Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review: Fearless by Tim Lott

Name: Fearless
Author: Tim Lott
Publisher: Walker Books
Date published: 2007
Rating: 5/5
Spoiler warning: Minor
With Fearless, I really liked how the story was mostly told from the perspective of Little Fearless and the other children. They were quite innocent and naive, not exactly knowing or understanding what was going on outside the institute, or inside it, for that matter. But they were still intelligent, and definitely brave, in their own ways, and I think this all added to the inspirational nature of the story.
The book also had a very emotional nature, and I found the Controller's part especially sad. I did guess who he was (in relation to Little Fearless) quite close to the beginning of the book, but that did not make it any less heartbreaking when the truth was revealed.
Fearless had a very strong and important message about control and freedom, and I thought that the fact that it almost seemed to be written as if it was a young children's story while it had such a sinister truth to it gave the story's message a lot of impact.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Rambles (#3): On Being "Normal"

"Normal" can be a tricky and potentially dangerous word, but it shouldn't be. Because most people are normal. Being unique, having qualities and quirks of your own, doesn't make you abnormal. Everybody has a little something different about them, and that's normal. And everyone is at least a tiny bit similar to everyone else, and that's normal too. Just because you like a type of music that nobody else seems to like, that doesn't make you strange. And just because you like a new trend going round that a lot of other people like too, that doesn't make you dull.
When you type "define normal" into Google, the first definition given (and the definition relevant to this ramble, we're not going to go into the mathematical and scientific ones) is "conforming to a standard; usual typical, or expected". Personally, I don't think that's a bad thing, and it's not exactly a good thing either, it's somewhere in between. It really is just normal. I think we need to take it as a neutral term, without positive or negative connotations. Normal just is. It shouldn't be a compliment or an insult. I wouldn't worry about being "normal", it's really not as bad, or good, as it's made out to be.