Sad Girls by Lang Leav

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Who was so excited when they learned that Lang Leav was writing a novel? Me.

Who went to the book store to buy the book as soon as it was released? Me.

Who wanted to start reading as soon as I got my own copy? Me.

Who was thoroughly disappointed with how things turned out? Me.

 

Where was The Universe of Us? Lullabies? Love & Misadventure? Memories?

 

Or maybe, I was a big fan of her work in poetry that I expected so much from a novel. I wanted something with meat. I wanted something heart-wrenching (from the title Sad Girls). But, all I got was a cliche story line with a lot of cliche elements.

Maybe she was meant to write poetry and not narratives.

In the end, I may not be a girl but I was as sad, in every way, as the girls were.

Trolls

Not the cute ones though.

Okay, I’ll let you into a little secret.

I loved tonight. I only wanted to try it but it sucked me further and further when I felt that I had power.

Then it came to me, why didn’t I do it before? Why did I discover the excitement I am getting from it just now?

I wish I knew it sooner because the satisfaction was amazing.

Trolling. On social media. Not the bad one.

 

I was actually going for a sensitive topic on efficiency and airport management. Somehow, others were thinking on a shallow perspective and that was where the disconnect started.

Then it turned ugly for them since they launched personal attacks which I was able to avoid but not without having to control my own feelings. I still got affected but not in the way that I could resort to using ad hominem attacks too.

In the end, I felt like it was a success. I was able to bury 3 people in the mud made out of their own logical fallacies.

Although it was enjoyable. It was also exhausting.

 

Would I do it again? Definitely. But not in the near future.

Defendant (피고인)

Synopsis

Park Jung Woo (Ji Sung) is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself locked up inside Woljeong Penitentiary. He is suffering from temporary amnesia. Park Jung-Woo is falsely accused and is sentenced to death. Now, he must struggle to prove his innocence.

Thoughts

I am a fan of Ji Sung’s acting ever since I saw him in Kill Me, Heal Me. In this series, he picked it up a notch. He is a supremely gifted actor and some of the younger actors today couldn’t even compare. He gives a lot of emotion and dimension to the role he is portraying.

As for the other cast, I couldn’t find fault. Although, I must confess that the female lead isn’t much of a factor in progressing the story. Honestly, she could be removed from the series and there wouldn’t be a lot of difference.

And one thing I like about detective dramas is the retribution in the end. It’s just so satisfying to watch. Although, I couldn’t recommend to watch it in one sitting because the series is just so heavy.

Norse Mythology (Gaiman, 2017)

I must admit that I am only familiar with Roman and Greek mythology. And I know of Thor and Loki because of the Marvel cinematic universe. Neil Gaiman opened my imagination to a new world of interesting characters, places, and events.

I am glad to have read this book and happy that Neil Gaiman made the stories easy to understand. I could actually recommend this book to grade school and high school students looking for a new thing to read.

This book got me interested in Norse mythology and had me looking for stuff on the internet before continuing to read. But, it made me realize that different civilizations believed in the same gods but they are represented in their own specific and unique ways.

This book is an easy and entertaining read. But it doesn’t veer away from the usual quirky, imaginative, and fun way Neil Gaiman writes his books.