The book that I chose to read for my 3rd quarter IR book was Five Feet Apart written by Rachael Lippincott. This was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I have also watched the movie and I think they are both great. If you are a fan of dramatic romance books, you would love this one. There really was not anything that I did not like about this book. One of my favorite parts of this book was how hard Stella tried to not fall in love with Will, but there was no way that she couldn’t. I think that is one of the cutest things. This really just gets the reader more attached to the characters. I know that it did for me. Stella has a youtube channel where she uploads a bunch of videos about her daily life and routines. Once Will finds out about the videos that she makes, he watches all of them to learn more about her. In my opinion that is the cutest thing ever. I know that I will probably be saying that during this whole entire blog, but that is just how I feel. Barb, the nurse in charge of keeping Stell and Will apart, is worried about them being together. I think she is a very important character in this book. She is worried about them being together because she had two patients before who fell in love but were too close to each other. Those two patients ended up infecting each other and they died. In my opinion, this story that Barb told them just adds to them trying to find ways around their disease. This is a very important part of the plot of the story. The author did a great job making this one thing the obstacle in the story. Sneaking around Barb and not contracting their diseases are the most important things to them. At some points, the author makes a point to show that sometimes those things don’t matter if you are in love and want to be together. I really do not know why Poe, Stella’s best friend, had to die when things were just getting good. It was a major heartbreaker for me. Poe was always the positive one in the group and was always trying to make things seem a whole lot better. I do not really know if it is possible for me to love and ending and also hate it at the same time, but that is how I felt at the end of the book. Will and Stela were hanging out by a pond when Stella decided that she would go out on the ice and skate around. I am pretty sure we all knew what was coming next. Stella fell into the water and Will fished her out and had to give her CPR. Will was running out of oxygen because he was giving all of it to Stella. Will basically passed out but I thought he was a goner. Fortunately, Stella had the operation to get new lungs to survive. Will ended up leaving for the sake of their health. Will and Stella saw each other at the airport and smiled. This was a great book to read and the fact that I also saw the movie gave me more of a visual while I was reading.
My initial thoughts about the movie “Vertigo” was that I actually really like it. I feel like not a lot of people would like it because it is an older movie. Normally this would not be one of the first movies I would pick when it comes to what I want to watch. Surprisingly, I like it. In my opinion, I like the plot to it and all the plot twists. I am not really sure what exactly I like about this movie. The main thing is probably that it is a psychological thriller. I like movies like that. I also like that Alfred Hitchcock made the twist of when we found out that Judy was Madeleine all along. I literally thought that Madeleine was actually dead, I mean who wouldn’t think that. I think the music choice is good for the dramatic parts and for the parts where things are serious. There is not really much that I don’t like. I really liked this movie. Since we are finishing it today in class I don’t know what could possibly happen next. We left off where Judy was writing the letter to Scotty, but she ripped it up after she was done. She was going to tell him that she was actually Madeleine, but she decided not to and see if he would fall in love with her as her actual self. This is pretty smart of her. She will probably figure out all the details that she wanted to know when she knew Scotty as Madeleine. This will probably end badly if Scotty finds out that she had been the same person for the whole time and she did not tell him. If I had to improve this for a more modern audience I would put cellphones in to play somewhere. I feel like Scotty would take pictures of her if he had a phone. Overall, I would not do much to change this movie. This movie is probably one of the good ones I have watched and I would watch it again.
When we were first starting to read the poem I thought that Walt Witman was pretty full of himself. I thought that he was going to be very selfish, but he actually wasn’t. The first section that we read was not that hard to interpret and figure out. When we were assigned the sections it got a little more difficult. There were so many things that I did not understand at all. But other lines kind of just made sense if that makes any sense. My group was assigned to section 4. In my opinion, it could have been so much worse In this section, he discussed mostly his inner self and what he goes through. Whitman talks a lot about the world a lot and reflects on it. He talks about trippers and askers. He also talks about some of the unimportant things like “dinner, dress, associates…”. Some of the more important things he talks about are how you have many obstacles to overcome and sometimes the problems will return, but you will overcome them. Another thing he says is, “These come to me days and nights and go from me again, But they are not the me myself.” He really wants people to know that it is important for people to know that there are things in life that are difficult but they do not truly define who you are. He talks about how it is also important to figure out your self-identity. I think this section is pretty important regarding how you should live your life and what you have to realize that you are going to have to go through. In regards to the difficulties I had through this experience, the most stressful part was wondering if any of the stuff I was writing about each line was actually right. But other than that I did not think that it was too bad.