first drafts are always shit
first drafts are always shit
first drafts are ALWAYS SHIT
just because your first draft is shit doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer
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OMG guys I just got my first piece of fan mail! I’m legit freaking out right now, whoever this anon is, please create a Tumblr so that I can follow you and love you forever!
Why do I always join fandoms 8 years after they are already established so that I’m way behind and have to scramble to catch up.
I’ve come to find that there are two types of Sarah Dessen books. The first is the philosophical, deep-thinking ones that, while they do feature love stories, are more about family and future and often don’t have cut-and-dry endings, and are so much more than just simple beach reads. These would include, Dreamland, Lock and Key, Keeping the Moon, Just Listen, etc.
The second category is: simple beach reads. These are sweet stories that have unique characters and storylines and locations, and they typically have a clear plot with a cut-and-dry ending. These books include Along for the Ride, What Happened to Goodbye, The Truth About Forever, etc.
Dessen is equally skilled at writing each type of book, and neither is better than the other. It just depends on what mood you’re in, really.
The Moon and More is firmly in the first category: honest, philosophical, and with a more ambiguous ending than some of Dessen’s other books. Thankfully, I was totally in the mood for this. If you’re a fan of Dessen, you will love this book. If you’re not a fan of Dessen, then you’re on crack and should check into the nearest rehab, then you should go to a bookstore and buy one of her books (might I recommend This Lullaby? One of my favorites).
The Moon and More is about Emaline. She’s been dating the same guy for forever. She’s about to head off to a state college at the end of the summer, when she finds out that her boyfriend cheated on her. She breaks up with him, of course, and immediately meets a new boy named Theo, who she has a summer romance with while she navigates a complicated family situation and contemplates her future amidst so many people telling her what to do with her life.
The way I’m describing the plot makes it sound like a run-of-the-mill story, but it really isn’t. One thing that Dessen does well is that she takes these stories that the reader thinks they’ve seen before and then makes them so different and real from what people would expect. Her plots sound formulaic in blurbs, which drives me nuts, because they are anything BUT formulaic. Just trust me on this.
So basically, this book is great and deep and wonderful, and if you’re about to go off to college, you’ll love it.
Is it weird that I’m getting super excited about the new Divergent movie even though I didn’t love the book?
Also, I think I’m a fan of Teen Wolf. I didn’t think it could happen to me, but it did. Damn it.
Does anyone else find it odd that’s there’s very few YA novels written from the perspective of guys?
Actually, if you don’t include Paranormal Romance, I’d say it’s fairly even. From what I’ve seen, at least. It just so happens that Paranormal Romance has been getting more attention/marketing lately.
One of my first reviews was for the Girl in the Steel Corset. I’m too lazy to link to it because it’s hot and I’m sleepy. Go find it, I’m semi-proud of that review.
I didn’t give that book a good review because it was poor writing and characterization. However, I will say that it was a fun book and I didn’t hate my life while I was reading it. On a scale of City of Bones (being the worst) to Harry Potter (the best), I’d give the Girl in the Steel Corset a rating of Twilight. That’s pretty awful, but it doesn’t make me want to die. So that’s that.
This is the continuing story of Finley Jayne, the girl in the steel corset from the first book who had a dark side and a good side that took over at different times. In this book, the two sides have merged so that she’s one whole person, but she still struggles with each side, especially the dark one. With her is Griffin, a guy who is royalty but I can’t remember what kind (he isn’t a prince. He’s like a Duke or a Lord or something), and his friends Sam and Emily. They all have special talents that they showed off in the first book.
In this book, the gang travels from London to New York City to save a friend Jasper, who’s been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. He’s being held by a former friend and fellow ex-gang member, Dalton, who has Jasper’s girlfriend Mei in a clockwork collar that tightens around her neck if Jasper doesn’t do what Dalton says. Dalton is using Jasper to find pieces of a mysterious machine around the city.
Also, it’s steampunk. In case you didn’t know.
ride together, die together
I don’t TOTALLY hate John Green’s books, and I love him as a person, but I’m not into his books for a lot of reasons. But the John Green Not-Really-Into-His-Books Crew doesn’t sound as good as the John Green Hate Crew.
some flowers just arrived for my sister but my mom thought they were for me.
and so she asked if they were from henry and of course i asked what the hell she was talking about
and she was like “henry, the boy you’re always talking about.”
she meant henry david thoreau.
i quote henry david thoreau so much my mom thought henry david thoreau was my boyfriend
That must be Thoreauly annoying.
but can I just throw out there how much I adore Norma’s character? She’s so cool.
I mean singling out Daisy as The Worst Character in Gatsby is kinda weird when her husband is a white supremacist who beats his mistress.
Apparently not in this society, old sport.
Although I have many issues with the book’s representation of women, what with the slut-shaming against Isabelle and the way Clary was portrayed as air-headed, I have to point out a few things that the series got right.
1: Portraying a bisexual man as actually being bisexual
A lot of bisexual characters are treated as ‘gay but not ready to admit it.’ Clare did a good thing with Magnus Bane, a character who I totes fell in love with and who is one of the reasons I’m seeing the movie in August. Instead of only showing him with male partners, Clare made sure to show that he’d been with both genders in the past (not that a bisexual character HAS to have had both genders as partners in order to truly be considered bisexual, I’m just saying it’s nice for a group of people who don’t have the best representation).
2: Having several characters of color in relatively diverse roles throughout the series. Most of them aren’t at the forefront, but they’re there and they play important roles and most of them don’t fit into stereotype boxes. Plus, she did a good thing when she demanded that those characters be cast as characters of color in the film. A lot of authors in her situation might have conceded and then come out later and been like, “Meh, it’s not my fault, ka-ching ka-ching.” She didn’t, and that’s cool.
3: She’s one of the few authors who I’ve seen come outright and admit her mistakes in the way that she portrays certain characters. It gives me hope for future writers.
friendly reminder that when oliver wood addressed the gryffindor quidditch team as ‘men’, angelina johnson called him out on his sexist and misogynistic bullshit by reminding him there were women on the team too, and he listened to her without question ✿◕‿◕✿
Oh, you’re so sweet! Following back :)
(BTW It’s madame)
I thought about adding a fifth category (Writing Style) that Divergent would have won, making it a tie, but I felt like I would just be rehashing a lot of stuff from Narrative. So technically you’re right, it should have been a tie, but I’m not a talented enough writer to make another category feel fresh.
Thanks for responding to my comparison!
This has been done a thousand times. I’m well aware of that. Hey, I don’t claim to be original here.
As someone who read both books and didn’t fall head-over-heels for either one, I feel like I can offer a perspective that die-hard (and, therefore, biased) fans of the books might not be able to offer. Here it is: the DrinkMeReadMe knock-down drag-out fight between two beloved dystopian YA books.
Spoilers ahead (but why should you care? If you’re reading this, most likely you’ve read both books).
I’m going to break this down into several different categories and offer some insight on each of them before declaring a winner.
The categories are:
Y’all ready for this?
a snow storm mid-May just makes you proud to live here.
Lol is this CCBubbles?
Scratch that, it must be Sheetmusicjunkie
WHY IS IT SNOWING OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW IT’S THE MIDDLE OF MAY GO HOME ALASKA YOU ARE DRUNK.
WHAT IT’S SNOWING OUTSIDE WHAT THE HELL ALASKA
IT’S FUCKING MAY 17 THIS SHIT SHOULDN’T HAPPEN UGH
Welcome to hell, its called interior Alaska
- Irene wasn’t fridged
- Irene wasn’t a victim
- Irene wasn’t a generic love interest
- Irene beat Sherlock
- Irene took everyone’s preconceived notions of gender in criminals and lit them on fire
- Irene was a completely unrepentant HBIC
- Irene (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧