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Book Review: The Girls I've Been

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 Hello again, fellow bloggers! I'm back, with another book review. I was excited about reading this book for two reasons. Firstly, because I enjoyed the other Tess Sharpe book I read, and, secondly, because I heard that Netflix will be adapting this into a film starring Millie Bobby Brown, and, since I'm almost certainly going to see it when it comes out, I wanted to read the book first.  Despite the fact that I wanted to read this book, I didn't want to read it right away, since it was just released this year, and was only available as a hardcover, which I don't usually buy because they're more expensive. However, I saw this at Barnes and Noble, and decided it would be worth buying [and, also, I have no self-control in bookstores].  Enough of my rambling, though. Let's get on with the review. Summary [taken from Goodreads]: Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's prot

Clearing Up Common Misconceptions About Fanfiction

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 I've written plenty of fanfiction before [in fact, my last big project that I'm currently editing is fanfiction], and I'm also a fairly avid reader of fanfiction. I've had a lot of fun with it, and I think it's a perfectly fine hobby, but not everyone will agree with me about that. There's a definite stigma around fanfiction [similar to the stigma around romance novels], so, as someone who enjoys fanfiction, I'll be clearing up a few common misconceptions about it. Just a disclaimer, if you personally don't like reading or writing fanfiction that is perfectly fine. We're all entitled to our own opinions. I just thought this could be a fun and informative post to make. Capiche?  Great, moving on.  Fanfiction Is A Waste of Time Not true at all. If you want to be a professional writer, writing fanfiction can actually be really good practice for writing your own stories. And, if you do just write it as a hobby, what's wrong with that? The point of a

March Recap

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 Hello! *waves*  Apparently, today's the last day of March, which is crazy. The fact that we're already a 1/4 through 2021 is insane to me. Wasn't it just January?  Books I Read in March Back in February,  Katie Hanna  reviewed this book, and I thought it looked interesting, and this month I finally decided to read it, but I decided that I should probably read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue first. I read and really enjoyed both [you want to see diversity done right in a historical setting? Read these books]. I loved all the art throughout the book! I mean, I loved a lot about this book, but especially the art. Also, I definitely related to how much pressure Eliza puts on herself because I do that, too [I think I've gotten a little better about that, but I'm not sure].  I didn't like this one quite as much as Pride and Prejudice, but I still liked it.  Also, why does everybody hate Fanny Price? Why? It makes no sense to me. She's a sweet charact

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Review

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Greetings!  Before we start, let me thank all of you for your sweet comments on my last post. They meant a lot to me.  Okay, on to today's post, which is a review of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Usually, I don't do two reviews so close to each other, but I felt like I needed to do a Buffy review, and, since I don't really have a blogging schedule, I just go wherever the inspiration tells me to. I finished Buffy back in February, but I haven't really found a way to put my thoughts into words until now.  Anyway, onto the actual review. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created by Joss Whedon, and stars Sarah Michelle Geller, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, David Boreanaz, Emma Caulfield-Ford, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amber Benson, Seth Green, Marc Blucas, and Kristine Sutherland.  Summary: Buffy Summers is your typical girl in most ways. Except for one thing----she's the Slayer, meaning that she's destined to fig

Tips For Writing Strong Female Characters + How to Avoid the ''Not like Other Girls'' Trope

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 *takes deep breath* Boy, that was a mouthful. Hello, again, blogosphere.  So, as you can tell from the title, today I'm going to be writing my thoughts on strong female characters. This has been discussed a lot on the blogosphere so I'm probably not adding anything new, but I've been wanting to make this post for a really long time, so, well, here we are. To kick things off, what is the Not Like Other Girls trope, and why is it bad? I feel like most of us have heard the phrase before, but in case you haven't, here's what you need to know. Not Like Other Girls [or NLOG for short] characters tend to be pretty similar, so they're easy to spot. A NLOG hates makeup, dresses, romantic comedies, sewing, cooking, and pretty much everything feminine, and she loathes girls who like them. In fact, she loathes other girls in general. Instead, she hangs out with a bunch of macho guys who do macho things, and she regularly out-machos them.  She's kind of a jerk, actually