We generally envy a young girl placed in a position of power and influence. For some reason, there’s this belief that they came by it through luck and/or family connections. And there is a bit of truth in that. However, luck and “accident of birth” can only take one so far.
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History is subjective. Sure it tells us that things happened (eg. deaths, births, wars, inventions occurred). And no one is contesting those events. But history can only present us with likely interpretation of facts. It can tell us that king so-and-so made war on this country. But it can only approximate the motivations for such a move.
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When we say kids are growing up too fast, I think it usually implies that the child or teenager is placed in a situation that should have been handled by his/her parents. But for some reason, they are the ones who has to take on said issue.
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Fantasy lovers must be very familiar with this trope
Let’s see if this sounds familiar. A girl who is in some way disenfranchised is left with no other recourse but to stay with a powerful but incredibly notorious magician or wizard.
More often than not, the girl comes in and is given the position of a servant. But then the girl is discovered to have an aptitude for magic.
But even before that, there’s this belligerent sexual tension between the girl and the magician that seems to imply that the magician sort-of views her his equal at least in terms of intellect and/or sheer stubbornness
Any of that familiar to you? Any of it sound good? Here are some recommendations for you:
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Have you ever read a really great book that wrecked you on a mental and/or emotional level? Have you end up debating with yourself if you should get your book-loving friends to read it or not?
The books I’m referring to are good enough to keep you on your toes and make you form emotional attachments with the characters. But your peace of mind and worldview will be shaken since some fiction writer decided that newspaper articles just weren’t enough to give you a dose of what a messed up world we live in.
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Vampires and Werewolves. Two of the most media-heavy of the supernatural creatures. Every year, we get books and/or movies starring these. And I’m sure if you’re reading this, then you’ve been flooded with so many vamp or werewolf lore that you feel like an expert.
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I’ll make this post short because I only read two non-fiction books that vindicate Naruto.
For most of the series, Naruto is told that to be Hokage he had to be a genius or he had to be fated to be Hokage. But Naruto certainly proved people wrong. He worked hard and persevered despite all the setbacks handed his way (eg. being dead last in school, hosting a demonic nine-tailed fox, etc).
If Naruto was ever the reading type, I’d imagine he’d get Boruto to read the following:
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An illiterate Beauty? A booty-licious Beast? Authors have used, reused, subverted, inverted and messed with this classic fairytale in every way possible that I’m surprised something new manages to come out every year.
Regardless of the setting or form, I find three elements to be the same in any retelling:
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