Barbara Park is one of my absolute favorite children’s book authors of all time. And I am not alone in this assumption. Many kids love Barbara Park as she received multiple Children’s Choice Awards. 60 million copies of her books have been sold in North America ALONE. Park is well known for writing the Junie B. Jones series as well as well as many other books. Park was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey on April 21, 1947. Park graduated from the University of Alabama, originally intending to teach history and political science. After reflecting on being voted the "wittiest" in high school, she was inspired to write humor. The first book Park ever published was Don’t Make Me Smile in 1981. All her stories have a humorous tone, but blend in serious topics such as divorce, moving, and the death of a sibling. I’m attracted to this blend and clearly young readers are too. For the most part, Park enjoyed writing children’s books in order to make children smile, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers.”
Have you ever finished a movie or read a book and felt as if there could have been more? Will the creator ever add to the work, you wonder? Sadly, creators decide to end where they please, but for you, the story will always be incomplete—unless you add more by writing your own take, and then sharing it with other fans. That’s fanfiction. For me fanfiction is both a unique form of writing and the way I developed my own ongoing skills. The literary form known as fanfiction is centered around any kind of published, original work inspired by previously existing books, films, TV shows, music and even tales of celebrity life. This pre-existing work is then reinterpreted or expanded by those who value it. In our technological era, fanfiction has become a popular internet craze. Critics and accomplished writers believe that, for developing writers, fanfiction is a wonderful way to gain training wheels into the world of writing, as author Neil Gaiman remarks. I believe that fanfiction should be considered an important writing form, as it tests writers’ imaginations and challenges them to practice creative writing without having to worry about being published in the traditional way.
Last night the moon seemed to say something.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver is a novel that follows Samantha Kingston as she repeats the same day over for a whole week. Lauren Oliver wrote this story as a way to understand teens and what influences them to behave in certain ways. During this week Sam finds out how disconnected she has become from her authentic self. Sam also finds herself in a rescue mission to save Juliet Sykes, a girl who has been constantly harassed her whole life. Sam belongs to a clique of mean girls who she psychoanalyzes through the reconstruction of the same day and significant events relived over and over again. They have sunk themselves so low that even they have no idea why they became this way. It is up to Sam to find how where everything went wrong. Oliver uses the narrator as the psychoanalyst and the patient to discover how she and her friends betrayed their true nature and the reasons for these choices.
I had a glorious evening last night. I found myself walking through the woods and meeting a wolf, a witch, and even a giant whose monstrous voice shook the grounds! Once I exited the woods, I found myself at Endicott College watching their fall mainstage production of Into the Woods.