so I'm assuming you have seen The
and know what I'm talking about. If not, shame on you. Go watch it
right now. In any case, for Christmas, I got the 30th
Anniversary Edition of the book The
was based on. (The book is also called The
I just wanted to share my thoughts on it.
I gave this book 4.5 stars. I like the movie better, but there were
definitely nice things about reading the book.
We got to read Inigo's and Fezzick's backstories! It was so fun to
see where they were coming from and what made them who they are.
Buttercup is sensible and practical! (Well, a little.) "Oh, the boys!. . . I do not care about 'the boys.' Horse loves me and that is quite sufficient, thank you."
Humperdinck's Zoo of Death
This adds another trial/layer to the story, and it adds a good
amount of depth to Humperdinck's character. However, it is cruelty
to animals, so if you're sensitive to that, beware. (I do not like
characters didn't have much more depth than they did in the movie.
This doesn't seem like an issue, but usually, even though we don't
realize it, book characters have more depth than movie characters,
because we can't read movie characters' thoughts like we can in
books, and movie characters have much less time to develop a
well-rounded, not flat character. Therefore, the amount of depth a
movie character has in order to seem realistic is much less than the
amount of depth a book character has to have. So, it was kind of
disappointing when the book characters in The
were not more well-rounded and did not have more depth than the
Fezzick was portrayed as quite dumb and childish, which I didn't
Another note: The author has some. . . interesting commentary. You'll
have to read it and research it yourself to get what I mean.
Okay, today, I have two things to talk about. First, I am sorry about not having a normal Friday post. On that note, I am going to be a little looser about my blog schedule as of now. I am also getting rid of the Gardening and Recipes sections of my blog, as well as the "Topic of the Month" subsection. Although I like gardening and recipes, I find I much prefer doing those things instead of just writing about them. Both gardening and recipes are great, however, and I know plenty of other people love writing about them. Good for them! As for me, I'd prefer to stick to books, dragons, and writing. The "Topic of the Month" subsection of the Writing category was a little dull, because after a while, there are only so many genres, and so many topics. I am sure I could think of more, but it's easier not to have them. I will still have On My Mind posts, though, so I might share recipes or gardening or book-related topics in those sometimes.
As a result, my blog structure is changing. I used to post three times a week, but because I am deleting some of the categories, I will now be posting two times a week. Here is what my new schedule will look like:
Sat-On My Mind
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Today, I am sharing a short story I wrote with you. This story is flash fiction, which is a genre of short story that is 1000 words or under. I learned this from Rosalie Valentine, at Penprints. Penprints has a yearly challenge to write a flash fiction based on a prompt in three weeks. I decided to enter. :) In any case, here is the link to the picture prompt. (I didn't actually put the picture on my blog because I wasn't sure if it was public domain.)
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By the way, sorry the font is small and black. I copied this from other places I had been working on it, and Blogger is being difficult.
started. The words “We should talk” were written in snow on her
windshield. Nothing like this had happened in a long, long, time. She
furtively glanced around, then brushed the still-falling snow off her
car. The frost stayed stubbornly attached to her windshield, as if
sneering at her misfortune. What did it mean? Why now, of all times?
She thought she had left all that behind long ago. How did he even
find her? She groaned.
she got home, a heavenly smell greeted her. Did someone make cookies?
But the smell wasn't quite right. . . someone had made a whole
dinner. Great. Mimi was hoping she would have at least a full
twenty-four hours to recuperate from the shock of Jack finding her.
do you want?” Mimi crossed her arms. Jack looked the same as
always, brown hair immaculately messy, and oddly pale blue eyes,
which danced as if he held some hidden secret.
I just had a conundrum I needed help with,” Jack replied.
left for a reason. Did you actually think I wanted to be involved in
all your messes?”
No, I did not, but that doesn't change the fact that I need help. You
have a gift. I have not found such talent in three hundred years.”
sighed. “Why now? I just want to spend time with my family.” She
circumvented Jack, surveyed the mushroom-goat cheese ravioli, and
tugged on her braid. “This year, I'll actually get to be with my
sisters for Christmas.”
sighed. “I didn't have a choice. “We both know that. And the king
will be in a towering rage if it's not completed on time. Remember
what happened the last time we missed a deadline?”
a deadline? Yes, I remember,” Mimi looked up and closed her eyes as
if she was in pain. Her heart twisted with guilt. “It can't happen
again. Let me get my things.”
eat first.” Jack smiled. He had to awkwardly twist past the door
frame to sit at the table.
sat across from Jack, and they began their dinner. Mimi's mind
started to drift. Despite all the craziness of traveling to and from
Byrne, she had missed Jack. The king might be mad, but Ella, Joseph,
Lars, were all so caring. Come to think of it, all the people were
kind. Unlike here. Everyone was always in a rush, wanting their own
way. But the quiet magic of Byrne provided a breathtaking cocoon, as
wondrous and stunning as any child's dream, if one could forget the
king's shadow tainting the land. His power unfolded like a storm at
sea, obliterating everything in its path. And he knew how to make
people pay, too. Mimi shuddered. The last time he had been impatient.
. . the last time, he had channeled his fury through the Gateway,
into Mimi's hometown. Buildings had collapsed, earthquakes had
wreaked havoc, and when that was done, fires had ravaged the rest,
until what was left was a skeleton of what was before. Mimi struggled
to shake the thoughts, but the roaring voice in her head wouldn't
it's all your fault! It's all your fault!
Hush. It's not your fault, Mimi. The king would have done something,
to someone, eventually. Please come back.” Jack's eyes held a quiet
sort of restless waiting.“The sculptures take me at least twice as
long, sometimes longer, to get just right. The king is getting
impatient; he wants something more magnificent than all his other
sculptures. I'm scared, Mimi.”
took a few deep breaths. The sculptures she and Jack had created
together were truly Mimi's favorite part of Byrne. Mimi had been
blessed with the gift of Rimewhittling, or as Jack liked to call it,
perfectionism. Many times, Mimi could somehow refine the statues in a
way that didn't seem to alter the sculptures, but in reality caused a
world of difference. Her work was much better than Jack's. Once
Mimi's was done, Jack would breathe the spells to make the figurines
come to life.
grabbed the plates and put them in the sink while Mimi called her mom
and left a message. She'd have to cancel tomorrow, but hopefully she
would see them all on Christmas.
be faster if we fly,” Jack grinned, his wild eyes portraying the
heart felt as if it had wings. “I had forgotten so much.” She
opened the tiny window, and Jack squeezed out. She took Jack's hand.
Mimi was the happiest she'd been in a long, long time, despite the
cruel night air, despite the guilt locked away in her heart, despite
even the sudden upending of her Christmas.
and Jack swiftly climbed through the Gateway. Neither stopped to
enjoy the view, instead traveling straight to Jack's workshop. A
giant wolf sculpture as tall as Mimi stood waiting for them.
tricky for two reasons: One, she's a spirit wolf; two,” Jack
dropped his voice to a whisper, “she can help us depose the king.”
sucked in her breath.
ice isn't pleased, but I can't figure out what's wrong.” Jack ran a
hand over the wolf's back.
precision will help.” Without taking her eyes off the wolf, Mimi
grabbed a carving knife. After an hour of cleaning up the statue, she
stepped back. “There. She looks much better now.”
shook his head. “I told you you were talented. I can't tell the
pursed her lips. Something was still wrong. “Her eyes!” Although
the eyes were beautiful, they were not spirit eyes. Mimi started
adjusting them. Mimi worked all day, and long into the night. By the
time she was done, dawn was just waking the sky. She shook Jack.
eyes fluttered open. He saw the wolf, and sat bolt upright. “Odin's
ravens. She's beautiful.” Jack caressed the wolf's muzzle and
Today, I'm going to review The Paper Magician by Charlie N.
Holmberg. (P.S. I read it a while ago, so I might not remember all my
pros and cons.) The Paper Magician is about Ceony, a student
who has just graduated top of her class, but instead of working metal
magic, the very reason she wanted to become a magician, is assigned
to an apprenticeship in the dying art of paper magic. Ceony is
crushed. However, as she begins to learn paper magic, she realizes it
has much more to offer than she first assumed. One day, an
Excisioner, someone who practices the forbidden art of blood magic,
pays Ceony and her teacher, Emery, a visit. When the Excisioner
leaves, she takes Emery's heart with her. Ceony must find Emery's
heart and restore it to his body, before his body dies. However,
whilst on her quest, she gets trapped in Emery's stolen heart. She
must now not only figure out how to return Emery's heart to his body,
but first must figure out a way to get out of it.
I gave this book four stars. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and it was
different than the typical YA fantasy book in this day and age, so it
proved quite nice.
I really liked Ceony. She seemed like a very real, very nice person.
Not the type like Cinder, who I always wish would be my friend, but
would never actually be. I feel like I could be friends with Ceony.
The story was different from the YA fantasy stereotypical
protagonist discovers he/she/they/etc. have special powers, go on
adventure, have a love interest (or a couple), and discover they
have to save their kingdom/country/world. Yes, the government had
been trying to catch the bad people, but it wasn't like everyone
anywhere knew who Ceony and Emery were, and knew what had happened
The view of Emery's heart was really unique. I really liked how
Holmberg relates the flesh-and-blood heart to the spiritual heart.
Each of the four chambers of the heart has a specific emotion
attached to it. It's kind of hard to explain. This provides
uniqueness to the story, as well.
I felt like we didn't get to see much of Ceony's family. She has a
few siblings and loving parents, whom she seems close with, so it
felt like she should have thought of them/mentioned them more, even
if we didn't actually get to see them a ton.
SPOILER ALERT: The relationship (as in Ceony likes Emery, her
teacher) is a little weird because he's so much older than her. This
didn't bother me too much, though.
There were probably a few more small ones, but I read it a while
ago, so I don't quite remember. If I can't remember them, they were
probably quite minor. :)
Another note: The world was taken as granted. In other words, it was
London, but with a magic twist. Magic was involved in the government
as well. I can't say more than that, because I don't know. There
wasn't much world-building; rather, things were brought up like
someone would mention the two-party system in government here: like
the reader already knew what Holmberg was talking about. This left a
bit for the reader to imply, but I think that was nice, in some ways.
The magic was what was important in the book, and because the book
was one person's quest and two people's relationship, the government
structure didn't really matter.
The Paper Magician had a really nice flavor. It's
definitely magic, but there's a good bit of romance, too (and by that
I mean not very much, just a very nice flavor of romance. I don't
normally like the flavors of romance in YA fantasy books.) I am
looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I have the second
book, and I believe there are four. Also, thankfully, the series is
done! Charlie N. Holmberg has other books too, though, which is nice.
Have you read The Paper Magician? What did you like about it?
What didn't you like about it?
I just wanted to share my thoughts on Beauty
and the Beast,
the Disney movie. I know there is quite a bit of controversy over
this, but these are just my views. You don't have to agree with me.
of all, Beauty and
is my absolute favorite Disney movie.
I want to share my thoughts on why this movie was revolutionary and
brilliant for its time.
I love that Belle doesn't fit in, is a reader, smart, and won't just
marry some guy because he's cute.
Thankfully, this movie goes against many stereotypes, like women
can't be smart, and can't or shouldn't read. Belle loves to read, and
isn't a typical princess in need of rescuing. In fact, she does the
rescuing: she rescues her father. That is brilliant, and upends so
many stereotypes already.
Also, she's practical, and will stand up for herself. She will not marry Gaston, no matter what the
town thinks of her, and no matter what he threatens. She wants to
marry someone who is smart and caring, and she's not afraid to make that known. Gaston comes to propose to her, and she slyly throws
Another thing that resonates with Belle for me is she doesn't quite
fit in. She's not like the other girls in town, and no one really
knows what to make of her. However, she doesn't give up her dreams,
hobbies, or character in order to fit in. Despite all this, she is
still a hero and celebrated as a Disney princess, which overturns
stereotypes all over the place.
Gaston, who's supposed to be the hero, is the villain, and the
Beast, who is supposed to be the villain, is the hero.
Although this storyline seems familiar or common, it went against the
stereotype of the handsome prince coming and saving the day, by
killing the hideous creature. Although this storyline is extremely
old as well, for whatever reason, in American society, it is less
prominent. If you are interested in different versions of and stories
related to Beauty and the Beast, I posted a couple posts on
it. Here are the links: Part One, and Part Two.
In any case, the amazing thing about Beauty and the Beast is
the Beast did not start out as a good character. He treated Belle
terribly, had a horrible temper, and although he wanted to find love,
it could be argued his main reason for wanting to fall in love (at
least, at the beginning) was so he could have his human body back,
because he hated his beast form. However, slowly, he grew to care for
Belle, partially because Belle was honest with him. For example, she
refused to come to dinner, and yelled at him to control his temper. By the end of
the movie, the Beast transformed, physically, but also emotionally.
He was able to care for someone else, learned to work through his
problems instead of run away from them, and learned what the
Enchantress wanted him to learn. In short, his heart changed.
Beauty and the
Beast teaches the Beast, but
also the children/people watching, in the Enchantress's words, that
“Beauty lies within.” Truly. Beauty and the Beast
accomplishes this so well by making the handsome man be the villain,
and the horrific Beast be the hero.
any case, these are some of my thoughts on Beauty and the
Beast. However, I just wanted to
mention one more thing. The Beast did not treat Belle well at all
when she first arrived at his castle. I love this movie because the
Beast's heart changed, not because he treated her so terribly.
are just a few of my thoughts, and why I love Beauty and
the Beast so much! What's your
favorite Disney princess movie? Why?