tragedy paper

Okay but I just imagine the Pevensies going to their respective schools after Prince Caspian, and it doesn’t take the other kids long to notice something is…off about them.
There’s something rough in the edges of Peter that the worst of the other boys keep getting cut on. Something powerful and confident. He was always likable, the shining golden child that the school trots out as a perfect example to incoming students, but now he is strong, he has emerged from the countryside a leader. He stands up to bullies, he always has, but he’s more eager to get into a fight these days than to talk them down. He’s a strong hand and quick word, but there’s power to back it up this time.
There’s something in the way Susan tilts her head that makes her seem like a woman. The way she carries herself high and tall, the proud line of her shoulders as she walks down the hall that makes some lable her to high and mighty for her own good. The world doesn’t know what to do with queens, and that’s what Susan seems to be these days.
There’s something dark lurking in Edmund that makes the other boys uneasy. Something wild and untamed in the now quiet boy. He no longer gets into fights, no longer bullies or mocks the others. In fact, he’s taken to stopping fights, to pushing back against his former friends when they try to take things to far. His roomate claims he wakes screaming from nightmares sometimes, and the stillness of his presence belies the intensity of his eyes.
There’s something burning in Lucy that wasn’t before. All the teachers comment on it. There’s something loud and cheerful in the girl who used to be quiet, and she makes friends even faster than before, pulled in by her captivating orbit. She spins fantastic tales, and is scolded for having her head in the clouds. She tells her tales of magical kingdoms as if she were really there, and gets sad sometimes, as if she misses the people who were never there.

Everyone agrees that something happened to the Pevensie children in the country, but they never talk about it. The adults eventually just chalk it up to the war, and almost forget about the strange children that populatetd their classrooms, until they read about the tragedy in the paper. Then they remember. And they never forget.
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books the signs should read

aries: “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher

taurus: “The Geography of You and Me” by Jennifer E. Smith

gemini: “The Probability of Miracles” by Wendy Wunder

cancer: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini

leo: “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin ((its a series))

virgo: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell

libra: “A Really Awesome Mess” by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin

scorpio: “Memoirs of a Teenage Amensiac” by Gabrielle Zevin

sagittarius: “The Merciless” by Danielle Vega

capricorn: “Choker” by Elizabeth Woods

aquarius: “Glimmerglass” by Jenna Black

pisces: “The Tragedy Paper” by Elizabeth LaBan

all signs: “Crybaby- Digital Booklet” by Melanie Martinez (I’m not even sorry)

**You are by no means limited to just one sign, check all the books out!

The Tragedy Paper: Initial & General Thoughts

I’ll do my best not to reveal as much in hopes that you decide to pick up this book yourself because it is a solid and pleasant read.

“Pleasant” is a bit conflicting with the title, but it’s because the pacing is so smooth. It’s a book to read when you need to wind down…for 5 hours because it does get addicting and you forget how long you’ve been sitting there. 

The seamless juxtapositions of literary tragedy with life was a welcomed gift that anyone who took an English class would be able to appreciate. It felt more significant than a simple love story. The feelings were artfully drawn out than just the internal monologues of a socially outcaste teenager.

It was kind of nice picking up a YA book that wasn’t filled with drugs, sex, and cussing. I think that’s a testament to the quality of the story and the writing itself. It didn’t depend on edginess to propel it forward which I was grateful for. Though I admit that the POV structure could be seen as gimmicky, it didn’t detract from the book as much as it contributed to its purpose. 

No, I didn’t close the book and feel like my world shattered and I didn’t sob in a corner over the unfairness of life, but I feel haunted by the little things and that definitely means something. This could very well become a favorite though it may take a little time to get there.

Check it out and buy it. It’s LaBan’s first book. New authors are the best. We support them here :)

The Great Comet Characters as Books They Should Read
  • Pierre: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Natasha: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha VanLeer
  • Sonya: I Was Here by Gayle Forman, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan, Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Marya: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Anatole: We Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash, As You Like it by Shakespeare, Carrie by Stephen King
  • Helene: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Dolokov: The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman
  • Mary: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Andrey/Bolkonsky: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetrys, The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Balaga: Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I’m writing a paper relating tragedy to moral allegory in the context of Greek mythology (long story), and unsurprisingly, Rogue One’s there in the mix.

I need people’s opinions on Cassian’s infamous line, “Rebellions are built on hope.” (Found above for your viewing pleasure)

Do you think he genuinely believes what he’s saying (i.e. that rebellions are, in fact, built on hope), or is he mocking the concept of a rebellion being built on hope (i.e. he doesn’t believe what he’s saying–he’s just making bitter commentary on the Truly Crap state of things)?

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Have you ever wanted tour own stag beetle but had no wish to remove it from its environs? Do you have a spare pickle jar and a wish to make a craft object from paper and glue? Then this activity kit has been tailored for you!

you will need scissors, adhesive paste/glue, a bit of masking tape and a printing mechanism. You will also need a standard sized pickle jar or the equivalent.

Cut out the two parts of the beetle:

-fold the left portion of the ‘elytra’ (bottom body) over the other.

-place some glue on the upper section and adhere the two so that the small 'sensory organs’ peek out from under the head.

-the stem of section B (c1) gets adhered to the small base (c2) (picture 1).

-place a small piece of tape on the bottom of C2 and adhere it to the inside of the jar lid (picture 1)

The collar for the 'bell jar’ is section E

-it might require some extension depending on the dimensions of the jar but I recommend printing the pattern at maximum size to minimize that.

-glue the tabs to the lower bottom base seen in (picture 2)

-place the jar lid inside the collar and base (picture 3)

-place the jar over the top and screw down into the lid! 

-You now have a museum exhibit quality stag beetle display!

books to put you in a winter mood

Literary Classics

  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  • “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Modern Literature

  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrad

Horror

  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Winter Moon by Dean Koontz
  • Icebound by Dean Koontz
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons

Mystery/Thriller

  • Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
  • The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice
  • Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
  • Ice Hunt by James Rollins
  • The Witch Tree by Karin Kaufman
  • Snowfall by Sharon Sala

High Fantasy

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  • Godless World trilogy by Brian Ruckley
  • Sword of Shadows series by J.V. Jones
  • Icerigger series by Alan Dean Foster

Modern Fantasy

  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins

Young Adult

  • His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
  • As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Snow-Walker by Catherine Fisher
  • Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
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Have you considered the possibility that your best friend, neighbor, room mate, sibling or dear old parents might slip suddenly towards the macabre? Try your hand at the whimsical practice of super-villain phrenology; it’s our best testing method aside from testing their blood for phlogiston…

You will need access to a printing mechanism, shears, some adhesive paste and 5 uninterrupted minutes. I wish you the best of luck.

oldstonefacevimes replied to your post: oldstonefacevimes replied to your post…

lmao silk sheeeeeets it’s true. reading tons of bad fanfic builds an instinct for recognizing the kind of fic that you KNOW will feature black silk sheets and abandon ship at the speed of light yeah

I’m always wondering: why black silk? What about the black silk screams “SNAPE” to so many people, I don’t. Is it a metaphor, I’m so confused.

If there was just a standard, comes-with-the-mattress sheet set, Snape would have it. And would fail to change it, for like a year, until he spilled something really unforgivable on it or the house elves finally reached their limit.