So one of my favorite blogs that I follow on here is Flavia the Bibliophile (Hey girl heeeeeyyyy), & this is a series of posts that she will do at least once a month that details all of her currents. I really like this idea, because it gives me a chance to ramble to someone (or no one, depending on if the blog ever gets read or not) about the things I am really enjoying (& in some cases, not enjoying!). Please note: My playing/watching sections are spoiler-free, but my reading section is not. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Currently Playing: Final Fantasy XV
I actually bought this game the first day that it was released, but as you can see I’ve been dragging my feet on it. I’m currently about 43% through the game and loving every minute of it! So far I’ve only been playing in the open world side of things, attempting to finish as many side quests as I can. I’ve been trying to level up my boys as well, because I’m nervous about how things will go once I make it to the story-driven part of the game. (Seriously, I got stuck in IX that way because I didn’t level up enough and I didn’t stock enough restoratives. I got stuck in the same field for weeks until I started over again…whoops).
I’m loving all of the extra details as well, from the fishing, the cooking, and OF COURSE the baby Chocobos! I really like that you can change the colors and name them as you please. Also can we talk about those EPIC guardian summons?!?! Ramuh scares the crap out of me every single time & I love it so much. He’s my dude! I can’t wait to see if there are other summons available as the game progresses.
My only slight complaint about this game kind of comes as a double-edged sword; while the whole open world/thousands of side quests is really, really fun, I think it distracts the audience from the main story more than I would like to admit. I can see why they only did part of the game as open world for that reason. I also think they tried to reconcile this by releasing an anime (Brotherhood) with back story, Kingsglaive as a prequel movie, and of course there was the precious demo with young prince Noctis and another guardian, Carbuncle. (This was adorable and reminded me of a nice mix between Kingdom Hearts and Supernatural. I would definitely recommend it!) All three of these were wonderful in their own right, and helped to remind the audience of the story.
I’m mostly dragging my feet because I know the rest of the story/the ending will make me REALLY sad….but eventually I will make myself push through it and continue. As of now I would definitely recommend this game to any RPG fan!
Currently Watching: Goblin, the Lonely & Great God
I have a feeling that this is something I would have liked a lot more when I was younger and in high school or early college–that’s not to say that I don’t like it now because it’s simply stunning. There are many parts to this intricate story that hit me pretty deep. I’m currently on episode 13 of 18, so I will wait to give my final review–but here are some of my current thoughts and positives on this series:
*The music is so beautiful! I’ve never fallen in love with a K-Drama score like I have this one. It’s ethereal and heart-wrenching, which makes the story that much more beautiful. Music plays a large part in any story, because it enhances the emotions of any given situation. A+++++++
(The visuals are just as stunning, by the way)
*The story is epic, complicated, and lovely. I am a big fan of series that make me think, and this one does just that. Rather than follow the typical outline of a K-drama, this one is different in that there is no love triangle/second love interest; instead, the second male lead gets his own story line that intertwines deeply with the two main characters. This is important, because they’re all together both in the past and the present (You’ll see what I mean when you watch it). This series makes you contemplate morality, the difference between right and wrong, and how the consequences of your actions affect everyone around you. Story is also A+++++++
*My only complaint (if I can call it that, because it’s not deterring me in any way) is the fact that I like the second lead & his story more than I like the main love story…but that’s more so just a matter of preference! I think it’s because the main female love interest is younger and so far, she hasn’t been given a lot of character growth–I feel like she’s not as well-rounded as the other characters. This is what I meant when I said I might enjoy it if I’d seen it when I was younger–there are some moments when the male leads are constantly rescuing her or fawning over her & I just think….why?
With all of these elements combined, despite my hesitation about the main female lead I would still recommend this K-Drama all the way! I watch mine on Netflix & Dramafever (Which also has an app on the PS4 in case you were wondering). Where do you watch yours?
Currently Watching (Also): Tsuki Ga Kirei
This is a sweet, quiet little slice of life anime that I’m really enjoying. Though it centers around a romance, I would like to classify it in this category rather than the shojo or romance drama categories, mainly because it differs from them in the sense that it avoids a lot of tropes. (Not that tropes are always a bad thing.)
It’s about two third year middle school students who are sort of finding their way around their first romantic experience. It’s sweet and realistic in my opinion; they talk more over Line (texting) than in person because they’re both very shy, and it showcases all the subtleties and misunderstanding that often happen in a young relationship without going over the top. I relate to these kids so much because I’m also very shy, especially when it comes to romance; I also like to keep my private life to myself.
It’s a quiet piece but I’m enjoying it all the same–not all relationships have a big, loud start! So far I’m on episode 6 of 12, I’ll keep you all posted. Slice of Life is my favorite genre, do you guys have any suggestions or favorites that I should try? 🙂
Currently Reading: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
So I read this book for my book club that I have tomorrow night; most of the ladies in my circle are librarians who happen to be in charge of the YA section, so most of our selections since I have joined are all YA. I don’t mind this at all, but I do have to say….
I hated this book so much. (I’m sorry if I offend anyone!)
The story was rushed, most of the characters are two-dimensional, and the main character, Danica, is quite possibly one of the worst characters I have come across in YA literature. She’s selfish and will step on everyone around her to get ahead.
***Lots of spoilers from this point on***
The premise is that Danica is being forced to marry a murderous young king through the manipulations of her own power-hungry mother. From this standpoint, I can definitely sympathize with Danica–who would want to marry an abusive psychopath?! What I can’t justify is all of her actions after this point.
Desperate to leave, she tries to pay a criminal to help her escape from her cruel fate. However, at the last moment he raises the price so high that she must figure something else out, and quick. So what does she turn to? Selling drugs, of course….
I think the idea is interesting enough–it’s a dystopian society (Why is YA so obsessed with this concept?) set in the future of France, where a large corporation has bought out the palace of Versailles and created a “bubble” of noble elite who still dress like it’s the 1700’s but have the all the comforts of modern society, such as robots for servants called M.A.R.I.E. (subtle, I know).
In order to make her great escape, Danica comes up with the clever idea of selling “happiness” drugs disguised as makeup–hence “Glitter.” Not only is she drugging all of noble society without their knowledge and consent, but she’s aiding her own father’s terrible addiction as well. Instead of, I don’t know…helping him get clean?!
She’s in love with her dealer …she spends all of her time saying “Why doesn’t he love me” instead of, “Wow this guy could kill me.” It’s incredibly stupid and vapid of her to think this way–especially about the guy who’s using her to sell drugs?!?!? How could he possibly be appealing to her? There’s little development in the area of his character except that one day he hates her and then all of a sudden he loves her. Instalove, much?
Once again I gotta come back to the whole stepping on people to get ahead thing.
HEAVY SPOILERS AHEAD
Because of her, her own mother and best friend die of an overdose; her dealer boyfriend gets put in jail (the only person she bothers to check on and promise to come back for), she leaves her father to die alone from withdraws in captivity, & she openly admits to her other friend, “hey, you’re gonna get in a BUNCH of trouble once I leave and you’ll have to pick up the pieces.” (AND THEN SHE LEAVES ANYWAY.) Like, this girl deserves all the bad juju that will come her way after all is said and done.
I also have to wonder–since this book will be a series, why did she rush the ending so much? There was so much more potential there.
*heavy breathing* The rant is over, I promise.