Saturday, March 23, 2019

Taking a Closer Look: Details are Everything

I love to read and review books (and movies!), but sometimes it is so hard! Though I hate to admit it, I am a very sensitive person. And it’s not that I had a sheltered childhood, I’ve been watching PG-13 movies for as long as I can remember.

Books are my comfort zone, I read everywhere. In the car, curled up in some corner, in my hammock (in the summer, of course). These are all the comfy places, but I can even read when I am not comfortable, because I’m in a different world. But, when things disturb me from that, and interrupt my worlds, I don’t like it one bit.

But, if there is something that is so, so, so small, do I take a point or star away?

I am so picky, about everything. My mom and sisters always complain that when I’m watching movies I flinch every time someone curses, or when there are suggestive references, or when someone is smoking. When they ask, "How did you like it?" My first impulse is to say all the problems with it.

They say, “You have to look past those things to get to the meaning.”

My problem: I can’t.

They always say, “It is just such a little thing! It doesn’t matter!”

Exactly; it isn’t vital to the plot, so why is it there?

Do we just turn “a blind eye” towards it?

Now, when it is vital to the story, or it shows consequences, I am perfectly fine with it! Stories are about growing and overcoming obstacles. Evolution! But what I’m talking about is when someone, without a care in the world, mentions “his husband”. Ouch, no, no, no.

“That character never appears, they are only mentioned once, no big deal!” People say.
What? Excuse me!? I’ve had a book that this happened in and every time I think about it this comes to mind instead of the awesome story.

When there is one “little” thing, or a lot of “little” things, I can’t focus. It might be the greatest work the world has ever known, but I can’t concentrate on the beautiful message because of all the “little” things.

I like to think about it like pointillism. Look at any painting that was done using this technique. Think about how much time and effort was put into it. Some people will ignore the little black smear, but not I. Any story, whether it is dark or light, funny or inspiring, has a happy ending or a sad ending, it is a masterpiece, and I want to enjoy it to it’s fullest... but sometimes, and it really saddens me, I can’t.

This is how we start down the dark trail. The things that are just “tiny” grow bigger. Then, before we know it, they aren’t so little anymore.

This is what we need to rebel against! We can fight back. You don’t have to throw something in just to be “cool”. We can’t change everything in the blink of an eye, but we can take baby steps that lead us on the right path.

Yours &c.

Clare A.


  1. Awesome post, Clare! You make excellent points ^_^

  2. This is so true! I struggle with this all the time: if it’s so minor, then why point it out? Except, of course, as you said, we definitely should. Great post!

  3. Very true! I feel if the things we see as 'problems' aid to a character, especially Before They Learn Better, it can be necessary, but if it's not aiding to anything, why do they bother putting it in there?

  4. So true! I am the sort of person that enjoys most of what I read and watch... but then some things like that just bother me, and can ruin a story for me. I love Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive, but then he went and threw something like that in book three ... and now I don't want to read any more of the series, and I had been devouring them ;