Today is the last day of January, and this is my first monthly wrap up for 2019.
My January reading has been overall nostalgic. I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction, and the three books I read in full this month were in some way nostalgic for me. I first read Heretics Anonymous, by Katie Henry, which spoke to my high school self who would have loved a book full of characters who belong to different religions or none and get along well. Then I spent most of the month trying to read through the almost 700-page Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I’ve loved The Mortal Instruments series (TMI) but could never get into The Infernal Devices, so I’m thrilled to reminisce about TMI while exploring a different city and the fey. I also read Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1, by Stephenie Meyer and illustrated by Young Kim. I was a Twihard, and I was thrilled to read a graphic novel adaptation that is beautiful. Reviews for the last two books are coming next month.
Here are the other posts you might have missed.
- Concluding the 2018 Reading Challenges
- Reviewing My 2018 Fanfic Stats and Favorites
- The Beloved Brother Award Goes to Johnny Olivera from Girl Mans Up
- A New Fandom? | Fanfiction Reading Challenge Check-in
Now let’s get into the interesting blog posts and videos I found on the Net this month.
Lara Kareen from Naija Book Bae shares some literary blogging advice about authenticity, writing style and voice. I think this advice is helpful in all forms of writing and for all blogging.
Have you ever thought about the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance (PNR)? Amanda from Mad Genius Club explains what PNR is by diving into the history of PNR and contrasting the two subgenres.
Learning from Great Lit’s first blog post teaches us writing craft. This specific post is about what we can learn about writing great openings from Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I haven’t read Red Rising, but I like seeing some discussion about what we can learn from authors.
On a similar note, author Alexa Donne made a video about “What Fanfic Can Teach Us about Writing.” She talks about writing practice, writing feedback, and craft. I like that she gets into the why instead of just announcing that she supports people who write fanfic.
Through YouTube recommendations, I found a three-part analysis of the musical scores in the Harry Potter series on Inside the Score. The videos favor the genius of the first composer for the series and mostly his work for the first two movies, but it goes into great depth to describe what the music is doing and how it changes for the worse in the later films. I never considered the impact musical consistency would have on a series, and this analysis taught me something about composition of music and stories. This is the link to the first video.
I also found Ariel Bisset’s documentary on #poetry, which I believe was intended for her master’s thesis. I haven’t made a point of following Instapoets, but her documentary was very enlightening about the subject of contemporary poetry. Her video actually makes me curious about the poetry of Instagram.
That wraps up my January. How was your reading this month? What interesting things have you found in the blogosphere?