Ms. Julie Yoo's blog, http://sl5lynn.blogspot.com, is the blog I'll be responding to for this last assignment post. :)
Three of your posts particularly stood out to me the most, but I think they were all really well done.
1. Meant to be...
My favorite line from this post was: "Fate can obviously be very frightening for many people and that's where free will comes in to play, people will do almost anything to avoid what they don't want to experience." Well said, there are so many stubborn people in this world that have problems with acceptance. Maybe it was your fate for you to get fired from that job so that you could find a better one. But that chance got ruined since you tried with all your might to change the course of your fate and get that job back. And it's a shame, because people don't realize that other opportunities are available to them. I don't think that fate could exist on its own without free will because like you said, "they will be in denial and attempt changing their fate with their power of free will." People assume free will as a tool to use whenever there is a glitch in their so-called fate and they're just taking advantage of it.
2. You Are Beautiful --
When I read this post, there were multiple times when I just shouted (excuse the language) damn straight! If you were to actually write that novel, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. You really spoke your mind about the major problems of high school that we all know of, and I could feel the heat! Your whole last paragraph especially was really compelling. The line "I want to write about some of the real stuff that students in high school can experience and have that one character that changes it all." If only there was some actual people like this at our school! But regardless, to heck with all that phony fluff that most authors nowadays are writing about. Typical scenarios of best friends backstabbing one another and causing huge drama over a sappy love triangle and ending happily in some twisted way. What the heck is that? That's not real. So I agree with you, and teens need to be hit with reality and awakened. P.S. I disagree with you when you said that this is cliché, I don't think it'd be cliché at all. We're lacking in these types of novels and the more the merrier!
3. Vonnegut's Funk -- originality
"I hope other authors were inspired by his writing that their is freedom when it comes to writing. People should stop trying to copy each other, instead they should focus on how to be different. The fact that he succeeded being original, is very inspiring." This idea of being free and being yourself is such a powerful thing. Everyone has the capability to be original because everyone is different in their own way, but it's just that not everyone has the desire to do so. Vonnegut received no proper schooling in writing whatsoever and he's impacting the lives of everyday students through his words of wisdom, without even realizing it. I think that there is freedom not only when it comes to writing, but also just in living.
Overall, amazing blog Julie! I loved reading your ideas and opinions on not just the novel itself, but on relate-able topics as well. :)