Ah. Another year, another blog post. Now, I think I may have gotten to the bottom of my blogger’s block. Apologies for incoherence, I’m writing this at midnight and I’m tired as heck!
I’m a procrastinator (and not proud of it). The more I think about doing something, the more it gets pushed down my agenda. I tell myself to write another blog post, but… ugh. It’s not like I hate blogging or anything—I love it, but I guess I’m putting some pressure on myself.
It can be said the same thing about reading. I pressure myself to read, but then again, I haven’t been reading as much. It might be because I get distracted by things like Netflix, podcasts, or YouTube… *sigh*. It’s easy to lose track of time by streaming information and I guess it’s easier to listen than to read (because I’m getting lazy—sue me!).
However, I don’t want to put any more pressure on myself. I suppose I’ve gotten a little timid because other bloggers are racking up followers and pushing out as many blog posts as possible, and I feel like I’m being left behind. I don’t want to care about that anymore. I have to remember that this is a hobby and something I want to do during my downtime! I also want to ease myself back to reading, so sometime last year, I splurged my disposable income on some novels I’ve had my eye on for ages. Here’s a happy louse with some of her purchases below:
I decided to do this so I can revive my interest in reading again.
Currently, I’m ready The Haunting of Hill House. Again, I don’t want to pressure myself to read and complete novels in a certain time frame, because that will likely make me procrastinate more (yikes!). Reading is not a race, but rather, something like meditation. Something to do at one’s own pace during their own time.
Anyway, this is just another diary entry to put my thoughts into words… I miss everyone and I miss blogging. Belated Happy New Year and let’s make 2021 a little more productive!
First and foremost, a belated happy new year! Here’s hoping for a wonderful 2020 for all of us here at WP and everywhere else.
Anyway… the reason why I’ve been absent during the tail end of last year is because this old Louse has found (casual) employment! So, my shifts at work are kind of sporadic, now drafting up posts for TABL will likely take longer (and I’m binge watching Spongebob to unwind because I can). Though, this doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading during my downtime. I’ve already finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and plan to make some combo review of that and its prequel. I’m also currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but the more I read it, the more of a dingus I feel like I am (I don’t know shizz about Ancient Greek language, okay?).
I’ve also got a half-done review in the Drafts tab, regarding The House Across The Street by Lesley Pearse. Slowly but surely, it will be published soon! Not to mention, there’s a heap of books I still haven’t gotten around to, as well as other dnf’d works that I’m considering giving a second chance.
Well, I don’t want to bore you with my incessant rambling, so I’m going to draw it to a halt here. Stay tuned and keep on being your bookish selves! Looking forward to the new works that this new decade will bring us!
Today’s the day that The Avid Book Louse turns two! Hurray! So, to honour TABL’s second birthday, I decided to spice this blog up by recording a video for you all. I’m thinking that I may occasionally upload videos on WordPress just to add a little more versatility to the content that is being shared here. Feel free to watch it and enjoy the awkwardness (or cringe).
[Warning: Aussie accent. I’m sorry if I’m not speaking clearly or repeating myself a lot!]
Speaking of birthdays, I’ve also got to help my mother prepare for her birthday party tomorrow, so I have to get back to that.
But don’t you worry your cute little head, I’ll be back to writing sooner than you think!
L-R: Sam, Ashleigh, Evan, and your girl. We were all a little giggly here because prior to this picture being taken, we had a conversation about how the robes made us all look like Voldemort (and Evan was pretending to hide a wand in his cloak).
Hello everyone! Hope everything’s fine and dandy with you all.
(I want to make an apology to WordPress because all the issues I’ve been having the past few posts had little to do with them and everything to do with me being an ignorant fool. A bit of googling reveals that all the formatting issues I’ve had involved weirdness that occurs when you cut and paste text into WP’s editor. So, sorry for all the bashing! Suppose the only thing to do is to work with this flaw and type my post directly in.)
Anyway, I’d like to share to you that I officially graduated on the 20th of March, and all I can say is that my graduation was probably one of the best days of my life so far. In honour of studying English at uni, I figured that it was probably time for me to write a sentimental post regarding this rollercoaster ride experience. So brace yourselves for a fairly long-ish post and let’s get going!
[Edit: I accidentally reverted this post back to a draft, because the editor was being super-glitchy, and I had a bit of a misadventure when I tried the “new editor”, but luckily I’m back to the classic one. A word of advice, do not switch to the new editor or else your blog will be cursed!]
So, here’s another thing I want to get off my chest.
Anyway, I just wanted to write about this topic because it’s something we all deal with, whether we read or write a story. We pick up a book, begin reading it, and as we take in the plot, we think, ‘well, I’m sure I’ve read this before’. Sometimes, if we’re sassy enough, we roll our eyes. We have times where we have an idea for a story and begin plotting. Then, halfway through development, we go, ‘aw shucks, this isn’t original at all!’. For instance, I’m planning on writing a romance novel (something that isn’t mindf%$#ery for once), and while the love interest isn’t a sexy, chiselled, 6-packed bajillionaire, he still has inner demons, and the trials that my lovebird protagonists go through aren’t exactly original either (no spoilers!). So this was one trigger to my exploration of clichés in literature.
So this brings me to the question: can we really avoid clichés and certain tropes in literary works? As avid literature fans, we all desire a breath of fresh air when we search for new books to read. I’m a huge fan of psychological thrillers and the like, but then, there comes a point where I can predict a plot twist or pinpoint the true villain of the story (usually a wolf in sheep’s skin). Are these devices repetitive? Most certainly. Are they boring? Not necessarily.
Sometimes I feel that clichés and tropes can be inevitable at times. It’s almost as if some genres are born to have particular tropes associated with them. I suppose clichés work, and they sell. Not only are the tropes and cliches within the story repetitive, so are the book covers! In romance, there’s a woman in the arms of a very sexy (and often shirtless) man, and in crime and thrillers, there is either a dark corridor/alley or a silhouette of a person, and in sci-fi, there’s usually alien landscapes with a celestial body of some sort in the background (often a photoshopped Saturn). Perhaps the reason that book covers are designed in a specific way so that they can appeal to their intended audience. Though to me, I think that most typical romance covers look tacky, but that’s my own personal taste (minimalist covers are my favourites). But at least they scream ‘ROMANCE’ to the fans of romantic stories. Vice versa for other genres.
The main argument that I want to put forth is that no, we can’t always avoid certain clichés and tropes when we’re reading or writing particular genres of literature. Despite critiquing the tropes/clichés, I’m also guilty of using some of them myself (ergo, I’m a HYPOCRITE). I suppose the reason that we probably get a little too nit-picky with either our own or someone else’s works is because we want ORIGINALITY™. But, no story is truly original, do you agree? Stories do follow a certain type of formula to some extent, and we’re kind of pushing pressure on ourselves to try and write something that’s completely out of left field.
But I also want to say it won’t hurt to use them, and people are going to be peeved at clichés and stereotypes whether we like it or not, and we can’t impress everyone. Yeah, they can be annoying and overused, but perhaps they could work if they are written well. Additionally, is it really that fair to compare books to others in the same genre?
I’d like to hear your thoughts, and ask:
What do you think of the common clichés and tropes present in literature? You can talk about genre-specific ones too.
What’s your favourite cliché or trope? What is your least?
Have you ever added your own twist to an overused cliché/trope? How did you do this?
Or, has an author whose works you’ve read twisted them around?
Anyway, now’s the time to say toodles, and have a nice day, wonderful reader!