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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Monica and I are working on a goal of reading/watching all of the Disney princess movies. Our first movie was Cinderella. Monica’s next pick was Snow White.

The Book(called Snowdrop)

My Review– It’s difficult to review Grimm’s fairy tales as they’re completely different in writing style and genre from my usual reading selections. Snowdrop is no exception. The characters were weak(besides, perhaps the queen), the writing quality hard to critique since it’s translated from German, and the setting vague. But, as a fun, simple fairy tale, I found it entertaining.

Rating: 3 stars

Favorite Character: The Wicked Queen

Monica’s Review(in interview form): 

Q. Did you like the book? A. No

Q. Why not? A. It was kind of kiddish.

Q. Is there anything you did like? A. Snow White was my favorite character.

Q. Which was your favorite part? A. Probably when the first dwarf said, “Who stole my bed?”

Q. Would you recommend this book? A. I would, to some of my friends who like fairy tales.

Rating: 2 stars

Favorite Character: Snow White

The Movie

My Thoughts:

Favorite Character: The Queen

Rating: 2.5 stars

Favorite Scene: “High, ho! High, ho! . . .”(whatever that scene is called)

Monica’s Thoughts:

Favorite Character: Grumpy

Favorite Scene: The scene in which the dwarves wash off Grumpy.

Rating: 4 stars


And, some lines we enjoyed:

“High, ho! High, ho! It’s home from work we go!” -The Dwarves

“Mark my words, there’s trouble a’brewing!” -Grumpy

“He says it’s a monster, sleeping in our beds!” -Dock

Snow White: “I said, ‘How do you do?'”   Grumpy: “How do you do what?”

Thanks for reading! What do you think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?

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~Why I Read Reason #1~

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’ve been gone fishin’ and a little busy with life in general lately, so I let my new blog idea go for a bit. But, I’m back now and ready with–

#1- Books Are Deeper Than Movies

There are those occasional exceptions, but you’d be surprised how often this principle is really true.

I don’t just mean movies which don’t always follow the book. I mean (almost)any film adaption of any book, regardless of how faithful or unfaithful.

This may just be me, but I feel that movies are much more entertainment-centered, whereas books focus less on keeping you on the edge of your seat and more on telling a thought-provoking story which will linger after you’ve closed the book and picked up another.

Why do you think books are better? Or would you like to argue that movies beat books? I’m interested in what other readers have to say. 🙂


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”–Groucho Marx

“Bianca” a Comic Tragedy

I joined a Louisa May Alcott challenge at the beginning of June, and, as my siblings can probably testify, have had my nose stuck in one of her books for much time during the following weeks. I finished my list Thursday with a short play written by Meg and Jo March(the oldest Mach sisters from her book, Little Women).

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ... JUNE 2015

Louisa May Alcott being a young playwright herself(just for some small plays she performed with her family), I’ve developed a theory that these were perhaps penned by her before the concept of Little Women, had been birthed. But that’s just a hypothesis. : ) This book landed in my list for its brevity and my interest in the plays Jo/Meg wrote. I found it in a collection called Comic Tragedies: Written by Jo and Meg and Acted by the Little Women.

It’s difficult to review this story since

1). It’s written by fictional beginner authors and not intended for public performances.

2). It’s quite short.

The story line runs something like this– Bianca feels conflicted by her two lovers and greatly prefers one over the other. Through a series of mistakes, her true lover dies and leaves the others to perish of(more or less) broken hearts.

You could call it weird and overly-sentimental, but, to me, it read like something that had flowed right out of Jo’s pen.

But, all the same, I really did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Little Women and would like to take a closer look at the March sisters’ lives. 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

The Problem with “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Note: While I will not be writing on Divergent‘s content issues, they do exist, and it is more for these that I wouldn’t recommend the book than the issues I bring up here.

Dystopia- “an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.” — New Oxford American Dictionary

And, I also found “totalitarian”, since it was a new word to me:

“of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.”

1984. Fahrenheit 451. The Giver. Hunger GamesThe Maze Runner. Divergent. These titles all share a common genre– dystopia. Dystopia is intended to make a political statement, point out where are government is heading, and hint what we should do about it. At least, originally. This is where Divergent fails as a dystopia. Veronica Roth uses the dystopian community Tris and her friends find themselves in as a convenient setting, not to teach anything in and of itself. I did appreciate the reoccurring self-sacrificial themes. The author explored certain topics and made a point in her writing, but left the focus pointing at fears and Tris’s love for Four more than anything else.

The Giver, written by Lois Lowry in 1993, and my favorite dystopia novel, sits on the spectrum’s opposite end. Lois Lowry delves deeply into memories and emotions, while perhaps forgetting to develop elements we’d find in her other novels. All the same, after finishing both, Lois Lowry has taught me far more than Divergent ever will. 


What are your thoughts? Have you read The Giver and did you like it?

A New Blog Post Plan~Why I Write #1

Hello, everyone! How is your Wednesday going? My brilliant(;D) new idea is to post a reason for “Why I Write” or “Why I Read” weekly every Wednesday. This week’s post will be on writing, next week’s on reading, the next’s on writing, and so on and so forth.

And, of course, I’m referring to all types of writing, whether jotting down random sentences for an ill-planned novel, journaling, blogging, whatever.


#1- Writing Helps me to Read More Closely

Recently, I’ve been bothered by how often “and” shows up in my sentences for the purpose of avoiding extra sentences(to quote Strunk and White, “Omit needless words!”).

My solution? I paid closer attention to the word structure in Llyod Alexander’s The Castle of Llyr and here’s an example of my findings–

“Setting the golden sphere on the ground, Taran strode to the rock face and sought to raise hiself by grasping the slight ripples of stone, but the wall was too sheer, his hands slipped, clutched vainly for support, and fell back before he had been able to climb his own height. Gurgi, too, attempted to scale the smooth surface. For all his agility, he did little better than Taran and sunk down, puffing and moaning.” –Llyod Alexander, emphasis added

That is a detail I never would have noticed otherwise. Nearly anyone who’s tried fictional writing has heard the tip, “To write well, you must read.” (read well = write well) But, isn’t it also true- “Write well to read well”?

Have you ever experienced this? I’d love to hear from you– do you have any suggestions for future Wednesday posts?


“I like good strong words that mean something…” –Louisa May Alcott

Best 5 Fictional Villains

Villains are examples of where people and characters diverge. In real life, we like the bad guys and shudder over the bad guys. But, in literature, we love the villains for being so bad. We appreciate them for their nastiness. So, here they are, and in no particular order.

Count Olaf  

from A Series of Unfortunate Events

I’m not sure how he slid into the list, but I like him, somehow, he’s sneaky like that. (: Only one eyebrow sits above his eyes, he’s the master of disguises, former VFD member(if I remember correctly), and quite the bad guy. Together with Esme, they could do nearly anything. Well, except outsmart the Baudelaires, that is.

Saruman

from Lord of the Rings

Tolkien develops the White Wizard better than Sauron, though in the end Sauron is Middle Earth’s main, strongest villain. I’ve always wondered why that is. Anyone know?

“His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.”  -Psalm 55:21, ESV

Doesn’t this verse fit Saruman perfectly?  

 Jadis(a.k.a. the White Witch) 

from The Chronicles of Narnia

My favorite appearance of hers is in The Magician’s Nephew. 

Loki

from various Marvel movies

His sarcasm, origin(Norse mythology; also where we got the names of our days from), and costumes are quite awesome. I haven’t seen him in the Thor movies, but I’ve heard good things. 🙂

The Wicked Stepmother

from 2015 Cinderella 

As a huge member of the LotR fandom, watching Cate Blanchett(Galadriel!) play a unlikable, thoroughly evil character hurt. But I got over that. I loved watching the newer movie dive deeper into a character after the original story and cartoon had barley scratched its surface.


“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”- Tom Hiddleston, actor for Loki

So, those are mine, who are your favorites?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I’ve been nominated by Olivia to participate in the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Thank you, Olivia!

1.  Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you, linking back to [their] blogs.
2.  Put the Award logo on your blog.
3.  Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4.  Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5.  Nominate ten blogs.

Olivia’s Questions

1.  What is one movie/tv dwelling place in which you would like to live?
Hmmm, Narnia. It’s home. 🙂 And I’m aware this is also from a book series, but I couldn’t think of anything else.
2.  One character from a musical whom you really love?
Belle from Beauty and the Beast, which counts(right?) even though it’s Disney.
3.  Is there a particular wardrobe item you find yourself wearing over and over?
A hat I bought at Aeropostale after Christmas.
4.  What is your favorite fruit?
Cherries.
5.  Top five TV shows?
Okay, so…I don’t actually watch many TV shows, except The Cosby ShowDoctor Who(barely), and BBC book adaptions. One of the few areas in which I’m NOT terribly nerdy.
6.  Do you like to listen to the radio?
Nah, Pandora is better.
7.  How many pets do you have, if any, and if you don’t have any, would you like one?
A dog(Bailey) and a cat(Buttercup).
8.  Do you like school?
Depends when you ask. Currently- sure… I’m really glad and grateful I do the school I do, but it cuts into so much time I would be doing other things, and can be quite tedious sometimes.
9.  Are you more inspired by the mountains, the seaside, or the country?
Good question. I’d have to choose mountains.
10.  Do you enjoy poetry?
Yes, but I’d like to read more. Any suggestions?
And, here are my questions for you:
1. Which is your favorite book most people don’t like/know?
2. Would you rather eat a cupcake or a generous slice of chocolate cake?
3. Which movie quote do you use most often?
4. If you were to learn another instrument, which would you pick?
5. Are there any movies you’ve seen over five times?
6. Of the books on your bookshelf in your room, which has the prettiest cover?
7. When did you first want to begin blogging?
8. Which is your favorite app?
9. Who’s your favorite music artist?
10. Do you have a favorite color?

And I’m sorry, but I’m only tagging two blogs. Just couldn’t think up ten.