What do you all prefer more: books or movies?
To the people who come on this blog:
What do you all prefer more: books or movies?
I don't know about anyone else, but every time I'm at the public library, I pick out a billion fiction books, but my parents make me put more than half back and make me take out a bunch of nonfiction books. Now, I greatly favor fiction over nonfiction. I don't read nonfiction unless a) it's really interesting or b) I have to. Now, I don't mean to offend nonfiction authors or readers, but to me, a lot of nonfiction books are boring. Yes, they are very informational, but I sometimes almost fall asleep after the first, what, five pages. I literally have to force myself to sit down and keep reading.
Does anyone else do that?
Anyways, I think that fiction is actually more beneficial to learning. Why? Because fiction books always make things up. This triggers the reader's imagination, and makes the reader possibly more creative. With creativity comes problem solving, with problem solving comes organization, with organization comes responsibility, and with all these, you could become smarter. I'm not saying that nonfiction can't make you smarter; I'm just saying that it doesn't seem as effective. Sure you could fit a ton of facts in that book, but after the reader finishes the book, what do they get out of it? Most of the facts that the writer researched and wrote in that book would be forgotten, unless if the reader had an amazing memory. With fiction, there could be facts subtly inserted within the text, unlike nonfiction's bluntly stating the facts, and it usually is easier to remember. When the human brain is fed small amounts of information in a long period of time, they are more likely to remember more information than if the brain is fed a whole ton of information in a short period of time. Its just how people work. Unless if you an extraordinary memory.
Also, I haven't looked up any statistics, but I bet that most people take out more fiction books than nonfiction books.
One more thing. Without fiction, many of today's inventions, or words, might not be here in the twenty-first century. Everyone has to remember science fiction's insane predictions of the future Dr. Seuss' crazy words!
So, yeah. Fiction's amazing, and to me, is more interesting to read and beneficial to learn than nonfiction (but my parents still won't let me take out all of those fiction books...).
Oh, school. So fun. Teachers repeatedly saying the same thing. Over. And over. And over again. Wee... Then you get home. Oh look. My backpacks full of binders. That's why it was so heavy. And inside those binders is my homework. Fun... NOT.
I think that schools give out a bit too much of homework. I mean, elementary school gave out next to nothing, but once you hit eighth grade, the teachers are all like, "Oh! We need to prepare you for next year so we'll give boring lectures and mountains of homework." Yeah. What a GREAT strategy (there was sarcasm there for those who do not know when people use sarcasm). I think that students should receive less homework. I mean, we're already in school for an average of six hours! Homework usually takes one to a few hours, so technically, we would be doing "school stuff" for six to, I don't know, ten hours. Student's lives are ruled over by school, and that is not a good thing. We need our TV and play time! I mean, I support education and all, but having so much homework is quite painful. The homework is always repetitive too! And then, when you're missing class for whatever reason, you have to make up all of that homework! IT'S NOT FUN!
Okay. I think I'm done raging about too much homework... For now......
Please comment below on what you want me to write about next! I've got blogger's block! Oh no!
BOO! Gotcha, right? Yeah? No? Not really. Fine. That wasn't my best scare anyways. Not by a long shot.
Well, everyone loves scary stories, but everyone hates being scared. Why? Why are scary stories so addicting to read?
I think part of its because we subconsciously know that these stories are fake, but there is a childish part, you know, the part that believes in Santa and the Easter Bunny (sorry if I just ruined your childhood), that believes that the story you are reading is true. Take Jeff the Killer for example.
Long story short, there's a bunch of mean neighborhood kids that charge a person named Jeff and his brother, Liu, a "bus fare". So, Jeff and his brother disagree, and the kids pull a knife, but Jeff beats them up. The neighborhood kids whine to the police and whatnot, and the police want to take Jeff to juvy. But no, he doesn't go to juvy. Liu pretends that he was the one who beat the kids up, and Liu goes to juvy. Yeah. I know. What an amazing older brother. Anyways, Jeff had to go to this little kid's birthday party. Then, guess who shows up? The neighborhood kids. And this time, they brought guns. I'm going to partially quote this part because its pretty intense.
Jeff: Hey, we're even. I beat you all up, and my brother went to juvy. Stop messing with me. We're even.
Neighborhood kids (who actually have names but I don't want to type everything out...): We don't stop at even. We're here to win.
Then, BAM BAM! Everyone starts fighting. In the process, someone smashed a bottle of alcohol over Jeff's head. Jeff accidentally killed two people, then he ran upstairs to the bathroom, and the last kid followed. Jeff picked up a bottle of bleach, but the kid hit him, and the bleach got over both of them. Jeff shot the last kid, and the last kid starts laughing. Why?
Jeff: Why are you laughing? What's so funny?
Kid: What's so funny is that you are covered in bleach and alcohol. *brings out a lighter and throws it at Jeff*
(Jeff screams from pain and blacks out)
He wakes up at a hospital with bandages over his head. The doctor take the bandages off, and... Wow. What happened to his face? Jeff looks in the mirror... And starts laughing, saying "it's perfect!" The doc says that his behavior was a result of taking too much of the pain killers.
Jeff and his family go home. They all go to sleep. Jeff mother wakes from what sounds like crying coming from Jeff's room. She goes in and. OH MY GOSH WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE, JEFF? HE CARVED A SMILE INTO HIS FACE WITH A KNIFE!
Jeff's mom: Jeff, what are you doing?
Jeff: I couldn't keep smiling. It hurt after awhile. Now I can smile forever!
Jeff's mom: Jeff! Your eyes!
Jeff: I couldn't see my face. I got tired and my eyes started to close. I burned out the eyelids so I could forever see myself; my new face. Mommy? What's wrong? Aren't I beautiful?
Jeff's mom: Y-yes, son. L-let me get daddy so he could see. HONEY, GET THE GUN WE...
Jeff: Mommy, you lied...
And that was the end of her. Then the dad died too. Yeah..... The way I said this, it probably sounded boring, but you could read it on creepypasta.com. Great site, by the way.
Anyways, when I first read this, which was at midnight in a dark bedroom, I was freaked out and I wasn't able to sleep. His face was VERY creepy. I kept having nightmares. But I couldn't stop reading it over and over! Night after night, I kept doing this, and I got scared every time. I wanted to stop, but I wasn't able to stop. Finally, one night, I stopped reading the story. The next morning, I actually felt unsatisfied. Weird, right? I guess the reason why people like scary stories is because we love the thrill and our heartbeats growing faster and our adrenaline rushing through our veins. To me, its exhilarating. And that's why we humans love reading scary stories, unless if you get scared very easily and you just are too scared or not curious enough to read on...
And yes, I have stopped reading Jeff the Killer. Now, you might want to check your closet and under your bed. And don't go to sleep because you might never wake up.
There was reader's block. There was writer's block. Now there's... Blogger's block!
I view blogger's block more of a "I'm too lazy to blog/I don't feel like it" or "I can't think of anything to blog about" kind of thing. It is basically the same thing as writer's block, but there are still other ways to solve this problem.
If you can't think of anything to blog about, you can:
1. Just think about random things. It might give you an idea to blog about. Don't focus too much about the crazy things in your head. Just let your mind wander.
2. Look at other blogs. Now, I don't mean that you should steal other people's ideas, but if you read other people's blogs you might think of something to blog about.
3. Read. Just find a book, pick it up, open to a page, and read. Your creativity might get started up if you read what people write about. Or you could just blog about what you found interesting in the book!
4. Ask for suggestions from your viewers. They might want to know what you think of something. One of my friends actually suggested that I do blogger's block for this post!
Now, if you are too lazy to blog, DON'T BE LAZY! Just blog! I know. Easier said than done. But I mean, you "gotta put somethin' up eventually".
Oh! And don't forget! Keep calm and blog on!
Previously, I blogged about reader's block. Now want to hear some things about writer's block?
As mentioned on the previous post, Writer's block is HORRIBLE. Ironically, I had writer's block when I had to decide what to write about on here!
Writer's block is basically a mental wall that blocks any creative or interesting ideas that may come when you are writing. It is like a dam to water: the water being any good ideas that may come in, and the dam being writer's block. Is there any way to force yourself to think creatively? Sorry, but nope. Is there any way to break down this barrier? Yep. Here's how:
1. Like with reader's block, you should just wait a bit. Unless its an important assignment, you should not FORCE yourself to think of what should happen next, or, what word to put where. This would just make your life so much harder and more frustrating.
2. You should also relax. Relax and do some other activities for a while. A good idea always comes to me when I'm, for example, about to go to sleep, or doing homework. I read this book called Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (amazing book by the way, you should really read it), and this super-genius character took time off of their project so they could come up with a solution. "Thinking hard" is a good thing, but to be completely honest, the best ideas come naturally. Don't stress about your writer's block, unless if you are working on that important assignment. It always goes away in time.
3. If you really cannot take your mind off of your writer's block and really need to write SOMETHING, start other writing projects. When you do other tasks, your brain subconsciously works on the thing you are stuck on.
4. When you DO have some really important assignment to complete, try to research that topic more if you are writing some sort of nonfiction piece. If you are working on a fiction piece, imagine yourself as the character if you do not know what the character would do. If you are trying to create a new world in your fiction piece, but don't know how, remember, its a new world. No one knows how it looks like but you.
Now, if you have writer's block, try these techniques, knock down that mental wall, and keep writing!
So, we all know about writer's block. When you get to some part of writing your story... Then you lose the moment and you can't think of what to write next. I know. It stinks to have writer's block. But have you ever had reader's block?
For those who don't know what this is, reader's block is when you just can't finish a book, or when you do finish a book, but get nothing out of it. I mean NOTHING. As in, you don't even know who did what when where why or how. Being a book lover myself, this was a little difficult to understand... Or was it?
Recently, I have tried reading a book way beyond my reading level. I literally forced myself to sit down and read it. About that. I didn't soak in anything that I read. It felt like I was dumb or something of the sort, and personally, I don't like being dumb. So I kept pushing through the tiny fonts and the huge pages, which, to be honest, was completely exhausting. I ended up just letting the book go, for now. I promise that in the future, I will read past page 20 of that book (which has over 1000 pages) and brag all about it. But that's for later.
I have had this problem multiple times in the past, like when I was trying to read Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (I totally recommend this book if you haven't read it by the way) in first grade. At that time, I thought that the beginning was "sooo boring" and I didn't have the endurance to push myself on. Until everyone started talking about it.
Soon enough (in third grade), I found myself in a library looking for the first book of Harry Potter again. I wasn't exactly excited to read it again. But I checked out the book, sat down, and forced myself to read.
Page after page, I read on. In the beginning, the page turning rate was rather slow, because I wasn't really hooked into the book, never mind the series, yet. But as I read on, the pages seemed to be flipping themselves. Then, I was done. Done with the first book of Harry Potter. That was pretty intense.
Reader's block is pretty hard to get over. That book you left is sometimes hovering in the corner of your mind, and your next reading experience may be altered. Don't worry.
What to do if you have reader's block
1. Just chill out for a while. Whether "a while" means a day, a week, a year, or your whole lifetime, just CHILL OUT. Don't worry about that book. You'll get around to it eventually.
2. Pretend that you liked that book. If you keep pretending that to be true, the next time you read that book, your brain will be tricked into enjoying the beginning, if not the whole book.
3. Go read other books. Don't let this experience get to you! Read and enjoy other books!
4. Read that book when you are ready to. Don't just pick up that book "because you are bored" and read it. That's just going to worsen your experience. Read the book that you got reader's block on when you think you are mature enough or interested enough in it. Unless if you are really, really, really bored.
And that, my dear friends, is how you get past reader's block!
First post. Should this be a memory I should love? Or hate? Or should it just be another event in my life?
Whoa. Back it up. Okay. Let's start over.
For all you bloggers out there, hiya! I've finally decided to join the blogger world after much nagging from my friends. This is my first post, and I have this weird feeling that although I just started this and barely know what to do, I will be doing this A LOT in the future.
I like to write poetry, so I might share a few things that I have written. I already have an idea of which poem I'd like to post first. For those who do not like sadness, watch out!
For those anyone out there who sees this, you are more than welcome to comment on anything in the poems. You can even share your poems on this blog, if you want to.
That will be it for today.
Oh! One more thing.
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