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Tagging Stories with Color: Webtoon and Music

Heyo peeps…this has been sitting in my drafts waiting to be finished for a while now, but school sucks so I wasn’t able to finish it until now. Anyway, thank you to Annie from evening tea musings for tagging me in this challenge! I’m so excited so let’s just dive right in.

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Rules

#1 Share your favorite stories—movies/books/anime/manga/drama/songs—by classifying them on these seven colors’ traits: 

  • red: passionate, exciting, invigorating
  • blue: peaceful, calming
  • pink: romantic, caring
  • orange: warm, motivating
  • black: mysterious, thrilling
  • green: fresh, unexpected
  • white: random

#2 Send this challenge invitation to at least one of your friends. Let them fear your superiority, as you—decide their fate.

#3 Link back to the original post here! And, enjoy!

Note: It’s always recommended for you to thank (or link back to) the people who nominated you, but if you think there’s already an unbreakable bond between you and the challengers, then feel free to drop the courtesy.

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Word of caution I struggled with categorizing and explaining a lot of these.

Red

For red I decided to focus on the word ✨passionate✨ as I wasn’t sure what could be considered more invigorating than being inspired by another person’s passion. While reading both Gourmet Hound and Annarasumanara I was inspired by their love for cooking and magic respectively.

Gourmet Hound” (by Leehama) tells the story of Lucy and the ex-chefs of her favorite restaurant, Diamche. It all starts off when the kitchen staff changes and the cooking that Lucy used to love disappears. She then sets out on the journey to rediscover that “perfect taste.”

Her journey is full of her own passion for food and the passion of the chefs’ that surround her. As the reader you receive a sample of the passion a person feels when they love what they do. It’s a lovely story that I highly recommend.

Do you believe in magic? That’s the question that is most prominent in “Annarasumanara” (by Ilkwon Ha). It follows the story of Yun Ah-ee, the magician (L), and Na Il-Dung. Ah-ee rediscovers her belief in magic when she meets L. L shares his passion for magic with her and gives magic back to her. The story often refers to being trapped on an asphalt road of expectations, but with their passion for magic they are able to break free from others expectations.

Really this story tells the readers to follow their dreams and to make their own paths. As a reader you get to see how having passion in life can be the most important thing. I highly recommend it as it can really change some perspectives.

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Blue

I really struggled with this category, I just wasn’t sure what was calming or peaceful because I hardly ever listen to mellow music I’d rather drown my thoughts out with rock music. I guess I’m never really relaxed lol.

Don’t Run Away” is an OST for A-Teen, one of my favorite k-dramas from Playlist Global. It’s sung by Motte who’s voice is so calming, it lulls me into a sense of security. The song’s lyrics sing of trusting others and not pushing people away. It’s a really beautiful song that I adore and recommend.

Little Rain” (by Mai) is a new feature to Webtoon and it’s very calming. Not much of the storyline is known yet but it follows unlucky Lisa and her cat Rain who’s a guardian angel with memory loss.

The colors are really mellow tones and the background ambience is everything. In each episode, so far, there’s background music that varies with different weather ambiences and white noises. This has elevated “Little Rain” from it’s time in Discover. I highly recommend it if you need something relaxing to read.

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Pink

I absolutely adore “#muted” (by kandismon) with Jasper and Kai. It starts with Jasper meeting Kai, a boy who doesn’t speak. As they face the trials and tribulations of a relationship Jasper does his best to support Kai. Their story is a lovely but realistic romance with ups and downs but still full of caring. It melts my heart and the art style is beautiful. Highly recommend!

It can be found in the Discover/Canvas section of Webtoon.

You & Me (Thanks AROHA)” comes from ASTRO’s special album Winter Dream. It’s one of the songs I put on when I feel down and need to smile. It just makes me feel so cared for and appreciated.

It’s an upbeat song that’s dedicated to AROHA, ASTRO’s fans. The lyrics talk about how happy their fans make them and recollecting upon fond memories. It also thanks their fans for supporting them and how in the future they hope to make us smile.

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Orange

Crumbs” (by Whithering) takes place in a world where magic is the norm and getting a slice of romance isn’t too hard. The story follows a young seer named Ray and with her order of hot tea and a slice of romance, we meet Laurie, a familiar face at the bakery Ray loves. Love is in the air as Ray and Laurie learn how to balance a relationship and their dreams.

I absolutely love this webtoon, it just gives such a warm feeling. Ray and Laurie’s relationship offers the wholesomeness of having a crush and the warmth that comes with a caring partner. They motivate each other to follow their dreams and support decisions made even when they don’t totally agree. It’s just so cute and I just love the idea of magic being normalized. I totally recommend reading it!

Seventeen’s song “My My” from their mini album Heng:garæ tells us that everything’s okay. It’s motivating and comforting all at once. It ensures listeners that it’s okay to move at their own pace and that where they are in life is just fine. While also encouraging listeners to reach for their dreams and to make their own path in life.

A few of my favorite lines are:

  • “Nothing’s set in stone”
  • “No need to rush, you’re doing fine”
  • “Just stay as you are”

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Black

Purple Hyacinth” (by Ephemerys / Sophism) is a thrilling mystery that follows Lauren, a police officer who can detect lies, as she teams up with Kieran, a deadly assassin, to bring down a notorious crime organization that connects a to a gruesome event that haunts Lauren’s past.

The twists, turns, and constant danger of this webtoon keeps readers on their toes. Cliffhangers are deadly and keep you wanting more. The art is also really lovely, with striking color. I would definitely recommend it!

I was really conflicted when deciding where to put this song, I almost put it into the green category. I think that the concept is just so cool, but I ultimately decided that it belonged here because of it’s mysterious tones and background story.

DONGKIZ’s song “LUPIN” is upbeat and smooth, heavily referencing the gentleman thief, Arsène Lupin. With the Netflix series “Lupin” (Totally recommend watching, in the original French w/subs, of course) I’ve fallen even more in love with this song. The choreo is also so cool, I’ve watched the dance versions so many times because I just couldn’t get my mind around the magic acts they incorporated into it! O.o I definitely recommend watching it, even if only to see how smoothly they did the moves that involved the magic acts.

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Green

This category was rather hard for me to find a song for so I only have a webtoon. :/

Blades of Furry” (by Deya Muniz / Emily Erdos) is a webtoon I never knew I needed. The story heavily involves the sport of Skate Battles, a mix of figure skating and martial arts. We follow up-and-coming skater Emile and his relationship with the famous senior skater Radu. In a match between the two, Emile discovers a secret that could ruin Radu. Which sends the two spiraling into cahoots and love?

Though fairly new with only 26 episodes, I adore Emile and Radu. The plot and universe it lives in is so unique and refreshing! I also find the idea of Skate Battles so interesting, it’d be so cool to watch irl. 10/10 would recommend!

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White

I just really love these webtoons, they are HILARIOUS. Both can be found in the canvas section, previously known as discover.

Here’s The SHITuation” (by Daica.) is the story of 4 amazing friends, adorable ships, and their shenanigans. We follow Robyn, a fangirl for dramas and their clichés, as she tries to get her best friend Irene, a cat lover, together with Edison, a shy cat owner. Ian, a romance skeptic, and Edison’s best friend comes along for the ride. Who knows what will happen next?

Humor Me” (by Marvin.W) follows Charlie as she just tries to get through high school and life while taking care of her younger brother. It doesn’t help that her school does allow jobs, everyone thinks she’s a guy (though maybe that’s a positive?), and famous James Hardford thinks she’s stalking him.

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Nominees

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It has been a journey finishing up this blog post. I’ve had loads of fun but gosh it has taken me forever to finish it and I’m so sorry for that. I blame my tardiness mostly on school, I started writing this during my spring break and now it’s been summer break for a few weeks now. >~< I hope you guys enjoyed it though, I loved recommending my favorite webtoons and hope that maybe some of them struck an interest. Also if I tagged you, I hope you have fun completing this tag!!

Thank you again to Annie for tagging me!!

Until we meet again…stay safe ❤

~hiddengirl75

P.S. None of the photos are mine besides the featured image.

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Rereading

So you know that moment when you are reading a book again for maybe the thousandth time. It is all fine and dandy and it’s going great. You absolutely love the book and it feels like reading it for the first time again. But then you think back to when you read previously and you remember all the bad things that are going to happen. Then you have that horrible sinking gut feeling, yeah that’s how I feel right now. I was just lying on my bed reading, “The Elite,” [part of the selection series(definitly recommend it, I love it. It’s one of my fave book series)]and I was having fun. Then I remembered which characters were going to die in the next book and the sadness and pain that was going to follow after this happy moment. And that just sent me spiraling into a pit of sadness. It also didn’t help that I wasn’t feeling all fine and dandy when I first started reading. The reading was supposed to pull me out of my slump, but now I’m deeper in. I hate it when that happens. Has this ever happened to you? If so with what book? (Answer in the comments.) On the side note the picture above is the series it’s just missing the 4th book, cause I don’t own it and that is my picture and copies of the books. Well that’s all I have for now.

So until we meet again…

~hiddengirl75

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Patronus

Omg, I just did the patrons quiz on potter more and I like hard core geeked out. Which is kind of sad because I have no one to geek out with. 😦

The graphics were so cool and the lighting was beautiful. I found it a little stressful having to go with my gut feeling because I was being timed. I had missed the first question because I didn’t pick in time. But it’s okay. I got kind of freaked out by the sounds a few times because it sounds really creepy and mysterious and that’s not okay. But overall being a huge potterhead, I loved the whole experience.

Well until next time…

~hiddengirl75

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A court of thorns and roses: A brief rant and recommendation

Hello, so I recently I read the series a court of thorns and roses. And let me tell you it was a ride. To be honest most of the feelings I will convey in this post will be about the third book (A court of wings and ruin) because I had just finished reading it when I felt the need to share my emotions with someone. Of course I would talk to my book loving friend about it but she had specifically told me “DO NOT READ! SAVE YOUR INNOCENCE!” So I figured it would be best to not tell her. As I had purposely read it to not obey her.

I speed through this book series with no self-discipline. It was a roller coaster of emotions, it tore out my heart, stomped on it and then shoved it back in. It made me smile, laugh and flush with embarrassment. I absolutely loved the series and it was done too soon. The twists and turns and the character development was amazing. I was able to feel the characters feelings and understand each of them. Each character was so well written and crafted to perdection. I want to gush about so many scenes in this book, that made me cry or scream in anguish but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. So here is the WARNING a head of time. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, so here we go. Also, I obviously recommend this book to anyone and everyone, maybe this is the series that will spark your love for reading.

WARNING

I don’t completely remember all of my raw feelings for the first two books because I have to admit, I may have speed through it a little too fast to enjoy it fully. But I do remember the feelings from the third book. Hw I wanted to cry when they found Elain missing. How I smiled when we learned that Mor was a lesbian or bi, I’m honestly not sure but I know she favors girls. How I cried my eyes out and how it felt like my heart was being torn apart as Feyre found out that Rhysand was dead and the agony I felt as she cried and begged for the lords to save him. The pure joy I felt when the prick came back to life with a snarky remark, dragging Amren back with him.

I wish that it didn’t ever have to end, but like all good things it must come to an end. I think this is why I read so much, it allows me to feel so freely and raw.

Of course there are so many more scenes and feelings that I could list but I got most of the gushing out of my system, so I think I’m going to stop here after leaving behind a few ending spoilers. Thanks to listening to me rant for a little while. Also, I definitly recommend reading this series, but only if you think you are mature enough.

~hiddengirl75

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Would Recommend

Almost Impossible

Go read this book. I loved it. It had many twists and turns and I fell in love with the characters. The quote posted before came from this book. I really like the quote because I wish that was how the world was and that I didn’t have a label. So I encourage you to go read this book. I understand if it’s not your thing but I liked it and I think it has a good message behind it.

~ hiddengirl75

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Favorite books and series

So from my about me post you have probably deducted that I like reading. However please don’t think that because I like reading that’s all I do, many of my friends seem to think that my only interest is reading. They have labeled me as a bookworm and overachiever. Honestly it kind of hurts when people think that’s all I do, but that topic is for another post. So let’s continue…

Favorites

What is the definition of favorite? Is it something that you like too much? Is it something that you always chose when you have a choice? To be honest I have problems when picking favorite books or series.

It really isn’t that hard for me to like a book, majority of the time I love every book I read so it is hard to pick a favorite. If you asked me what my favorite book is I would probably tell you the most recent book I read. If I was in my sci-fi stage I would say the latest sci-fi book I had read. However if you ever wanted to get a super clear answer from me you would have to be more specific, asking me questions such as: What is you favorite (genre) book? If you aren’t to the point you might not get a certain or clear answer.

Favorite Books and series

Sci-fi: Honor Among Thieves by Ann Agurrie and Rachel Caine or The vault of dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

Fantasy: Deep Blue (Waterfire saga) by Jennifer Donnelly

Realistic Fiction: Teach me to forget by Erica M. Chapman (I have a LOT of realistic fiction faves but this is my most recent fave, it made me cry a lot.)

Dystopian: The selection by Kiera Cass (I absolutely love this series and the rest of Cass’s work.) or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Honestly I have way too many favorite books, I simply can’t decide but on the spot these are probably the books that I would think of. I wish I could have listed all my favorite books but that is simply too long of a list. To be completely truthful I don’t remember why I liked certain books because it was such a long time ago that I read it.

Until next time…

~hiddengirl75