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Superhero Movies

The world is in danger. Who do you call?
A hero. Only a hero can save us.

Our hero and our savior is already decided for us. Decades ago, Marvel and DC comics created these amazing superheroes that are famous till today.
Spiderman, Iron Man...
Superman, Batman...

Both universes have their own ideas of disasters and both, have these amazing heroes come save all humans.

Most of Marvel heroes are people with special abilities- mutants or people who have had fantastical things happen to them. Frozen in time, have access to not only immense wealth but the technology to create armor suits.

DC comics, on the other hand, have heroes mostly from the other world. They are Gods but each have weaknesses as well.

Marvel has Thor, a demigod. 
DC comics has Batman- a wealthy man who has created armor and fights crime at night.

Both universes have their differences and similarities. There are times when some stories appear to be ripped off from the other universe.

Two superheroes, both good guys have difference…

The concept of Revenge in stories

Revenge can be exhilarating, satisfying, justifiable and according to some beliefs, a complete waste of time. Literature is overrun with the concept of revenge and comeuppance. Fairytales too, had their own version of revenge wherein the villains were made to pay for their evil deeds in the most gruesome manner if you read Grimm's original version. Most famous classics had that theme - Moby dick, The Count of Monte Cristo, most of Shakespeare's plays... All of them had us cheering for justice to be served. In movies, we exalt there heroes, agree with them when they find the most twisted ways to avenge an atrocity done onto them and cheer when they take law into their own hands. Especially if the role is played by our favorite actor, then every transgression is forgiven and every act is valid. Ultimately, revenge becomes a thought that seems like the most acceptable way to do things of someone does even the slightest bit of wrong to you. There are three ways to go about wh…

THE BYE BYE MAN-- My take on the movie with spoilers!

The Bye Bye ManDon’t think it, don’t say it. Honestly, don’t even watch it. Every story has some kind of potential to become an entertaining movie, that has always been my opinion. However, after watching this, I’ve come to realize that not every tale needs to be brought on screen. This movie is a prime example of how erroneous that notion was. The problem lies in the storyline, the blame should be thrust upon the person who helmed this project. It could have been a creepy monster movie, somewhere along the lines of the legend of the slender man, instead, it's a convolution of events that hardly flow seamlessly. There is no beginning, no middle and no proper ending. In fact, it doesn't even contain the essential ingredients of a compelling storyline that keeps viewers glued to their seats. That means, there is literally no turning point in the story and makes no effort to scare and amaze the audience. When you have a title as The Bye Bye Man, you think of it is an origin story…

Imaginary conversations

The best conversations I've had so far, have been with myself. I can talk about everything and anything. I have the liberty to be assertive and argue, then be acquiescent. There are times when my ponderings take me to places I've never set foot on. Sunsets turn into nights and I'm still wandering and wondering. Lost in my thoughts, and sorting out all the tangles, I sometimes forget that I've also subconsciously observed my surroundings. Its such a complex process getting lost in thoughts and ideas. As for the colorful conversations, sometimes I wonder if writers have the minds of amad person. They are after all writing imaginary conversations of two or more characters, but they all come from the same mind. So are writers continuously and relentlessly, having imaginary conversations with themselves? One agrees, one disagrees, the other remains quiet, trying to decide which side to take. It's exactly how discussions happen in our minds when we have to make a decisio…

How my novel 'Aadita' came about

When I first started work on my manuscript, the story (then titled ‘Winter’s Lake’) was going in a completely different direction. The story wasn’t going to be as dark as it turned out and the lead character, Raina wasn’t going to suffer as much trauma as she eventually did.
The story was going to endure a paranormal theme but the drama component wasn’t going to feature as much as it did in the final draft.
As I mentioned before, ‘Aadita’ took a long time for me to finish writing. The process began as a passion to write a compelling story and ultimately became something of a catharsis for me.
The year that I began to write the book was when I was still motivated with creating new stories. It was a time when I had yet to learn some hard truths about life in general. There was always so much going on around me, but I wasn’t oblivious to it. No, I knew there were terrible things happening all around, but I thought they would never invade my life.
The stories that I read as a chi…

2016 just around the corner!

Road less traveled

It's not easy to follow a path that has been condemned by those close to you. As your journey leads your further, you encounter a dilemma when the road splits into many directions. Going back is the safest option, but taking a step forward is an act of courage that is deemed foolish by those who have shied away from taking chances- or those who are just cynical. Finding your way is the hardest part in the intricate pattern of life because we must not only deal with our own inner conflicts, aka the voices of reason in our head, but also deal with people who would do anything to hold us back. Some don't want you to get hurt and others just don't want you to taste success. In the end , it is the choices we make but that fork in the road doesn't help us make a quick decision. There are just too many possibilities; things cannot just go simply right or wrong- they could even work out in the initial stages and then end in disastrous results. Or things could fail immediately …

Comic

Doodling comics when I should be writing ;)

Inside Out- My take on the movie

Ever wonder what goes on inside your head? Or why we feel the things we do? 
Disney's recent animated feature provides an insight into the mind of an eleven year old girl where we are introduced to the five prominent emotions (also characters) of this riveting story. They are: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. All of these emotions make an appearance as Riley (the human they live in) grows up and faces different situations.
Provided these emotions work together and create a stable working environment, our preteen protagonist Riley, enjoys her life to the fullest- like any idealistic girl of her age.
But there is no story without conflict and the emotions' perfect working system is jeopardized when Riley moves into a new city and school. Now that she is out of her comfort zone, the emotions inside her head strive to maintain stability and keep 'Sadness' from blanketing her emotion all over the cherished memories that have been vaulted. 
However, a haphazard event cause…

On Stephen King's writing - My opinion, my take

Stephen King’s name is synonymous with the horror genre. In fact, say the name and the first thing that comes to mind is a talented writer with a penchant to write real and believable characters along a backdrop of a gripping story.
His first novel- Carrie- was published in 1974 and since then, Stephen King has been a brand name for horror. His storytelling has always been impeccable and fast paced making his every book a page-turner.
I remember the first Stephen King book I ever read- Misery. I was probably still young to read it considering the content of the book, but I know I was thoroughly engaged and gripped by the intensity of the plot and found myself dying to know how it would all end. He surprised me and gave a realistic ending- not a fairytale one where everything magically resolves for the benefit of the protagonist. No, this was a story that showed that the lead character would always be traumatized by what he had suffered through.
After I finished reading that, I had…

What happened then

I thought I would never talk about what happened a few months ago and that I would try and move past it and live in the present.  Then I saw this quote on Facebook about you being in charge of your own decisions and the consequences of that. I cannot remember the exact quote but it was something about your problems being your fault. My reaction? REALLY!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!! Of course I used expletives while saying that but I’m not about to put it here on my “sacred” blog. My point is that there is no way we are responsible for what happens to us. We cannot even try to put up a brave face sometimes when this horrible thing happens that shatters everything inside us. I went through a phase that I wasn’t in control of. I didn’t decide to go through it. When I tried to fight, I was made to lose because that was what the time was at that time. No matter what I did, I failed and I was at a point that everything looked bleak and hopeless. I tried to be happy, in fact I got up every…

Infamous Second Son- My Take on this game (with Spoilers!)

Infamous Second Son is the third game in the series and released for PS4. First things first: Infamous is one of my favorite game series. I love open world games especially one that gives you a choice to either be a model citizen or a sinister troublemaker. Okay the actual level up terms is True Hero or Infamous. Infamous Second Son does not deviate from the previous installments. You still get to choose what you want to be, you still get powers as the story progresses and most importantly- the controls do not vary...much. As with another of my favorite games- The Assassin's Creed series- the controls are the most important to a gamer because it makes you comfortable knowing which buttons to press and easily relates you with the former game. Assassin's Creed 3 and 4 did not do that. The story faltered in both and the controls made me feel like I wasn't playing another AC game but a new game altogether. But enough about that. Infamous Second Son introduces Delsin Rowe-…

Changes over time

Lately I've been thinking about change and how inevitable it is. What I would do to be in control of this wild beast that has a mind of its own. The first thing I would do is to make sure any change in my future will be in my best interests. Too many changes in my life has only brought upon obstacles that takes me forever to overcome. The next thing I would do is to make sure that any change that comes, gives me time to adapt to it before another one comes sauntering by. Why exactly do I hate change so much? Actually I don't. It's an irritating guest that doesn't leave, and that doesn't mean I hate it; I just can't wait for it to leave. Change is often used as a synonym for progress. I have always seen it as another step away from the simple things in life. Here's how:
Art
I've been reading up on Art History lately only because I've always had this complex of not understanding paintings and being able to identify them. When I started on it, I be…

Bad Days Keep Rolling

Ever had one of those days when nothing goes right? And then have that day turn into a week and then a month and then...months...? And to think it all happens with a seemingly innocent incident- like a flash in the sky- daunting, but at the same time impossible to tell whether it will turn into a thunderstorm or just light rain. Is it coincidental that the beginning of all bad days starts with something breaking? A knocked out vase for instant or someone's glasses breaking. Sure, at that time it feels like the pieces could be easily glued together or worse comes to worse, it could be thrown out- (hey, it was an ugly vase anyway). But then the real trouble starts. The vase turns out to be a gift from someone important whose feelings are going to be hurt. The glasses that broke were flimsy, but going all the way to the optician is a hassle and when you go, the optician gets the prescription wrong. And while all this is going on, something else is already manifesting in the corne…

Dhoom 3- My take

The most awaited movie boasts of ending the year with a bang. Box office-wise, yes, Dhoom 3 is doing a wonderful job, but content and writing wise, is it really such a Dhoom? When I first went to watch Dhoom, I had low expectations. Fast bikes didn't really appeal to me and I thought for sure it would be a complete "guy" movie.  I was pleasantly surprised to find it a thrilling movie- action packed, great songs and commendable acting by all actors. All the actors looked good and the actresses had prominent roles. Then Dhoom 2 came along and it became obvious that Dhoom was going to be a stylish big-budgeted franchise. Dhoom 2 delivered in all aspects and was an upgrade from the previous movie. Big names were attached to the project, the songs were great, the costumes were chic and the action and thrill scenes were mind-blowing. When Dhoom 3 was announced, my expectations peaked. This was going to be better than Dhoom 2 and I awaited the release impatiently. The traile…

Mistakes were made

I have always found the quotes on courage really helpful and thought they had really helped me overcome so much. Turns out those fancy words were just a fancy.

 I did the very thing I thought I would never do. Instead of owning up to my fears and tackling them, I let them get the best of me. And then what happened? The obvious- I paid the price for giving in to my fear. All this pain and discomfort could have easily been avoided had I showed more courage and confidence.

Hopefully, this will be a lesson that changes my perspective and pushes me to be more courageous.

My Gripe with Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed was one of those games that pulls you into a world of a bygone era and gives you a glimpse of a life that you had only read had existed. That was the pull, the USP of the games, to draw the gamer in and let her or him imagine themselves living a life in that era. One would imagine that life would have been much simpler all those years ago without the politics and betrayal and pressures of being accepted in society. But for those who haven't studied history extensively- like me- will find that things may be (at least comparatively) better now. No capital punishment for one. I played Assassin's Creed 2 even before the first one and was totally captured by the spell it weaved. Renaissance has its own magic- the period where art and culture took front seat. In this game, you are thrust into this period and live the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze who is unaware of his own destiny. After his family is betrayed and executed in front of him, he escapes wit…

Bullying is still Rampant

At some point or another, we've all come across an incident of bullying. Whether we've experienced it first hand, seen it happen to someone else or read the numerous reports in newspapers. Over the years, Bullying has become a cause of concern and several campaigns have been launched against it.                                                               SAY NO TO BULLYING! Schools and colleges have often taken a rigorous stand against bullying and punished offenders severely. Unfortunately cases of bullying still exist with many victims resorting to taking their own lives.
This is saddening. But what is shocking is that despite all these reports, bullying is still a stigma in society that refuses to go away. Since bullies now know that they could be punished, they have taken to the Internet where they can hide behind the anonymity of usernames.
Discussion boards were once a medium to exchange ideas, have a healthy debate and voice our (otherwise sometimes suppressed in…

Need Directions to my Future

My hopes, my dreams and my feelings are all mine. But my troubles are not only mine.It was easy for me to feel like I was the only one going though a bad phase and that no one could ever understand what I'm going through. I still feel like no one can understand me without actually being in my shoes, but for me to feel that I was the only one going through problems and obstacles was wrong.Interacting with people recently has made me realize that I was in the same boat as them. I would like to wallow in despair and claim that my boat has a huge hole in it and slowly sinking, but there are people like me out there going through something familiar.In a way it makes me feel better that I'm not alone in this  but I also get slightly envious if their problems are resolved before mine are.I would like nothing better than to have everything straighten out and even get noticed for my writing. Or at least my efforts.I have a long way to go- I know that- but I can't wait for the day w…