I won a giveaway…

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On the 5th April I received an email through from Kat, owner of the wonderful blog Life and Other Disasters. Firstly I suggest you all go check out her blog, she regularly posts reviews, tags as well as one of my favourite features ‘Trailers you may have missed this week’. This section is my favourite because she includes a variety of films and like the title of the section suggests, I always find a bunch of trailers I have yet to see. Therefore once I have finished reading, I end up finding a new film to fan-girl about it’s upcoming release.

Kat recently held a giveaway on her blog for an array of different prizes, one being Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and I won a copy!!

Here is an accurate representation of how I looked when I found out I had won:

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A few days ago I received the book in the mail and Kat also took the time to include a lovely little letter alongside the book. She mentions in the letter that she is ‘reminded how important it is to find like – minded people and I am glad to have this blogging community always backing me up’ and I cannot agree more. The blogging community is so welcoming and I am so grateful to be accepted into such an amazing community, I love being apart of this community and having a place where I can talk about books with people who share my love.

Thank you so much for holding the giveaway Kat, I can’t wait till I can get round to reading Kindred Spirits!

Be sure to check out her blog: Life and Other Disasters 🙂

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The Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2

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[Pause for my screaming]

As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Lionsgate’s Movie Franchises so much so that I am actually basing my Dissertation around The Hunger Games, hopefully. My fingers are crossed because I have to wait to see if my proposal gets accepted. Anyway  I sadly never had the chance to see the movie in the cinema so I finally just managed to watch it after receiving the DVD in the mail on Monday and I am almost lost for words.

Firstly it’s been a while since I have read the books therefore I cannot remember if it follows it completely or not, I remember the key parts in the book regarding Prue which the movie includes as well as Finnick and other points but I can’t say for definite if it takes its own turns. Although from what I can remember I’m sure it follows the books very well.

I just can’t believe that, that’s it now. No more waiting around for the next film, its so sad to think that its over. Of course the books will always be here and the movies so I can continuously watch and read them religiously but it is still sad when a franchise that has been part of your life for so many years draws to a close. Another thing you may not know about me is the fact that I get very emotionally invested in films/books/ even TV couples. I still feel sad about the end of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Twilight, Harry Potter and Elena leaving the Vampire Diaries (She needs to come back).

Ultimately I believe that Mockingjay Part 2 was a wonderful ending to say the least to a brilliant franchise, it was as exciting and heartbreaking as the first movie. This franchise has done a wonderful job in each and every movie, the action scenes were fantastic, the romantic elements heart warming or heart breaking. Overall every film has rendered me an emotional mess throughout. In-fact throughout this movie  I found myself on numerous occasions screaming, whether it be from the Game Keepers pods placed around the Capitol or when a character died or was injured. Obviously the TV didn’t hear me in relation to Finnick ‘no, what are you doing. Help!!!!’ . It was a moment I knew was going to happen but I was still  so shocked.

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The cast sure need a good applause for their performances of these characters, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson played a wonderful team, I really hope they manage to work alongside each other again in the future. The chemistry between each of them was amazing, they truly brought the characters and the movie as a whole to life for me and I will hold the characters dear in my heart for a long time. I will also ship Katniss and Peeta forever, the epilogue to this movie was a perfect ending and a contrast to the horror they faced throughout the movies. They finally achieved a version of bliss.

Finally having just finished watching the movie I had to immediately come onto my blog and rant/rave about it. Therefore this is not a review more like my thoughts, although if this was a review then 10/10 stars!

I’m definitely going to reread and re-watch the movies once I have got my essays and exams out the way. I need to immerse myself in the world of Katniss Everdeen once again.

Let me know in the comments What were your thoughts on the movie? and if you Are  sad its over?

 

Movie Madness

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This post is inspired by Kat Impossible who runs the wonderful blog Life and Other Disasters where every week she incorporates a post on new trailers that have been recently released, it is here I find the new trailers I have yet to see pop up on my Youtube homepage and she is the reason I find so many great films I want to watch. Therefore this post is dedicated to ‘Movie Madness’ which I may make into a regular feature where I will be talking about 5 trailers I have seen recently for movies that have left me with a burning desire to watch them as soon as possible. These 5 trailers could be for upcoming movie releases, recent or even for movies already out. So without further ado here are the 5 trailers for this week…
The Danish Girl
Drama | Eddie Redmayne | Alicia Vikander

‘The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.’
Thoughts: I finally decided to give the Trailer for The Danish Girl a chance after watching The Oscars 2016, Alicia Vikander won the category of Best Supporting Actress and I realised I had always skipped passed the trailer when it came on my screen and I really needed to give it a chance. I found the trailer to begin to incite emotions from me just within the 2 minute trailer alone and I think this is a film I will actually really enjoy with it being based on a true story.

Room
Drama | Brie Larson | Jacob Tremblay

‘Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman and her 5-year-old son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time’
Thoughts: Similarly to The Danish Girl, after watching The Oscars and witnessing Brie Larson win her award for Best Actress for this movie I watched the Trailer immediately and it made me cry, just from the 2 minutes of the trailer as you could see the heart-breaking story this movie will take you through. This movie is based on the bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue also titled ‘Room’, after reading an array of reviews [all giving the movie high star ratings] it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to this one.

SUFFRAGETTE
Historical Drama | Helena Bonham Carter | Meryl Streep | Carey Mulligan

‘SUFFRAGETTE is the first ever feature film to tell the inspirational story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who risked everything in the fight for equality’

Thoughts: SUFFRAGETTE is actually a movie that was recommended to me by my best-friend, I hadn’t seen the trailer anywhere prior to her watching the movie herself which I was rather shocked about. I would have expected to have seen it on the internet or television somewhere, but I’ve always been curious and interested into the story of the SUFFRAGETTES and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this movie depicts that story and the age in which these strong women were living in and fighting for our equal rights. (Does it make me terrible that I do not know the full expansive history of the New Women and the Suffragette Movement? – We were never taught this at school but it is something I’ve been interested in and I am going to research more in-depth)

Brooklyn
Historical Drama | Saoirse Ronan | Emory Cohen | Domhnall Gleeson

‘An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man (Domhnall Gleeson) when she returns to her homeland for a visit’
Thoughts: I have watched the trailer for Brooklyn a number of times and I still haven’t gotten around to watching it [Kicking myself]. I adore Saoirse Ronan, I think she is a wonderfully talented actress and finally a movie in which she can use her lovely Irish Accent! I’m looking forward to Brooklyn as the trailer depicts the premise of a love triangle as Saoirse’s character must return back home to Ireland after moving to America in the hopes of a better life and who doesn’t love a good love triangle element. The fact that this movie is set in 1950’s New York is also what is making this movie appeal so much to me, I have always been drawn to the clothes and style of this moment in history. Finally the concept of the movie itself is really intriguing and I’m looking forward to how the movie portrays Saoirse’s character first arriving in New York and if it tackles her feeling like an outsider in anyway alongside the romantic elements.

Me Before You
Romantic Drama | Emilia Clarke | Sam Claflin

‘Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined’

Thoughts: Last but certainly not least, Me Before You.
Ah I have been recommended the book by JoJo Moyes a number of times and I placed it on my TBR pile and never thought of it again, until Christmas when I bought my mum the book to see if she would get round to reading it faster than me and inspire me to finally pick it up…She didn’t! But I am inspired to read the book prior to this movie release as the story looks both beautiful and heart-breaking.
In terms of casting I have to say I think they have done a tremendous job by hiring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin for the two main protagonists. Individually they are both wonderfully talented actors but together, from what I can sense from the trailer and the emotions it ignites within me I believe they will have true chemistry and be phenomenal.
That’s a wrap…
As you can see each of these movies lean towards a more serious tone incorporating the Drama Genre, so I may have to make sure to watch some comedies in between each of these movies to give myself a happiness boost. I can’t comment too much on these films based of their trailers alone so I just hope they live up to the stories depicted in their trailers and the reviews of critics who have watched them. I am truly looking forward to watching each of them and I might come back with some reviews for them if any of you would be interested in something like that? Let me know in the comments. Also Are there any movies on here you have seen? If so what did you think of them or are you looking forward to watching any movies from this list yourself? Again; Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Movie Recommendation – Romcom.

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Film: 10 Things I hate about you (1999) | Genre: Romantic Comedy/ Drama

Summary:  Cameron (Joseph Gordon – Levitt) is the new kid in high school, in order to date Bianca Stanford (Larisa Oleynik)  the girl he has a crush on; he must find a guy to date her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles), also known as the meanest girl in school. It isn’t a task to take lightly especially considering even their father has rules such as ‘you don’t date until Kat does’.  Is their any chance for Cameron to succeed? [10 things I hate about you – IMDB]

Thoughts/Review:

I am a huge fan of movies especially romantic comedies from the 1980’s and 90’s, I love the old school feel of them and I believe you really can’t beat these films. Therefore I have decided to create some posts offering recommendations for some of my favourite films whilst also offering small reviews in the hopes of inspiring you into watching your all time favourites once again or perhaps find a new film to enjoy.

10 things I hate about you was first released in 1999 and I was born in 1994, so I obviously wasn’t introduced to this film until way after it’s release date. I can’t remember the year exactly but it would of been back when I was in Secondary School (High School). Since then I have watched it an abundance of times, I could sit and watch it regularly without getting bored not just because the male protagonist Patrick Verona is played by Heath Ledger and that’s a massive plus in itself but because I still find the film as emotionally moving as the first time I ever experienced it. That right there is a powerful tool for a movie to hold considering the sheer amount of times I have watched the film.

10 Things I hate about you is set in a high school setting, therefore it is focused on Teenagers. I found myself relating to the environment and the characters themselves on some levels, I think despite this film being a comedy of sorts anybody will be able to watch the film and draw similarities between their own experiences of high school with that represented in the film.

As a whole the film is truly a romantic journey between a number of couples which each add to the progression of the film in someway. In some sense their is betrayal as well as romance, comedy and drama but the movie is definitely a ‘feel good’ movie and an emotional roller coaster to say the least. I hate spoiler sue’s so I refuse to reveal any key information or ruin a film for anybody but the poetry scene [you’ll know which one I’m on about when you watch it or if you have watched it before] makes me cry every single time. It’s beautiful, up until that moment in the film the progression of the two main protagonists Kat and Patrick had been developing and as the audience you feel the tension and the emotions for them.

10 things I hate about you will always be a film I go back to on a day where I need a pick me up, a blast from the past or just a day/night of watching films I know I enjoy.

Have you ever watched 10 things I hate about you? If so let me know in the comments what your thoughts of the movie were or what is one of your go to movies to put you in a good mood!

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Considering tomorrow is February 14th therefore Valentines Day, I figured I would dedicate a post to my top 10 OTP [one true pairings], however to make this post a little different I figured I would  ‘mix up’ my list a little bit so rather than only being focused on my favourite Young Adult Book Couples it would include both books and TV Shows. Now that doesn’t seem like too hard a task now does it? Well considering i’m a  complete movie and TV addict and I get so emotionally invested into couples/shows it actually proved rather difficult… but without further ado, here are my Top 10 picks for One True Pairings…

1| Jace Herondale and Clary Fairchild

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The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Choosing my number 1 spot for OTP was easy because i’m a die hard Clace fan.

Jace and Clary  have always been my favourite couple from any book fandom but I was also a big fan of the coupling from the movie and now the TV Show. Choosing them was easy  but choosing Clary’s last name for this post was hard. Fray, Fairchild and Morgenstern? Boy does that girl have some last names…

2|   Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger

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Harry Potter Series – JK. Rowling

Aw Ron and Hermione.

I’m the Harry Potter fan that did it backwards… I watched the Movies before finally reading the books which I am still yet to finish [i’m terrible, I know] but I loved Hermione and Ron’s relationship and how Rupert and Emma worked so well together to bring such chemistry even from the first film.

3|  Jackson Avery and April Kepner

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Greys Anatomy

Just thinking of Jackson and April makes me want to cry, why Shonda are you throwing words like Divorce at us? NO.

I have been such a big fan of April and Jackson from their first scenes in Greys Anatomy, their the couple I first search for in the new episodes wanting to find out what happens next to them. Season 11 was heart breaking; I really hope theirs some hope for them in Season 12. I wouldn’t cope if they were split up indefinitely.

4|    Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen

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The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Peeta and Katniss Forever, I was never a fan of Gale. He actually annoyed me as a prospect of Katniss’ love interest, I much preferred him just as her best-friend. It just never seemed right with me, whereas I was rooting for Peeta throughout the books and in turn the films.

5|Dimitri Belikov and Rose Hathaway

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The Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

This OTP is more for the book than the film whilst I did enjoy the movie, I found myself more in love with the relationship of Rose and Dimitri in the book. I wasn’t 100% keen on the actor who portrayed Dimitri in the movie, he didn’t really fit the image I had in my head.

6|  Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf

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Gossip Girl

The couple of all couples, Blair and Chuck are just… there are no words to describe them. Blair teaches Chuck how to love and it’s beautiful.

I miss Gossip Girl so much. 

7| Stefan Salvatore and Elena Gilbert

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The Vampire Diaries

Now this one may shock you because like Twilight we have the two teams; Team Stefan or Team Damon and in all honesty I have always been Team Stefan. I’m not saying I haven’t loved the relationship of ‘Delena’ shown in the later seasons of The Vampire Diaries because I have and it has broken my heart but I have always prefered Stefan and Elena together. Seasons 1 and 2 of The Vampire Diaries will always be my favourite, when Elena was a human and it showed her relationship with Stefan.

I actually haven’t watched any of The Vampire Diaries since Elena’s ‘death’, I’m not entirely sure what to call it but since Nina Dobrev left I just can’t bring myself to watch it. She was such a huge part of the show for me that I can’t imagine what it is like without her.

8| William Herondale and Tessa Gray

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The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

Can we all just take a moment to applaud Cassandra Clare on her writing ability and thank her for bringing us not only Jace and Clary but Will and Tessa too. I was rooting for Will throughout the books, I wasn’t very keen on Tessa’s relationship with Jem. Like The Hunger Games with Gale, it just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because I was rooting for Will so much…

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9|Leonard Hofstadter and Penny

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The Big Bang Theory

I’m not sure if I have ever mentioned it before but I am a HUGE fan of The Big Bang Theory and I have always rooted for Penny and Leonard. I hated the time he was with Priya or Penny with Zack or any guy really because they are truly meant to be.

As you can see the title does not include Penny’s last name and that’s because we don’t actually know it. Like Prince, Cher and Madonna, Penny is just Penny…

 

10| Four and Tris

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

Be still my beating heart…

This OTP is also off the Movie adaptation for Divergent because I also haven’t got around to reading the trilogy by Veronica Roth. It’s literally sat on my book shelf and I’m not sure why I haven’t actually picked it up yet… Should I hurry up and bite the bullet and get it read?

So there it is, my TOP 10 OTP’s for both Young Adult books and TV shows. What are your favourite OTP’s or your favourite TV Shows? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss!

I’m going to probably go and watch episodes of Greys Anatomy now and cry… so sad… but so so good.