Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Winter Break

          Over Winter break, my Grandpa passed away. I know it sounds like fishing for sympathy, but I'd really just like to take some time to talk about him as a person. My Grandpa was always my biggest fan when it came to playing softball, basketball, or doing theatre. He was the most supportive person I knew. Over winter break, my family visited my Grandma and relatives. For Christmas, we went to a cabin in Northern California (Twain Harte) with our family friends and spent Christmas there. We looked for snow and drove up mountains until we found a patch about the size of a playground. On Christmas Eve, we drove a little more south and visited my Nana and cousin. We stayed in the cabin a couple more nights before leaving for home. It was a great Christmas.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

          Who is to say one is too old for trick-or-treating? Parents, maybe, or children themselves, but certainly not those adults handing out candy. This year for the first time, I was told that I "was too old to be trick-or-treating." The lady must have thought I was seventeen because, with my boots on, I must have been over six feet tall. I should have said, "I'm thirteen!" but it wasn't worth my time. How did she know that I was the age she thought I was? For the rest of the night, my ears rung with the words uttered by that presumptuous woman. "Next year, throw a nice party with your friends because you're too old." I decided to disregard her words. She knew nothing of how old I am, and how young I am at heart. Parents and adults, Don't tell children they are 'too old' for trick-or-treating. If there are children out there like myself, they want to hold on to their childhood as long as possible.

Monday, October 9, 2017

i Phones

          I had always wanted an iPhone. Everyone else had one. Why couldn't I? My parents denied me of an iPhone until the 8th grade, and I new it was for my own good. I'd seen other students of my age sucked into their phone like it was an action movie all the time, and that was why my parents wouldn't give me one. I got it, but I still wanted one. To be social. To be involved. Some parents think that 'nothing is too good for our children'. To that, I say, "ha". Because your's are the children that are sucked into their i Phones, spoiled sick, and soon to be living in your basement till you die, when they will finally get the house to themselves. So I'm glad my parents waited to give me an iPhone.

          If rooms could have thoughts and feelings, I've insulted mine a lot, because before I had repainted and redecorated it, it had looked like a three-year-old had decided to become an interior designer. I'm sure a lot of the rooms would feel annoyed by how it hurts to nail paintings on the walls, and how this color isn't flattering on them in a certain lighting. 

          Veldt: Open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Should adoption information be kept from children?

          This is a tricky question. Most of the time, I think that it is a good choice to tell your child if he/she is adopted while their younger because it is better not to keep secrets from them. Also, you wouldn't want them to find out they were adopted some way other then you telling them. For example, when my mother was in high school, her class learned that two blue-eyed parents cannot have a brown-eyed child. One of the students was mortified because he had brown eyes and both of his 'birth' parents had blue eyes. You wouldn't want your child to find out that they were adopted like that! I think that it is up to the parents how much information to give their child about their birth parents. Maybe his/her parents just couldn't afford to take care of a baby. Maybe his/her parent were abusive or destructive. It can be really difficult to tell how to handle a situation like this one, but I think that it would be best in most cases to tell your child if they are adopted before adolescence.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shave It for Later

          What do I think about mustaches? I don't understand them in any way, shape or form. However, the mustache has been a growing trend among many people in American culture. A groomed handlebar mustache and a long, disgusting beard is a fairly normal thing to see in a 'hip' town, notoriously those such as Portland, Seattle, and Brooklyn. Did you know that shaving is also known as pogonotomy or that there are approximately six hundred hairs on the average mustache? :{

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

          The first sentences of this book made me cry. I have no idea what is in store for me. A china rabbit named Edward gets lost from his owner, sinking to the bottom of the ocean? This book is a huge downer so far, but I'm continuing because I love Kate DiCamillo, and I think that it will by a very engrossing read. The description of the ocean is fantastic, and it keeps me hanging on to this book.

          Okay. Now an old man fishes him out of the sea and keeps him to give to his wife? I have a feeling that this is not going to end well. His wife will probably end up dead, knowing how sad this book has been. However, I forgive the author because great books many times are sad and depressing, and I love how she writes. Every word she uses is perfect to describe with, but also meaningful to the story. I'm going to keep reading and see where it gets me.

          He's a scarecrow now. a sad, old, scarecrow. He was lost and found again by an old lady who put him in her garden. The whole book is so depressing, but I am in love with it. Throughout all of this horror that Edward is going through, there always seems to be a glimmer (previous vocab alert!)of hope in his eyes. That just shows you how descriptive the author is. Hopefully, he'll get out of this rut before I contemplate life.

          Today, Edward has been taken in by a homeless child. How depressing can you get? It gets worse. His sister is sick. The problem I have with this book is that it makes me so sad, but I can't put it down! Another thing that I love about this book is that it makes you like every character Edward meets, even if they're not a very likeable character. I also like the variety of people that Edward meets throughout his journey. Hopefully, he finds happiness with one of them.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Boundary of Quality

I think the majority of us can agree on one thing. The Giver book is way better than the movie. But, although the acting was pretty bad, and the scenes were really cheesy, the movie still does respect the book, in my opinion, for three reasons. They kept the important story line, they worked with the author, and most importantly, they used their imagination to change up the story a bit!

The movie of The Giver can be considered very “Hollywood”. The fact that they changed Jonas’s age to sixteen was terrible, according to some. However, I forgive them for changing his age because it would be hard to picture a twelve-year-old achieve everything that Jonas actually does in so little time. Also, it would be extremely awkward between Jonas and Fiona throughout the movie. I think that some of the changes taken in the movie were to make things easier on the audience, and although some do not respect the changes taken in the movie, they still kept the main plot and idea to the story. The movie still gave you the same feelings about the community and showed the pain between Jonas and his memories. Overall, the movie was visually stunning, and it was very fun to watch. It may not have been better than the book, but it was not disrespectful towards it.

The Giver is a classic book written by Lois Lowry. Some say that the changes in the movie version of this story can be disrespectful to its original storyline, while others say that the editors changed it for the better. I believe that although the book was considerably better than the movie, the film still respects the concept of the story because the author herself approved every change there was. She said that she has had a hard time budging with some of the changes, such as having such an obvious ending. The book left the story more open for interpretation, while the movie gives you an ending that won’t leave you thinking as much. Some say that this can ruin their opinions about the ending of the book, but keep in mind that this is just the producer's and editor's opinions of the story, which is one of the reasons Lowry accepted these changes in the first place. The way the movie changed the story should not change the way you feel about the story. Therefore, I feel that the movie still respects the main concept of the book.

Lastly, I would like to say that the film of the Giver respects the original book because they used their imagination to twist up the story a bit. They added some fun, entertaining parts to the story, which some might not enjoy, but they were being original. I would rather see this version of the film than a movie that was exactly like the book, frame by frame. In fact, according to several sites such as Business Insider, Lois Lowry stated that parts of the movie were “not, unfortunately, in the book,” proving that she herself respects some changes taken in the movie. Some changes she enjoyed was making the role of the Chief Elder, played by Meryl Streep, more significant to the plot. Also, a change that could have enhanced the story could have been the conflict between Jonas and Asher towards the end of the movie, when Asher drops Jonas into the river. This shows that Asher still cared for Jonas and that maybe the “morning injection” doesn’t take away all strong feelings. I thought that the movie added some depth to the story, and make me take a closer look at the book.

As a movie, I do not think that The Giver was better than the book. However, the movie respects the book because they kept the main plot and storyline, the author approved all changes, and lastly, They used their imaginations and had their own take on the story.