Thursday, 11 September 2014

Two Years

It's that time of the year again.

What? No I do not mean Christmas!

It's the eighth of September (Okay fine it's the eleventh but I had tests this week).

TWO YEARS OF BLOGGING.

A lot has changed in two years.

Two years ago, I was excited about being almost thirteen. I had no idea that there was a difference between Star Trek and Star Wars (cringe) and I had not yet been sucked into fandom. I had not started highschool, I didn't have the faintest clue what subjects I would take for Grade 10 and my biggest worry was whether or not I would get the book I wanted for my birthday.

A year ago, I was again, excited for my birthday. I was making rainbow cupcakes for my 1-year-aversiary. I was convinced I would be taking French until matric and was counting down the days until Catching Fire. I knew a little about Sherlock and Star Trek and my obsession of the time was Arctic Monkeys (well it still is but ANYway).

Today, on the eighth of September, I'm still excited for my birthday (and trying to convince my parents to buy Star Trek TOS Season 1, mom, if you are reading this, I was not joking). I will definitely be taking Physics, Bio and History. I met my first and only fan a week ago (who is awesome just btw, go check her out). I buy more books than I will ever read, more music than I can listen to and drink a little bit too much tea (because coffee = gross). I wear eyeliner and then "forget" to wash it off because it HURTS. I have discovered a couple more obscure bands that I am in love with and I have a calendar on my wall that I have not used and am not entirely sure how it got there...

A lot can change in two years.

Live long and Prosper

Izzy

Monday, 25 August 2014

Kindle vs. Books? The debate that split the booknerds...

There is something unique about the experience of reading a book. You can spend hours flicking through the ergonomically displayed covers on the shelves of your favourite bookstore before finding the perfect title. You pay for your book, engaging in the customary debate with the cashier over whether "The Fault in our Stars" book to movie transition was better than "The Perks of being a Wallflower". At first all you do is stare at the book on your shelf, not sure whether to crack the spine and dog ear the pages just yet. You finally capitulate and spend the next four hours in whatever world you chose before your mother comes in with the usual "I thought you just bought that book!"


Yes, Kindles are impersonal, they cannot be used as coasters, written in, drawn on etc. These experiences are something the Kindle could never replace. While there is nothing like having a real book in your hands, the Kindle does have one advantage. It allows you to buy out of print books.

My first purchase on my Kindle was "Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanne Collins. Having devoured "The Hunger Games" trilogy, I was eager to get my hands on anything else Collins had written. I was extremely disappointed to find out that "The Underland Chronicles" was out of print until I bought my kindle and soon after the entire series of books.

While nothing will replace the wrinkled pages of the time you accidentally dropped your book in the bath or the hastily scrawled notes in the margins of "Hamlet", don't turn your purist nose up at a Kindle immediately, it might be the only way to access certain books.

Shoutout to Cath for being awesome :D

Live Long and Prosper internet

izzy

Monday, 30 June 2014

Feminism

While scrolling through my tumblr feed yesterday, I came across a post listing several celebrities that did not want to be labeled “feminists” as it promoted female superiority that feminism itself had many negative connotations. Shailene Woodley once in an interview, “I love males too, though! I like to be a feminist, but I’m also a…maleist? What would you call that?”

One of my favourite Ted Talks is by a woman called Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Last year I watched her talk “We should all be feminists” in history and the reason I enjoyed it was because she brought up the idea of a feminist stereotype. In society, the architypal feminist seems to be a woman who is unmarried and hates men, bras and any form of revealing clothing. If that were true, all feminists would probably look like this.

 
 
 

Firstly, if all feminists hated men that would be sexist, which is exactly what feminism is against. Feminism means equality for all genders regardless of your gender identity.

Secondly, feminists don’t have to be woman. You can support animal rights without being an animal, right?

Lastly, people should be able to dress how they like. Whether you want to wear skinny jeans and long shirts or mini-skirts and crop tops, what you wear only becomes demeaning to your gender when you mean it to be. It isn’t about how you present yourself, it’s about the attitude you present with what you wear.

Don’t be afraid to speak out about equality just because of a stereotype.

izzy

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk

 
 

Friday, 27 June 2014

What I have been and shall be doing...

It is officially the end of the second term of Grade 9 SHOCK HORROR which means the end of June exams and the beginning of the daunting task of subject choice.

Despite the fact that I had to study, I read some excellent books this term two of which were Time Riders and The Book Thief.

Time Riders - Alex Scarrow
This is possibly one of the best Sci-Fi/time travel/counterfactual history related books I've read and I would definitely read it to those of you that are whovians.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Best. Book. Ever. and Markus Zusak has Tumblr!

I also read Will Grayson Will Grayson and again I cannot compliment John Green enough, and David Levithan is an author I am going to pursue.

My sister and I have been watching Fargo this term and I am in a constant debate about whether I should love or hate Lorne Malvo because yes, he is a serial killer but his character is so *shudders at the colloquialism* awesome! We have just got up to the episode where Lester frames his brother and I don't think he is smart enough to get away with it.

I also bought two more albums which were:

The Smiths - The Smiths
Morrisey. That is all I can say.

and

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
I think Riot Van and Mardy Bum are two of my favourite songs ever. Mardy Bum also caused my dad to consider them as a good band :) (and they said it changes when the sun goes down ;) )

I also bought this EP

and I have come to the conclusion that Despair in the Departure Lounge is the best song on it.

I watched The Fault in our Stars and there are no words to describe it.

I also watched We Bought a Zoo again with my little sister and it is unironically (yes, I realise this is not a word) one of my favourite movies.

This holiday my book list includes Eragon, Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code, Inkspell and Wolf Brother.

Live Long and Prosper

izzy

(P.S. who can name which episode the above picture is from?)
(P.P.S. *SPOILERS* it's Amok Time - Season 2 Episode 1)