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“I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The characters were spunky and the plot held a couple of sharp left turns that kept me reading. I think Wattpad readers would enjoy this romance.”
Every Friday, we bring you an undiscovered gem to read on Wattpad. This week, our secret Wattpad Talent Hunters recommend Breaking The Rules, a romantic historical fiction:
Elizabeth has always been more at home breaking steers and branding cattle than in the house cooking and cleaning but her father is pushing her to settle down and get married to the man of his choosing. But what happens when she falls in love with a man who is completely off limits? Brody Atkinson isn’t looking for love and he certainly isn’t looking for any more life and death struggles but that’s exactly what he finds when he meets Elizabeth McCready and the two of them uncover a plot to steal her ranch.
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The new year is almost here! Celebrate the start of 2012 by reading these stories featuring new settings - finalists in the Watty Awards 2011! Remember to vote for your favorites before the contest ends Jan. 31st!
A New Reality
New World: Cinderella versus Prince Charming (Fantasy - On the Rise)
New Life (My Life With The Walter Boys - Most Popular Story)
Time & Space:
Summer Vacation: Vacation Sucks…Wait, A Hot Lifeguard? (Adventure - On The Rise)
THIS WEEK’S GUESSING GAME FOR OUR MOST WATTPADDY READERS AND FANS:
Earth is starting to turn into the colour of Mars. The beautiful land has turned into ugly, plain rock. The crystal seas have transformed into sludge. And the clear, fresh air has been polluted to extinction, making it no longer breathable.
So how will Alyvia survive?
Which story is this quote and book cover from?
John Atkinson Grimshaw (English 1836-93) ~ A Lane In Headingley Leeds
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As the year 2011 winds down and we begin to look ahead to awards season, let’s take a moment to look back at the year in adaptations. And what a year it was. High drama met high-brow in more than a few book-to-film/tv adaptations, and gave us plenty of fodder for the “What’s better – the book or movie?” conversation. Herewith, in no particular order, the dozen productions from television and theaters that Word & Film considers the best of this year. Take a read through our picks and then agree with us — or argue with us…
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To celebrate the beginning of a new year, Wattpad brings you a guest post from Teen Ink.
What kind of person do you want to be in 2012?
When I Grow Up
By Sara D., Wyckoff, NJ
In kindergarten, my class was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Crayons danced across sheets of paper to illustrate our dream occupations. Our drawings were hung in the hallway for our parents to see at Back to School Night. I remember looking down the line and seeing pictures of ballerinas dancing, firefighters putting out a blaze, and astronauts leaping across the moon – careers that were seen as typical dreams of five-year-olds.
My picture showed a stick figure with brown hair holding a carton of orange juice over a large rectangle that was supposed to be a counter. Underneath was my barely legible handwriting: “When I grow up, I want to work at the Market Basket because it would be fun to swipe orange juice across the scanner.” To this day my parents won’t let me forget that out of everything I could have aspired to be, my five-year-old self wished to work at the local grocery store.
When we are young, questions of what we want to be when we grow up are common. Yet we are not expected to respond with an answer that is likely to come true. However, when we become teens, we are asked the very same question twice as often. The difference is, now we are supposed to answer with confidence.
Teens are expected to know exactly what we want to be and how we are going to achieve that goal. Not all of us can be so sure. Even though I am in high school, I cannot answer convincingly. But I don’t consider that a bad thing. How am I supposed to know what I will want to spend my time doing at age 40?
When I think about the future, I definitely don’t see myself working at the Market Basket, but in reality, if that was what would make me happy, I would do it. So, the next time someone asks me what I want to be when I grow up, I will simply say “happy.”
Happiness is a destination for everyone. We may want to walk different paths in life, but we all want to be happy wherever we end up. Choose your path, but don’t worry too much about choosing wisely. Make a mistake or two and try new things. But always remember, if you’re not happy, you’re not at the end of your journey yet.
This piece has also been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.
By chance, Belle Uriah and Brian McBlake first met when they were 7 years old. That day was a monumental day in their lives, seeing how they are still very close friends now, 10 years later. Their parents didn’t know what to do when they hit it off so well, because Belle and Brian are like night and day. Belle is a fun and sweet islander, originally born in Trinidad. While Brian is a small town suburban boy from Northern Virginia. However, the bond that they share is strong enough to withstand obstacle after obstacle. As their feelings for one another grow, and as their friendship deepens, can they both withstand the blows of reality? And can their relationship endure the test of time? More importantly, can they live without each other?
*AFTER, Romeo and Juliet. There was Brian and Belle.*
Teri, a girl from England, has 2 weeks to pack up her things because she is leaving to go and live in America. Little does she know her new neighbour Scott and ladies man Dan will make sure she will have plenty of problems to deal with! Her new life changes her in a irreversible way but once she is hurt will she ever let anyone back in or will she go in a downwards self destructive spiral?
Lyra has never been normal. Growing up playing with a ghost boy named Josh and using her empathy to feel others feelings she was easily labeled a freak. But when Hale Ambriel comes, her world is turned upside down and inside out. Hale has a message. He is a fallen angel on a mission. He know that The Gate has opened and mythical creatures are running rampant in the human world. It is up to them to find The Elemental Keys of The Gate and close it before things get to far. Journeying across the world and back they are sucked into an interesting adventure. Lyra is ready to believe anything Hale says if it wasn’t for the fact he won’t tell her why he fell from heaven…
Whenever Andrea sees Ronnie, her whole world stops. Ronnie only sees her as a friend. But after both of them become partners for the swing dance competition, they might see each other, in a different way, forever. But, what will Angela, Ronnie’s girlfriend, think when she realizes that Ronnie and Andrea might have feelings for each other? This just got a whole lot more complicated.
“If I drive for you, you get your money. That’s a guarantee. Tell me where we start, where we’re going and where we’re going afterwards, I give you five minutes when you get there. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours, no matter what. Anything a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. I don’t sit in while you’re running it down. I don’t carry a gun. I drive.”
Which book-to-movie adaptation is this from?
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Wattpad brings you a guest post originally published in Teen Ink:
Actor, Comedian, Author Steve Martin
By Andrew S. & Shelli G., New Hyde Park, NY
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Steve Martin is a Grammy- and Emmy-winning actor and comedian whose humor has remained sharp and relevant for decades. While he is best known for his acting and standup comedy, he is also a successful writer and musician. In 2000, Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy in recognition of his influential career. More recently, his memoir, Born Standing Up, was one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007. His new movie, “The Pink Panther 2,” opens Feb. 6.
I am very critical of movies, and I was laughing hysterically during the screening of “The Pink Panther 2.” That being said, what legacy do you wish to leave?
I try not to think about legacy because it is all folly. If you study history, even recent history, you’ll find many people who were quite significant in their time but are completely forgotten now. For example, I am surprised that even the stars I grew up with, like Humphrey Bogart, are not well known to young people anymore, and it seemed like they were going to be famous forever.
As far as my legacy, I hope people find my movies funny and will watch them years from now. And, in terms of writing, I hope that something remains that will not seem old-fashioned, that will still have a vibrancy to it 50 years from now.
It is so interesting to hear you speak after seeing the movie, since you speak so differently in “The Pink Panther 2.” What is the most gratifying moment you’ve had as an artist?
One of the most satisfying nights I ever had was at the premiere of my play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” I had never written a play before and it was a successful night, so I was thrilled. When we make something like a movie there’s always some dissatisfaction, but as I watched the play that night I thought, I couldn’t have done this any better.
Do you treat writing as a form of personal release? As a way to entertain others? Or as a means of self-expression? Or even something else?
I think it’s all of those. It’s definitely self-expression. You have to keep an eye on the reader, try not to be so smart that you bore people. These things are meant to be read. But mainly I get a thrill from writing because it’s one of the few things I do that’s not collaborative. Acting is collaborative because you are working with another actor, and it’s almost like a two-man juggling team. You have to really be in sync. But writing is extremely personal, and that’s the joy of it for me. I also love expressing complicated ideas clearly.
Many teenagers shy away from comedic writing. What makes comedy so difficult?
First, I am not aware that teenagers shy away from comedy writing. Most of the writers for shows like “Saturday Night Live” come straight from college. But maybe it’s something they pick up or that develops a bit later, because there are plenty of young comedy writers.
The teen years are extremely serious and everything matters and every insult really hurts. I know there are cliques and bullying. And you don’t yet understand that it will all go away. I always think back to my high school days and realize all the people who were so popular then are nowhere now and all the people who were steadfast and steady-going are somewhere. So high school doesn’t necessarily translate to later in life.
I am very interested in writing. What advice do you have for people who are just trying to create original material?
Write as much as you can. And at this point I wouldn’t worry about submitting it, but I would give it to those you trust and get their feedback. I would show it to friends and adults. For my book, I hired an independent editor so I could get an opinion from someone who wasn’t a friend.
Many teens have already experienced tragedy or major difficulties in their lives. What would you consider your biggest challenge or regret?
Well, I haven’t had any major tragedies, fortunately. I think probably the most difficult challenge was just the climb and rise in show business because I went through my entire twenties with some success as a comedy writer but not much as a performer. And you have to be kind of informed and naive at the same time. You have to be naive about how badly you are doing because if you were smart about it, you would quit. So the most difficult thing was to have perseverance.
What movies do you think every teen should see?
I haven’t seen many recently. There is a very touching film called “Sixteen Candles,” written by John Hughes and starring Molly Ringwald. It’s about a 16-year-old’s birthday, and it handles the difficulties of teen life really well. And it has a beautiful thought to it. I always go back to the Bob Dylan line, “For the loser now will be later to win,” and I always think that relates to high school.
Well, the times they are a-changin’, aren’t they?
Yeah, right. I’d like to say to teenagers in high school, “Believe me, the social structure now that might make you unhappy will change. And even the most popular, or the most academic, or the smartest kids, will undergo changes as they get older and mature. So you haven’t landed anywhere yet.”
Other than just being funny, what is the most important quality for an a comedian to possess?
I would say confidence, even if it is false.
Have you become any less inhibited due to your time performing?
Yes, but it’s taken a long, long time. I was always very shy – I guess I still am a bit – but as I get older I think, What am I being shy for? You just grow weary of your own hang-ups.
Do you think that performing comedy over the years has helped you to better understand human nature, behavior, or the way people work?
Performing comedy has not, but acting has. Even though some of my movies are comedies, they have a heart, like “Father of the Bride” and “Roxanne.” Acting has helped me understand people, not only because you are acting as a character, but also because you are watching other actors work. That really helps you identify in life when someone is acting, not being true.
Is there one thing you would like audiences to walk away with after having seen “The Pink Panther 2”?
Yes. I would like them to feel happier than when they went in. [Laughs] I really mean that. I want them to have had a good time and laugh, and they might discuss a few jokes on their way home and say, “That was really funny when that happened.”
You are a comedian, an actor, a playwright, producer, author, artist, art collector, special commentator and more. So truly, you are a renaissance man. Which of these interests means the most to you?
What means the most to me changes through the years. There was a time when movies meant the most. But when I’m concentrating on a project, that’s what means the most to me. Right now I’m doing an album – banjo songs I have written – with some really great performers like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Mary Black, and Tim O’Brien. And I’m writing a book about the art world. I think that’s why I do so many different things – because I get very focused and interested in one thing at a time.
How do you think the original Pink Panther series differs from the movie?
Well, certainly because Peter Sellers is taller than me. [Laughs] I think my character is a little warmer. You know, he falls in love and gets his heart broken. I don’t think they did that much in the original. It was just a different style. I can’t say whether it is better or worse.
When you were a child, did you display any inclinations for comedy or acting? Was there a “eureka” moment when you knew you wanted to pursue this for the rest of your life?
When I was a child, I loved watching comedy on television. There were mostly old movies on with comedians like Laurel and Hardy, and that’s what made me love comedy. But eureka moments … I can’t say. There were so many. It was a gradual thing. I grew up with a general love of comedy.
What books do you think everyone should read while in high school?
That’s a very hard one because what was right for me when I was a teen probably wouldn’t fit. You know, I grew up on Catcher in the Rye …
I love that book.
It’s a great book. But I don’t know, I only remember that when I was in high school I was assigned to read Silas Marner by George Eliot. I can’t remember if I read it or not … I wasn’t a very enthusiastic student in high school, but I was in college.
When I read it years later I thought, This book is great! But it was too complicated for me when I was a teen, and I wish they had given me Charles Dickens, which was lively, funny, and understandable, and the writing was still elegant and complicated. There are so many classics that are entertaining and will suck anybody in. I mean, if you read A Tale of Two Cities, you are going to ask, “What happens next?”
What is the best advice you’ve received about writing?
There are couple of things. One, I have to tell an anecdote. I was sitting with Martin Amis, the writer, when I was just starting my prose writing career. It was the early ’90s, and he was commenting about another writer and he said, “He is a good writer, but I think he is sloppy.” And I said, “What do you mean by sloppy?” And he said, “Repetition of words and unintended alliteration.” And I thought it was so practical because you can write a paragraph and look back and you will find a word like “sunshine” three times in eight sentences, little things like that to watch out for. They are very telling. I felt pleased because I’ve caught those in my own writing. And unintended rhymes was another one.
The second thing is to write what you know. Right now you could probably write a pretty good book about high school.
After all these years in the limelight, how do you deal with critics?
I was very vulnerable to criticism for many years. I could read a bad review and remember it my whole life. One day, in the early ’90s, my play was opening for the third time in Chicago. This free press paper gave it a terrible, terrible review, saying, “It’s horrible this type of play gets put on and keeps other good writers from getting their play put on.” And I looked at the review and thought, You know what? I wrote a play and he wrote a review and that’s the difference between us. And I was never bothered by it again.
How do you feel when you watch yourself on screen?
Depressed. [Laughs] I don’t watch myself generally. I do something, see it once, and then I’ll probably never see it again unless it’s an accident. It’s spooky to look at yourself, because you are never quite what you think you are. And you are never as good looking as the person you are acting with, or something like that. So I learned to stay away from it because it was giving me more negative feelings than positive ones.
Mr. Martin, I think you are hysterical. Do you think you are funny? Can you laugh at yourself?
Thank you. Yes, if I write a joke or something, I might think, That’s a really good joke. I can’t wait to perform it. Or if I am writing something, I might come up with a line that will make me laugh. It’s embarrassing to say because it means you are sitting there alone laughing at something you wrote, but I have heard other writers say that. I think that’s always a good sign. You are not patting yourself on the back. You are just enjoying one of the accidents that happen when you are creating something artistic.
Are there any mottos or sayings you live by?
I have never found one that applies to everything. You can’t really conduct your life by one or two phrases.
What do you think is the most important challenge facing teens today?
Rising above the portrayal of mass culture as frivolous and making sure you become educated … realizing that what is presented in the media represents probably five percent of American life.
This piece has also been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.
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