what i look for in a good character

Okay. No introduction right now. Let’s just talk about what I personally look for in a good character.

If you ask me, a good character is somebody who you can do three things with.

1: Relating with them on any kind of level.

2. Imagining them to be a real, living person.

3. Having flaws that can and will get in the way of their story arc.

When a character has things like these, they’re a good character. At least, to me. I hate characters that are written to be 2 kool 4 sckool, because they don’t have any flaws at all. They crack really bad jokes in wrong timing, they’re so full of themselves. They fail all three requirements I made, therefore flopping on their face and being the worst part of the story. Now, sometimes, these types of characters have these exact tropes used not against them, but actually as a part of their development. And that always, ALWAYS ends up being a reeeeaaally good character. A guy that struggles with something internally while being able to do all these really cool things. I could go on about how flaws really are the most important thing in a character’s story but I won’t because I’m past the required word count. k bye

a monster calls reviews

Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is kinda complicated when it comes to opinions, even though it’s only like 214 pages. Well, for me anyways.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. It was a nice breath of something fresh, something new I hadn’t read before. And Ness’ writing style was so captivating. I could not put the book down sometimes. But, I’ve got only 5 minutes to wrap this up, so no more heartfelt reviewing of the book. Just monotone “me like me dislike stuff”

 

How it starts: The book’s main character is a boy named Conor O’Malley (i think i biffed that spelling ecks dee). He’s miserable; his dad left him for a woman in the United States, his mom has cancer, his grandma is really weird, he gets bullied at school, and he has re-occuring nightmares. He’s really had a hard time. So when a big tree monster comes walking to Conor, telling him stories and asking for Conor’s “truth”, he can’t help but feel as if he’s lost it. The entire book is him figuring out how to juggle all these things and learning how to cope with his truth; one of the bigger flaws Conor’s character has.

How it gets complicated: Things really start to go downwards when Conor’s problems begin to collide into this one-big-uber-problem. He begins to see the monster in the real world, which leads to some… heavier incidents. His mother’s condition worsens, and as a result Conor gets “The Talk” from his dad who, for some dumb reason, decides to fly over to Conor to, what, comfort him? I don’t remember. This all really goes against Conor and really begins to make you feel the slightest hint of pity for such a bratty character.

What I Liked: I really enjoyed the art style of the book, it’s very unique and looks very good on the pages. The dialogue in this book, I really liked that. Especially with Conor and The Monster. As for thw other dialogue witj everybody else, it feels very natural, except for a few parts.

What I Disliked: I really didn’t like the other elements of the book. They were a little bit boring. To me, at least. I don’t have a very good idea of what a good book is, so take my word with a grain of salt. The last part in the book where Conor faces his truth, it felt really stupid. I can’t really explain why I feel that way, I just do. Maybe it was the audiobook guy. I dunno.

Recommendation: 7 Whiny British Kids out of 10

 

 

im absolutely FUMING

mr. green gave us that very uninteresting reading log. ok, thats fine, i don’t mind doing a few of those. but what i do mind doing is having to do 4 stupid parts in EACH CATEGORY. what is this, CIA torture?!? yuck !! why make your students write four parts about a book that has trees and cancer in the same pages? AHHHHHHHHHHHH (thats me screaming) your students are learning and understanding with only writing one paragraph. 4 is too much!

Deep Thinker 1.2

Book: World War Z

Author: Max Brooks

Page Number: 1

Zombie remains a devastating word, unrivaled in it’s power to conjure up so many memories or emotions, and it is these memories, and emotions, that are the subject in this book.”

Context: This is also the first page of this book. But unlike my other Deep Thinker, this one actually has context. Brooks, the man speaking, is explaining the many names and monikers of “The Zombie War”, a worldwide conflict against the undead that humanity almost lost. Everybody on the planet went through it. Everybody suffered. This is what Brooks means, the word zombie in his world is so grotesque, so awful, so filthy, so disgusting, it envelopes people in negative emotions. The emotions, as well as the thoughts, that make up the book.

This Makes Me Think of a quote from those Fallout games, specifically Fallout 4. “War. War never changes.”. Real cheesy. But it’s a very real reminder of problems we tend to forget. Back in, like, World War I, soldiers really had it bad. Back then, it was all out war. No boundaries, no set backs, anything that could extract the life of an enemy was used in the battlefield. So when the war wrapped up and everybody went home, something was wrong. Turns out people had severe PTSD from the new machinery they had seen on the front lines. But it was bad, something people had never seen before. It was referred to as “shell shock”, and people who had it went from literally healthier than you to mentally disabled. And I think that’s what Brooks meant with that quote; the people that were in that messy worldwide brawl experienced their own shell shock. Wow. Yeesh. That’s a lot of words for a stupid quote from an okay video game. I need to reconsider what I’m doing.

 

                                           pictured: steve from minecraft running from minecraft zombie!!11!!!1!

belief

Belief is a weird thing. It’s got a uniqueness to it that really depends on how you see the world around you. For example, if you’re a, uhhhh, optimist, you believe that you should always focus on the good things in life and just sorta avoid the bad things. Dust them under the rug. But if you’re a pessimist, it’s the literal polar opposite. You don’t wanna see the good things in life, or rather, you can’t, because all the bad things fog up your line of sight like a fat guy does while crossing the street. Belief is because of your mental works (if that’s even really a term). It’s to make sure that you don’t go full on Ooga Booga. Because when you believe in something, you’re dedicated to staying focused on it. Some might argue it’s what keeps us sane. Whatever belief really does, one thing is certain: it’s got a nice ring to it.

how to judge a book by its cover

When it comes to me, I don’t really know how I choose books. I just… do. I don’t know if a book is good or bad, just as long as it’s not fantasy (yuck, fantasy) I’ll read it. If I get bored with it, I stop reading it and regret wasting 10 minutes of my precious time. This usually happens too much. But sometimes, sometimes there are exceptions. Like when I saw the cover of “The Fifth Wave”. I’m talking about the one shown in the picture below. It looked pretty cool. A figure walking through a forest in a golden dawn. So I read it, ended up being pretty okay, etc etc. So yeah. I guess if the book has some nice art that depicts what the book might look like, I’ll read it.

 

“there is not always a good guy” – the first tale

I think The Monster was trying to warn Conor of the real world. Or rather, the bizarre way it works. Lemme explain. The real world, it’s kind of a messy experience for those who don’t have it planned. We’ve got things like poverty and world hunger and so on and so forth. The word I was looking for to describe it was ‘Unpredictable.’ Yeah. Unpredictable. I say this because it’s true. When have you ever been able to predict an exact event at an exact time done by an exact person? Rarely, if ever right? That’s what I mean. We can’t at all see the future because of how bizarre our world is, y’know? We kinda just have to hope what we want to happen, well, happens. And I believe that’s why The Monster told Conor the first story. To warn him that whatever you expect to happen really doesn’t always occur. Not in the real world at least.

Deep Thinker 1.1

Book: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Page Number: 1

“In bad times the stream vanished completely, and the tribe lived in the shadow of thirst.”

Context: This is literally the first page of the book. I have no idea what any of this is supposed to mean. I think what’s going on is that the narrator is talking about a pre-historic neandrathal tribe or something around those lines, and their struggles with resources. I honestly have no clue.

This Makes Me Think of a movie I watched the other day called Alpha. It was an okay movie about a pre-historic kid surviving with a wolf. Not as good as Spider-Man 2 but still entertaining enough to watch. This also reminds me of, like, the Flinstones, because they were cavemen as well. Ooga booga I guess. I really don’t know how primates will intertwine with a story about the future of space travel, but hey, Stanley Kubrick is smarter than I’ll ever be, so I won’t ask. It’s only the first page after all.

 

 

 

dads in literature

Dad’s in literature. Something I didn’t care enough about until now, and even then, it’s because of this prompt. Yuck. Now, Mr. Green is asking us on our say on dads in literature, and more specifically, if we agree that they’re portrayed as chumps. If you ask me, it depends on the characters and the narrator, particularly the protagonist. If you have a character that’s young and rebellious, usually they’ll have a father that gets in the way of their plans far too often and is seen as a jerk. If you have a character completely opposite of that, you’ll get a dad who’s nice and fair and who is willing to help their child at all costs. Here’s where the narrator comes in. The narrator is a sort of mirror of what the protagonist and their thoughts, no matter if the story is first person or not. So when a rebel kid’s dad gets in the way of things, the narrator speaks the thoughts of the kid’s dad, we as the reader are kind of forced to relate with them. I don’t know how to explain any better, I really hope I made any kind of sense.

Pictured: Jonathan Joestar’s Father ecks dee

Book Review 1.2 – Ready Player One

This book is a complete j0ke to anybody with an IQ higher than 3. but nevertheless, I still enjoyed it. Written by the nerd that likes words, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a love letter to geek culture (I feel like a total brainlet by taking time to type this). The book is 385 pages long, and is Cline’s first novel. I guess he got a ton of beginner’s luck, because it was adapted into a trash film and had, get this, a Roblox event. That’s peak power right there. Anyways, I’m supposed to write up a review for this book, so I’ll talk about a few things: a quick summary of the story, what I liked, what I disliked, and my recommendation for the book. So here’s my review for Ready Player One.

 

How it starts: The main character of this story is Wade Watts, an overweight teenager with a terrible life. Living in these big towers of RVs stacked on top one another (also referred to as “the stacks”), young Wade has nowhere else to go except for the OASIS, a massively popular online virtual reality. The creator of the game, James Halliday, died and left his ridiculous amount of wealth and ownership of the OASIS for anybody who figured out his “easter egg”, a hidden secret he programmed into the game before he kicked the bucket. And so the entire book is just Wade figuring out the first clue and being the first player to figure it out, re-igniting the planet’s interest in the easter egg hunt, making new friends, finding more clues about the easter eggs via trivia about Halliday, losing weight, etc etc.

 

How it gets complicated: Wade has to avoid the evil corporate company that wants to over-monetize the game (IOI) with ownership of the OASIS and the billions of dollars Halliday left behind. They use these virtual soldiers, Sixers, to try to find the easter egg or some lame stuff like that. IOI even try to kill him once or twice. Wade has to go into hiding for like six months and during that time he gets closer to the easter egg. Really it’s nothing new or something you haven’t seen before. Except for the Sixer people. That I liked.

 

What I liked: I really did like the 80’s references in the book. They were nice to notice. I’m not a hipster or anything  but I’m pretty sure nobody else would understand the references to that one Japanese Spider-Man mech or the Duran Duran music trivia.

 

What I disliked: THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS TERRIBLE. It is SO awful! I hated how quickly the romantic arc that went on with Art3mis (Wade’s love interest) went! It was terrible! Wade only develops only a tad bit during the entire book, and that’s when he loses weight! He doesn’t really get a change of mindsets or anything. He just continues to be that one nerdy guy that praises a dead mega-geek. I also really hated how cheap some of the book’s character deaths felt like. I’m not spoiling anything, don’t worry, but Wade doesn’t seem to show any emotion to his friends biting the dust. And when he does, it’s really brief.

Recommendation: I’d recommend this to a nerd that knows their pop culture, from the past to the present. Otherwise, you’ll be totally confused at everything. And I mean that. This book has a base of so many references from years back I couldn’t read most of the stuff sometimes.

 

Overall Rating: 6 Duran Duran songs nobody cares enough of out of 10