Monthly Archives: October 2013

Improve an app!

Now, I know I’m not the only broke college student out there. And being broke means we don’t have much money to spend on ourselves, or on the things we love. Now, I’ve had a job since I was sixteen, and I’ll be honest with you, I cannot remember the last time I bought a book. If you’re tech-savvy, like most teenagers are, then you have discovered that if you type “Book Name pdf download” into Google, 95% of the time you’ll find the book you want to read!

So, there are already many PDF viewer apps out there, and qPDF Viewer is by far my favorite!

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You can download a PDF and view it in the app, easy peasy! However, the app does have some downsides. Occasionally, when you download it, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be opening it on your phone, it will look like this.

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It looks pretty nice, right? But if you have bad eyesight like a lot of booknerds do, then you’ll want to click on Text Reflow to make the text bigger and fit your phone so you won’t have to scroll side to side!

However, this happens to me way too often.

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After I click Text Reflow, the text gets all smushed together and pretty much impossible to comprehend! So, if I had anything to do with this app, I would fix this problem. I would also make the very boring homepage more fun and the very unorganized files button a lot easier to use!

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If the creators of this app don’t fix small things like this, then no one will want to use their app! All anyone wants is an app that’s quick and easy to use.

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Is John Green Misogynistic?

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Recently, a blog on Tumblr sparked a lot of controversy regarding John Green and whether or not he is misogynistic. Many people believe that he makes his female characters “manic pixie dreamgirls”. It has been said that many of the girls in his novels are simply props, rather than human beings.

While I don’t personally believe in everything that has been said, I did notice that John Green had a tendency of looking down on certain types of people. I mean, in his novel An Abundance of Katherines, he described a female character in this way, “She was incredibly hot, in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexia kind of way, which was Colin’s least favourite way of being hot”. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised that a lot of people were offended by this book. Green has a tendency of generalizing minor characters in his book as “popular stuck ups” that have no character depth whatsoever. People also say that all of Green’s major characters are very smart for teenagers. I believe this to be true, but only because, as an adult, Green doesn’t look down on teenagers and knows that they can be very smart and amount to quite a lot.

I love a majority of John Green’s books, but I will admit that they do have some flaws. However, that doesn’t stop me, and many others, from enjoying them. There have been a ton of misogynistic and sexist authors in the past, but only recently did they start coming under fire. So rather than take everyone’s word for it, go out and read for yourself!

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Allegiant – It’s Almost Here!

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I don’t know if anyone is as excited as I am, but…It’s almost here! Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series, comes out October 22! Well, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who already got it due to some shipping errors.

As mentioned before, Allegiant is the third book in the Divergent series. The first book, Divergent, follows 16 year old Beatrice (Tris) Prior as she struggles with who she really is in her society. In the novel, the future of the world lies with factions. Society is split into five different factions, all of which have their own values. Abnegation, the faction Beatrice comes from, values selflessness and modesty. Candor values honesty and bluntness. Erudite values knowledge and research. Amity value peace and tolerance. And lastly, Dauntless values bravery and courage. The first book in the series follows Tris as switches from Abnegation to Duantless, and goes through initation to become a member of the faction.

The second book in the series, Insurgent, continues to tell Tris’ story as she finds out that her world is dangerous and corrupt. Erudite and Dauntless team up and are fighting against the Abnegation because they believe they are withholding supplies and prosperity because of their belief in selflessness. Tris’ loyalty to her family and her old faction leads her to defend them and fight against the Erudite. Being Divergent gives Tris a lot of trouble in the series, but it also guides her and makes people respect her.

And now, we have the third and last book in the series, Allegiant! I’m not sure what lies in store for Tris or the factions, but I know that I cannot wait to read it.

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