Monday, 27 May 2013

Book Review; The Fault in our stars.

I finished this book in one day! That's how good it is. I spent all day at my boyfriend's house ignoring him to read this. He was cooking the BBQ so I was excused to fall into Hazel's world for a while, and then talking to him about what was happening, he doesn't care really, he just mumbles stuff that he thinks he's supposed to say or listens while I talk about what something does or doesn't mean.

I'm sure most of you have heard of this and/or John Green. and I have to say after reading this and Looking For Alaska, John Green is a cruel but excellent writer. and aren't all writer's cruel. I spent the whole time reading this whingeing about what I'd already guessed was going to happen. but even though I knew it was going to happen at some point I still begged it not to happen. I fell completely in love with Augustus just like Hazel (Slowly, then all at once). I love how John Green's own opinions on life come through both of them, at least I think they do. and it really made me think about oblivion and death. Which is always good when you read a book! Although after reading two of his books I think that since in LFA he said that writing about death was a sign of someone being suicidal we should all be very worried about John Green (and writers in general probably). I loved all the romance in it, and how Hazel fought with falling in love for so long. and I'm trying really really hard to not give anything away. I'm starting to get the feeling that John Green is one of the most quotable writers I've ever read. (Some Infinities are bigger than other Infinities) and I can see myself accidentally quoting this book and getting people annoyed at me, I'm going to try not to do that. Plus there's a really funny joke about a picture on a T-shirt (Which Harry didn't get and thought I was weird for laughing at it so much). Read this book! It'll change your life. (You can't just make me different then leave - LFA) :)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Book Review: Looking for Alaska.

I've only just noticed I've been a lot more active than usual this week. Well I left school yesterday! I was Pikachu for the day and I thought I'd just mention that before I move on to the topic of this post; Looking For Alaska by John Green! It was nothing like I expected it to be I'll say that first!

This book is made up to be amazing and to be honest it is just not in the way I expected it to be, It's sort of like perks of being a wallflower at the start, but then it changes and it's really not. I kind of love the fact that this book is the first that I think I've read as a writer (For explanation refer to this post), I saw things that the writer used to draw me in, in even the sturucture of the book which is something I've never noticed before. Although it did make me want to cry a little that I know I'll always have a hard time being THAT good. ( and the story itself made me cry but I can't give too much away). Basically Alaska is a girl who's kind of screwed up, she's had it hard and she blames herself for things, but she's impulsive as well. While Miles (although through most of the book I forgot that his name was Miles and not Pudge) is the opposite, he's always faded into the background to escape life and she changes him although they're opposites ( 'if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane') there are so many quoteable lines from this book and after reading it I want to be like Alaska a little (not drinking or smoking) but being a girl who you can look in her room and safely say that I am a girl who loves books! Which my room doesn't say as my mum makes me tidy my books away in my cupboard. I think the way this was written is truly amazing and is worth all the hype it gets. Although it does have some language and deals with sex alot I think that it's amazing. and the last words premise is amazing and ties in really well with the whole story, it doesn't just seem like John Green likes last words and wanted to base a book on them since the idea is seamlessly woven in to the storyline!.
You'll understand all that if you read it! Which you should as it's amazing. Now on the fault in our stars!


Thursday, 23 May 2013

ABC reading challenge:

Okay, recently Jill Williamson over at Go Teen Writers brought up her idea of a challenge to create a list of books beguinning A-Z and read them so here's my hopeful list;

A- Anna and the french Kiss (Stephanie Perkins) 
B - The book Theif (Markus Zusak)
C - The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)  
D - Divergent (Veronica Roth) 
F - The fault in our stars (John Green) 
G - The Great Gatsby 
H - The Host (Stephanie Mayer)
E - Emma (Jane Austen)-
I-  I am number four (Pittacus Lore)
J - Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
K- Keeping the Moon (Sarah Dessen) -
I love her work and it begins with K :)
L- Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) -
M- My Sister's Keeper -
N- Now is good (Jenny Downham)
O- One for the money (Janet Evanovich) -
P- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
Q- Queen Of Babble (Meg Cabot) 
R- Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier) -
S- Silver Linings Playbook-
T- To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee) -
U- Ulysses (James Joyce) -
V- Vampire Academy -
W- Warm Bodies (Issac Marion)
X- X in Flight (Karen Rivers)- 
Y- The Year Of The Fog (Michelle Richmond) -
Z- The zookeeper's wife (Diane Ackerman) -

So that's my list (Hopefully I'll actually finish them, I'll keep you posted. 


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Write what you know?

Today I'm going to talk about what I think is common advice that writers hear, and if I'm honest I'd never take it. I know nothing about anything whatsoever. I write Romance when I've never been in half the situations my characters are in. I write about death and mourning when I've only experienced mourning once. I write about domestic violence and I thank god I've never experienced that.I think that it is good advice in theory, if a writer can possibly experience everything that can ever happen to a character. but we cannot and since my life is pretty dull I would never sell any of my work if all I wrote about is what I've been through and/or know about life.Because let's be honest, I'm sixteen. I've never been drunk, and I spend most of my free time writing and reading. I don't think I've ever even been to a party where I've even been offered alcohol. My life's pretty bland and not something I'd want to write a book about (Although Ellie Sweet certainly was amazing at being interesting while still showing a writer's life). 
I think in some ways we should draw from our own experinces for example I wrote this in one of my WIPs;

“You know, I come here to write all the time… it’s weird that I never ever noticed that they sell cakes” she laughed

which is something I've kind of done, I write in my own room and didn't notice that my sister had put up a new poster on the wall next to where I write, and when I write on the bus I never notice when someone comes on and sits down. I love it that I can relate myself in characters and I love doing the same with people in my life another example is in another WIP of mine ; 

“What’s up with the cheeks Rosy?” he pokes my cheek and laughs.
This is something Harry does to me all the time, whenever I'm embarrassed or for some reason my cheeks go red ( which happens quite frequently) he always without fail calls me Rosy and laughs at me, and because I think that's an adorable characteristic in a boyfriend I gave Ryan that line in Aurelia and Ryan's WIP (A new unmentioned WIP) Anyway enough stupid writer thoughts!


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Why I Write Romance:

I've been asked this question quite a bit and I thought I'd answer it as best I can. because I guess it confuses me too, why do writers as a group chose the genres they choose? and why do I feel compelled to write romance instead of let's say fantasy?
I guess for me it's what I've always thought of, most of the books on my book shelf are romance and all I got read when I was little were fairy-tales, and all the films I watched had some love in them ( I was obsessed with the little mermaid!). I guess I write romance because that's what I love. and it's weird because I've only ever really had one boyfriend (Whom I love) but he's not big on romance himself. At least not in the way most of my characters are with each other.
I love the feeling when you get butterflies before a kiss, or someone compliments you and you can just feel your cheeks go bright pink. And in my books I love exploring how different couples are in love. For example:
Annie and Carter hide their love from each other in friendship then when it eventually comes out they find themselves having to fall in love all over again after Carter's absence as Annie doesn't feel completely trusting over him anymore.

Jason loves Sabrina like she's a goddess. She's the only girl who ever made him happy and who he wanted to be a better man for, and when she leaves him he still wouldn't let anyone say a bad word about her. When he figured out what Dexter was doing to her, he felt protective over her and confused why anyone wouldn't love her the way he does. His love lasts over years of being apart and he doesn't think it'll ever fade.

because there's no limit to how much you can love someone, and there's no rule on who you can and can't love. Sometimes it's uncontrollable and just happens ever if you don't want it to. Even if it's wrong and will never work out. and maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic but I think it's the greatest thing in the world, and I guess I like seeing other people (Characters) feel it too, and get to participate in their love affairs too. 
Sorry if this was all soppy optimistic ramble, feel free to share why you write your genre in the comment!

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Book Review: The revised life of Ellie Sweet.

Now another Playlist fiction installment. I have to say this book is the reason I signed up to be on the street team, I would have bought it anyway but either way I would have had to read it. ( Although it was made difficult by Harry's attempts to get me to speak to him when he was round; because I'm the bad girlfriend who sits and reads rather than talks to him :P) Stephanie Morrill is really an amazing writer (Reminds me that I need to post my review of me, just different too :P) and she runs GoTeenWriters which makes her even better! So to the book!

Blurb - 
When ousted by her lifelong friends, teen writer Ellie Sweet takes to story writing as self-therapy. She casts herself as Lady Gabrielle, a favorite in the medieval Italian court, her ex-friends as her catty rivals, and makes a pesky rake of the boy who thinks he’s too good for her in real life. But when Ellie achieves the impossible and her “coping mechanism” becomes a published novel, she faces the consequences of using her pen as her sword.

Seriously when reading this all I could think is how much I want to be Ellie! but she's so relatable (at least to teen writers i assume) and all I could do was shout at my kindle that she should just start dating Chase! and now I've finished it and it's left me feeling strangely upbeat. I think the epilogue was my favorite part, because I could really picture that happening to me (Read it to get it :P ) and everything she said I found myself agreeing with Ellie on everything. Apart from with Palmer.
I loved this book alot, and even though it took me a while to read (thanks harry) it was worth it! Definitely another to recomend.