Book Quotes: The Carrie Diaries

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The Internet is full of quotes, many of which are from books, and many of which are inspirational. I am one of those crazy people, who refuses to highlight or write in a hard copy of a book, because I just feel like books should be given more respect than that. Therefore, one of the things that I like most about my Kindle, is the fact that I can highlight things without physically marking them and damaging them.

A lot of the time, the quotes that I highlight aren’t necessarily inspirational, but more things that I find easy to relate to, so I felt that I wanted to share of few of those with you.

The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries

Page 9.

“What if I’m a Princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?” That question still kind of blows me away. I mean, isn’t it the truth? Whoever we are here, we might be princesses somewhere else.

I love this quote because it reminds me of a story that I read in a magazine years ago about a guy who spent all of his childhood being bullied for the fact that he has ginger hair. On his travels, the guy visited a country (I can’t remember what country it was) where ginger hair is unknown and his unique hair colouring made him very popular with the ladies. In fact, he ended up staying and marrying a local girl.

The moral of the story – for me, atleast – being that just because people don’t “get you”, doesn’t mean to say that there aren’t people who will – you just haven’t met them yet.

Page 17.

I highlight an equation in yellow, thinking about how useless it is to highlight. It makes you think you’re learning, but all you’re really learning is how to use a highlighter.

When I was studying History at school, we had a teacher who had the idea that just getting us to read entire chapters from Text Books and making notes on each of those chapters was the best way of learning. I don’t agree, because I spent all my time thinking that it was all important. At that age, I just was not very good at knowing which bits to write, so in my naive wisdom I decided to just write out the entire chapters, occasionally missing out paragraphs that I knew were irrelevant. I was absolutely convinced that my teacher would realise what I was doing, when we had to hand in our exercise books to check that we were making adequate notes. However, my exercise book came back with red inking stating how good I was at taking notes! I’d love to know if she really read them, or if she just looked at the sheer volume of how much I had written!

Either way, looking back – I learnt nothing from this exercise, because all it taught me – in my opinion – was how to copy things. I think that I learnt more from answering the questions at the end of the chapter, when I had to prove that I had read it!

Page 78.

“Because life happens to people. Life is bigger than people. It’s all about nature. The life cycle…It’s out of our control!”

This quote scares me a little, because it represents the realisation that whether we like it or not, there are just some things that are going to happen that we will never be able to control. People will get sick, people will die, people will leave us and none of that is their fault, because it’s no ones fault and that is really scary.

Page 201.

“You don’t want to peak in high school. If you do, the rest of your life is a disaster.”

When you watch films or TV shows, or read books about school, the chances are that the unpopular kids are always trying to fit in with the popular kids; to fit in and get invited to all of the cool parties and have everyone realise how awesome they are. When I was at school, I was definitely not popular or cool and I definitely did not get invited to any parties. At the time, that sucked – a lot. However, looking back, I’m really glad, because imagine if life had been awesome back them, and I mean really awesome without any worries or problems, then I’d probably spend the rest of my life looking back and wishing for those five short years of my life. And that is the point: we spend five years trying to be cool and popular among people who won’t even matter at the end of those five years. School seems important, then, but in the grand scheme of things, being unpopular for those five years, is far better than spending the rest of your life wishing to be young again, instead of living it.

Page 384.

I have this theory: If you forgive someone, they can’t hurt you anymore.”

I think that everyone can relate to this. Forgiving someone who has hurt you is one of the toughest things that we have to face. However, being able to forgive them means that we are able to move on, and let go of those festering feelings of anger towards them.

It doesn’t mean that you have to let them back into your life. It just means that you no long dwell on the hurt.

 

 What are your favourite book quotes,

and why do you love them?

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Writing Inspiration: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Book Cover

Book Cover for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

Novel:

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

Author:

Morgan Matson

Opening Lines:

I sat on the front steps of my house and watched the beige Subaru station wagon swing too quickly around the cul-de-sac. This was a rookie mistake, one made by countless FedEx guys.

Closing Lines:

Then I signaled, turned up the volume, and pulled back out onto the highway.

 

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The Rise of the Young Adult Genre

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It can’t be avoided that the Young Adult genre of fiction books really appears to have risen over the past few years with Twilight and The Hunger Games being just two of the most recent books that have seen immense success not only in the literary world, but also on the Big Screen as well, which is incredibly impressive.

The funniest, and quite frankly strangest, aspect of the growth around Young Adult fiction is that how much of an impression this literature has on the entire writing community: even Stephen King’s name is regularly found on the covers of YA fiction declaring how much he loves it and Young Adult Authors are often found bigging each other up on book covers.

 But, what is it that makes Young Adult books so appealing, not only to teenagers but also to us grown ups too?

As with many things that gain popularity, it’s difficult to say as absolute fact why Young Adult books are popular, but it’s still fun to speculate. Here’s the general thinking:

Regression//

How many times have you sat and pondered over childhood memories; first love, past friendship, awesome summers and well, yeah you get the picture. We all do it, because we all cling on tightly to those cherished memories of a life so much easier, so much more free and so much more simple. 
Young Adult novels capture the pure essence of being young(er), kids having adventures and experiencing all of those things that we remember, or wish we’d experienced. They allow us to take our real childhood and twist it into one that’s perhaps a little nicer – y’know where we managed to beat the bullies and never have a bad hair day, and pimples didn’t insist on growing right bang on the end of our noses!!
They allow us to do all of that, and step away from our grown up lives, either by stepping into the lives we wished we’d led, or into lives that we’re really grateful our childhoods never were.

Interesting//

I don’t know why, but I always tend to find that Young Adult books take themselves a lot less seriously than Grown Up books. Science Fiction doesn’t come with page-after-page-after-page of Scientific explanation that some of us will never be able to understand anyway. Fantasy has depth without the complexities of long descriptions. And imaginations are allowed to run wild.
The reasoning touted is because teenagers are believed, by some, to have short attention spans, so perhaps won’t be able to handle long descriptions and explanations. Perhaps this is true, or maybe it isn’t. What I do know is that a lot of us adults don’t have long attention spans either.
Personally, I can’t think of anything worse than ten pages describing say, a tree and why it’s there including its entire life story from seedling to firewood. Tell me it’s there, that’s fine, but please tell me only the part of it’s life that is relevant to the story, and move along.

Nevertheless, Young Adult Literature isn’t without its bad points:

Undeveloped//

One thing that has to be said for YA novels is that they are bursting with highly imaginative ideas. Unfortunately, this craving for imagination appears to often heavily overshadow everything else that a book needs to be great:

  • A good story
  • Brilliant writing
  • Actual Talent
  • Perhaps most importantly, spelling and punctuation
Some novels, such as The Hunger Games and Harry Potter are fortunate enough to encompass each and every one of these: They start out with an overall good idea, that is laid out into a pretty good overall story, which is beautifully woven together by a talented author who has a real flare for writing. That has all been finished off by the fine-toothed comb of a good Editor. 
These novels are the real gems, or Diamonds in the Rough, of the YA world. Sadly, these gems are often overshadowed by a vast majority of YA that gives the genre a bad name. The novels that have a fantastic idea, and that is pretty much where it ends.
In these novels, ideas are always underdeveloped. They are set out, but never explored deeply enough. The story never has any real depth other than the superficiality of life, which is typically the idea of young romance being the most important thing in the world. Characters are thin and unbelievable in a way that reminds us of Disney, and scenarios verge on unrealistic.

Unchallenging//

The question I really have, is why these books seem to be so afraid of challenging the reader. It’s almost as if they don’t want to scare the reader, or make them think to much. In a way, it’s sort of patronising. It’s like saying that young readers can’t handle real life. So, why do these perhaps unchallenging novels become so popular?


Because sometimes we grown ups kind of like the superficiality of young love, even if it is considerably unrealistic. It reminds us of when life was easier, and the opposite sex really were our biggest worry in life

If people really want a book that is going to challenge them, then they’re probably not going to read a YA book. It’s sort of like the Easy Listening Channel of the Literary World, because childhood is lighter than adulthood.

Ultimately//

It doesn’t matter if we love or hate Young Adult books, because they appear to be here to stay. The moment one popular novel begins to fade away, yet another appears to pop up out of nowhere and we seem to have another new obsession. Is that really such a bad thing?

Reading is meant to be a form of escapism. If that escapism just happens to be unrealistic and superficial, isn’t that what most of us are looking for anyway? If we’re being really honest with ourselves.

What do you think? Do you care that Young Adult novels can appear to be superficial at times, or that quite often they come across unrealistic?