Category Archives: Books

Paper Towns – Book or Movie?

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen/read Paper Towns yet and don’t want to see spoilers then don’t read ahead! However, if you are one of those people that love spoilers, keep reading!

Okay, first of all I want to acknowledge yet another wonderful John Green book being made into a movie. I mean, who didn’t love ‘The Fault in Our Stars’? I love John Green as an author and I can’t wait for the movie adaption of ‘Looking for Alaska’.

Speaking of movie adaptions, ‘Paper Towns’ is one of my new favourite movies (along side The Hunger Games trilogy) since I went and saw it at the cinema. I was really excited to see it because I knew it would make an even better movie than a book. Don’t get me wrong, the book was great, but the movie was just so much better.

For me the book seemed to drag on a bit as Quentin is looking for Margo and following the clues she’s left. I think the movie just flowed better and allowed the story line to progress just that little bit easier than the book did.

There are a couple of differences between the book and the movie and one of the major ones is that they cut out the Sea World scene. I was sad about this but I think it was a reasonable cut as it would have made the movie too long. Another major change was the more active role that Radar’s girlfriend Angela plays. Unlike the book, she too joins the gang on the roadtrip to Margo’s hideout. I actually really loved this change. It made Radar seem more important in the movie and like his character had a worthy storyline also.

I also absolutely loved the castings. Cara Delevingne is absolutely perfect for Margo, in my opinion. She represents everything I imagined Margo to be and more. It was also great to see Justice Smith (Radar) and Austin Abrams (Ben) be cast as their characters because they actually looked like the age they were supposed to be playing. For once, in movie history, they didn’t hire a 25 year old to play an 18 year old. I was happy that they cast Nat Wolff as Quentin as well because I loved his performance in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ as the humorous Isaac.

Side note: who else loved the fact that they got Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’) to be the checkout guy at the gas station? I’m not going to lie, there were squeels in the cinema. (Mostly coming from me).

Finally, something that relates to the movie and the book is the ending. I LOVED that it was not your stereotypical teenagers falling in love. It was about Margo finding herself and becoming who she wanted to be. It wasn’t about love or anything like that. It was purely about growing up and finding who she was in the only way she knew how.

Overall I really loved the book but I loved the movie even more. It was the best movie I’ve seen so far this year (Insurgent wasn’t far behind) and it will probably be my favourite from the year (besides Mockingjay Part 2 of course).

If you’re one of those people who read ahead purely for spoilers then go chdvk out the book and the movie and see what you think!

Thanks for reading today, I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂 x

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If I Stay – Book Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’m doing a book review of ‘If I stay’ by Gale Forman. If you haven’t read the book and don’t want to see any spoilers then look away! Look away before you see anything!

Okay, so I read this book about a month ago while I was cruising around the South Pacific (sigh). It took me two days to read it and I really loved it. It’s the kind of book that’s deep and has a lot of meaning behind the words but it also keeps your attention by changing the focus of the story between the present and the past.

The story follows teenage musician Mia through her life changing decision of whether to stay or move on after a tragic and traumatic car accident. Throughout the book, I found myself wondering what I would do in Mia’s situation. Would I stay with the love of my life and my grandparents and friends? Or would I follow my parents and brother into whatever comes next after life? I pondered over these questions for a long time before I decided that I had no idea how I would ever choose that.

‘If I Stay’ wasn’t a particularly long book but it was certainly jam packed with relevant information about Mia’s past and how all of that contributes to her decision. I think, for me, the most emotional scene was when Mia is describing the accident scene and her out of body experince. She goes into gory detail of the states of the bodies of her family members, especially her younger brother Teddy who is desperately trying to hold on to life but ultimately with no success.

Throughout the story, Mia experiences flashbacks to her past which features her family, her relationship with her boyfriend Adam and how she grew to fall in love with the cello, her instrument of choice. Towards the end of the book, Mia makes her decision quite suddenly and quickly. I sort of turned the page and though “Oh wow, it’s done. That was random.”

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is how vague it is at the end when the choice has been made. I found myself confused as to whether or not she did stay. I think she stayed, but that’s only because I read a small part of ‘Where She Went’ which is the sequel to ‘If I Stay’. I didn’t read much of the sequel purely because I loved the meaningfulness throughout the first one and I think I prefer ‘If I Stay’ as a stand alone book.

Overall, I really loved this novel. It’s a really beautiful story. If you like books like ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ or ‘Paper Towns’ then you’ll love this. I also might add that I think boys would also really enjoy it. There are a lot of themes that I think would touch everyone in a deep way after reading ‘If I Stay’ and that feeling shouldn’t be genderised.

So, If you’re looking for a new book to read then I’d definitely give ‘If I Stay’ by Gale Forman a go. It’s a really lovely and well written book for all ages.

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My Top 5 Fandoms!

If you don’t know what a fandom is, it’s defined by my good friend google as “the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.”

The fandoms that I’m associated with are from reading books and they are all fantastic book series.

1. The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games has taken over my life in many, many aspects. I have posters and pictures plastered around my room and countless merch from Etsy and Wish. I’ve read the books 6 times now and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve watched the movies. The story, for me, is so inspiring from a writer’s perspective but also as a teenager. The story follows Katniss Everdeen as she’s thrust into a fight to the death match called The Hunger Games. It’s an amazing story and the characters are developed so thoroughly that you feel a connection to each one. Katniss is also so relatable and not your average protagonist. The story progresses with a clear intention and there’s never a dull moment.

2. Divergent.
Ever since I read the Divergent series I fell in love with Four/Tobias and Tris/Beatrice. They’re both such strong, independent characters. Especially Tris, who, against all odds survives and thrives against her fears. I really enjoyed the movies as well as the books, although I didn’t much like the turn in the story line in Allegiant. But still, they’re very enjoyable books and very action packed.

3. The Mortal Instruments.
These books are packed from start to finish with a good hit to the feels. The Mortal Instruments world is so complex and intriguing that you can’t help but keep reading. Unfortunately the movie was a flop but it’s being revived with the tv show ‘Shadowhunters’ which should be good. Jace and Clary are my absolute favourite characters although Simon comes really close too. The story line has a clear path and the complexity and mystery to the books creates a real sense of realism. It’s not hard to imagine this world vividly.

4. The Fault In Our Stars.
Ugh. I read the book before the movie and the movie did not disappoint. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort’s performances were nothing less than spectacular. When I went and saw the movie, I was seated in a cinema with weeping girls and guys for 2 hours. It’s such an emotional journey to experience this story but such an inspirational and amazing one. I love the movie so much. I also really loved how realistic and down to earth Hazel is despite everything she’s been through. Such an amazing story by John Green who I admire so much.

5. The Maze Runner.
These books are so brilliantly mysterious. I couldn’t stop reading when I’d started them and I love the plotline. It doesn’t hold back from the gruesome reality of a post apocalyptic world and even presents it in a way that draws in the readers. If you liked the first movie then you’ll love what’s to come in The Scorch Trials. Also Dylan O’Brien is absolutely beautiful.

So that’s it folks, my top 5 fandoms. If you haven’t read/watched any of these then pick one and go for it because I promise you’ll enjoy them!

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