Who’s the Good Guys?

Who are the good guys?  Sometimes in books, or tales, I have trouble figuring that out.

“Wait, what, Avon?” you say. “Isn’t that usually obvious?”

Yes, it usually is actually. But at the same time it isn’t. The good guys are often fighting for a good cause, or are just the good guys because one of them happens to be the main character. But they often kill, and hurt too. Most of the times the main character doesn’t do that(or if they do, they have a hard time with what they did.) But the side characters usually do.

Often(which makes it less obvious perhaps) it is random-groups of fighting men that the good characters hurt. But the good guys still have killed and injured a great deal of people, even if we don’t really ‘know’ them. That’s the thing. They could have had redeeming qualities, who knows?

The bad guys are almost always called simply ‘bad’. But there is usually a grey morality in some part of them. I find this confusing sometimes, but at the same time, impressive. Though I often wish the heroes were more black and white. This a funny thing for me to say, considering I adore Artemis Fowl(eh, well. Not in a crush way. But…anyway) and I love anti-heroes.They seem more realistic…it’s just, the ones where the author pretends they are good that I have trouble with.

They never have angst. Or when they do something really bad, but it’s excused because it is done to the villain. Artemis never did anything terrible, though he was wonderfully flawed. He changed. It is pointed out that he wasn’t ‘good’.

It’s also ones that do really bad things, but are on the slightly better side(they have a cause, or it’s their moral stance).  I support them more then the other side(which I don’t at all, usually. Even if their are some characters I feel sorry for) but I still have trouble fully liking them. This is often a good and interesting way of creating a character though.

I’m going to take some examples now, and fish through them. Before I do so– these aren’t necessarily bad things. A well done character is flawed. We all know  that. But…I think this will be interesting.

Twilight: I must first start saying I have never read or watched this, so feel free to yell at me about inaccuracies.  The obvious choice for this study is Edward. Edward is sparkly, possessive, and creepy. His author(unless she has been playing a grand joke on us, or the fan girls completely missed what she intended) portrays him as the “bestest boyfriend evar! Yeah!” He really isn’t. He isn’t flawed in a good way, unless this book was about a girl who realized how possessive her boyfriend was and ends up splitting from him. Or she stays with him, but it’s treated like a tragedy. Bronte-ish.

Lord of The Rings:  First of all, I like Lord of the Rings. Especially The Hobbit. And the hobbits themselves.

But let’s take a look at them. Most of the villains are, well, villains. No doubt about it. Gollum/Smeagal is one you can feel sympathy for.  He was once a Hobbit, and who doesn’t feel a touch of sympathy for him when he starts crying for ‘precious’? Even if he is really creepy.

Now we come to the heroes. Bilbo is a good hobbit. He kills the spiders, but that’s about all…still…

Gandalf does kill some goblins, and like I said, I have trouble accepting characters like that as a completely good character. But Gandalf is mostly good, but he is dangerous when he wants to be. He is not someone I’d want to be like, or even be a follower of, but I would trust him. I’m the kind of person who would just stay happily in the Shire, with my family and in my hobbit hole.

Harry Potter:

Obviously Voldemort is bad. Like, evil, evil, evil kind of bad. As are most of his followers. Draco, as well as other younger ones are the exceptions. I’d say there are probably a few other ones, ones that fear for their family and friends unless they obey him.

Harry is mainly good. But we all know he has the capability to be a Slytherin.

English: Alternate coat of arms of Hogwarts sc...

English: Alternate coat of arms of Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry from Harry Potter book series, by J.K Rowling, with added shading effects. For a reference i used a drawing found on the internet, probably an illustration from one of the books. The motto translates to “never tickle a sleeping dragon” vector drawing,.SVG format. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But he choose Gryffindor. One issue I have is the sorting hat and the houses(okay, that’s two issues) as that if you didn’t put anyone in Slytherin, but just made a note that they had the potential to be evil, wouldn’t they turn out better? You could try to make them show their smarts, or something instead. Say they are bad? They’re more likely to be evil

I guess Dumbledore is our main one to focus on. The man manipulated Harry throughout the series, almost went into dark arts, and certainly is dangerous. Luckily, this isn’t passed off as ‘okay’. Harry was hardly pleased.Though, no matter how un-pleased he was, he shouldn’t just go abandoning his quest. On the other hand, I can hardly blame him for wanting to.

Now, that’s all for now. What books or stories have you noticed this in? Do you like things grey? Do you prefer a clearer black and white? Do you have problems with some heroes?

Tell me! Tell me…precious.

Blog of the Year Award

I’ve gotten a blog award from Orphu44. My very first blog award! I shall proceed to run around the room excitedly.

Alright, I’m back. And still excited. Thank you so much Oprhu44!

Now, first of all, the rules.

Rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Link back to the Blog of the Year 2012 Rules page so people can read the real, complete, and fully accurate rules of this slightly different blogger award.
4. State 5 things about yourself.
5. Pass the award onto 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

Here’s the original — The Thought Palette.

Now! Five things about the amazing Avon. Let’s see….

1. Eoin Colfer once said I was intensely cool. Or, rather…

Horse Sense. That’s me. Probably one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. Seriously. I could hardly breath when I read that.

2. I get so confused when it comes to my left and right hands. Or feet.

3. I’m writing a musical based on a roleplay I’m in. Something tells me I’m too into this role-play…

4.  I’ve only opened one present so far, and I have three left. Applaud my self-control.

5. I’m thinking of auditions now, and feeling a bit sick. I hate auditions.

And now my Award Receivers!

1. Jasmine from Between the Lines. ‘ello, fellow Shifter! Someday I’ll see you published, I just know it.

2. Annika from Beyond The Moon. My other fellow Shifter! You write such wonderful characters– Demi and Kyrie are both so good, yet so different.

3. Kiwi from Ramblings of a Kiwi Young Writer. Thank you for commenting so much!

4. Shim from Magic and Writing. You’re awesome. Thanks for participating in Character Interviews!

5. NevilleFan from A Teenage Writer. She happens to be my first follower! Thanks!

6. And one to Gabrielle at the Humble Abode of Gabblemac. I don’t know you that well…but you wrote a good review about Anne of Green Gables, so you deserve it.

Merry Christmas or whatever December Holiday you celebrate!

Joy to the World

Tinkles of sleigh bells and distant laughter, that seemed like the mirth of wood elves, came from every quarter.

Merry Christmas everyone one! For me, it’s currently Christmas Eve for, though for some of you Christmas has dawned.

I suppose you would all like to know what Christmas is for me. It’s the celebration of Christ’s birth, it’s about my family, and its about the endless wish for snow. Honestly, I suppose it’s a bit about the presents too–I feel a bit ashamed admitting this, but it’s true.

It was about the decorations too,  when I was little. Since then, I’ve grown to prefer seeing the plastic Santa’s and the lights on other people’s house. Right now, our house is decorated Victorian like, with a table tree, and pine-cone…thingy. It’s a giant pine-cone with fern tree pieces,red Holly? berries and ribbons attached to it. I’m not sure what the correct term for it is, but it’s lovely.

I’ve also bought the Abney Park Christmas album, which only adds to the Victorian (steampunk, perhaps?) feel. I love their song Through Your Eyes on Christmas Eve which I shall post down here.

Beautiful…my favorite Christmas songs will forever be the post title, but I like this one a lot.

Currently, I’m listening and watching Carols from King. It’s the King choir sing various Christmas and worship songs, along with some people reading from the Bible. It’s beautiful service. It’s British, which leads me to the fact that watching Christmas British specials on Christmas and Christmas Eve is something my family did last year.  We’re probably doing that this year too–well, we’re certainly watching Downton Abbey.

Now, I want to thank you all. For following me, for commenting and supporting me in the start of a blog. You’re all dears.

Merry Christmas, Merry Holiday, or just Merry wishes to you.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

And a little Christmas present for you, though I nothing to do with this book, or the posting of it online.

“That’s a Christmas present for you, Anne,” said Matthew shyly. “Why–why–Anne, don’t you like it? Well now–well now.”

For Anne’s eyes had suddenly filled with tears.

“Like it! Oh, Matthew!” Anne laid the dress over a chair and clasped her hands. “Matthew, it’s perfectly exquisite. Oh, I can never thank you enough. Look at those sleeves! Oh, it seems to me this must be a happy dream.”

Read the whole chapter here– http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/anneXXV.html  and book that is.)                                                                                               I never fail to grin at Matthew and the brown sugar.

Interview With Holly Short-The End of The World

Hi, I’m Miss. Isanut from The Daily Prophet! People are saying it’s the end of the world, and we’re here to talk to Miss. Holly Short, Artemis Fowl the Second, and Foaly…Foaly who?

Foaly: Just Foaly. Foaly appears very nervous, and is wearing a hat that seems to be made of tinfoil. I nod to him.

Holly: Captain.

Miss. Isanut: What?

H: She acts frustrated. Captain! Captain Holly Short. Not Miss. I don’t mind Miss too much, but call me Captain.

M.I: Ah, well. Captain Short, what do you think of the world ending?

H.S: Interviewee is laughing hysterically.  I watch her awkwardly.

Foaly: He is whimpering.

H.S: Has recovered somewhat. Trolls. Literally. The world is really not ending. Crazies.

Foaly: May I remind you that I believe this?

H.S: Like I said, crazies.

Artemis: First time he has spoken. It is untrue–there is not one ounce of truth in it. Believe me. Smiles in a way that is reminisce of an actually scary Edward Cullen.

M.I: Sure, we believe you! I smile brightly.  Now, Foaly, I saw someone earlier who I think could be related to you–in disguise perhaps? Is this a family tradition?

Foaly: Appears to be happy. No, but she shows great taste!

H.S: Foaly…snatches his own hat, greatly resembling the womans, off his head.

Foaly: Starts to shriek. Holly!

Artemis: mutters under his breath–can just make out…Foaly…thought…friend logic…Holly…not…five…

H.S: Shut up Artemis! Apparently she can understand his muttering.

Foaly: tries to reach for his hat I need to check on Australia…he takes out his phone.

Mulch: The dwarf suddenly appears, putting the phone in his mouth. Eats it.

All Three: Mulch!

M.N: And this interview is over! Hope everyone has a good day, and enjoys the apocalypse..

~Miss. Cleo. Isanut

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THE END OF THE WORLD

CHARACTER INTERVIEWS

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Want to join? Let me know in the comments!

Oh, It’s The End of The World Is It?

“Yes, it is,” says the 10%. “No, it isn’t,” says the 60%. “No, it isn’t, but I’m still nervous,” says the 30%.

Well, the world ain’t ending(bad grammar be darned). Just saying. If it was, I somehow think aliens wouldn’t care-their planets might be ending too. Or if not, it seems a far bet that they’d sail down in their spaceship and rescue a bunch of people from a mountain. They’d probably just give you a map, and say, “Second rock to the right, and straight on till morning. Then you’ll find the end of the mountain.” Maybe give you some food and more climbing gear.

And if the apocalypse is coming, then it had better be a steampunk one. Let me die with zeppelins and gears in the sky.

Not mine at all–by VooDooDollMaster

Talk about an Apocalypse. Now that’s cool.

But all steampunk aside–if the world does end in my lifetime, I’m not going to rush to a mountain. I’m just going to the Second World(I hope I’m good enough to make it to Heaven–I think so) and I’m not scared.

But the world isn’t ending anytime soon, if ever. Why end now–we’ve come pretty far. Look at all the progress that we’ve made in the past few years. People of every race have equal rights(well, the USA’s policy towards immigrants could be better), QUILTBAGPIPES(I love that acronym) people can marry in many states(it won’t be long until everyone can marry anywhere in the States), and this generation is so much more accepting of them than past generations, even the ones only a bit older than us. , I’m speaking of the USA, since I live there, but I’m sure it’s true of other places…things are looking up anywhere. So many countries in the Middle East have gotten their dictators off the ‘throne’. Something they’ve been waiting for years.

We aren’t ending now.

Beautiful song, isn’t it? And, also, stay tuned for interviews with Holly Short, Rachel Lynde and more about the End of the World. What do they think?

If you’d like to interview a character/s just let me know in the comments. I’ll give you a nifty badge.

“Uncle Roger,” said the Story Girl, the golden notes of her voice threaded with fear and appeal. “the Enterprise says that to-morrow is the Judgment Day? Is it? Do you think it is?”

“I’m afraid so,” said Uncle Roger gravely. “The Enterprise is always very careful to print only reliable news.”

Hate to Love

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

What do I hate to love? I’m not really sure if there is anything…some of the stuff are things that, if found out by my peers, could raise a few eyebrows though.

 

Downton Abbey: I get completely addicted to this show. During it’s run, my week is spent wondering, discussing, and discussing some more about what will happen in it.  Oh, and searching like a crazy woman for spoilers.

 

Old Music: Not rock and roll from the 80s, or the Beatles. No, stuff like the Carter Family, or those folk bands that don’t get a huge amount of people at their concerts despite being really good.  I’m just a few decades young to be a fan of those. No one expects a teen to be one.

 

Bright Sunny Pop Music: Yes, a complete turn around from the genre above. But, that also gets a….why would you like that? You should like something more cultured? vibe. Especially when people are going around saying how pop starts are so annoying. I honestly don’t care what pop stars do, as long as they don’t drag me into it. Let Justin Beiber sing like a girl–I don’t care. In fact, what’s wrong with it?

 

That said, I’m not a fan of him, though I have heard a few of his songs, and thought them okay.

 

People: I may not care what stars do, but I do like reading about them when I chance upon such a magazine at the doctor/dental office.

 

Dear Abby/Amy/etc: It’s fun. it’s like listening to Rachel Lynde!

 

“Few things in Avonlea ever escaped Mrs. Lynde.  It was only that morning Anne had said, ‘If you went to your own room at midnight, locked the door, pulled down the blind, and sneezed, Mrs. Lynde would ask you the next day how your cold was!’”

 

There. You have it. Those are my slightly embarrassing (perhaps) little facts about me.

 

Now, tell me some of yours? Come on! I did, now you.

 

Music: Lenka: Plus a book review poll

I love Lenka.  She’s such a quirky, adorable individual.  And her music is so unique.

If you’ve never heard her, you’re missing out.

*nods along to the beat*  I’ve never heard someone like her before, and it’s really nice to find someone who has her very own style that way.

This had been rather short….so I add content with a poll. What book would you like to see me review?

Mare’s War: I’ve just started it, but it’s really good already. I love books that tell two stories in one–also, it’s an interesting time period, and the side that it’s told from is not written about much. It wouldn’t be a very interesting time period if it weren’t for that.

The Mortal Engines: Steampunk, steampunk, steampunk! *dances around*  As atale of a girl with a scarred face, a Historian Apprentice, and the Mayor’s daughter, it was very good. A bit…dark…but a very interesting take on steampunk. The author is admired a lot by Cassandra Clare(his series are the reason her series name’s are The Mortal Instruments, and The  Infernal Device).

or

Clockwork Angel: More steampunk…It’s a exciting, and almost mysterious book. And for once I actually care about the love triangle. Both the boys are so nice though, that I care about them all living at least semi-happily ever after, rather than wanting one over the other to end up with Tessa(though I do have a small preference.)

So, which one my friends? Also, do you listen to Lenka? Speak to me in the comments!:)