The Girl With All The Gifts: A Book Review

Hi guys! 

With just under a week to go until the movie hits UK cinemas what better time to talk about the book. 

The Girl With All The Gifts is about a 10-year old girl called Melanie who is kept in a cell and doesn’t think she’s any different than other kids her age. 

She’s not. 

She sits in a classroom and is taught by a different range of teachers, her favourite being Miss Justineau who treats her like a human being instead of a threat. 

Like her classmates she is a zombie, but she can think and has feelings. 

Some of the staff disagree, however. 

One of those is Dr. Caldwell whose job is to remove the brains of the children to find a cure for humanity. Her particular interest is in Melanie. 

The story is full of twists and turns as the base is infiltrated with hungries. They are forced to exist outside where it is dangerous and their only option is to head for Beacon. Question is do they make it out alive and will Dr. Caldwell get Melanie as her prize? 

I’m not going to reveal the ending. That would just be cruel. I personally love this. The relationship between Melanie and Miss Justineau is just heartwarming and adds a tenderness to the story. The mention of Pandora and Greek Myths was also a quick pathway to my interests. 

I cannot wait to see this although I have my doubts that it will live up to the book, but I’ll remain optimistic. 

If you haven’t read it I highly recommend you pick it up right now and read it. 

If you have read it what did you think? 

Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next week, 

Blaze

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From Reader to Writer: The Books That Inspired Me

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Hi guys!

Today I am going to be talking about the books that have inspired me to write. Although you probably guessed that from the title, right?

Whenever I talk about being inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling I’m met with the infamous eye roll. It astounds me as to why this is. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards and sold over 400 million copies. Not only that but the Harry Potter Series has become the best selling series in history.

I have to admit, Harry Potter wasn’t the sole reason I began writing but over time I have found myself becoming more inspired by her over the years from the book and film releases. I also really admire her for personal reasons and the triumphs she overcame to get where she is today.

I share some similarities with Harry. He found himself without parents and had to live with two people that didn’t have his best interests at heart. Harry did have people thinking of his interests in the shape of Dumbledore who was like a father to him, his Godfather, Sirius and gamekeeper, Hagrid.

  ‘J.K Rowling created seven Horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and now those books will live forever.’ Stephen King said it perfectly. She was Harry without parents, she was Hermoine, the girl who loved books and Ron, not the wealthiest in money but in love he was wealthy by the bucket load.

And the biggest thing I admire her for is her imagination. Thinking up such a legendary game as Quidditch from an argument she had about football has to be the most brilliant thing yet.

Other books that have inspired me to write are The Girl With All The Gifts as seen below. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell which I have been told on the odd occasion is similar to Pandora’s Kiss but I take that as gospel and not the written word. 

Who has inspired you to be the writer you are today?

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

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NaNoWriMo: Day Nine

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Pages: Sixty Two
Word Count: 21,212

Hi guys,

That little break did me good. I didn’t manage to double my word count as I’d hoped but it’s still a good amount.

As a writer I am flooded with information – whether it be from self help resources or other writer’s. I have learnt to discard the unhelpful and keep the snippets of good. This wasn’t always a straight forward process. It took a lot of time to rifle through it.

You can spend a lot of time sifting through all of the books in the world but the best thing I learned was to just write. Read a lot, of course when you’re not writing. As Stephen King said and I quote ‘If you haven’t got the time to read, you haven’t got the tools to write.’ One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever read.

So write away. Write when it feels like your whole seIf is being burnt and you have only a limited time before your bones become ash. Write when you don’t want to. Even when the idea of writing fills you with dread.

Happy Writing!

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

First Person Narrative vs Third Person Narrative

Hi guys!

Today I want to talk about different narrative perspectives.

There are different types of narrative. One is known as first person (I) and another is third person (he/she). There is also a narrative called second person (you) where the writer speaks directly to the reader.

I’ve read a couple second perspective books, usually written by Jodi Picoult whose theme is based on family issues and courtroom drama and while they had me hooked I am a reader who prefers novels written in the first person.

Don’t get me wrong I like novels written in the third person as well. It’s just with a first person novel you can become that character and feel what they feel. With third person I always feel shielded from the action and that I’m being told things that would come across better being shown .

It’s forever being debated about which one is better. Truth is, there’s no winner. They’re both great. One will be better suited to your book then the other.

With my preference being first person it means I write in the first person. I like giving my reader the chance to be someone else and as a way to escape.
And it’s the perspective that I’m good at writing. I tried writing in third person and it just ended up one, big wonderful confused mess.

The reasons for writing in third person differ. Many people write I know choose third person because they have a vast amount of characters or multiple point of views. 

Pandora’s Kiss features three main characters that interlink throughout the story. 

I disagree that a third person book should only be used because there’s too many characters or there are multiple point of views.  Yes, you get to know the character from what you’re told but you don’t get to know them intimately. That’s just my two cents worth, though and other people will think differently. 🙂

What perspective do you like the most and why?