Monthly Archives: August 2011
The Great Hair Debate
As a girl with naturally curly hair I have noticed a certain change in how I am perceived when I straighten my hair. Typically I let my hair air dry and the curls come as they please, however I do straighten it on occasion, and I get an interesting perspective when I do so. It appears that with straight hair is somehow a more acceptable look, not that anyone says that, but I feel that way when people seem to comment more on the straight hair. It might just be my perception, as I have felt marginalized for years seeing straight hair get the glamorous attention and always felt curly hair is the “also ran.” It has always seemed that straight hair is the sophisticated, sexy, superior style; curly hair is the playful, girlie, maybe cute style but not at all attention grabbing. People even tend to think curly hair is the indestructible helmet of thick and unruly ringlets. I can offer that that is not true, curly hair needs care and is quite delicate, thank you. I will continue to play both sides of this debate, but make no mistake I am a curly top, and will always be. Straight hair is fun, for a time, but I enjoy the ease and comfort of my ringlets, they seem to suit me. To the other naturally curly tops, I say flaunt it and let the straight heads envy your curves and body, because you know secretly they do ;0)
For the last 3 years I have found myself reading vast amounts of Young Adult Novels, in spite of my no longer “young adult” age. It started with Twilight one Thanksgiving Weekend. I freely admit I succumbed to the temptation of sparkly vampires and shape-shifting werewolves. It was a family member, older family member, who suggested I read the series. I was hooked very early on, and never looked back.
Since then I have found other series and books to whet my growing appetite for the genre. For some reason I find myself drawn to stories about coming of age, which is a process that seemingly never ends. Finding oneself in this life is a continually surprising journey, and stories about love, family, life, etc. are always compelling. In spite of the age of the protagonists, I find it well worth reading. I still read and enjoy more adult novels, but I can’t get enough “teenage angst.” In fact, a co-worker continually suggests books, so I find I am never at a loss for new books.
I love Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instrument and The Infernal Devices series, as well as Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series, for all these reasons. I love the feisty heroins, dashing heroes, discovering of oneself, dealing with life and family, and the plain old fun of following an exciting story. I suspect as long as I have these novels I may just never really have to grow up.