Word of the Week – Laborious

Laborious

“(esp. of a task, process, or journey) requiring considerable effort and time.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)

My homework is almost always excruciatingly laborious.

Hello everyone! So sorry for my absence, but the workload over here has really been piling up due to my upcoming exams – wish me luck!

And yes, my example sentence is a personal statement.

Word of the Week – Ignominious

Ignominious

“Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame” (New Oxford American Dictionary)

The party were greatly embarrassed at the ignominious affair.

P.S. I know I said I was going to be better at updating, but I’ve been lying in my room, incapacitated, for the past 2 days because of a killer migraine… such a lovely vacation.

Final word – migraines suck!

 

The Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma (also known as the serial comma, or the Harvard comma) is a comma that is placed “after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’,” (New Oxford American Dictionary).

An example of the Oxford comma:

The man was wearing a hat, shoes, pants, and a jacket.

-Note that the Oxford comma is bolded.

The use of this comma is, in my opinion, imperative.

So, now you’re probably thinking, “What is she going on about? Why do people need to know about the Oxford comma?” (And Oh. My. God. I can’t believe I just wrote rhetorical questions… for those of you who don’t know, I kind of hate rhetorical questions – I’m such a hypocrite). Well, I’m going to give you the classic example of why you need Oxford commas:

With the Oxford comma:

We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin.

Without the Oxford comma:

We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.

-Note – read the examples out loud for full effect.

As you may have noticed, the one without the Oxford comma insinuates that JFK and Stalin are the strippers, which as you probably (and should) know, that’s not the case. This is why you should use it, people – it helps with clarification, as well as it helps to avoid awkward sentences.

Now, I’m no English teacher at Oxford (not even close), but I am a novelist, and I will preach about the necessity of this!

Do you also use the Oxford comma? Will you begin to use it after reading this post? Let me know in the comment section below!

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Preview of The Chance of Invincibility

Hello everyone! So, I was reviewing the first chapter of the book I’m currently working on, and I figured that I’d give everyone a sneak peek – a tiny preview if you will.

Now, this is still a first draft, and I haven’t even nearly finished the story, but I do rather like this very first page of the very first chapter. Check it out:

     I am alone.

     I have been alone for 6 months, now.

     Irrevocably alone? I hope not.

     Eternally alone? If there only was such a thing as an eternity, an endless continuity.

     Selectively alone? I think so.

     Depressingly alone? Probably.

    In my opinion, loneliness isn’t something that can be defined as “a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation”. It’s larger than that, isn’t it? It’s an esoteric, voluminous, void that essentially takes over the larger part of a persons life. There has never been a happy ending for someone who is completely, utterly, and dishearteningly, alone. There is no such thing as cheerfully isolated, or is there?

     Have I ever experienced loneliness? Unquestionably.

     Have I ever dreaded it? Perhaps.

     Have I ever relished in it? Can one even relish in seclusion?

     Am I lonely now? I’m doing this, so I guess it’s up to you to decide that.

     Perhaps there is something as blessedly alone? You can’t be expected to like everyone all the time. I mean, can people demand that you should constantly feel the ubiquitous presence of love, and completeness?  Or rather, people shouldn’t be expected to want to feel that all the time? What is so distasteful about being by yourself? Is it so iniquitous to want to be by yourself? I want to be by myself, so perhaps there is something wrong with me.

     Am I writing this surreptitiously? I’m not sure.

     Am I writing this openly? Define openly.

     Am I writing this biasedly? Anyone who has ever written anything has done so biasedly, have they not?

     Should I even be writing this? You tell me.

     I have often pondered over my emotions, perhaps more than I should have. However, I can’t help but come to the conclusion the concept of defining my emotions, such as loneliness, is a waste of my time. Why do I need to define what I’m feeling? Can’t I just feel what I feel, and you feel what you feel, and everyone just feeling what they’re feeling by their selves? I mean, why does everyone need to know what feelings mean? Shouldn’t the point of feelings be its elusiveness?

So… what do you think? Should I just give up writing all together because of my obvious “suckieness”? Tell me what you think in the comments section below!

The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Hello everyone!

So, I was talking to a friend earlier, and much to my astonishment, she didn’t know The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood! I was shocked, to say the least.

But then, I figured that it isn’t one of those typical, mainstream, songs, so I guess her ignorance is slightly justified. On the off chance that you don’t know this song either, I figured I’d post this YouTube link so that you could watch it as well! Yay!

Anyone else heard of this song? Does anyone else like it? Let me know in the comments section!

P.S. I know it’s not Monday, but I couldn’t resist.

P.P.S the full song is actually about 9 min long… but not everyone appreciates the 3 min introduction as well as they should.

The Host – Movie Review

Movie Information:

Director: Andrew Niccol

Actors: Saoirse Ronan (Melanie/Wanda), Diane Kruger (The Seeker), Max Irons (Jared Howe), Jake Abel (Ian O’Shea). Click here for a list of the full cast.

Runtime: 125 min

Release date: 29 of March, 2013

Genre: Sci-Fantasy, Romance.

So, for those of you who have been living in a cave for the past month, the Host is a movie that just came out, and it’s based off of Stephenie Meyer‘s international bestseller, The Host.

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.The-Host-Movie-Poster-Large

Now, that was the description of the book, and not the movie, but seeing as the movie and the book are about the same thing, I thought I’d be lazy and just use the book one.

I believe that the first thing I should discuss is, of course, my opinion of the movie, and there are a few words that come to mind. BrilliantPerfection. Awesome

Despite the fact that the movie leaves you with a severe “movie-hangover”, it was amazing (for some reason I am italicizing all of my adjectives… I’m not really sure why, though).

The movie did keep very well to the plot, in my opinion, but it did leave out somethings that I wanted to see. However, it did take away the parts of the book that I didn’t like, so I guess you could say that it balanced itself out.

Sometimes, it almost felt like they were downsizing Wanda’s role (a little bit), which is strange seeing as she is the protagonist, but not the point where it was noticeable for people who hadn’t read (and weren’t obsessed with) The Host (book). Or at least, the person I went to the movies with didn’t notice anything – and this person hasn’t read The Host.

The-Host-Affiche-Max-IronsThe acting was, surprisingly, good. In Twilight (also by Stephenie Meyer, for you cavemen who don’t know this) the acting wasn’t that great, to be honest. I like the movies just fine, and I adore the Twilight Saga books, but I didn’t really like the acting. However, I felt like the actors in The Host made the story so incredibly believable – and I did, in fact, cry once. Although, I cry on a daily basis, so it isn’t that much of an accomplishment, to be honest.

For all the women out there, I have to ask – are feeling as conflicted as I am? In the book, I adored Ian (to a point where it scared the-host-movie-poster1the people around me), but in the movie I, for some reason, felt more drawn to Jared (much to my disbelief/horror). I do find both actors attractive, it’s not that, I’m just liked Jared more.

(ARGH! Can’t handle all of these feels!)

The only part of the movie that I clearly disliked was the actor they chose (SPOILER ALERT!) to play Wanda after she “gives Melanie back” to Melanie. She seemed too… voluptuous for the sweet, pixie-like, person I’d envisioned in my mind. But then again, what do I know about casting?

All in all, it was a great film, and you’ll enjoy it even if you haven’t read the books.

Anyone else see The Host? Anyone going to see it now after my review? Let me know in the comments section down below. – Notice the excruciatingly bad rhyme I just did.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Tiger+LilyTiger Lily – ah, such a bitter sweet book. It’s one of those books that you  love, but at the same time you hate it.

My opinion, however, is that I LOVE it! L. O. V. E. It.

Tiger Lily is a very special person, I guess you could say. She’s very head-strong, and that’s probably what I love most about her – she’s so fearless, in a way. Does she have some aspects to her that I don’t like? Yes, she does – but that’s what makes the entire book seem more realistic, because no one in real life is perfect. Right?

The love story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily is kind of (SPOILER ALERT!) tragic. However, you do kind of know what you’re getting yourself into before you even commence with the read. I mean, look at the description for a second. Not exactly enthusiastic, is it?

However, this is one of those books that will make you contemplate over things, and it’s good for you to read a book like this every once in a while… Not every time, because then you would become an emotional wreck, but every now and then is beneficial.

Oh, a tiny spoiler now – this is the first time I’ve ever found Wendy odious. Seriously, people who have read Tiger Lily will know what I mean when I say that I absolutely hate Wendy.

In summary, this book is sad, and it is tragic, but that doesn’t make it any less of a good book. You should read it, or at least have it on the top of your “To Read” pile.

Anyone else read Tiger Lily? Anyone going to read it now, after my review? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. Anyone else see the Host and completely love it? Let me know – you know where.

P.P.S Thank you Goodreads, for the description of the book.