I should have said before but these are just my favorite plots and plot elements, not the only ones I enjoy or think are good. When all is said and done we all look for different things in fiction :).
Now we come to some of my all time favorites:
I love symbolism. Back in the day when ‘Read! Read! It’s fun, we promise!’ was the tagline and undercurrent of every childrens show I joined the Fellowship of the Book (“And my bookmark! And My library Card!”) in a flash. It helped that my ma only bought me books as gifts of course, but that’s another blog post.
Anyway, the idea that books could take you to far of places without you needing to go anywhere and let you be anyone that could do amazing things was great (To little me, who lived in the middle of nowhere, didn’t mind reading as boy characters, and sometimes had my CP getting me down, it was especially therapeutic.)
But the idea that that book world might be alive and able to be affected by a reader character in their outside ‘normal’ world, spilling one into the other by books end? Those stories were, and still are, pure magic to me. As years have gone on from the days of The Neverending Story I’ve hunted for this plot and its lovable brother ‘Everything is Real Somewhere‘ tirelessly. Somehow, no matter how many times I read it, my love for this plot is neverending.
I was thinking of starting to do ‘old-books- I-have’ haul posts since I don’t get new books as often as I would like (And haul posts seem to be all the rage lately). These would be supplemented with new (used) books I get now and then, some background about why I picked the book, and a very short review if I’ve already read it….
I’m still getting use to wordpress as a blogging site, since I’m more accustomed to the very informal journaling format of livejournal and tumblr.
I admit it, I’m a reader of habit. I try my best to read out of my zone of favorite themes and plots, but always return to them. Maybe it’s the warm and cozy feeling they give me of knowing how something might play out, maybe it’s because the new trend toward ‘the future is grim and then our great great grandchildren all die’ isn’t for me. But whatever the case here are some of my favorite elements and plots in no real order…
- The sympathetic (anti?) hero vampire that actually loves being a vampire.
There are vampires that spend their time crying about their fate into wine glasses of blood and vampires that want to go to high school for all of time. This vampire is neither of these and yet I can’t help liking them. Normally they are bloodthirsty monsters, but done with just the right balance and they are blood thirsty monsters who think humans are nice but wouldn’t want to be one (if they ever were human to start with). But they still have emotions, they simply don’t use them to mope about the hand they were given. Well fed and taken care of this interesting mix of old and new vampire myth is pretty rare, even in romance novels. Even rarer than that is them being the hero of a story and not the villain. Where’s the love?
- Main characters that react positively to supernatural and weird happenings in fantasy novels.
I’ll say right away that this favorite element did not come from a happy reader place for me. I swear if I had to read one more novel where the hero mumbles to everyone and her Aunt Bess about how she must be dreaming/going crazy/losing it/ she’d miss school/a date/she was so unlucky etc over finding a hidden magical world I was going to scream. Doubly so if the only one who reacts with joy at finding a magical world/discovering magic in our world/finding a talking unicorn is only the goofy nerdy sidekick of the book. For that matter why aren’t there more books about the goofy nerdy sidekick as the hero character? I feel like in this day and age we outnumber the sensible ‘I’d rather be in my nice boring world feeding my goldfish’ adventurers five to one 😉
The orange mini-note is my traveling notebook since it’s built in pocket makes sure I always have something to write with on hand. I’m pretty sure needing to write but having nothing to write with is one of those dark circles of afterlife punishment. (Most boring DOOM level idea ever)
I don’t have a problem…
Okay, maybe I do. Today, since I am sick with a bug that is going around through my hometown countryside, I thought I’d do another small post. This time to share my notebook collection. This is only about half of it, but I think you can see my slow slide from ‘Writing must be serious every step of the way’ to ‘Darn it if I’m going to be writing for hours and hours I want something that makes me happy.’ Back to school sales always fill me with a renewed drive to write more, so those newest two sparkling silver and black books were just too good to pass up.
In my case, I use notebooks to get out certain scenes and bits of dialogue that need to come into being right this moment, and then my laptop to slap them into place in the bigger scheme of things, plotwise.
Do you have a favorite notebook? (Or if you don’t write on paper a favorite program or app?) What gets you fired up to write?
Do you have something you’d like to hear me talk about on my blog? Drop me a line below!
It’s no secret I love bookmarks. Whenever I am lucky enough to see some anywhere, I always pick up one or two.
Todays feature bookmarks are some emotional little guys from China called ‘Sunny Dolls’. They are the more interesting ‘ hairclip’ form bookmarks, and their cutest comes in a trade for meh quality
Still, $4 or so for six little bookmarks is not the worst deal I’ve ever heard of, and they are something to look into if you are a fan of the cute chibi/anime emo vibe like I am.
(Note: Future reviews will be done using my own pictures of the bookmarks and a rating system. Right now my camera isn’t talking to my computer. I’m getting tech counseling for them both to work out their issues peacefully)
Shame is very common on the internet.
For all the good that collective sites do, bringing together like minded fans of everything from action figures, to glamorous musical shows, there is a dark side.
This side is almost always dedicated to saying how much of a guilty pleasure what you love is. It calls you a geek if you dare step into the limelight and say ‘You know what? I’m proud to love FILL IN THE BLANK!’
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things certain groups love that are worth being ashamed of, things that hurt themselves and other people.
But we’re talking about the harmless geek pursuits here along the lines of colorful cartoons, or action figures or lava lamps or whatever you may be a fan of. As long as you’re not using your rent money on a new limited edition object of your choosing, or selling your first born for tickets, things are well within normal levels (hopefully).
Sometimes, we feel ashamed of liking something because others around us in our day to day lives don’t have the same passion for them. It can be lonely when you love a movie or show so much and then turn to see the person you were trying to share it with has fallen asleep.
But, in the end I think we may too often forget: There’s nothing truly wrong with being geeky. Sometimes that shame is only a shadow of others opinions and not our own true feelings.
There’s a good life lesson in there somewhere.