Since yesterday’s post was a bit heavy in terms of topic and analysis, I thought it would be good to have a more light post for today! So, we’re going to go ahead and do the “This Or That” book tag, which I’ve had sitting in my drafts for quite a while… but what else is new? 😂 I originally found it on Kimberly Faye Reads site, and I wanted to do it because I thought it looked like fun!
This post is a bit different from my previous posts as I’m breaking down an article that discusses the death penalty. A bit heavier of a topic than what I usually cover on this blog, but I think that the topic, and the arguments he discusses in the article are interesting and can be applied to a variety of issues outside the death penalty.
I’m not sure what I want to read after this, I was thinking either Cazadora, The Bluest Eye, or The Only Good Indian… but I haven’t made a final decision. Who knows, the next book I read might be something that I didn’t even list here 😂 Especially now that I think about it since I realized I also have The Sunbearer Trials and The Last Night At The Telegraph Club left to read as well 🤔 Decisions decisions!
That’s all I have for today, let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments below! Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post 👻
Today’s prompt is a Halloween Freebie, so I decided I want to talk about the books I want to read, even after October ends. These might be books I didn’t get to this month, or books I just learned about and I want to pick up soon, they might even happen to be more spooky or horror books. There may not be a specific type of book I’m discussing; the only thing I know is that it’s just not going to happen this month 😂
I did divide the books into some random categories, just because I wanted to make some fun graphics for them haha 👻
Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl hosts Top Ten Tuesdays every week, so go check out her blog (where you’ll also find more bloggers who participated in that week’s round of Top Ten Tuesday)!By the way, if you’re looking for a free Word Cloud Generator, this is the one I used, and it was great!
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
And that’s all I have for today! Let me know what are some books you’re thinking about reading below! Otherwise, I will see you with a new post tomorrow (:
This marks exactly one week before the end of BEDIO 😱 I can’t believe how quickly the month flew by!
You know the drill by now, as I share these prompts, feel free to try them out yourself and share your work! Whether it’s linking to your post, or just writing it out in a comment, I’d love to see what you come up with (:
Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing well! Before I continue, I’m going to warn you that this might be kind of a disorganized post where I splash a bunch of my thoughts down… so reader beware 👻
Lately, I’ve been watching YouTube videos talking about musical theater, and one discussion that was brought up was the accessibility of musical theater to everyone. The last video I watched discussed an incident where a Broadway actress thought an audience member was illegally recording the performance, so she called them out. However, it turns out the audience member was actually deaf, and was using a captioning device (provided by the theater) to enjoy the performance. This brought up many different important topics, such as theaters needing better communication to provide a better experience for performers and audience members a like, as well as the general lack of accessibility in Broadway.
Here’s a link to the video below:
This reminded me of the discussion within the world of books, as it’s a hot topic, especially when it comes to indie authors and readers who aren’t in the United States or England. Pirating is a big issue within the publishing industry for a plethora of reasons, such as authors (especially smaller or mid-list authors) losing out on money, but also because there are readers who simply cannot legally access the books in their country.
When it comes to publishing in other countries, it can be difficult for authors who are either indie authors, or authors who may not have the same support from their big publishers. Typically, when publishing a book in another country, you need to know whether you have to understand the rights you have when it comes to publishing your book (Do you have translation rights? Foreign language rights?) If an author doesn’t have access to the resources to publish in other countries, whether it’s that they signed their rights away when working with a traditional publisher or even through a self-publishing platform, it can be a lot more difficult to get their book into other countries.
So, what does this mean for readers? Essentially, if the author doesn’t have the ability to legally publish in your country, you are unable to access the book. Even in countries that may have publishing rights, it can be hard for readers to get the books because they’re expensive (Australia is the first place that comes to mind, as I’ve heard it’s notorious for having expensive prices for books), or there aren’t bookstores/libraries that are within a reasonable distance.
I think part of the reason this has become more of an issue in recent years is because of how connected we all are now due to the Internet (yeah I know, the Internet is to blame for everything, but hear me out). It’s easier to find information on new books and authors, especially when they grow popular and everyone is talking about them. Even if they want to support these authors and buy their books, it can suck (for lack of a better word), to be unable to do so because of reasons that are out of your control.
Due to the complicated process that comes with publishing internationally, when discussions of piracy comes up, it can be frustrating when fans who literally can’t access the book any other way are lumped in with people who can afford and have access the book, but choose to pirate instead. So essentially what it comes down to are these two main questions:
How can we fix these issues with being able to access media, whether it’s a book or a play? After all, as much as I discussed the reasons why fans may pirate content (whether it’s a book, a play, or a movie), it is still illegal in the end. So, is there a way to make it easier for fans to legally obtain these artistic works, even when they are outside of the author’s country of origin?
How we ensure that the people involved in the making of the art (the author, the actors, etc.) are fairly compensated, and aren’t put into these situations that results in these audience/fan interactions? As I mentioned, piracy is illegal and negatively impacts anyone involved in these creative fields, especially many people behind the scenes that we may not know about/consider in these situations.
Unfortunately, I don’t necessarily have the answer to these questions 😂 I also apologize if this seems like an unorganized rambling because… well that’s kind of what it is 👀
However, I would like to know what are your thoughts on media accessibility? What are some ways that you think would help make books more accessible to readers? Let me know in the comments below!
Before I go, I want to also share this blog post from Silvia Reads Books about authors’ discussions around piracy. Although it is from 2018, it shares some tweets from authors that exemplify why it’s an issue for authors to assume that every reader who pirates their books does so for the same reason. It’s also interesting since she is German, so her perspective on accessibility on books (especially books in English) is different from many English or British readers.
On that note, I will see you with a new post tomorrow!
As I mentioned in my last WWW Wednesday post, I’ve been in the middle of a reading slump. Instead of reading, I’ve been watching more YouTube/TV/Movies, so I figure why not share what I’ve been watching lately? Especially the Halloween themed videos 👻🎃
So, let’s get started!
Note: I realized after getting this together, both of these creators are super high energy, which I think is pretty funny 😂 But if you’re looking for a goof who explores some spooky places, or an “alcohol enthusiast” who isn’t afraid to be honest, then you’re in the right place haha
Love Is Blind Season 3 (Netflix)
Yep, I love getting my reality TV fix, although I don’t know how I feel about this season so far 🤔
Star Wars: Rebels (Disney +)
My dad and I have been watching this for a while, as it provides good context for some of the other new Star Wars TV series such as Andor and Obi-Wan. I wouldn’t suggest watching it until after watching The Clone Wars TV series, as it does reference events and characters from that specific show.
For movies, I decided to focus on horror movies I’ve seen in both September and October, as I’ve watched a few (especially as someone who isn’t usually a big movie person)!
This is actually the second Jordan Peele movie I watched (the first was Nope, although that was back in July when it first came out). I enjoyed both films, and it’s weird to me that people compare Nope to his previous works (well, I can’t comment on Us yet since I haven’t seen it), but Get Out has a totally different vibe and story structure (it’s the best way I can think of describing it). Although Nope does comment on society and the need for “the spectacle,” it feels much more like a monster feature. Get Out, on the other hand, focuses more on the horror humanity is capable of committing, primarily through its social commentary on race and class.
Now that I’ve seen both Nope and Get out, I just need to watch Us.
Pearl and X
I lumped these two together since Pearl is a prequel to X. These are slasher films, and although they put exciting twists on the genre, the cinematography also adds a lot to the story since it reflects the period the movie takes place in. X takes place in the 70s and has this more dark and grainy quality, while Pearl takes place during the 1910s, but the shots are full of oversaturated colors. As both films revolve around a particular character, I think the lighting and color schemes of both films reflect where this character is in her life (I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything, but if you know, you know).
All I have to say is that this movie definitely takes you through a variety of twists, and the ending is not what you expect 😂
Bodies Bodies Bodies
It was more of a horror-comedy than a pure horror film, but it was still fun to watch! I wouldn’t want to watch it again as the twist makes the movie as intriguing as it was, but I enjoyed watching it overall.
Thanks for stopping by, and let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen any of these shows/videos/movies, or if you have any good recommendations!
Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow with a new post (: