Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished the book?
Althea is not like most 12 year olds... her eyes glow in the dark, she can read people's minds and influence them and she can heal the sick in a person whatever it may be. She is the prophet of the badlands and raiders trade, kill and steal her until she finds her way to a small village where she meets Den. He challenges her acceptance of being treated like a commodity... until she finds the courage to use her power to protect those she loves.
Pen's been through hell and back with the scars to prove it. All for her best friend Beth, who dragged her into a world of spirits, deities and monsters. When her mirror sister Parva, forged from her reflections in a school bathroom mirror, goes missing Pen determines to track her down - no matter the cost! She pays the price to enter London-Under-Glass and must trade her most valuable commodity her scars to find answers.
Kara has been selected by an alien race who have come to earth, not to invade and take over or cause mass destruction (though they threaten it) but to take a small group of children aged 12-15 years old back to their planet. Each child must pass horrible physical changes as well as learn to work within a group for a common cause. At Kara's side is her childhood crush and neighbor Matt and their instructor and Kara's personal ally Jim, an assimilated teen from another planet pilfered like earth. Will Kara make it to her new world alive?
Kira is a deadbringer, someone whose touch kills and rots and who can call the dead back to their bodies. The last of his kind, hidden by his uncle after the purging, who have been hunted to extinction. After a slip up costs him his safe life as a mortician he goes on the run from sanctifiers and learns the truth about his past...
It's been fun participating in the Blind Spot Series blogathon over at The Matinee during 2014. Exploring Asian and foreign films as well as modern and not so modern classics has been eye-opening. As a Korean cult classic Oldboy blindsided me with its visual spectacle… How can a filmmaker review Oldboy by Park Chan-Wook and think 'I need to remake this movie?' I… Continue reading Goodjob, Oldboy
ed-it verb. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc. Whether you edit words in or out, the point of going over your work is to improve each element of your story. Editing is like a muscle: the more you examine the problems in other stories the easier it is to diagnose… Continue reading Expanding Details In Plain Sight
When I heard about the Blind Spot Series blogathon over at The Matinee I knew I would participate this year. I loved the idea of concentrating on 12 foreign and classic movies that every movie lover must see. My list for 2014 is here and I've included some modern misses and Asian films from my watchlist as well. As a modern classic… Continue reading The Twisted Usual Suspects
ed-it verb. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc. Whether you edit in words or edit them out, the point of going over your work is to improve each element of your story. Editing is like a muscle: the more you examine the problems in other works the easier it is… Continue reading When Rooting for the Villain is Better than Good
Ender's Game has a soft spot in my heart because it hold's one of the truly best emotional journeys within its pages. The pinnacle of a coming of age story, it's the best book for boys or really anyone who needs some personal empowerment. Ender proves to be the epitome of a leader and his… Continue reading The Source of Ender’s Game
Yesterday I read a post from the wonderfully smart girls over at The Book Wars. Here she talks about dystopian fiction which is predominately found as a sub-genre of YA fiction. She made a really great case about how dystopian stories were less dystopian and more romance. What I found most disturbing was an assertation… Continue reading Story’s Love Affair w/Sex or Talk of Censorship
[fan-gurl] noun. Informal: Often Disparaging. an obsessive female fan, especially of something technological or from popular culture: a web forum for Star Wars fangirls. *Note: Also the title of a book by Rainbow Rowell.I wanted to call this post: the miracle of the century. Yes, that is how good this book was to me. Funny… Continue reading fan·girl*
Read the first 800 words of my perspective on Akira Kurosawa, The Hidden Fortress...then read on as we take a journey through it's story...
ed-it verb. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc. Whether you edit in words or edit them out, the point of going over your work is to improve each element of your story. Editing is like a muscle: the more you examine the problems in other works the easier it is… Continue reading A Flaw in Fae Plot — 3 Important Rules
Genre fiction is the red-haired love child between modern-day and 1940's pulp fiction. You probably vaguely know what pulp fiction means if you've seen the Quentin Tarantino movie by the same name. Actually sensational or fantastical fiction make better names, but at heart they're all one and the same: "Fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear… Continue reading October Daye’s Fae, Fae World
ed-it verb. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc. Whether you edit in words or edit them out, the point of going over your work is to improve each element of your story. Editing is like a muscle: the more you examine the problems in other works the easier it is… Continue reading Smartest Man in the Room…Really?
Lesson #2: World Building Television as a writing medium intrigues me. I love the potential to delve into a character's life and explore in detail different themes and situations on an episode by episode basis. In order to teach myself about writing for television I completed a project during the 2011-2012 television season to further those… Continue reading Lessons from Old TV: The Nine Lives of Chloe King
Brutalize them during the plot. There's a reason reality television is still popular today. Part of it is the smaller production costs but the other reason is the audience (them) are fascinated by any story that could possibly be true. With these 7 steps to engaging the audience any work can be popular too. In… Continue reading I Wanna Be Popular Too, Step #6.
One of the most beloved characters of all times is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. With his 254 depictions, Guinness World Records has awarded the fictional detective a world record for "the most portrayed literary human character in film and TV." I believe it! Not only has there been 75 different versions of Sherlock Holmes, but… Continue reading The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes
Today, blue bloods is a term we use to describe people from socially prominent family lineages. Funny enough it came from Spain in 1834, translated from the phrase: sangre azul, it referenced certain families being uncontaminated by Moorish or Jewish blood; all due to their fair complexion making their blue veins apparent under the skin.… Continue reading Blue Bloods Need of a Black Sheep