I Am Hera. | Blogging 101 2016

[8th grade Hera here. This is a little something I had written for a Blogging 101 course I took here, way back in January… anyway, I really like it, and so I decided to post it as a little throwback. A throwback of 8 months, but whatever. :)]

I am an average 7th grade girl who loves to write. Writing is a way for me to express my thoughts and ideas before they lose their spark. If I keep playing around with an idea in my mind, the excitement of this new, fascinating gem of an idea becomes dull, covered in the dirty fingerprints of my own … And before long, I don’t feel as motivated to write as I was. It’s quite annoying, to be honest. And I love to read. Reading a new book is a very exciting prospect. Just the thought of discovering a new great book is an amazing feeling. It’s such a great experience to get lost in all the different worlds of books. On my previous blog, I wrote (hopefully XD) unbiased book reviews about some of the books that I had recently read. I wanted to share that feeling with you, and help give you the inspiration that you need to go out and do what makes you truly happy. This is what I plan to do with my blog, and maybe you’ll join me on the roller coaster world of ideas and sharing them with the world. This is me. This is Hera.

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Page by Paige | by Laura Lee Gulledge | Book Review

Okay, so what with the starting of school and whatnot, I didn’t really want to get a hard read from the library. I was hoping for something light, and fun, and easy to read. (By that, I don’t mean like kindergarten language, but something that you don’t have a book-hangover with.)

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Just in case you weren’t sure what I meant by that.

So, I figured, what better book fits that criteria than a graphic novel?! So I went and looked up some good graphic novels online, and my eyes fell upon an interesting-looking book called Page by Paige. It was indeed a graphic novel. As I looked at the blurb and reviews, I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t your typical novel– light-hearted, tells a story, humor, etc. Instead, this book seemed to be more about the narrator, Paige, and her thoughts. It was more introspected, if you know what I mean.

Curious, I put the book on hold and retrieved it from the library a couple days later.

When I began reading it, I realized that it was going to be a very quick read. I’d say that I finished it in like 2 or 3 days, and even then, I only read during lunchtime at school because I have no friends. XD

Nevertheless, the book was more than enough company for me. It was very deep. Sometimes I related to it, and sometimes, I didn’t. One of my favorite lines in the book went something like this: Sometimes I think I was born with my eyes facing the wrong way. They face the inside of my head.

Or something like that, anyway. But I really related to that line. Although I’ve never had such a thought, it made me realize that that’s exactly what I do. I have more conversations with myself inside my head, rather than with others. But it’s not like I have a choice– remember me saying I had no friends? But to be honest, I don’t mind it too much. I always have myself for company, and sometimes, that’s enough.

Well, with the way I’m talking, you would have thought that it wasn’t a graphic novel, but it’s true! I’ve never seen a graphic novel to be more about someone’s thoughts than events that were happening. An example of the latter would be Smile by Raina Telgemeier, one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. You see, Smile takes place over a long period of time, around four years, whereas Page by Paige took place for just a few months. So that surprised me a little bit.

You may think that I’ve forgotten that there are drawings in a graphic novel, too. Don’t think I forgot. I LOVED the illustrations in this book. They were so beautiful, it’ll make you wonder why they stop putting drawings in YA books. And there was a little thing that I noticed that none of the reviewers mentioned…

The drawings are not all the same. If you’ll notice:

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(This is from the Hebrew version but whatever, I couldn’t find a better one. Also, apparently Hebrew is read right to left, so in the English version, the pages are reversed. Just wanted to let you know.)

Alright, so look carefully at the two Paige’s. See a difference? I did, somewhere halfway into the book. You see, the Paige on the right (left in the English version) is just a regular ol’ comic book character. Clean lines. Minimal shading. But the Paige on the left (right in the English version) is more… dynamic. More complex shapes. Lots of shading. More realistic. This represents the two sides of Paige– the one she thinks others see, a flat, boring, quiet girl who draws, and the Paige she is inside, a brilliant girl with tons of ideas and personalities. The book shows Paige’s journey of realizing that it’s okay to live inside your head, and also of becoming the artist she’s always been.

Hope you guys liked this new style of book review! I personally liked it much better than my old style. Like, comment, share, whatever. See y’all later! 🙂

-Hera

Hey! (Again! :D)

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Okay, okay. Maybe I’m getting a bit carried away. But I. Am. So. Excited for a fresh start, on a new blog. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, you clicked that link on my post on the other blog, so welcome back. And it’s been a year since my very first post on my old blog. So I know my way around this blogging thing.

But I wanted to improve.

So that is why, with a new blog, begins better content. More straight from the heart stuff. Less boring content and formality. No, you’ll see the real Hera. The one that tries to be all casual (caj? ???) but hates it when people mix up ‘you’re’ and ‘your’. The one that wants to be perfect but ‘just doesn’t feel like it’. Being someone that isn’t me becomes the chore. So I’ll do what I do best, and be Hera. And I’ll enjoy it more, I think. And I hope you do too.

And you know something? Even though I fussed over every last detail in my old intro on the old blog, and made it absolutely perfect, I still like this one better, the one I typed without rehearsing it several times and took a couple minutes on.

But aside from that, hope you guys don’t mind the change (I certainly don’t). I’ll never forget my old blog days, all 365 of them. I’ll keep the old blog up for sentimental reasons, but am not going to post on it. Thank you guys so much for sticking with me ’till now, and as I said on the other blog…

Here’s to another great year in The Hera Era!! ❤

-Hera