Nimona: A REALLY, REALLY Good Comic Book. Period.

I’ve seen Nimona around on the blogosphere for a while now, but didn’t get a chance to pick it up until I stumbled across is at my local library.

The first thing I noticed – and probably the only shortcoming the book had for me – was the art style. Drawn in a very simplistic way, each panel was roughly the same size. This meant that each scene – whether they were just eating dinner or someone was getting killed – was delivered in a similar fashion with the same weight. I would have enjoyed the book even more if there had been more variance in the panel sizes – a few full page spreads would have done wonders. (WONDERS, YA HEAR ME?)

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I Tried The Writer’s Life For A Few Days (Here’s How It Went)

So the school recently hooked us up with an author, Michael Pryor, in order to get us lazy students to write a 2000-word story each. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I realized that I hadn’t actually even started writing my story yet and then, I spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday panicking about what to write about and attempting to write a story. It’s only now that I finally understand how difficult it is to write. Anyway. Here’s a short recount of my experiences.

Firstly – the ideas. HOW DO WRITERS EVEN GET IDEAS. SERIOUSLY. I sat at my computer for an hour on Saturday, staring at a blank page and trying to write something, anything. Eventually, I threw in the towel, slapped down “It was cold” (to be fair, it was pretty cold) and worked from there. Then, I came up with an idea about a girl who wakes up in a coffin, not knowing anything except for her name. And that’s where that ended.

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Do People Really Need To Die In YA Novels?

We’ve all seen it before. The Fault in Our Stars. The Hunger Games. Allegiant. Game of Thrones. All seems to be well. The characters aren’t facing much difficulty. The plot line is starting to flatten and the story starts to become a little stuck. Not much can happen next…

UNTIL BAM, A FIRE COMES OUT OF NOWHERE AND EVERYONE DIES.

Welcome to the 2016 world of YA novels.

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