Ten Characters I Won’t Forget

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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon


They either left my heart broken
or their stories let my soul be taken
or they’re just handsome to be forgotten!

THE HANDSOME

1. Gale of The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Who: Katniss Everdeen’s best friend and hunting partner and the story’s third wheel! XD

2. Four of Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Who: Tobias Eaton, more prominently known as Four, is a Dauntless and the love interest of Tris Prior.

THE INSPIRING

3. Morrie Schwartz Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Who: Morrie Schwartz,  78-year-old sociology professor dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is Mitch Albom’s former teacher. The book has been Albom’s memoir for his inspiring professor.

4. Music/Narrator of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Who: Music is the storyteller of the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.

THE QUIRKY yet HEARTFELT

5. Don Tillman of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Who: Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance.

6. Eleanor and Park of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Who: Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

THE AMAZINGLY INSANE

7. Amy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Who: Wife of Nick for five years and inspiration to Amazing Amy children’s book., Amy possess a creepily clever mind that can control everyone.

THE TEARJERKERS

8. Garret of Message in a Bottle Nicholas Sparks

The Who: He writes heartbreaking love letters to express his undying love for his deceased wife. Through his message in a bottle, he was discovered by Theresa. 

9. Mia of If I Stay  by Gayle Forman

The Who: Mia is a gifted cellist from Oregon, from a family of punkists. She is Adam Wilde’s girlfriend from highschool, where he was pretty popular and she was the geek.After the car crash which killed her family, she had to choose whether she wants to leave or to stay.

10. Violet and Finch of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Who: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 8: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

P.S.

Who are the characters you cannot forget?

Why?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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DAY Fifteen

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I am halfway now in the 30 Day Book Challenge! Yikes! Here’s the question:

15. A character who you can relate to the most.

I think I will give two characters because there are two ladies from the novel that I can relate to.

First is Mia of If I Stay. I can relate to her because I am an elder sister as well. Our difference is that she only has one sibling, her baby brother. While, on the other hand, I have five younger siblings. But we are the same on how we love our siblings.

As the eldest among the family, I have assumed the responsibility to be a role model to my sisters and brother. But aside from that, I can say that my main task is to love them.

I relate to Mia a lot because one of my siblings, actually our youngest which is Nicole, had a near death experience when she was a baby. Nicole is a premature baby and she spent one week inside the hospital. We all thought that she will die; my mom and dad had accepted it. But I don’t. I asked for her life.

Now, anytime that she is sick I can’t get rid of the fears of her not being able to grow up, or not being able to experience this and that. Mia voiced out my fears. That is why I really cried when I was reading that part. Mia and I are both loving sisters.

Lastly, I can relate to Ronnie of Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. We are both stubborn daughter. Though my parents are not separated like hers, my father and I had some clash during my teen-age years. I felt like he’s over protective and this and that. But in this age, I have come to realize that he just loves me a lot.

I can say that my dad is like Steve. He loves us a lot. Like Steve, my dad had so many near death experiences. Now, our current problem is his blood pressure. Despite that reality, I can say that I am blessed, because my dad is still with me. Like Ronnie, I love my dad a lot.

DAY Four

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Again, 30 Day Book Challenge is beckysblogs‘ awesome idea!

Here’s the question for the challenge’s Day Four.

  1. Book turned into movie and completely desecrated.

Don’t judge the book by its movie.

I have come to conclude that this statement is really true.

The Fault in Our Stars

With the question for the day, I think The Fault in Our Stars movie version will be my answer. Honestly I am not really a Fault in our Stars fan but I like the book. Actually, I have shed some tears while I was reading the book. But when I saw the film, it just felt blank. The tugging lines of the book were there but I don’t know why it doesn’t affect me as much as the written edition.

Also, the tandem of Shailene (Hazel Grace) and Ansel (Augustus) is quite distracting for me because before this movie, they appeared as siblings, Caleb and Beatrice Prior, in Divergent movie. I had not seen any chemistry with the pair though Shailene was really a good actress.

Lastly, there are a lot of boring scenes in the movie that made me really want to fall asleep inside the cinema. (Though I can’t because those teen-agers kept on squealing once the camera focused of Ansel’s eyes and abs.)

Aside from this I have heard that If I Stay movie is another novel-turned-movie disappointment. I have not watched it yet but I have seen the trailer and it is full of kissing and cuddling that is just so inappropriate for Mia and Adam’s age. It also appears that their intimacy plays a big chunk in the movie which is not really a major part of the book version.

So I really think that you should always read a book first before its movie.

BOOK READS: A Review of ‘Where She Went’ by Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Published: April 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published: April 2011

After liking If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)  a lot, I can’t wait to have my eyes on its sequel. But maybe because of too much excitement, I ended up getting frustrated while reading the first 50 or more pages of the book. Is it just me?, or sequels are really not as great as their prequels?

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)  continues Adam and Mia’s story after a tragic accident that killed the latter’s entire family, her mom, dad, and younger brother Teddy. The novel is set three years after Mia ‘stayed’ in the physical world and chose not to die because of Adam.

Adam described his frustration and anger towards how their love has ended ‘informally’. Through his point of view, he narrated what happened before and after the accident and how he struggled to find ‘himself’ after Mia woke up and left him and their relationship hanging.

I don’t like the first half of this book. Sadly, for me, Gayle Forman lost the effortless and cohesive transition displayed in her first book. The first half of the book is quite boring and it feels like Adam’s shifting storytelling isn’t effective as Mia’s. Adam’s feeling isn’t as unlike Mia’s. Maybe because I am a girl and he’s a boy? I am not quite sure.

On the other hand, I liked how Adam explained why fame brought him towards a ‘black hole’ of incompleteness and unhappiness. He told how he, as a rock star, goes against his passion just to please his agent and his fans. He also reiterates the issue of having no privacy at the expense of being famous.

I got hooked with the book when finally, the confrontation between the two long lost lovers has finally erupted. It took awfully so many unnecessary scenes before it happened, but when it did the Forman that I know was back. The lines and arguments are realistic and can really hit or melt one’s heart.

Forman’s brevity is really commendable. She uses short but powerful lines that give so much life to her characters. And I can’t deny that this novel brought back the ‘teenage-shivers’ and I can’t help but smile and blush.

THE HEART-TUGGING LINES:
“I am scared to lose you.” – Mia to Adam
“I hate you… because you made me stay.” – Mia to Adam
“I know I needed someone to hate, and you’re the one I love the most so it fell to you.”– Mia to Adam
“You don’t share me. You own me.” – Adam to Mia

PICKED-UP WISE WORDS:
“In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person’s absence will affect you more than another’s.”
“There’s a world of difference between knowing something happened, even knowing why it happened, and believing it.”
“Quiting’s not hard,. Deciding to quit is hard.”
“Concert doesn’t mean like standing up like a target in front of thousands if strangers. It means coming together. It means harmony.”

THE ‘WRAP’:
The story ended as I expected but I like the last scene which highlighted and brought back where Adam and Mia started, music.

THE MODAL:
If you want to know how Adam and Mia’s story, this is a MUST read for you.