Monday, April 21, 2014

Mythology Monday: The Story of Winter




I love this video.

Perhaps my favorite myth, and even though the animation is kind of dumb, it’s still a great rendition of the story. I just… Enjoy it that way. It’s a beautiful story, and I thought the ending was pretty delicious.

Plus they got Hades’ character right, and I verily appreciated that.

What do you think of the video?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursentary: Mothership



I read Mothership in about three hours, all under the premise that I was going to “just read one more chapter.” Then it was one o’clock and I had read the whole thing, which just goes to show how much discipline I have when it comes to good books: none.

Via WickedAwesomeBooks
The Rundown (via Goodreads)  

Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole--and now she’s pregnant.

Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship--and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.

So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother--assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.

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Why I Liked This Book (Top 5 Edition)

1. realism: Mothership takes place a few decades into the future, and despite the fact that it was grounded “in the future,” every piece of technology and idea really made sense. The setting made sense, the world was different-without-being-too-different, and there was still ice cream.

2. humor: Not exactly a laugh-out-loud-the-whole-time kind of book, but it was enough to make me smile sometimes. My favorite was Elvie’s dad—he had a plan for everything, however unlikely that issue might seem.

3. twists and turns: I didn’t see a lot of what was coming, coming. The story works in flashbacks, and so it kept me in a perpetual mode of prediction and trying to understand.

4. death: People died. I appreciated that, because it really impressed the situation upon me. The humor can throw off the story, but death brings it right back down.

5. relationships: Elvie’s relationships are unique and interesting, and each one comes with a story. She harbors guilt with her mom, maintains a loving relationship with her dad, stays fond with her best friend and cutesy with her sort-of boyfriend.

Speaking a few days later from reading this, probably the thing that bugged me the most was that there was an excess of attractive guys. And sure, they’re an “alien race” and they have ridiculous good looks, but still.

I was hurting for some ugly people.

Few books keep me on the edge of my seat as much, though, and it was definitely worth my time.

What did you think of Mothership?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

El leer



Ten Reasons I Love Reading in Spanish:

  1. It challenges me to think about what I’m reading
  2. I don’t have to understand everything being said to enjoy the story
  3. I can compare and contrast meanings between English and Spanish
  4. It makes me ask questions
  5. I can try to understand humor in a different way
  6. It helps me strengthen my Spanish skills
  7. Speaking and reading in Spanish is like a superpower (which makes me feel pretty awesome)
  8. I can trace cognates and roots
  9. It opens up new places of discussion
  10. It gives me a chance to look at a world I’ve never seen before

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wasted




Sometimes I think a song should speak for itself. I don’t agree with everything in this song, but I love it. It’s just a snapshot of life, and when it comes down to it, we do often waste the precious time we are given.

The only difference is, I don’t think it’s meaningless. 

What do you think of this song? Share in the comments.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finalist Piece: Promise

Over at S. Alex Martin's blog, there was an Alphabet Story contest, where each subsequent word had to match up with the next letter of the Alphabet. I didn't win, but I did final as one of the top five out of twenty-some submissions. I thought I might as well post what I wrote here:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mythology Monday: Comic

Being that I made the decision to watch New Moon instead of go to bed at a decent hour, I am too tired to amuse you with anything but this comic for Mythology Monday:

via memecenter.com

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursentary: Twilight



via IMDb

Thursday again! Over the duration of my spring break I finished reading The Twilight Saga, and didn’t find it half bad. Sure, I had some issues with it, but nonetheless, I sincerely enjoyed learning the conclusion and found myself satisfied with the ending. Curious, I checked out the movie from the library to see how much of the book had made it onscreen.

As I cannot honestly think of a book I really want to write about now, I will Thursentary that movie.

The Rundown (With Spoilers)

Bella Swan arrives in Forks, Washington without hope for any redeeming factors in the rainy, cold town. That changes the day she sees Edward Cullen, a mysterious boy who seems both intrigued and repulsed by Bella herself. She pursues him, seeking facts and clues until she is forced to realize and admit: Edward is a vampire—one who wants to suck her blood, and one she is completely in love with. Bella gets friendly with Edward’s family, a stock of vampires themselves, but their afternoon out goes bad when a trio of nomadic vampires terrorizing the area show up and make Bella their next target. Bella flees from the scene back to Arizona, but when she learns her mother’s life is in danger she runs into the arms of James, the hunter, to save her. Her mother is not there, but James’s thirst to make Edward Cullen hopping mad sends Bella into a world of pain. She is poisoned by the vampire, only saved by Edward and his father before being transported to a hospital. She returns to Forks, recuperating enough in time to go to prom with Edward, where he denies Bella her wish to become a vampire herself.

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I think the most gratifying part of this movie is its steadfast conjunction with the book. It’s not word for word, but I was impressed with the amount of direct quotes from the novel. Compared to other series (*coughEragonandPercyJacksoncough*) the correlation was fantastic. Stephanie Meyer even made a cameo in the movie, which was something cool to consider, because that usually means she was onboard enough with the movie to participate in it. And, according to the bonus materials, she definitely was.

It gives me hope for future movies for other books, in other words.

I ended up liking the way Robert Pattinson portrayed Edward as well. As was surprised at first, because he almost sounded like a girl in his first talking scene, but I have an interview saved where Pattinson says he tried to act like someone who completely despised himself, and he did that very well. I could see the self hatred in his eyes.

Charlie as well was awesome. He was probably my favorite character in the whole movie, because he was trying to be this guy who was cool and fun and failed utterly, and it made me laugh. It was great.

Also, there are no green screens used throughout the movie, which I think is really cool because using real effects generally is even cooler than the magic of CGI.

HOWEVER.

The whole movie is blue. And I get it, symbolism, yadda yadda, whatever. I spent the entire movie thinking Bella’s house was painted blue until I watched the bonus features and saw that the walls were actually orange! I didn’t like the blue overlay. I mean… I know why they did it, but it was annoying, and I did not like it one bit.

At the same time, even though so much of the book was put into the movie, I didn’t think it did the book true justice. The characters fell from the standards I held, because I pictured them as people with rich histories to share, and then we didn’t really get any of those histories. Carlisle Cullen, for example, is undoubtedly my favorite Twilight character, end of story. I love his history and more than that I love the idea of his all-consuming compassion which defined his every move as I read the series. They mentioned it, in the movie. He didn’t want to kill other vampires.

But it wasn’t the same without having Edward show Bella through Carlisle’s history, and seeing Carlisle as he was kind and forgiving and reaching out throughout the entire book series. He’s one of the strongest vampires alive. I missed his true identity in the movie.

That was just one character—each and every character felt much less real—faded, if you will—from the way they were in the books, and it failed to meet my expectations. A lot of the same stuff happened in the movie as it did in the books… but they weren’t done by the same people.

Good in some ways, but still dismal, to my disappointed mindset. With that in mind:

Star Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Have you seen Twilight? What did you think? Share in the comments below!