Popular Characters I Don’t Like

There are a lot of things in pop culture I don’t care for or I just don’t understand the hype surrounding it. That includes some characters from popular shows and books. Before I continue, I want to say these are just my opinions. If you think differently, please let me know, I’d love to know why you do love these characters, maybe you’ll help me change my mind about them.

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door

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I’ve never heard any one say something bad about this book or its characters, and I for the most part loved this book… except for Lola. In the book she spends the majority of her time making outrageous outfits to wear every day. I have no problem with that, but it always felt like she was hiding something and she was. I never felt like I knew who was the real Lola, and that really bugged me. In some ways it felt like she never once let her guard down, and from a reader’s standpoint, I would have liked to see some vulnerability from her. No make-up no big outfit, just her.

 

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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I’m sure I’m going to get crucified for this but, it’s true I don’t like Rory Gilmore. Why? She’s too perfect in an annoying sort of way. Even when she makes mistakes it’s not the type of mistake that is fun to watch on screen. She is beautiful, very smart, mostly rich, and everyone she ever meets loves her. Doesn’t that sound annoying? Maybe I am wrong, after all it feels like the entire world is in love with Rory and the show, but me. If you like Rory (or don’t) please let me know. I honestly don’t know why I’ve kept watching the show if I keep cringing all the way through.

 

Mako from Legend of Korra

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I’ll be honest, I once liked Mako in the beginning of the show. I especially loved him in the later seasons, but I did not like him in the first two seasons. Why? Because he was a horrible boyfriend to Asami and later again with Korra. He never officially broke up with Asami before he started seeing Korra. He then lied to Korra about ever breaking up after he had kissed Asami during their break! That love triangle was just one big clusterf&*@, and clearly Mako didn’t handle it well. I much prefer his awkward self in books 3 and 4 than his complicated relationship self from books 1 and 2.

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Review: Legend of Korra Turf Wars (Part 1)

TITLE:  Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Image result for turf wars korra
VOLUME: 1
AUTHOR: Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko
ILLUSTRATOR: Irene Koh
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Korra and Asami begin their relationship by going to the Spirit World, but when they come back to Republic City, they find their city struggling to recover from Kuvira’s attack.
GENRE: Fantasy | LGBT+ | Graphic Novel
RATING: 5/5
NOTE: This is the first of a three part series and continuation of the animated series by the same name.
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My Anticipated Releases of 2017

I’m not one to get overly excited for upcoming books, but of course I do have some exceptions. This year I’ve pre-ordered a couple of books, none of which I have in my hands and they’re testing my patience.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover is one of the few authors I have on autobuy. That means I don’t need much convincing in buying books from her. All I need is the money to buy it. With that said, I have a vague idea about what this book is, but ultimately I have no clue what it’s about, but I’m getting and I’m going to read it. This is good because I’m running out of Hoover books to read.

RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2017

Legend of Korra comics

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I’ve been waiting for these comics since they announced them almost two years ago (feels more like two centuries ago). As far as I know, these comics will be a continuation of the series and I’m excited because the world can never have too much Avatar. I will finally see more of my adorable turtleduck ship, Korrasami.

RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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This is a horror (thriller?) story by Stephanie Perkins. I have no idea what to expect from it considering she’s written some of the most adorable and some of my favorite YA romance books *cough cough* Anna and the French Kiss but this is horror a completely different genre from AATFK. But I’m excited either way especially since I’ve been trying to read different genres than what I usually go for.

RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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This was announced just a couple of days ago so I almost didn’t put it on this list. John Green is one of my favorite authors since I read most of his books in high school. I’ve been patiently waiting for a new book for years now, and finally my patience is being rewarded! I’m particularly interested in this novel because it the protagonist has her own mental health issues, and I’m interested in seeing how Green will tackle that. I’m also hoping there’s something about turtles and hopefully ducks, but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.

RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017

 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  

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This is the only book on this list that won’t be released until next year.

Within the last year I have read both Illuminae and Gemina a science fiction series that takes place in space with crazy computers and aliens, and it’s all told through a dossier (documents, transcriptions, etc.). Obsidio is the third installment (and final?) and I’m excited to see what the authors come up with. The series is amazing and one of my favorites, and for someone who doesn’t venture that often into sci-fi books or space books, or book series, that means something. Did I mention these are beautifully crafted books? The dust cover is beautiful. The book without the dust cover is beautiful. The inside pages are beautiful. It’s so beautiful sometimes I wonder what it would look like if the pages were in color.

RELEASE DATE: March 2018

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9 Very Good Reasons to Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender & Legend of Korra

One of favorite shows in the world and all time is Avatar. No, not the James Cameron blue rat people avatars, but Nickelodeon’s Avatar: the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. It’s absolutely amazing! And before anyone says anything, yes it’s animated, and no it’s not a kids show.

It’s Not a Kids Slegend-of-korra-wallpaper-for-desktophow: Like I said before, yes it’s animated, no it’s not a kids show. It is so different from kids show in that it has very adult themes as part of the story. It talks about war, genocide, child abuse, brutal death scenes among other things. It’s one of those shows where kids can watch it and understand it, but adults will also be intrigued by the story and understand certain things kids won’t. In this aspect, Avatar is a very smart show because it appeals to everyone.

The World Building: The world where the story takes place is amazing. From the fighting styles and the bending which is very beautiful, to the beautiful scenery all of over this imaginary world. One of my favorite parts of the show is the animals you will encounter watching the show. None of the animals are real, instead they are all hybrids of different combinations; Platypus-Bear, Buzzard-Wasp, Polar Bear-Dog, Turtle-Duck (the name of my blog), and so on. The imagination Bryke had for this show is seen in every single episode.

The Fantasy Aspect: This part of the show I like to compare it to compare it to Game of Thrones and their world. Both have dragons and some magical elements that don’t belong to our world, but the fantasy doesn’t overwhelm the actual story. It’s not like in Harry Potter or Vampire Diaries where part of the world is hidden from the muggles, everyone in Avatar is aware of bending or “magic.”  The character’s problems won’t be resolved by magic, most of the time they have to find a normal solutions to it. The wars fought in the series won’t be resolved by some voodoo magical witch.

Continuation and Consequences: One of my favorite things about this show is that although it’s animated, it acts like a live action show. If a character gets hurt in one episode you will see that they are still hurt in the following episode. It’s not like Northern_Air_Temple_in_171_AG.pngSpongeBob where there’s a reset button and everything is magically okay the following episode.

The Comedy: Whenever I re-watch this show I’m always surprised by how funny it is. I’m even more surprised when they laugh at themselves. And here is a little spoiler: there’s a whole episode parodying itself and it’s the best thing in the world.

Badass Women: In this action packed fantasy world, the women don’t lag behind the men. If anything they are on par with the male characters and sometimes even surpass them in power. In this world it’s common for the villains to be either girls or boys, it’s common to see female or male rulers, it’s common and it’s accepted and there is no question about it. It just is and it’s awesome.

Diversity, diversity, and more diversity: If there is one thing this show has is f&%$-ing diversity. There are people of every color of the rainbow. There are people who are blind or have missing limbs, and neither of these things matter because they keep kicking ass. There are people kicking ass at any age. And again it’s awesome.

Characters are like cabbages, they have layers: The characters are not so black and white. Some of them are immensely complex and go through their own personal journeys. Good guys go through it and bad guys go through it too. It’s the classic but complex story of bad guys turning good, and good people turning bad (a few… okay 1 person, sort of… but still!)

It’s a world of puns: Once you finish the series you will find yourself with a world of puns and inside jokes. For example; cabbages, hope, honor and tea.

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