‘Emma is to Clueless’ as ‘The Great Gatsby is to The Notebook’

I recently watched the original The Great Gatsby (Of course it was the original, the other one hasn’t come out yet. Silly me. Sorry.). As I watched Robert Redford and Mia Farrow embark on their affair that could be from a fairy tale, I realized how stupid people are.

Yeah, change of tone.

Gatsby and Daisy are fools. Crazy, pampered, delusional fools. Just because your skirt gets shorter and you can fall into a fountain drunk, doesn’t mean you can get away with adultery. Now I’m not saying that I didn’t want them to end up together. Because I did. I just want to point out how crazy it is for me to want that for them. I know it’s a fictional story, but it still bothers me.

When I was watching the movie, I was rooting for them to be together. I justified their cheating with the fact that her husband cheats too, they are each others true loves, they met before she got married, they were meant for each other, etc., but it’s not moral and there is nothing that you can say that excuses what they were all doing, lying and cheating.

Side Note: I know I sound like some Sanctity of Marriage Act fanatic, but I’m not. I don’t believe in true love, I don’t think everyone has to stay married to each other, divorce is a perfectly fine thing to have. It’s sad when it happens, but if you can’t get along with your wife/husband and you are miserable, there is no point in staying miserable together. You should just go for the person you like after you get a divorce. You decided to get married and you should have a moral obligation to uphold the vows you took when you made that decision.

I know Daisy’s husband is a skeezy cheater too, but two wrongs don’t make a right. This applies to the narrator, Nick Carraway, as well. He sees all of the wrong doings of all of his friends and does nothing but aid their self-destructive plans. He knows what Daisy and Gatsby are doing and not only says nothing against it, he helps them get together behind Daisy’s husbands back. He doesn’t say anything to stop them from continuing to see each other even when people start to get suspicious. *SPOILERS* (though most of you have probably seen or read this story by now) He doesn’t tell anyone that Daisy was the one who killed her husband’s mistress. And finally, he doesn’t reprimand Daisy and her husband for running off on a vacation while they get their house redone like Gatsby hadn’t just been killed on Daisy’s husband’s command. IT IS A LOAD OF BS.

Most people say that Daisy is the most disappointing character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, but  I say it’s Nick Carraway because of his failure to grow some balls and tell people what’s what. He could have tried to stop Daisy or told her off for acting like she hadn’t just lost the love of her life, but he didn’t and that is just sad and wimpy.

Surprisingly, I found my favorite character to be Jordan because she knew what she wanted, how to get it, knew what the world was like, accepted it, and used her knowledge to the best of her abilities. She was smart and fully stayed out of other peoples’ business. She hung out with Gatsby and Daisy, but never once tried to encourage them or get them together. All she said was that Daisy deserved to be happy. She never said how that should happen.

Now that I have ranted about the whole movie I am going to get to the point of the post. Yeah sorry, you guys, still haven’t got there.

As I watched the movie I realized how similar it was to The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Nicholas Sparks basically recreated The Great Gatsby. I have yet to read The Great Gatsby, but it is on my to-read list so I will get back to you on the book version’s similarity to each other, but the movies are basically the same up until the ending.

I don’t really feel like explaining this through typing because I’m just too lazy to do that right now, so here’s a Ven Diagram:

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See, basically the same storyline.

So yeah. Not that I have anything against movie recreations, I loved the way they plopped the story of Emma into the adolescent, social, and fabulous world of Cher in Clueless. Love that movie.

Has anyone else noticed that? Or is what I’m saying completely wrong and I’m making myself look like an idiot?

Kisses. xxx

P.s. I will come back with an update on the similarities of the books sometime.

P.p.s. Sorry my ven is small. Click on it and you should be able to see what I typed in the diagram better.

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“The minute you become conscious that you are doing good, that’s the minute you have to stop because from then on it’s wrong.”
– Paula Fox

Be Concious of Your Actions

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This is Why Elephants are My Favorite Part of the Circus

It’s hard to find a book that is both historically accurate and interesting at the same time. There is a couple out there that I have read a few times and would recommend to anyone, even if they don’t like to read. One of those novels is ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen, which switches between the voice of the past and present main character, Jacob Jankowski.  The book mostly focuses on Jacob during the Great Depression trying to make it in the world.

Reading ‘Water for Elephants’ is like making a new friend that you know you will be with forever. After finishing this book you get this melancholy feeling, the ending is a happy one, but at the same time you feel unsatisfied. You are happy that Jacob is happy, but you want more. You want to read more about him and continue hearing his story after the book ends.

When you first meet the main character Jacob Jankowski, he is days away from graduating from Cornell University with a degree in veterinary sciences and exploring a burgeoning love with one of his fellow classmates. All of that changes the day of his final exam, when Jacob’s parents are killed in a car accident.

Drowning in grief, a broke Jacob starts to walk, and he doesn’t stop. He decides to walk to a new city, find a job, and get a fresh start. As he walks down the train tracks he hears a train and decides to jump on, not knowing that he is about to enter a wild and colorful new world. The train Jacob has jumped onto is the train of the Benzini Brothers Circus, where he is given the job of the circus vet by the head trainer, August, despite his failure to complete his final exam.

Jacob’s new life is a whirlwind of magical acts, toothless lions, beautiful women (for him a very beautiful forbidden woman), and a mischievous and stubborn elephant. Although he has the perfect job and an amazing paycheck, he can’t help but feel unsatisfied as he can’t have what he wants the most, the brutal head trainer’s wife, Marlena.

Throughout the book Jacob struggles with his need for Marlena and protecting the circus animals from August’s violent schizophrenic outbursts.

Shortly after Jacob jumps the The Benzini Brothers train, they acquire an elephant from a bankrupt circus. So not only did they gain an Ivy League vet, but also an elephant, which is circus gold. Unlike Jacob’s silent rebellion against August, Rosie blatantly disobeys her trainers and always drinks the lemonade. Jacob and Rosie end up having something special in common and they create a bond that is unbreakable.

The thing that I loved most about ‘Water for Elephants’ was the many different varieties of characters. There was charismatic, but evil August, the beautiful, mysterious and secretly sad Marlena, drunk and hopeless Camel, the grumpy, but on the inside soft Walter and his dog Queenie, and Jacob, the depressed, love-stricken twenty-three year old trying to find his way in life.

‘Water for Elephants’ was a heartbreaking, hilarious, and insightful book. Sara Gruen give the reader an inside look into the hard life of being in a circus during the Great Depression. I felt everything the characters were feeling and I actually felt like I was there watching everything happen.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43641.Water_for_Elephants

This is a book that will keep you up all night until you finish it, and when you do you will want to read it again. I know I did, I just finished reading it for the second time and I can’t wait to read it again.

‘Water for Elephants’ was also adapted into a film and stars Robert Pattinson as Jacob,  Reese Witherspoon as Marlena, and Christoph Waltz as August. My advice is to read the book before watching the movie because nothing can compare.

Kisses. xxx

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Thank You So Much

To all of my followers and the people who have liked my posts, thank you! Especially to those who I didn’t go and thank on your blog. I just started mine and I already have way more likes and followers than I did on any of my other blogs and I’m so happy some people are seeing my posts. So all of y’all are awesome! 🙂

Kisses. xxx

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Basically My Only Reason for Living

Now I know there are about a million Harry Potter book reviews out there, but I would like to contribute. This review definitely isn’t trying to convince you to read this series because most of you should have by now. *threatening glare* Right?

I just want all of you to understand the severity of my obsession with everything Harry Potter. I, like every other child out there, cried when I didn’t get my letter inviting me to join the most amazing school in the world, Hogwarts. I went into my room, got all of my Harry Potter books, hugged them to my chest, and rocked back in forth in the corner.

As if you need any other proof to how much I’m in love with these books: I have read all of them nine times. Nine. I will start reading them the first week of Christmas break and exclude my whole family for the next week and a half. If any one tries to bother me I whack them with my book.

When my parents hear my laughing my ass off while reading the books they always ask me, “Pushkin, how can you read those books over and over and still find them that funny?”

To tell you the truth, I have no idea. I just have a special bond with them that will never be broken. I find new things every single time I re-read them and whenever I read a funny line or scene that I had forgotten about it is just as funny as it was the first time I read it. Most of these scenes have something to do with the amazing people that are Fred and George Weasley. If you try to tell me that they aren’t your favorite characters in the series then you’re lying.

I beg to differ too.

I beg to differ too.

Seriously the best people in the world.

I mean how did you not fall in love with them the first time they tricked Mrs. Weasley into thinking that they were the opposite twin before going through the barrier to platform 9 3/4? Classic Fred and George. Or Gred and Forge as they like to call themselves. That is actually one of my favorite quotes in the book:

You haven’t got a letter on yours. I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid — we know we’re called Gred and Forge.
George Weasley to Harry on their Christmas Weasley jumpers

Oh, and don’t forget their infamous escape from Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I remember the look on Umbridge’s face to this day… or the feeling from the book, you know what I mean.

You honestly can’t go wrong with these books, I mean really every character is bad-ass and awesome. I have made a vow to myself that I will read these books every year and will be my children’s first bed time story and their favorite books they ever read and the cycle will continue in every generation of my family.

Kisses. xxx

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National Day of Silence

For the first time ever, my school will be participating in the National Day of Silence. If you don’t already know what this is, it is a day where students all over the country take a vow of silence for a whole day to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBT students. This is also to support the LGBT students in their school that are silent about their true selves every single day and try to make them feel comfortable in school.

I am so excited that my school is allowing us to participate in this peaceful protest and is reaching out to students that are afraid to be themselves. Tomorrow students who choose to participate wear a badge on their uniform to tell people that they are being silent and those who can’t be silent will be able to get a wristband to show their support.

So to stay true to my vow of silence I will not be blogging tomorrow and will see all of ya’ll (I really don’t think I can avoid saying ya’ll anymore) on Saturday.

If you are interested getting your school involved with this cause or want more information on the National Day of Silence visit their website.

http://www.dayofsilence.org/

Are you participating tomorrow? Does your school allow it?

Kisses. xxx

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“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
– Cynthia Ozick

Sorry Mommy!

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DIE WORDPRESS! DIE!

I swear to God. If WordPress fails save my drafts one more time, I’m going to friggin’ rip my laptop in two. Is it really that hard to save my work when I press “Save Draft?” That’s what it’s there for right? WRONG.

It’s there to delete the post you have spent the past 45 minutes writing, that’s what it’s there for! And I feel like crying right now, because I was appropriately witty and informative the whole post and now its ALL GONE.

And since I got my blog, which isn’t that long ago this is about the 5th time it has happened to me. What is up people?

What is the point of even having that stupid button if it’s not going to do what it was put on this planet for? It is a waste of space. Why waste your blog time making the effing button if it’s not going to work? OH MY GOSH I WANT TO PUNCH SOMETHING.

Does this happen to y’all? And if so, do you feel like punching something? Cause’ I would love to get together with you sometime and bond over this infuriating experience.

ANGRY Kisses. xxx 😦

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The heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.
-Noah Webster

Romantics: Proceed With Caution

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Wattpad Will Be The Death of Me

I read Wattpad so much that I barely every read the fifty billion books I have sitting on my nook waiting to be read. It’s absolutely awful, but I love Wattpad. I love meeting writers that have such amazing and funny personalities like the ones on Wattpad, especially since a lot of them are around my age.

I have a place to showcase some of my own stuff (I have deactivated my account for the moment) and co-write with my friends. It’s so much fun, everything is free, and there are so many amazing stories from about every genre you could think of.

I’m sure all of ya’ll (damn it, I said I wouldn’t say ya’ll) have heard of Wattpad before, but if you haven’t, I’m going to warn you now:

Don’t get one unless you are prepared to lose your mind and any semblance of a life (Well I guess you lost the life part when you got a blog if you’re anything like myself).

But to help you with the losing your mind part because I don’t want to be alone in this:

http://www.wattpad.com

Kisses. xxx

 

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