Monday, June 3, 2013

My Thoughts on Taylor Swift

Okay, most of you who know me well, know that I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan. Yes, I'm a teeny bopper at heart - NOT! I can guarantee that there were as many adults at that concert as there were young girls and they didn't go "just because they had to take their daughter." I really like her songs!

Fact 1: I was hesitant to go. I heard she didn't sing very well in concert and I didn't want any TSwift disappointment clogging my love for her music.

Fact 2: IT WAS AWESOME!!! Yeah, I could probably find stuff to critique if I wanted to be that kind of person, but I don't. I was rocking out like a kid again and it was great! Didn't even have trouble driving home because my adrenaline was still going and my mind was reeling.
What I think...
Taylor Swift is INSPIRING! Like for real! And that is part of what makes her so powerful. Every once in a while during her concert she'd take a moment to talk about something and it usually had to do with her dreams or her songs or how she came up with something. OR LIFE! Then she'd bust out whatever song went right along with what she was saying and it made that song even BETTER! The girl knows what she's doing. And whether she means it or not - it WORKS! She really seems to get it and teenagers can really relate to what she sings about. Shoot- even old women like me can relate!
It goes along with writing a book. Readers want a character they can relate to. It doesn't mean we can't use our imaginations to embellish and make that character stand out, but we need to make them someone the reader can responds to.

What do you think? Are you a character person? Do you like books where you feel strongly about the characters? What makes them real to you?

29 comments:

Jenny S. Morris said...

I'm sure you've guessed by now but I'm a HUGE character person. If I don't like the character I probably won't be able to read a book or watch a movie/tv show. Glad you had fun!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you had a great time!
Characters are the most important part of the book, so yes, big character person.

Robin said...

I would LOVE, Love love to see Taylor Swift in concert. Glad you had such an amazing time and she's so relatable on stage. For me I need a great plot AND a great MC. I can forgive one if the other is A-mazing, but it take both to make it a favorite read.

Nicole said...

Aww, looks like you had a great time! She has some fun songs. ;)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I'll keep reading a book with a so-so plot and great characters, but I will usually let a book go if the plot is great but the characters are flat.

VikLit said...

Sounds like you had fun. And go Taylor you know - she writes her own stuff, she's a millionaire I'm quite sure, good for her!

Emily R. King said...

What a fun time! I agree about creating relatable characters. I think we all try to do that, but sometimes it's not as easy as we hope!

Donna K. Weaver said...

My granddaughter is crazy about Taylor Swift.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Love T. Swift.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

I'm 28 and like a lot of music designated for "different age groups". Being eclectic is a good thing in life. I'm glad you enjoyed.

Michelle said...

Go you! I love that my kids like her music.. she's one of the 'good' stars for them to follow :) xx

prerna pickett said...

glad you had fun!

Cassie Mae said...

I know my characters before I know the plot :)

And yay TSwift! I had a few other friends who were there :D

Lisa said...

SO glad you had a great time!!

Angela Brown said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time (and probably would have even in you went by yourself!) Yeah!

I tend to be a character person. I like to feel with the character. Fly with them. Fall with them. Love with them. It's such a rush and an adventure.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The highs and lows of a character makes them real to me. Also their pensive moments. Taylor Swift is super inspiring and if anyone told me Taylor Swift couldn't sing live I'd say they're lying though I've never seen her live myself. I trust her and her wonderful music that much. Glad you had fun Leigh and seems you already have your own little blonde to rock out with. Thanks for the pictures.

Mark Koopmans said...

I barely know who Jonathan Swift is, let alone Taylor Swift - but I do have three sons, so that's probably half the issue :)

*However* from what I've heard, she *does* have her head screwed on proper and I can tell you and Mini Leibby had a ton of fun :)

I'm bringing my boys to a Depeche Mode concert in 10 years - if they're still touring :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I've never seen TSwift in concert, but I've heard she's a force to be reckoned with. John Mayer supposedly said that in 20 years we're ALL going to be working for her - she's so driven. You are right about book characters. I love books with really strong, believable characters that feel like real people!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I've never understood the anti-Taylor Swift sentiment. I am a huge fan of hers to be honest.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I love Taylor Swift! And I do think she's pretty genuine. It drives me nuts when I see people bash her for her enthusiasm or girliness. What's wrong with those things?!
And yes, in books I need to feel a connection to the character. :)

Suzi said...

I usually need to love the characters. Although when I start writing I don't necessarily have them all developed. That usually comes along the way. Those minor details and stuff.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I like Taylor Swift, I don't care if people think I am unhip or whatever!

How great a day is hat with your daughter?!

celeste holloway said...

YAY!!!! I thought I like you, but now I know I do, lol. My daughter and I love Taylor! Our favorite song is "Mean." :D

Romance Book Haven said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. I love TS and have to share the love with my daughter too!

Nas

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

I love T-Swizzle, and have also worried if I see her in concert it may kill her music. Another inspiring artist is Vanessa Carlton, if you can ever see her in concert, GO! Super amazing.

Characters that are the most real to me are the deeply flawed ones. Not the girls who trip over themselves, but the ones who come from broken homes and have to learn how to trust. The ones who cut themselves in the closet, and have to learn to like (if not love) themselves.

Morgan said...

Soooooo jealous you were there!!!! Hahaha...

And LOVE the pics. Love. You're seriously so gorgeous.

Coleen Patrick said...

Would love to see Taylor Swift in concert. Sounds so much fun!! I love characters that make me FEEL. :)

Patricia T. said...

Even I would enjoy seeing Taylor Swift. She is a good role model for young people and so grounded. I love your daughter's blue tongue! Looks like she was thrilled to be there.

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