25 Reasons 'High School Musical 2' Is The Best Of The Series

25 Reasons 'High School Musical 2' Is The Best Of The Series

Yeah, I said it.

In my circle of friends we often spend time discussing Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) and sometimes we rank them as franchises. We go from comparing Cheetah Girls to Camp Rock from trying to decide which of the "High School Musical" movies are the alpha HSM movie. I am here to tell you why, without a doubt, "High School Musical 2" is the best.

1. Summer

Everything's better in the summer.

2. The old friendships we love

Come on, they're the best.

3. The country club itself

Only fabulous and over the top events can occur at a place like this.

4. The new friendships

Because Ryan deserves something nice once in a while.

5. The Pool

So many iconic scenes were filmed in this pool, including the pink piano.

6. Zeke got to bake

I'm not sure how he was qualified, but I'm willing to ignore it to let this boy be happy.

7. Bet On It

The musical number (and dance) that revolutionized the industry, honestly.

8. The iconic pool scene

Twelve year olds around the world were sure they had a grasp on adult relationships after this heartbreaking scene.

9. The less iconic, but still iconic, pool scene

Gabriella dragged Sharpay and we don't talk about this scene enough.

10. Taylor always had her eye out

Friendship goals, honestly.

11. We love to hate her

An antagonist with a crush on our leading man. Maybe not the most original, but why mess with what works?

12. The stress

Troy's panic helped to prepare us all.

13. These two

The learning new songs, the calling each other out, the synchronized stepping. Relationship goals from way back.

14. This tidbit of information

Apparently Troy knew and didn't bother telling anyone for the entire first movie.

15. Sharpay's style

Sharpay was back and as fabulous as ever, arguably with a better wardrobe than the original HSM.

16. "That's my ball."

The screenshot says it all, the tension was building, the tempers were flaring, and all of it was too good to look away from.

17. Sharpay and Ryan

They still had their ups and downs, but we saw a new side of the twins in this film.

18. The whole soundtrack

Every song in this movie has either a knock out line or is overall a bop.

19. Mr. Fulton

That man was just trying to pay his bills and not get fired because of Sharpay.

20. Dates

The adorable, and never country club approved, moments Gabrielle and Troy managed to have off the clock.

21. I Don't Dance

The whole song may be the best DCOM moment. You still know the words, don't lie.

22. Kelsi saving the day yet again

Because we all know the real hero of the trilogy.

23. Miley Cyrus' three second appearance

It seems like every time you watch this movie someone has to try and pause it so that you can all point at the screen and find her.

24. The Numbers

The first broadcast of the film on August 17, 2007 broke records, receiving 17.2 million viewers. This number made it, at the time, the most-watched basic-cable telecast in history.

25. The memories

You had a viewing party with your friends, your family, we all cried and laughed together. It was real and it was wonderful.

Cover Image Credit: The Walt Disney Company

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The Key To Ending Your First Draft Blues

Or at least getting through the next chapter with your hair intact

Ah, the first draft. We’ve all been there as writers. The day we decide to turn a blank word document into a 70,000 word (or more) masterpiece. Or, at least, that’s always the aim. Often as first-time writers, we go into the experience blind, learning as we go, and never really knowing whether what we’re doing is right or wrong.

It can be frustrating at times, as most first drafts are a test of sanity. As somebody who had written ten first draft books (nearing eleven) in six years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to first drafts.

My first book ever took me four years just to write it, I started at the age of sixteen and finished by the time I was twenty. A year later I had written another. I then wrote one in thirty days, and nowadays I write about three to four books a year.

My point is, there is no science to writing. It is all about learning how to do it, and finding the methods that suit you best. I just wish I could have had someone to tell me all of that when I started.

With that in mind, here are my five pieces of advice on how to write your first draft:

#5 Embrace the Terribleness

The first draft is always the worst version of any story. The sooner you accept it, the easier it is to move forward with your work. So you misspell a few words so bad that even Word can't help you. That shouldn't stop you from going with the flow. Your dialogue will feel hammier than a "Star Wars" film, but you'll clean it up the second time around. You're not expected to create a masterpiece on the first go, so just enjoy the ride.

#4 Suffer for your Art

Writing can be hard. I've said it enough times already, but it's true. You have to be prepared to suffer for it. The reason my first book took four years to write was because I didn't commit to it. The reason I wrote 80,000 words in thirty days was because I committed myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. Now I average 3,000 daily. Is it painful to force 3,000 words to the page every day? Yes, but that's what you have to do to get the draft finished.

#3 Take your Time

Now I know this goes against what I just said, but it's important that you go at the pace you want to. I was happier writing 1,000 words a day, but I was eighteen then. At twenty-three, I'll never get everything done going at 1,000 words a day. Commit yourself to writing every day, even if its only 200 words. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get to the finishing line quicker if you jog a steady pace rather than adopting a sprint and rest mentality.

#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, it's important to remember what colour your character's hair is, which one is taller, and what weapon they are carrying. Although with that said, it is important to keep going forward. In my editing, I go over everything with a fine comb, often with a character profile at my side. Don't get bogged down giving every little detail the first time around, you'll have time for that later. The hardest thing is getting it down the first time.

#1 Keep the Story Going at All Costs

This kind of goes without saying, but it is by far the most important step for me. You have to keep moving forward. It doesn't matter if you have to use the biggest Deus ex machina to get your plot going again, you can always edit it away in the re-draft. I use a technique called automatic writing, which means that I don't plan every detail of a chapter. I simply write it as I go. This allows me to give my characters natural reactions as events often come as a surprise to me too.

Obviously it is good to have a rough idea of what is meant to happen, but as long as you can get your characters from A to B, then you are half way there. The other half will be polishing it to the point you can see your reflection.

Good luck, and happy writing.

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4 Steps To Writing a Haiku

It's Fun I Promise

You've probably had to write a haiku for English sometime in your school career. You most likely found it boring, or difficult, or just plain stupid. I am going to try and show you a more fun way to write a haiku.

1. The Basics: What You Should Know

In case you don't know, a haiku is a Japanese poem that is only three lines long. It is usually taught that the syllables in each line should go 5-7-5. But really, as long as there are 17 syllables or less in the three lines, it's a haiku.

2. Write to Get a Reaction

When you write a haiku, you are aiming to get one of three reactions: Aaaahhh, aha!, or ha ha! For example...

Aaahhh: Laying in bed/dog next to me under blanket/my furry heater

Aha!: Life is too short to love people/who do not deserve/your whole heart

Ha ha!: I'm on the toilet/and my stomach drops/the roll is empty

3. Create an Image

In your writing, you want to create a new image in your readers mind with each line. Take my first haiku for example. I first talk about laying in bed. Then, I say there is a dog next to me under the blanket, so you picture a lump under the covers. In my last line, I call him a furry heater so you imagine a heater covered in fur. The image you create is more important than the syllables.

4. Performing

Lastly, you need to think about performing your haiku. As always, when you're speaking in front of a room of people, you need to project so the whole room can hear you and you need to make eye contact. Another thing to remember is the tone of your voice while you are saying your poem. Dramatic pauses can keep people on the edge of their seat, waiting for what you're going to say next. You also have to remember to be confident! And if you're not confident, fake it till you make it!

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