The trees are alive! // My favorite trees in fiction.

The trees are alive! My favorite trees in fiction. //Treebeard from LOTR, Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, Pickett from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // Blog post and illustration by Asti @ bit.ly/atypicalnarrative

When it comes to my stories posts, I’ve decided reviews and recommendations are not enough. I also want to talk a little more in general about the overarching things that pull me in, whether that be themes, characters, genres, tropes, etc. Reading about specific books or shows is nice, but sometimes it’s easier to interact with a post if it touches on broader themes (and I’m all about interaction here).

To start off, today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite types of characters in fiction: tree people!

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Three high school tv series you should watch.

Three high school tv series you should watch // Glee, SKAM, Freaks and Geeks // Blog post and illustration by Asti @ atypicalnarrative

Now, I don’t generally seek out high school series to watch on TV or Netflix. They’re like contemporary reads for me: they’re okay, just not my cup of tea. But out of the ones I have attempted to watch over the years, these are the few that I’ve made it from beginning to end. The best of the best from a person who has no real qualifications to determine such a thing. You should watch them.

Glee

I was in LOVE with this Glee while it was airing. Though it played on stereotypes and didn’t lack any amount of cheese, I appreciated it because in many ways that is how my experience of high school was: everyone stuck to their own groups (I was mostly in the “freaks/misfits” group) and the drama was just so ridiculous.

Of course, I wasn’t in a glee club so couldn’t quite connect to those related experiences on the show, but I do thoroughly enjoyed music and there was rarely an episode I watched where I didn’t sing and laugh along with the characters. (And oftentimes I would even listen to the soundtracks online after.) Musical tv? I’m not sold on the concept, but I was all about it for this.

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Uprooted: the book that makes me say “FIVE FUCKING STARS!!!”

How did I feel about Naomi Novik’s Uprooted after finishing it? Well, let’s refer to my notes, shall we?

SO FUCKING GOOD! FIVE STARS! I finished with a huge ass smile on my face. I just, ahhh.

Hm… I’m not sure if that really encompasses my feelings. Let’s take a look at my Goodread’s review.

FIVE FUCKING STARS!!!!!!

Is this book perfect? Not necessarily. But I loved every second of it.

Okay then. There’s my thoughts on Uprooted. I gave it five stars and it makes me want to say “fucking”. That’s good enough for those who just want my general thoughts, but for those who want more…

Warning: There is some mild spoilage below. Nothing that I would consider to ruin the plot of the book or anything like that, but if you want to go into it knowing only what the blurb reveals, you may want to turn back now or read the headings but nothing else.

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