Friday, April 28, 2017

I Think She Hates Me....

Hey peoples!

It feels like it's been a long while since my last post, huh?

But I was busy!  Like, busier than I've ever been before!  I had a final chemistry* exam, a chemistry assignment where I had to write a proposal to sell some new method of rust protection, a chemistry quiz, a huge review package in math, a math test, a financial plan, a community connections assignment, a Career and Life assignment, a literary analysis of something to do with turtles, tutoring almost everyday for a few hours and sometimes even twice a day, dance performances, dance practice four days a week after school, dance practice everyday at lunch, dance journals, two dance choreographies to finish, a biology test, an in-class King Lear essay on a topic I'm not sure I interpreted right, and finally, a hand-in essay inspired by A Modest Proposal.
*I don't think I need to explain how much I hate chemistry, how it's so hard for me, and how I procrastinated on doing anything in this chemistry course I'm taking online for four months (I had to teach myself the entire chemistry 12 course in about two months!)

Whew!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: The Crucible by Arthur Miller


Read: Nov. 2-8, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (although I'm tempted to give it 4)
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
Publication: October 1976 by Penguin Books
Genres: classic, play, historical fiction

Blurb from Goodreads:

"Arthur Miller's classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in 17th century Salem is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria. In the rigid theocracy of Salem, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town's most basic fears and suspicions. The ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor brilliantly illuminate the destructive power of socially-sanctioned violence. Written in 1952, The Crucible famously mirrors the anti-communist hysteria that held the United States in its grip."


Okay, okay, so....

I realize that this is a....classic and it has a reputation for being a really great book.....

I also realize that there are many people who have reviewed this book and talked about all the significance and symbolism of this book....

So, because I read this book for pleasure and not school...I will "review" this as such.
Meaning, these are purely my rambling thoughts and nothing else.

So!

Let's begin!

This was one of the books on my list of classics to read I made...for myself.

And so far....I've been the most invested in this one! So...yay, I guess!?

If I were to describe this play in one word....without a moment's hesitation, I'd say frustrating.

Super....super frustrating.

UGH.

Okay, two things that frustrated me....

1) the ending.
Nope, nope, nope. I did not like the ending, At all. It was too sudden. It didn't give me any closure. It DID NOT HAVE A SATISFYING ENDING! Well....I suppose it would be more accurate to say that it was not the ending I was hoping for.....if I were looking at this like a book I'd read for school....I might have a different opinion....maybe I'd comment on how the ending was...fitting for this play, or some other nonsense like that....but I'm not. Which is why, I'm going to say this again. I. Did. Not. Like. The. Ending.
Humph!

2) the....hysteria?
Maybe peer pressure would work as well? But...it's not quite peer pressure.....so. Remember how much I hated the ending....this hysteria and...peer pressure(?)? Times that hate by 916. Yes, that's right. I haaaaaaaaated it! It frustrated me! It annoyed and irritated me! I was literally talking to the book (characters?), telling them how ridiculously stupid they were being, what a big mistake they were making....while banging a fist on the floor every time these somethings (specifically, someTHING, actually) happened.

And then....after I flipped the last page of the book. and took a few seconds to calm myself after that despicable ending....I burst (not really) out of my room and ran to my sister. I HAD to tell her everything, but I soon found that it just wasn't the same (she was also staring at me blankly). And so....I begged her to read the play herself.

Aaaanyways!

Hmm...what else is there I want to mention.....

Oh! John Procter. Despite the horrible ending, I....quite admired his character (don't worry, I'm not going into a full character analysis! Definitely admirable qualities. I won't say much more.....in case I spoil something.

Another thing.....you know how classics are usually old...? And have somewhat incomprehensible language? Okay...perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but....you get the point.....if you're a....high school-er like me...you sometimes get lost in the writing...and I don't mean that in a good way....

I feel overwhelmed....with the phrasing of the words....the way the speak....and...and...blah. Just blah. This one.....wasn't so bad....but there was still a bit....it was especially noticeable at the beginning.

But soon enough, I was more focused on the actual story, and I enjoyed it a lot more.

I'd often find myself getting so excited, I'd quickly read through the page....skimming, I guess....just because I HAD to find out what happened next! And then I'd realize that I just read a page in less than 15 seconds, and I'd go back to catch any bits of information I missed.

Oh! This reminds me of something else!
See how incredibly unorganized I am?! Isn't it wonderful?!

So...this something....names.

I got names mixed up. Specifically, Danforth, Herrick, and Hathorne. I'd have to keep flipping back...looking for descriptions of who they are....and, ugh...flippy flippy no good! It distracts me from the story!

There were some other characters I could never remember....characters like Mercy Lewis.....Cheever, Hopkins, the Putnams, and Sarah Good. I knew that there was a person who did this or that...but...I always forgot the name. And...I would often be confused when they would use their last names in the...err...margins(?), and call each other by their first names....I get so used to thinking about these people with their last names that when they call each other by their first names....I become....confuzzled!

Also!  Gilf!*  He read this book!  And I'm sure he went into great depth while reading this book...made lots of connections, wrote lots of essays, got to know the characters a lot more than any sane person would....what if he reads my review and scoffs at it?!  Because it's no in adequate?!  I know I said that I wouldn't review this book the same as I would a school book....for grades or anything like that...but still!  I'm insecure about my "review" now.

*yes, of course I have to mention Gilf, he's my favourite person of ever!  Hi Gilf!

Okay!

I'm done!

Mostly.

So!

I'd say this classic really improved my general impressions about classics. They CAN be interesting! Who knew?!

Now I'm done.
Best book about peer pressure/hysteria you've read?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Broken Friendships & Me

Hey guys, by show of hands, how many of you have a best friend?  How about a good friend?  One that you trust a lot?  Good, good, I see lots of hands…glad you all have friends....

WARNING: THIS WILL BE A VERY DRAMATIC POST, AND I MAY OR MAY NOT MEAN ALL OR ANY OR NONE OF WHAT I SAY.

All right, if you’re still with me, prepare to be bombarded with a tirade of...horrible things…because that’s what I’ll be…ranting about today.  Let’s go.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Two Really Short Reviews

Peoples, I have here, two very short reviews.  Why am I choosing to combine two reviews, you ask?

Because they are very short.  That's why.  Don't think too much of it.

This first one was a classic, and kinda short....not that interesting...so...short review.  The next one....I really only thouroughly read a few pages of, so...also, short review.

Let's begin.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Something Lost....

*sigh*

I'm never going to catch up on my posts, am I?

Anyways....this happened...a few weeks before the Christmas break...which should be about a week before Christmas!

So...a few weeks before the Christmas break, we had our dance shows!  I was in so many dances...once I got off stage, I had to rush the wings where I'd rip off my clothes and all other accessories (hairbands/clips/ribbons, shoes, necklaces, bracelets, etc....) so that I could make it in time to perform in the next dance I was in.  It was all terribly rushed.

That was all fun, of course.  Even though I was always afraid I'd mess/mix up my choreographies or costumes...or not get on stage on time, or you know....STEP ON A FALLEN LIGHT BULB LIKE I DID LAST YEAR.

ANYWAYS!

What on to what this post is SUPPOSED to be about.

I lost something.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles


Oedipus Rex

Read: October 31-November 1, 2016
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Format: Paperback, 154 pages
Publication: May 2011 by University of Wisconsin Press
Genres: tragedy, classic, play, poetry

Blurb from Goodreads:

"Oedipus Rex is the greatest of the Greek tragedies, a profound meditation on the human condition. The story of the mythological king, who is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother, has resonated in world culture for almost 2,500 years. But Sophocles’ drama as originally performed was much more than a great story—it was a superb poetic script and exciting theatrical experience. The actors spoke in pulsing rhythms with hypnotic forward momentum, making it hard for audiences to look away. Interspersed among the verbal rants and duels were energetic songs performed by the chorus."

Guys! This is the first classic novel...wait, no...this isn't quite a novel....it's a play!  I've given 4 stars to!

Celebrate with me!

I finally found a classic novel....that I appreciated!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

...Valentine's Day!

....hey guys!

And girls!
*hey Gilf, hope you don't mind that I'm writing about this....

Valentine's Day!

Um.

Stuff!

And....

Um.

Yeah.

So.

Uh.

Valentine's Day.

Let's get started.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Posts From...A...Long, Long Time Ago: Spring Break

Hello peoples!

Yessss...I know...it's way past spring break...(pfft, who am I kidding, it's past summer break, too...and winter break....BUT THAT'S BESIDES THE POINT HERE!)...I...procrastinated...and procrastinated...and...procrastinated....

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Equus by Peter Shaffer


Equus
Read: October 24-29, 2016
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Format: paperback, 106 pages
Publication: October 1984 by Penguin Books
Genres: play, classics

Blurb from Goodreads:

"An explosive play that took critics and audiences by storm, Equus is Peter Shaffer's exploration of the way modern society has destroyed our ability to feel passion. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan's web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. Equus is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence."

Hm.

This is actually the first play I've read....that isn't Shakespeare. And....surprisingly, it went pretty smoothly.

 

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