Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Learning from Wonder Woman

Hello everyone! 

NaNoWriMo is in full swing, and although I'm not participating, I am attempting to write everyday, and so far it is working. I've gotten up to 25,619 words, which is more than I wrote last month for sure. :P 

And Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all are having a great break. 

So, I've seen Wonder Woman at least four times now, and I really enjoyed it (despite it's flaws). And of course, me being me, I decided to write a post about it. :P

!Spoilers! ahead.

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1. Your Secondary Characters Have Stories

Steve: My father told me once, he said, "If you see something wrong happening in the world, you can either do nothing, or you can do something". And I already tried nothing.

A while ago, I heard that, 'your secondary characters think the story is about them' and it really changed the way I write about my other characters. 

Wonder Woman has a few side characters that have backstories and motivations outside of her, which I thought was very interesting. They were written like the story was about them. And in a way it was. 

What I'm saying is, it helps to occasionally dabble in the other characters points of veiw from time to time. I know it definitely helps me, and the way it was done in the movie was really interesting. 


2. Mankind is not Inherently Good

Diana: I killed him, why are they doing this? Why are they still fighting?
Steve: Because maybe it's them! Maybe people aren't always good, Ares or no Ares. Maybe it's just who they are.

This theme was throughout the movie, and if fit the story of WWI as well as Diana's journey to the world of men. I thought it was very intruiging and thought-provoking (if not truthful).

Even your most innocent character has made mistakes. People mess up, and characters shouldn't be exempt. Mistakes make your characters relatable. Embrace the mishaps! 

I try to give my characters realistic flaws that can affect the story (ie. they're bad at pumpkin carving when they story hinges on winning a carving contest or something.) It doesn't have to be horrible, and your characters don't have to be constantly messing up, but even the smallest bit of mistakes can make them all the more lovable. 


3. Theme is Important

Saamer: A lot of people can't be what they wish to be, Diana.

I will come right out and say that I am horrible at putting themes in my stories. Usually the theme changes halfway through and I have to fix everything (-eyeroll at myself-). But after watching Wonder Woman, I recognised that theme held the story together. 

Theme is something that gives your story a purpose. I'm not saying that every story you write has to have a theme, but it can be very helpful. I kinda think of it as the glue that holds the story from beginning to end. 

In Wonder Woman, Diana had to learn about the world and it created this theme of war and peace and what she (as an Amazon) had to do about it, and what she ultimately couldn't do about it. It kept the movie's structure and made for a great story.


4. Serious Stories Can Have Laughter

Diana: Awww, a baby!
Steve: It's not made of clay!

(Sorry, that part of the movie was super cute. XP) Even if the world is falling apart, some humor can be necessary to keep the story from being downright depressing. 

Wonder Woman does this very well, mixing humor into one of the more brutal wars in history. It doesn't water down the seriousness by doing so, which is something I want in my own writing. (fingers crossed!) 

Adding in little quips to more serious scenes won't tear apart anyone's writing, in fact it might highlight a certain character's traits by doing so, and it could provide a little emotional break from all the otherwise serious topics. 




And that is it for today!
Of course, the movie wasn't perfect, and the ending fell a little flat for me, but otherwise it was an interesting and enjoyable film. :D 

Did you like Wonder Woman? Let me know your thoughts about it, I'd love to hear them! 
Also check out Alexa's review that she did on her blog, because it sums up most of my thoughts about the movie in general: Summer Snowflakes

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Keep smiling! -Saphira :) 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Durin's Day (Dwarven New Year)

'ello! 
I had no idea what day Durin's Day was on, but now I know, and it's October 19th! :D 
And me, being the bit Hobbit fan that I am, loved it. 

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So, I am doing a little celebratory post! It's not going to be terribly long.

Some of my Hobbit Music favs:


And some of my favorite quotes. :D

'Bilbo rushed along the passage, very angry, and altogether bewildered and bewuthered - this was the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered.'

"Why did you and your folk three times try to attack my people at their merrymaking?" asked the King.
"We did not attack them," answered Thorin, "we came to beg because we were starving."
"Where are you friends now, and what are they doing?"
"I don't know, but I expect starving in the forest."
"What were you doing in the forest?"
"Looking for food and drink, because we were starving."
( my favorite part XD )

"This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad I have shared in your perils - that has been more than any Baggins deserves." -Bilbo

"True courage is not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare it." -Gandalf

"Where did you go, if I may ask?" -Thorin
"To look ahead." -Gandalf
"And what brought you back?" -Thorin
"Looking behind." -Gandalf

"We kill the dragon. If this is to end in fire, then we will all burn together!" -Thorin


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Wheeeewww, got that all out!
(Also, whatever you do, do not listen to The Parting Glass :P)

Anyways, Happy Dwarven New Year everyone! Eat plenty of cookies, and give plenty of hugs.
Keep smiling! -Saphira :)