21 June 2017

In Which Literary Characters Engage in the Hunger Games

Dun, dun, dun! The bowl of doom.

Hello, everyone! This is the moment of terror where all beloved characters are forced to battle it out in a Hunger Games free for all-- or battle it out in a very calm situation, depending on how it's viewed. Ellie from The Other Side of Reality lightly tagged me for this amazing endeavour, where thirty characters go head to head in a stand off and two are drawn each to answer a question, and whoever suits the question more wins! If you don't understand how it works, just read on. You'll capture the concept soon enough.

// You only have one more spot on your spelling bee team. Who gets it?
Dante Quintana (Artistole & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) vs. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

I would love to say Ron! It’s important to have comedic relief when you’re in an intense competition, and if not available, the pressure cracks people sooner than later. Here’s the catch: I used the word “would,” because competitive streaks need to be backed with people who can keep up with the fast pace. At this point, I’ll have to say Dante-- did you see all the books he’s read? He’d be an asset, for sure.

// Both characters want to kill you. Whom would you kill first to have a better chance of survival?
Piper Mclean (Heroes of Olympus) vs. Cath Avery (Fangirl)

Hands down, Piper. Her charm speak would lure me to do monstrous things like confront a vicious pack of Jelly Baby (according to Riordan’s universe, are a very vicious species indeed). Plus, Cather wouldn’t really do anything harmful except for maybe chuck a book—poor novel! One should not throw books across the room.

// You're on the bachelor/bachelorette and down to two characters. Who gets your rose?
Cinder Linh (The Lunar Chronicles) vs. Teresa (The Maze Runner series)

I had to search this up because I’ve never seen an episode of The Bachelor(ette) nor its sibling spinoffs. For those of you who are as clueless I was, the rose chooses whoever stays on the show or who gets proposed to. If I were a guy, this This may seem rude since I didn’t like her character towards the end of her series, so Teresa would be eliminated, and Cinder would get the final rose.

// You've been chosen for the Hunger Games. Who's most likely to volunteer in your place?
Wesley (The Princess Bride) vs. Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)

Hmm… both men would do anything for those they truly care for and they don’t seek glory. Will Herondale has rune magic, meaning he can manipulate his enemies from a further distance, if placed into the games. Wesley has an incredible amount of stamina and swordsmanship. I feel like Wesley would be easier in giving in to volunteering—Will does care for people, but he imparts the impression of aloofness for those he doesn’t really know a great level.

// You're stranded on an island and must engage in cannibalism to survive. Whom do you eat?
Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) vs. Jude Sweetwine (I'll Give You the Sun)

This question freaks me out because cannibalism is gross? Sorry, Jude. Jude has a fiery streak and determination. I feel like Mr. Darcy has training in hunting and other important gentleman hobbies that don’t appear important at hindsight, but are essential in surviving an island for later.

// You're the next Marvel superhero (with your own TV show, of course). Who's your sidekick?
Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars) vs. Simon Snow (Carry On)

Is implementing the power of metaphors a super power? Because if so, then Augustus Waters. But Simon has wizard powers and is such a small bean—Simon would win, but just barely. Or here’s a better thought: Augustus would impart Simon and I wisdom when we are confused. He’ll practically be the Dumbledore – Gandalf character of the series (NO they are NOT played by the same actor).

// You're a manager of an avocado company. Whom would you fire for poor communication skills?
Hanna Donnelly (The Illuminae Files) vs. Ezra Mason (The Illuminae Files)

OH NO. Two characters from the same series! Ack! As manager, it is my pertinent duty to manage the avocado company in the tidiest way possible. The avocado industry has a high reputation needs to be upheld almost at a life or death stake—why do you think “avocado” and “avada kedevra” have the same two first letters?

Ezra does have a streak for defying conventionality (for the right reasons), and Hanna’s attention and combative skills make her a viable asset in protecting the company from competitors wanting to learn the secret to our success. What if he messes up? Sorry, Ezra, but you’ll have to go.

// You've just finished a book in which your favorite character dies. Which of these two characters is more likely to comfort you?
Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter) vs. Seraphina (Seraphina)

Seraphina… would be busy attending to palace duties. Dumbledore has time to talk to his students—he’d probably comfort me but cringe at the high increasing epidemic of fangirls crying over deceased characters.

// Ugh, it's high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Kai (The Lunar Chronicles) vs. Eragon With Spoilery Last Name* (The Inheritance Cycle)

Eragon sometimes acts a bit immature and head strong, and sometimes I wonder if he ever smiles. Kai, on the other hand, will do sweet things for his friends like help decorate an impromptu wedding and he already has the entire Republic looking out at him for guidance, so I’ll go for him. 

// The day has arrived; you're finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Noah Sweetwine (I'll Give You the Sun) vs. Emily Starr (Emily of New Moon)

Both characters would remember! But I feel like Emily would remember easier, because Noah forget easier if he ended up spending the entire afternoon frolicking with his significant other and running around, laughing despite them being seemingly opposites.

// You've just found an upcoming YouTube star! Whom is it more likely to be?
Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices) vs. Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials

Tessa Gray would become a YouTube star! Lyra doesn’t seem like the type to have a YouTube channel—she’d rather be off adventuring. Tessa, on the other hand, would pretty much have a book channel, talking about the characters. Because she doesn’t age, no one would suspect a thing when she talks about books from the 1800s; they’d think she has a love for books in the romanticism period, which suits her.

// Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person. Who would it be?
Marie-Laurie Leblanc (All the Light We Cannot See) vs. Cress Darnel (The Lunar Chronicles)

GAHHHHH THESE ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME. Marie-Laurie is interesting to listen to—I’d love to hear how she perceived the events during World War II during the war, but the problem presents itself: I wouldn’t know how to talk to her. Cress would be super fun just fangirling, browsing on the ports at aesthetic photos and doing all of this without feeling super awkward.

// Bam, you're pregnant. Who's the father/mother?
Leo Valdez (The Heroes of Olympus) vs. David Charleston (The Reckoners trilogy)

BWAHAHAHA, David, leave! Leo would so be the dad; he’d be such a good parent.

// You've just written a super important text. Who would see it and not reply?
Voldemort (Harry Potter) vs. Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Uh, duh! Voldemort. Lucy would always make sure to respond. To show you Voldemort’s track record on how good he is at replying or listening to text messages, many wizards in the community have tried to stop him from reigning London. Did he ever listen? Of course not. He only wants his messages to get through, and the same concept applies. I’d believe he would be a great YouTuber, though—the credit most recent on his filmography, “Beauty and Voldemort,” is a feat deserving many awards. 

// You've just woken up, and it's time for breakfast. Your mom's been replaced by.....whom?
Summer Dawson (Wonder) vs. June Iparis (The Legend trilogy)

Summer would be the perfect kind and caring mom, but I’d love it even more if it was June Iparis. Here me out: you’d have to consider the potential backstory as to what happened with my dad, too, and more than likely, the disappearance also happened to him, too. Which means more than likely, Day would be my dad and means my ship has sailed the rocky seas and even better, I’d be their kid and honestly road trips and stuff would be awesome! I’m just squealing by how amazing it would all be.

+ you!

18 June 2017

snowy || an poem

Snow to match the poem-- I took this the same day the photo was made.

"It is snowing."

Outside, puffs of white swoon in the air
elegantly in the duration of the waxing snores.
I am snuggled under the safety of warm blankets,
two pillows, sock-free toes.
It must be really beautiful outside. 
Wish I could see it.

"It just is more shoveling for me /
But is beautiful /
Quietly falling all around . . ."

Shoveling? This
leads to recollections of old discussions:
driveways, ice cream, remote start for cars.
None of the above induced a terrifying sensation
so potent as the conversation we are having.

When did you become so poetic,
salvaging every piece of your weary spirit
to produce such words?
This tenderness, the softness of the flake
this is much unlike you.
I am scared of what this may mean,
but I won't tell you this aloud.

This is shoveling:
Shoveling just means a bigger pile 
to get snowballs from and a wall 
to protect yourself.
I wish I could be outside. Agree?

"It's really cold."

In our days as innocent 
as the white Narnian banks,
Frost sat in our hands, humming in
nature's cadence of a man returning home.
You anchored yourself to rationality.
I grasp your hand as I soar in imagination.

Yes, it may be cold, but...
It's worth being here.
And hey, warm evenings just reading late 
(or just talking with you)
into the night as snow falls 
isn't as appreciated without knowing 
how cold it is outside.
Good night, friend.

“Good night.”

Because with you, I am warm.


An old poem from several months ago, for practice and contemplation.

Hello, everyone! Yes, I know it's not winter, but there are reasons for sharing this poem. It's that time of year again-- by the time you've read this, I will have arrived at my vacation destination, and will be gone for some time. I'm going to try my best to keep up with responding to comments, but please do not be shocked if I disappear for a week or so without connecting. I'll be back soon!