three things melanie hamilton taught me about life & love

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(WARNING: there will be a huge spoiler for Gone with the Wind in this post.)

1. Look for the best in others, even if everyone wants to punch them.

I can be a little harsh when it comes to deciding whether or not I like a person. I look for warning signs, or bad habits, but sometimes I forget to look at the good sides of people. We all have that one person we can’t stand, whether it’s our bratty little sister or the creepy  bus driver. But no matter how annoying/weird/disturbing a person might seem, you can always find something good in them. Maybe it’s their humor, or their courage. Whatever it is, if you open your eyes, you’ll find good qualities in all people you meet. Never think you’re above anyone.

2. Be loving and kind, even when others are not.

A lot of people are jerks, period. But one thing I’ve found out in life is that jerks just make more jerks. Someone’s a jerk to us, and we reciprocate and sometimes even adopt that behavior…even if we’re not aware of it. If you choose to be loving and kind instead, it can change a person; and then other times, not so much. Either way, when you choose to be good to everyone around you, most people will not only notice, but it’ll make them feel good as well. Then that love and kindness gets passed on to others.

3. Kind people don’t die alone.

Yeah, this one says it all. I mean, yeah, it’s obvious…but have you ever noticed that no matter how hot, successful and outgoing Scarlett was, people were more into Melanie, and were there for her when she was dying? There’s a reason for that. It doesn’t matter how cool you are, because inner beauty is far more precious than physical beauty. In the end, people will always remember you for the person you were, and kindness is something that is never forgotten.

Thoughts: Who else is a fan of Gone with the Wind? Who’s your favorite character (mine, as you can see is obviously Melanie, duh) and why?

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3 Reasons Why Taylor Swift Could Write YA

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Lately, it seems like every celebrity is writing YA nowadays. From Tyra Banks’ Modelland to Hilary Duff’s Elixir series, YA is becoming a popular genre. Heck, even Lauren Conrad and Snooki are becoming apart of the YA world, and even though I’m not a huge fan of all her music, there is one girl who I think could write a few YA novels of her own.

I bet you can guess who she is.

1. Most of her fans are teens.

Sure, I’ve met a few 2nd graders who LOVE T-Swift, and moms who like her more than the average teenager, but at the end of the day, Tay Tay’s fans are usually around the ages of 12-17.

There’s a reason for that.

It’s simple: teens relate to her songs. How many high school girls do you know of who put Taylor Swift lyrics as their Facebook/Twitter status and are always first in line to buy her newest album?

If the answer isn’t “more than I can freaking count”, you probably don’t know a lot of teenage girls.

The girl knows how to connect with the female youth, yo. Maybe not all of us, but enough of us.

2. She’s a good story-teller.

Okay, so homegirl’s no Bob Dylan or William Shakespeare, but she’s got some pretty good stories to tell. No, seriously. Doesn’t You Belong With Me sound like the perfect story for a contemporary YA novel? Or how about Fifteen?

I believe that, with the right team, T’s got it in her to whip out a good YA novel or two.

3. She’s Taylor-freaking-Swift.

…Do I gotta say more?

Which celebrity would you like to see write YA and why?

You Belong with Me

You Belong with Me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Magic and teeth. Try explaining that to your dentist.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

The Story:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

– Goodreads Description

 Holy freaking coco puffs (did I really just type that?). WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME?! After hearing so many great things about Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I finally gave in and gave this baby a chance.  Now, I’m just convinced that not only is Laini Taylor one of the most amazing YA authors, but a freaking genius. So, uhh. Thank you peer pressure. Seriously. All I was expecting was a quick, teen paranormal read. Like some every day girl doing her thing, meets some obnoxiously gorgeous guy, falls in insta-love forever…nothing too deep. But man, was I wrong.

I was hooked on the first page. The world Taylor’s created is gorgeous and magical. Almost as gorgeous and magical as her writing. No, really. This woman could write about paint drying and it will be the most beautiful piece of literature you’ve ever read. Every sentence is a work of art. I also loved the characters, especially Zuzana,who’s probably the best friend ever. But what really put the icing on the cake was finding out about Karou’s past. My mind has officially been blown. This is not your average paranormal YA novel, but it is a must-read.

I’m a fan.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights, and I’m glad, ’cause those people know how to make good films! I can’t wait to see how this book will be brought to the big screen. I definitely believe this one is going to be a huge hit.