What Makes A Great Book

What Makes A Great Book

There are so many books in the world.

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There are so many books in the world. Genres from fiction to science-fiction to biographies to fantasy litter the shelves. Sometimes it's hard to sort out the potential great literary pieces from the let-downs. First thing's first: every book is a work of art. Writing a book is tough, so whoever is able to actually complete one and publish it automatically earns my respect. You also have to keep in mind that the idea of a "good" book is completely subjective. Some might say that a good book has to be eloquent and metaphors have to be intertwined into the novel creating a double meaning. However, some people look to books as entertainment, not wanting to decipher what they are reading, but they view it as a way of relaxation. Neither interpretation is wrong. It's totally up to you! Here are some things that I look for in a good book.

Symbolism 

I love books that have symbolism. The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a great portrayal of a novel possessing a lot of symbolism. In the novel, each character is assigned different colors reflecting on their personalities. For example, Daisy is portrayed as pure, so her color is white. The colors mix as the people interact, sometimes revealing a person's true character. While some books are harder to pick up on the symbolism and metaphors, it is always interesting to try to delve deeper into a novel.

Plot Twists 

Some people love a predictable ending; however, I prefer to be kept on my toes. I love trying to figure out the ending of a book. Nothing is more satisfying to me than a book that leaves me pleasantly surprised or stunned by the ending. A book that left me in shock was The Help written by Kathryn Stockett. Typically, mystery novels leave people in shock, but this book surprised me at the end. I don't want to spoil it, but the ending, like life, leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth. Sure, there are some positive twists, but there are also some disappoints, which illustrates how life has its ups and downs and not everything is going to go our way.

Character Development 

Is the character round or flat? Static or dynamic? A round character demonstrates that the character, like real people, has a variety of emotions and personality traits rather than one or two, which is what a flat character is. A static character does not develop over time, while a dynamic one does. Round and dynamic characters are more relatable and tend to come alive on the pages, while flat and static characters tend to be an idealized version of a person. Every character has to show their flaws to make them seem real. I love great character development. A book that has great character development is The Five People You Meet in Heaven written by Mitch Albom. As the book progresses, Eddie, the main character, encounters five people in heaven who have impacted his life. Eddie is forced to reconcile with his past and his personality, character flaws, and difficult past are revealed throughout the book. At the end of the book, Eddie is a changed man from the Eddie that the reader meets at the beginning of the story.

In the end, find a book that works for you! Know what genres you like and what you like to look for in a book, but don't be afraid to try something new! You may be pleasantly surprised by some of the books you find!

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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