Saturday, May 2, 2015

How to Properly Retell a Classic Story

1) Make a hated character likable

Simplest way to make a hate character likable is either to give him a sad back story and/or have him be the love interest to the main character.

We all know that when we learned Hook in Once Upon a Time was seeking revenge for the love of his life that you instantly wanted to hug him and get his revenge. Plus he happens to look good without all those curls.

The bad guy redeeming himself enough to become one of the central love interest's of the main character? Instant likability! If the protagonist that we are all rooting for likes him/her than who are we to object?

2) Have a selfish character be less unreasonable

You know you have those characters that are just unreasonably selfish. I'm talking to you Pan. So much so that when you read his book you look around and wonder "Why do people like you?"

(You do know he steals away Wendy's daughter at the end right?)

The answer? When your story gets retold the author is smart enough to make you NICER.

Even if you are still a little bit selfish, at least you have FEELINGS.

(Someone's going to miss his Wendy...)

3) Keep the best characters the same with very minimal adjustments

Now there are some characters that are great when they are completely changed around for good.

And then sometimes it's just nice to see them act like themselves because you know they are going to stir up trouble.

4) Create a boring character into everybody's favorite character

You know when there are protagonists that feel like they are in the background of their own story? Or are blissfully unaware of how to get their lives together?

All you have to do is give them a compelling back story where they are trying to find their brothers and are dedicated so much that they lie to their family and friends. Then they go through emotional turmoil trying to look for said brothers, but the also discover some peace in the one outlet that their brothers loved.

Through all that they, you grow to care about this character that you thought was so boring. You end up actually liking them even declaring that they were your favorite character in the story because the author was able to take a maternal, used character and turn her into a maternal, dedicated, passionate, thrill seeking, adventurer who is pretty much the definition of awesome.

Friday, May 1, 2015

#FitReaders: May 1st, 2015 Check-In

#FitReaders: I got a great idea from Grace @ My Book Snack to try having one day of eating vegan. I plan on coming up with what I want to eat that day and presenting it to my parents. I live with them and don't have a job so they control what I eat which can be frustrating, but I have it good so I shouldn't complain. I'll let you know how it goes next time. 

My goals for this May is to lift twelve-pound weights by the end of the month. I switched to ten-pound weights about a month ago which is harder to lift with my workouts than you think. At least for me it is. I don't know what my plan is for the amount of weights I want to lift in total for this year, however I am thinking lifting would be a really good strength training workout. I still can't try it until I'm able to lift the bar which is like twenty pounds. It's lucky my dad has a bar and weights or I would have to embarrass myself at the gym. Speaking of the gym, does anyone go? I don't work out my legs as much as my arms using weights so I'm thinking that might be a good solution in the future.

Friday, April 24th 2015:
26 minutes of walking
35 tricep dips
5 reps of 20 wall push-ups
32 oz of water

Saturday, April 25th 2015:
Walk/Run - 1.92 miles in 30 minutes
32 oz of water

Sunday, April 26th 2015:
26 minutes of walking
64 oz of water
Thoughts: Back thighs hurting me!

Monday, April 27th 2015:
64 oz of water
Thoughts: Back thighs are still bothering me but will get back to my routine tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015:
100 Drawer Push-ups*
35 Tricep Dips
48 oz of water
*I'm making my way to doing floor push-ups so from wall push-ups now come drawer push-ups. Hopefully this works. 
Thoughts: It's been very windy and rainy here so no running or jogging or walking today...

Wednesday, April 29th 2015:
32 oz of water
Thoughts: The weather is killing me! I'll have to run/walk on the treadmill tomorrow so I stop wasting time waiting for the weather to clear up.

Thursday, April 30th 2015
100 Drawer Pushups
40 Tricep Dips
40 Squats
48 oz of water
Thoughts: No running or walking today. I started too late in the day.

How did you do this week? Are you reaching your goals?

May 2015 Plans

I started getting back to usual in April. I had a late start with reviews, but I'm so close to getting caught up I can taste it! I read only three books, but at least that's a little better than last month so I'm getting there. I could comment more, but I've mostly had a positive experience in April especially since I am exercising again more regularly.

April Stats

Total Books Read: 3
YA Books: 2
MG/Children's Books: 1
Adult Books: 0
Graphic Novel/Manga: 0
Picture Books: 0

Books that fit into my yearly challenges:

Reading Road Trip Challenge: 0
Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge: 0
2015 Monthly Motif Challenge: 0
The Color Coded Reading Challenge: 1
2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge: 0
Prequel and Sequel Challenge: 0
Fairytale Challenge: 1
2015 Audiobook Challenge: 0
Snagged @ the Library Challenge: 2
Graphic Novels and Manga Challenge: 0
The Re-Read Challenge: 0
NetGalley Reading Challenge: 0
I Love Picture Books Challenge: 0

Pages Read: 703

Books Read:
White Cat by Holly Black
Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald 
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Favorite Read:
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

May Plans

My May plans are to read books that meet my challenge goals and finally get caught up with my reviews. Specifically for my Reading Road Trip Challenge I need to read ten more books set in the United States to be on track with my goal. For my fitness goals, I plan on eating more and continuing to get stronger with each exercise. I also want to try lifting twelve-pound weights by the end of the month. My first May book will be:

What books are you planning on reading this May?

May Reading Road Trip Link-Up

It's May and the challenge is almost halfway done! Great job getting those challenge reads in Bev @ My Reader's Block, Reading Chronicles, Sue, and Lady Bren. I was able to review two of my challenge reads so I'm getting back into the game. I need to read ten more books to be up to date with my challenge. I have two weeks left before the Summer semester so I'm going for it on those days.

Books Reviewed:

Rebel Belle - Alabama

All the Bright Places was such a perfect book for this challenge because you travel so much of Indiana in the story. This is highly recommended by me because it's such a fantastic read.

I've been seeing comments of recommendations you are all giving each other. I have lists I've posted on the Reading Road Trip Challenge tab, but I was wondering if you all would like me to create a list with those recommendations and yours as well. I'm also thinking of doing a giveaway when we reach the halfway point for this challenge and possibly a Reading Road-Trip Read-a-thon. Make sure to let me know in the comments what you think and link up your review updates below using this format:

State (Book) @ blog/twitter/goodreads. 
For example: Florida (Because of Winn-Dixie) @BooksOnHerMind

If you want to check out what this challenge is all about you can go here. Thanks to all who are participating! Remember if you need help ask and I will answer.

Link Up!