Yay we made it though another week! Only 13 more weeks in the semester! So although college required texts have backed up my reading list into forever, I’m going to talk a bit about a film I recently saw (it’s fiction and related to books, you can’t tell me anything).
Alright! Midnight in Paris. Most of you have probably either seen it or heard of it, but of course being Woody Allen, it was an independent film. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum, but fantastic cast and story follows an aspiring author who wishes that he lived in the romanticized era of the 1920’s. He then enters a world where his wish is a reality, however, the truly great parts of the film are all the historical figures, such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali, Gertrude Stein, and so many more. Truthfully, watch it and be amazed.
So, since this semester just started, I haven’t gotten any time to read anything new, but I’ll talk about something a little older. Here we are. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. If you haven’t read it, PLEASE DOOOOOO! I won’t spoil much here, but the film was also fantastic. It’s the kind of book that will stay with you for days, leaving you feeling an indescribable emptiness. I stay with the belief that Children’s and Young Adult books aren’t pointless. Quiet the opposite in fact, so many fantastic books are categorized as YA because of the age of the main character. Of course, you may have to dig through a few hundred Twilight knockoffs, but in the end, YA can really help you add in that element your characters have been missing. So the book…. go read it…. and the film has David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) and who doesn’t legit love David Thewlis. It’s a very easy, short read, but powerful beyond words.
Well, I unfortunately don’t have the time to write up something huge, but I’m going to talk a bit about stuff I soon will be reading. Since Monday is the first day of my two online courses, and the following Monday is the start of those in person, there is a huge rush for me to find and purchase the textbooks at a price that isn’t 300 dollars each (No, but seriously, I have a biology textbook that’s supposed to cost $300. I’m not even a science major). So casual reading has obviously been neglected over the past few weeks. I have however, picked up some books from the library that will help me research the information I need for a future book (yay)! So happy Friday, and enjoy the weekend!
Here we are again at the end of the week. To be honest, I’m going to use this post to talk about one of my favorite things.
Doctor Who. Now, don’t go telling me that I’m being a nerd and should instead be talking about writing, because I’ll get there. Doctor Who is one of the most amazing, fantastic, heartbreaking, emotional show ever. Let me tell you, if you want to really focus on well written characters, fantastic plot, frightening monsters, and learn random things about science, this is it. I seem to be going very British with these Fiction Fridays, and I really don’t think that that will be changing soon. But honestly, if you have a problem with creating suspense, worry if your female characters are unique, or lack the skill that is smashing the emotional stability of your readers (that is actually quite a good skill to have), then please, just start this.
Here we are, the end of a work week (Yes, I know, you’re probably going to sleep in until Monday once again returns). Welcome to the first of Fiction Fridays. Lets talk books.
Okay, I can honestly and unironically recommend this book to everyone on the face of the earth. Besides being fantastically written, hysterical, and filled to the brim with well rounded characters and amazingly dry wit, you get the additional perk of having what is perhaps the most relateable book on the face of the earth. Bridget Jones embodies the hopes, dreams, fears, and thoughts of every woman who has ever walked the earth. If you love the culture and sophistication of modern day England and miss the totally organized and driven days of your mid thirties (JOKING!), then this book is certainly for you!
From a writing perspective, this really changed my way of thinking. This really helps you to understand that longer passages and more abundant dialogue aren’t always better, and sometimes looking directly into the mind of a character can give an unwordable feeling of reliability.