On Perks of Being a Wallflower Novel: Representation of Today’s Youth

Charlie’s character maybe dynamic. But he reflects true to life stories of teenagers undergoing on the adolescence stage with psychological problems of sort.

After finishing the short novel of Perks of being a Wallflower with the narration of Charlie’s tale on a diary form, I was bit bewildered and amazed: amazed for surviving middle school with emotional heaps from a guy like him; bewildered for the reason of not getting the exact point of author’s view on his writings.

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Looking on the brighter side, there was a sense of reminiscing middle school. As a platonic obsessive compulsive person I am, earning friends was not a problem to me. The real dilemma transpires from filtering the real ones from the fakers-or those who befriend you because they smell your competencies as an asset on which they can benefit from. And sorting good friends was a dutiful task especially when surrounded with bad influential pretentious pals along the road. It’s a good sign Charlie was able to meet Sam and Patrick. Though at some point, I get a knock they brought danger to Charlie for the pot session and getting started with cigarette.

Any teenager experienced peer pressure. Charlie was not an exception. He recounts his dealing method on situations like hardcore partying, teenage romance, studies, fitting in the society, family issues and problem solving of his own. His youth phase embraces the precise time of decision making that may inflict or complicate his life. Yet, as the subversion surfaces, so does his hidden personality disorder and previous childhood memories which has great impact on his present relationship with everyone.

Contrary to what others may think, the fresh imaginings of the book portrays reality teenage happenings. The setting is for youngster, yes,but Perks of being a Wallflower is timely. Readers will remember the time when they were at this age, or currently at this stageand would ask themselves if they have joined such prank and wild activities depicted on the story.

As the latter part arises, I got confused from the simultaneous changes of Charlie writing on his journal. There were evidences of lacking sense on his recent involvement from a group fight, the death of his favorite Aunt and important events from his school. I was anticipating much deeper exhilarating kink as I go near the end. I didn’t recognize unless I’ve read the part of Charlie driving down the tunnel with his friends almost saying adieu.

Charlie blends like a chameleon and becoming equal with this animal is like putting a flower on the wall-everyone sees you transparently. You are there but you don’t exist. He lives through passing by events as if he wasn’t present and joining bunch of seniors without knowing what he will do and not. Some may think he’s a freak; others have judged him weird and coward for not stepping out of his shell to protect himself. But one thing is for certain of his identity, self-improvement despite of difficulties faced by his upbringing. He may be physically frail, but the border once bounded with fears were destroyed to show how emotionally resilient he truly is.

The lesson we can learn on the book shaping youth’s today era is facing reality instead of fleeing the whole story without managing to put up a battle. We utilize our time trying to gain confidence from doing “cool stuff” when in fact, it makes us dumber than before. We suit in to catch up what we’re missing: only to discover we’re not exclusively entitled to try because our age says we’re too young to waste our time thinking how to do this and that. It takes a ripe mango to be eaten and a matured Charlie to grow. Youth must understand drugs, sex, booze and popularity were just a fling of middle school; but it should never be completely part of your life nor could be the definition of who you are.

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Just Kissed Dating Goodbye

Just when you thought love stories and books teaching lessons on how to handle relationship is enough to give you vitamins about the loops and hoops of commitment, well, think again.

Don't commit into relationship when you're not yet ready

Don’t commit into relationship when you’re not yet ready

I bought “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” simply because the title attracts my attention. Period. I’ve seen and heard the book as many times I could remember-at social networking sites, word-of-mouth and recommended gotta-have-it from magazines. It came to the point when I just the grab IKDG and flip the pages completely clueless and curiosity hungry. I need to silence the questioning thought inside me. So, I bought it.

Let me tell you that the book is not written conservatively for old-fashioned people lived in traditional time where everyone is mandated to follow beyond their agreements. Aggressive and philosophical readers would mind the author’s advices because it doesn’t conform to the world’s norms. Basically, Joshua Harris didn’t set it himself. He based his instructions on relationship between opposite sex in God’s biblical perspectives. Say what? Dating in bible’s own understanding?  I don’t believe it. That’s what makes the book entirely unlike any other romantic novels filled with smitten couples and happy endings. It will screw one’s belief into worldly outlook of dating.

The messages relayed were straight to the point. Could you not date at all for the sake of waiting the right guy or girl at the right time? How could you do it when the only way to find is to date? Somehow, it’s ironic, but the author explains reasons and tells stories why dating raises complicated relationship issues instead of sorting out. You’ll be amazed on the impact it will leave you after reading the half chapters; making you think, is it worth the try giving up the search for potential boy/girlfriend?

Let’s move to singleness topic. Do you feel you were designed to stay single for the rest of your life? Or to shorten, just for the rest of your teenage years? Kind of outdated, of course. The book has organized its answers but brace yourself for some thoughts you wouldn’t imagine. No guidelines or tricks prepared for luring guys to fall head over heels to you. Numbered tips and rules in modern courtship are absent.

Would you find empty pages because of the review I share? My answer is no. Then what in the world should I buy it when I will only be disappointed for not finding what I want? The truth is, I Kissed Dating Goodbye is not what you want because it is what you need. What you want is to hear fanciful promises about prince charming and princesses far beyond reality. The book offers exactly the essentials you might need to read about relationship since it states fact purposefully and not just scientific hypothesis or theory.

IKDG didn’t bring me down. I believe, it will to you. I expect nothing but I got almost everything-from tiniest details to bigger picture-of what a Christian example must I apply to my existence specifically in handling my own rapport towards opposite sex.

Not yet purchasing one? Don’t let opportunity flies once you see the book lying on the shelf of a bookstore nearest to you. Or else, you could miss half the part of what God promises in your lovelife.

Wolverine Is Back: For Good or for Worst?

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I was so pleased to received free ticket to the most awaited comeback of Logan to the big screen after hitting the last sequel of X-Men 3 and the movie with the same title.

I watched Wolverine sponsored by the company I am currently working with. Excited much, relishing the moment before the film began. I wasn’t able to see the trailer or perceived any buzz, so I get the hunch it will be painstakingly awesome.

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Surprisingly, there was an inclusion of Japanese ninjas and less participation from fellow mutants. Wolverine is now playing as a protector in the human arena when in fact; the case he struggles to fight is manageable by the authorities. The story is about the Japanese royal family whom the heiress’ grandfather has been helped by Logan long time ago during world war. Due to terrible condition, the soldier/grandfather, after years became affluent and powerful in Japan goes bedridden, seeks help to her grandchild to look for Logan. Not long after they met, he died and left his abundant riches to his granddaughter. During the soldier’s interment, Wolverine sensed differently; only to find out that the heiress life is absolutely in grave danger.

The action now revolves on searching and looking for answers on why the girl was being stalked and planned to kidnap by unidentified strangers. Logan lends his hands for protection and soon fell in love to the Japanese heiress.

The rest before the ending was perceptible. I find the story lacking deeper effects to impressed audience because of the plot very preordained. Wolverine was combined to interfere with humans, I agree; but not in this vague action scenario because this could be gripped by someone like James Bond or the guy, Jason Bourne. It’s the same when we mix Indiana Jones to slog with Avengers: confusion hits viewers they have diverse abilities and key competencies to save our world. So does Wolverine. He has his strength not to become a police on Earth but to battle as what he is deemed to be in the place where he now belongs. He is created, even only in the form of comic entertainment, as a super transmuted hero minus the costume.

I believe that if we to execute stories in movies, best to shape the plot based on target viewers’ expectations and understandings on icon’s forte and vulnerabilities. Like Tony Stark. We know how far he could go because of the limitations set on filming Iron Man.

When we’re talking about Wolverine, we’re referring to mutants and the first thing registers to our minds is his prowess and killing fists of claws. He did portray these features to the movie which was applauding, really. Yet, these new franchise of Wolverine possessed no hint of relation to his past nor does it have contributions to his identity.

I get to grade it fair, anyway.

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Going Up: A True Spiritual Guide in Workplace

I am a newbie in the corporate world. Recently, I graduated from a university carrying not only degree but also pride and honor from my alma mater. Going the same path any graduates traverse, I soon apply for companies where I will start my first career and showcase the skills and abilities I practiced for four years. Thank God I was hired only for a short period of my job application-a month after my commencement. So I was provided ample time to think things over.

When I started to work, I realized it wasn’t something a newly graduate will find. Adjustment to co-workers and learning the ropes of the company especially responsibilities assigned to me troubled me a bit. Work differs from studying because it’s hard to afford slip-ups. And if it does, I’ll sure find ways on how to deal with it even if it means entering a danger zone. Also, no professors to spoon feed-not exactly the kind of environment I envisioned. The scope of my tasks demand to learn fast and work smart since I’m engaged to retailing on one of the biggest retailers in the Philippines.

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 Soon, I realized not everything was taught in the classroom. Eventually, hard knocks emanate along dawning the patience and perseverance out of me. Because I don’t want to easily give up, I heed advices. Just as I was prospecting for nothing in particular book on a fine lunch break, I rummaged through an array of good readings under spirituality on a bookstore near our office.I ended up with the book “Going Up” by Yay Padua-Olmedo. I believe it was blessing in disguise. For about three straight days, I already finished the whole story of the author’s survival on the professional world’s higher grounds and pitfalls. I can relate to her provided examples and truly felt a message relay to anyone who reads it. She has put her story on everyone else’s feet. With bonus biblical insights equating the happenings to her life, the author made sense and justice on telling the readers how to create a mark on their professional career without compromising and simply leaving our predicaments to God. Going with the flow or halting the current in workplace won’t make us susceptible to blunders or sins-we’ll only tear apart by sacrificing what we have and don’t. God promises us greater things far beyond our imaginings. There’s no exclusion even in our office doing our everyday responsibilities and communicating with our co-workers and superiors.Practical, inspirational and timely book for professional growth. It’s a piece filled with passion.Truly a reflection of a real spiritual guide in workplace.If you’re hungry for biblical verses applied for real world, this book will feed you. A useful reading for any career starters’ that doesn’t only look for theoretical lessons but also searching for the calling of being a faithful servant in a company.

“You are the salt and the light of the world. So shine before men.”

                                                                      – Matthew 5:14-16

Man of Steel Continues

I once watched the original Superman filmed in the early 70’s portrayed by Marlon Brando and its revival during 2006 featuring Brandon Routh. Both movie depicts Clark Kent’s childhood upbringing, survival to fight for villains, adaptation to Earth’s natural environment, his job as a journalist and of course, Lois Lane. Only the plot differs and the twists brought by the characters that made Superman totally superb and successful. In the end, we’ll see him exultant by the glory he received for winning against his enemies. Anyway, why would anyone wants to lose Superman when in fact, one of the reasons we die to see the movie is because of him saving the world?Image

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Seven prosperous years have passed when the familiar big badge letter S is back. Cliché as it goes, Clark Kent is bigger and bolder; sexier and hotter. Superman is suited again with his skin tight blue costume with red as blood robes and side trim boots showing those flexible muscles and pagan facial physique .

The movie welcomes advanced technology in latest versions to graphically enhance the story. It gives me the chill whenever the vehicle of Superman on his planet would pop open since it looks so real I didn’t believe it was carefully manipulated by computer.

The team behind Man of Steel balanced the timeworn plot by updating supporting features on the fight scenes jam-packed with actions. I suppose the film has been invested highly in technology matched by thedominance of cool machines and gadgets. For me, these are the most noticeable alterations of Superman apt in today’s generation.

No boring acts. I assure anyone who watches it that it’s going to be worth the price. Except the ending would be less than expected-lack of suspense on the death of General Zod. Well, the generalities of such heroic movies are the antagonists to be defeated and triumph awaits for the protagonist because of pain suffered trying to save Earth for those who want to colonized it. Plus, the enemies won’t die that easily. Like Superman, exposure is needed to prove how strong our lead is. Viewers won’t be excited realizing they get so knocked up of one punch or back stabbed mercilessly. And so, Man of Steel increase the chance of agonizing Clark Kent through Zod’s servants. When it’s the main villain’s time to shine, I find insufficient combat to kill Zod.

I see Man of steel as epitome of greatness-man part of history. His legacy continues forever.

On the other hand, Henry Cavill does stand firmly of playing the long-time hero idolized by many because of sovereignty and good deeds. He has masculine figure bounded with well-built gusto that is not exaggerated by make-up or add-ons. I say his body is lean. Perfectly perfect.I agree with the girl commander in the movie who dropped the words, “I just think he’s hot” after seeing Superman wrecked the whatever device plotted by government to guard him. Everyone actually laughs because seeing her flirty reaction and almost exasperated smile were something adamant if we’re to personally face to face with a guy like Man of Steel. I wonder how Lois Lane begs to differ. Or does she?

To make this blog short, Man of Steel is so freakingly thrill I want to watch it all over without getting tired of it.

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10 Reasons Why You Must Watch “500 Days of Summer”

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Color my life with the chaos of trouble. Yes, its Summer Finn’s quote on her yearbook from my all-time favorite chic-flick movie, “500 Days of Summer”. I have been watching this for as many times as I could remember and yet, I still can’t get enough with it. My sis handpicks the movie as one of her most unforgettable young adult movie that seems too good to be true. I was wondering if there are couples or singles out there who haven’t seen this whimsical heart-rending film and I say, “What?”

To help you guys decide on finally lounging on your seat and watch 500 Days of Summer, here are the best reasons (I think) as why you must NEVER miss to watch it.

  1. It happens in real life. Like any other romantic flicks with dash of fantasy and impossible dreams, 500 days convey genuine stories of every “in a relationship” or “it’s complicated” people. There are no handsome princes and beautiful princesses with their carousels. Only true existence of people being in love and getting hurt. You will understand the before and after effects of being madly in love in the real setting.
  2. Nonchalant characters and amusing exchange of thoughts. One of the roles I love to play would be Tom Hansen’s little sis. She’s way informative when it comes to heart to heart talk even though she’s young. Views expressed are weird particularly when Tom told his friends how Summer answered on his question regarding her weekend. It actually testifies that guys are obscure thinkers than girls and how hostile it sounds to share with their friends.
  3. Not your ordinary romantic show. The story is based on sequence of events from the day Summer met Tom until they finally separated. How it started, how it ended, why they break-up and how their romance blooms was depicted in a creative form of storytelling numbered from one to 500.
  4. Quotable quotes. Who would forget the movie, “Notting Hill” when Ana Scott brought up the line, “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her?” If you’re a go-getter of inspiring quotes, then this film is the right one for you.
  5. Teary but witty. Love stories are sometimes created to make us cry and reminisce the “good old days” we had. Thanks to humor has it, we don’t really have to shed tears without sheer dose of “hahaha” moments by their scenes. You will incredibly burst out of laughter and sob unwillingly at the same time.
  6. The Smiths!!! Period. Period. Period.
  7.  Sometimes, the person we thought is the one may not really mean for us. Maybe you will ask, what happened? Why didn’t they marry after? Otherwise stated, you’ll have to see it for yourself and find out if Summer decide the right choice so Tom wouldn’t have felt abandoned by his love to the first girl he’s afraid to lose.
  8.  A definite spoiler. Imagine a movie made to inspire us personally through the ultimate combination of comedy and drama, great characters, timely lessons worth related in our own experiences? That’s precisely how 500 days of Summer was prepared-to stimulate our senses and touch our innermost feelings.
  9. Learn from the experts. Advices eh? Don’t align expectations with reality. Get the freakiest superb love advice to help you avoid being attached to someone who doesn’t like serious commitment. Save the best stuff for later.
  10. Best artists ever! Newbie Zooey Deschanel is cool and quirky, right for the character of Summer whose adventurous, appealing and sweet. Joseph Gordon Levitt (JGL) also known as Tom Hansen in the movie defines himself as a “perfectly adequate” guy and he sure expose the role more than viewers will expect. Watch out his smooth moves, too!

*Photos courtesy of Google.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Book for Awakening of Innocence

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Are you looking for lunatic hardcore novel that will topple your sensibilities and feminist views? Better check out the provocative novel that delivers one’s imagination to wilderness-Fifty Shades of Grey.

I wouldn’t expect a lot will agree reading this novel that earned negative and positive feedbacks from people of different walks of life. What started as a trend in Twitter soon became the talk of the town; until the talk reached our vicinity and voila! I was mesmerized or let say; I got pretty carried away with the characters and story. In fact, it wasn’t the type of my genre at all. It could have been that my friends also read it and I got hooked. Yet, it’s more of my willingness to explore the possible unknown which made me share my review to this book.

You may or may not remorse for deciding to read the first saga to the last part of the book. The aftermath was crazy. Any reader’s innocence will completely vanish, literally and figuratively, bringing your ego an utmost pleasure. Here’s the synopsis of Fifty:

The story revolves around the clumsy but beautiful, Anastasia Steele, a literature major student and the young, affluent CEO of Grey Holdings Enterprise, Christian Grey. Fate entwines the two when Ana interviewed Christian for their university’s paper while Katherine (friend of Ana) was indisposed. Grey got attracted to Ana while the latter felt the same admiration but resent the idea. The conversation was followed by accidentally on purpose visitations of Christian. Ana, who’s trying to neglect her feelings for the lad failed after knowing he’s not open for serious relationship. Crestfallen, Steele tried to avoid and separate herself for the imminent danger of falling in love with the man. But Grey was persistent in pursuing Ana for other reason: to become her submissive.

In an attempt to attain a win-win situation, Christian brought Ana to his place where he confessed his engagement in BDSM relationship (Bondage-Dominant-Submissive/Sadism-Masochism). He showed all of his sexual apparatus and present Ana to the Red Room of Pain. The dominant-submissive was bonded by a contract established with strict terms and conditions. In exchange to gratify the man she loves even if it means giving up her purity, she agreed to sign.

The subsequent chapters depict their steamy erotic adventures, lavish lifestyles and desire to fully seek pleasure using their bodies. It was, during those times, that Ana and Christian realized their weaknesses: Ana consumed of her sexual fantasies and Christian, slowly admitting he can’t afford to lose the girl he has fallen in love with. The succeeding sequels of Fifty Shades (Darker and Freed) tackle more of the two’s sex escapades and this time, totally carnal and mind-blowing, with participation of various characters which play vital roles on the story. Of course, what would be a novel without twists?

The Characters: In my opinion, Grey was a lot hotter than I thought he was. The delineations used by the author were the seamless Hollywood epitome of Brad Pitt’s face and Demi-God’s abs. If a man reads the book, well, what can he say? “Duh, that man doesn’t exist. He couldn’t be just way good-looking.” Probably. But Christian was made for women to think he does exist. He’s a nerve to the bones, definitely disturbing. I once thought if there was a Christian Grey out there somewhere. He’s giving hype to every aspect of Fifty Shades. With his words used during his climax, I wouldn’t know what to feel exactly.

The fragile Ana, derived from Bella of Twilight, is fiercer and stronger. If you read the story, imagine how life would have been living with a guy like Christian who’s adorable, you die.

The Plot: My favorite scenario is their first encounter at GHE because in the end of the book, Ana is no longer telling her story. It was Christian’s part already. The starting point was the interview where Grey manifested his desire to know Ana better and delve deeper on his odd approaches when he saw her.

One thing, if I would have given the chance to alter a specific setting in Fifty Shades that would probably be the time they had children and still has intimate scenes in the vast green field of their mansion. It’s awkward when someone sees the couple. So, I’ll eliminate it since they could save their stuff in private place. Let’s be little realistic.

All the more reason to love the book is knowing Grey’s upbringing. He wasn’t molested or contemplated as a victim of pedophilia. He was driven to be sexually addictive in search of affection. Christian was deprived of a mother’s love and maltreated by the men his mom met. By the time he reached his adolescence, he found a refuge of his bereavement. Grey was heaved in the realm of sex in erroneous ways. Finally, Ana became the solution to his predicament.

Yes, it’s erotic. It will lose your senses leaving your thoughts fighting the urge not to envisage.  There’s penetration, orgasms, bad words, wild positions and a little bit visualization of Grey’s body. Though, any reader will see the meaning of the messages that it’s not just the sex thing. The book has more to offer; it’s more than meets the eye to be exact.

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.eljamesauthor.com/books/fifty-shades-of-grey/