FILM REVIEW: STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE

For the longest time, I have been a fan of Star Wars, one of the greatest franchises ever created by man.  When I first watched Episode IV, I was amazed by the concepts that were used to make this masterpiece.  I noticed a number of religious elements in the story, such as when Obi-Wan Kenobi said to Darth Vader: “You can’t win Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” That iconic quote made me think of life after death and resurrection.  As for Luke Skywalker, he demonstrated that even a person coming from the most humble of origins can change the course of history, which was illustrated when Luke destroyed the Death Star, an action that robbed the Galactic Empire of one of its most powerful weapons.  It is a powerful strong revolving around coming-of-age, courage, and fighting against the iron fist of tyranny.  I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a good science fiction story.

WRITING STYLE AND INSPIRATION

Ever since my best friends and I were in elementary school, we always imagined what it would be like to have our own powers and form our own superhero team. When I decided to become a writer, I wanted to make that dream a reality in the form of a book series. So, I interviewed each of my friends on what powers they would want to have and I manifested that into the story. My writing style is largely self-taught. It was made through the use of my autism, which as I said before enables me to see the story in my head like a movie. I would then describe the movie that is taking place in my head. I also listen to epic music when I write because that style of music really ignites my imagination. Whenever I hear that kind of music, ideas flow from my mind like a river. In addition, I allows me to envision the battle scenes of my books in much greater detail.

CHARACTER CREATION: GREGORY KENNEDY

Gregory is the friendly and social member of the Young Guardians.  The powers he gained from the Genesis Spell include potent telepathic and telekinetic abilities.  Gregory is the kind of person who respects the privacy of others and only uses his telepathic powers when he has few options, such as interrogating a criminal.  His telekinesis was originally strong enough to lift objects as large as a bus, but in the second volume, they grow to the point in which he could dismantle an object on an atomic level.  Along with Joshua, Gregory tends to pull pranks on Derek, which they sometimes videotape.  In many ways, Gregory is the soul of the team because his integrity and kindness often keep the team together when they would otherwise fall apart.

WRITING UPDATE: GRAPHIC NOVEL SCRIPT

I have received a chance to have my book converted into a manga graphic novel recently.  As a result, I am currently converting my first book into graphic novel format in preparation for this future project.  There are no guarantees that this arrangement will work, but I am more than eager to give it a shot.  I have never done a graphic novel script before, but this will give me an excellent chance to expand my horizons as a writer.  Wish me luck!  At the same time, I am continuing to work on the upcoming third volume of my series and am reached the climax where the main characters fight the main villain for the first time.  As the series progresses, it will be revealed that the main villain is not a stereotypical villain and a complex character with motives that are both elaborate and simplistic at the same time.

ANIME REVIEW: SWORD ART ONLINE

Based on the Japanese light novels by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online portrays an interesting perspective on the concept of virtual reality.  When I first discovered this anime, I did not know what to expect.  However, when I watched it, I was amazed by the amazing animation and special effects as well as the unique characters that move the story along.  In many ways, this anime reminds me of The Matrix Trilogy in that the characters’ minds are transferred into a computer-generated world and that if they die in the computer world, they die for real.  In particular, I had a keen interest in the relationship between Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) and Asuna Yuuki (Asuna).  Before watching the anime, I wasn’t a fan of romance stories and never truly understood what romantic love was, but after watching Kirito and Asuna interact with one another throughout the series, I started crying, which is something I do not do very often.  As for villains, Akihiko Kayaba is what I would categorize as a morally ambiguous character, neither good nor bad despite all the blood he had shed.  On the other hand, Sugo Nobuyuki was a completely hateful character who reminded me in many ways of Joffrey “Baratheon” from Game of Thrones and when Kirito defeated him twice, I just had to watch those scenes over and over.  Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone who is looking for stories that portray characters finding themselves in unexpected situations and emerge from those experiences as changed characters.

WHEN AND WHY DID I BEGIN WRITING?

For as long as I can remember, I have always had stories to tell and I was eager to find a way for these stories to be heard. When I was young, my parents would supply me with whole truck loads of yellow tablets, which I used to draw stories. When I was in sixth grade, I started to tell stories in words instead of pictures and developed the ambition to have my work published. When I write, my autism allows me to visually see the story taking place inside my head as though it were a movie. Then I would write down exactly what is happening in the movie as I imagine it. Also, it gives me a strong memory and allows my brain to store and record vast amounts of information as though it were a computer hard drive. In a way, writing has become a form of meditation and therapy for me. When I write, I am able to channel the emotions I feel about certain topics into words when a character faces a certain situation or when I create a new character. For example, when I created the villain of my first book, I based him on all of the bullies who harassed me when I was young. When the main characters fight him, it was a way for me to express all of the emotions I developed when I was dealing with those individuals.

GENRE: ANIME AND MANGA

I have always loved anime and manga ever since I was a child.  There are three reasons for this.  First, the art style required to create anime and manga is so unique that it always keep a person hooked into how the characters are portrayed.  Second, while traditional storytelling only demonstrates a limited view into the human creativity, anime and manga can go even deeper and show the audience things that a normal person would not normally imagine.  Third, writers and illustrators of anime and manga often think outside of the box and are not limited in their thinking whenever coming up with a story or characters.  I love anime and manga so much that ever since I started writing my series, I always envisioned them to be converted into anime and manga format, preferably in the style of either Bleach, Sword Art Online, or Attack On Titan.