Sunday, November 1, 2009

Looking For Alaska

Long time, no blog. I apologize, Danny and whoever else is reading this.
This morning at 12:00 am marked the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, in which I am participating. My novel hasn't got a title. On my hardrive, it is simply called "The Novel". This is my first year attempting this feat, and I think I'm off to a pretty good start: currently 4825 words.
My outline is over 9000, however, and is taped to the wall next to my computer. I must admit, 23 pages taped together in three strings is a beautiful sight to see.
Other news: a Paper Town has been discovered. Read about it here:

I read John Green's Looking For Alaska yesterday (yes, the entire thing). I enjoyed it very much. In John's video he talked about how certain people did not want to book to be taught to highschool English classes. He argued that teenagers are fully capable of reading critically and realizing that he was not condoning the scene between Lara and Miles (which was full of physical intimacy but with absolutely no emotional connection), but using it to provide a contrast to the scene between Miles and Alaska (which had both kinds).
Yes, teenagers are quite good at reading critically, but not when it comes to something like that. John insisted that there was nothing erotic about the scene between Miles and Lara. I agree wholeheartedly, but I also think that many people (meaning, many teenage guys, sorry Danny) would disagree. When it comes to this subject matter, I think it's difficult for certain people to read critically. That's my opinion. I don't think the book should be banned, but I don't think schools should require people to read it, either. Don't get me wrong, I love John and his books and his writing (god, his writing is wonderful), but still...
So there's my review on that aspect of the book.

And that's all for today.
May the Force be with you.


  1. I'm almost at my ending and only have 2,204 words :/

  2. I think you were meant for short stories.


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