Reread Review: Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is probably my all time favorite standalone novel, tied with all of Morgan Matson’s books to be honest.

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The first time that I read Fangirl, I couldn’t believe how much I related to Cath and I think that’s why this book still means so much to me. I just reread this book a month ago for the first time since beginning college and I laughed at how similar Cath and I were in our first year.

Except Cath came out of the year a lot better than I did.

Here’s a video review that I made of the book:

Happy Tuesday everyone!
Sincerely,
Meagan
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Toxic Relationships in YA

This topic goes deeper than the idea that a guy can fix all of a girl’s problems (although this is a topic that I could chat about on a different day). It is about the fact that there are multiple books out there that now illustrate controlling, toxic relationships as healthy and good.

When I was younger, I would idolize these types of relationships. I thought they were what everyone should want. But then I grew up and I learned about abuse and feminism and how what I idolized was destroying people on a daily basis.

Here’s a really poignant video from Whitney (aka whittynovels) about the topic. I highly recommend that you watch it before continuing on reading my post.

I’m not going to go in depth with what I think about the examples that she discussed because I really hope that you all watched the video because I feel like she did a really good job at expressing this topic.
I know someone who was in a severely toxic relationship and they didn’t even know that they were in a relationship that was abusive because it reflected so many other relationships they had seen and read about. It is not okay or romantic to be abused. Angst is not romance. Threats of nonconsensual behavior is not okay. The creepy sleep watching scene from Twilight? You guessed it: NOT OKAY.
The media normalizes what we see. It desensitizes us from violence and misbehavior because of how much we see certain things. We are sold problematic media until we think that this is normal.
Instead, we need to normalize healthy relationships and independence. We need to protect young men and women and illustrate behavior that is not controlling, not abusive. We need to discuss problems in these “romantic” books and support authors that write stories that are healthy. We need to stand up for feminist works and highlight healthy behaviors or highlight negative behaviors in a negative way. We need to stop highlighting negative behaviors as positive.
I am done idealizing relationships that are unhealthy. I want to idealize equality in relationships and I hope that y’all are with me. Have a great weekend everyone.
Sincerely,
Meagan

Creativity

A few weeks back I embarked on the creation of my first project for my class Digital Media Studio. I had no idea what I was going to do until I had this random inspiration to paint my face and write some sort of narrative surrounding this.

I ended up speaking about my creative process and honestly, the random face painting worked out perfectly for this. So here are some of the pictures that I took and the video that I made after I was finished. I’m really excited with how it turned out and I hope you all enjoy it too!

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As I said in the video, I don’t really consider myself to be an artist but I do love being creative and running with the creativity that is inside me. It’s violent sometimes and all consuming but I create some pretty cool things when I just go with it.
Happy Friday everyone!
And happy spring break to me!!
Sincerely,
Meagan