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How Not to Hate ‘The Dark Tower’ Movie

First, you must know:  I love the Dark Tower series.

No really.

I LOVE.  The Dark Tower.  I listen to the entire audio book cycle at least three times a year.

A goodly portion of my left calf is devoted to this.  I commissioned a picture of my cat, Jimmy, as Roland.  

Believe me, I am a fan:

(yes, I know I need lotion… so much lotion…)

So it’s easy to imagine the more I heard about the upcoming movie, the more horror I experienced.

(spoiler alert – DUH)

Granted, Stephen King gave himself the BIGGEST ‘get out of jail free’ card ever when he wrote the ending of DT… that the entire cycle repeats itself until Roland can get it RIGHT.  Things change each time.  Soooo this means SK can say that ANYTHING can now happen and have it fit within the mythology.

I wanted to boycott the movie.  I wanted to HATE the movie.  I wanted to sit in the theatre and hrumph each little change… but I didn’t.

If you are a purist (as I fancied myself), put everything out of your mind that you have already heard/read/watched and replace it with this (no, it’s *not* true but this is how it goes easiest): 

NO ONE INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE EVER READ ANY OF THE BOOKS.

You know that friend/relative, you’ve been telling about DT for YEARS, but just can’t seem to be bothered to actually READ it?  Well, this person wrote the screenplay.  If you think of it that way, you can actually sail through this movie relatively easily.

I really need to watch it again with a notepad so I can make notes of specific things to address, but for now, I’m just going to go with what I remember:

1.   Algo Siento has been mushed together with the concept of stealing twins from Wolves of the Calla.  The movie opens with young people frolicking and then being taken to a building where they are strapped to chairs and made to shoot psychic power at the Tower.

2.   Oh, at the Tower?  I thought all things serve the beam?! Apparently, screw the beams.  Even though the words “beam quake” are actually used at one point and Jake even draws the picture we’ve all come to recognize as the wagon wheel design with the tower in the middle and the beams radiating out from it.  Yes, we are shooting power straight at the tower and not at beams that support it.

3.  The biggies you know already:  No Eddie, No Odetta/ Detta/Susannah, no Oy.  

4.  Jake is Jake in that he’s a young boy … named Jake.  He is likable, but lacks most if not all recognizable characteristics.  His dad “Elmer Chambers” (yep, they kept that) was a firefighter who got killed.  Jake loves his mother, but has an asshole stepdad/mom-boyfriend (whatever).  This is hugely different from the two cardboard cutout parents from the book.  I suppose this is supposed to make him more sympathetic.  

In fact, most recognizable names in this movie are just names.  Richard Sayer?  He’s there.  For 5 minutes.  He’s just a flunkie.  His name might as well be Lennie.  Or Jerry.  I almost said “rat boy” or “rat guy,” but I’m pretty sure someone already had that name in the credits.

5.  I have NEVER liked Matthew McConaughey… until now.  He’s getting older.  And it shows.  But that’s NOT a bad thing.  It’s easy to imagine him as the new Christopher Walken in the future.  He’s got a VERY heavy “Prophecy” vibe going on.

6.  What will make you angry:  Roland denies being a gunslinger.  This is WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.  Whether the world has moved on or not, Roland is a gunslinger in every fiber of his being.  He would NEVER deny this.

7.  Another anger ball:  His quest is purely one of vengeance.  UNWORTHY.  He seeks only to kill Walter… NOT TO climb to the top of the tower.  Yes, you have to have clearly defined conflict so I understand the good guy/bad guy dichotomy, but to change who the gunslinger is AND what his quest is?? Yeaaaa… no. 

8.  No lobstrosities .  He is injured by, like, a demon or something (I guess you could call it a Speaking Demon as it pretends to be Jake’s dad and Roland’s dad).  So he does seek medical treatment, but it is practically an aside and his illness takes NO time whatsoever.  Versus the HUGE amount of time he spends ill in the books.

9.  No doors, no keys.  The doors have been mashed up with the portals that are located along the beam.  But this is more a… well.. think Stargate-type thing.

10.  They got the Taheen down pretty good.  The human masks are well done.

11.  There are roses, the Sombra corporation is a thing.  At least it’s painted on the side of a van.  The Crimson King is mentioned, but one gets the feeling they are referring to a title Walter probably wants to ascend to.  As they have made him pretty much The Big Bad of the movie.  

12.  The guns are nothing special.  They are described in the books as big, heavy, fancy, scrolled… at one point, Eddie is afraid to take one from Roland lest the unexpected weight cause him to drop it and break his foot.  But, hey, now they are apparently forged from the metal of Excalibur.  Soooo that’s a thing, right?

I’m sure I will come back and amend this later as more things occur to me, but this is a good list for now.  I know it sounds like a lot, but not if you first apply what I said:  no one involved with this movie is trying to make you mad, they just wanted to make a movie.  This is the movie my husband would have made for me.  My husband knows I love the books so he read them too.  Many many years ago.  And has an extremely poor memory.

It’s short, but jamming SEVEN books in to one movie means a lot of stuff won’t get mentioned or gets mentioned for two seconds.  It also understands that there will probably never be another tower movie made so it wraps up while leaving an opening for another… if such were to be desired.

Just go, get your popcorn, relax, enjoy the a/c.  It’s better than a kick in the head.  It’ll be ok, I promise.  At least we got SOMETHING.

On reverse retellings-gender swap

Here on tumblr we’re comfortably throwing around (and taking in) ideas that stretch the mind, and attempt to cross the boundaries of society confines and stereotypes. Which is cool, but sometimes it can get a bit… detached from the actual real world that we’re trying to change (but still, lardely, haven’t, cause change is hard, if not impossible.)

So, basically, tumblr-land can be miles away from the whole rest of the land. It’s important to remember that this is a place of ideas, but not of the realization of these idas. That happens in the outside world, the real world, known also as

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Yeah.

Immediately you’re going: “Oh no, don’t ruin it. Don’t expose it to THEM. THEY don’t get it.”

But they must. Just whining to each other on here, although fun, won’t change anything. Going out and doing stuff will.

So, let’s do an experiment, shall we?

We shall.

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(Trust me, I’m a physicist.)

Let’s take this (amazing, if I say so myself) idea: A reverse retelling of Jane Eyre.

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(yum)

Points:

She is the one with the sercret, mad spouse hidden somewhere, thirsting for her flesh.

She is the one who wanted to grasp that little glimpse of happiness with another man, even though she knew if was forbidden.

She is the one who has to be set on fire (both metaphorically and literally) before she can be free of her demons.

She is the one who needs to be rescued from the horrors of her own life, and they both have equal flaws and good things to bring to the relationship. (In the book, Rochester needs to be freed of his wife, but other than that he’s supposed to bring more to the marriage, not morally, but materially.) In this reverse story, they are equals morally. Although she’s still kind of poorer, so that stays the same, as do a lot of other things, (because Charlotte is a genius and that story is already waaaay ahead of its time, and people would probably hate SO much on it because of feminism and stuff, but they can’t cause it’s a classic and you go, girl.)

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What if he, in reverse, has had a sad, emotionally abusive childhood, and has lived a dry, melancholy life? While drownig in riches (nice contrast there). 

What if he is the unspoilt one, has never given his heart to any woman, nor has be promised marriage to one, although he’s had women salivate after him for years?

What if he is the one who has to come back to her in the end, and find her ruined, and promise to her that she is more worthy of him now than she ever was?

What if he has to rescue her morally and emotionally as much as she? (That’s the only thing that doesn’t happen in the book, Jane is the moral anchor throughout, and he’s trying not to drown in the sea of his sins. But what if she is a sinner too?)

What if, in short, the roles are reversed? What if the woman is the one with the guilty secret? Is she then worthy of love? Do we even dare to consider it? What if the man is left bewildered and wondering if she likes him AT ALL, and asking her to trust him with her secrets, and left at the altar (or near it)? What if he is the second man in her life (the non-virgin antitrope -is that even a word? Now it is) but she the first woman in his?

What if the man, for once, is not the one in need of emotional rescuing, but does the rescuing himself, even though he isn’t qualified to do it? But he becomes someone who can lead them noth to a stronger moral standard. He isn’t the rescuer, but he BECOMES the rescuer. Because there’s nobody that will save him, if he won’t do it himself. That’s what I’m talking about. What if he is their only hope of ever working things through?
What if she is good and kind and faithful, but maimed? Ruined? Is it good/romatic/relatable that he should want her at all? And is she in a place to even be attracted to him, after what has been done to her?

What if they are both ruined, the girl as well as the guy?

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Well, I’ll tell you what happens then.

People don’t GET IT. Most people. Some do. And yay. But most don’t get it. (Or if they get it, they don’t like it.) Ewwwww why isn’t she pure? Ewww she’s married, I don’t read books about girls like THAT. Ewwwww that’s not a heroine, that’s a *** Ewww why would he want her? Ewww Eww Ewwwww

Yeah.

In case you don’t realize what I’m talking about yet, it’s not ok for a woman to have a dark secret, to need rescuing, to not hold herself to a higher moral standard. All the things that make us go “my poor baby” for Rochester, would make us go “ewwwww” for Jane.


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That’s gender swap in the real world, my friends. How do I know that? Because of this. I did it, you see. I did the experiment. And I am thankful every day for people who GOT the story from the first second, like @tea-books-lover @velutluna @pagesfullofstars @celebangel @bassguitarwitch and soooo many others who beta-read, reviewed, or just plain encouraged me with this outlandish idea.

Because, let me tell you.

I’ve gotten hate. (The ewwwws we were talking about, see above. So many EWWWS)

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ewe? close enough. 

I’ve even seen people read the synopsis and go, why would I read a book about a heroine like that? I don’t read books about ruined heroines.

People message me (most of them don’t dare post reviews) telling me they loved the writing but WTH? I reply, it’s reverse. They say ewww the heroine isn’t pure. I say she’s like Rochester, he isn’t pure. They say well, yeah, but he’s a guy. It’s ok for the man. That’s not a Jane Eyre retelling (A LOT of them don’t even get that. They don’t even recognize the Jane Eyre plotline or the characters once I swapped the genders. I mean it when I say it’s a different world out there, you guys. People have no idea. No. Idea.) I say -I usually say nothing, or just bye, but if it’s a nice person who wants answers, I reply- it’s the same story, governess goes to work for rich dude, mad spouse, fire, impossible love, morals, wedding stopped, the works. But it’s reverse.

There’s even lines in the book that are a direct nod to the masterpiece.

“You are my bright angel.”

“You can be mended, if once you were ruined.”

“Take off your mask, little ghost.”

“You tranfix me quite.” (Ok, that’s a lie, I didn’t put that last one in, just love it.)

Aaaaan feels.

Anyway, I am really happy with how this story turned out (and a lot of other people are happy too, it seems -yay- special thanks to the person who left this

 in lieu of a review, you’re my favorite thing in the world, person). And if I can do a TINY BIT to bring about some change in this world, then:

1. Books are the way to do it (or one of the best ways, subtle but powerful), I really believe this, and history backs it up.

2. I am proud and happy and blessed.

3. I don’t mind the occasional thick head trying to push itself into my inbox. Maybe it’s the sign of someone trying to wake up. Or refusing to wake up. But you know what? Something made them almost wake up. And if that something was me… then that’s all I can ask for.

Anyway, I jsut wanted to share a bit of my experience on “the other side”, which something actually went out and did in real life. It changed me in so many ways, and I really hope it might have changed someone else too. Even the littlest bit.

I always reblog reverse story ideas, and now you know why they’re so close to my heart, but I wanted to share my story of actually going out and DOING THE THING. You should always do the thing, even if you’re scared. Also, if you’re scared, I’m here. Talk to me. I know about scared.

Which brings us to:

Write.

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Read read read

Then write write write.

Then repeat.

Learn the rules, and break them. Like Charlotte did. Like a boss.

Let’s keep writing new things, let’s break the rules, let’s be respectful and educated, and then let’s think outside the box. Let’s RUIN the box (see what I did there? Pun, anyone? No? Ok.) 

Who’s with me?

Here’s the book meme thingy I was tagged in by the exquisite @batmanisagatewaydrug.

1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? I’ve owned my copy of The Eyes of the Dragon since I was in second grade, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. I’ve also owned my Harry Potter books for fuck-all ever, to the point where they’re literally falling apart. Like, to the point where Chamber of Secrets has been held together by packing tape since like, middle school.

2. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next? I’m bouncing between The Graveyard Book, The Wizard and the Glass, and The Collected Short Stories of H.G. Wells. I just finished Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs and reread Coraline. Next is… oh gods, I have so much sitting in my Audible library. On the physical book front, it’ll be Wolves of the Calla, since I want to finish The Dark Tower before the movie comes out. On the listening front… probably between Wuthering Heights and Four Past Midnight. But that could easily change on a whim.

3. Which book does everyone like and you hated? I have never and will never understand The Hunger Games hype. They basically put me off YA for like four years. Also, I know this isn’t exactly novel (HAH), but FUCK Ernest Hemmingway. Fuck your old man and his shitty boat and his shitty fish. I love To Kill a Mockingbird, but absolutely detest the way it’s taught in schools. As a social commentary, it’s worthless. As a coming-of-age novel, it’s practically perfect.

4. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? So many. Soooo many. Anything by Isaac Asimov, a whole lot of Dickens (I really like Dickens, but that “paid by the word” thing did the man no favors), uuuuuum. I keep telling myself I’m going to return to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which I started and never finished and SWEAR I’M GOING TO GO BACK TO SOMEDAY BUT OH GOD IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS I’MMMMMM SOOOOOORRY TONI. A whole lot of poetry (here’s looking at you, Dickinson). A bunch I’m forgetting. Oh, and The Vampire Chronicles. Still, now that I’m working overnights and can listen to audiobooks eight hours per night, my rate of reading has practically quadrupled and there’s a good chance that I’ll use that as an excuse to finally get around to all of these.

5. Which book are you saving for “retirement?” I’m dying by twenty-six, so I gotta shove all those words in now.

6. Last page: read it first or wait till the end? 

Not since I was a little kid reading Goosebumps and had to know what bullshit twist R.L. Stine’s ghostwriter of the week would come up with this time.

7. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside? It’s a popular misconception that writing a book is a solo endeavor, and it’s self-indulgent bullshit. No book is an island, and the people that surround it deserve credit.

8. Which book character would you switch places with? Oh frick. Maybe not switching place with a specific character, but I want to be friends with the Hempstocks from The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Matilda reminds me of when I was a little kid and books were the most magical thing in the world. Like, they still are, but there’s something about it that just recalls the innocence with which I could view literature as a kid. Hard same for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Jurassic Park was the first “adult” novel I ever read, and introduced me to a whole new idea of what books could be. IT reminds me of middle school summertime, devouring books on the beach while I wiggled my toes in the sand. The Eyes of the Dragon made me love fairytales, and years later Stardust reminded me why I love them.

10. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way. Um… I have a bunch of classics (Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, 1984, a few others) that I nicked from a storage room in my high school of books that used to be part of the literary curriculum but hadn’t been touched in about twelve years.

11. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person? I gave a really nice gold-leaf fancy-pantsy edition of Huck Finn I got from my Nana and Papa to one of my old friends because I forgot to buy him a birthday present. I also stole like, a dozen Discworld books from him, so it more than evens out.

12. Which book has been with you to the most places? The Eyes of the Dragon has been with me on at least five or six trips as a kid (I used to travel a lot with my dad for business), and has been with me everywhere I’ve lived.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad ten years later? The opposite, actually. I read Gatsby for the first time on my own, absolutely loathed it, reread it my Senior year for AP Lit and loved it.

14. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book? I found an old bus ticket from the early Nineties in my copy of A Confederacy of Dunces

15. Used or brand new? Both. Books. Just… books. Both have their own unique smell and feel that I love for different reasons.

16. Stephen King: Literary genius or opiate of the masses? Don’t know, don’t care. All I know is that he’s my book dad and always will be. He was the writer that made me believe that I could actually be a writer through On Writing. The Eyes of the Dragon is my favorite book and the one that’s influenced me more than any other. A lot of his books kind of blow, but when you’ve put out the sheer amount of words that he has, you’re bound to have a few stinkers. When the man hits the vein of a story, he hits it hard. I can’t imagine my middle school years without The Talisman or Firestarter or my high school years without Misery or IT. Speaking of, I’ve been waiting for the new IT movie since it was stuck in development hell however many years ago, and I’m absolutely going to cry in the theatre if it sucks. I don’t even need it to be good, I just need the relationships between the kids to be done well. They’re my children, dammit, and I love them so much.

17. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? American Psycho is unequivocally better than the book and nothing will ever convince me otherwise. Ditto for Fight Club. I don’t know if I’d say that Stand by Me is technically better than the book, but it’s also tied for my favorite movie of all time. A Clockwork Orange is in a similar boat. And Holes. OH. I can’t believe I almost forgot The Silence of the Lambs. I adore the movie, but the book runs almost entirely on the “male author wants to fuck his lady protagonist” trope, and eeeeeeew.

18. Conversely, which book should NEVER have been introduced to celluloid? Um… now seems like as good of a time to shit on the majority of Stephen King adaptations as ever. Like, I get that this is by no means a new observation, but fuck. Speaking of, I am so confused by the “dOnT rEmAkE iT tHe OrIgInAl WaS a CLASSIC” crowd. The miniseries is ass and the only redeeming factor is Tim Curry because, well… Tim Curry.

19. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question? See my previous comment about wanting to be friends with the Hempstocks. I want that blackberry jam, dammit.  

20. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? Um, I’ll basically read anything that @batmanisagatewaydrug throws my way. She’s like my only book friend (and my best friend) so I sort of figure out what I want to read on my own. Oh, I have been working on some of Neil’s recommendations from The View from the Cheap Seats, which has been rewarding so far (@Diana Wynn Jones, where were you all my life?).

I tag no one because I don’t have book friends (ahem ahem, HINT HINT IF YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THIS AND LOVE BOOKS FOR THE LOVE OF GODS HIT ME UP), but I will tag back @batmanisagatewaydrug just to prove I actually did it.

anonymous asked:

Does Six of crows have anything lgbt in it? Like not in the background? I actually have the books but I need motivation to start them and I think I heard something about this before I got them but nothing after the latest one released?

Yes, for sure!! At least 3 of the 6 main protagonists are explicitly lgbt, and many minor characters are as well. There’s a queer romance that develops definitely not in the background, and the narrative is super chill about lgbt love, so not a lot of queer guilt or homophobia floating around either.

Honestly, I’m rereading the books rn with my friend and they are seriously just so. damn. good. I could not recommend them more. The world-building, the characters, and the plot are all rock solid, and so many of the plot twists caught me genuinely by surprise. The whole thing was fast-paced, clever, and full of super diverse characters. I seriously love Six of Crows, please read it immediately and feel free to hmu if you ever want to gush about it.

my favorite part of the tkc books is how wholesome and pure the main theme is. the books center mainly around carter and Sadie’s relationship and how they go from strangers to super close siblings. the romance takes a back seat for the development of their sibling bond and i really appreciate it. a lot of ya books focus on romantic feelings and finding your soulmate at the age of 16 but that’s so unrealistic??? i feel like romantic relationships are seen as more important as platonic and familial relationships and this causes people to think “wow i gotta find the love of my life NOWNOWNOW!!!!” and while romantic relationships are certainly important they shouldn’t be seen as the only type of bond that matters. obvs tkc isn’t the only ya series that focuses on family and friendship but there aren’t many out there ://// rr decided to focus on platonic bonds rather than romantic ones in this book and it really works for it. pjo hoo and the other books he’s written are so romance led that it kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth bc there are soooo many other books like those. i want more family focused plots and less romance bullshit in ya. this is probably why i loved tkc so much bc it was such a heartwarming series to read

I made my own one inspired by @crunchie-morris’ post: https://crunchie-morris.tumblr.com/post/160212842135/was-i-the-only-one-who-got-major-book-of-mormon

I made soooo many Book of Mormon references in the few seconds he had that “adult” outfit he had on. @thatsthat24 THOMAS PLS DO A BOOK OF MORMON SONG COVER WEARING THAT!!

Fairy Tale Themed Book Recs

In honor of Isaac writing a fractured fairy tale novel (one of my favorite genres) I wanted to recommend some books with similar(ish) premises (for the most part these keep the heroes as heroes).

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (plus several sequels)

What if Cinderella was an assassin?

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve only just started reading this, but so far, Beauty and the Beast, if Belle had to go with the Beast because she killed a friend of his while hunting instead of her dad picking a rose.

3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (plus 2 sequels)

Name a fairy tale, any fairy tale. It’s in here somewhere.

4. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (plus short stories and sequel)

Sort of like Storybrooke post curse break, but not all the fairy tales have happened yet. People know from markings on their body what tale they are destined to live out, and they aren’t always happy about it.

5. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (plus 2 sequels)

You know what we need more of in fairy tales? Knitting. I’m dead serious about this and I will fight you if you disagree.

6. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

You know what the story of Sleeping Beauty was missing? The Holocaust.

7. The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker (plus sequels and prequels)

Forever bitter about that fact that I will never get a proper movie adaptation of this book because Disney paid to say that The Princess and the Frog was based on this book even though literally the only thing they have in common is the girl turning into a frog after kissing the frog prince. Not that it wasn’t a good movie, it just wasn’t an adaptation of this book.

8. Atlantia by Ally Condie

Very loosely based on The Little Mermaid.

9. Impossible by Nancy Werlin (plus companion novel and sequel)

It’s based on Scarborough Fair which I had never heard of before this book. 

10. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (plus 1 sequel, with another announced)

More nursery rhymes than fairy tales, the line does blur a bit. The first book focuses on DI Jack Spratt solving the death of Humpty Dumpty, while book two looks at the death of Goldilocks. If book three ever comes out it will have something to do with the Tortoise and the Hare.

JQ’s Bonus Recs 

11.  The Sister’s Grimm Series by Michael Buckley 

I loved this series as a kid! It shares a lot of DNA with Once–fairy tale characters stuck in a town minus the memory loss. The main characters are sisters who are descendants of the Brother’s Grimm and get roped into being essentially fairy tale detectives. Tons of fun.

12. East by Edith Pattou

I always thought this was based on Beauty and the Beast but it’s actually based on a fairy tale called East of the Sun West of the Moon. Think BatB with a polar bear.

13. The Ever After Series by Shelby Bach

Like The Sister’s Grimm, this series skews a little young so maybe you want to get this for your younger relatives but I finally got around to reading the first one and it’s a fun series. Like a fairy tale Percy Jackson. In it, special kids are chosen to go to an after school program where they train to take part in a fairy tale quest one day (for example, every generation there’s a new Cinderella or Jack and the Beanstalk). It’s a really cool premise and the cover art is gorgeous. 

14. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale (plus 1 sequel)

Actually a graphic novel but it’s soooo good. Rapunzel set in a magical version of the wild west where she uses her hair as a lasso? Yes please. The sequel is super good too.

15. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

And I’m sure all of you guys have read this one but I couldn’t let this post go out without showing some love for possibly my favorite book of all time.

I also have to second FCC’s recs of Princess of the Midnight Ball and the Frog Princess series. Good stuff.

clolovesglitter  asked:

Hi, not so much a request and an inquiry? But I was wondering if you had and suggestions for books for me to read. I'm desperate for s good book! Thank you. 💕

Ohh boy I’m gonna have to sit in front of my shelf for this one haha. Let’s see…if you’re into angels:
•Halo trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto (it’s phenomenal ohhhmyyygoodddddd)
•Fallen series by Lauren Kate (soooo underrated)
•Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick (I got my friend OBSESSED okay like this is SO GOOD)
•Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler (only read the first three but I loved it so much. Nearly cried so many times)

If you like vampires:
•The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer (emo me of like 2012-2013 loved this ok)
•The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine (only read the first book but it was so good. Not sure about the rest of the series)
•Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow (you will not believe how amazing these books are. I couldn’t put them down)
•Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (another one I couldn’t put down. I’m in love)


If you like werewolves:
•Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater (I got a bloody nose while reading Linger bc I was sick and got mad because I had to put the book down to deal with it. I read this in a weekend. It’s freakin amazing and Maggie is an incredible author)

If you like realistic fiction/TFIOS:
•I’m Not Her (can’t remember the author’s name but PLS READ IT. ITS SO GOOD. I NEARLY CRIED.)
•The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (I’m still not over this one. Too good. Way too good)
•If I Stay by Gayle Forman (I actually nearly cried. Haven’t read Where She Went, but I’m sure that’s amazing too. Also the movie is amazing. Really did the book justice)
•Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson (my mom made me read this and I cried in the middle of 6th grade math class. Have refused to reread it because it’s that heartbreaking)
•Crank by Ellen Hopkins (this is really good. Really really good)

If you like historical fiction type stuff (because I guess that’s what this is???):
•Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (so good. So so so good. Haven’t read the other books because I love Ismae too much to ever move on though so if you read those pls tell me how they are)
•The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levinne (ooooh boy this one was heartbreaking, esp if you have a sister like me that you actually can stand bc ooooohh booooyyyy)
•Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (this one creeped me out when I was younger but it’s SOOO GOOOD)
•Ever by Gail Carson Levine (I LOVED THIS OK EVEN WHEN I WAS LITTLE)
•Entwined by Heather Dixon (this is more fantasy bc it’s like the whole 12 Dancing Princesses thing but it’s amazing)
•Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter (this one isn’t in my top faves but it’s still good so I’ll include it)
•Order of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory (first one is Changeling and I’ve only read the first 2 but this is amazing pls read it this is one of my top suggestions ok)
•Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay (only read that one but it’s v good. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll appreciate it)

If you like witches/magic:
•Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (haven’t read the newest additions to this, only the original four. But they’re amazing so read them if you like this)

If you liked Divergent/THG
•The Daniel X Series by James Patterson (only read the first but I love this series. I need to finish it lol)
•Maximum Ride series by James Patterson (it’s really long and he just released a new book [which I haven’t read because I’m afraid he’s just going to keep killing me and resurrecting me which is nOT OKAY] but these were like, my childhood. I read this before I read Harry Potter so yeah it’s p important to me)
•Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver (oh my god I die every time. Such a cool concept. So well written. Ugh. Another I’m not over still)
•Legend trilogy by Marie Lu (this is so great I highly recommend it. June kicks ass.)
•Dust Lands trilogy by Moira Young (haven’t read the last one but it’s so good. Written a little weird, but really good. Totally unique. It’s so good)
•Matched trilogy by Ally Condie (Crossed [the second book] dragged a lot but I loved the first and third. So amazing. Another great concept)
•The Selection series by Kiera Cass (idk about you but hey a competition for a prince to fall in love with you? Sign me up man)
•Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi (you’ll fall in love with Perry and Aria. You’ve been warned)

If you like creepy shit:
•Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (I can’t stress this one enough. It’s a duo and it’s so good. I can’t get over Cas. He’s such an amazing character. Please read this if you can stomach the scary stuff. Also: don’t read them at night. Esp the ending of the first one. I didn’t sleep lol)
•Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (semi-creepy. Lots of dead shit. But cool. V cool. I’ve only read books 1 & 2 though :( )
•the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin (it just slowly gets creepier and creepier as the books progress but it’s another must-read. And as you can probably tell, my followers and I love it haha)

If you like mythology:
•The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (it’s based on Welsh mythology and ley lines. I can’t praise this series enough. I love it too much. Can’t get over the last book, either)
•The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan (definitely underrated. This deserves as much attention as PJO and HoO. Read it if you’re into Egyptian mythology)
•Need series by Carrie Jones (this ones complicated because it’s fae, werewolves, and Norse mythology?? I liked it though)
•Riley Bloom series by Alyson Noël (I liked this a lot more than the books about Ever tbh. Those ones got boring. This one’s awesome. Ghosts are cool. You get it lol)
•The Shadowhunter Chronicles (The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare (soo good. I’ve loved it for several years. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet though :( these books are literally a little bit of like everything though. So cool)
•Everneath series by Brodi Ashton (I think this is like Greek mythology?? I can’t remember. It’s awesome though)
•The Trojan Horse by Christopher Morley (it’s a play written in like the 20’s or something but I loved it. I almost cried. So good)

If you like memoirs/historically accurate stuff:
•Out of the Flames by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (all about Michael Servetus and his book. I loved it.)
•First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (you will cry. This is about the Cambodian genocide. It’s so well written and so eye-opening.)
•This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski (a Holocaust memoir by a Polish poet and writer in Auschwitz. I loved this book so much. It’s so well written)

I hope this helps!

so-not-that-cool  asked:

Peach, pink, and grey! :V

  • PINK: how many rainbow rowell books do you own?
    • all of them except Landline
  • GREY: favorite rainbow quote?
    • “It’s unnecessarily grandiose to use an Open Sesame on the doors, but I do it anyway because I know everyone will be in the dining hall, and I may as well make an entrance.“ (i mean, theres a million quotes i could and would choose, but this came to mind first)
  • PEACH: what do you think the 3 words are at the end of Eleanor and Park?
    • maybe i love you? i honestly havent read that book in soooo long its quite hard to remember the context but 

anonymous asked:

Annaaaa!! I did it! I finally went and bought all of asoiaf. Lol I just love the way you talk about the books and the characters so much, so I decided to bite the bullet while I was at the mall today. And I bought all 5 books. I'm still really early into the first book, but I already am really enjoying it. I can tell it's def a series to read a few times, just bc there are soooo many details. I'm sure I've missed things. But so far, it's great. So yeah thanks for making me finally buy them! Lol

yes!!! i’m so glad you’re reading them anon, prepare to receive greatness! :)

anonymous asked:

Hello! For the past few weeks, I've decided to study Japanese but I'm getting nowhere. So, could you recommend some resources for me? Thanks, it'll be a lot of help!

Hmmmm well there’s loooots of sources. I learned it formally in school, which is the best way to learn anything hahaha! But it’s even better to immerse yourself. By that I mean, for example, just going to Japan and learning the language through consistent exposure. This works the best, but if you don’t have access to it, obviously you will have to try something else. 

I have a lot of books on Japanese, and I teach myself these days. The best thing you can do is memorize kanji. Most kanji have multiple pronunciations and meanings, so it’s a lot of work. But if you can read kanji well, you will be able to understand Japanese decently. 

I have this app that I’m in love with; it’s called imiwa?. IT’S THE BEST! I have an iphone, so I don’t know if you can get it on other devices. I use it for everything! I have lots of vocab lists, and it has a good amount of example sentences. And lots of kanji.

Try to get imiwa?, it has basically everything you need on it!

Here are some books that I recommend:

Basics:

  • Japanese English Visual Bilingual Dictionary- I love this book. If you are a visual learner, this is very useful. It’s jam-packed with basically every single noun you can possibly think of! You write down every vocab word on a single page and memorize them. Then move on to the next page. It’s important to take it slow and really memorize them, including the kanji.
  • Essential Kanji- This book has 2000 kanji, and they are in order based on the best way to learn them. Kids in Japan practice kanji all the time, and there are specific kanji they learn in each grade. If you are starting out completely fresh, and you know no Japanese whatsoever, you start out like the 5 year olds in Japan haha! Just write out one kanji per day repeatedly until you can remember it and write it down perfectly. Recite its meanings and pronunciations while writing the kanji. This associates the word with the character.
  • Kanji Learner’s Dictionary- You can also pick up this bad boy, which has a lot more in it. It has a lot jammed into every page, and it’s one of those books that’s almost intimidating, because it’s so thick and the pages are so thin. My Japanese teacher loves this one, so I purchased a copy. And of course I love it :)
  • Japanese- English Dictionary- This is my favorite dictionary ever. I used it soooo much in school just so I would have an excuse to flip through it. I made list after list, just to write down the words <3 So many fond memories… This is essential to learn Japanese. If you want a smaller one that can fit in a bag better (and weigh less) there’s this one here!

Here are some grammar books I like:

  • Japanese Grammar- It’s a little book, and easy to understand. I love it!
  • All About Particles- If you want to learn Japanese, you need to know about particles. Very important. This book is recommended by lots of people :)

Ok, then there’s these, which are more fun:

And this is the actual textbook series I used in school. I liked it a lot:

  • Beginning Japanese- Lots of info in it, and good for self study too, if you’re serious enough.

There are a lot more, of course, and if anyone wants to recommend more, that would be great! :) 

Then there’s computer courses you can take to learn. Rosetta Stone is good for learning to speak basic Japanese. A good place to start. There are soooo many references you can use. What I’m doing these days is just translating a sentence in Japanese to English everyday, as well as learning one kanji. 

Getting books in Japanese is good for finding sentences to translate. I have several. Novels are better than manga, since in most manga, the speaking style is very stylish and hip, as I’ll call it. Also hard to find a full sentence in one speech bubble. Go for novels instead. 

Basically, you need to just memorize like one kanji and vocab word per day. The source doesn’t matter, you just need to find vocab and memorize! Write the words down over and over again, and you will learn some Japanese!

This was long, but hoped it helped a bit! 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

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When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

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TITLE: All The Bright Places

AUTHOR: Jennifer Niven

RATING:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SUMMARY:   Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven .

REVIEW: I have been feeling less and less hopeful of finding a good book. I had started maybe five books and none of them kept me reading. I thought my reading slump would never be over.. Then I started this book.. I couldn’t stop reading! I finished it in two days. I absolutely loved the realness of this story and I couldn’t help but feel like I knew the characters. The chemistry between Finch and Violet and reading as it turns into something wonderful is always appreciated as a reader. Their unique adventures visiting different parts of Indiana makes the story different, my take away favorite place is the Book Filled Trailer Park. I want to go there soooo bad! The references to literature was one of my many favorites of this book.

I have read in past reviews how predictable this book was to some people. It wasn’t that way at all in my case, I felt the book would end the opposite then the way it actually did, The ending was sad, and it left me feeling thoughtful for a while. Repeating to myself Violets thoughts, of not being enough.. I know that I would have felt exactly the same. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Love in the best moments and in the worst.. Because sometimes in Love you don’t always get your way. ♥EG