Hello, Bookhaolics! I hope you are having an amazing day and I just popped in to make it even more amazing for those of you who enjoy my Harry Potter book review series.
So… today I am going to talk about the 5th book of the series written by J.K. Rowling, which is also my favourite HP book. And, as usual, you are going to read what I have to say about it and maybe tell me your own opinions on the book. Therefore, with no further introduction, let’s dive in!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix follows Harry’s struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldemort, the stress about his O.W.L exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic. This book contains one of the most despised characters of fanatasy novels: Dolores Umbridge, a woman who works for the Ministry of Magic and wants to re-establish the student norms that Albus Dumbldeore has “neglected”. This mad lady comes with more and more severe rules and laws for both teachers and students, aspiring to give Hogwarts “back” its elite students. And not to mention she is even claiming that Harry Potter and his group of friends are lying when they say that Voldemort is now alive.
I bet you already hate her, even though you may haven’t read the book.
1. A Reader’s POV on this book:
You’ll go through a big ass carousel of emotions with this book. You’ll have the fun of your life, you’ll feel the romantic teenage drama starting to gain up some more room than in the previous book, you’ll start hating the corrupted political system but you’ll start loving the students at Hogwarts who make their own army – inspired, of course, by the Order Of The Phoenix, an army of extremely powerful wizards and witches that are trying to keep Voldemort and his followers (Death Eaters) at bay for as long as possible and then eventually defeat them – so that they can learn how to protect themselves outside of Hogwarts and how to defend themselves by the Death Eaters. And, of course, who could be leading the so-called “Dumbldeore’s Army” if not Harry himself?
Oh, and also, as a reader, you get to fall in love with many characters, and inevitably, you start creating your own “ship”, a couple that you wish to end up together. Isn’t it sweet?
2. A Writer’s POV on this book:
Talking about carousels of emotions… that’s what you need to do to your readers. I’ve mentioned it before, I think, but I’m going to say it now as well: torture the hell out of your characters, honey! The readers will hate you for it, but if you do it well enough, you’ll make them stick to your book until the end, because that’a what usually grips all the people on a book: the suspense, you know? The question of who gets to survive in your story and who gets to die. And they’ll want to kill you if you kill one or more of the characters they like. But do it anyway. It’s worth it, trust me!
Except of suspense, the aesthetic is what gets people addicted to a book. You need to play with words the same way you play with your characters. If you have a good story-line but you don’t put it well in words, nobody is going to bother to read your book until the end, except of yourself and your mom. People will read 10 pages, more or less, get bored with it and throw it away. If you write in a good, beautiful manner of telling the story though, but let’s say you don’t have a way too developed plot, there are bigger chances that people will read it. Just for the aesthetic. However, the best way to make sure people will read your book, is to have both a stunning way of writing, and a well-developed story-line. And since this is the only way it is possible, get to exercise it, until you become good enough to get readers. So, what are you waiting for? Get to work!🙃
Hello, Bookhaolics! Today, I’m going to dive into reviewing the 4th book of the Harry Potter series, which is actually in my top three favourite H.P. books (and movies, of course). So, without any further introduction (’cause I don’t think it’s needed), let’s get on to it!
The fourth book in this amazing fantasy series follows Harry Potter, a wizard in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the mystery surrounding the entry of his name into the Triwizard Tournament, in which he is forced to compete.
The Triwizard Tournament is one of the most important magical events, and it takes place every 50 years. During the event, the 3 greatest schools of magic (Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang) compete for the great trophy and a prize of 1000 galleons. The selection of contestants is done at random by the Goblet Of Fire, which chooses one student (who needs to be at least 17 years old) to represent their school. However, an “error” has been made this year and Harry Potter, who is 14 years old, gets chosen to represent Hogwarts, along with Cedric Diggory. The rest of the story, is nothing but history in the Wizarding World.
1. A Reader’s POV on this book:
As a reader, I must say that the plot is much more gripping in here than it was in the previous 3 books. It has many more twists and turns, many more secrets to unveil, and it leaves you with many more questions than the previous H.P. books do. From this book on, the real entertainment and adventure feels like actually starting. But I’ll get to that in the next couple of posts. The most shocking event which takes place here is Voldemort’s revival (sorry for the spoiler, oops). The thing is, once this dude is really back, you know, flesh and bones and all that, he becomes unstoppable, so Harry and the good guys’ mission will be to (try to) stop him. But for the time being, Harry just needs to be focused on staying alive during the Tournament. And you will always be under the impression that this bitch is gonna die at any time; but then it might cross your mind that if the main character died here, there would be absolutely no point in naming the next 4 books after him. So you calm down, knowing he’ll be fine. BUT THE DAMN BITCH IS STILL TOO CLOSE TO DYING!
2. A Writer’s POV on this book:
Even though this is the first book of the series that brings a way darker vibe to its world, compared to all there was before, J.K. still couldn’t help holding back her little jokes (most of them being cracked in the most uncomfortable situations), but I suppose that’s what Leo’s usually do. However, I absolutely love the way she’s this close 👌 to killing Harry, but then she’s like “Nah, bruh!”, so she spares his life. And this is some sort of spiral, never ending, that she loves putting her most precious characters into. I bet she just enjoyed the traumas that she gave to that little boy and his friends!
And basically, that’s what a writer has to do: torture their characters, make the reader hate them for it, but then, in the last moment, decide on not killing the bitch (especially if you feel like you’re discussing your readers’ favourite characters). Your readers will come with their plates, begging for seconds, even if they claim to hate it. But they’re just a bunch of drama lovers, so you need to give them what they want. 🙃
That was all for today, see you on Friday (or Saturday, we’ll see ’bout that) with the next review!
Hello, Bookaholics! I finally made it to this post, too, yay =))
Without any further introduction, leg me jump right into my business.
The book follows Harry Potter in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Along with his friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry starts looking into the case of Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban (the wizard prison) believed to be one of Lord Voldemort’s old allies. The book however takes a really nice turn by the end, which makes it really fun to read.
1. A Reader’s POV on this book:
The first thing you’ll notice is the plot. It will give you some mind-fuck for sure. It is incredibly twisted and so fun (but hard at the same time) to keep up with. Then there is also the signature sense of humour that each of the important characters have. Some parts will definitely get you rolling with laughter. And, the most important thing, the attitude of the said characters towards problems that real-life society’s adults usually deal with. They have inspired me a great deal when I was a child. And they always will hold a special place in my heart, no matter my age. I feel like there are so many things to learn from those kids, even though some of the adults in their world tend to underestimate them. But then, of course, doesn’t the same happen in real life?
2. A Writer’s POV on this book:
J.K. Rowling is an author that keeps growing and evolving constantly, along with the characters through which she speaks. This is the book in which she creates the Dementors (evil creatures that suck happiness out of people’s souls) as images of depression, a disease she was battling with at the time of writing. So what we can learn from here, is that you can transform your negative feelings in your main source of inspiration and make a masterpiece come out of your hands. Just like the greatest writers, painters, musicians did. It’s really a great start, and also a form of therapy.
Another thing that you have to keep in mind, and of course, something that I learned from J.K., you have to give each of your characters unique traits, so that they will be easy to picture by the reader, and hard to confuse. Give each one of them something special, either about the way they look, either about the way they dress, or act, or talk, or crack jokes. But make them different from the other characters. This is really easy, once you set a type of personality for every one of them. And if you feel like you can’t find inspiration, just look at some of the people around you and think of possible combinations between their personalities and their looks.
(E.g.: if you have a red-haired friend who’s always dead serious and a friend who’s always funny, mix these two things and see what you come up with. J.K. came up with Ron Weasley) :))
This was all for today, darlings, I hope you enjoyed it and… I’ll see you next time!🙃
Hello, Bookaholics! I’ve got something different for you today. I’m not going to review a book, or write a short story, or write about a cool author. I’m going to talk about my experience in a place where one of the greatest literary masterpieces took action.
I bet you all at least heard about Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” if you did not read it. ( I will give you a little synopsis for it in a bit.) So I thought it would be cool if I wrote an article about my visit to the Bran Castle, since it is a book-related location.
Right now, I am planning to go to as many literature-related locations as possible this summer. And I am, of course, going to write about them in here. But let’s focus on the one at hand, for the time being.
Synopsis for “Dracula” by Bram Stoker:
Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker is sent to Dracula’s castle to finalise a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker’s fiancée, Mina, the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.
A quick tour through “Dracula’s Castle”
A national symbol for Romania, the Bran Castle is known for showing just how well can Mythology and Real History go together. To me (as well as to many others), it represents the swing of the Gothic Art in our country and, of course, it shows how much work and talent were needed for such a great work of art to be done.
Now I’ll put here some of the best pictures that I took, showing off my photography skills. Just kidding, I want to show off the amazing architecture and details that this whole big ass building has got to offer. 🙂
If you want to read more about the myths and real history of the Bran Castle, I recommend you to check out The Bran Castle Official Website, where you can have a little virtual tour of the castle, or go here The Bran Castle: Dracula’s Myth to read the whole myth surrounding Count Dracula and how he became a national symbol for Romania.
Hello, Bookaholics! I hope you are doing well. Today I am going to talk a little bit about Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. And I said “a little bit”, because I am trying, just like in the previous post (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone~ book review), not to give you any spoilers. This being said, let’s dive in!
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he is packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girl’s bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – something is attacking Hogwarts students, making them rigid like statues. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past reveals dark secrets? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects … Harry Potter himself!
1. A Reader’s POV on this book:
The best part of this book is that we receive a tiny glimpse of Voldemort (alias Tom Marvolo Riddle) when he was a student at Hogwarts, this allowing J.K Rowling to start taking us on a journey through Voldemort’s life before he became the most feared villain in the Wizarding World. A journey that would keep going for all of tge next volumes, never running out of resources and details that will make our minds swirl and twirl while trying to keep up with Rowling’s genius.
Also, as a reader, you kind of start forming ships between characters, at this point. You start imagining who will they end up with, even if J.K. is making them seem way too immature for this thing… but of course, we know better than that how today’s 12 year-olds act like.
2. A Writer’s POV on this book:
As a writer, you can definitely learn a thing or two from J.K. Rowling. For example, above the things that I mentioned in my last post, the fact she is improving her style with each new volume is nothing new anymore. It is obvious that this is how you get better. Not by waiting for inspiration to hit you, but by simply writing. The most valuable thing that I have personally learned from this woman is that you should never give up on your dream, no matter how many people “advise” you to quit. And if we’re talking writing, the key to evolution and to creating your own best style, is to learn from bigger writers (so you are forced to read) and writing. This is one of the very few fields in which, at least in the beginning, quantity means more than quality. Just read any writer’s first published work, and their latest, if you don’t believe this theory. Then compare both the works. You might not even believe that the same person wrote them. And, in a way, it might be so.
You know what they say… whatever job you’d have, you can only advance by learning from those who either are better than you, either have been in the field for a longer time than you have. Writing requires the same thing. You get to build your own style by studying others’. And let me tell you one more secret: don’t struggle to be original. Just think of tbe millions of books out there. Do you really really think that you do stand any chance to come with something 100% original, something that has never been done before? Obviously, you don’t. So don’t try to be original. Instead, focus on being yourself, being honest with your readers (although not too honest; remember: show, don’t tell). This is the only way you can bring somehing unique (even though not original) to your work.
That was all for today, my darlings, I hope you enjoyed it, or at least learned something from it, and if you did, share it with your Potterhead friends, leave a like, subscribe and comment here, and I’ll see you with my next post. 🙃
Hello, my dear Bookaholics! I know that most of you know what this article is going to contain, but I guess this is actually the main reason why you clicked on it. So, given this fact, let’s get to business.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel in the immensely popular Harry Potter series by British writer J.K. Rowling. It was first published in Britain in 1997 and appeared in the United States the following year under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book’s imaginative story line about a boy wizard made it an enduring hit with both children and adults.
I should tell you a little something about the plot and all that, but unfortunately I can’t do so without giving you guys “spoilers” or revealing things that are going to be mentioned in the other books. So, at the end of this series of reviews, I will make a huge summary of all seven main books (I’ll talk about the 8th one alone).
For now, I’ll just get to my usual point🙃
1. A reader’s POV on this book:
Oh, dear, how much this book shaped the reader (and even person) that I am now! As a simple reader, you notice how much of a smartass J.K. Rowling is, by seeing how she is able to put together a very twisted plot, more like a puzzle, how she is making you feel everything that her characters feel. And, the most important thing, she is making her fantastic world seem like it is not possible for it not to exist. You feel like Hogwarts is real, so you begin to feel sorry for being born in a “Muggle” family, with no access to wizard-style education. It’s just you and your boring school, and your boring teachers, and your average type of classmates. Nothing as special as you wish it to be. This is the thing I love the most about this book.
2. A writer’s POV on this book:
I must say that J.K. Rowling never fails to amaze me when it comes to writing skills. The world that she managed to create feels so real, that it makes me wonder if she hadn’t gone to the Wizarding World for real and just described what she had seen in there.
What we can “borrow” from her style are the very well used descriptions, not too many words, not too fade words. The plot twists that she uses and how she is building up the tension. How well she is creating the characters, so that they seem very likely to represent usual types of people that you could meet in the everyday life. How she manages to advance the plot just by adding something funny to a situation. And how she is giving children role models with whom they resonate.
She is definitely one of the writers that has influenced me the most, which is why I really look up to her and even to her characters, whether they are older or younger than me. 🙃
Ok, dears! This was all for today! Not my best version, as you can see, but I hope it will be better the next time.
Hello, my lovely Bookaholics! I’ve been waiting for this series of posts for so long and never had the necessary time to make it happen, so I’m doing this now and I’m so excited for it!
I have discovered the “Harry Potter” series when I was an 11 year old kid. And ever since, I’ve been waiting for my letter from Hogwarts. Of course, it never arrived, but deep down, I’m still waiting for it 🙃
This subject is so close to my heart, that I felt like I need to write loads of words about it, not just a plain and simple review. Judging by me, it deserves so much attention and dedication, that I had to cut some things off my schedule in order to get the time to write this series and give it my everything.
So yeah, as you can probably say, I am a Potterhead… a huge one, actually. My relationship with the “Harry Potter” series is the longest relationship I’ve ever had and will ever have, by far.
Why so? I can only say that it was love at first sight. Upon reading the first page, I knew that this book series is going to be THE ONE book series for me and that’s a period! I proceeded reading the 1st book and I was literally caught up in that world. I barely even slept, ate, went to the bathroom. I think I rarely even breathed. It was just me and the book. My mom calling me? Zoom it out. My dog wanting to eat? Okay, she was the only one for whom I would actually get out of my room. But there could have literally been an Apocalypse going on around me and I wouldn’t have noticed. I would just have been something like: “Bitch, let me finish this chapter!”
I needed to read the other volumes right away! Which I did. I borrowed all of them from the local library – as I couldn’t find them anywhere on stock, to buy them – and got right to business. I would be staying up until 3 a.m., even though I knew I had classes the next day and I needed to wake up at 6 a.m. to catch the bus. I would be walking around the school while reading, because I knew I had to move a little bit, but also didn’t want to put my book down. I’ve been doing this thing for about 2 or 3 months, until I finished the series.
After it was over, there was such a powerful feeling of emptiness inside of me; like my heart has been shattered and then the pieces were glued together, just so that the next volume could come and shatter it again. The end of the series left the 12 year-old me more heartbroken than any boy could have ever left me. Which is why I started binge-watching the movies. But they left me even more disappointed, as there were so many deleted scenes.
However, I still loved the movies, as all the visual images in my mind caught shape and were brought to life and I found that amazing, in spite of the missing (important) details.
After some time of reading the books that I had to, for school, I started re-reading the “Harry Potter” series, just to unwind a little bit. Then I re-watched the movies. And I kept doing this thing on repeat for 12 times, with longer or shorter periods of break between them.
What I love about this series is that it got me all caught up when I was a kid, when I am a teenager and it will surely do the same when I’ll be a fully grown-up adult. Because it approaches with unbelievable subtlety the problems that students have to face in real schools, such as teachers abusing of their authority, students with family issues that feel better when they make someone feel bad – or simply called “bullies” – racism, sexism, discrimination, political corruption and many other similar issues.
But I’ll talk about this in the following articles, as this was just the introduction of a series of reviews that I will write about “Harry Potter”.
LOL (Lots Of Love), ♡Patry♡
Bună, dragii mei! Am aștept pentru prea mult timp să fac această serie de postări, însă nu am avut niciodată timpul necesar pentru a o scrie, așa că fac asta acum– în sfârșit!– și mă bucur extrem de mult!
Am descoperit seria „Harry Potter” când aveam în jur de 11 ani. Și de atunci îmi aștept scrisoarea de acceptare la Hogwarts. Desigur, nu am primit-o niciodată, dar în adâncul sufletului, încă o aștept 🙃
Acest subiect îmi este atât de drag, încât am simțit că am nevoie să scriu o mulțime de cuvinte despre el, nu doar o recenzie simplă și seacă. Judecând după mine, merită atât de multă atenție și dăruire, încât am decis să-mi modific programul pentru a avea timp să scriu această serie și să mă pot dedica în totalitate ei.
Așa că da, după cum probabil puteți spune, eu sunt un Potterhead… unul gigantic, de fapt. Relația mea cu seria „Harry Potter” este cea mai lungă relație pe care am avut-o și o voi avea vreodată, fără doar și poate.
De ce? Pot spune doar că a fost dragoste la prima vedere. La citirea primei pagini, am știut că această serie de cărți va fi ACEA serie pentru mine și punct! Am continuat să citesc prima carte și am fost literalmente prinsă în lumea creată acolo. Abia am dormit, mâncat, sau mers la baie. Cred că rar am respirat. Eram doar eu și cartea. Mă chema mama? Nu auzeam. Cățelușa mea voia mâncare? Ok, ea a fost singura pentru care aș fi ieșit din camera mea. Dar efectiv ar fi putut veni Apocalipsa și eu nu aș fi observat. Aș fi fost doar ceva de genul: “Boss, lasă-mă să termin capitolul!”
Aveam nevoie să citesc celelalte volume imediat! Ceea ce am și făcut. Le-am împrumutat pe toate de la biblioteca locală – pentru că nu le găseam nicăieri pe stoc, pentru a le cumpăra – și am trecut la treabă. Stăteam și până la 3 dimineața, deși știam că trebuie să merg la școală a doua zi și să mă trezesc la 6 dimineața ca să prind autobuzul. Mă plimbam prin școală în timp ce citeam, pentru că știam că am nevoie să mă mișc puțin, dar nici nu voiam să las cartea jos. Am ținut-o așa timp de vreo 2 sau 3 luni, până am terminat întreaga serie.
După ce am terminat-o, am fost lovită un sentiment atât de puternic de gol; ca și cum inima mea ar fi fost spulberată și apoi piesele au fost lipite între ele, pentru ca următorul volum să vină și să o frângă din nou. Sfârșitul seriei a lăsat o Patry de 12 ani mai deprimată decât ar fi putut să mă lase orice băiat. Motiv pentru care am început să mă uit la filme. Cu toate că pe de o parte, acelea m-au dezamăgit și mai mult, după ce am văzut câte scene importante lipseau.
În orice caz, tot am adorat filmele, întrucât vedeam cum toate imaginile din mintea mea prindeau contur și erau aduse la viață, ceea ce mi s-a părut uimitor, în ciuda detaliilor (totuși importante) ce lipseau.
După o perioadă de citit doar cărțile pe care eram nevoită să le citesc, pentru școală, am început să recitesc seria „Harry Potter”, doar pentru a mă detensiona puțin. Apoi am revăzut filmele. Și am continuat “ritualul” ăsta de vreo 12 ori, cu perioade mai lungi sau mai scurte de pauză între repetiții.
Ce îmi place la această serie este că m-a prins cu totul atunci, când eram doar un copil, acum, cănd sunt adolescentă și cu siguranță va avea același efect și când voi fi un adult. Pentru că abordează cu o subtilitate incredibilă problemele cu care sunt nevoiți să se confrunte elevii în școlile reale, cum ar fi profesorii care abuzează de autoritatea lor, elevii cu probleme familiale sau personale care se simt mai bine atunci când fac pe cineva să se simtă rău – sau pur și simplu numiți „bătăuși” – rasism, sexism, discriminare, corupție politică și multe alte probleme similare.
Dar despre asta voi vorbi în articolele următoare, deoarece aceasta a fost doar introducerea unei serii de recenzii pe care le voi scrie despre cărțile și filmele „Harry Potter”.
In case you didn’t know, this dude is one of the best classic writers to have ever existed and I love him and his art so much, that I decided to do an article about him.
How did I get this idea?
I was reading “The Picture Of Dorian Gray” (for which a review is on the way), the only novel he wrote, as he was best known for his short stories and poetry. However, despite being his only novel, it was (and still is) an extremely great work of art (but we’ll talk about it later).
The idea of writing this article came to me as I discovered that there were so many sensible things that his characters were stating, that it made me feel as if I was talking with a therapist about my own sensible theories about life, and about the other people around me.
But now that I made you be curious about Oscar Wilde’s genius, let’s see what are his greatest 50 quotes!
1. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
2. “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.”
3. “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
4. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
5. “I can resist everything except temptation.”
( Me too, dude… Me too…)
6. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
7. “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
8. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
9. “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
10. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
( Take the following banned books for example: “Animal Farm”, “Brave New World”, “Lolita”, or “All Quiet on the Western Front”.)
11. “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
12. “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
(And I can’t emphasize this enough!!!)
13. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
14. “A good friend will always stab you in the front.”
15. “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
16. “I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.”
17. “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”~~ From “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
18. “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
19. “I am not young enough to know everything.”
20. “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
21. “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
22. “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
23. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
24. “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”~~ Extract from the Preface of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
25. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
( And I realise more and more that this guy was extremely modest– please note the sarcasm.)
26. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
( What a funny wordplay! I can’t help but agreeing, though.)
27. “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.”
28. “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”
29. “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”
30. “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”~~From “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
31. “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
32. “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
33. “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
34. “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”~~ From “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
35. “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.”
( Ha-ha! So we had this “thing” even in the 1880’s, ladies! We take the traditions further.)
36. “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
( I know whatcha saying, old man…)
37. “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
38. “Who, being loved, is poor?”
39. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
40. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”
41. “A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.”
42. “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
43. “When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
44. “Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.”
45. “Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.”
46. “What of Art? -It is a malady. –Love? -An Illusion. –Religion? -The fashionable substitute for Belief. –You are a sceptic. -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith. –What are you? -To define is to limit.”~~ From “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
47. “Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss The brave man with a sword.”
48. “I like men who have a future and women who have a past.”
49. “The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.”
50. “Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
(I couldn’t help it, but I hope you won’t mind it.)
51. “A bore is someone who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.”
52. “Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
53. “How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?!”
( I’ve been asking myself that for some time, too.)
54. “Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both end up disappointed.”
55. “Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”
56. “There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.”
57. “There are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely-or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands.”
58. “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
59. “Every womanis a rebel.”
60. “Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.”
61. “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
And so, what was initially going to be a list of 50 quotes, turned into a list of 61. I just hope you liked this list and that it is, in some way, useful to you. 😊
By the next time, I’d like you to tell me which quote/quotes you liked the most and if any of them made you just sit down and reflect a little bit. 🙃
I should tell you that I’m sorry. But I’ve endured millions of years without committing any sin, so I’m not going to start lying now. Yes, I could have warned you, of course, you know I can do anything. But all that would have changed would have been the date, the time, probably the location and possibly the circumstances. So you would have come to Me sooner or later; but I like to receive things early… As early as possible. I don’t like to wait. Even the Sky becomes a boring place when you have nothing to do but wait.
Hey, come on! Stop complaining so much! You whimper just like a baby whose lollipop was stolen! My baby’s life was stolen and He didn’t say a word. And here you are, sitting and mourning over a life that, for the most part, you lived exactly as you wanted. I know, you would have wanted to stay a little longer on Earth, but compared to the life expectancy of your species and your era, you’re really OK. You have nothing to complain about. Look, do you see that guy? He was 15 when he came here. And it’s just one of the millions of examples I can give you. Now, you’re going to have to calm down, maybe this will end well. I need you to have your eyes and ears focused on Me, since we are about to decide where you will spend the next years of your life. Hmm, years… Improperly said, years… Well, we’ll decide where you’ll get to spend your eternity. Don’t do that face! You knew since a long time ago that this was going to happen. Besides, take a look Down there. See how beautiful that red guy is? Oh, Papa’s little chef! He can’t wait to make a soup out of you! So o if I were you, I’d try not to step crookedly… at least now.
Now I have the obligation to read your rights and Our Policy. Be careful!
1. You have the right not to say anything. Everything you say can – and will – be used against you at the Trial.
2. You have the right to a Lawyer. That will be the guy over there, George, that I gave you at your Christening. I feel a little sorry for him… for what he went through with you, but maybe with the next one it will be easier for him.
3. Your preferences will not be taken into consideration when your Punishment is discussed.
4. And the last point: you will not be allowed to visit your relatives and friends, wether they are Here or Below, until the Verdict is pronounced.
Everything clear? No? Sorry, I did my job, dear. You know how it goes… the priest doesn’t repeat the service 100 times for an old, deaf woman. No, I don’t have to worry about it being confusing. I told you to be careful. Well, let’s get over the fact that you didn’t listen to Me this time either. You just sign here that you took note of ypur rights. We respect Our customers, you know… And We want to keep a record.
Good… now the second part. Do you see this thick booklet from here? It’s the list of your sins. And the next book is the list of your good deeds. Hmm… It may not take Me long to decide where to send you, but because I am in a good mood, I will look over the file, analyze it and within 40 days I will give you the Verdict. What do you mean, what are you going to do in the meantime? Well, if you miss the Earth so much, you could walk around it a little longer. Isn’t it “cool” that you can visit all the places you wanted to see in your life, but didn’t allow yourself, for countless reasons? No, you can’t stay Here or at Lucy for the time being. You see, We don’t like to give you “spoilers”, so We won’t let you see what’s going on in each of the two Places. That’s why I’m sending you back to Earth.
Oh, and one more thing before you leave: don’t add any more sins to the list, otherwise the period is extended and I don’t think you want to spend your eternity as a wandering soul on Earth. Eh, you say now that you would like it, but soon… there will be no more Earth. Why, Me! I said more than I should have… Please excuse me!
Okay, now go, have fun!
SEND IN THE NEXT ONE!
“The Final Judgement”
Painting by Michelangelo
Ar trebui să-ți spun că-Mi pare rău. Însă am rezistat milioane de ani fără să fac vreun păcat, așa că nu am să mă apuc fix acum să mint. Da, te-aș fi putut avertiza, desigur, știi că Eu pot face orice. Dar tot ce s-ar fi schimbat ar fi fost data, ora, probabil locația și posibil, circumstanțele. Deci tot ai fi ajuns la Mine mai devreme sau mai târziu; însă Mie îmi place să primesc lucrurile devreme… Cât mai devreme cu putință. Nu-Mi place să aștept. Până și Cerul devine un loc plictisitor când nu ai încotro decât să aștepți.
Ei, haide! Nu te mai plânge atâta! Te smiorcăi ca un bebeluș căruia i s-a furat acadeaua! Bebelușului Meu i s-a furat viața și nu a zis nici “pâs”. Iar tu stai aici și bocești după o viață pe care, în mare parte, ai trăit-o fix cum ai vrut tu. Știu, ai fi fi vrut, însă raportat la speranța de viață a speciei tale și a erei tale, chiar ești în regulă. Nu ai de ce să te plângi. Uite, îl vezi pe tipul ăla? Avea 15 ani când a venit Aici. Și e doar unul dintre milioanele de exemple pe care ți le pot da.
Acum, va trebui să te liniștești, poate asta se va termina cu bine. Am nevoie să fii ochi și urechi la mine, aici decidem unde îți vei petrece următorii ani din viață. Bine, ani… Impropriu spus, ani… Mă rog, o să decidem unde îți petreci veșnicia. Nu strâmba din nas! Știai de mult că asta urmează să se întâmple.
În plus… ia uită-te puțin acolo, Jos. Vezi ce frumos e tipul ăla roșu? Mânca-l-ar Tata de gospodar! Abia așteaptă să facă o ciorbă din tine, așa că în locul tău, aș încerca să nu calc strâmb… măcar acum.
Acum… am obligația de a-ți citi drepturile pe care le ai și politica Noastră. Fii atent!
Ai dreptul să nu spui nimic. Tot ce spui poate– și va fi– folosit împotriva ta la Proces.
Ai dreptul la un avocat. Acela va fi tipul de acolo, Gheorghe, pe care ți l-am dat la Botez. Mi-e cam milă de el… prin câte a trecut cu tine, dar poate cu următorul îi va fi mai ușor.
Nu se va ține cont de preferințele tale atunci când ți se va discuta Pedeapsa.
Și ultimul punct: nu vei avea voie să-ți vizitezi rudele și prietenii, fie ei de Aici sau de Jos, până la pronunțarea Verdictului.
Totul clar? Nu? Scuze, Eu Mi-am făcut datoria, dragă. Știi cum e… popa nu repetă slujba de 100 de ori pentru o babă surdă. Nu, nu are de ce să mă intereseze că e derutant. Eu ți-am zis să fii atent. Mă rog, trecem peste faptul că nici de data asta nu M-ai ascultat. Tu doar semnează aici că ai luat la cunoștință. Ne respectăm clienții, știi… Și vrem să avem o evidență.
Bun… acum partea a doua. Vezi cărțulia asta groasă de aici? E lista cu păcatele tale. Iar carnețelul de lângă e lista cu faptele tale bune. Hmm… s-ar putea să nu-Mi ia mult să decid unde să te trimit, dar fiindcă sunt într-o dispoziție bună, o să Mă uit peste dosar, îl analizez și în 40 de zile îți dau Verdictul.
Cum adică ce faci în timpul ăsta? Păi dacă tot îți e așa dor de Pământ, te mai plimbi pe acolo puțin. Nu e “cool” că poți vizita toate locurile pe care ți-ai dorit să le vezi în viață, dar nu ți-ai permis, din nenumărate motive?
Nu, nu poți sta nici Aici și nici la Lucifică, momentan. Vezi tu, nu ne place să vă dăm “spoilere”, așa că nu vă lăsăm să vedeți ce se întâmplă în fiecare loc. De-aia te trimit înapoi pe Pământ.
Oh, și încă ceva înainte să pleci: nu mai adăuga alte păcate pe listă, altfel perioada se prelungește și Mi-e să nu rămâi de tot acolo, pe Pământ. Eh… zici acum că ți-ar plăcea, dar în scurt timp… n-o să mai fie niciun Pământ. Vai, Eu! M-a luat valul și iar am zis mai multe decât trebuia… Te rog să mă scuzi!
“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee (Book Review)
“It ain’t time to worry yet, Scout. I’ll let you know when.”-> Jem
” ‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel- a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deeo South of the 1930’s.
The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.”
This book made me cry more than the boy I had a crush on for almost a year. But, compared to that guy, at least this novel is funny. And smart. Really smart.
It speaks about racism and the “Impurity of Women doctrine” from the perspective of a little girl (Scout) who just began going to school. Not only does she see these toxic things going on inside the insignificant society of Maycomb, Alabama but she strongly disagrees with them; and she breaks the rules told to a lady to follow, despite being criticised all the time.
Quote: “Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches: when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to do things that required pants. Aunt Alexandra’s vision of my deportment involved playing with small stoves, tea sets, and wearing the Add-A-Pearl necklace she gave me when I was born; furthermore, I should be a ray of sunshine in my father’s lonely life. I suggested that one could be a ray of sunshine in pants just as well, but Aunty said that one had to behave like a sunbeam, that I was born good but had grown progressively worse every year.”
1) Reading this book from a reader’s point of view:
You’ll laugh in tears. Although I’m not quite sure if the tears come from too much laughing or from too many emotional scenes and strong revelations about the cruel reality; or from both of these two combined.
This novel induces you a melancholic feeling, taking you back to the perfect childhood, when the kids had to be punished to go inside and they weren’t “tech-addicts” and they could literally swim in mud and play in the rain. Of course, nobody had a problem with you doing that stuff but if only you were a boy. If you were a girl, then you had to bear with all the critics you’d receive. Nevertheless, if you didn’t care, you could still have fun.
Do you see where I’m getting at? “To Kill a Mockingbird” teaches you to be yourself, embrace the real person you are, stop being the way people want you to be and be free, be happy. And it clearly is amazing how such a small and inexperienced human being like Scout is the kind of boy-ish girl that people say will end up “waiting on tables”. However she doesn’t seem to care. She’s living her life trying to avoid getting affected by negative comments.
Besides, she’s got a problem with the schooling system, that won’t let her read or write (even if she knows how to do this), until her third grade.
Quote: “I did not believe that twelve years of unrelievedboredom was what the state had in mind for me.”
Ah, and I almost forgot an important problem of hers, in which you might find yourselves, too: she gets to meet her first love, Dill, and discovers how the average man seems to be understanding the whole “love” thing.
Quote: “He staked me out, marked as his property, said I was the only girl he could ever love, then he neglected me.”
In conclusion, since I can’t keep myself from mentioning yet again the same problem, I will end this rubric by saying that if you want as many anti-feminist quotes as you could possibly find in a classic novel, you’ll definitely find them in this one, as there are plenty of them:
Quote: “Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them.”
Quote: ” ‘Scout, you’ll get in trouble if you go around saying things like damn and hell. You want to grow up to be a lady, don’t you?’ (-> Uncle Jack) I said not particularly. ‘Of course you do.’
2) Reading this book from a writer’s point of view:
Without any more blabbering, I’ll get straight to the point, because if you kept reading until here, then it means this is what you wanted me to get at, in the first place.
Okay, so: use sophisticated, complex words. To make your story/novel/whatever to be more captivating, interesting to your readers, get rid of words like “very”, “big”, “small”, “nice”, “bad”, “good” etc. And replace them with more complex words: “extremely”, “enormous”, “tiny”, “terrible”, “wonderful” etc. Not only do you bore your readers to death when using simplistic words, but you make your story seem lame, even if the plot is a great one.
Make a point of not forgetting that the human world is a mess and people want to escape it by reading, which is why it is your duty as a writer to make them have fun. Crack jokes even in serious moments (I’m not talking about extreme situations like someone’s funeral), but just make sure that your story is humorous.
And one more thing you need in order to make your story seem more realistic, is to add a strong bond between your characters. Intensify their feelings using adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, technically anything you can, to make their love, hate, happiness, rage, seem as pure as a real human’s. People will (in most cases) relate to that character when they feel in a certain way. And this is how, as a writer, you can also be a therapist.
I hope I made you add this novel on your “To-read list” and I’ve awakened your interest for it. Feel free to write your opinion on it in the comments, or tell me what book you’d like to see reviewed on my blog. Maybe I will add something on my “To-read list”, too. Also, if you want to get in touch, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and even E-mail me, using the links in my Contact page. 🙃
LOL ♡ (Lots Of Love), Patry
Ro: “Să ucizi o pasăre cântătoare” de Harper Lee (recenzie)
“— Nu trebuie să-ți faci griji acum, Scout. O să-ți spun eu când.”-> Jem
SINOPSIS (un mic rezumat):
” — Trage în toate vrăbiuțele pe care vrei să le dobori, dacă le poți nimeri, dar ține minte că e un păcat să ucizi o pasăre cântătoare.
Sfatul pe care un avocat îl dă copiilor lui, în timp ce el apără adevărata pasăre cântătoare a clasicului roman al lui Haroer Lee- un bărbat negru acuzat de violarea unei fete albe.
Prin ochii tineri ai lui Scout și Jem Finch, Harper Lee explorează cu umor exuberant iraționalitatea atitudinii adulților către rasă și clasă socială în Alabama anilor 1930.
Conștiința unui oraș plin de prejudecăți, violență și ipocrizie este înțepată de puterea sacrificiilor depuse de un singur bărbat în numele justiției. Dar greutatea istoriei nu va permite asta.”
Această carte m-a făcut să plâng mai mult decât un băiat de care mi-a plăcut aproape un an de zile. Dar măcar romanul ăsta e amuzant. Și inteligent. Foarte inteligent.
Dezbate problema rasismului și a “doctrinei referitoare la Impuritatea Femeilor” din perspectiva unei fete micuțe (Scout) ce de-abia începe școala. Nu numai că ea vede lucrurile toxice care se întâmplă în restrânsa societate din Maycomb, Alabama, dar are o opinie puternică împotriva acestora; și încalcă regulile impuse unei doamne, în ciuda faptului că este tot timpul criticată.
Citat: “Mătușa Alexandra era o fanatică atunci când venea vorba de ținuta mea. Nu aș fi putut măcar spera să fiu o doamnă dacă purtam pantaloni: când i-am spus că nu puteam face nimic într-o rochie, mi-a spus că nu ar fi trebuit să fac lucruri ce implicau purtarea pantalonilor. Viziunea mătușii Alexandra despre activitățile mele implicau joaca cu mici cuptoare, seturi de ceai, și purtarea lănțișorului Add-A-Pearl (Adaugă-O-Perlă), pe care mi l-a oferit când m-am născut; cu atât mai mult, eu ar trebui să fiu o rază de soare în viața singuratică a tatălui meu. Am sugerat că aș putea fi o rază de soare și îmbrăcată în pantaloni, dar Mătușica mi-a spus că trebuia să mă și comport ca atare, că m-am născut bună, dar am devenit din ce în ce mai rea, în fiecare an, progresiv.”
1) Citind această carte din punctul de vedere al unui cititor:
Vei râde cu lacrimi. Cu toate că nu sunt sigură dacă acele lacrimi vor fi de la râs sau de la scenele emoționante și revelațiile puternice ale lui Scout cu privire la realitatea crudă; sau poate de la ambele situații, combinate.
Acest roman îți induce un sentiment melancolic, transportându-te înapoi către copilăria perfectă, când copiii trebuiau pedepsiți ca să intre în casă, nu erau dependenți de tehnologie și puteau literalmente să înoate în noroi și să se joace în ploaie. Desigur, nimeni nu avea vreo problemă cu tine făcând chestiile astea, dar numai dacă erai băiat. Căci dacă erai fată, atunci aveai de suportat toate criticile pe care le-ai primi pentru un astfel de comportament nespecific unei domnișoare. Dar în orice caz, dacă nu îți păsa, te puteai distra în continuare.
Vezi unde încerc să ajung? “Să ucizi o pasăre cântătoare” te învață să fii tu însuți, să îmbrățișezi adevărata persoană care ești, să nu mai fii așa cum vor alți oameni și să fii liber, să fii fericit. Și este uimitor cum o ființă umană atât de mică și de neexperimentată ca Scout este tipul de fată băiețoasă despre care oamenii spun că va sfârși “așteptând după un coate-goale”. Și totuși, ei nu pare a-i păsa. Ea își trăiește viața încercând să evite să fie afectată de comentariile negative.
De asemenea, are o problemă cu sistemul de educație, căci nu are voie să citească sau să scrie (chiar dacă ea știe să facă lucrurile astea) până în clasa a treia.
Citat: “Nu credeam că 12 ani de plictiseală continuă era ceea ce statul avea pregătit pentrumine.”
În plus, ea își întâlnește prima iubire, Dill, și descoperă cum majoritatea bărbaților pare să înțeleagă toată chestia cu “iubirea”.
Citat: “El a mizat pe mine, m-a marcat drept proprietatea lui, a spus că eram singura fată pe care ar putea-o iubi vreodată, iar apoi m-a neglijat.”
Și, cum nu mă pot abține să nu mă mai întorc încă odată la aceeași problemă, voi încheia rubrica aceasta spunând că dacă vrei cât de multe citate anti-feministe cu putință, cu siguranță le vei găsi pe aici, din moment ce sunt o mulțime:
Citat: “Jem mi-a spus că mă purtam ca o fată, că fetele mereu își imaginează lucruri și de-asta alți oameni le urăsc.”
Citat: “– Scout, o să ai probleme dacă mai folosești cuvinte ca “naiba”. Vrei să crești ca o fată, nu? (-> Unchiul Jack) I-am răspuns că nu vreau asta neapărat. — Desigur că vrei.”
2) Citind această carte din punctul de vedere al unui scriitor:
Fără mai multă pălăvrăgeală, voi trece firect la subiect, pentru că dacă ai citit până aici, înseamnă că asta voiai să citești, în primul rând.
Ok, deci: folosește cuvinte sofisticate, complexe. Ca să îți faci povestea/romanul/ orice ai scrie tu, să fie mai captivant, interesant pentru cititorii tăi, scapă de cuvinte ca “foarte”, “mare”, “mic”, “frumos”, “rău”, “bun” etc. Înlocuiește-le cu alte cuvinte, ceva mai complexe: “extrem”, “enorm”, “minuscul”, “uimitor”, “teribil”, “minunat” etc. Nu numai că îți vei plictisi de moarte cititorii, dar îți vei face povestea să pară scrisă de un copil de clasa a doua, chiar dacă planul tău narativ e grozav.
Încearcă să nu uiți că lumea în care trăim e o porcărie (în mare parte), iar oamenii vor să evadeze puțin din ea citind, motiv pentru care au nevoie să se distreze. Introdu glumițe chiar și în momente serioase din poveste (bine, nu zic nici de înmormântarea cuiva), dar doar asigură-te că povestea ta are și simțul umorului. E extrem de important.
Și, încă un lucru de care ai nevoie, pentru a-ți face povestea să pară cât mai realistă, este să creezi legături puternice între personaje. Intensifică-le sentimentele folosind adjective, adverbe, metafore, practic orice poți, ca să faci iubirea, ura, fericirea, furia lor să pară la fel de pure ca cele ale unui om real. Oamenii (poate) se vor identifica mai mult cu personajul respectiv, când se simt într-un anumit fel. Și uite-așa, ca scriitor, poți fi și terapeut.
Sper că te-am făcut să adaugi acest roman pe lista ta de lecturi și că ți-am trezit intetesul pentru el. Simte-te liber să scrii în comentarii opinia ta despre el, sau să-mi spui pentru ce altă carte ai vrea să vezio recenzie pe blog-ul meu. Poate așa voi adăuga și eu ceva pe lista mea de lecturi. De asemenea, dacă vrei să luăm legătura, mă găsești pe Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, sau poți chiar să-mi lași un E-mail, folosind link-urile din pagina de Contact. 🙃