If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you might remember me whining about something called XIII. Well, after much anxiety, deliberation, hemming, hawing, and whatnot, some of it is finally available for your reading pleasure (or displeasure) at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. More will be posted as time goes on, but because I’m a normal human being with other commitments, it’s not a priority. Hence, there is no set posting schedule, but I will update this blog on the 13th of every month with links to whatever I’ve posted on the XIII blog (and if I’ve posted nothing, I will say that, too).
XIII is an unnecessarily long mythic fantasy soap opera. The closest thing it can be compared to is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which should give you a clue about how awful it is. You’ve been warned. For background, if you’re crazy enough to take interest, at the bottom of this post is a list of previous posts on this blog in which I discuss (or rant about) XIII. Some may include spoilers. I honestly can’t remember which ones do or don’t.
I’m not posting XIII directly on this blog because it’s not entirely my creation (to make a very long story short), and I never intended to share a super-long piece of fiction here. (THE ARCHIVES is only about 36,000 words, so it doesn’t count as “long.”) I also want to keep this blog the way it’s always been, which is primarily a way for me to share my thoughts on whatever random topics happen to be in my head at the moment.
Anyway, if you are so inclined, feel free to follow XIII at xiiifiction.wordpress.com. Thank you always for liking, commenting, following, and reading.
- XIII Planning and Other Things (May 18, 2010)
- XIII (The “Epic”) (June 17, 2010)
- XIII Word Counts and Deadlines (July 14, 2010)
- Deadlines (September 20, 2010)
- Another Writing Flaw (October 27, 2010)
- Trenches of Revision, Part VI (June 3, 2011)
- Trenches of Revision, Part VII (July 7, 2011)
- Myths and Reality (September 5, 2011)
- Keeping Things Together (October 14, 2011)
- Trenches of Revision, Part VIII (November 9, 2011)
- Trenches of Revision, Part IX (November 16, 2011)
- Slimming Down (February 20, 2012)
- Before and After (August 14, 2012)
- November Ideas (August 23, 2012)
- The Ingredients of XIII (September 30, 2012)
- Progress on My Work in Progress (October 3, 2012)
- “Progress” on XIII (December 7, 2012)
- The Next Big Thing (December 13, 2012)
- Overwhelmed (January 15, 2013)
- Worldbuilding Progress (February 18, 2013)
- Weekend Progress (June 3, 2013)
- The Many Lives of Gavin (June 24, 2013)
- Progress on XIII (August 12, 2013)
- Sadness Upon Finishing My WiP (September 9, 2013)
- XIII: Done (November 20, 2013)
- Backup Plans (December 3, 2013)
- Might As Well Face It (September 19, 2015)
- Excerpt from XIII: Strophe (April 27, 2017)
Three thoughts on the live-action Aladdin remake:
- Visually too much, but in a good way. It’s the kind of movie you could watch over and over again, just to make sure you see all the things you didn’t see the first five times you saw it. (And if you have kids, you’ll probably end up seeing it more times than you can stand.)
- I appreciated that Jasmine was made a bit more well rounded. She was no longer the typical Disney princess who needed a prince to rescue her. In time, she could probably have rescued herself from her isolation as princess, but Aladdin sped up the process. 🙂
- Better than the original? Honestly, I have no idea, and I don’t think the two can even be compared. I grew up watching the original, so I’ll always have a soft spot for it, and for the original (cartoon-y) Jafar and Robin Williams’ Genie.
Not too long ago, my husband was going through the remainder of his possessions that were left in his parents’ attic and found the entire Harry Potter series, so he brought them home and I started reading them.
I absolutely loved the series when it first came out and obsessively read the first four books over and over (I didn’t own the last three) until I practically had them memorized. But when I went to college, I was finished with the series and didn’t pay any more attention to it beyond watching the movies (and I hardly remember the movies).
So these are my main impressions after not having read the Harry Potter books for a number of years:
(1) It’s a great story. The plot is well done, and I have always liked how things that don’t seem to have much significance suddenly become significant later on. J.K. Rowling is a master at “planting” items or people in the plot.
(2) It’s still impossible to put down. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I plowed through the books as though I had never read them before. In a way, this is almost annoying because you want to keep reading so badly that it’s hard to take a step back and savor the books. I suppose that’s why they get read multiple times.
(3) I don’t know why the haters say the series is poorly written or bad. Yes, J.K. Rowling does have some annoying quirks to her writing (using em dashes and ellipses too much is one that comes to mind), but what author doesn’t? I stand by my statement of some years ago that Harry Potter is not “literature” per se, but it is a good, classic story. Just because something’s not “literature” doesn’t mean it’s trash. Everything has a purpose.
Maybe after this, I should re-read the Chronicles of Narnia series (another that I dearly loved) and see if it’s held up well over the years. I already tried getting back into the Dragonriders of Pern series a while back and found that it had no appeal to me whatsoever (and I was absolutely obsessed with those books in middle and high school).