Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
The Name of the Wind
This fantasy book is about a teenaged boy who’s not only a musical prodigy but also a scholarly genius and magic-using savant. Needless to say, he’s a bit of a Gary Stu, and it’s kind of a drag, but the story of his exploits on his quest to avenge the deaths of his parents is still entertaining and expertly written. Seriously. The book’s prose flows like honey. I wish I had writing chops like that. The novel is much longer than it needs to be, but as I’m nearing the final stretch, I had enough fun with it to make the sequel something worth looking into. If you’re a fan of fantasy books without much violence and unusual magic systems, The Name of the Wind is good stuff.
Dark Souls II
I’m not sure why, but I can’t say I enjoyed Dark Souls II as much as the first game. Maybe it’s because of how long it is. Maybe it’s because there’s 50 percent more bosses. Or maybe it’s because I spent literally hours in Iron Keep, the most frustrating and annoying place I’ve encountered in a Dark Souls game. Whatever the reason, Dark Souls II didn’t stick out as much for me, but that’s not to say it’s bad. I loved the game, in fact, but I hope Dark Souls III gives me the same sense of accomplishment, progression, and fun as the original game did.