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Is There A Such Thing As Too Confident?

In a world where many people are facing so much insecurity it is generally refreshing to see someone confident and sure of themselves. That is why Jennifer Lawrence is one of my favorite actresses. She is down to earth, confident and really doesn’t care what the popular opinion is about her. This is definitely the type of role models Hollywood should be providing rather than the Lindsay Lohan wannabes that seem to be flooding our media.

However, is there a such thing as too confident? Recently there was an epic twitter battle with Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel because Kanye West referred to himself as a “genius” and Jimmy Kimmel went on his show to parody it. The video featured a few kids speaking the exact words that Kanye used. The video set Kanye West off and a fight ensued. I wanted to share the video on this blog post but it appears it has been taken down. This however furthers my point, is there a such thing as being too confident?

When Jimmy was defending his spoof he said : “I don’t know if you know this, but a lot of people think you’re a jerk,” Jimmy said. “When you said you’re a genius, I think that upsets people. But the truth is a lot of people think they’re geniuses, but nobody says it because it’s weird to say. But it is most certainly more honest to say, ‘I am a genius.’

Jimmy has a really good point here, a lot of people may think they are a genius but saying it out loud makes you seem a bit cocky. Its great to be confident but to be rude about it becomes another thing. At least that is what Jimmy seems to feel. However Kanye has a different view:

““I’m totally weird and totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes,” Kanye said. “And the thing is for me not to say I’m not a creative genius I’d be lying to you and to myself.”

Here is where I am torn. I am all for honesty. I believe it is better to hurt someone with the truth than to comfort them with a life. But in matters like this, isn’t it all a matter of opinion? I mean Kanye is not waving around an IQ test that scientifcally proves he is a genius. Rather he believes he is one because he has been successful in his endeavors thus far. And while I say good for him I also say, does the world really need to hear about it so bluntly? Can’t his critics and fans sing his praises? Why does he need to be the one to toot his own horn? Its just seems a little excessive to me.

But in this day and age so many people are battling their own demons they really do need to be able to look up to someone who loves themselves and isn’t afraid of it. I just don’t know when too far is too far. Bloggers what do you think?

One thing I know for sure is this girl has the right idea 🙂

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My Love Hate Relationship With Miley Cyrus

I have been putting off writing this post because frankly I keep changing my mind about how I feel about this girl. I will admit I watched Hannah Montana when it was on T.V (and yes I was far too old to be watching it but I have a younger sister so I get a free pass right?). I thought she was quirky, funny and just an all around pretty good child actress. Of course my interest in here began because of her father Billy Ray, my achy breaky heart still beats for him- don’t care how old he is! But we all have seen how cute little Hannah Montana has started to grow up.

The Blurred Lines performance at the VMA’s was shocking to say the least. But lets face it people, she WANTED to shock you. This girl knew exactly what she was doing and she got exactly the type of attention she wanted, ALL OF IT. This girl has been in show business most of her life thanks to her daddy, she is not oblivious to how the industry works. But knowing this did not make me any more happy that the Hannah Montana I loved was gyrating to a pretty degrading song about, well for lack of a better description, rape in a tan scantily clad bikini looking outfit. Couldn’t there be a way to shock the audience without stooping to that impossibly low standard?

But then she came out with the song Wrecking Ball. Now yes the video is, well shocking again. She rides around on a literal wrecking ball and is naked or very close to it for most of the video. However, when she was questioned about it she claimed it was art. And you know what? She might actual be telling the truth. The song is about a girl who is basically ruined in a relationship. The metaphor her sans skin body is portraying is how she stripped down her walls for someone and they weren’t able to do the same. Oh and did I mention in this song Miley can actually sing. And no I don’t mean autotuned perfection I mean Miley has a voice!

Now I actually really relate to the song and I can even relate to her artistic approach even though it may not have been the path I would take. I have since listened to lyrics in some of her other songs and I have to say this girl is actually a better role model than we are all giving her credit for. Here are just three examples from 2013 alone:

1) “Remember only God can judge ya
Forget the haters ’cause somebody loves ya”

2) “I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
And instead of using force
I guess I should’ve let you win”

3) “I came into this world by myself
So I don’t need nobody else
We have just begun
So much to do, so young
Don’t be afraid of alone, you’ll get it done on your own”

But Miley there is one thing I won’t forgive you for. Making room for this parody of Wrecking Ball with Hulk Hogan! I cannot unsee this!!

So bloggers, how do you feel about Miley Cyrus? Love her? Hate her? Both? Let me know!

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Casting my book!

One thing I have not mentioned on here is the book I am struggling to write. For awhile I had serious motivation to write this book and make some serious progress. However, life got in the way and the book has taken a back seat. Surfing blogs the last couple weeks I noticed that a lot of people had presented lists of their characters and who they would be “cast” as. I thought this might be a good way to get my head back in the book and make some more progress. I only want to introduce a few characters right now but I am hoping this will be a good motivator:

Jess: She is my main character, the book is told through her point of view. She is a journalist covering plenty of local stories. The plot thickens when a murder happens in town and Jess has an invested interest in pursing the murderer. Jess is strong, defiant, confident, manipulative and cold. She is a loner and has very few personal contacts. If I were to cast Jess this is a the girl I would chose:

Casting Jess Take 2

The eyes could cut through anyone and you can tell this girl knows how to get what she wants.

Jason: This guy is the other main character in the book. This guy is a perfect mental match for Jess. The manipulative games she plays he plays right back. He is slick, smart, manipulative, coy and cunning. He seems like just your average guy on the outside but really he is so much more:

I cannot picture anyone else playing Jason. Sawyer from Lost has the boy next store look but the facial expressions to show that there is so much more going on.

 

Randy: Jess’s only friend. The boy who tries to win Jess’s heart again and again but is really only used as her confidant. The man she turns to when things go wrong. The man who she uses to get leverage in difficult situations. He is soft, impressionable, loving, caring, weak, and doe eyed in love.

Joseph- Gordon Levitt has the innocent face that this character needs. However, I chose him because this actor also has the ability to have a strong side when the situation calls for it. Randy will need to step up for Jess and become more than the innocent doe eyed friend she counts.

 

There are of course many more characters I would love to share but I am not ready to give anything away from the plot. This however has gotten my mind turning about the characters and hopefully will allow some progress.

So, bloggers have any of you cast the characters of your books? Who would you have as your main character and why?