essence of a book

Why I don't show people my sketchbook
  • What I say: my artistic soul is poured into this book, my very essence in the form of paper, pencil, and marker, so I simply couldn't bear to show my most private inner thoughts and feelings
  • What I mean: it's full of gay boys
Have you ever noticed it? When you watch a good movie, read a good book, listen to a good song or do anything that touches you, it remains with you for some time. You can’t just forget it as soon as it is over. It stays with you, tinges of it still colouring your mind. You keep ruminating, regurgitating, reminscing. It just stays with you like an old favorite song you hum to unconsciously, uncontrollably. You think of it just because you like to.
And you know what? People are like that too.
—  People stay
Creating Titles

Anonymous asked: “How do you come up with a title for you story or novel?”

In my experience, titles for stories are something writers often go into a project knowing. I wouldn’t say this is always true, though many great titles from authors I’ve asked simply just popped into their heads - or that’s what they claim anyway. I believe it. It seems like such a minor thing after all, so why would anyone lie?

I also have talked to writers who struggle with titles. For me, it’s hit or miss. Some projects just have a title. Others don’t. I once titled something so terribly that all of my readers asked me to change it, almost unanimously. It wasn’t that bad of a title, but it wasn’t particularly great either. I ended up changing it to something that I didn’t particularly care for, but after awhile now, I know that is a much better title. There are a few ways to come up with titles.

Keep reading

The act of true reading is in its very essence democratic. Consider the nature of what happens when we read a book - and I mean, of course, a work of literature, not an instruction manual or a textbook - in private, unsupervised, un-spied-on, alone. It isn’t like a lecture: it’s like a conversation. There’s a back-and-forthness about it. The book proposes, the reader questions, the book responds, the reader considers. We bring our own preconceptions and expectations, our own intellectual qualities, and our limitations, too, our own previous experiences of reading, our own temperament, our own hopes and fears, our own personality to the encounter.
—  Philip Pullman
Natsu FT 520

The first thing I want to point out is that END has not gone. I doubt it. Natsu’s anxiety made him question his identity. As we all know, when you question your existence in life things start to go wrong. In Natsu’s case, I’m guessing both powers will take a lot of will-power to control. Standard dragon slayer attacks cause Natsu to partially transform, so when going ‘all out’ and Natsu being very instinctual (he lives in the moment and emotion) then anything disrupting the delicate balance between these powers is devastating to his body. 

Natsu’s body is still a demon because his human body was killed, his slayer magic added further transformation. That is a lot going on in one body. So when Igneel say’s Natsu is a human, I believe he is talking about Natsu’s soul. Acnologia rejected his human side and still does, believing it to be a weakness when actually it’s his heart, his conscience. If Natsu chose anything other than being human, it would have meant Natsu choosing power over anything else.

Natsu’s physical essence is still tied to the book, he was still hurt by Zeref shooting the book of END, even when Natsu didn’t believe him (and was confident in himself). Perhaps now Natsu accepts who he is entirety, if Zeref destroys the book then dragon mutation will preserve his body, enabling him to live. 

To solidify my point, if the destruction of the seeds meant the elimination of that power, then Natsu wouldn’t be able to use his dragon slayer magic. He can. 

anonymous asked:

fanart isn't real art

Hey nonny! 

Firstly, you are mistaken. 

Secondly, you are a bit of an ass. 

but let’s use those debating skills of mine and rebut your unfounded statement: 

evidence piece number 1: Definition via Wikipedia. 

Hm… “Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (…)”

Yes? Make sense? Well, moving on. 

Now: there’s been a lot of art in history. Agreed? Well, then. let’s look at that. 

evidence piece number 2: screenshot of google (ignore the obscene amount of pinned tabs, I’m a hoarder)

Ok great so let’s examine that. You see the tab that’s open? What did I search? ‘Art Renaissance’ Yes? Well, let’s look at those pics. the first pic shows the ‘agony of the garden’ which refers to an event of the life of Jesus in the New Testament. Huh I’ve heard of the New Testament - it’s a book right? Well, let’s keep looking at those pics. See that pic on the far right - top row? Now I can’t be 100% sure, but that kinda seems to show Maria and Jesus? Yeah? Well, guess what, that’s from the New Testament too. Wild, right? That not only one artwork from the Renaissance has a religious theme… but TWO?!?! WIld. 

The last row? Yeah. That’s all Christian art too. Huh. Wow. I can’t believe that many artists created art based on the Bible. Crazy. 

So, moving on to somewhat more modern art: 

evidence piece number 3: 

So this dude is pretty cool right? This is art? We are in agreement, yes? This is art. Well, buckle up, anon, cos I’m about to shake your world. 

That was created towards the end of the 19th century, by Sidney Paget. And guess where that artwork is featured? Guess who the dude is in the pic? Well, that’s our very own Sherlock Holmes! lmao and guess what? Sherlock Holmes is a character in a book! *gasp* Did I shake your world yet?

Well, then, let’s move to an even more modern example: 

I guess you know who this is? 

I mean, I could be mistaken, but I think I remember there being books to this movie? Eh, might be my imagination. Well, then, let’s look at some art that was done inspired by this character…

Oh wow! Beautiful isn’t it? This is by the legendary artist @euclase

Now let’s assume that you didn’t know Harry Potter and that you didn’t know that there were books and movies about him, would you agree that this is art? Let’s be honest: you would. 

Let’s look at the quote again, nonny: Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows, or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work.” 

So theoretically, if we go down that path, all types of drawings, art, pictures, photography etc. are all forms of art, and are all fanart in a way. Have you seen the Hunger Games? Or… do you watch a tv show like Sherlock? Well, y’know, movies are just a series of frames of photography, making that, in essence also art. and considering both of those examples are stories based on books, I’d call them fanart too. 

So, next time you go sending people anonymous messages about how fanart isn’t art, think twice, cos we artists - we’re a tough bunch. 

Also, you’re an asshole - did I already mention that? 

I had acne from a very young age and I was this gawky pimply girl way before my friends were. My mother told me that I need not worry because my pimples would probably clear up earlier than others because I had them earlier. And that gave me immense joy. That I will have awesome skin earlier than others.
But it was not so. My face cleared up with everyone else and even later than many, as a matter of fact. But that didn’t mean that my face didn’t clear up.
What I am trying to say here is that life is like that. You don’t fight the same battles. While some girls didn’t ever get acne, I struggled with zits for more than half of my life. But now I am free.
You may fight more battles than others but that doesn’t mean you will not win.
You will win. In your own time. Trust me. I know.
—  Personal battles
The Five Elements of a Good Novel Pitch

If you guys haven’t heard about the Book Doctors, then what have you been doing with your writing life allow me to educate you.
David Henry Sterry and Arielle Ekstut are a husband and wife couple who work closely with NaNoWriMo and are the authors of a fantastic book titled “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published.” (get it and read it, it’s fabulous) These two wonderful people just did a YouTube livestream (it’s two hours long, watch it here) and at the tail end of it, David Sterry mentions the five elements of a really solid pitch…

  1. Research: Make sure that any facts you use in your pitch (as a hook or that are relevant to your novel) are accurate. It sounds like common sense, but you might be surprised how so many details can get overlooked. Unfortunately, pitches are all about detail. Suffice it to say, if you’re writing a medical thriller, then you’ll want to have intimate knowledge of medical procedures.
  2. Connection / Networking: One of the things that surprised me about pitching a novel is the “resume” part of a pitch. I thought that pitching was all about selling your book, but you have to sell yourself, too. If a well-known author has praised your book, mention that! If you’re writing a book for middle schoolers titled “How to Be A Loser 101″ then throw in a mention of how you were a loser for years and years (humor and connection. Double whammy). If you’re like me and you don’t have any credentials relevant to your story, then this humorous route may be the way to go.
  3. Writing: A pitch should be under 250 words. Every word needs to count, needs to be chosen, needs to be the best word to sell your book and yourself. You need to take time, slow down, and really think. 250 is a lot less than it sounds, so try not to get discouraged and keep at it until you feel that you’ve really summarized the essence of your book.
    *Note: pitches for sci-fi and fantasy novels can be a little bit longer because they tend to need more buildup and explanation, but don’t go over 300. Just don’t.
  4. Perseverance: Writing the right pitch can take a long time. Heck, it took the Book Doctors months to come up with theirs, but now they can recite it in sync, with hand motions (skip to 2:01:38 to see it!). Condensing an entire novel down to 250 words is hard, even without considering that those 250 are supposed to convey why your book needs to be published. But take it one step at a time, and most importantly…
  5. Have fun with it! We all know that joy and passion should permeate our work, and that should be no different when it comes to your pitch. Let your pitch have style and humor and voice and cliffhangers, just like your book does.

Keeping all these elements in mind when you’re writing your novel pitch can be really helpful. And if you hit a wall? Step back, take a breath. Use your resources (like the Book Doctor’s video here or their book “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published”). 
And if you want to, send me your pitches! I’m not professional, but I’d love to hear about your guys’s books. Tag me in a post or send them to me in a message and I’ll help if I can! 

15 Day Books Challenge - Day 7

Day 7: Favorite movie adaptation of a book

THIS THIS THIS THIS. Both are beautiful and well-done stories in their own ways. The book really makes you feel for Charlie; you get to know him so very well that you can’t help but want to be his friend and make everyone else around him understand him the way you do. And his parents & sister and his relationship with them is my absolute favorite aspect of the book… and while the actors chosen for their roles in the movie did a FANTASTIC job of playing them, I felt like that aspect of the book was pushed aside for other things in the movie.

However! THIS GODDAMN MOVIE IS INCREDIBLE. Not just by itself as a work of film, but as an adaptation specifically. It captured the essence and heart of the book. Probably due to the fact that the book’s author Stephen Chbosky directed & wrote the movie. Logan Lerman nails it. He is a cupcake. It is a heartwarming, funny, but also surprisingly raw and difficult movie.

Like I said though, it stuck to its source material. Some things were changed for the movie (like the importance of his individual relationship with his family), but it didn’t make the movie bad in any way, it just shifted the focus. By the end of it though you are still left with the same feeling and message as you are in the book.

Charlie’s relationship with his 2 closest friends is something that was much more fulfilling for me to watch rather than to read. I just couldn’t help but love them even more because they were real people in front of me.

Other than what i’ve said above, I don’t quite know how else to pinpoint why I think this movie is my favorite book-to-movie adaptation. If you haven’t seen it, please go watch it. I recommend it over the book tbh. <3

What is one book-to-movie adaptation you absolutely love??

elaine-spades  asked:

It's been years since I read the books, but what did CC do that was so bad with Sebastian's character?

Anonymous said:

“The crap CC did in the end” is that referring to how Sebastian’s death was written? Cuz I agree lol

I am gonna answer these together since they are pretty similar.

Well, the thing with Sebastian is… I hate him. Simple as that. lol Not because he is a villain because as I said, a well written antagonist keeps the story interesting and I am here for that. Especially since Valentine was/is kinda meh in my eyes so a real villain is more than overdue lbr.

But the way CC wrote Sebastian (and especially his death) was just… fucking awful and obnoxious. Like… you can’t write such a psycho and in the end redeem him completely from everything he’d done. People actually crying for him and forgiving him and such? Are you kidding me? 

Though, to be fair, that’s not what really ticks me off regarding him; what really pisses me off is that CC actually tried to tell me that this precious sweet creature was oh so innocent to begin with. Like… you can’t hold him responsible for all the cruel and horrible things he did because…. *wait for it* he had demon blood. WTF?!

So basically this means that Sebastian was bound to end up as a murderer and someone who tried to rape his sister because he had demon blood. Magnus, f.e. has demon blood, too. Did he end up being a psycho and killer? Or the other downworlders for that matter? 

Sorry, but what the fuck??? Is CC for real???

And I still can’t believe that his fangirls are losing their shits over him (or shipping him with his own fucking sister!) and acting like he’s such a precious little darling that in the end nobody really understood and who was too good and pure for this world. Seriously, you gotta be kidding me.

“The very essence of comic books in my experience is their playfulness and their wit and the sometimes self-conscious nature of what they are and what realm they’re operating in. So, I think it’s nice to, actually not just to take story elements and character elements into your adaptation, but to take the overall sense of a kind of witty playfulness with the medium.”

I will be so pissed off if Shadowhunters turns Raphael into a drug dealer

Because I think it will change his essence. Like, in the books, he always seemed like the badass, grumpy and sarcastic vampire, but never had a gross soul.
He always fought so hard for being in the law and don’t do the things that Camille did and make sure that is everything okay with his clan and the show was going pretty well with that.
But man, if they convert Raphael on a fucking drug dealer just because he seems like a villain and needs to be gross because of that (I will not even mention the fact that he needs some kind of romantic plot to get a big hole on the fucking show), I don’t know what I gonna do.
Raphael is not an angel and 100/100 good, but he’s not a bad person at all. So it makes no sense. Don’t touch Raphael. I prefer him as the Simon’s delivery boy instead of some type of generic villain fucking everything up with no reason on the show.