Gena’s Thought

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The Hottest Summer Ever

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True to the Game, Part I

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Have You Ever?

Have you ever read a book and you disliked a character to his or her core? For me, that character is in this book. You will find out why I dislike this particular so much in the upcoming book review. I would love to hear which character(s) that you do not like.

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Waking with Enemies

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Favorite Book Quote

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Read the Book or Watch the Movie

Lately, I have heard a lot of conversation about whether to watch a movie that is based on a book or to read the book. I have heard both pros and cons regarding this debate. After listening to these conversations, I thought that this blog would be the perfect platform to discuss this debate. To read the book or to watch the movie, that is the question. 

The answer to this question is subjective because it is based on a person’s personal preference. Some people may prefer watching a movie based on a book while others may prefer to read the book. In the article, “Why Books are Better Than Movies,” Ivette Gonzalez identifies why she thinks books are better than movies. She states,  

  • “You can imagine the setting/events happening in the story;
  • books are more detailed;
  • we can visualize the characters a certain way;
  • books have a plot twist that may not occur in the movie.”

These arguments are valid because there is truth to them.

When reading a book, I imagine the events that happen in the story. For me, this helps to bring the book to life. It also allows me to feel as if I know the characters on a personal level. For example, I felt this way when I read Eric Jerome Dickey’s novel, Naughtier than Nice. From the first page to the last page, the McBroom sisters became my friends and just like with friends, you are there for them through the good and the bad times.

In novels, the author describes the characters for his or her audience. If the descriptions are clear, then they can help readers to understand the characters from a physical, mental, and sometimes, a spiritual point of view. Based on the descriptions, I close my eyes to visualize the characters in my mind. For example, I read the novel and watched the movie, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. In both mediums, four friends deal with the highs and lows of the men in their lives. When reading the book, I visualized what these men looked like. When I watched the movie, the images were already created due to the actors playing the role of the characters. Needless to say, I preferred my images as opposed to Hollywood’s version.

Most recently, I watched the movies, True to the Game 1 and True to the Game 2, which is based on Teri Woods’ book series. I did not know that this movie was based on a book, but I absolutely loved the movies. After watching both movies, I decided to buy the Kindle version of the first two books. I immediately began to notice the differences between the books and the movies. Now, even though I loved the movies, I loved the books even more; there were many more details, the action was greater, and there were noticeable differences with some of the characters in both books and in both movies. Finally, because I watched movies first, I did not get to visualize the characters in my mind. While I was reading the books, I kept picturing Columbus Short. He played the role of Quadir Richards in both movies. Although he delivered outstanding performances and is extremely handsome, I still would have preferred to create my own image of Quadir Richards.

To my readers, which do prefer? Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts.

https://highschool.latimes.com/university-prep-value-high-school/why-books-are-better-than-movies/ (for the HS Insider Los Angeles Times. 

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The Underground Railroad

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Consisting of ten chapters and 108 pages, this book teaches young readers all about the Underground Railroad. It focuses on the great and many risks that slaves took to gain their freedom. For example, the opening chapter tells readers about Henry Brown’s harrowing escape to freedom in a box. McDonough also explains to readers that the Underground Railroad was not a physical train but an invisible system that helped African American slaves escape the cruel treatment of slavery.

The illustrations in the book reflect the time period in which slaves lived. Instead of using illustrations with color, they are sketches, like what a person would create on a drawing pad. The sketches seem extremely real, and they are clear and easy to view. There are also maps that display the journeys of the Underground Railroad system, free and slave states, territories, and the Middle Passage. Moreover, young readers will learn about the chief crops of slavery.

I also like the inclusion of the photographs, which are great primary documents for the readers to view and/or read to learn more about the Underground Railroad. These pictures consist of slaves, railroad routes through Indiana and Michigan, abolitionists, receipts for purchased slaves, railroad conductors and operators, newspapers, novels, and even wanted signs advertising rewards for captured slaves. These details help readers to understand what life was like for slaves.

Should these young readers ever need to conduct research, write an essay for school, or want to read more about this timeframe, the timeline helps them to keep track of the year(s) that particular events occurred. The bibliography at the end of the book lists more resources that students can read about the Underground Railroad.

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Incognegro: An Unknown Superhero

Always Forever Reading’s Rating = 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Superman. Aquaman. Batman. Black Lightning. You may have heard of these superheroes, but have you ever heard of Incognegro? Like these superheroes, Incognegro fights for truth. His mission is for justice to prevail and racial inequality to cease. However, out of all these heroes, Incognegro has much in common with Superman.

By day, Superman is Clark Kent; Incognegro is Zane Pinchback. Clark Kent works for the Daily Planet as a reporter; Zane Pinchback is a reporter for the New Holland Herald. Just as Superman has special powers, so does Incognegro. However, Incognegro’s power allows him to report gruesome details about the lynchings of African Americans, while being black. Due to his skin complexion, he has the ability to “pass” as a white man. Therefore, without getting caught, he is able to attend lynchings throughout the South. However, there have been times in which his identity has been revealed, but he has managed to escape the lynchers because he knows that if he is captured, then his consequences will be extremely dire.

Growing weary of reporting about lynchings, Zane wants a new occupation, something totally different. He wants to write about the Harlem Renaissance as Zane Pinchback. However, his supervisor has other plans. He wants Zane to travel to Tupelo, Mississippi to complete one last mission. There are only two problems. First, he will be unknowingly reporting about the lynching of his brother, Alonzo Pinchback. Second, his best friend, Carl, decides to travel to Tupelo because he wants to become the new Incognegro. He believes that on-the-job training is the best type of training, but in this case, is it? Will Incognegro be able to rescue Alonzo in time? Is Carl making a wise decision? Read this exciting graphic novel and pay attention to Warren Pleece’s illustrations because they truly capture every word on each page. I promise that you will not be disappointed.

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