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.
Eldest the sequel to Eragon, and man, it’s boring. That’s saying something considering Eragon isn’t a great book. Eldest is longer, and a lot less happens. I’m about halfway through, and so the main character has hardly done anything other than travel. Yawn. I’m pushing through because at the very least, with every page I turn, I’m learning how not to write a fantasy book.
The Red Pill
Every men’s rights activist, feminist, and person intrigued by social justice or identity politics needs to watch this documentary about a feminist’s examination of the men’s rights movement. The more she explores, the more her own views are challenged. I realized watching this film that not everything is as cut and dried as liberals would have you believe when it comes to gender oppression.
Everyone’s listen to Pink Floyd, but I decided to actually sit through some of their albums to get a taste for the prog rock band that shaped a lot of today’s music I love. I won’t listen even a portion of their notable tunes (there’s way too many), but everyone should listen through Wish You Were Here, The Wall, and especially Dark Side of the Moon in their lifetimes. Pink Floyd is probably the best band to make an album a total, complete, complimentary package. Seriously, their albums flow so well as a singular piece of work. Thanks, Floyd, for setting the stage so early for awesome music to come.
God of War III: Remastered
I’m finally done with the God of War series. The original and first sequel largely bored me, but God of War got as close as the series has gotten to perfecting the simplistic combat and quick-time events. God of War III is more violent than ever, and I don’t like Kratos as a “hero,” but hey, I did it. Now I’m ready for the PS4 sequel when it comes out.
The Last of Us: Remastered
The Last of Us is one of my all-time favorite video games ever, and I think most who played through it would say the same thing. I played through it three times when it first released in 2013, but haven’t touched it since. The Remastered version was the perfect excuse to dive back in. I don’t know how Naughty Dog did it, but they made me care for main characters Joel and Ellie more than any other game (or possibly piece of fiction) ever has. I fell in love with them and their struggle across a “zombie”-riddled America. Everything from the gameplay to the story to the characters to the soundtrack is stellar. This is the one game everyone, gamer or not, should experience. I played through the DLC Left Behind for the first time, and it’s just as emotional and amazing as the main story. Ugh. If it’s even half as good as this game, bring on Part II.