I think that when someone quotes a character from a book, they should say that the character said it, because while the author might have written the book, and came up with the character, and written everything they said, but the quotation is not necessarily something the author would say//believe.
[Example:] "But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)" - John Green
When people phrase it like this, it makes it seem like John Green is dying of cancer (which I’m pretty positive he’s not). Which is why it should say something more like:
-Hazel Grace from The Fault In Our Stars
[Example 2:] "You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phony stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they’re mean bastards at heart. I’m not kidding." - J.D. Salinger
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty sure J. D. Salinger didn’t believe that. Or if he did, he wouldn’t have said it to someone. Again:
- Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye
I don’t know. I made up that format, but you know what I mean [[hopefully]].
Sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday, but if we count the fact that I still haven’t gone to sleep yet, this can still be my friday post. I’m ignoring that probably… 2 people read this. That’s my estimate anyways.
I literally just got home from the Tour De Nerdfighting like, ten minutes ago. John seems rather worn out, but the show was awesome. Even if I can’t sing (or speak) as fast as Hank. I forgot I had my camera until after the show, which kind of blew, but, whatever. The friends I went with took pictures and videos and I’ll borrow one or two of those and post them (maybe).
One of the questions was whether or not John ever intended to write a series (the short version of his response was “no”). He gave some reasons why, and I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided that series, for the most part, are highly overrated.
There are notable exceptions, like Harry Potter, Wicked Lovely, Percy Jackson, and The Uglies series (which I totally just finished by the way — when they first came out I dismissed it as popular kid trashy novels, and I’ll be the first to admit that I was all kinds of wrong). I feel like series can really weaken a character and most of the time they’re just for a franchise *coughTwilightcough*.
Also, and more towards the point, I feel like the purpose of (John Green) books are to give a slice of someones life where they learn//do something that transforms them as a person, or meet someone who changes everything. And after this transformation, and a reasonable end with most of the conflicts solved, there’s no point in the story going on besides the selfishness of the reader. The book cannot go on forever. Everything is finite (except for human stupidity, and the universe, and the number of Zubats in a dark cave). Books need to end, because as tragic as it is, people simply cannot live in fiction (a concept which deeply saddens me).
Anyways, I need to go to bed. I’ll probably post again in at least 12 hours. I’m going to pretend that I promised 8 days and that this is day two (instead of me failing to post every day for a week on the second day).
I’m going to try to post every day for a week straight. Which will be interesting.
If I don’t succeed at this I’ll start all over the next time I post until I succeed.
I mean, I suppose it won’t be too hard, since I post on Polyvore like every day. [[I don’t know. Organizing things and putting outfits together calms me down. Though I’ve been doing a lot of interior design sets for practice for my *possible* internship. The interview is on the 1st. Pray for me. ahahaha, like that would help.]]
I’m kind of panicking because tomorrow’s the Tour De Nerdfighting and I have no idea what to wear. Because I’m the kind of girl who dresses up for stuff like that and I don’t know what to do because my hair is dyed funny colors [[brown with a red streak]] which doesn’t go with most of my clothing. Clothing aside, I bought peeps for Hank and John because I’m evil like that. THERE WILL BE PEEPEATINGCONTEST! That has no spaces because in the "Google Take Me to Mars" video Hank talks preposterously fast and that’s what it sounds like. peepeatingcontest.
Anyways, in other news, today I ate an entire icecream cake with my friend Katie. The girl who sold it to us probably didn’t expect for us to sit down and start eating it inside the store with their shitty plastic pink spoons. I’m surprised they didn’t break while we were eating, though my hands got really sticky because they spoons handle is like, three inches long meaning my fist is right next-to the scooping part. Either way, we were successful in vanquishing the cake.
It’s times like these that make me thankful for my metabolism. Because otherwise I’d be a blimp. Just sayin’
I know this will sound weird, but, losing followers on twitter kind of reassures me.
It makes me feel like I’m not wasting people’s time. I mean I never post things like: “I’m eating food, here’s an unnecessary picture of it”
But I feel like I don’t really say too much that’s interesting. Besides, I’m kind of coasting off of the fact that I got like, 10 followers from talking about The Fault In Our Stars and danisnotonfire. Which is weird… and kind of hilarious.
I’ve lost two of them, which is why I mention this.
Side note: someone stole my usual username on this website [[caitosaur]] and now I’m using my nickname from Eamon. I’m really annoyed.
If you’re interested in me condensing my thoughts, search caitosaur on twitter.
So I’ve been thinking about my tattoo. It says “always” [[you can see the concept art a few posts ago]] and my sister has a sort-of matching one that says “never” in French.
Yes, she is much more fancy than I. In any case. I’ve been thinking about words like “always” and “never” and how people frikkin love them. I mean honestly. Phrases like "I’ll never forget you" and "I’ll always love you" are basically define our definition of romantics.
An example of this being in The Fault In Our Stars [[By John Green, if you haven’t read it, look into it as soon as physically. It will make you feel “ALL OF THE EMOTIONS!" It changed my life, along with Paper Towns, but that’s a different story]]. In TFIOS, Issac and his girlfriend have an affinity for the word “always" [[just like me!]] and that’s all I’m going to say on that topic for the sake of not saying too much.
But it’s not our fault. We’re human, we love the absolute.
But we also really hate the absolute. I mean, when you think about it in terms of life and death and survival, we are all going to die. No one will always be. No matter how great of a legend they are. I mean, their spirit or words will live on indefinitely, but eventually the last human will die and they will be no more. And everyone hates that idea, chooses to ignore it, or hasn’t thought about it enough.
So I guess I’m just saying that while we love saying things with absolutes in them, we:
1) can physically never mean them &
2) don’t think about the connotations of our words. [[or denotations, I suppose]]
And I guess getting a tattoo that says one of these words that mean so much [[and yet not much at all]] makes me a huge hypocrite. But for me, the tattoo is a remembrance of all the people I’ve lost and helped. And the tattoo won’t always exist, because it’ll be decaying with the rest of me. So when I say “always” I mean, “as long as I shall live” more than “forever and always” [[see: Parachute and Taylor Swift]]
And I feel like that’s more thought than most people put into it.
So I was going through my posts to see what I should delete to make this into a real blog because, as much as I’m “Dear Sarah”-ing I feel like I epically fail at it too much to continue pretending that I’m actually writing you.
But the point of me writing this was to say that I was going through posts to make it less of my whining about missing you and I found out that I have like…. 50 reposts of my “Little Hank” pictures. Which surprised me. A lot. I mean. I guess the vlogbrothers are much more of a cult than I thought. Not saying it’s bad or anything, because to be honest it’s super frikkin awesome.
Plus I’m totally seeing John and Hank on friday at the bay area stop of Tour de Nerdfighting. Which will be totally awesome.
Like. I can’t even put it into words. If I take pictures I’ll post them.