Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

31 December 2014

And yet again, here we are at the end of another year! It's been a good year  - excluding the trainwreck that was the How I Met Your Mother finale ... lets not even got there! 2014 has brought me so many memorable events, from graduation to seeing two of my favourite bands perform live. There are just so many memories I'll cherish from this past year, from the events I've been to, and the wonderful people that I've met along the way. Plus, not to mention the amount of awesome things that came out this year - TFIOS, The Maze Runner, City of Heavenly Fire, The Flash to name a few. As we say goodbye to the past, I hope you may be able to look to the near future with hope, positivity and light. 

I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring! So from my heart to yours, I wish you a wonderful and prospectus happy new year! To this next coming year, and what more exciting adventurous that may bring! May 2015 be kind to you, and bring you unlimited happiness and joy. I'll see you on the other side with some awesome projects to come your way real soon! ^_^

The Best Villains of 2014

29 December 2014

Continuing on with this year's favourites round up, it's time to pay tribute to the most memorable villains. 2014 gave us some pretty interesting villains in our mist, who were pretty unforgettable. They gave us chills and goosebumps, and made us ever so happy that we weren't on their hit list! Here are the most captivating - and my favourite - villains of 2014 that graced our screens (and books).

Warning: This post may contain spoilers. Readers enter at their own risk ...

Favourite Movies of 2014

28 December 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I decided to pay tribute to all the wonderful movies this year that I fell in love with. So without further ado, here are my top five favourites of this year, in no particular order!

Favourite Books of 2014

27 December 2014

Reading is one of my favourite pastimes. I love losing myself in novels, and this year I read some pretty awesome stories. The amount of literature that has been released this year was amazing! We have so many stand alone novels, squeals novels. But only a selected few have been selected to be a part of this list. So from all the books I read this year, here are my top favourite five ... 

Favourite Television Shows of 2014

26 December 2014

As the countdown to Christmas ends, the countdown to New Year begins! 2014 has given so many amazing memories and so much fictional goodness. I couldn't think of a more wonderful way to start off the new year, than by honouring the wonderful things that 2014 blessed us with. Over the next several days, I will be posting my favourites from 2014. Kicking off today, I've chosen my five favourite television shows of this year! Let's get on with it, shall we?

Festive Films For The Holidays!

22 December 2014

It's only three wonderful days until Christmas morning, can you even believe it? I for one can't wait, and who knows maybe we'll wake up to the sight of snow in the morning. You really never know with English weather. I love this time of year. I love how the stores play Christmas songs, the art of buying presents for loved ones, and dressing up the Christmas tree. There is nothing quite like this time of year, and we aren't too far away from that special day! So to pull you through this extraordinarily long wait, here are a few films to get you into the festive spirit! 

Why I'm glad the Delirium pilot didn't get picked up

15 December 2014

Delirium is set in a futuristic world, where love is classified as a disease. Teenagers - at the tender age of 18 - are set to receive the cute that will forever rid them of love. From there, they will live out their lives planned by the government in so-called-contentment, away from the dangers of love and impulse. Things seem to be going according to plan for young Lena - who can not wait to get the Cure -, until she falls in love weeks before her appending due date. 

When Fox announced that it would be adapting Delirium to television, I was slightly sceptical, nervous but excited.
I loved Delirium. The story was incredibly well written and executed, and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I hoped that the producers would do it justice! The feeling of apprehension I had surrounding the adaptation continued on as the casting for the series was announced. But I kept hope. As long as the core principles of the story were kept, I didn't mind. In the end all that anticipation was left to waste, as the pilot was not picked up. As a fan of the series, I would have at least loved an opportunity to see the final cut! But now, after finally viewing the unaired pilot, it is so clear to see why this series did not get picked up after all. Despite the amount of potential within the pilot, there were many pitfalls that brought its downfall, including ... 

The Peter Pan Effect: Who wants to be a grown up anyway?

8 December 2014

When I turned 22 almost two weeks ago, I couldn't help but reminisce on past birthday's. In those young years, I remember the excitement that each birthday held as I turned a year older, and the anticipation of gifts and birthday wishes from friends and family alike. I remember being roughly 10 years old, and declaring to the people around me that I was 10 and a half. I also remember being terribly annoyed if anyone said anything otherwise. But yet somehow as we get older, we find ourselves reluctant to state our ages - with no mentions of in between fractions. We feel glad and blessed if we look younger than what we actually are, as opposed to older. As time passes we vividly embrace those memories that bring us closer to so called detrimental nostalgia, that stops us from seeing the positives yet to come. Here comes my theory called the Peter Pan Effect.

Autumn Favourites (Media Edition)

1 December 2014

It's tricky to know when Autumn truly ends, isn't it? Is it when the winter cold starts to kick in, or when we hit mid November? Either way, it's the first of December! And you know what that means - the beginning of the official countdown to Christmas! Although I'm sure many of you already have your Christmas tree put up in the living room, and have been jamming out to those Christmas tunes! A wonderful way of formally saying hello to the Christmas spirit is by honouring the awesome things that Autumn brought! So without further ado, here are the things I loved so dearly this Autumn ...

NaNoWriMo 2014: Final Wrap Up

30 November 2014

It's the final week of NaNoWriMo and I survived! I must confess though, I didn't make my original intended work count. But in all honesty, I'm okay with that. I am so much closer to a first draft of my unfinished novel than I was a month ago, and that would not have happened if it wasn't for NaNoWriMo. Along this journey, I've learnt so many incredible things along the way. It only seemed fitting from this last update that I would share the things I learnt from this experience!

  •  No matter how many times you think you can't write anymore, there is always something to put down on paper. Maybe it's a random sentence that you can't find room for just yet in your story. Write it down, and it'll make sense in time.
  • Who says you can't leave pages blank and continue on with the rest of the novel? Writer's block can only ease itself - in small doses. If it isn't working for you, move on and come back later. Give that section a break.
  • It doesn't matter if you can't put your thoughts down perfectly on paper the way you want to, all that matters its down on paper. Ready to be edited.
  • Editing is everything. It will make your raw ingredients sound like perfection. You would never have even known what it came from!

Despite not reaching my intended word count, I couldn't be more happier with the results. I am one step closer to finishing my novel, and two steps closer to Christmas! I may even participate in new year's NaNoWriMo. So until next year, folks!

Fellow NaNoWriMo-ers, tell me your thoughts? How did you find this year's ultimate month of writing? Let's talk!

Trailer Talk: The DUFF

24 November 2014

The DUFF - Watch the trailer here.
The DUFF tells the story of Bianca, a senior in high school who finds herself coming to an identity crisis when she realises she is labelled as the 'DUFF' - Designited Ugly Fat Friend. I've been excited about this adaptation since hearing about it several months ago. Not only is this story so quirky but it's also relate-able. Let's face the facts - at one of point of our lives - every single person has felt like the 'DUFF' in their friendship group. I loved the message of the story, which is why I couldn't wait to this young adult novel on the big screen. But by the looks of this trailer, this adaptation is far straying away from its original source material.

I have very mixed feelings about this trailer. On the one hand, I understand why CBS decided to turn it down the sexual tension a notch. It makes sense - the novel was slightly riskay afterall. But to change the entire premise of the story is something else entirely. The DUFF was never about 'reinvention', but learning to accept and love the quirks and qualities that made you unique - your individuality. The good and the bad. There is so much more to Wesley and Bianca than just their labels on the social ladder, and this trailer doesn't really showcase that. 
If I hadn't read the book, I would pass this story off as a typical high school cliché story, which it is far from. 
In the novel, Bianca never sets out to change herself and learns to accept herself for who she truly is. That's part of the reason why her her character is so iconic, and why I'm concerned for this adaptation. In this trailer there is also no mention of Bianca and Wesley  - other personal dramas involving their family, which is something 
I hope has been omitted from the trailer - not the actual movie itself. Based on this trailer alone, it feels as though Hollywood has decided to take this story and tried to turn it into - or at least advertise it as - this generation's She's All That. That being said, this is a first look trailer. There may be so much more than we haven't been shown. Maybe this is all a marketing tactic to gain some further interest in the story. The thought of that alone, leaves me feeling pretty optimistic. 

Despite some major changes to the plot, I still feel like this story holds potential. It's possible that the themes and events that take place in the novel, may be explored on camera - just without so much sexual tension. That is my greatest hope for this film.

I absolutely love the quirky nature of this trailer. Mae Whitman nails that quirky, quick witted yet humble persona that Bianca holds. It's hard to say anything more about the other characters since the trailer solely focuses on Wesley and Bianca - but here's to hoping that they stay true their novel counterparts, (and are more than just the typical high school type-casts).
 As long as the stories core principles and issues are stuck to in this adaptation, I'll be a happy bunny, and so thoroughly entertained. But anything otherwise oh ho ho - CBS, you will have disappointed me big time ... 

What are your thoughts on The DUFF? Have you read the novel? I'd love to hear more about what you think ^_^

NaNoWriMo 2014: Week Three Wrap Up

22 November 2014

I can't believe how fast time has flown. Here we are, closer to the end of this year's NaNoWriMoWeek One was a steady slope with words flowing at ease. Week Two - a definitely struggle with writing and an on going battle resisting temptation to edit everything. Week Three is almost shameful. I've been struggling to sit down and commit myself to write this week. Throughout this process, I've noticed how writing has slowly become central to reaching the ultimate word count. I've found myself procrastinating - a lot. While I love the fact that you can pop out a novel in this month, I'm not really a fan of squeezing words out just for the word count. Maybe it's the fact that November's a busy month ... but gosh, I actually miss the slow paced process of thinking through the events, guiding characters and letting their actions guide me to write. I've noticed how many "come-back-and-visit-later" signs I've put into my work, and how I'm struggling to continue on without filling them in. Being a perfectionist - does not help my cause here. Nope.

Popping out 1000 words per day, without planning most of what I'm trying to say is difficult. Much more difficult than Week One - where I exhausted the surface ideas I had, and Week Two where I filled in the missing gaps between those plot lines. I really appreciate the ideals of this month, but I miss the writing without pressure of reaching a word count. And the feeling of disappointment if I don't. So from now on, instead of demanding 1000 words per day to reach the word count, I'm just going to try to write however much I can daily for the duration of NaNoWriMo.

Can anyone else relate? Fellow NaNoWriMo-ers, how you finding the challenge?

A Letter to My Future Self

17 November 2014

When I was in Year 7, my English teacher gave my class an assignment - to write a letter to our future-selves that we would open in our final year of high school. At 11 years old, I remember thinking it was a strange concept. I couldn't imagine myself
 five years down the line as a 16 year old young adult, ready to take on the world. What would I want to say to myself? What would I want to know? I remember writing that letter so clearly, and also the day I opened it. Its a memory that I've always held very dear to me. So when I came across this tag on my Bloglovin feed, I instantly jumped right at that opportunity. What better what to honour that memory than writing another letter to my future self. I'm also at a significant point in my life where anything can happen, and with that, you can't help but wonder where life may take you. So without further ado, here is the letter I'm sending to my future self 10 years from now ....

NaNoWriMo: Week Two Wrap Up

15 November 2014

NaNoWriMo has been the perfect platform to write the story I didn't know how to write. By committing myself to put pen to paper, I've been able to write fragments of the story I've envisioned for so long. The story, that I've had so much trouble putting to paper, is slowly working its way towards the image in my imagination. I know more than half the things I've written probably will not make the final draft of novel. Not everything I have right now will make the cut; so much will be changed! But those words that I hold on the page are a starting point, and isn't that worth something in it's self?

Throughout this process - when I've actually had the opportunity to write-, I've found it really hard not to edit for a number of reasons. Editing is where the magic happens, where words that initially have no meaning or just don't run smoothly become lyrically awesome. Where raw ideas are polished and primed. It really is like music to the ears, when you hear those words climb off the page and perfectly encapsulate the moments you see enfolding before you. And that magic does not happen the first time round! This je ne sais quoi 
happens the second-third or even fourth time around, where you're whizzing through the words, and polishing the raw material into a masterpiece - prepared to wow the reader. It's so hard for me not to edit during this experience, because editing adds so much more value (and sometimes more words too!). It's where a simple expression can become legendary - worthy of being quoted one day. But without the foundation of words on the page, editing is not possible. It simply can't happen. That is one of the most important lessons I've learnt along the way, and is one I hope to remember long after the end of NaNoWriMo 2014. 

For all of you participating in NaNoWriMo, have you been feeling the same pinch? Let's talk about our experiences!

006. The Raven Boys

10 November 2014

From it's original synopsis, I was expecting The Raven Boys to be a paranormal romance about a girl named Blue and her forbidden true love with a boy, who would die from her kiss. But that is not what this story is about. The Raven Boys is about how Blue's life gets turned upside down when she meets the infamous Raven Boys, who are on an adventure of their own. 

I decided to pick this book up after a recommendation from a friend. I've heard some pretty incredible reviews of things from the online book community, so I decided to see what the fuss was all about. For majority of the novel, I found myself rather de-attached from the story. But once I reached the turning point of the novel half way through, I found myself feeling drawn into the mystery and suspense of the story. While The Raven Boys has some enjoyable moments, - I'm sorry to say fans of the book - I found myself far from impressed with it. This book did not live up to its hype at all, and was overall pretty disappointing. 

NaNoWriMo 2014: Week One Wrap Up

8 November 2014

I love to write. It's my passion and my favourite past time in the world. I could list all the reasons why I love to write, but since I've already done that earlier in the year, I'll tell you a little secret. Ever since I was 14, I have always always dreamt of publishing my own novel some day. It's a long term dream of mine! So when I heard about NaNoWriMo several years ago, - the ultimate month of novel writing - I couldn't help but feel so excited about the possibility of it! Imagine being one step closer to publishing your own novel .... Just the thought gives me chills!

In the past,
I've always been put off with participating as November is literally one of busiest times of the year for me - with essay writing, deadlines, upcoming Christmas and birthday plans. But this year - as a last minute decision - I thought I'd put those excuses aside and at least try. Honestly what's the worst that could happen? I told myself, 'Instead of trying to reach the goal of 50,000 words, I'll aim for 30,000. 1000 words per day give or take. That seems manageable.' And so far, it's been going pretty well. I made it through the week with almost 7000 words right under my belt. To say I'm feeling good is an understatement, but ... it did not come easy I'll tell you! This is literally the thought process I went through this week ...

Day One: A proud 1000 words - yay. I'm off to a good start. I'll have myself a little snack.

Day Two: Just about reached 2000. A little bit trickier than yesterday, but I got there. Awesome!

Day Three: 
 I've got the urge to major edit everything I've just written, and I don't know if I can shake it. Must resist ... must resist ... 

Day Four: I'll try and get a few words in before bed ... I'll just nap for two seconds ... just resting the eyes ... zzzzzz

Day Five: Gotta make up for yesterday. Double take; I got this. Sorted. Not as poetically awesome as day one though ... Editing will make this all sound awesome in the end ...

Day Six: Can't think of what to say ... Guess I'll skip this scene and move onto the next ... and the next ...

Day Seven: Finally, the scene I've been waiting to write forever has arrived ... let the juiciness begin!

Overall, I'm really happy with the experience and enjoying how it's going so far. Can anyone else relate? If you're taking part in this year's NaNoWriMo, tell me how it's go
ing. I'd love to hear from you all!

005: The Fault In Our Stars

3 November 2014

The Fault In Our Stars tells the story of two cancer survivors Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, who fall in love for the first time. I'll confess - I was pretty nervous about seeing this movie adaptation. Not because I had no faith in the director Josh Boone - as I loved his previous movie Stuck In Love -, but because I know the story. I was so desperate to see it, and yet reluctant to have my fangirl heart ripped to a million pieces of feels. But it was well worth it. This adaptation was not only faithful to the story, but it provided an added depth that I was really not expecting. It was a touching tale that perfectly encapsulated the characters of Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace.   

For all of you who haven't seen this film, you seriously must! This is a story that needs to be told and shared. It perfectly shows that these teenagers are not just cancer patients. They are just not defined by their condition – but their heart and soul. If you take anything away from this story, that should be it! 

Movies to keep you company this Halloween (Horror Free)

30 October 2014

With Halloween right around the corner, who doesn't love getting into the holiday spirit? As you may already know from last year's Halloweenesque American Television Special, I can not stand pure horror. Horror stories literally scare me to death - no pun intended. While I love getting into the holiday festivities, I do not fancy a night of debating weather I should or should not peak under the bed, or leave my lights on all night long to chase away the dark shadows. That'll definitely give me one hell of an energy bill! So if you're anything like me, here are some suggestions to keep you feeling festive and rather nightmare free ...

Autumn To Be Read (TBR) Pile

25 October 2014

It's that time of year again, where we trade in those denim jackets for woolly jumpers, and sit by the make-shift fire in the living room sipping warm hot coco. Now I'm not sure about you, but this time of year is my favourite. Not only because Autumn is my favourite season of all, but also because the world seems to become more festive and so excited in the lead up to Halloween and ultimately, Christmas. Combined all that excitement with fiction and you have the perfect recipe of awesomeness! For me, there is nothing more amazing than curling up to a good book at the end of a long day - especially in the chilly weather, where a lovely story can keep me warm and cosy. So without further anticipation, here are my five reads that I hope to finish this Autumn!

Meeting Malorie Blackman ...

19 October 2014

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Malorie Blackman at a book signing - with one of my good friends Mariam - taking place during the Birmingham Literary Festival. As soon as I found out about this event, I knew I just had to go. Several years ago, I picked up a book from the library called Noughts and Crosses, and to date it has been one of the most socially powerful books I have ever read. Not only does the series directly address the topic of racism in a rather unusual way, but it's the only book I've come across in the young adult genre that deals with the topic at all. Maybe one of the reasons why this topic is never really approached directly is because, it can be pretty difficult to discuss, and really hard to execute. The story of Noughts and Crosses however did a perfect job of illustrating the impact racial discrimination can have on an individual and society itself. It was a perfectly executed story - which I can imagine must have been one hell of a challenge! Is it any wonder Malorie Blackman was chosen to be our current Children's Laureate?

Nine Things I wish happened on Teen Wolf: Season Four

7 October 2014

It's been almost three weeks since the season finale of Teen Wolf, and I can not stop thinking about that jaw dropping episode where we faced our -some what- final battle against Peter Hale and Scott McCall. While this season was jam packed with action including the dead pool, romance and wolf drama, there were so many moments missing from the show. So many things I wished had been included this season. As much as I enjoyed this season, I felt that Jeff Davies's ambitious nature really did get the best of him. Instead of creating so much action for the show, I wish Jeff had put more time and energy into explaining some events in more detail or even just addressing them directly. With all these new supernatural factors added into the mix, there were still quiet a few unresolved matters and abandoned plot lines circling the show. So without further ado, here are nine things that I wish happened on Teen Wolf, Season Four. 

The Songs that Made My Summer Of 2014 ♪♫♪

16 September 2014

As summer comes to a close (for the select few who aren't already back at school or work), I can't help but look back at the songs that shaped my summer this year. So without further ado, here are the songs that made the soundtrack to summer 2014!

Guess whose back?

2 August 2014

Hello world! It is so good to be back. :D You may have noticed over the past several weeks, I've been pretty absence from the online sphere. That is pretty much because of how hectic things were during this last final term at university. Unfortunately, because of the workload I had, I had to take a blogging hiatus to get through it all. But now, I am back and ready to get back into all things popular culture. I've missed so many entertaining things while I've been at university and it's time to catch up! For the movies I haven't seen, to the books I haven't read. I'm really excited to be back, and I can't wait to get back in the full swing of things!

I've decided to take a slightly new direction with this blog. Instead of just posting reviews (which you will continue to see plenty of might I add), I've decided to branch out with some more lifestyle orientated content. I hope you enjoy the changes occurring in the next couple of
 weeks. I'm so looking forward to it! Hope to see you all soon. Stay awesome people :D

The overlooked message of Ellen Page's speech

22 February 2014

Ellen Page's emotional and touching speech, known as her 'coming out speech' given last week at the Human Rights Campaign's conference, was a significant moment and important reflection on our current society by a world-wide known figure. This speech didn't just address LGBT community, it addressed an important position of society and tackled an issue close to many peoples hearts - the acceptance of one another. But one of the most important messages of this speech that I believe it holds, will become regrettably overlooked, all because of the tabloid obsession over another celebrity's personal relationship endeavours. This message is arguably one of the most important things I learnt from my time at university and growing up in this digital society. It is about the ideals, the world and the nature that Hollywood movies and television create for us to implement in some shape or form into society and our everyday lives.

004. Stuck In Love

16 February 2014

Spoilers under the cut. Beware.
'Stuck in Love' tells the story of a family of writers, trying to figure out their lives through love and relationships, with their family members and significant others. It's a beautifully crafted story that involves three character perspectives, between a middle-aged divorced couple, a pair of college students and high schoolers. The diversity in age and the issues they face, is the main characteristic that defines the authenticity of this film. From the very beginning, this film carries a distinctive artistic indie flair - perfect for the content explored. The acting here is absolutely superb! The range of emotional responses to the situations presented between each character was extraordinary.  Each character had their own struggles to face, including the situation of the parents divorce - the central point of this film. Exploring these relationships on screen with multiple characters and situations, occurring in one film can be hard to execute; but it was done brilliantly. Each age group was given an equal amount of on-screen time, and there is something meaningful there for everyone. Whatever situation you may have or could encounter in the future, through personal or second hand experiences, was in this movie. It is a beautiful exploration into the romantic lives of a family, holding different perspectives and opinions with all things amore. I would definitely recommend this film for anyone whose interested in seeing something a little bit different from your average rom-com!

Fictional characters aren't just fictional.

9 February 2014

Fictional characters are more than just people in a book or on screen. They are people who come to life through the words on a page, through images on screen, through facial expressions and hand gestures. They are characters who you struggle with, through their dark times, and cheer with through their happy days. They are the people you look up to. They are the more than just fictional. To the fans, they are so much more than that. Fictional characters aren't just fictional. They are people you've never met and never will. But they are also people you've known for so long. You've grown up watching their lives unfold alongside yours, and you can't help but feel attached to them. You've grown up watching them grow as individuals and mature into adults. You've witnessed the situations they have been in, and you've been there alongside them. You've felt their anguish, their pain through all the drama and conflicts they've been through. And when they're heartbroken, you feel that sinking feeling in your chest too, weighing you down. You relish in their happiness, and can not help how elated you feel for them, because they truly deserve it after everything they've been through.

You've seen them through their best and very worst - their true vulnerable self stripped of all their invincible make-up, that raw emotion and sense of self they reveal when alone in the depths of the shadows in their silent homes at night. You've followed their journeys, and discovered something new about yourself in the process - who you aspire to be, who you don't want to be, what direction you want to take in life, and who you want to be there in that moment when you're dreams are coming true. You've formed bonds with them, people that have never existed, but yet they do. The place they've lived in becomes home to you. You've watched them go through their lives, and anticipated the direction of their lives will take alongside them. They've taught you the meaning of true happiness through their painstaking troubles, the strength of friendships under the constrains of reality and staying true to yourself by keeping your morals in check when tested on by the hand of others. These individuals have seen you through part of your life. They are long lost friends that you greet in passing when you visit their realities. And they will always stay with you, no matter how long after you've turned the last page of their chapter.

Trailer Talk: The Fault In Our Stars

2 February 2014

Thanks to some unknown individuals for leaking content before producers, we finally have ourselves - after months of waiting - the trailer for 'The Fault In Our Stars'!  It's crazy how fast we've reached this point. Almost hal
f a year ago. all we had was a film in the works, accompanied by John Green's enthusiastic vlogs and our bent-back paperback copies, to tie us through the long anticipated adaptation. But now, we have footage of the story that touched our hearts.

This trailer was a beautiful collection of moments that - as a fan of book - I find to be the perfect summary of emotions felt when reading this book. It includes, that hopeful beginning of a love story between two teenagers who've battled their way through cancer, the development of their relationship through the aftermath of their struggles, and those beautiful moments of recollection and heartbreak that befalls these characters. The most heartbreaking moment of the trailer is towards the end when the words '
Okay', and 'Okay' are muttered between the pair of lovers.

This trailer appears to have a quirky vibe that most indie based, young-adult-coming-of-age films seem to have these days. It's not hard to see the distinctively similar vibes between Josh Boones's 'Stuck In Love'  and this trailer to 'TFIOS'.  The beginning of this trailer is a perfect introduction to this story, and immediately sums up the way Hazel feels about her life since her diagnosis and battle with cancer. It's a marvellous introduction to the world of 'TFIOS'. The feelings of realistic disparity that Hazel feels between herself and other teenagers her age is evident, from the moment you see her carrying her support system up to the support group meeting. The trailer seems to encapsulate the way Augustus Waters, in all his fine glory, comes into her world as an enigmatic, quirky and upbeat teenager who can not only relate to Hazel, but challenge her to see past her diagnosis as a definition for her identity. The chemistry between these characters is completely evident and spot on.  From his witty dialogue and charming personality, to his poetic notions of the world, Ansel Elgort seems to perfectly execute the embodiment of the fictional Augustus Waters I had dreamt of. His acting of Augustus Waters comes off as fluid and naturally charismatic, while in comparison Shailene Woodley's acting of Hazel seems to be awkward and unsure, representing Hazel's uncertainty to the world she will venture into.

 I do however, have to admit I have my reservations for Shailene's portrayal of Hazel Grace. I'm not sure what it is exactly that makes me feel this way. I imagined Hazel to be more reversed towards the beginning of the story, to grow as her relationship with Augustus develops, which isn't evident in the trailer. But ... this is a trailer. It is important for producers not to give too much away at this stage as it is only the first glimpse. 
Maybe seeing more footage of Shailene as Hazel might help.  It's definitely a detail that I can put on the side, but I hope she can manage to pull it off. This story is so beautifully constructed on paper, and I only hope that it's movie companion will execute this tale to the best it can be. I also have to admit I was slightly disappointed, when seeing the place where Augustus and Hazel have their dinning date. I imagined it to be a more culturally vibrant restaurant, with an artistic atmosphere or flair to the area, (paintings on the wall, themed atmosphere inside maybe), almost like a quirky restaurant with edge, rather than a upper class restaurant that had a monotonous feel to it. But that is a pretty superficial detail that I am sure I can ignore. What a beautiful first look into the world 'The Fault In Our Stars'. I can not wait to see more!

What do you all think of 'The Fault In Our Stars' trailer? How does it compare to the book if you've read it? Or how do you find the story if you haven't?  

Why I love to write

26 January 2014

I love to write, because there is nothing more exciting and infuriating, as organising your incoherent thoughts and putting them to paper. I love to write, because there is always a challenge involved in the process, weather its perfecting a particular sentence, finding the right adjectives to describe the atmosphere, or creating the perfect setting to describe a particular scene, for the characters you've crafted together in the depths of your mind. I love to write, because in my over active imagination, I dream up a different reality to my own life, and characters that either resemble or differ from the people I know in my everyday life. I love to write, because I get to meet and craft new characters who I've never known before. I love to write, because exploring these characters through the actions they take, and the way they conduct themselves in their fictional realities, can be so entertaining and fulfilling. I love to write because my imagination can take me anywhere; its a place where I am able to create fictional worlds, where almost anything is possible - just believing is key. 

I love to write, because it is a chance for me to explore my thoughts and feelings, in a place far away from judging eyes and hushed whispers - a place where I am heard and where my voice is always key. 
I love to write, because I'm able to document the ever changing thoughts and emotions I find myself entangled in. I love to write, because it's my way of making sense of the world, through exploring the nature of people and their characteristics, by seeing their relationships develop between other characters, their passions and attitudes towards the things in life, and their interest in the world around them. I love to write because it gives me the opportunity, to speak to millions through the words of language, and share a platform of discussion with the unique minds of many. Without words after all, how on earth would we be able to communicate?

003. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

19 January 2014

'The Lizzie Bennet Diaries'  is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'  in the form of a web-series. Told through video logs, Elizabeth Bennet verbally explores the life of her sisters, post-graduation plans and her undeniable feelings for Darcy.

It is amazing how this old tale, that has been retold countless amounts of times, has been appropriately adapted to fit into modern day life. This approach makes the story more accessible for people who don't necessarily relate to the world of 19th century as well, in my opinion. It isn't easy bringing to life an old story into a modern world, but Hank Green and Bernie Su did an incredible job of making it believable. There are so many incredible plot lines that bring this story into the 21st century, such as modern notions of educated and working females, and Lizzie vlogging her frustrations through the use of digital technology. 
This web-series is so brilliantly constructed, and beautifully crafted.

We manage to get a feel of all these characters we get a small glimpse of throughout the series by Lizzie's impersonations and their appearances as well. The impersonations were such an inventive and creative to incorporate new characters into the story, and Lizzie's feelings towards them. I enjoyed experiencing every single character, especially through Lizzie whose impersonations were just so perfectly executed and so very very entertaining to watch! Ashley Clements, who played Lizzie Bennet, did an amazing job in this series. To say anymore, I feel would only just ruin the suspense. And to be perfectly honestly, this series was just done at an incredible standard that I myself could never have accomplished. Hank Green is a genius who I will always look up to, and everyone involved with this series did an amazing job of bringing to life of an olden tale with a modern twist. That Emmy was definitely well deserved. I highly recommend this web-series, and I assure you the only thing you'll regret is not seeing it sooner!

Upcoming Films in 2014 to look forward to!

11 January 2014

Congratulations - you've survived the past two weeks of January, filled with deadlines, last minute revision, back to work routines and all with a pinch of frostbite! It's always pretty hard to get back into routine after the festive period of the year, when you've gone from watching Christmas movies, spending time with the family and lovely food to satisfy your festive cravings, back to the monotonousness routine of the working the day - or at least the attempt of it. Now you really can't wait to see the summer sun, especially with the winter weather we're having these days.  But don't fret! There is a lot to look forward to this year, including some awesome new film releases staring some very interesting figures!

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