Tuesday, 7 February 2017

I Love You A Latte... geddit?

It's February.
Valentine's day is coming up or something.

So what is love?

Love is my cheesy explanation of what love is. It is my completely unbiased, third-party observation of what loved-up people do. Which is superficial stuff like a ring, a flower and a pink teddy bear from 1973. It's basically my mum and my dachshund yuki after his trip to get vaccinations (she spoils that dog more than she has ever loved me... but then again what really is love?)

wait till you guys meet my dog. 

Love to me is different though.It's a great pun

It's that exact moment when I look at a person, literally anybody, and we have a mutual taste in dank memes.
 It's me going bowling with a friend 6832 kms away in India- but over a phone and we still laugh about it.
It's my sister talking in her sleep about her love affair with pizza's (it's love because I love the opportunity of having a good laugh about it at breakfast next morning. she's a hoot)
Love for me is having an extended deadline on an essay. honestly if my teachers did that every time I'd love them more than I love the internet.. which is saying much since I practically breathe the internet.
Love is also coffee. because lets be real. COFFEE.

love is a whole lot of stuff to me. I haven't killed myself or drowned in a toxic pool of tears yet, So I guess I'm doing okay.


Monday, 23 January 2017

Oedipus WRECKs

Oedipus Rex is a delightful Greek play (to say the least) penned by legendary Greek playwright- Sophocles, which is set over 3 Acts that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "I love my mommy".
It is a Greek tale that questions all logic and leads one to believe that sometimes, running from point A to get to point B can give birth to 'problem Z' and- should therefore, be never undertaken unless one has a greater and deeper understanding of the world of mathematically being screwed over by the Gods.

Over the course of the past 2-ish weeks my English Lit. class has just delved into the mesmerizing world of incest, road rage, divine retribution (that can not be questioned duh.), amnesia, and blind men who could take you down.

After reading 2 scenes from the play our class figured it would be fun to try and recast new actors to act out the the original play and being the 'Game of Thrones' addict that I am, I decided to cast an all-star cast exclusively from the GoT series (because why not):

Oedipus Rex- The Remake 

- Oedipus played by Jon Snow

Jon Snow and Oedipus share many similarities. Both of them had parents who kept them in the dark about the truth of their parentage and both of them are on a subconscious level, are probably haunted by the secret. Both of them are seemingly innocent victims of divine retribution that they definitely didn't ask for. They both go from nobodies to somebodies who outsmart the gods and all those who sought to kill them.

Oedipus starts off as a likable guy- much like Jon. However It was his ignorance to the blind truth whilst being a noble man that particularly reminded me of how similar they really are and what interesting conversations they might have if they ever met.

- Creon played by Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark 

Ned stark is an honorable man. Someone who despises the idea of being top gun in Westerosi-politics. Ironically, his BFF is the king, much like Creon is to Oedipus. Ned is a devoted husband, loving father and a self-proclaimed family man who hates getting embroiled in politics and drama even though he was appointed "hand of the king"

Ned stark only lasted ONE WHOLE season on Game of Thrones. He died because he was loyal to the king whilst the king's tyrant son and conniving wife plotted to overthrow them all. He died because he was righteous. Given the way things are playing out in scene 2 of 'Oedipus Rex' It seems, very likely that Creon- a self-proclaimed righteous seeker of truth and honesty, will die. 
and there you have it, Bob's your uncle. 

- Jocaste played by Lysa Arryn

Lysa Arryn is a ruthless woman. she despises irrational faith and questions the legitimacy of the new Gods. Ironically she does have her set of irrational fears and Her husband was killed by a mad king and now all she's left with is a fancy title- "The Lady Regent of the Vale", and an 8 year old heir to the throne whom she  breastfeeds. YES. she still breastfeeds an 8 year-old boy. I think Lysa would do justice to Jocaste's role because both of them share an ignorance that is far beyond the realms of motherhood. They both share intimate bonds with their son (whether they know it or not seems irrelevant) but they still are queens who seem to be aloof and have dysfunctional families.  

All in all, sub-par actress, I'd highly recommend this one. 

- Teiresias played by Lord Varys 

Lord Varys is a eunuch. He also happens to be a soothsayer. A very wise soothsayer who is often dismissed by skeptic's as "one not to be trusted"
And rightly so. 
Confiding in Varys could potentially lead to your imminent doom. But that's what makes him such a stellar actor in this cast. He has on multiple occasions, predicted the fate of legendary kings and queens. He's also quite bold and cynical- much like his antecedent Teiresias.

Something I felt strongly about whilst casting Varys was how he too like Teiresias, was both misjudged  and revered all at once despite a haunting disability. 
Ironically, Varys always runs with the theme of how cowardly and feeble men in power are (despite being a court-appointed eunuch himself) Much like how Teiresias' lack of eyesight translated to a recurrent theme of the metaphorical blindness of those who refuse to believe the truth about themselves when they hear it spoken.

And unto thee a cast is born!

Until next time,
Liza.(Lysa :0 Nooooooo)

Monday, 7 November 2016

Between The Devil And The Deep Sea

Come Act-2 of "The Crucible", Mr. John Proctor is faced with a dilemma - confessing his infidelity with 17 year-old Abigail to his wife Elizabeth amongst others, or- keeping his secret and risking the execution of his wife Elizabeth to accusations thrown at her by Abigail who believes she's been meddling with the occult.

I find John's predicament to be an interesting one.

If he were to confess, he would be the black sheep of his town (possibly even face death) but possibly save his wife's life because Abigail's true character would be revealed- a conniving, selfish girl who wanted him all to herself and wanted Elizabeth out of the way. If he kept silence he'd lose his wife, his standing in society (owing to the fact that he's already been under suspicion of being "ungodly" and "non-christian virtues") he'd forever be labelled a man who let his wife dabbel with the occult.

If I was Proctor, I would come clean about my adultery. Not because I'm an enigmatic torch-bearer or a dispenser of truth and justice, but because I'd rather be accused of being an infidel at the time than deny having anything to do with witchcraft and get hung anyway- and all based on the sole word of a 17 year old whom I possibly detest dearly.

despite harsh Puritan laws against Infidelity, Proctor could weasel his way around the act saying that Abigail was a temptress and a seducer or that she was the devil herself- luring men into her wicked ways (A compelling argument for a justification of his impure ways) John's character within the first half of the play already seems to be of that of a rebel in the church. A bad-ass. I'd say he'd have nothing to lose and all to gain if he came clean.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

'Tis Sorcery!

Hello everyone,

My IB english Lit. class sought from me, an analysis of the dramatic elements from Act-1 of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" - a haunting tale based off of the Salem Witch Trials that happened in Massachusetts in 1692-93.
I was late going about it, but an analysis they shall receive!

Surprising as it may be, I wasn't completely enamored by the prospect of delving into witchcraft and sorcery in the late 17th century (I fear I am an ignorant old soul and the devil does me no good)
Oddly enough though after reading through Act-1 of the play and watching a live theater performance  of the same at the Old Vic in London online (directed by Yaël Farber, 2014) I am totally and utterly bewitched *puns always painstakingly intended*

All in all, this first half proved to have a very "Exorcist" vibe. waaaay creepy. waaay spooky. very in season with Halloween. Give it a read/watch if your sick of age-old horror films and have a thing for possessed British settlers in the new world, yapping away in a style of language that I personally love trying to enunciate.

Act-1 begins in true 17th century fashion- unfathomable hysteria.

Well more subdued than others. A reverend- Mr. Parris as we come to learn, is kneeling at his daughter Betty's bedside cursing his luck for having a daughter possessed by evil spirits under his saintly Parish roof. From what I could tell, he is clearly distraught, torn between his inability to cope with the unresponsiveness of his daughter and wishing he's never stumbled upon the girl and his nieces dancing in the woods with Tituba- the Barbadian woman who supposedly deals with the devil himself.

There are multiple themes surrounding plots and story lines running throughout all of Act-1:

#1 A parishioners daughter being supposedly "possessed".
#2 A love interest gone wrong.
#3 Distrust, jealousy and malice towards other women based on half-truths and whole-lies.
#4 Purposeful disregard towards the occult
#5 Fear (and maybe even blind faith?) towards the great unknown.
#6 Naivety

All of these, I found decidedly appealing mostly owing to the spooky atmosphere and mysterious back-stories to each individual character within the story.

- Betty with her naive, almost free spirited, being.
- Abigail with her double-sided facade of "good christian girl" Vs. sour, vengeful lover and liar. The girl confuses me. Is she playing dumb to escape her responsibilities or she genuinely as innocent as she makes it seem?
- Mr. Parris with his seemingly decided nature to run away from things that may make him the public enemy.
- John Proctor and all of his handsomeness and charisma that surely got Abigail's knickers in a twist ( I imagined him about 6"2 with a well kept beard. very British for someone in america but then again that's the kind of man who would turn anyone to sorcery); haunting and indifferent to the occult world. Very sure of himself.... so far.
- Mr. and Mrs. Putnam- two of the most enigmatic people, I'd imagine, on set; their actions and principles fiercely governed by a fear of the unknown and the christian church. All their insecurities laid out before them; doting parents of an innocent child Ruth.
- Tituba and hr knack for quickly becoming public enemy no. #1

In terms of use of language, it was clear that these were new English settlers in the new world (America) I have to admit the hard-to-follow, archaic text within the book i read made it more appealing to me. Tituba clearly cannot speak the language well as she is from Barbados (made abundantly clear by the poorly structured sentences) The tone throughout the play was frantic and seemed as if everyone was constantly on their toes at all times.
Timing and tension were everything to me! the sudden outbursts, the possessed girl flailing around, the hysteria and screaming - all essential to keeping the story alive and interesting and keep the audience awake.

I also took notice of the rather distasteful Misogyny and Patriarchy in Act-1. The stereotypes present were that the women were weak, selfish, and subservient. They did whatever then men asked them to do. An example would be how the author displayed Elizabeth Proctor in a
cold subservient way throughout the rest of the story (yes I did read/watch the rest of it as well). The only time she was mentioned was when something bad had happened that either involved or was caused by her, or when she was serving her husband

The climactic moment of Act-1 had to be the scene at the very end when both Abigail and Betty climb on the bed and begin shouting out the names of very many (possibly innocent) girls whom they claimed to have seen with the devil, proving to be the final nail to the coffin- possibly in an attempt to incite mass hysteria and take the focus away from themselves. Bravo girls, Bravo.

To conclude, I as an audience member as thoroughly enraptured. I would definitely watch/read Act-2 now. and so should you!
I dare say I've said anything with quite as much conviction :p

Until next time,

Monday, 19 September 2016

How To Be Every Fiction Writer Ever.

Hello Everybody!

It's been almost a year and a half since I've started writing on this blog. I like to think of it as an interesting piece of my subconscious self.
The part of me that does do all the thinking and calculating and emoting. Which is why you, as a reader, probably find half the stuff on here- complete and utter gibberish

However, in order to grow both as a writer beyond the confines of this blog and a become a much more comprehensible human being, I figured it's time I pulled up my socks and tried to assimilate and emulate every fiction writer ever. Or at least pretend to be one.

In my quest to be Fiction-Author-Extraordinaire, I stumbled upon the various techniques and must-do's by the who-ha's of the crime-fighting-myth-busting- heart-breaking world of great stories i.e, namely Stephen King, John Green, Jonathan Franzen and Kurt Vonnegut.

So what does it really take to make a great story? 
I've done a little research and distilled the following pointers that I personally thought were essential.
Here are my
Top 10 Tips On Writing Every Fiction Story Ever 

#1 Do Your Research
Before you embark on your monumental expedition on penning down the actual book itself, it's important to stress on just how important it is to bring YOURSELF up to speed on just what it is you'll be spending the next 1-2 years on (oh yea, writing a long story, i.e, a novel does a long time)

You'll need to think of your plot, your setting, your characters, the abominable act of "eliminating" said characters off at some point in the novel etc.

 #2 A Nice Hook Opening
"The problem was... I was dead."
See! caught your attention didn't I? It's little phrases like that that draw your audience in.

 It's the simple principle of leaving them hungry to know more. It's essential to have a hook opening because it keeps them -the readers, interested and alert to all that's happening at once.

#3 One Central Protagonist
This is crucial. Ever heard the saying too many cooks spoil the broth? They weren't kidding when they said that. Often,I feel that the plot of any good novel relies on the omnipotence of one guy/gal who leads her compatriots onward and out of the misery they've been facing together.Prime and notable examples being:
- Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
- Harry Potter
- Tris Prior (The Divergent series)

 Add one too many a protagonist, (or the lack of thereof) and you're bound to have a lack of a leader that holds your reader spell-bound whilst moving the story forward. Hence a protagonist is more than important. Which leads me to..

#4 Be a Sadist
Sure we all balled our eyes out at Fred's untimely death in the Harry Potter series. Of course Augustus Waters deserved more numbers than what he got and surely Tris Prior deserved to live to see her freedom.
But you see, if it weren't for these untimely/cataclysmic horrors, we as readers wouldn't have been prompted to read on and find out what happened to the rest of the characters within the story.
Lets face it. Without a devastating, gut-wrenching loss in the middle of a page-turner, nobody would have anyone to point fingers at. Which is exactly the kind of dramatic, nail-biting substance you want your story to be.


#5 Suspense, Suspense. Lots of Suspense
Never give away a damn thing. Never have any reasonable rational going into any action any of your character's do especially in a moment of crisis. especially if its good 'ol protagonist 'X' himself.
Give your readers the benefit of the doubt. Leave them intrigued, hungry for more!

Every fiction story demands the need to feed off of other people's misery. Go ahead. Leave them hanging 😉

 #6 Vivid Descriptions
Think of it this way. you're telling a complete stranger how nutty your grandma is. Surely they don't know your grandma in person or just how nutty she can be. So you venture out into great detail- the events that unfolded that morning when she told you how lovely she thought you'd look in that pinafore dress! Red polka dots with the most outrageous blue sequinned hemline than shone in the morning sun. That and the red she always imagined you'd have in your blonde pigtails.
give your audience a vivid taste of what's going on

My point is, as an author it is your job to tingle the senses. You are literally the eyes and ears of your readers. Give them just enough to appreciate whilst not bombarding them with a shitload of sensory information. Balance is key!

#7 Be Relatable
A lot of your content will be based on your own personal experiences to some degree. However be extra sure to make your content appealing to the age-bracket you're looking to branch out into.
Not to brag or anything, but a prime example would be this blog.
Now this isn't some literary piece of greatness, but I still try and keep everything as relatable as best I can towards the teens I gear my content towards.

Being relatable is not just a part of the "cool-factor" quotient. It also means your audience is more emotionally and mentally attached to the plight of the protagonist and other characters within the sphere of the story.

#8 Use of Third Person
Now onto the more boring stuff such as diction, tone and tense. I find writing everything except biographies and memoirs in the third-person to be a highly effective method.
Its all about perspective

writing in third-person gives the whole story a very birds-eye-view/outsiders-point-of-view angle.This convinces the reader that everything the character does or says is justifiable at the very least. It also gives the audience a very unbiased view of the matter at hand
Very effective. Much impress. Wow Wow.

#9 Passive Voice, Passive Author 
The passive voice can be really irritating as a reader. Honestly as an ardent reader myself I can confirm that use of passive voice as a tone IS NOT endearing. As the great Stephen King once said- "Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe."

#10 Write for Yourself Not Others
And finally, on a most hypocritical note- write any story to make you happy.

 Not your mom or your sister or the entire globe. Just plain, goofy old you. At the end of the day when you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite it, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story and retelling it to an audience.
 Be happy, lest you characters get depressed themselves. 

and that's where I think I'll end this.
Good luck to any and all in their pursuits of becoming Fiction-Author-Extraordinaire!
Come to think of it, if you put your mind to it, anything and everything is achievable. Even the most complex stories :)

Until next time! 
Your Pretentious Book-worm

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Pep-Talks For The Socially Awkward Soul

Hello teenage-kind. 

Today's blog is suppose to be short and crisp (It's also stems off of a class assignment). But we all know i go on forever so, apologies in advance 

I know monologues are as English Lit. as it gets. But today I had the greatest epiphany there ever was.  
I've always struggled with being a "people person" I can't hold people in awe or move a crowd to tears. heck I can't even get my dog to come play fetch with me -_-

Of course being socially awkward is inevitable but it helps to turn to some of our favorite fictional heroes for pointers and much needed help (because I for one distinctly recall every insignificant thing a protagonist has said ever.)

So today, we're talking Movies. Monologues. Bad-ass characters. Stuff that blows every compartment of my nano-particle brain. I've picked two of my favorites, 
Here goes,

#1 Elizabeth Swann in Pirate of The Caribbean: At World's End 

"Then, what shall we die for? You will listen to me! LISTEN! The Brethren will still be looking here, to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead. And what will they see? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No. No, they will see free men and freedom! And what the enemy will see is the flash of our cannons. They will hear the ring of our swords, and they will know what we can do. By the sweat of our brows and the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts. 
Gentlemen. Hoist the colors!"

hoist the colours? frightened bilge rats? flash of our cannons?!
OK. HOLD UP. can we reassess our entire lives? 
what's not to like about this particular scene/monologue? She's smart. She's not afraid. She manages to reduce a cohort of seaworthy, blood-thirsty pirates to a bunch of big wusses.
and she's unapologetic while she's at it.

Also the fact that Elizabeth Swann, daughter of Lord *blah blah blah*, is a pirate aboard the Black Pearl bossing around a bunch of savage men in an era when women were shut up at home minding everyone else's business is pretty mindblowing.

No doubt she did.

What makes this monologue super effective for me is not only her narrative and the super emotional soundtrack, but also the fact that she was loud and passionate and not afraid of the consequences.
 Her jumping on top of the mast-thingie, her wild carefree "I-dont-care-if-we-die-but-I-sure-as-hell-will-regret-it" spirit all compensates for the eerie tension in the air .

 She had me spell-bound for all of  45 seconds  when she did open her mouth because she epitomized feminism in a non-lethal way. I kind of believed everything she said even though it was clear to me that the odds were against their favor. But she didn't care, and neither should you

and that, my friends, is why girls run the world and epic monologues for the most bit.

#2 Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption

"Rehabilitated? Well, now, let me see. You know, I don't have any idea what that means...I know what you think it means, sonny. To me, it's just a made-up word. A politician's word, so that young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie and have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did?...
There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are, but I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that's left. I got to live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bulls--t word. So you go on and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a sh-t."

Soak that in just a second. I KNOW!?!
Now this one, is more carefree and on the opposite side of the spectrum of awe-inspiring.
I mean there's awe-inspiring and then there's Morgan Freeman playing a hardened criminal at Shawshank. 
I found this excerpt to be everything I've wanted to tell my mom as a child. seriously.

Freeman's nonchalance combined with his super cool chill-factor gave him thunderous applause and hurrah's all around as he finally uttered the phrase " I don't give a sh-t" 
To say he hadn't effectively (yet depressingly) brought our attention to the utter misery that an inmate faces after years in prison would not be adequate. He more than moved our Impassionate hearts and with it in time bought his ticket to ultimate redemption :)

That's about it for now (I  think I've dissected one too many a monologue and successfully given you all a splitting headache :p) 
Being socially awkward maybe a challenge for people like us. Having the courage to do speak up more so. Let these passionate out-pourings of non-existent people be inspirational to you. 
who knows? soon you'll have friends, Romans and countrymen lending you their ears ^~^

Until next time,

Monday, 25 July 2016

That Time The World Didn't Have A BoyBand

Dear everyone,
Hello! Hi. Konichiwa! and welcome to this.
The sanctum-sanctorium of us- the jobless,highly intelligent, young adults.
(most of whom have been coerced through a link online to read stuff you didn't want to -_-)

Ok then! and on that note .....LETS BEGIN SHALL WE?

I am terribly sorry for having taken this impromptu Hiatus mid month. I didn't mean to be lazy (OF COURSE I WAS) but I was moving and packing and listening to awesome music and I FORGOT OK?!
Speaking of hiatuses
About a week ago, pop phenomenon One Direction (or whatever's left of it *insert devastated fangirl emoji*) celebrated 6 years of inception from back in 2010


I'll tell you what. I Feel old.
and even though I no longer enjoy their music like I did as a wee 9th grader, (Ok. I was naive. and slightly ditzy -_-) I feel obliged as an Ex-EX-EXXXXX-Directioner to highlight the things we did before One Direction.

Of course our life hasn't forever been spent chasing virtual Pokemon and pretending to be cute canines on snapchat. So without further ado, here's how the world went about doing it's business...

BEFORE One Direction

#1 The World Was Multi-directional
We were immune to our physics teachers uttering the phrase "One Direction" whilst explaining gravitation. We didn't only restrict ourselves to one highly misleading genre of music known as pop. We were constantly at a crossroads with our self. We drew arrows pointing to the north,south,east,AND BLOODY WEST.


#2 Justin Bieber Sang "Baby" And Dressed Like This

Ahhh those mildly euphoric times when he wasn't actually half nude all the time, wore his pants lower or charged with multiple DUI warrants.
This man-child ruled the world with his ripped gloves and signature bowl cut hair , not to mention an infamous purple hoodie until 1D came along and gave him an equal/more run for his money and the ladies xD 
Also #Jelena was a thing :'(

#3 Kylie Jenner Was 12 
Yep. thats her alright. Of course that was before she went all trigger happy and discovered lip fillers,super-modelling and a slightly mad liquid lipkit obsession.

#4 Eminem and Rihanna were our OTP <3

For starters this was our jam of the summer .. 
"Love The Way You Lie" smashed the charts broke records and won our hearts <3

He also kinda, sorta predicted our lives 6 and a half years on, in the lyrics in a very uncaany way
turns out life has very much become a nintendo game. MINDBLOWN :O

#5 iPhone 3G was H-A-W-T

It actually fit the palm of our hands. It was a miracle of science and you didn't see every 10 year old walk around with one.:0 

#6 Shakira Shook Her Hips. Again.

On the plus side they were some really great hips :o.  
Apparently her hips stopped lying circa 2005
Oh and the football... yeah that was great too! *beat drop* This time for Africa. 

#7 Prince Charming IRL

Kate Middleton and William whats-his-name finally got engaged and she had a tasteful blue sapphire diamond encrusted ring to prove it! 
And the rest as they say is royal history :)
(yes i'm talking about the 2 adorable munchkins down the line xD)

#8 Zoella Could Use A Makeover

Believe it or not, a very feotus-y Zoella loved black nail polish, grunge hair styles, kohl and tank tops! 
She'd just started her blog full-time and was pursuing her youtube dream in full steam with a little under 4000 subs (3982 in feb to be exact). 
The internet beauty guru seems to have come a long way with over 10 million makeup-crazed fans (including me xD) and we couldn't be more thankful for those endless hair-styling tips :p

And there you have it! my take on a pre One Direction era of grandeur, fruitfulness, accomplishment and small/humble beginnings:)
Here's to an equally grand future filled with boybands, tasteful music and snapchat updates that don't involve pokemons.
Until next time!
Liza xx.