The Fanfiction Checklist


I am one of those people. One of the ones you see online changing something that is already out there.  Plagiarism some call it, others, like me or just appreciators, call it literature.  I prefer the latter, naturally.  I am a fanfiction writer, I have several stories amongst the millions on It’s not plagiarism its creative license.

A lot of people that say fanfiction will get you nowhere sometimes don’t realize a few things.  Masters of the Universe for starters, was just that a starter that became well known Fifty Shades of Gray. Fanfiction can also help improve writing skills. And lastly the name itself fan-fiction, it’s fiction by a fan of another’s work.

People think that writing a fanfiction is easy, to be honest it’s not, it is much closer to writing a book, or a full short story.

  1. The Disclaimer

The first part anyone will find in a fanfiction, at least any proper fanfiction, is a disclaimer. Disclaimers are often simple.

I don’t own _name of the book, show, and movie, etc._ all characters and the world belong to _author, publisher, or channel, etc._

Others tend to be more humorous, which many appreciate including myself.

“DISCLAIMER: For the first and last time, why is this even a requirement to publish a fanfic on ffnet? If I were JKR, the following story would be canon in the Potterverse. People would pay millions to read it – I wouldn’t be so economically unconscious to upload it to this page under this alias, as my only way of publishing it. If Harry Potter (character, universe and franchise) belonged to me, this wouldn’t be fanfiction. As in, fiction written by a fan. As in, I’m a fan that writes fiction. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Using any disclaimer is a way to keep on the right side of the law, otherwise it is plagiarism.  Whichever way you choose to write your disclaimer it up to you.

  1. Plot

Every fanfiction needs plot, just like any story needs plot. Plot is what many will look for, if your plot is not interesting, then you can almost guarantee that your readers will not be interested.  For many fanfiction writers it all starts with a plot idea.  The reason it starts there is for the most part the characters are already there, and if someone is reading it they already know and love the characters.  There needs to be a rising and falling action, an appealing beginning and a great ending.

One thing to always remember is the plot bunny.  It’s not an actual bunny unfortunately, instead it is the rampant and normally uncontrollable story idea that will hit you, sometimes in the most inconvenient of places like class, and it will demand to be written. Sometimes you won’t know what to do with it and that’s alright just let it flow and if you get stuck, the fanfiction world is a community and others are able to help you give it more foundation or even adopt your idea and write one for you.

  1. Cannon

Cannon if you don’t know the term already is used to refer to things from the original source.  There are many things that might be cannon in your stories Characters for one.

Characters belonging to the cannon are already there for you to use and in special cases abuse. But character can change, like any round character.  The likeable one as a writer can twist them into the ideal of evil. The joyful and cheerful ones can shift into deep depression.  And what does that, well the plot for one, but also how the writer views the character, the dire situations they place these characters in.  But you need to keep in mind that it is a cannon character, and you don’t want the character to become OOC, out of character, otherwise you’re changing the cannon.

The cannon universe, is another cannon, this refers to the original “world” of the cannon.  For example the harry potter universe is often referred as the potterverse, and any fanfiction for the potterverse needs to stay there.

  1. Originality

Be original, there are a lot of clichés out there and in some cases it is best to avoid them.  But your originality can be expressed by how you write your fanfiction, or even your OCs

An OC is an original character of your creation.  The OC in many cases tend to be the writer’s baby, and will often be the main character, but your OC can be a secondary character or even a background character.  OCs make what you are writing seem more like your work.

Fanfiction is a way to test the waters of writing and it should be encouraged, it’s still literature, it’s fiction.  It can help anyone test the waters, who knows you might just be the next E. L. James.

Your Book Isn’t a Vampire Let The Dead Stay Dead

Ten years ago the Twilight Saga began and I must be honest I have read the series. My excuse I was twelve when I read it so my young mind did not understand why this book was not very good. Now that I am older I realize “wow this book is just not good.” For the ten year anniversary Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight Series”, decided to release a new novel called “Life and Death.” I at first thought this new book would have nothing to do with “Twilight” because the saga was finished and all movies were done being adapted. I have not read the book, I read articles about “Life and Death” and what it is actually about and I can only describe it as pure laziness. Now I have not read the book because my body will not physically and mentally be able to handle another “Twilight” theme book. But from what I am reading it seems that she took “Twilight” and just gender swapped the characters of the book. She literally re-released the same book with no changes other than the genders. Edward was now Edythe and Bella was now Beau. I’m not gonna even continue on about how “beau” literally means boyfriend. Now I just do not understand how Stephenie meyer can even let this book go on into her legacy. This book just seems like a desperate attempt to stay on the author radar. Like shouting “hey I wrote Twilight remember!” Furthermore it seems like an attempt to just milk the same series for money. If this does well enough to earn a movie adaption I’d have to question the movie industry. Life and Death from what I hear seems to be a messed fan fiction written by a teen girl. If I was an acclaimed author and I published something like this I would be embarrassed. This sounds harsh but it is the truth. I have respect for Stephanie Meyer she wrote a series she is proud of. It did well even with the amount of people who hated the book, like me. After you end a series that is the time you take to take on something new. Grow from your experience as an author and she did. She wrote “The Host”. It didn’t get good ratings as a novel. But it did get a movie adaption which also did not do good either. She “failed” on her new series so to speak. So what did she do she reverted back to Twilight her so called “safety net”. Which is something an author should never do. Never revert back to your old ways. Authors grow and learn new tricks but if Stephanie only knows one trick, “Twilight”, why are we encouraging her to stick with it. She needs to move on and find her own path and leave this already done series closed forever locked it in a vault like disney does with their movies. “Life and Death” should not have happened it was a waste of ink and paper. Again I have not read the book and I don’t plan to. The reason I will not give this book a shot is because the thought of the same book being repeated just infuriates me. It’s like plagiarism on herself. she should be upset with what she has done to a previous series that got good reviews all around as a book and movie. Let the dead stay dead because when you bring them back to life they aren’t the same.

Harry Potter: Literary Art or Commercial Entertainment?


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The flying brooms and magic spells in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series may be compelling to a creative mind, but is this series just entertainment? Her works are surely entertaining, but as an avid Harry Potter reader, would not call the books simply “commercial fiction”. From a distant view, a person “knows” the series from the most basic description: witchcraft, wizardry, flying brooms, a Z-shaped scar, and a very evil man with no nose. Sure, these topics are entertaining, but a deeper meaning lies below it. These uninformed individuals are likely to describe these novels as literary fiction. There are deeper meanings to Rowling’s novels than meets the eye. When I looked further into the words of J.K. Rowling, I realized that her series could be read as another version of the Bible. If these meanings fail to be recognized, the literary genius of Harry Potter remains unobserved.

The Harry Potter series, when looked at from a different point of view, is quite complex, which is why I believe it should be considered literary fiction. In the past, these novels were criticized due to its “promotion” of witchcraft. The thought of the subject was scandalous, especially to religious older generations who were not open to any idea regarding witchcraft. However, these arguments were too often made by the uninformed. As someone who has read every Harry Potter book several times, I stand by the argument that Rowling’s books are in no way sacrilegious. In fact, quite the opposite is what makes these novels a work of art. Looking at the novels from a different perspective brought me to the realization that Harry Potter can actually be understood as an interpretation of the Bible. As an example, the famous Sorcerer’s Stone in the first of the famous series is a representation of the forbidden fruit. It represents what humanity should not ever get their hands on, since it would bring an overbearing sense of wealth and eternal life. It holds too much power for one person alone, which is why if it falls into the wrong hands, it could be detrimental. I related this to the story of Adam and Eve, and the temptation by the snake to eat the forbidden fruit. The fate of the wizarding world continues to fall on Harry Potter for the entirety of the series.

Probably the most pertinent of the religious significance that I noticed is the reason that Harry Potter has an immortal soul, unable to be fully killed by evil. When he is ultimately killed by Voldemort, or the “devil”, he is risen up and comes back to life, because of his immortality from the malicious. This is a clear relation to the resurrection of Jesus in the common beliefs of many Christian religions. This event does not occur until the end of the series, which is what enticed me to read the entire series for a second time. With new knowledge of the depth of the series, I picked up on new religious references that Rowling cleverly inserted into the story. This is the most obvious of the relations between these novels and the Bible to me, showing that Harry Potter represents Jesus, while Voldemort represents the devil. It was then when I was thankful for my religious background, so I could make a connection between Bible stories and this series. The relation of J.K. Rowling’s series to the Bible is an example of the depth of the series, making it much more of an art than simple entertainment.

I am a firm believer that any book or story that has more than one meaning to it cannot be simply entertainment.  Calling the series simply commercial fiction is a broad statement, made most likely by individuals who are not aware of the many meanings cleverly inserted into the books. J.K. Rowling’s genius is something that should not be overlooked. It is the first modern and widely popular series that was known to be controversial by parties around the world. I also believe that these stories will go down in history and be studied as a literary art, because of the multiple meanings that these books hold. When I first started to think about its relation to the Bible, I continued to read the books and began to catch onto many references and aspects of the story that I wouldn’t have caught onto before. Having a religious background certainly helped me grasp a deeper understanding of the series Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and the depth she inserted into the series is what will help in making the series a studied literary art in years to come.

Do You Like Reading?



“Elephants do not become big by reading” is a loosely translated version of a phrase that I often heard as a child. At the time, I didn’t understand why people read. But they didn’t just read. They showed emotions as they read. They cried, laughed out loud, yelled, gasped, etc. But as I grew up, my perspectives changed. I wasn’t asking myself “why do people read” anymore. I was asking “why do we read”. Now, my parents probably ask themselves “why is my daughter so obsessed with reading?” Whoever is near me when I read, they probably question my sanity because even though I am just reading, I am laughing, expressing my anger or even crying. This tends to happen a lot, mostly when reading fiction. One of the reasons why I like reading is because of the phases we go through. For example, we are introduced to the characters and their world. During this time, we may develop some feelings for them. We sometimes express our feelings in our world, hoping to change something about this other world that we’ve disappeared in. Sometimes, we even think about the “what ifs”. Finally, we are asked to accept the fates of these characters.

My brother started reading the Harry Potter series when he was in 7th grade. He asked me to read it too, so that we can talk about it but I didn’t want to. I thought it was overrated and that it was somewhat dumb. They were wizards and witches! Besides, I was too busy reading the Twilight Saga. This is one of the things that I regret; skipping Harry Potter and reading Twilight. But over the summer, I bought the first book of Harry Potter in a yard sale just because I wanted to see why everyone liked it. I didn’t know that my world would change.

We are introduced to almost every significant characters in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The main characters are: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived; Ron Weasley, a red-headed pure-blood and Hermione Granger, a perfectionist muggle. They are Harry’s future best friends. There are also other characters, such as Hagrid, the giant; Albus Dumbledore, the nice headmaster of Hogwarts; Neville Longbottom, the bullied and often overlooked pure-blood; Draco Malfoy, not a future best friend; Severus Snape, the mysterious and not so nice professor, and of course, there’s Lord Voldemort. All of these characters are those who shed light on Harry’s characters. These characters, along with many others, are what captures a reader’s attention and they demand to be heard. There is something magical about the characters and the places of Harry Potter. As I read the series, I had to keep reminding myself that these people and places were just works of fiction; they were not real.

Falling in love with and developing feelings for these people was easy. Each character that J. K. Rowling creates, you feel something for them as you read along. Whether it’s respect, hatred, sympathy, love, just likeness, tolerance, or a weird combination of all. I felt sympathy for both Harry and Snape. I came to respect Hermione and Dumbledore the most. For some reason, I just liked Ron but loved his weird family. Neville was just Neville. I hated Draco but also respected him a little. He put some effort to make Harry miserable. Oddly, I respected Voldemort. He was a complex character and you can’t help but respect him. He tried to be good but he was just pure evil, compelled by greed and power. He had no humanity left in him at all. Again, even though these people weren’t real, I still had some type of feelings for them.

While reading, we sometimes scream out our frustrations and disappointments to our books. I am no different. I criticized some of the actions taken by our “heroes” and yelled out instructions on what they should do or where to go. Then, I started thinking about the “what ifs”. What if Neville was the Boy Who Lived instead of Harry? Or Hermione? She was a great candidate to be the main character. What if Dumbledore lived? What if Snape lived? What if Ron’s family wasn’t so weird? I still ask myself these questions and think about the world that could have been.

Finally we are asked to accept the fates that these characters had. Ron and Hermione, and Harry and Ginny get married in the future. Sirius Black’s death was like a meteor for me. I stopped reading for a few months afterwards. When Fred Weasley died, I had to rethink if I really wanted to finish reading the series or not. The deaths and not so satisfying endings for the series left me questioning the fates of many characters.

I read to escape my life, to relax, to think, to feel, to see the world from other perspectives, and to experience adventures or moments that I may never be able to do. Reading fictions gives me something to imagine. I am the character that I’m reading about. I can save the world, I can use magic or my own strengths, and I can be my own hero or the hero of millions. There are many reason why someone would like reading.

So, why do you like reading?

The Art of Reading


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So you want to read a book? I’m sure that whether you are an adamant reader or just getting into the expanding e-book craze, you will find this article eye opening.

One must have a great sense of courage when embarking on a new book. We must fully prepare ourselves for the pain, the anger, the suspense, and the tears of joy. Never knowing exactly what to expect I always find myself at the beginning, staring down at the first page. At this stage the mind isn’t ready yet, it’s still digesting the scent of the crisp pages, running freely over the dark words without comprehension. In a movie adaptation this would be the period just after the previews, just after we are reminded of the producers, just before the first actors’ name pops up on the screen. Let us take the plunge.

The best stories are ones that make you feel something, anything. It could be hate, love, or even discomfort. Sinking into a book by John Green would make any teenage girl yell out with joy while simultaneously wishing for a character that resembles the one in the story. On the other hand there will always be the lovers of magic, in which case Harry Potter is for you. All you need to know about a book can be found in the first pages, if you know where to look. Analyze the characters, their speech, where the story is taking place.

I like to imagine myself in these books, as I assume many people do. I laugh along with the characters or maybe weep until their efforts are trumped, and I’m yanked from their world by the abrupt slam of a hardcover falling flat. My fingers laced with the never mentioned “the end”, and I remember where I am.

So you see, if you insist on reading a book tell your mind to prepare. Tell your mind that it absolutely cannot fall in love with ever character, that it cannot hang on the edge of every period, and that if wants you to continue turning the pages, tears cannot escape your eyes. I will You’ve been warned, happy reading.

What are the reasons why I love watt pad ?

In 2006, Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen founded a network called Watt pad in Toronto,Canada. Watt pad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fan fictions and poems, either online or through the mobile app. This gives people the chance to have their creative writings available to a wider audience. Like myself, I use the mobile app because i like to read and write on the go. Watt pad includes works by primarily young teens that are undiscovered writers, Published writers and new writers; they are all being given an equal chance to write popular works. For example, I actually have my poetry book published on watt pad and i’m currently working on a non-fiction novel that is expected to come out in the summer of 2016. All users are able to comment and like stories or join social groups within the website. Although most people are from the U.S. other users come from all over the world such as the UK, Canada, the Philippines, Australia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.

Reasons why I love Watt Pad

  • Watt Pad has all different genres that you can write about or even read about it’s not only focused on just one thing it has a variety. Such as teen fiction, mystery, romance, fan fiction and poetry etc…
  • After you have read certain books on Watt Pad they sometimes leave you recommendations on the side based on the books that you have read
  • Watt Pad stories are a progression. It gives writers the opportunity to get feedback and input on their stories from the readers.
  • There is even such a thing as #WattyAwards it’s a contest that happens every year that gives people the chance to submit their stories for awards. The winner can get money, scholarships and sometimes it even goes up to getting their story published.
  • In fact just this year watt pad came out with another app called “After Dark”. The main audience is for teens the age of 17 and older and it focuses on the genre of romance.
  • On watt pad there are over 100,000 story uploads per day, and there are over 2 million writers.

      Watt pad is not just any silly book website it’s so engaging and inspiring to see so many young talented gifted writers. It gives people a way to express themselves in a way to express themselves in away that you can’t get from just reading a book. Many people do prefer to read rather than write however; it’s great to just have the choice to be free if you wanted to be. Unlike other traditional books and sites, Watt pad gives users the sense of unity and you get to see the works of people around your age and it makes you feel accomplished. If they can do it so can I.

      I don’t know about anyone else but i love watt pad because it relates to me. The topics in which they write about are so deep and most people have gone through it. The stories that they write about are so personal such as, Heartbreak, Losing a parent, and first love. It’s so beautifully written and it could connect to your life in many different ways. If your having a rough day you can read a watt pad book and instantly feel better, it even amazes me how intrigued i am after simply reading a chapter. Watt pad made me fall in love with books. I always liked books but watt pad gave me a love for it. I read all the time not just for fun but because i’m generally interested in it. Watt pad is a great website and for anyone that loves to read and write i definitely would recommend that you check it out.

    Watt pad gives you a feeling of satisfaction after reading. I know some people will read this and say “Yeah whatever i don’t like books and i will never like books” or “I already read books”. However, All I’m asking you to do is to just open yourself up to new genres and new possibilities, you never know you might be surprised, I know i was. When I first discovered watt pad i wasn’t very open to change, either i just read teen fiction or romance novels. Watt pad changed me, it helped me broaden my horizons to something new that i thought i wouldn’t like but i tried it anyways and ended up loving it. Wattled isn’t just a website with a bunch of people who write, We are a united family that love and support each other. I know that watt pad isn’t for everyone i’m just asking people to give it a chance, It helped me a whole lot let it help you.

Paying An Author to Rip out Your Heart: How the Deaths in Harry Potter affected us All.


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Why is it that the ones we hold dearest to our hearts eventually get ripped away from us in the blink of an eye? It’s shocking, unpredictable and leaves us stunned for hours or days after the initial shock. The impact of the loss, however, stays with us for a much longer time afterward. Memories and thoughts of that person taste bittersweet and you know no matter what you do there’s no way to get it back to the way it was or change the course of events.

Some authors have a mysterious way of pulling on all the right (and sometimes very wrong) heartstrings when they cast their words out into the world to their readers. J.K. Rowling, as every Harry Potter fan and otherwise knows, allows the reader fall in love with her characters. As most of us grew up with Potter and his friends, we also witnessed them grow. We were there with them for the Quidditch matches, studying for O.W.L.S., dealing with professors and family members, and the relationship drama. We saw firsthand what true friendship looks like which makes it almost impossible not to become friends with the characters themselves. It creates a bond that’s strengthened by every chapter and book. The character’s joys are our joys; their sadness becomes ours. For people like me, who fully put themselves in the character’s shoes, it can drain you emotionally dealing with your own life and feeling the effects and moods of the character. It is perhaps for this reason that readers become so obsessed with novels and the world in which the setting takes place. Even more so, it is the reason why you will find an avid reader crying desperately in the corner after a loved character has just been killed off at the hands of the author (who you love but can’t help but hate at the moment of emotional turmoil). Death of any sort has different effects but of the many deaths in Harry Potter, significant ones universally impacted plot and ultimately the reading world.

For the sake of all readers, and my own sanity, I am putting these seven deaths (seven books, seven names) in chronological order and not by importance.

  1. Sirius

Right as we were getting accustomed to Harry being on his own, Sirius is introduced as his godfather. Sirius had a rough start as Harry’s only wizarding family member then beloved character. We feel Harry’s appreciation for finally having someone to count on, who took Harry in with open arms. Then, much to our alarm, is ripped away from us all in one fell swoop by Bellatrix.

  1. Dumbledore

Ideas of this greatest wizard might have some mixed feelings but the significance of his death must be noted. Although the integrity of Dumbledore may be occasionally in question but his death (especially at Snape’s hand but also under Dumbledore’s orders) seemed almost impossible. His character was complex and intelligent and, although selfish at points, truly cared for Harry and the outcome of the wizarding world.

  1. Dobby

Perhaps a death we all shed a tear over. Just as the group escaped the Malfoy manor, we realized Dobby’s fatal wound. No one can forget Dobby’s childlike demeanor and unmatched loyalty to Harry. We, as readers, loved the faithful devotion and bravery one small elf had to stand up against evil powers far greater than him. Dobby acted selflessly in every way and was honored respectively by the manually dug grave and memorial to him.

  1. Snape

Snape was the ultimate “love-to-hate” villain. As much as we despised him being around every corner and putting an immense amount of pressure on Harry, we realized just how much he really cared for Harry (but really Lily).. But all too late for us to appreciate him. He gave his memories and the truth in the final moments before his death. Snape reminds us that people are never what they appear to be but most importantly that the love we have for others transcends all other actions.

  1. Fred

When I discovered Fred was killed, I was that unfortunate reader crying in a corner. His death hit home for me the moment George realized he had lost his brother and best friend forever. Personally, I’m close with my two younger sisters both in age and in friendship. I thought of how devastated George must’ve been and thought what it would be like to lose a close sibling.

  1. Bellatrix

We all hated Bellatrix for her evil deeds but no one can deny her fierce personality and even admire her dedication to the Dark Lord. When Mrs. Weasley cast that fateful curse into her heart, it even caused Voldemort to pause and cry out in shock and hurt. I can’t help but feel that readers felt the same way. She had such control and power that her death seemed almost impossible.

  1. Voldemort

A complete revelation. Disbelieving and shock filled the air around the very words that describe his demise. I couldn’t believe that after seven novels the war was finally at an end. The sense of peace made it certain that the deaths suffered throughout the series were all validated for the cause.

Hugs are certainly in order but take comfort in knowing that reliving those moments up until the final seconds is a simple as turning a page.

Deconstructive Criticism

My favorite phenomena with stories these days, is that there’s almost a guarantee there’s fanfiction of it somewhere on the internet. Fanfiction (in case you might be in the small percentage of people who don’t know what that is) is when you write a story, which is based on an already existing story by a different person. My other favorite part of fanfiction, is when people make their own characters (which are usually called Original Characters, and shortened to OCs) and insert them into these fanfictions. It started being a big thing in the 60s with the Star Trek fanbase, and it’s still flourishing in this day and age, being written and read by people of all ages, starting with children. Almost every kid out there has at some point wished they could live in the world of their favorite show or book, which is one of the main reasons why they make OCs and write fanfiction. But since these are kids who are writing, they often make childish stories with childish abilities, but I still see them being critiqued like it was supposed to be professional or something. That’s just mean to kids, and making them scared to go into writing again.

Often, the first OCs a kid will make will be probably self-insert characters, so they enjoy imagining themselves hanging out with characters from their favorite series. Usually they give themselves certain aspects to try to fit themselves better into that universe, and to also make them be ‘cooler’. This includes stuff like being more attractive, some special powers, a melodramatic fate or backstory, or some other thing. They might seem like shallow characters, and usually they are, but these kids just want to have fun putting themselves into a thing they love, and will probably write fanfiction, or make art of their OCs, and sometimes post them online.

If you know anything about the internet, you’d know that people on the internet are not the nicest. The illusion of anonymity can turn someone into a real jerk, but that’s an issue to address another time. Usually, the kids who post their OCs are between the ages of 9-14, and aren’t the most amazing writers or artists. They’re just beginners and were proud enough of their work to publish it online for others to see. But now there are blogs, websites, forum threads, and more, dedicated to making fun of and publically shaming kids and their creations. Imagine being a kid again and the first stories and characters you wrote back then; they were childish and silly, and you can write so much better now due to practice and determination, right? Now imagine several older teenagers and adults mocking your younger self and your stories. Do you think your little self would be able to still have the drive to continue writing after being called ‘stupid’, ‘crap’, or more profane and hurtful things? Probably not.

People today have forgotten the importance of constructive criticism, and how much impact they can have on others. Especially on the internet, where they don’t have to worry as much about facing the consequences of their actions. If they were in a creative writing class, and insulted some first-time writer’s work like they do on the internet, they’d get kicked out, or punished in some way. But on the internet, these people’s actions are encouraged highly by others. Sometimes it’s people wanting to laugh at their old OCs and fanfictions online, and that’s perfectly fine. We all need to learn to laugh at our old work, as it’s part of the process of getting better. But when we laugh at other people before they’ve matured, this only stunts their growth, and discourages them.

So if you ever run across a crappy OC or poorly made fanfiction, remember how you were as a child, being full of inspiration and ideas, even if they weren’t very good idea. The kid still has this passion to embrace the world of writing and fiction, this is how the next generation of writers will start out, and the ones who grow, will probably be incredible. So the kid you see on the internet being bullied for those things, try to defend them, maybe?

The Feeling Left Behind

This post may contain spoilers about the Hunger Games  

Reading has been a big part of my life since my freshman year of high school.  Before this time of my life, I absolutely hated reading for a reason that I can not remember now.  Whatever it was, I felt strongly enough about it that I was shocked when I was finally able to enjoy a book.  This book that I discovered and was finally able to enjoy was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I was able to read this book in less than a week and I instantly fell in love with the story and its amazing characters.  I then went on to read the rest of the trilogy and it only got better.

By the time I finished the trilogy, I instantly felt an overwhelming wave of emotions.  First, I was basically heart broken over the fact that it had ended.  The thought of never getting to read about Katniss and Peeta ever again, killed me.  All I could focus on was that I would never be able to immerse myself into the world of Panem the same way ever again.  The characters and events within the story,  had such an overwhelming effect on me that I couldn’t image what it could be like now that I knew everything that there was to know about them and their amazing story.

The emotions that I felt after reading this novel didn’t end with just sadness.  I was also quite happy at the end of the book.  This was due to the fact that the novel ended on a mostly happy note with Katniss and Peeta living ‘happily ever after’ with their children in the epilogue.  I found myself filled with joy once the story ended and I was also content with how Suzanne Collins chose to end the trilogy.  After putting the book down and moving on from it, I can only look back on it with happiness and satisfaction.  Once I put this book down, I was able to notice the changes in myself and the change of how I then learned to love reading immensly even though I used to hate reading.

Just like with The Hunger Games, after I read virtually any book that I at least somewhat enjoyed, I usually find myself filled with an almost nostalgic feeling that longs for the time where I was just starting the book.  I always feel this way because I never want books to end.  Before I reach the end and I notice that I am approaching the last few chapters, I get worried that I might finish the story too quickly and not get to enjoy it to the fullest.  Due to this feeling, I sometimes find myself putting off the ending of books so that it doe not end.  However, after a little awhile, I do end up finishing the book because I start to crave the ending so that I can learn what happens and how it ends.

Another aspect that I love about finishing books is that I almost always seem to be able to take parts of the book away with me.  I usually find myself able to learn something from the book that I end up incorporating into how I think and sometimes it   has even altered the way I though of something or the opinion that I had on it.  I probably wouldn’t even be the same person that I currently am if I hadn’t read The Hunger Games and all the other books that I’ve read and enjoyed since then.  After reading, I also always find myself just staring up at the ceiling and just replaying the entire story over again in my head so that I can just live in the story for only a little longer.  Doing this also helps me really take in what I read and analyze the story and how I truly felt about it.  This is one of the joys of reading that comes with finishing a book that I really enjoyed. When I finish reading a story, it leaves me feeling just a little more complete than I did before I read it.

How Did Hunter S. Thompson Get a Job As a Reporter?

Those Who’ve read even a little bit of Hunter S. Thompson know that his style of journalism is, well, unorthodox. There isn’t much room for factual evidence in his writing, and it lends itself to a schizophrenic meandering around different topics, that don’t always seem to have a cohesive whole. A number of his pieces begin with the three words, “Fear and Loathing” and most know of his book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. That’s often exactly what Thompson’s reporting style is, just a stream of incongruous and scary circumstances, that don’t solicit a realistic idea. So how did he get a job writing as a sports Journalist?

Well For one he revolutionized journalism, creating what has been coined as “Gonzo Journalism” which is a style of journalism that focuses on the use of first person narrative to relay its information. Thompson uses satire to further prove his points, and by doing so can remove factuality from his pieces, which until around the 70’s was not a common theme. His manner of speaking is fast paced and loaded with qualifying details that further the “plot” of his articles.

His style took off because of how different, and funny it was, this technique involved him talking like a drug crazed fiend for the duration of his articles, leaving people breathless with both the frequency and differentiation that could occur from one page to the next. Thompson’s hyperbolized and counter culture narrator was enjoyable to read now even if you didn’t know what he was talking about, and the masses eat that up. People love to see someone doing things they themselves would never dare to do.

Thompson would often submit his pieces to editors only hours before publication, early enough to make the print, but to late to edit. it wasn’t simply an immature pride though, his reasoning was, “”I don’t get any satisfaction out of the old traditional journalist’s view: ‘I just covered the story. I just gave it a balanced view” he said for an online edition of The Atlantic that he placed an article in. He believed that objective journalism was antiquated, and allowed for corruption to spread through his craft. “You can’t be objective about Nixon” he said in the same interview.

Thompson’s writing is multi-faceted and elusively, theatrically, rhetorical. He writes in similes that convey with impressive accuracy a situation, without having to actual contrive any real dialogue between characters. His ability to create a chaotic scene of drug abuse and crazed thought still be journalistic and thought provoking gives him more than enough propriety in the literary sphere. Many would deny his right to credibility as a news source, but few can argue that his writing is uniquely superb.

It’s no surprise that in a country like America you find us readily eating up Thompson’s style. George Washington, a founding father, widely agreed with the planting of hemp seeds, Methamphetamine was used as a treatment for depression in the past, Quaaludes were still legal until 1982, and up until 1976 chloroform was a legal cough medicine. We’re a nation that’s had a long history of drug exploitation, and to deny that, would be to deny Thompson’s own popularity. For indeed, that magnetic quality that taboo has, must certainly be a significant reason for Thompson’s success.

In short, though Thompson’s writing style is different from the reporters that came before him, though he can be factual negligible, though he doesn’t even think about himself as a reporter, and though he rarely attempts to reconstruct entire scenes for consumption by the public, he still found himself a sports journalist. So how did he get his job? He invigorated a style. He played off of what he already knew the public wanted, which is exactly what it claims to despise. He connected people to his work with comedy, and made them invested in a narrator that was wholly amoral. These things, along with a strong control of language, and consistent quality pieces created a niche all his own. Thompson grew into his style and filled a need, so that he could essentially do whatever he wanted to with his work.


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