Sunday, June 1, 2008

I think that if The Odyssey had been written as a graphic novel the story could have been enhanced. The story would have been more effective as a graphic novel because it would have been easier to understand and easier to picture if it was laid out for you. The book was hard to read because it wasn’t written in common English that we use now it was written a while ago so it was hard to understand everything that was said. If it was written as a graphic novel you could see pictures and understand it better from looking at them. Because The Odyssey is a bunch of small stories put together it would be good for a graphic novel. Also because they aren’t very long you could make easy-to-read panels out of every small story. Because this is a story over many years you could draw how people have grown and how thing have been affected differently in pictures rather than in writing. Because at the end of this book there is a lot of emotion between Odysseus and his son this might be the graphic novels weak point. It might be hard to express all that emotion but the book would over all be a very nice fit for a graphic novel.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Massie Block is famous for many things, her make-up, her clothes, her house, The Pretty Committee and one of the most important things is her way with words. Whenever anyone tries to talk down to Massie she really knows how to handle matters and can take them into her own hands. For an example, Massie would say do I look like an oven, then the other person would say no, why? And Massie would say back, then why are you all up in my grill. Even though some of the things Massie says can make you laugh for a long time, it still gets kind of mean down at the girls middle school. Because Massie is head of The Pretty Committee she needs to be on her feet at all time and whenever someone is going to make a comment about her she always needs to be able to say one that is worse within a few seconds. At the end of the book when the girls are in the bomb shelter which is now the boys locker room, they see Derrington and his whole team and he tells them he can forgive them if they do one thing for them. Massie has a full out battle with Derrington trying to see who can come up with the more terrible remarks about each other. Massie made all the girls give up guys, but she secretly wants Derrington back and I don’t think yelling at him and burning him was the way to go.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

One theme in the book Bratfest at Tiffany's is that you should never give up. This is shown many times by many different characters. One way this theme is shown is when Massie and The Pretty Committee (minus Alicia) are forced to go to the over load and have school away from the actually building. They stuck together to try and make it work for themselves and all the others with them. Also when they were pushed to the over load the only other people there were LBRs (losers beyond repair) and so Massie thought her life would be over but instead she was about to make all the people in the main building envy what they had going in the shafted area. Another way this theme is shown is when the girls have to start a pact to never talk to boys again. Massie makes this pact official and gives girls bracelets to vouch by, even though all this is happening and every girl knows they can lose their friendship, they all still talk to boys because they think it is too hard of a think to give up. This theme is also shown when people decorate their lockers to try to get into the design of the Tiffany’s box in the over load building. Many people designed their lockers to try to get in but The Pretty Committee didn’t want all these new people coming into the area they designed so they didn’t decorate a locker.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Alicia Rivera is the reporter over the intercom every morning at the Octavian Country Day School and she is very good at it. She gives the daily news and gossips at the beginning of the school day so the girls, and now the boys since they had to move into the girls' school, can listen in on the entire new scoop. Kristin has a very different personality then Alicia. Kristin is the captain of the varsity soccer team and leads her girls to victories every year. But also Kristin falls for the boy’s soccer players along with the rest of the Pretty Committee. Dylan’s mother is the head of the daily gossip show The Daily Grind and everyone who is anyone is on that show. Dylan is very weight obsessed and does not like the way she looks at all. She thinks everyone is always putting her down about her weight when really no one even tries to mention it. Massie is the head of the Pretty Committee; she is respected by everyone at the school. Everyone wants to be her friend and be by her side at all times. She runs the school and everyone in it. Claire just moved into Massie’s guest house on account of their Dads’ friendship. Claire doesn’t really fit in with the other girls’ fashion and drama but she tries her best to make friends and become part of The Pretty Committee so she can become someone in a school of wannabe’s and gonnabe’s.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The book Bratfest at Tiffany's is the ninth book in the Clique series by Lisi Harrison. In each book you learn a little more about the girls and they open up a little more. By the ninth book you can pretty much predict what the girls are going to do but Lisi always keeps you guessing. She is a master at writing and has a very descriptive sense. She is very good at giving each of the five girl’s different personalities and each has their own dream. The first book started when The Pretty Committee was in seventh grade and now they are in ninth and I have a feeling Lisi will keep writing until they are done with middle school or even done with high school. The author, Lisi Harrison is also famous for writing shows and helping develop shows for MTV. She now lives in Laguna Beach and writes the new, upcoming books for the Clique series. Next in the series is The Summer Collection for each of the five starters of The Pretty Committee. Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristin and Claire will each be telling their own stories of how they spent their summer and how different being back with their friends after that summer really was. I really enjoy reading all these books so I can’t wait to get my hands on the next ones coming out!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dear Massie,
I think you and your friends seem to be very close. But sometimes you boss them around too much and I think they are starting to get sick of it. Alicia is breaking off from the pretty committee because she doesn’t like that you said that she can't see the boy she really likes anymore. Claire is also still in love with Cam so I think it’s wrong that you tell her she can’t have feelings for him anymore. Also you know that you still want Derrington back but you are just jealous he is with Olivia so you tell the pretty committee that they also can’t see any of their boys anymore. I think that what you did with the school is excellent. The Tiffany and Co box to the extra area is a great addition and now everyone wants to go to school there instead of the actual school building. Also when the school has the contest when people have to decorate their lockers and try to win a spot in the new building is a great idea. I know you and the pretty committee probably doesn’t like the idea but it’s a fair chance for the rest of the school to be able to spend the year in the building of their choice. Also I think that if you try to win your boys back that is also a good idea because you all looked very cute together.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One connection i see from the book Brat fest at Tiffany's and my real life is the way girls act towards each other. Sometimes girls have frenemies and it’s like the saying "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" that’s what these girls do. In ever school there are some rivalries and at this school there is many. Massie and her pretty committee think that they are the girls that rule the school. In my life I know some girls think they do. Also another connection is how the girls act about boys. These girls gave up on boys to try and focus on their friendship more, and when the guys get new girls Massie and the PC get very, very jealous. In my life I know many girls who get jealous if they see a guy with another girl. Another connection is how the girls dress. They think that they need to be classy at school and casual on the weekends. I think most girls in Edina would agree with this because I know almost every girl dresses up for school and when they don’t see everyone they are friends with they don’t have to dress up and look all cute. The last connection I see is how the girls act towards school. The girls don’t care what grades they get or how well they are doing and I think this connects to my real life cause most of my friends have stopped caring about how they are doing in school as well.