11/9/18

The Shared WIP Tag // week two: protagonist questions


Let's just jump right in!


1. Introduce your MC.

Piper Anson, seventeen. 

Josh, nineteen.

Alex Anson, fifteen.

 ***I own none of these images, they are all from Pinterest, all rights to the original owners.***

2. What does your MC value the most?

Piper- Her art.

Alex-His music.

Josh-His freedom.

3. What is your MC’s wildest dream?  What is their greatest fear?

Piper-To become a famous artist like Monet or Cassatt. Greatest fear-Never being good enough.

Alex-To be a songwriter. Greatest fear-Realizing his work isn't good at all.

Josh-To win the lottery. Greatest fear-His past catching up with him.

4. What is your MC’s favorite food?  Can they cook?

This is a big nope for all of them except for Alex, who paid more attention than Piper while their mom baked cookies when they were younger. 


I've never really thought about the food one... 


5. What do you (the writer) have in common with the MC?  What do you not have in common?

I share a lot of the same fears as my characters, but I don't react to problems like they do. 

6. What lie does your mc believe about himself/the world?

Piper-That the world is simple.

Alex-That he'll never succeed.

Josh-That the world is heartless. 


7. Who is their best friend and why?

For Piper it's Kavya Patel, and that's because they're both so alike, except Kavya is passionate about the theater. 

Both Alex and Josh are more loner types.


8. What song best describes them in this book?

I did a whole post about this which you can read here, but if I had to pick one:

Josh-Paralyzed by NF

Piper-King by Lauren Aquilina

Alex- Ride by TOP


9. What is their personality type?

Josh is an INTJ 

Piper is an ESFJ

Alex is an INFP

As always, tell me your thoughts!

Happy Writing,

::P A R T I C I P A N T S::

11/6/18

Book Review: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse


First of all, I know this week seems a bit like a week of reviews, but bear with me, I promise that next week won't have any.

Secondly, a big thanks to Bethany House for sending me this book in exchange for a review! Even though they sent this book to me all thoughts on this review are 100% honest and my opinion.


Fantasy fanatics listen up, because I have the book for you!

This captivating book weaves a tale of betrayal, schemes, family secrets, and mysterious crimes and murders.

Summary (from goodreads):

Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Honestly, I wish this book had been out when I was twelve because I was going through my fantasy loving stage back then and this book would have been a favorite along with The Warrior of the Son series by Samuel Schiller.

I loved how the story was told through two POVs because I am a big fan of POVs, and it was great seeing the different perspectives of the two main characters.

This book was well-written and artfully paced, there wasn't really any dull moments that I can think of right now, and that's very rare in fantasy books.

Mark of the Raven is so raw, even though it's fantasy it doesn't hold back from bringing up so many great questions about humanity and how we may be misusing the skills we have been given.

Content-wise, this book was spotless but it did allude to past rape for a few characters, so trigger warning for that.

Rating:

All in all, this was a great book, Morgan is a talented author, and I look forward to reading more of her works. Also, look at that cover. Epicness. 

It's worth the read and money, so if you're interested you can find it here


Have you read this book?
What did you think?
Isn't the cover amazing?

Happy Writing,

11/4/18

Why The Hate U Give Movie is So Important


Remember way back when I reviewed The Hate U Give?

While I believed the book was important, I had many mixed feelings about it. The book had some problematic moments in it, a lot of those moments were justifiable (example, Starr being wary of her boyfriend because he's white), but I really felt like it took so much away from the main message of the book.

Last Saturday I went and watched the movie with my mom and it absolutely blew me away.


Even before I watched the movie I was hyped for it, The Hate U Give book was amazing, although I personally didn't love all of the content and I felt like it hindered itself in a few places (hence the three star rating), but I couldn't wait to see what the movie would accomplish.

I wasn't disappointed.

***All photo credit goes to Fox 2000 Pictures for all of the pictures from the movie in this post.***

Not only was the movie beautiful and artfully pulled off, but the message was so strong and the heart of the book and the story truly shown through.

I loved how the movie really polished the book, and instead of having an angry tone, it brought in a message of unity in the end.

Don't get me wrong--the emotions were raw and strong, one could really see and sense the tension, the anger, and hurt, but the movie really helped empathize the book's point even more. And it did it in a way that I truly believe will touch the hearts of most people.


Films like this are so powerful and eye-opening, and I'm glad that such a great book as The Hate U Give got the movie it needed.


The movie deals with so many important issues, and overall the perspective and voice of this movie is something I am glad will be heard and seen in theaters. 

The most important message in this movie was that hatred is constantly passed down through fear, as the movie's and the book's main point and the source of the title goes:

THUG LIFE — The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody.

The way they showed this in the movie was astounding and eye-opening, and I cannot stress how true and important it is to realize this.  
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The movie is about standing together, knowing your rights, and standing up for what you believe in.

Many people don't want to believe that stuff like this is a reality for so many people, but it is, and this movie really reflects the struggles that so many people face, such as racial bias and the huge drug problem in so many neighborhoods.  

I loved how they ended this movie, and in the end I thought that it was pulled off better than the book, simply because I think it really helps people understand this side and view.

 While the book was also eye-opening, it was harsher in some ways with its message, so I am glad the movie went with a more subtle but a still powerful way of showing the injustice so many people face. 

The Hate U Give is so important because it really helps people understand the cause and effect of fear and hate. It tackles so many racial issues in such a graceful way. The whole movie has so much heart and power in it, and I applaud it.


It's truly a movie worth seeing, it will make everyone think. This movie along with the book will change hearts and mindsets. Overall, it's such a voice and side of the story that needs to be heard and it's worth seeing.


Have you seen the movie? 
What did you think?
Do you think the movie was better than the book or that the book was better? 

Happy Writing,

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