Monday, June 24, 2013

Fanfiction: What Does it Mean for Society?

Hello, everyone! Owyn is here to talk about FANFICTION.

Now, for some of you, that could be a really dirty word that you associate with "Porn" or "Plagiarism". And some of you wholeheartedly embrace the trend and perhaps even write some of your own. And then some of you either don't know or don't care.

My opinion is that Fanfiction is fun to read and write and that people shouldn't be attacked for doing something they enjoy.

That being said, I know where a lot of you are coming from.

Take Fifty Shades of Grey for example. If you haven't heard yet, E.L. James originally wrote this as a Twilight (smut) fanfic, and it grew a huge following. So James decided to have it published, with the names switched to avoid copyright.

Not all fanfiction and its authors are like that. (Like Cassandra Clare got her start writing fanfiction.) Some of can be fluffy ones that people write because they want something changed or expanded on from the original story. And there's nothing really wrong with that.

Most fanfiction authors aren't trying to pass the story off as their own. They just want to tweak it a bit, and there are a lot of reasons for that. Like their ship isn't canon. In layman's terms: there's a couple that they really wanted to get together but they didn't end up dating in the original story, like if you wanted Katniss and Gale to get together. It's basically when you really support a couple and them being together. Or maybe they want to tell the story with the same characters but in a totally alternate universe (for example, taking all the characters in Harry Potter and making them dogs.)

I was talking to Jorden from Shipping and Receiving about a book that featured fanfiction, and I compared it to: "Someone made a bunch of really unique dolls and told a story with them. And someone else really liked those dolls, so they decided to play with them as well, but told a completely different story." And, some people can take the story with totally different characters. Like, if you really liked The Hunger Games and you wanted to write a story about a bunch of people in a death arena, you could write a fanfic based on that series but with new, original characters.

Now, like books, some fanfiction stories can be really bad. Since they don't have editors (unless you have a bit of a following, then someone in the same fanbase could help you edit it), there are a lot more grammatical mistakes and plot holes than you would find in a published book.

Or they could just be poorly written. And that's okay, this could be part of their process for becoming better writers, because most fanfiction sites have the ability to let people review the stories, so authors get instant feedback. Everyone has to start somewhere.

If you would like to get into the fanfiction scene, then you can try or Tumblr. (WARNING: There could be some dirty stories on there. On you can limit your story rating to K-> T, which stands for Kid-friendly through Teen. On Tumblr, if you use Google Chrome, you can "blacklist" it with Tumblr Savior so it never shows up in your feed. I recommend blacklisting "NSFW", which means "not safe for work" and "Smut", which is how fanfic writers refer to "sexy times").

But yes, that is my opinion on fanfiction. If you guys have varying opinions, feel free to talk to me in the comments below!


Owyn the Intern

Monday, June 17, 2013

Book vs. Movie: Warm Bodies

And Book vs. Movie is BACK! *eep of excitement!*

So, last week I finally saw the movie Warm Bodies after reading the book back in January. And here are my thoughts from my brain that has yet to be eaten by a corpse.


Major Differences: (thanks to this blog for help with the list!)

  • M and Nora don't have a hopeful potential romance like in the book.
  • The movie's human city didn't take place in a sports stadium
  • They left out R's family in the movie version (which I was thankful for)
  • The loss of Julie's mother isn't as prominent
  • M became a comic relief character (which I did not mind)
  • In the movie, the last human R kills is Perry
  • While it ends on a similar note, the ending of the movie becomes only loosely based on the book's ending
Me Being Stupid: Do you ever not notice something about a book/movie but when someone points it out, it's like "Why didn't I see this before?" For me and this movie, it's the fact that Warm Bodies is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know how I didn't see it before and I've been mentally kicking myself. There's R (Romeo), Julie (Juliet), M (Mercutio), Perry (Paris), and Nora (Nurse). It's obvious. 

Which Do I Pick?: I think I liked the movie more, because I had a tough time getting into a zombie book but I liked the whole zombie flick. But the book was still good, well-written and funny. I just prefer the movie. 

Tell me what you guys thought down in the comments!

Have a great day!

P.S. Nicholas Hoult is very attractive. That is all.

Friday, June 7, 2013

OMG Fierce Reads Author Lunch


As one of the many perks of being an intern here, I got to accompany my bosses Stephanie and Liesl to a lunch on Pearl Street with the four authors from Fierce Reads: Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm), Anna Banks (Of Poseidon, Of Triton), Jessica Brody (My Life Undecided, Unremembered) and Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14, Monument 14: Sky on Fire)

First of all, I read all the books for the event and it made it SO MUCH MORE FANTASMAGORICAL.

Since I have a horrible memory (even though this was just a couple hours ago), I decided to tell you some amazing things that I managed to remember:

- We somehow managed to try to get her fourth book title of Testicle/Tentacles and I hope she does name the book the latter and accidentally says the former.
- She just threw in so many sassy, sarcastic comments throughout and it reminded me of her books.

-She told this amazing story how she drove up skiing with her friends and they forgot to get a hotel so they went to this shady place instead. And then the spigot from the faucet in the kitchen was missing and it totally freaked her out.
-She also made fun of me for scraping all the toppings on my pizza but I don't need her judgment ;)

- She told us these awesome stories of how she used to work at Disney World and told us all the secrets. (We'd leak them here but no one wants a Disney lawsuit)
- We also fangirled over How I Met Your Mother. That was amazing.

- She just had these amazing stories and also threw in her witty quips that were fantastic.
- My favorite story was when she was watching The Titanic and was sitting next to this man who kept mumbling throughout the movie. When it got to the part Kate Winslet took off her clothes, he said "MAGNIFICENT" and now whenever people mention the movie that's what she associates it with.

But yes, these people are so amazing and the books are SO GOOD. I recommend them highly.

Ta ta!


Plot Wars: Prom and Prejudice vs. Epic Fail

Hello everyone! The BBS Intern Owyn is BACK with a blogging vengeance!

So, for my first day, I decided to start a series of blog posts called Plot Wars, which will pit two books with similar plots against each other and one shall rise the victor!

The first two books are Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg and Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik. 


The Set-Up:
  • Prom and Prejudice focuses on Lizzie Bennett, a piano-playing girl on scholarship at Longbourn Academy. Due to her constant bullying for being poor, she's developed a mistrust and distaste for rich people. And then she meets Will Darcy, a rich man with a mistrust and distaste for poor people. With the huge prom coming up, will they be able to give up their prides and prejudices?
  • Epic Fail is about middle-class girl Elise Benton who moves to a new school with her principal-mom and four sisters. Derek Edwards is the son of two famous actors and is pretty much royalty around their school. Unfortunately, her sister falls for his best friend. Is there a way to refuse his amazing smile and embrace his known-enemy Webster Grant?
They are both modernizations of Pride and Prejudice.
-A brooding male lead
-A romance between the friends of the male and female lead
-A character who uses people to get wealth.
-A wealth gap between the leads
-A big event (Prom versus a Movie Premiere)
They're both set in the 2010s
They both have a attention-seeking younger sibling character who falls whim to the guiles and charms of Wickham/Webster (that I despised.)

Eulberg's is more obvious about the fact it's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Same character names, same plot, just with some modern slang and euphemisms... Yo.
LaZebnik's uses fame instead of richness as the separating factor, making Derek Edwards the son of prominent actors and Elise the daughter of her prep school's principal.
Lizzie's character punches Wickham's character in Eulberg's version (YES BRING ON THE PAIN)

I think Prom and Prejudice wins because Darcy was more likable than Derek and less annoyed-sigh-inducing, Lizzie punched Wick, and Epic Fail was too preachy when it came to the way Paparazzi treat celebrities. While I admit it must get annoying, I don't need to hear about how much it sucks. They get free things. No complaining. 

If you want to read a modernization of Pride and Prejudice, then I'd recommend Prom and Prejudice.

Glad to be back!

P.S. Check me out on my personal blog The Bookstore Intern Chronicles!