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“Once upon a time there was a piece of wood,” (Collodi, Ch. 1). Ah, yes. I remember reading this book when I was in middle school. I was the only one who actually knew about the original book more than the movie to be honest. That is partly the reason why it’s so refreshing to go back on this adventure once more with older eyes.
The book is very easy to follow even though it was written in 1882. It has a clear linear story with a protagonist that makes you love him and want to strangle him at the same time. This is definitely a darker story with a lot more social critique than my 8th grade head could remember. Pinocchio came to life as a result of, Geppetto sculpting a block of wood into a puppet. He mischievously runs away from home and calamity ensues.
What one may not know about this story, is how deep this rabbit hole goes. From Jordan B. Peterson doing psychology lectures, to a little child learning not to tell lies and listen to their elders, there is something for everyone to take out of this book. It digs deep into morality and temptations of life through the eyes of little Pinocchio who is experiencing it all for the time.
As most know, the story relies heavily on Pinocchio becoming a “real boy” through the help and guidance of the Blue Fairy. He wishes to make his father, Geppetto, proud of him and sets to make things right, however, since the first moment he could move, Pinocchio was a trouble child. He runs off and learns the hard way. Like most of us in life when we have someone telling us something and we refuse to listen; then, we find out they were right. Yup, relatable.
I give this Classic Book a 7/10 (+1 For nostalgia’s sake).
“Let me tell you that every man, whether he is born rich or poor, is obliged to do something in this world—to occupy himself, to work. Woe to those who lead slothful lives. Sloth is a dreadful illness and must be cured at once, in childhood. If not, when we are old it can never be cured.’ Pinocchio” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)
“Most unfortunately, in the lives of puppets there is always a ‘but’ that spoils everything.” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)
“A conscience is that still small voice that people won’t listen to.” (Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio)
“It is hard to have patience with people who say ‘There is no death’ or ‘Death doesn’t matter.’ There is death. And what
Written like his own personal journal, this book is great for anyone looking for insight on how to grieve or find empathy for someone who is grieving. Within its pages you’ll find Lewis understands that we as humans are supposed to grieve. We are supposed to feel sorrow when something is taken from us and hurts us. However, he brings that all into perspective as he reminisces on his experiences with his beloved “H,” and talks of applying it in his life.
I will give this quick read an easy 10/10. Highly recommend!
Top 3 Favorite Quotes:
“I look up at the night sky. Is anything more certain than that in all those vast times and spaces, if I were allowed to search them, I should nowhere find her face, her voice, her touch? She died. She is dead. Is the word so difficult to learn?” (Lewis, Ch. 1)
“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” (Lewis, Ch. 2)
“I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.” (Lewis, Ch. 4)
Recently on social media, I saw this screenwriters roundtable where one of the guests claimed that screenwriting is a “bastardized” form of writing. In context, I believe he meant that storytelling in that form on paper is useless in the end because films were not meant to be read. After all, we don’t see people going to the theater to read scripts, do we? I will attempt to expand on this idea with my own thoughts.
The oral tradition of myth-telling was past on from generation to generation before anything was ever written down thousands of years ago. As we look at scripts and stories, we see a very similar theme. They highlight the biggest most dramatic moments of the character(s) that push them to their limits and changes them, for good or worse. Whether this was because it was easier to remember these moments or those were and are what our souls crave, doesn’t really matter here. What does matter is that those are the key elements of stories we use today.
The archetypes and plots we relate to the most are spun together in a creation of sorts when we make a screenplay. How does this relate at all to the claim screenwriting is a bastard though? Well, we see films and we imagine scripts. The script is a blueprint for that imagery but it does not provide the necessary details needed as some books do for books have the luxury to explain away everything, generally speaking. In a film’s case, imagination is left to the director and creative heads. Let me explain further, a script is a tool in the craft of filmmaking, it is not the final product. Therefore, when we write screenplays, we are writing down what will eventually manifest in real life — in the actors, the camera, the lighting, etc. In that manifestation, the script loses its enchantment. The story is transferred then back to the oral tradition through the people making the film. The script was only a kicking off point that has now been subject to change and manipulation as the imagination of others take charge. That is very different from a novel. A novel is a guide through a created world, a screenplay is a template to one.
Some of you may remember from my last post, writing is the most important thing to be doing if you consider yourself a writer. As easy as it sounds, it’s always harder in practice! This is number one, two and three until you master it! Set small goals for yourself. Grow them over time and eventually old goals become habit. Figure out what helps you write and just go ham. Don’t worry about structure, grammar or the future. If you have writer’s block, write a journal entry of your life or even a poem. This is the part where you can try out different styles and mediums to expand your knowledge over time. Just write.
Read and watch stories! This seems like traditional advice, “reading more will help you improve your stories,” well duh! What I am saying is, read and watch what you love. What does your heart draw you toward? Why is that so? Figure out why you are drawn to it so much and how it resonates with you personally. Which characters stand out to you and what part of their story do you relate to or like the most. Why? Remember, quality is better than quantity. Doing this will help grow your storytelling ability more than reading 5 books in one week would. People forget most of what they read within just a few days. Always be sensitive to what moves you inside the context of a story and ask why. This step should consist of a lot of questions that you ask yourself to figure out the types of story that lure you. Personally, mythology is the best thing to study when starting out. Myths are the very foundation of storytelling that pulls on the heartstrings of the masses for a reason. Oral traditions was the lifeblood of old civilizations.
This step I am most grateful to have understood through film directing. It is different from text based storytelling because it involves paying close attention to the nuances of the human existence and translating it to screen. A moving painting, if you will. What will they do next physically in lieu of their character development? How do we get characters to make these explosive choices and also isolate them in their darkest nightmares or vice versa? We study how we as humans act and think. Once we start to get the smallest fractioned grasp on the complexity of the human mind, we can then manipulate elements in our story through our characters’ choices, perspective, and flaws to get desired results. Study the people around you, your family, your friends. How do they react to things? How did they grow up? Get to know them and build a genuine bond. What makes them tick? Expanding your circles and paying attention to those close to you will of help elevate your storytelling to new levels.
Chris Jericho does a good job in the introduction of the book to tell us what his idea for the book is: to encourage his readers to achieve their goals in life. Jericho says that the word “no” is more powerful than most profanities he’s heard in his life. One of the things I took away from the introduction was the idea that “No” can derail the most dedicated of people.
Think about it, how many times did you have a great idea and get passionate about something only to find out that the person who you’re pitching it to or potential clients turns you down and you give up? “No” is a very powerful word. This book is Jericho’s guide to power through “no”.
Jericho spends the rest of the book telling stories on how he accomplished things over his 20+ year career. Jericho told one story about the Styles Clash and how he tricked Vince McMahon on getting the styles clash on WWE Tv.
One of the things that one should be careful when reading this is that a lot of what Jericho talks about should be credited to his status and celebrity. He talks about how he got McMahon to move him later on the show so he could go and meet some celebrities and performances.
Jericho also talked about being able to get onto a plane flight that he didn’t have a ticket for mainly because the attendants knew who he was. That would never happen to a non-famous civilian.
The book is good. It’s nice to see a famous and successful person write out his keys to success. I do recommend it if you like to see what someone will give credit to their success.
FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TO PUBLISH WITH FLATIRON BOOKS
(August 2, 2017 – New York, NY) Bob Miller, President and Publisher of Flatiron Books, announced
today that the Macmillan division has acquired World English and German rights to the first book by
former Director of the FBI, James Comey. The highly-anticipated book, yet untitled, will be published in
Spring 2018 with Editorial Director Colin Dickerman editing; Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn of Javelin
represented Comey in the deal.
Mr. Comey served as Director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack
Obama. He previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the United
States Deputy Attorney General in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting
the mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change Bush administration policies on torture and electronic
surveillance to overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump
campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of
In his forthcoming book, Comey will explore what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives
sound decisions. Using examples from some of the highest-stakes situations in the past two decades of
American government, Comey will share yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.
Of the acquisition, Bob Miller says: “Throughout his career, James Comey has had to face one difficult
decision after another as he has served the leaders of our country. His book promises to take us inside
those extraordinary moments in our history, showing us how these leaders have behaved under
pressure. By doing so, Director Comey will give us unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and
a remarkable lesson in leadership itself.”
Chris Jericho has released a new book called No Is A Four Letter Word. You can find it here:
Three-time New York Times bestselling author and six-time WWE champion Chris Jericho shares 20 of his most valuable lessons for achieving your goals and living the life you want, jam-packed with fantastic stories and the classic off-the-wall, laugh-out-loud Jericho references he’s famous for, with a foreword by Paul Stanley.
Chris Jericho has known what he wanted out of life since he was a teenager: to be a pro wrestler and to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Most of his high school friends felt that he lacked the tools necessary to get into either, but Chris believed in himself. With the wise words of Master Yoda echoing through his head (“Do or do not. There is no try.”), he made it happen. As a result, Chris has spent a lifetime doing instead of merely trying, managing to achieve his dreams while learning dozens of invaluable lessons along the way.
No Is a Four-Letter Word distills more than two decades of showbiz wisdom and advice into twenty easy-to-carry chapters. From developing a strong work ethic thanks to WWE chairman Vince McMahon, remembering to always look like a star from Gene Simmons of KISS, learning to let it go when the America’s Funniest Home Videos hosting gig goes to his rival, adopting a sense of perpetual reinvention from the late David Bowie, making sure to sell himself like his NHL-legend father Ted Irvine taught him, or going the extra mile to meet Keith Richards (with an assist from Jimmy Fallon), Chris has learned countless lessons during his decades-long career. Now, in the hopes that those same principles might help and inspire his legions of fans, Chris has decided to share them while recounting the fantastic and hilarious stories that led to the birth of these rules. The result is a fun, entertaining, practical, and inspiring book from the man with many scarves but only one drive: to be the best. After reading No Is a Four-Letter Word, you’ll discover that you might have what it takes to succeed as well…you just need to get out there and do it. That’s what Jericho would do.
We will be breaking down the book on the Chris Nelson Podcast this week.