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  1. Juno

    Boys And Education

    That article actually really put me off. I completely disagree with the entire thing, that boys are being attacked in literature and English class these days. Sure, it all depends on what books you are reading and how you are being taught to analyze them--and I will bet you my car that 95% of the public school teachers have no idea how to properly analyze literature. The best English teacher I had, hell, the best teacher I had period was a male teacher who really knew his shit. The English department in my high school is split evenly half and half with male-to-female ratios of teachers. As for the literature people are reading that are "bashing males," it all depends on what you are reading how you are interpretting it. With most of my reading list that I had from middle school through now was male dominated, although it had its share of female characters too. Both genders in the stories had their set of problems to overcome and distinct personality defects. Here's an overview of most of the books I've read over the years for school: The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene: Actually one of my favorite books, and it has a male main character who is a Jesus-figure! The only prominant female character is a little girl who is affected by the whiskey priest... but many other characters, including male children, and mainly male adults are affected by him as well. The book is about free-will and standing up for your convictions--something anyone can do, gender non-withstanding. Life of Pi by Yann Matel: Male main character who is stranded in the ocean on a lifeboat with a tiger. Pi, the main character, is great hero with amazing attributes most people should strive to have. The book is about the inter-connectedness of humanity through all of the major religions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Atheism. The only female character is Pi's mother, who is murdered. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Oh no, the main character is a male who is a tragic figure! Does that instantly make this book bad and an attack on males? Of course not! The book is about how we create these "great expectations" for ourselves and become overwhelmed by visions of greatness, when in fact we should be complacent with who we are, even if we are not "great" to most people's standards. The father figure of Pip, the main character, is Joe, who is a great paternal character and role model for anyone. Nearly all of the women characters are cast in a bad light-- Mrs. Haversham is a woman who wasted her life waiting for a man to come back to her who never really loved her in the first place, and would take the lives of young people and try to mold them into beings like herself; the love interest of Pip strings him along and then completely breaks his heart and in a sense, "making women look bad." The Once and Future King by T. H. White: This is a novel about an ideal society and explaining the glory of King Arthur. His wife Guenevere, is promiscuous and overall not a very appealing character. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: A horror-vision of the future, where everyone has become sheep to society, with no standing relationships, are born from test tubes in a predetermined caste system, take drugs to clear themselves of any deeper thought processes or problems or live in a primitive world where only violence and brute strength are understood. John, the main character, is again the christ-like figure. Lord of the Flies by William Golding: What happens to Humanity when morals and laws are stripped from civilization. There are no women characters in this novel and the main character, Ralph, is the only one not to "revert back to his savage stage or cater to the beast within." Other books include Shakespeare, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath which was an awful book, Beloved by Toni Morrison, All is Quiet on the Western Front, Heart of Darkness, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby and other such novels. I can discuss those texts too, if you really want me to. I guess before I denouce any more about the article I should ask you guys what books you read in school. And like I said before, it's all how you are taught to read and analyze the books. My English teacher last year was a woman who taught us how to read books with a feminist sort of view. The only problem is that she wouldn't admit that, and thought she was just teaching us how to analyze the books in general. She wasn't a good teacher at all, but that doesn't mean I'm going to disregard a feminist way of looking at books is completely bad, nor am I going to believe it's the only way to read books. My sophomore English teacher (a male) taught us to analyze books in a very nihilistic and fatist way; doesn't mean I should dump the view in the trash or act like it is the only way to read. Maybe it's not the books people are reading these days, but how the teachers are teaching us to analyze them.
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    You Know What Feels Really Awkward?

    I think this is a fear that most people have about their kids. If not, I at least have that fear too. There's also the chance that my kids would become extremely materialistic and starstruck, especially with shows like Hanna Montana, Dora the Explorer and all of that crap. The one thing I hate about little kids shows is the marketing aspect; if Bob the Builder's on that lunch box, little Billy simply must have that lunchbox. It's a risk that any parent takes, I suppose, and hopefully you're kids will grow out of it, but there's also the chance that they may not and will forever be interested in what Paris Hilton is doing with her life. Although my old English teacher, who's one of my biggest idols and good friend has talked to me a bit about these types of fears and it's really all about parenting. He even told me that he absolutely hated kids until he had one of his own--and I think he's been an excellent father, from the way he talks about how his kids have turned out to the way you can just feel the love eminating from him when he discusses his children. It's people like him that make me want have children in the future.
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    Vocabulary Turn-offs

    One thing that doesn't really turn me off or make me turn away from a story in disgust, but somewhat annoys me is when an author will say "flat tummy" when referring to a female's midsection in a sex scene. I mean, yeah, sure, I guess the author is trying to say the girl is skinny and attractive, but honestly, even skinny chicks have some sort of fat built up over their stomach. Biologically speaking, it's there to protect the uterus, so only anorexic girls would have a truly flat or concave stomach. I don't see why a natural curve seems so unappealing to people--it's there, whether you want it to be or not. Then again, I guess it does depend on how realistic the author wants their story to be.
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    Kiss This!

    I know exactly how you feel--it was essentially how my ex got rid of me, and it's a really nasty feeling. It's like you've been used and then tossed away. A disposable friend. Ugh. It's a sickening feeling. My "old friends" also did the same thing to me, and I no longer talk to them, really. I now have a few real friends, even though I haven't known them as long as my "old friends." I guess the hardest part is to stop acting like you are desparate for friendship, and take the attitude you are now. Stupid people aren't worth anyone's time.
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    Happy Valentines Day!~

    Happy Valentine's Day! I don't know why people get bent out of shape about it--I'm single, and I'm fine with the holiday. It doesn't make me "feel like I'm being left out" at all! I've got great friends I hang out with, and my mom got me some sweets for the occasion, and I made her a homemade card. I also found it funny that there was a dramatic increase in personal lubricant commercials being shown... ha ha!
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    Things That Annoy

    I get really annoyed when authors do this. It's juvenile, irksome and shows a great lack of expertise in writing. If the author has something to say, they can wait until the end of the chapter or talk about it at the beginning. I personally don't like it either when author's put notes at the bottom of the story--to me it disrupts the flow and ending feeling of a chapter. The best place I find to put notes is in the beginning of the chapter; the story has already been interrupted by the need to click the "next" link on the page and have a new page load. It seems logical to put a note there. But in the middle of a story? Just shut up and keep going with the story. Because to be honest, reader's don't give a shit what the author feels about that line; they're just in it for the story.
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    Lack of reviews.

    At first I was a little peeved that I was getting a fairly good number of hits for the original section of the site, and only got a few reviews, but now I've got more reviews than I've got ratings. To me, it shows me that even though I still only have 5 reviews, it's enough for people to actually write something to me rather than just click on a number. The lesson is to be grateful for what you get, I suppose. I also have the faith that if your story is good, people will read it and eventually it will gain reviews and regular readers which will boost its popularity.
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    Judging People

    Agreed. There is no such thing as the past or future; we only live in the present. The past only "exists" because we have memory of it, and the future is never a definitive possibility. Too many things can affect the future for you to set it in stone, and the past is only culminated in how it affects your present. If your past has affected and changed you, then it has. No one can say you are "wrong" being the way you are, essentially judging you because of your past. You are the precipice of your experiences. We are all defined by our past. How can you possibly judge someone on their cause of existence in the first place?
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    How Long Have You Kept Up A Metaphor/analogy?

    Ha ha! I understood it fine, and just thought it was hilarious.
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    Dream Writer Anyone?

    A lot of my ideas come from either dreams or daydreams. My current story, Winthrop Manor, is loosely based on a strange dream I had. The link is at the bottom of the page. Sometimes the dreams I have are so streamlined and cognitive that I can just be stories that I just need to record while seeing it replay in my head. Others make no sense that I can only loosely base a story on them.
  11. I agree with Demongoddess; bad writing can happen anywhere, be it in yaoi or in heterosexual writing. In that case, it's more of the fault of the writer's style and experience than the "pairing" of the couple. One thing that bothers me was a comment I saw on another thread talking about why people like yaoi. The person said they liked yaoi better than heterosexual couples because the male/male pairing showed "much deeper relationships" than those of heterosexual couples. That in itself is a generalization, because I think a deep relationship can happen in any pairing, no matter what the gender of the two people. I agree that the vast flood of yaoi written by young women who have no concept of what they are writing about isn't exactly enjoyable, but that's no reason to just delete yaoi entirely. I personally don't like yaoi, but I do recognize its value to others.
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    Ideal Boy/girl

    I disagree. Whoever said you can only fall in love once in your lifetime? I believe that we fall in love over and over again with different people--even if you may have already married someone. I'm not advocating divorcing your middle-aged wife for a 20-something secretary bimbo, but I believe that you CAN fall in other types of love with people even while keeping a safe and happy marriage. It all just depends on how you act in those situations. My ideal "mate"? I don't really care at this point in my life. I will meet them when they come; setting up boundaries and expectations will only eliminate the possibility of a great love.
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    What's Your Favorite Food?

    There really isn't much that I DON'T like. I love all kinds of foods: Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, American Barbaque, French cuisine, Scandanavian, Scottish dishes, Seafood... etc. The only thing I don't like are thick slabs of raw tomato. There's something about raw tomato that I just don't like too much. I can deal with it in little pieces in salsa and in salads, and cooked it's perfectly fine! But a big ol' piece in a BLT... yuck. I also like to cook, though, so I love getting weird recipes and just messing around in the kitchen. I'm not the best cook in the world, but I think its fun to try out new recipes.
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    Winthrop Manor

    Chapter Three: The First Meal is up.
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    Poetry Corner

    I only have two, but I'm trying to make a bunch more for a scholarship competition in to college I'm attending next year. Constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated! Poem 1 A mournful morning to wake to; grey sunshine and hollow clouds, the faint clandestine face of the moon. A morning all my own, yet your memory still haunts me. Life a mere shadow, then. Life a grand starlight, now. I know of your claws and fangs, of your own dark moonface. So why does this longing ache in my bones? Why is this apparent now? A mirror I urged you to hold A mirror I so desperately desired. These hands that held it slowly gone, slowly fade away. A mirror shattered and broken A mirror of a reflective cage. Silence has fallen upon it. Shards of starlight can be pieced together, but they will never again make the same star. This mirror glues together by my hand. My hand. A that will never fade away. What thanks have I of you? Of you who forgets the taste of glass? Poem 2 What marks this moment as insincere with withered hands itching at the broken, cracked ground, desperately digging in the brown, dry crumbs for some semblance of a seed. Blue roots, blue veins spider-webbing through a blue-toned body with dainty hands and dainty wrists smeared across the caked brown earth. What makes an instant as effervescent as plastic smiles with red, red lips and a fleeting meeting between the sheets? A small wooden hut with an earthen floor and an earthen smell huddled close to the edge of dark green pines and inky black trails, waiting quietly, eternally, hopefully... for a glimpse of a shadow of Man to spread his heart and body and blood upon the dry mud bed to cultivate nothing more than a single, budding seed. When can we ever hope to return to Walden?