Epilogue

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Hey, guys. This semester is quickly coming to an end and with it comes the end of this blog. As I mentioned in my first ever post, this blog was a project for a class I’m currently enrolled in. Though it has been fun to share my thoughts/opinions about books and movie adaptions, I have come to realize the blogging life is not one I’m built to succeed in.

I’ve gained some experience throughout this semester. Some examples include

  • How to utilize HTML (or as I like to call it, HTFML)
  • I’ve discovered many useful sites, such as Storify and Yapp editor.
  • I’ve learned more about site customization that has helped me in bettering my personal sites, such as Tumblr

I’d like to thank anyone who commented, liked, or reblogged any of my posts. This project would have ben much more difficult if I had felt like I was preaching to an empty room. 

Because the Internet is my best friend, I’m constantly online. If you’re interested, below will be links to my personal Twitter and Tumblr.

I hope this blog entertained you even in the slightest. I know I’m proud of what I’ve done here. Hopefully even enough to get an A in this class. All was well. 

Tumblr Twitter

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My Favorite Book/Book Series

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Since I went out and asked others what their favorite books were, I decided to share some of my favorite books/series. I had lots of fun with this, if that wasn’t apparent. I wanted to mention I had planned to include A Series of Unfortunate Events in this, but the picture I took deleted. Kinda unfortunate, huh?

With the semester dwindling down, my last post is soon to come. Please look out for it. Hope you enjoy the slideshow!

Favorite Books of Texas State Students

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Hey, guys. I know it’s kinda sorta late, but I finished my video. It isn’t the greatest thing, but it required some work.
This video shows some of my friends here at Texas State telling you their favorite book/book series.
Please comment with your favorite book/series! I’m always up for new reading material and there are lots of books I know I’m not aware of.
Alright, I hope you enjoy!

Help a Blogger Out

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Hey, guys. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten way more followers on this blog than I ever thought I would get. I imagined I’d be preaching to maybe 3 or 4 people at most.

Last week I mentioned an upcoming video I’ll be working on. I recently (as in about 5 minutes ago) decided I’d like to incorporate some followers into this video! If you’d like to help me out, what I’m asking of you isn’t too extensive. I’d like for you to film a quick video of you stating 2 things: your name and your favorite book/book series. That’s all. Then all I ask is that you attach the video to an email and send it my way. Everything else is up to me.

If you’re interested, please send me your video: mgg47@txstate.edu

I hope to have this video completed and posted by the end of the week, April 25th. Thanks in advance to those who contribute.

Here’s a link to my YouTube channel, where it’ll be easy to find the video once it’s posted: YouTube

Imagine this is me asking you for help

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Another Movie Adaption This Way Comes

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Hey, y’all. I recently found out that one of my favorite books is getting its own movie adaption. The book I am referring to would be “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. It’s been nearly ten years since I properly read this book, but I am excited nonetheless.

The Giver is staged in a seemingly perfect future. The society lacks conflict, disease, and bigotry by eliminating emotion. Every citizen is given a specific role that they will fulfill for the entirety of their life beginning from a young age. The story centers around 12 year-old Jonas, who is selected for the role of “Receiver of Memory”, the sole person who is used to store the memories of what has happened in the past. Through learning from the giver, Jonas learns how the world he knows came to be and embraces what only has access to: knowledge.

Here is a link to a short trailer for “The Giver.” It comes out August 15th, 2014- The Giver

I have a video coming up that I hope will be as intriguing as I plan for it to be. Please look out for it!

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J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts, and trilogies. Oh my.

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Greetings, all. Not too long ago, J.K. Rowling announced that the silver screen would once again visit the wizarding world in a movie based off her Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” As exciting as that news was, it has now been confirmed that not one, but THREE movies will be centered around it!

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is an encyclopedia of sorts, documenting information on many magical creatures. The author of this book in the wizarding world is Newt Scamander, a famous magizoologist that will serve as the main character for the movie. It is as entertaining read and was once paired with “Quidditch Through The Ages” for Comic Relief charity. Both dive deep into J.K. Rowling’s magic world.

If you’d like to learn more about the character of Newt Scamander or find out more about his book, here are links to their respective wiki pages: Newton Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Until next time guys, watch out for lethifolds.

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They Call It Divergent

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I finally got to see Divergent this past weekend and I was throughly impressed!

As most of you book readers could probably back me up on, you imagine every aspect as you read a book. I loved the way director Neil Burger made the book come to life.

Very few scenes strayed far from their book counterparts. The addition of the scene where Tris is hospitalized and told she has been cut was improvised, but while I thought it was rather unnecessary, it was a nice film moment. It displayed Tris’ outstanding determination that would follow her from then onwards.

Oddly enough, my favorite part was the other improvised scene. In the book, Jeanine made no appearance when Tris went to shutdown the system controlling the Dauntless. It was only Tris and Four who were present. Everything from Tris stabbing Jeanine’s hand to Jeanine’s reaction to her perfected system’s destruction was great. It was a firm protagonist v.s. antagonist moment that most movies need to end properly.

I had put off reading the second book in the series “Insurgent” until I saw this film, but I had my hands on it the moment I could. I highly recommend this series to all.

Here are some tweets concerning what people thought about Divergent: Divergent Tweets on Storify

Fun tidbit: My dad asked me leaving the theatre “So, that mean guy in the movie looked like that rapper, right?”

Macklemore is Dauntless? Who knew?

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