Rambles

My Problem with Valentine’s Day

My Problem with Valentine's DayBefore I begin, let’s just get one thing out of the way: this is not a rant about how commercialized/meaningless Valentine’s Day has become. That argument has basically taken over Valentine’s Day, and there is so much discussion about it that I hardly think I need to chime in. Instead, my problem with Valentine’s Day lies with the fact that it focuses primarily on romantic love. 

John Green makes a great argument for this idea in one of his older videos, saying that Valentine’s Day should be about all kinds of love. What about friendship? Why isn’t that celebrated on Valentine’s Day? I certainly love my family and friends and I make a point of giving them all Valentine’s Day cards every year, but it seems like most people only concentrate on their special someone.

Think of how fantastic it would be if all kinds of love were celebrated and appreciated on Valentine’s Day! Perhaps we can work to change the way we celebrate this holiday, but until then I’m going to continue celebrating it in my own way. So Happy Valentine’s Day, you lovely people! ❤

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: books about friendship

Top Ten Tuesday

 

It’s that time of the week again! Here is another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely blog the Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is Top Ten Books About Friendship. I think this is an interesting topic because most of the friendships I read about are romantic, since I read a lot of young adult fiction. For this list I’ve tried to focus on platonic relationships in novels instead of romantic ones. I think it’s a topic that isn’t focused on enough in YA novels. So, in no particular:

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Hermione, Ron, and Harry: the famous trio of friends. Yes, Ron and Hermione have a romantic thing going on, but when it’s the three of them together it’s like they are just platonic besties. There are other great friendships in this series as well- it’s chock full of them!
  2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Part of why I enjoyed this book so much was the fun relationship between BFFs Jennifer and Beth. Along with regular chapters written from Lincoln’s point of view, this novel also consists of emails written by these two women back and forth to each other. They are hilarious!
  3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This novel has more of an unusual friendship: the relationship between Eragon (a boy) and Saphira (a dragon). It’s a strange bond, but it’s a growing and lasting one nevertheless.
  4. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The entire fellowship that journeys with the Ring is basically one giant groups of friends, but there are also the closer individual relationships. Legolas and Gimli become closer as the story progresses despite the fact that dwarves and elves don’t normally get along. The hobbits also share a special bond, specifically Sam and Frodo.
  5. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. At first, this novel seems as though it will be more about bullying than actual friendship. However, as the story goes on it slowly becomes more and more focused on friends and how they can be found at unlikely times and in unlikely places.
  6. More Than This by Patrick Ness. I can’t tell you exactly what the friendship is in this novel, mostly because I don’t want to spoil the surprises of the story for anyone who hasn’t read it. Just trust me when I say that the friendships in this novel will warm your heart- and if you’ve read it before, then you probably know what I mean.
  7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. I love the friendship between Will Grayson (John Green’s) and Tiny Cooper in this novel. These two boys are quite opposite from one another, but they balance each other out in a way that makes them both complete. Will keeps Tiny grounded when he is in love with yet another guy, and Tiny tries to get Will to break out of his quiet shell.
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This novel contains the remarkable friendship of young Huck and Jim, a slave. A relationship such as this was unheard of in the historical setting of the story, so much so that it still strikes chords today. Not only is this book a great tale of friendship, but it is also an excellent example of satire at its best.
  9. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. The Percy Jackson series includes a friendship must like that in Harry Potter: Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. These three kids fight together, travel together, and get out of some pretty sticky situations together. They would do anything for each other, and their loyalty is really something to admire.
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I absolutely love the friendship between Charlie, Sam, and Patrick in this novel! Sam and Patrick include Charlie in their quirky group of friends even though he is a random freshman they did not know. It’s so heart-warming and tear-jerking and I just love this book! (the movie is amazing, too!)

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What are your favorite books about friendship? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Quotes

QUOTE: John Lennon

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.” ~ John Lennon

Yours,

HOLLY

A History

Valentine’s Day: A History

Every year on February 14, people in the United States rush around buying their romantic interests chocolates, flowers, cards, and other gifts. It is a holiday that teenage girls dream longingly about, while at the same time causing teenage boys to cringe. Children often give each other Valentine’s Day cards in school, and decorate their classrooms with red, purple, and pink hearts. Televisions broadcast commercials advertising the latest and greatest necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, with high hopes that men will purchase them for their special someone. Whether you love it or you hate it, Valentine’s Day returns every year with all of its Cupid-themed festivities. But what exactly is it about this holiday that sparks reactions in people?

First, let’s take a look at some history.Originally, the Catholic Church acknowledged the existence of three Saint Valentines, all with different stories filled with minute and complex details. This makes determining the origins of Valentine’s Day a challenge, because one has to decide which saint is the one associated with the modern holiday. Some people believe that it all began with a Roman fertility festival and feast which often took place in February (well, the February of ancient times.) Nevertheless, the concept of Valentine’s Day (or month, really) has been around longer than most people think.

It was also commonly celebrated in the Middle Ages, mostly in France and England. It is said that people thought that February 14 was the beginning of the mating season of birds, so that month or time of year was frequently associated with love and romance. Back then people expressed themselves verbally, for the first hand-written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until the 1400s. Fast forward to America in the 1700s and the first hand-made Valentine’s Day cards began to crop up. Nearly a century and a half later in the 1840s, a company started to mass-produce them. Today, people send more cards on Valentine’s Day than on almost any other holiday, with the exception being Christmas. And Americans aren’t the only ones who are crazy for this holiday- it is also celebrated in Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Now that the history aspect has been taken care of, let’s get back to the original question: What is it about Valentine’s Day that evokes such an interest, such a reaction in people? Personally, I think that as humans we are perpetually obsessed with romantic love, so why not make a holiday out of it? I think that Valentine’s day should be about friendship in general and not just focused on romantic relationships. But that’s just me.

Information was gathered using the following source: www.history.com

Yours,

HOLLY