whisper.

Corruption is everywhere in real life, and this issue is unravelled perfectly by this new k-drama “whisper” that I started watching yesterday. As I was watching the first episode, I remember being mind-blown the entire time, because this show talks about heavy issues in ways that are heart-wrenching and addicting. Also, I love how this show doesn’t only show flat characters (e.g. hero vs. villain), but reveals the motives behind the villain’s actions (much like OUAT, for a comparison). It makes the story more believable, and in this particular context, is a constant wake-up call for me that while money can’t buy happiness, it can buy a lot of other very necessary things: loyalty, power, fear, and “justice”.

And that last scene, man. That last scene left me gaping and wanting more.

So what’s the point of this post, you ask? I just wanted to let you guys know about this drama and how its so effing good (so far). Currently, I am at episode 3 and I literally had to pause it to write this short post.

In short, just go watch it. I’m srs.

13 Unpopular Opinions About “13 Reasons Why”

Welcome to your tape.

So, you are all probably aware of this TV show that’s pretty much the only thing people talk about these days. It’s based on a book by Jay Asher — which I actually haven’t read, but probably will sometime soon. You know me though, soon probably means like… I don’t know, in a few years? lol.

But I really did like this TV show, so much that I’m staying up on a school day to write this post. I have a lot of thoughts about this show, but no one to talk to about it because most of my friends haven’t finished watching it. And when I thought I could go to the wonderful fandom world — you know, fan accounts and stuff — to ease this urging desire, I felt like all of the opinions posted there were the same boring ones over and over again. I didn’t relate to most of them. So that’s the story of how this post was born.

>>> SPOILERS <<<

  1. What’s all the hype about Jeff Atkins?
  2. Hannah can be quite a drama queen.
  3. Mr. Porter is not that bad.
  4. Jessica’s rape is not really Justin’s fault.
  5. Clay Jensen should’ve told his mom about the tapes earlier.
  6. I don’t see how Jessica’s party affects Hannah (?)
  7. Why is Sheri one of the subjects for her tapes? Her causing Jeff’s death has practically nothing to do with Hannah.
  8. Speaking of which, how is it that Jeff died because the stop sign was knocked over? I mean, what happened to slowing down when you come across a junction?
  9. Mrs. Baker is annoying.
  10. This show brings awareness to suicide, yes, but what if it has the reverse effect and encourages suicidal teens to actually commit suicide?
  11. I don’t get the point of Tony’s character (?)
  12. I don’t like the cliffhanger at the end; they should stop after 1 season because that’s what the premise of the show allows.
  13. Why isn’t anyone making a big deal out of the fact that Zach still had that note Hannah wrote? Is Hannah an unreliable narrator?

So that’s all, friends! What do you guys think? And are you all excited for season 2 that’s confirmed to be coming up soon?

The House of Hades Book Review

Hey!

I’m back, not with a Master’s Sun review like I kind of hinted on because I didn’t end up watching it until the end. While I usually re-read books and still find it interesting, it’s not the same with movies or tv series’. But, I finished House of Hades yesterday and decided to do a book review on it! Yay me, being responsible and updating my blog!

Before that, you might be asking me why I didn’t do a book review on all the other ones . Well. initially, I thought it would be too much and decided to just do an overall series review at the end. But then this book happened. HOH was so much better than the other books in the sense that it added so much depth to each of the seven’s characters. Besides, you know what happens when I try to do a series review at the end. I forget the details in the series! Just like it did with the Harry Potter review I promised but never ended up writing. Ha.

So anyway. Let’s get into it.

I guess there’s no point in writing a short synopsis for this book, since in order for it to make sense I’d have to tell the story from the beginning of the series, and ain’t nobody got time for dat. Instead, I’ll jump straight to the spoilery section. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT, GO READ IT! SERIOUSLY I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING. TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH AND TRUST ME BECAUSE YOU WON’T REGRET IT. Bye now!

SPOILER ALERT

The main thing I want to talk about is Tartarus, since we’ve never seen it in other books. I never imagined Tartarus to be a body. Like, I thought it was a bottomless pit, and Percy and Annabeth would never stop falling. I mean, Tartarus is literally called the BOTTOMLESS PIT, right? Am I the only one who thought that? A lot of my friends imagined it to be how hell is typically illustrated — a really hot place. Either way, we all imagined it to be an indescribably scary place, and at the end of Mark of Athena I remember feeling so scared along with Percy and Annabeth. For it to be the literal body of Tartarus — with the veins being the rivers, etc.? It added so much suspense because you never know what to expect. I especially was really mind-blown by the arais (?) Like those things that curses you if you kill them with things that you did to your enemies. I really thought it was creative, putting things in the monsters’ perspective. At the same time, I really enjoyed the Percabeth moments in Tartarus, because it was there that it is shown how much they really care about each other. It was a time where they didn’t kiss as much — which always made me uncomfortable for some reason, unlike Frazel kisses — but instead expressed their love through other actions, such as sacrificing themselves, etc. 

Whoa, that is a lot about Tartarus. I can’t help it. I just found Tartarus to be so intriguing and even that many words isn’t enough to discuss it. There is just so many layers to it!

Okay. Now, about the other five heroes and their quest to get to Epirus. I found it less interesting than Tartarus (obviously), but I love how each of them were able to shine ever since they lost two of the most important heroes. There were able to really utilize their special abilities to contribute and ultimately make a great team. I love how their characters really developed, especially the fact that Leo, the supposed “seventh wheel,” was able to find love —man, I ship Caleo so much! — and also the whole Nico being gay ordeal — it kind of made him more vulnerable, which I liked. I know there are many more things to talk about regarding the quest, but that would take forever. Just know that I really did enjoy every single encounter with their enemies. Most notably, their encounter with Sciron, where Hazel was finally able to manipulate the Mist.

I am going to dedicate a final paragraph to… .DRUMROLL….. JASON GRACE. Not because he’s amazing, of course not. I think he is the stupidest and most useless hero out of the seven. PIPER is more useful than him. And the fact that he thinks so highly of himself just pisses me off even more. Jason can fly, sure, but does he ever use it to help? Percy and Annabeth could’ve been saved by him. He can’t even control the zombie legion thingy. Which I really found comical and had to close the book because I was laughing too hard. Serves you right. Sorry to all Jason fans, but I honestly find him to be so annoying.

I don’t know if I covered everything, but then again, could you really cover every single thing in this book? Because had strong feelings about most of the scenes in the book. I guess that’s all for now. Thanks for reading fictionistas! 🙂

My Taste of Music. :) (+Song Recommendations)

EYYYYYY! Long time no see!

I know this is kind of off topic and not really what my blog is about. But I thought it would be interesting to post something new here. I am running out of ideas guys. HELP.

So these are my favourite artists right now

1. CN Blue (씨엔 블루)

CN Blue is a south korean pop rock band. So I found out about CN Blue from running man. I heard their song played and was interested. (fun fact, my first song was: I’m a Loner). So I started searching about them and completely fell in love with their songs. They have such a nice beat, the vocals are nice, and the guitar playing was top notch. I love all four members of CN Blue. 🙂 Do check them out for me and we can fangirl together. Oh, and btw, their name C.N. Blue stands for “Code Name Blue.”

Songs:

1. I’m Sorry

2. Love Girl

3. Can’t Stop

4. I’m a Loner

2. Pigstar

Pigstar is not a very popular japanese rock band, I think. But the songs that they have put out there, are so catchy. I couldn’t help but sing it over and over again. The first time I heard about them is actually from a yaoi anime, in which their song was featured as an opening. I really don’t know anything about them (haha and I call myself a fan)… so there you go!

Songs:

1. Shoudou

2. Kimi=Hana

P.S: They are both from the yaoi anime I was talking about, Junjou Romantica. In case you don’t know, yaoi is boy x boy love. Yes, I am into all these stuff. :p

3. Last Alliance

Last Alliance is a japanese rock band as well, and I found out about them accidentally when I wanted to download a song called “Planetarium” by Ai Otsuka but instead downloaded their “Planetarium”. So I listened to it, and my gosh it blew me off my seat! (I was listening to it in while laying down, idk if this expression works… haha :p). But then I started researching and downloaded other songs, which I loved just as much.

Songs:

1. Planetarium (ALL THE WAY! \m/)

2. Shissou

4. LeeSsang

This is a south korean duo, consisting of Gil and Gary (RUNNING MAN YAY). But while I haven’t really researched about them, I’ve heard most of their songs, and I really like it. It’s hip hop, and I don’t usually like hip hop, but this just shows how awesome they are. Not to mention, their songs are really catchy, too. I love the people they sing with, particularly Jung-In. She’s just perfect, especially together with the already perfect LeeSsang.

Songs:

1. The girl who can’t leave, the boy who can’t break up (ft. Jung In)

2. You’re the answer to a guy like me

3. Tears

5. Taylor Swift

YESSSSS if you know me, you know I am a swifty. I don’t think she needs explanation, she’s just perfect. And most of you guys probably know her. I just want to say that I respect her really much and that she is my role model. She writes songs based on her experiences that I can relate to and learn from. T SWIFT IF YOU’RE READING THIS (you’re probably not, but whatever) I LOVE YOU AND STAY AWESOME!

Songs:

1. The whole Taylor Swift album

2. The whole Fearless album

3. The whole speak now album

4. The whole red album.

HAHA just kidding. Here are my top songs

1. Mean

2. Never Grow Up

3. Haunted

4. Fearless

6. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande has recently got really popular, but I have loved her since Victorious. She an amazing singer, and I love her because of that. She can do whistle notes, too! Her songs are catchy, but no one can really sing to it, which SUCKS. Hehe. But Ariana sings really great live, too, which just goes to show how awesome of a singer she is. I grew to like RnB because of her, FYI.

Songs:

1. Honeymoon Avenue

2. Tattooed Heart

3. Baby I

PS. Her song titles are so fab! UNICORNS.

7. Demi Lovato

Demi, I freaking love you. She is the only disney star I actually like. NO actually i like Bridgit too, but you get my point. Demi is the strong voice type, and she’s really amazing at that. She just released, recently, DEMI, which I completely fell in love with. Just, go check her out. I’m sure you fell in love with her voice immediately after camp rock anyways.

Songs:

1. Warrior

2. Nightingale

3. Skyscraper

4. La La Land

5. Don’t Forget

8. Vocaloid

Vocaloid is basically a voice synthesizer, and while it’s really techy sounding, it is actually quite catchy. I don’t like the voice, but I do like the songs. My favorites are Hatsune Miku, Gumi, and Kagamine Rin and Len.

1. World Is Mine

2. Dark Woods Circus

3. REboot

9. Yiruma

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH you’re now probably stereotyping (idk if that’s a word. It is now.) me now. But just like the typical asian kid, I love Yiruma. His genre is classical, and his song writing skills are like over the top amazing. It’s soothing, and what I usually play while doing my homework. I found out about him when my choir teacher played the song (Kiss the Rain) on the piano (and I fangirled over that song for a while haha)

1. Kiss the Rain

2. Moonlight

PS: no, I don’t like “river flows in you”.

HAHA now you know my weird side, eh? But do check these awesome people out. I’m sorry that this post is kinda sucky, I’m kinda rushing through it because I want to put something up real quick! Again, please leave ideas in the comments.

I now have to do my art homework. See you soon! Happy listening, fictionistas!xx 🙂