LITERATURE MEME // 1 out of 10 NOVELS ➝ The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories by Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Many of the characters are semi-autobiographical, sharing similarities with characters from his memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. O'Brien dedicated the book to the men of the Alpha Company with whom he fought during the war. The Things They Carried works heavily with metafiction, employing a writing tactic called verisimilitude, a style that meshes the factual with the fictional. This helps distinguish O’Brien’s literary approach from other authors. The Things They Carried is presented as fiction, but is couched in O’Brien’s experiences, lending credence to the events told in the book.
(2/5) RICHARD CAMPBELL GANSEY III / THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater
“In the end, he was nobody to Adam, he was nobody to Ronan. Adam spit his words back at him and Ronan squandered however many second chances he gave him. Gansey was just a guy with a lot of stuff and a hole inside him that chewed away more of his heart every year.”
Fallen man’s inability fully to comprehend haunting reminders of another, supernatural realm that yet seemed not to exist, the constant perplexity of inexplicable and vastly metaphysical phenomena, a propensity for seemingly perverse or evil moral choices that had no firm or fixed measure or rule, and a sense of nameless guilt combined with a suspicion the external world was a delusive projection of the mind–these were major elements in the vision of man the Dark Romantics opposed to the mainstream of Romantic thought.
Hamlet (The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark), William Shakespeare
Often regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest play and the world’s most iconic tragedy, Hamlet has been intriguing audiences, actors, directors, and scholars across the world since its 1599-1602 completion date.
I’m not like the other girls.
I won’t get mad when your with friends and don’t respond to me.
I won’t get mad when you like another girls photo because I know it’s only a picture.
I won’t get mad
Because I trust you
“I’ve learned that a storm isn’t always just bad weather, and a fire can be the start of something. I’ve found out that there are a lot more shades of gray in this world than I ever knew about. I’ve learned that sometimes, when you´re afraid but you keep on moving forward, that’s the biggest kind of courage there is. And finally, I’ve learned that life isn’t really about failure and success. It’s about being present, in the moment when big things happen, when everything changes, including myself.”
“…because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
YA Lit Meme: [8/9] Quotes → Blue Lily, Lily Blue from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
“There is no good word for the opposite of lonesome. One might be tempted to suggest togetherness or contentment , but the fact that these two other words bear definitions unrelated to each other perfectly displays why lonesome cannot be properly mirrored. It does not mean solitude, nor alone, nor lonely, although lonesome can contain all of those words in itself. Lonesome means a state of being apart. Of being other. Alone-some.”