Sunday, November 25, 2012

Put your records and headphones on

 “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” – Victor Hugo

Since prehistoric ages, people listen to music. Babies, children, adults, lawyers, teachers, doctors, British, American, Italian and Chinese listen to music. Music is probably the only thing that doesn’t make crazy, that can makes us feel calm, happy, excited or faithful.

Here I’ll write about teenagers and music. Despite all the “types” of different teenage groups and ages, music is certainly something which brings them together into one large group. The best part of it is finding out that your favorite song is also someone’s favorite song. Oh, and wondering how can Taylor Swift describe your entire life in lyrics, or realizing teenagers also like The Beatles, sometimes more than teens did in the 60’s

Examples of the importance of music are films: without soundtrack, they become monotonous, boring, or just impossible to understand.

Looking back to the past, we can see music had been through lots of changes, but has always entertained people. Through music – hearing, playing, singing, dancing writing or discussing it – you meet other people, get to know them and become friends. Music is almost something magical, which gives life another meaning.

That’s why the best advice someone can give you is to put your records and headphones on – even if it is a cloudy, miserable day-, because life is a journey through music.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I had never felt so nervous before in my life

“Passengers and crew, the airplane is ready to take off”, announces the pilot. Something moves inside of me, as soon as I hear the message. Am I excited? No. Happy? Impossible! Maybe nervous and afraid, probably so anxious and fearful I can’t do anything.

The safety belt sign turns on. My level of adrenaline may be as high as the airplane will be in some minutes. The plane approaches the runway. I start counting slowly: 1, 2, 3… We’re going faster and faster and faster, my heart beats faster too.

Suddenly, I feel weightless, ungrounded: the airplane is flying! I take a long breath.

You may be asking right now, why am I so nervous. The answer: the last time I was in an airplane, the pilot had a little accident and some difficulties with a tropical thunderstorm. Since this episode, every time I have to stay more than two hours inside a vehicle or something, my face goes white and I freeze.

Then, I say to you, my dear reader, that you’re wrong. The time you feel more nervous is not the time you live the danger. That’s why the last time I was in a plane I wasn’t nervous, but afraid. And I have never felt so nervous before in my life than right now, while we’re landing.

It doesn’t matter if you count until 1 000 000 000, or close your eyes and think you’re in another place, start to sing, watch a film, start to pray or sleep.
The moment you feel more nervous is the time after the danger, when you go through the same situation, and realize it can happen again.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Heroes and Villains of Inkheart

We often think that heroes are people that always do the right thing and help the others. But we’re wrong.
The heroes in the book “Inkheart”, by Cornelia Funke, aren’t super heroes, like Batman or Superman. We also can’t say they are “normal”: They don’t spend the whole story doing good deeds and helping people. Nor even the villains from this book can be “normal”.

*     The heroes:
The heroes in this book aren’t really easy to find. They are the characters Meggie, Mo, Elinor and Farid. We can say Meggie’s a heroine because of her courage and determination when she was trying to escape from Capricorn’s hands. Mo is also a hero because of his intelligence and affection with Meggie, Teresa (his wife) and Elinor. Meggie’s Grandaunt, Elinor, becomes a heroine when she looks for Meggie and Fenoglio and we can also say Farid’s a hero because of his enormous courage.
      The Villains:
The Villains in this story are Capricorn and Basta. They are from the book “Inkheart”, but live in our world. We say they are villains because they kill people or make them villains. They kidnap people and they did that with Meggie.

*     Some different people:
There are two characters in this book that are really strange: Dustfinger and Fenoglio. We can’t consider them heroes or villains. They’re in the middle of these two categories. Dustfinger, because he sometimes helps Mo and Meggie, but sometimes he betrays them. Fenoglio is also a character that is neither a hero nor an evil person because he helps the main characters, but in his book (he’s the author from “Inkheart”) he kills Dustfinger. Fenoglio says: “He was such a brilliant character, but I needed to kill him, just because of that.”

Heroes are easy to find

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to find a hero? A hero is a person that does heroic acts. A hero is someone that helps or save another person. There are lots of types of heroes: from those who save people in comics (like Superman or Spiderman) to the heroes that are with us in our daily routine.

An example of heroes is the policemen: they make countries, cities and neighbourhoods better and safer. If they didn’t exist, there would be more robberies, traffic and forgery than there is nowadays.

The Firemen are also heroes: You can see, almost every day, the action of these heroes in the news. Sometimes, there is a big fire in London, or a shipwreck in Italy and they are helping people there, saving their lives.

Everybody has a hero: a friend, or a parent, who does a little thing, but that thing helped you. So, heroes are easy to find. You just need to pay a bit more attention and you’ll see there is one right next to you!