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.
Considering it was written by a 15-year-old, Eragon isn’t bad. But as a fantasy story, this novel is basically Fantasy Tropes: An Odyssey. Dragons, elves, dwarves, a prophesied hero, an evil overlord, etc., etc. It’s a bit of a slog to read, but at the very least, I’m learning to avoid the same pitfalls in my own writing. I plan to finish the series. Regardless of how much the author probably looks back at this work and cringes, I hope he’s proud; he clearly has talent.
Remember when Family Guy was good? Me neither. Yet here I am, 14 or so seasons later, still watching. I guess it makes for good background noise. I’ve hatched so many eggs in various Pokémon games with this ridiculous cartoon playing, not really paying attention to its random and mostly obscure pop culture references. Ugh. I’m disappointed in myself.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
I finally revisited the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider that was ported to current generation consoles, and it’s still as great as I remember it. Lara Croft’s origin story is so well done, and it’s a blast to play to boot. I’d highly recommend playing this game and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, if you haven’t had the privilege already.