Yesterday my friends and I went to see Catching Fire in IMAX and I loved it. As someone who has read all the books and loved them, as well as really liked the first installment in the Hunger Games film series, I went in with high expectations. Pretty much all of them were met and exceeded, and I think this is possibly one of the best film adaptations I’ve watched. I tend to be both very critical of film adaptations of books I love while at the same time finding it hard to not like it just because the source material is so dear to me. But even with my bias I think it was a very good movie and that it told the story very much like the novel did. And my friends who had no or just a general idea about what the story was in Catching Fire both enjoyed it a lot, too. Due to all the excitement yesterday and my general inability to write coherently about anything before I’ve watched it at least twice, this will mostly just be me rambling about what I loved.
Since I’m going to be discussing parts of the movie, this post will contain spoilers from Catching Fire, but I will try to avoid giving away anything from Mockingjay. Continue reading →
Once upon a time I vowed to do monthly (weekly? Honestly can’t remember) posts about what I’ve been listening to. It didn’t last (as most of these things go), and I am making no such promises again, but I will probably be posting posts like this one – just general rambling about whatever earworms are dominating my most-played list on iTunes – semi-frequently in the future. This week (it’s only the past few days that I’ve found the time to listen extensively to music, I mostly tend to listen to podcasts when I walk) the post will mostly be about One Direction and Eminem - which, weird pairing that one. Continue reading →
Initially when I first heard about Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl I was not very interested in reading it. I thought it would end up being an incredibly superficial and clichéd story, and I was no familiar with he author. However, in the weeks after the book was released I kept hearing about how good it was and how well it represented fandom. In the end I gave in and started reading it, and I’m glad I did, because it’s probably the most invested I’ve been in a book in a while. Continue reading →
Seeing as Allegiant is the third and last book in the Divergent series, it should go without saying that this post will include spoilers for the entire series, including the end of Allegiant. If you haven’t yet finished the book you should probably not continue reading. If you don’t mind, then hey, who am I to judge?
I started reading Divergent in January, I think, and I remember really enjoying it at the time. Immediately after finishing it I started reading Insurgent, and I remember thinking that it wasn’t quite at the level of the first novel. It’s been quite a few months since I first started reading the series, and with all the other books I’ve been reading I haven’t had the time to re-read. As a result my memory was a little muddled when I started reading Allegiant, and it may have contributed to my enjoyment. A lot of the first few pages of the book were spent trying to remember who characters like Cara were, and what exactly went down in Erudite headquarters. As these things usually go, it all came back to me eventually, but I think I would have benefited from refreshing my memory before starting. Continue reading →
There are reasons why I haven’t been writing much the last few months, some of them good, some of them not. Mostly it was the end result of a busy schedule, a renewed interest in reading, university coursework and a little bit of writer’s block. The fact that my computer is about to die any day now is not helping matters. I mean, who wants to spend 10 minutes waiting for a word document to open in these technologically advanced days? Not me.
But class is back in session and learning WordPress has been the focus of our first Media Production block. Honestly, it hasn’t taught me much I didn’t already know, but it’s been a really good help in refreshing somewhat lost knowledge and in inspiring me to be better at updating this blog. The fact that it still has approximately 500 visitors monthly even when I’m not updating regularly kind of blows my mind. I started this blog mostly because I like ranting about shows I love (and love to hate), and knowing that there are people reading what I write is both incredibly rewarding and kind of scary.
So this is me promising to do my best to update the blog on a more regular basis. This is not the first time I’ve written a post like this and promised something similar (and will probably not be the last), but at the moment I have a few ideas of things I am going to post in the near future, so if everything goes as planned (and real life doesn’t come up with any big obstacles) then expect to see more content in a short while!
I went in to see Les Miserables as a complete novice, something which I’m sure affected my appreciation of the film. I knew it was based on the novel by Victor Hugo, that it is and has been for a long time, a musical on Broadway, West End and probably many many more places, and that it has songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘One Day More’. Aside from that all I knew were snippets of information I’d gathered from trailers, friends talking about it in passing and a few assumptions based on the lyrics in certain songs. So it’s safe to say my mind was more or less open for anything as I sat down to watch, and in the end I’m glad it was. Because as much as I will always be a proponent of reading before watching, I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to see the visuals without overthinking how faithful it is to the original material. And while it was never really all that shocking, I did appreciate that a lot of the emotional punches the film delivered caught me by surprise. Continue reading →
Warnings: This review will involve spoilers for both Divergent and Insurgent. Also, this is not a review of the literary merits of Veronica Roth’s novels, but purely my own opinions on the books and my enjoyment of them. Continue reading →
First of all, let me just apologize in advance for handing you all this novel sized review rather than individual episodic posts. It’s for two reasons: It’s a lot less time-consuming to just write it all out in one post, making it more acceptable to cut out the less important parts of the episodes and focus on the bigger plot points. Secondly, I know from experience that it’s difficult to write reviews of just one episode when you’ve watched the following 6 or 7, without bringing in things you’ve learned in those later episodes. Therefore, if I was to write them all out separately they would probably end up being repetitive and boring. I’m not claiming that this isn’t boring, but at least I believe it’s the better option at the moment. So, yes, here it is. What I’ve done is basically go through the season storyline by storyline. Not everything has been covered, which is probably for the best seeing as this is already 3000 words long, but the main plots are all there I think. I’ll leave it at that, and if you reach the end before falling asleep, please feel free to comment and leave your thoughts on the season in the comments!
My new year’s resolution this year is to update my blog more frequently, so what better way to start than writing about the movie I actually watched on Ne Year’s Eve? I don’t know, it made more sense in my head. Anyway, I watched Pitch Perfect the other day and felt like gushing about how aca-dorable it was. So, here goes. Continue reading →