Sunday, 29 May 2016

1984 - George Orwell | Spoiler Free

*All Book Reviews on this blog are spoiler free.*

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows." - George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

The year is 1984 and Earth is split among three governing parties – Eastasia, Eurasia and the one we are concerned with, Oceania. The ignorance of the people, and brainwashing their curiosity out of them, is the how the party remains in power. The setting is essentially similar to that of a dystopian era novel.

Our protagonist Winston has a simple life, a steady job and a secret – He hates the government. In a world where your government dictates your basest thoughts, even thinking about hating the government is an act of rebellion. 

And that is what makes 1984 a breath of fresh air. The story doesn’t have a rebellion the way The Hunger Games series or the Divergent series does but that doesn’t mean a rebellion doesn’t exist. In a world where attraction is banned, the softest of kisses is a rebellion; where information is constantly misprinted, holding on to the truth is an act of rebellion. 

1984 talks about politics, the desires and needs of an individual and the power play across different sections of our society. It is by far the most realistic depiction of a dystopian world. The story is simple and easy to follow. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

An Allowance: Hiatus is Over

Sometimes writing means sitting at the desk and setting the words free; most of the times it means taking Gilmore Girl quizzes while pretending to write. I’ve been on hiatus lately, especially with my blog, and every single tumblr advice blog, TED talk and even Neil Gaiman has informed me that I need to commit better.

It is a justified point. A lot of writing is feeling disappointed with words and then gritting your teeth and writing anyway. To quote Jodi Picoult, “You can edit a bad page but you can’t edit a blank page.” It’s fair to say the same for most creative things.

Creativity is often misunderstood. It isn’t about a brainwave idea, although those are very much appreciated. Brain, if you could keep them coming, I have no complaints. Creativity is putting those ideas onto paper and transforming them into something beautiful.

Life changing ideas are not life changing, the hard work is. Remember, J. K. Rowling’s idea was of a boy who didn’t know he was a wizard; her effort was the Harry Potter series.

And putting in the sweat, time and commitment is far more difficult that dreaming up of ideas. Sometimes you put off writing for a day and then a day becomes 3 months. I haven’t updated my blog since February.