Monday, 21 April 2014

Gain & Loss


So, I thought today I would highlight a funny question I often get which I've never really spoken up about or answered as, personally, I don't really see it being a big deal. But I saw this morning someone had asked it again in my Instagram direct messages and figured I'd get it out here.

So yeah, I was looking at my direct messages (as I spend way too much time scrolling through Instagram when I'm bored) and a girl messaged me "Hey you're Lily Depp" so I responded with a "NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!" 

Just kidding.

And she had asked me a question which is "What is it like to be recognized or as *insert name here*'s daughter?" Whatever that means. So I just responded the way I always think of how people of actual "fame" might would, which is you gain a lot and you lose a lot. Which, to me, makes sense because I feel like I've witnessed it. But, to her, she went all :/ and said "What do you mean you lose a lot?" So right then I had an understanding of ah... she thinks of it all in a very certain way (as many people might I suppose). People often have the view that somehow my life is perfect and I have no need for any worries and don't go through any difficult times. Which is stupid in all honesty.

Anyway, after I talked to her for an extended period of time she said "Oh you're totally not stuck up or snobby! You're not dumb or doing bad things", etc., which admittedly I've also heard before from people who follow me on different sites. So I said "Well that's just you judging what you believe people like me are somewhat supposed to be or just what you expect to see, and then imprinting those ideas upon me". She agreed and understood what I meant.

Later on as we started to discuss her and I was asking about where she comes from and such, she would say "I'm this and I'm this, I'm from this I believe in this..."  You get the idea. Eventually we both went on our way and the conversation ended and it was all good. And then I realized, I had done the same thing she had done to me. When she told me all that she was, I made my own assumptions instantly based on what I knew about the things she had told me. For example, she had said she was 20 and I just started thinking "Oh so she's probably at college, studying maybe alongside a job. She's not quite 21 though, not quite this, not quite that. She's not this and she's not that". So, before I knew it, I had judged her based on the things she called herself. And what I knew that thing to be was because I have grown up in a culture that sort of imprinted the idea of that thing in my mind. 

So, in America, we have a good idea what it means to be a republican. Well, most of us. And we have a good idea what it means to be a democrat. In other countries that might not be the case, they might know these things (you get the point). But what I wanted to highlight in this blog post is that there is a balance to these things we call ourselves and we judge people based on these balances. And this is before we allow them to explain themselves. So when the girl had told me all that she was, "I'm this, I'm that", what she was actually saying at the same time was "I'm not this, I'm not that". We tend to lose this emphasis on the balance when were judging people. Not that we should judge but, you know, some people are more cautious than others and do it often without realizing. But we forget what that means. We also forget that at the end of the day, so many of us live such similar lives. But because we call ourselves something different, we actually distance ourselves from many people, but bring ourselves closer to others as well.

So people constantly ask what it's like to be a "celebrity's kid" or at the attention of strangers. I gain a lot and I lose a lot.

Happy Easter :)


Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Maze Runner

Hello again!

So as many of you probably know, I LOVE to read. And people usually ask me about what books I'm currently reading or what books I'd recommend. Well here are the books I've just got finished reading and would definitely recommend to anyone who thinks they might enjoy them.

The Maze Runner.

Oh my god I did not expect to like this book series as much as I did. There are three of them altogether: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. They are written brilliantly by James Dashner. There is also a prequel book but I haven't gotten around to reading that just yet, but I'm sure I will.

If you don't know what it's about, it basically begins with a boy called Thomas who strangely knows nothing about himself, his past or the world. Basically his memory has been swiped, from whom he does not know. He is lifted into this unusual place called The Glade, surrounded by four tall walls. In The Glade there are many other boys around his age who also have had their memory taken from them. However, those boys have been living there a while, the jist is that a new boy is delivered every month. Thomas learns that the walls surrounding them protect them from a giant maze, containing many vicious monster like creatures called grievers. Anyway, when Thomas arrives things start to change within the formation of The Glade. For example, an girl called Teresa is delivered with a note saying that no one else is going to be sent from then on. Also, no girl has ever been sent to The Glade before so all the boys immediately figure that something isn't right. Some even turn against the two of them for it, seeing as they were the most recent to enter. Thomas soon after realizes he can speak telepathically with the girl, and that she feels somewhat familiar to him but he doesn't remember it all too well. 

That's just the start of the story, though. There's SOOOOOO much more to go into but I wont spoil anything in case anyone reading this post happens to be reading them at the moment or wants to in the future. The main plot is the boys, and Teresa, are trying to figure out a way to escape the dangerous maze and figure out what lies outside it, and who put them there in the first place.

So yeah, I pretty much devoured them the moment I started on the first book. If you follow me on Twitter I'm sure you might have figured that out on your own seeing as yesterday I tweeted that I was going to finish The Scorch Trials and then by the end of the day I had finished both that and the last book. Again, with the first book, it only took me a day to read (because it was super captivating - not because it was short or anything because to be fair it was quite big). 

I think the best thing about the book series is the fact that the characters are pretty much clueless and oblivious to the goings on around them. As a reader, you follow along with the character and it's almost frustrating not knowing the answers to a whole load of mysteries that unveil during the story. Usually with books you might question something in like the third of fourth chapter and then not understand it until a few chapters later. But with The Maze Runner, literally, there are things you wont find out until like the last chapter of the third book. But I think that makes the experience all the more interesting, really, as you're just as intrigued and excited by things as Thomas is.

I'd say the only disappointing thing about the series was the ending to the last book. I feel like it could have played out a bit longer and the very last chapter could have had more in it. But unfortunately, in my opinion, it just kind of happened pretty quickly and didn't have that same excitement to it as the rest of the book. Overall, it was fantastic so I can't really criticize.

Anyway, I'll be looking for more books to read so feel free to leave any more suggestions you guys might have. I hope this helped some of you decide whether you want to give The Maze Runner a read as people have been questioning me about it and what I think. Hopefully this post did the job! Oh and yes, I will definitely be seeing The Maze Runner movie when it's out. Are you kidding me!? It's going to be so cool asdfghjkl omg. I'd have to say the first and second book were probably my two favorites, mainly because everything to do with Newt's character in the third book made me cry and he's probably my favorite character along with Brenda.

I'm not sure what I'll be blogging on next until I actually have something in my head I need to get out but again if there's anything you'd like to read about just let me know and I'll see if I can manage it! Bye for now :)