why you should read artemis fowl!

Artemis Fowl is the first book in an eight-book-long series, and one of my favorites. Artemis is a twelve year old genius, millionaire, and criminal mastermind. In search of gold, he decides to kidnap Holly Short, a fairy and captain of the Lower Elements Police and Reconnaissance Force, or the LEPrecon. However, Artemis finds himself in more danger than he expected. I recommend Artemis Fowl because it’s unique, has great character development, and comments on the fact that not everything is black and white, both in books and in life.

I’ve never read a book like Artemis Fowl. Most fantasy books, despite frequently being well-written, always seem familiar. For example, try to guess the title of this book: the main character finds out they’re special and goes to a place with more people who are like them. Or, maybe, the main character is the “chosen one” and has to save the world. 

 Any reader of fantasy novels could name multiple stories with that plot. While that doesn’t make the stories bad, it’s nice to switch it up sometimes. Artemis Fowl isn’t about a boy finding out he’s magical and saving the world – it’s about a non-magical boy discovering and stealing from the magical world. Additionally, before Artemis Fowl, I had never read a book where the protagonist could also be considered an antagonist. Artemis’s actions are definitely bad in this book – and yet, somehow, the audience still wants to root for him. You don’t know which side to root for in this book which is a rare instance. Books tend to have a very clear line between which characters are good and which are evil. In Artemis Fowl, most characters aren’t good or bad, and that makes the book stand out from other fantasy books.

One of my favorite things to read and to talk about in fiction is good character development. I love seeing a character’s motivation and watching them learn and grow. Artemis Fowl does character development like no other. Artemis Fowl doesn’t switch sides immediately. He doesn’t just see the light and decide to be good for the next seven books; his redemption arc progresses slowly. He starts the first book as a selfish and evil individual, but as you see his inner monologue and the environment he grows up in throughout the book, you begin to sympathize with him. The fact that he doesn’t become good quickly is what I think is so appealing about this series. You grow to love him as a character even before he chooses “goodness”, and you get to watch a character you love change. However, he does not change so drastically that he’s a completely different person. He starts out as a villain, and grows into an anti-hero. The arc is subtle in the first book, but that’s what pulls you in to read the rest of the series. Artemis Fowl has one of my favorite redemption arcs.

Finally, Artemis Fowl provides a commentary on the fact that not everything is black and white. As I said before, he’s not a “good” character. But neither are the fairies. They, too, kill and harm people even when avoidable. Artemis also feels guilty for his actions throughout this book, but ignores it and goes through with his plans. At the end, his actions contradict Artemis’s so-called selfishness. Throughout the series, Artemis’s actions are bad, but his intentions aren’t. He uses his criminal brain to do things that aren’t evil as well, and there are times where he even saves people by doing things that are bad on the surface. This shows that not everything is black and white – people can do good things for bad reasons, and bad things for good reasons. Not everything can even be separated into good or bad, and Artemis Fowl shows that. 

Artemis Fowl is definitely worth a read. It’s one of my favorite book series of all time, and I recommend that everyone read it. The first book may be kind of confusing, but the series sucks you in. Artemis Fowl is different from other books, develops the characters well, and represents the idea of moral ambiguity.

find x

math is hard, and so is life. 

“find x,” my teacher said to me for today’s writing prompt. ‘what does that even mean?’ i wondered. most of the time, finding x is what you do for a math equation. math indicates that x will always be certain. there’s a specific number that says exactly what x is – there’s a specific place on the number line for it. however, x isn’t always just one number. x can be infinite, or x can be multiple numbers depending on the equation. x doesn’t always fit perfectly. finding x can take a lot of steps. it isn’t always one specific thing, and you might need to change your approach on it sometimes. finding x can be like life. . in life, you may think that there is one perfect goal or approach to something. but that’s not always the case. you may try a lot of different things and still not find the thing you like. there are a lot of different ways to find x, and each yields a different answer. just like there is not always a number for x, there is not always one goal to strive for in life. 

when you calculate an equation, you may end up doing something that you shouldn’t have done. it’s the same with life. to some extent, both can be erased, but you still must learn from your mistakes. last year, i took geometry. i was daunted with a  really difficult homework packet where we had to pretend to make our way through a store using a map. we had to use the distance formula and pythagorean theorem. i made so many mistakes. i would plug in the wrong numbers and use the pythagorean theorem where i should’ve used the distance formula. it took me almost an hour just to find an answer that worked. the way i got to the answer was by seeing what didn’t work. i messed up, and i realized what not to do so i could find out what i should have been doing. i almost gave up halfway, telling myself finding the solution didn’t really matter. i was glad i didn’t though, because we ended up having a test that asked the same question. the same thing tends to happen in life: you mess up, and you realize what is right and wrong. making a mistake once, and still continuing to try to better it always helps you in the future.  once you get to a happy point in your life, it’s a great feeling – a reward even – and you’re glad you didn’t give up. it’s the same with math – you find x and you get a good grade for doing so, or you finally start to understand it and utilize what you learned in the future. i believe life is about finding your x – your reward, what you have been looking for. it may be confusing, and x may be multiple things, but one day, you’ll find your x. and along the way, you’ll learn from your mistakes.

math is hard, and so is life. but that doesn’t mean either aren’t worth doing.