Originality is Unnecessary (But…)

The title is a little grandiose and melodramatic, but it still holds the crux of what I’m talking about. This post relates to two previous posts of mine: this one, in which I review a book that is needlessly mean to fanfiction and its writers, and this one in which I review a book that is basically Divergent. (I’d be very grateful if you read them, but give this a read first, eh?)

This is to expand on a point I made briefly in my review of Banded, as it was one of the books on the dystopia bandwagon. And I realised while I was writing this that what I was saying could be misinterpreted so I thought I’d say some more on the topic.

Okay, yes. Banded is  Divergent. And in my opinion, it is a lack of originality capitalising on the popularity of dystopian fiction. But that’s not the problem. The problem is that the book also has a lack of effort. It’s doing what’s been done before because that’s easy, and the book has minimal editing as far as I can tell anyway.

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Get Thee to an Editor

Not all of the advice on this is true 100% of the time, but it’s still worth a read.

A Writer's Path

by Richard Risemberg

There are four rules to follow if you want to self-publish a novel and not embarrass yourself, the publishing industry, and the English language. They are:

1) Write slowly. Write slowly, carefully, and vigilantly, always watching out for self-indulgence, which will betray your characters.

2) Rewrite. Because you will never be completely successful following the admonition in Rule #1.

3) Find an editor. No matter how careful you are in rewrite, you will miss some debilitating infelicities in your book.

4) Find a real editor, either someone who is trained in editing, or someone who has long experience in editing. And most important: it must be someone who does not love you. No friends, no relatives. (Unless they’re relatives you don’t get along with; that might work out.)

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Book Review | “Banded” by Logan Byrne

Title: Banded (Banded, #1)
Author: Logan Byrne
Published: April 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: Are you having a laugh mate?

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Goodreads Synopsis

In dystopian Manhattan, society is divided into six zones, with each one representing a citizen’s benefit to society: Stalwart (strength), Astute (intelligence), Collusive (greed), Radiant (beauty), Quixotic (no life direction), and the Altruistic (willingness to help others). On a citizen’s sixteenth birthday, a computer suggests a new zone for them based on their inherent benefit to society. When Kalenna Slater is sorted out of her home zone Quixotic and into Altruistic, she thinks things can’t get worse. Life looks dismal until she meets Gavin, a boy also just sorted into Altruistic who becomes the light needed on her cloudy days.

During sorting she receives a device known as ‘The Band’. It’s a large watch-like device that never comes off, and it measures a citizen’s karma on a scale from one to one hundred. If a citizen does good, they gain points. If a citizen does bad, including breaking laws, they lose points. When your number reaches zero, the band acts as judge, jury, and executioner, and you are injected with toxins that kill you within minutes.

After sorting, recruits are taken to a three month long mandatory school named HQ. It’s at HQ she meets new friends from different zones, and finally begins to feel at ease. Everything goes well until a rare trip home makes her discover that her father, who has been missing for a decade, may have taken part in a terrible program that stands to shake the fabric of society.


If you’ve read any of my content before, you know that I hate leaving a book unfinished. But I really wasn’t enjoying reading this one, so, hell. But I did check the “About the Author” section and all it contained were links to Byrne’s social media and a request to review the book, so I’m gonna review it for you! No worries mate.

So let’s do this.

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Maybe Wonder Woman Isn’t THE Hero of Her Own Movie, But That’s Not Really the Point

Originally posted June 30, 2017

Yesterday I saw Wonder Woman for the third time. It’s definitely my favourite movie in a long while—and I watch a lot of movies. And it’s Wonder Woman that I’m here to talk about today!

Spoilers ahead for Wonder Woman. You have been warned.

A while ago, I saw Digital Spy arguing that, because of Steve Trevor’s role, Diana isn’t the hero in her own movie. This post discusses how Steve could have been cut from the movie. I’m not addressing Digital Spy directly, here, but I will be talking about that view of the movie. To be honest, I’m afraid I think that that view of the film rather misses the point. Not to mention that this film has some great messages.

So, let’s get into this.diana gif


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Review: Practical Magic

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Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Purchased
Release Date:June 13, 1995

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel fromNew York Timesbestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back–almost as if by magic…


I picked up this book because…

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