teach me ways that will help me throughout my life. They are truly an inspiration to me, and for both of them, I am thankful. I am thankful for my brother, for his constant optimism and support. Without him, I’d be lonely and a bit bored. I’m thankful for all my grandparents, who also encourage me and route me on! I am thankful for my friends, both on the Internet and in real life, who have been such a support to me and have shined Christ to me through their actions, words, and behavior. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am that God has allowed me to meet them!

I am also thankful for the many things given to me. I am thankful for my brilliant Border Collie, Chloe, for the talents and knowledge God has allowed me to work for, and for life itself! Life is truly good!

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday that precedes Christmas, then. It’s a time when we reflect on our ancestors, what happened during that time, and most importantly, Who helped them on that journey that would change a lifetime. As family and friends come together to remember this special time for America, I will be reflecting on the many things I am thankful for.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy your family and friends as well as your food! (I will certainly be enjoying it!)

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Dove’s Question and Answer Week!

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Hey! This week, I decided to have a bit of a Q&A for my blog, so I asked my followers on Tumblr if they had any questions this week! I want to give a huge thank you to girlinblackconverse, youvegothatonering, coolguitargirl, and anonymous for sending me questions! You guys are awesome!

 

Favorite color/colors and why? 

I’ve been trying to figure this out for some time, but I think I have it. As a child, I loved lilac purple, and I think it’s just stuck with me throughout the years. Blue is also one of my favorites, as it represents some of the different colors of blue in the sky.

 

Have you ever been to a concert? If so who? 

I have been to a Clay Aiken concert and the Getty’s concert, which was hosted at a  church. Hopefully in the near future, I will also be able to see Twenty One Pilots!

 

What is your all time favorite song?

I really enjoy the song ‘What I Believe’ by Skillet! Fantastic song with a cool message!

 

If you could transport to any fictional world, which one would you travel to?

Probably Middle Earth! I would fit right in with those Hobbits!

 

Do you prefer dogs or cats, and why?

I enjoy both animals immensely. I have always liked cats, but dogs are just lovable creatures!

 

Are you a closet fan of anything?

I’m pretty outspoken about what I enjoy, so there is not a whole lot of things I do not like to talk about. Everyone pretty much knows what all of my favorite movies and shows are.

 

What is your all time favorite band?

Impossible to choose! Maybe Twenty One Pilots, but I can’t leave Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Skillet out!

 

What is your favorite number? 

I have always liked the number 2. Don’t ask why; it’s just fun to say.

 

What is your favorite actor or actress?

This one is a rather hard one for me, but I think it’s probably Karen Gillan. She’s a rather funny person, and sometimes she’s a bit awkward, but she knows how to pull it off as a bit of a joke. That’s admirable to me!

 

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I think my favorite part is being able to witness about Christ through my words. I think that’s the coolest part about the Internet, actually.

 

What is something you really want to write about on your blog, but haven’t done yet?

Eventually, I’d like to do reviews on the different series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I think I’d also like to do some more of the Free! anime.

 

Why did you start blogging?

When I first came up with the idea that I wanted to do a blog, I was thinking along the lines of doing honest entertainment (such as movies and TV) reviews, but I think the true reason I have blogged is to witness about Christ through what I write. I may not get a chance to see the people that I meet online, but perhaps I can speak about Christ through what I blog about.

 

Do you have any goals in blogging?

This is a good question, and I’m not really quite sure yet. I guess what I want is this: if a person is having trouble trying to find a show or movie appropriate for them or their children, or they’re looking for a different view on a topic, they may find my blog. And if they find it, I want to be able to tell them honest answers about my views. They don’t have to agree with them, of course, but, by God’s will, maybe it might be a witness to them.

 

Do you write blog stuff when you feel like it, i.e. also, not in a steady way, or do you have a schedule with blogging?

Usually I have a schedule, which ranges from Friday to Sunday. When I first started out, it was more of a when-I-felt-like-it schedule, just so I could get some more posts up on the newly created site, but I try to stay consistent, although that doesn’t always happen.

 

How do you usually make your posts? What process do you enjoy the most for the post’s outcome?

Well, typically I like to start planning a topic to write about around Monday or so. That day, or the day after, I begin writing out some of my thoughts on the topic. Around Friday and Saturday, I then finish it, add in some interesting pictures, then I choose a category and post it. My favorite part has to be choosing the pictures for the post. I’m always trying to find the best one I can find!

 

Thanks for all the questions everyone! Man, I really appreciate it! It’s been a fun week!

Have a great weekend!

 

The American Girl Scoop

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Earlier this week, I was hit with some sad news. After reading a blog post concerning one of my favorite childhood things, I was filled with remorse, anger, and nostalgia, all hitting me at the same time. American Girl, a popular company which produces dolls, magazines, and books for girls, has declared themselves supporters of gays through their ‘American Girl’ magazine, something I spent a lot of time reading as a child.

Even though I’m not quite as avid of a fan as I was back then, I still enjoy the dolls and books today as sort of a nostalgic memory for me. I used to go crazy for that stuff; for all the dolls, the horses you could buy, the books, everything! One of my favorite stories was about a girl named Samantha and her best friend Nelly, both who lived during the 1900s. Those stories taught me many lessons and brought me lots of fun entertainment.

Therefore, you can see why I was upset over the fact that American Girl had decided that were supporting something I was totally against; gay actions and abortion. This realization all started out the day I received my monthly magazine in the mail. As my custom, I paged through the magazine, skimming over articles and looking at the different quizzes and activities in it. As I got towards the middle of the magazine, I suddenly stopped at an article about a young girl. Something didn’t seem quite right to me. I didn’t read through it all (which was part of the problem here.) but I did read small bits of it, and almost immediately, something had made me uncomfortable. However, I pushed the feeling down, set the magazine aside, and forgot about it.

a73560e354c0b365bd11e05b8d0201e6Sunday night, though, I was looking at an article on the Peculiar Messenger’s blog and I noticed something regarding American Girl. I read through it and instantly froze. In it, it basically talked about American Girl’s support of Planned Parenthood and of the gays. My stomach clenched and I quickly picked up the magazine I had read only a few days ago, landing on the exact page they were talking about.

I’m still both sad and upset about this. Please do not misunderstand me; I do not hate gays. Don’t think that at all! My job as a Christian is to love everyone, no matter what. I do not support the world’s beliefs and choices, however. Does this make Christians haters? Not at all. Christians are called by God Himself to love people just as He loved them, but not to love the world itself.

Also, I do not support Planned Parenthood. The other day, I wrote about some arguments about why I do not agree with it, which you can read here, but basically, I pointed out one scenario: Suppose your parents decided they wanted to have an abortion for you. Would you be here today, impacting others as you are? No. Not at all, because you would not be alive. And because you would not be alive, you would not be doing what you are today. Does life seem tough and maybe sometimes we wonder why we are alive? Yes, of course! That’s normal; human, in fact! But believe it or not, you’re impacting someone!

be08536a72ca2934e094fac644f97295This is why I do not agree with abortion. Scientists are now saying that because the baby has not been born yet, the child is not even a child at all, but merely a clump of cells. And each time I hear that, I will say the same thing: Really?! Then how come it contains DNA? Why does it contain the genetics from both parents? Why isn’t this coming out? Is it because they want all this hidden to support their statement?

Like I have said before, I am called to love everyone, just not to follow in the world’s footsteps. Some mistake that for hatred. It’s not hatred, it’s called obedience to the One who made us all.  The news about American Girl’s decision hit me hard, and I will no longer be supporting them. As much as it pains me to see this world slowly folding in on itself and becoming so ungodly, I know Christ has a plan, just like He always does, and I’ll keep believing.

Have a great weekend!

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P.S. Please pray for Paris! Yesterday, terrorists killed 153 people and took 100 people hostage. Though, the threat is over, Paris, and France itself, is suffering from the loss, hurt, and shock they faced last night! Now, more than ever, Paris needs our prayers and support.

 

Twenty One Pilots

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Tangled Vs. Frozen- Disney’s Controversy

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After watching the movie Tangled last night, I contemplated the Tangled vs. Frozen argument that has been happening for many years. Here’s what my opinions and beliefs are on the issue.

Tangled, released to the public in 2010, is about a young girl with magical hair named Rapunzel. Based on the classic fairytale, the story follows the tale of Rapunzel and her struggle to get away from her tower and her ‘mother’, Mother Gothel. The Disney movie, however, adds a twist by adding a young man by the name of Flynn Rider. He’s not the typical kind of dude though; he’s a thief, so when Flynn and Rapunzel meet and create a deal (Flynn has to help Rapunzel out of her tower and where she can see firsthand her dream, the floating lanterns that only appear on her birthday, and, in return, Flynn gets the crown he stole, which Rapunzel is possessing at the time.) and they venture out into the unknown, all the while trying to keep away from Gothel and Flynn’s evil cronies and dicovering something totally unexpected.

In Frozen, brought out in 2013, the story follows two girl, both of which are descendants of royalty, and there’s one thing important here; Elsa is an ice queen and is trying to hide it. Anna, the perky, go-getting sister, wants to help Elsa sort through her feelings about Elsa’s powers, but she just will not let her and runs off to the mountainside, hoping to hide herself from humanity so that she does not become a threat to her kingdom. Anna must find her way to the mountains to confront her sister, but another hidden, evil force is lurking in the distance, and paths must split before the evil is revealed.

Both movies have wonderful animation and scenes, and both have some well-done characters built into it. However, there is a few things I would like to point out about both movies that I think is important to consider.

  • In Tangled, the story’s lesson to me is that we must choose sides carefully. Mother Gothel, the main protagonist in the story, seems to be the confident, encouraging, if not slightly bossy mother that Rapunzel could trust but in reality, she is a manipulative, conniving woman with ambitions only for herself, and this is because of the path she chose. However, in Frozen, it seems like the main lesson is that women do not need a man in their life in order to be saved. While this is true in some cases, I look at the deeper meaning. Society has made it so that woman are suppose to be stronger and in more control than men, and that men are animals. Society has also claimed that women are the better of the two genders, and since we supposedly have no rights, woman need to stand up for themselves and take control. Frozen, to me, seems to push that type of behavior on viewers.
  • Frozen has some beautiful music, I’ll have to say. The authenticity of the movie is really quite amazing to me. I bought the soundtrack a few years ago, and it has some great instrumentals on there. Tangled has some nice music as well, and though there is not as much instrumental music on the soundtrack as Frozen, there is quite a bit of talent in the songs. I like the Tangled instrumentals a little better than Frozen‘s, but there is a bit more to listen to on the Frozen OST than on the Tangled OST.
  • Tangled has some pretty awesome scenes in the movie. Frozen does a good job, but the vivacity and color in Tangled really added to the storyline. In one scene, the part where Rapunzel feels grass for the first time, the colors of the are around her is so lit up with color, it’s not possible to gape in awe at it. The colors of the kingdom, the sun symbol, everything is just so brilliantly drawn and colored!
  • What was up with the ‘Let It Go’ song a few years ago! Sure, it was fun for the children to sing to, but there seemed to be a ton more screaming towards the end of the song. In my opinion, ‘I See the Light’ is much more inspiring than ‘Let It Go’.

All in all, Tangled is better than Frozen, in my opinion. Everyone has different tastes, and that’s great, but I think Tangled is more appropriate for viewers than Frozen. There really was no reason to add feminism in Frozen, and while I do like some characters from Frozen well, I have to agree with the Tangled fans that that movie was not as good as the classic tale of Rapunzel!

And that’s my opinion of the controversy between the two Disney movies! Thanks for reading! If there is a topic you would like to see me write about, write below in the comments section and I’ll see what I can do!

Have a wonderful week!

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During Writer’s Block

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I would say writer’s block is one of the most frequent things that definitely occurs with me. It usually happens when I’m in the middle of a story, and then I suddenly run out of ideas. Pretty soon, I just lose interest in the whole story, and then I’m stuck with another point in writer’s block-what do I write about next?

Writer’s block is a very common thing in the writing and literary world. It’s bound to happen in an author’s writing lifetime, and this is usually the point where we have to stop and think about how we can overcome this obstacle. This is actually not as easy as it would probably seem. There have been numerous times where I’ve tried different approaches to overcoming writer’s block, from writing character sheets to trying to figure out a decent plot that I won’t lose interest in.

Recently, though, I’ve picked up a book called 300 Writing Prompts, which is kind of like a journal, only there are a ton of ideas (300, if you didn’t catch that.) ranging from writing in your diary during futuristic times, reporting on something you think would happen today, and opinions on topics. These may seem like they have nothing to do with your book, but in reality, they are everything.

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What do I mean by this? Well, writing is about looking at the world from a broad-minded perspective. Writing is definitely not easy, that’s for sure, but for those gifted in the area of writing, being broad-minded is important. If you pay close enough attention, it allows you to find inspiration in movies, shows, and even in life today!

So let’s move to some ideas that may help overcome that block we writers so desperately hate:

1.Try Out Some New Books, or Reread Some of Your Favorite Ones.

This is one thing all writers should do; read. Why do I say that? Reading is good for inspiration! Writers all over find inspiration in books. As one author told me, story ideas are not new! Authors learn from one another and create storylines based on the idea they might have gotten from another book.

2. Look Up Some Ideas Off Of Pinterest.

I know, I talk about Pinterest a ton, but there’s a reason for that! Pinterest contains so many interesting inspirational tips, advice, and characters that it’s almost impossible not to get ideas off this site. It’s not just about the food recipes and fashion tips, it’s also about finding inspiration!

3. Grab A Book Designed to Help Authors With Writer’s Block

For the longest time, I had been eyeing that 300 Writing Prompts books, because it looked like a great book to help with the block. You can grab this book (there’s also a book called 500 Writing Prompts in case 300 isn’t enough.) or any other book created to give inspiration and tips.  The same thing for writing books also goes for poetry.

4. Study Your Favorite Character.

No, I don’t mean copy off him/her. Don’t ever do that! What I’m saying is find some characteristics you like from them. Are they cautious? Perky? Maybe slightly arrogant? You can pull lots of ideas from your favorite character(s) just as long as yo do not copy off everything from them! The books do say copyright, after all!

Hopefully some of these tips will help! Like I said, writer’s block is very common, so don’t panic when you realize there’s nothing to write about. (It doesn’t help, I’ve tried.) There are tons of inspirational help out there; all you need to do is look!

Also, if anyone has noticed, I have moved most of my posts to once a week now instead of twice, so as not to overwhelm anyone! Some of the setups are slightly new (like the bolding of words!) because I’ve actually been experimenting with some of the settings on my blog!

Have a lovely weekend!

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