“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde // [Book Review]

My first contact with this novel was through a short story by Neil Gaiman called “The Wedding Present” for our first-year English Studies class. The short story basically dealt with the concept of happiness and whether it really exists or if it was just an illusion of sorts. These type of stories always intrigued me, because I like anything that pierces other’s bubble of life-is-perfect-and-happy crap. Although it doesn’t directly deal with happiness per se, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is an excellent look at beauty and the price of vanity.

Wilde’s novel, first published in 1890, revolves around Dorian Gray, a beautiful young man with a deep dark secret. As time progresses, he stays beautifully young, while a portrait of him gains the marks and  scars of age and his sins. Almost everyone who has heard of the book knows the basic storyline and knows the ultimate end that Dorian meets, but it’s not just about the price of vanity one man paid, but rather is a study of society and the importance people place on social standings, wealth and other factors that played a huge role in society at the time. Continue reading

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Meds and other fun stuff!

I’m not going to apologize for my inactivity, because I’ll probably have to apologize next month. Therefore I’m just going to update you guys on what has been happening with me. Guess what, I know what has caused most of my inactivity. You’ve probably guessed from the title of this post. I have been diagnosed with chronic depression and inattentive-type ADHD. Yay. Continue reading

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“More Than This” by Patrick Ness // [Book Review]

A model of identity creation.

Have you ever felt that there had to be something more than what is going on? Like there is some point to it all? Patrick Ness addresses this issue in his latest novel More Than This. I’ve been a big fan of Patrick Ness since I read the Chaos Walking trilogy, and I consider him my biggest inspiration. I almost fainted when I saw that More Than This was going to be released. And I must say, I was not disappointed at all.

Reviewing this novel is a bit tricky, because it’s hard to talk about it without revealing spoilers. Therefore there might be a few spoilers in here. I would like people to stay spoiler free when reading this book, because it’s a book with a lot of twists and turns. However, since I’m a human and prone to mistakes, I might reveal some spoilers, but I’ll try my best not to. So, read it, now! I mean it. READ IT! It’s worth it… Okay, now the review. Continue reading

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New Webcomic in the Pipeline

Hi everybody!

This is probably the most exciting news I have given you guys in (what feels like) a lifetime. I just wanted to show you guys that I have been doing something these last couple of days that I’ve been inactive. Continue reading

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Reasons because of Reasons

I won’t try to make excuses for my shocking lack of activity on WP these last couple of weeks. Times have been tough, but I should have just kept my head high and work through it. Instead I completely ignored it like I ignored every other part of my life. This type of attitude won’t help me at all in anything.

Sometimes I think it’s my brain that is out to get me. When I don’t have time for writing, my brain churns out ideas like a machine gun, but when I have time, suddenly my brain switches off and refuses to cooperate with me until I have looked at a few videos on YouTube.

It feels like living with two people inside of me. One part of me wants to creative, but the other part of me is trying REALLY hard to make me fail in anything I want to accomplish. It’s horrible and I have no idea how to fix it. I guess I’m going to have to live with it for the rest of my life.

*slams head on keyboard*

*groans*

There must be a way out of this. I can’t go on like this forever. This process is arduous and haphazard, and I am going to hurt myself eventually. I don’t want that. I love writing, at least, I think (and hope) I do. My brain might have a different opinion. If I can live my life just eating and doing nothing, then my brain would be very happy. Stupid brain!

I know I do this every time. I know that this is getting repetitive. I know that you know that I know that you know, etc.

Even though I can’t say whether the near future holds a promise for more creativity, I can say that I haven’t completely given up hope. One day I would make the whole of me work like a well-oiled machine, but when that time will come is a mystery. In the meantime, I will update here very infrequently.

If you’re very bored, you can listen to this awesome song made by a South African artist:

 

Dante…

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“Despicable Me 2” // [Film Review]

I loved films as a kid growing up, not only because the South Coast of KZN was as exciting as floating dust, but because I loved how dynamic and amazing this form of storytelling was. Being a kid, I didn’t really think about important story things like themes, plot, structure, etc. As long as the film was entertaining, I didn’t care about anything else. That was in the early 2000’s, but it’s now 2013 and things have changed considerably.

from IMDb.com

That conflict between then and now is brought up by Despicable Me 2 which is actually a tricky film for me to review. Essentially DM2 is a kiddy film, so I can’t be as picky as I want to be. It’s really difficult, because I’m not a kid anymore and I like my films to have considerable intellectual value. So, things like “fart cannons” aren’t funny for me. Nevertheless, I tried to see the film for what it is, but I think I failed. Continue reading

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That Funny Little Word

You know what word I’m talking about. It’s the word that either makes you feel warm inside or makes you want to head for the hills and hide for a few months (especially during February). Yep, it’s love. Love, and sometimes even the lack of love, is the thing that fuels many of our decision-making. The love I’m talking about is that of romance. This post would be a whole lot easier if it was about the love of food or Pixar films, but the lovey-dovey love is the order of the day.

IMG_4300I’m probably the last person that should be talking about love, since I’ve lived a relatively loveless life, romantically speaking. I have never been in a relationship for the 20 (almost 21) years I’ve been alive, but that time has made me an excellent observer. And I’ve observed enough people to know that love is a really funny thing. Maybe I’m an idealist, but I thought love was something that just happened. It turns out I’m wrong… very wrong. Continue reading

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