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Monday, February 20, 2012

A Collision With Fate

Authors Note: Throughout this book I not only learned life lessons, but created my own ideas to things that have not been explained before, and discovered new ways to look at certain things. Realizing all of these new objectives, I have an even better reason to understand the purpose of riding some out-of-this world books like Meyer has written. Please pay attention to A-B transitions and comma usage. 

One mistake leads to a choice that can very well impact many lives for the rest of eternity: a choice between yourself and one you've never met, yet love unconditionally. Sacrifices have to be made and hearts shattered. Decisions are made and unmade, ideas changing constantly, and desperation fills the air the like a thick fog. You can almost feel the tension in each moment, and watch with lost hope as the same mistakes are made countless times. Fate seems to be on a collision course with you, knocking the wind out of you, and before you even hit the ground you know there is nothing you can do. Your world is turning upside-down. Throughout Stephanie Meyer's Breaking Dawn, we figure out how to connect to an unreal plot, compare books and movies based on those books, while learning life lessons as we turn the pages of a truly remarkable story.

Every book has a purpose, this we learn from a young age, and we figure out that through each story we read this concept of purpose is often shown through lessons. Perhaps the most important message portrayed through this story is the one to do with happy endings. We get that life isn’t always a Disney fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after, but yet people within hearing this think that there’s no such thing as happy endings whatsoever. Maybe for others around that particular person, but most defiantly not them, nothing good ever happens to them. For me, at least, I can’t afford to think such thoughts to rule my life, for it would be under a heavy cloud, with no brightness in my future. With this book, though, we get that these ending still do exist, but once something good happens it doesn’t automatically make the whole rest of your life a free ride such as the fairy tales suggest. You marry the prince, and you are both smiling the rest of our lives, and never argue for the rest of your lives. Does this sound reasonable to you? Mistakes are always being made, as we move on to bigger and better things; yet good things still happen. Think of it this way, without mistakes what would we have to learn from? That’s the magic of life, we have ups and downs, not one or the other, but both; this book stresses just that which makes it all the more real, despite the choice of events happening and surreal characters coming up.

Every book has lessons, but what people really want is to have a book that they can put themselves into, and imagine it happening to them; yet no book can get any more from the ordinary than the Twilight series. Therefore the question often asked is, "How do you relate to such an unreal plot?" Though it isn't as simple as having an ordinary story where a main character goes through their life, it is defiantly still possible, if you dig a little deeper. One example would be when the Volturi, a clan of vampires who enforce laws, come to fight an innocent clan. As this breathtaking event takes place we think of people we know ourselves that some will always be the type who come just for a good find regardless if it is necessary or not. When a tough time, such as this fight, approaches us we realize we all can’t be fighters, yet we know deep down that we’re all willing to fight for what we love, no matter how much doubt is thrust upon each one of us. Sooner or later, we also understand that our entire life is built off choices that we make and how we end up was not because of anyone else's wrongdoings but of our own instead. Just by these few examples, I 'm guessing each reader is recalling certain memories in which these lessons had been learned, and slowly beginning to realize just how alike this plot is to our own lives.

An unreal yet intense plot always leads to popularity of the story itself, which then eventually leads us to a movie. "The book is always better than the movie." is a line that has been continuously repeated as years pass by. Though, this was true, for me at least, throughout the Twilight saga, I was struck by a intriguing theory along the way. The only time, in my experiences with books being made into movies, on only one occasion was the book better than the visual interpretation of the original plot line. Throughout this time I have always figured that books are more descriptive and make more sense, while movies cut scenes, add their own scenes, and cut some of the most enhancing lines to come with their straight-to-the-point script. As you read then watch the movie, the books plot is what you have prepared yourself to watch, and when it turns out different you often end up disappointed. Flipping this statement around, if you happen to watch the movie first, you are prepared for the book to be just like that and possibly your instincts would side with the movie, considering most people read the book first, this possibility would be rare. The big change I noticed was, much to my disappointment, the rivalry between two major characters was shown through different ways because in the book it is expressed through humorous comments and insults, but in the motion picture we could go by the saying ‘looks tell all’ because it’s obviously clear of the hatred between the two, despite the lack of words. This was the main reason in which had caused me to like the book or so I thought, but now I wonder if I had watched the movie first, would I be in this same position?

Betrayal is defined as to be unfaithful in guarding or fulfilling and sacrifice is known as the surrender of of something valued for the sake of something of a higher claim. This and one more concept all build up the book making a page-turning story.  Betrayal, sacrifice, and love, though as I flip through the pages of Webster's College Dictionary, I question they definition they have printed for love, "A passionate feeling you feel for another person."  In Breaking Dawn it goes beyond just another person, the love of family, and those who make it up, the love you feel for your best friends,  pets, and things that make up who you are.  I've learned that it is more than just a passionate feeling, but one that causes eyes to sparkle and triggers the willingness to put your own life on the line. Through everyday I hear people throw around the word as if it is meaningless, "Oh my gosh I totally love my new phone!" they'll say, but until truly understand the meaning of the word, I ask you one thing, "What is it you really love?"

1 comment:

  1. Heartfelt and so true! This piece is true to you heart and clearly states your thoughts and opinions. That was a pretty long piece, but I could read it over and over again. Your a-b transitions and comma usage was perfect. Inspirational!