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2015 Bookish Resolutions in Review

At the start of the year I made a post about my bookish resolutions for 2015. Needless to say they soon become lost among all the book reviews and life I was caught up in. It would only be fair to look back and see how I did.

Resolution #1: Read Debut and Stand Alone Novels

I’m proud to say I achieved this goal very well and some of my favourite books from 2015 have been debut and/or stand alone. These include All The Bright Places, Am I normal Yet? I was Here etc.

Resolution #2: Give Books to charity

Only the other day I donated 2 bags full of books I wasn’t interested in keeping or was never going to read. I hope they go to someone who’ll enjoy them more than I did!

Resolution #3: Blog at least twice a week: 

I believe I somewhat stuck to this goal. I did blog regularly except sometimes I would take a few unannounced hiatus’ because life.

Resolution #4: Build a network 

I’ve become really close with the Aussie YA Bloggers community this year and met so many new bloggers and made friends out of them

Resolution #5: Win Something 

Hmm does winning at life count? Haha I didn’t exactly win anything but I’m proud of all that I have accomplished so that makes up for it I guess

Resolution #6: Get 200 followers on this blog

We’re getting closer to this goal, not to mention my email followers have been growing at a much greater rate. Numbers aside, I believe I’ve acquired some very loyal followers who regularly like and comment so much love to you guys ❤

Resolution #7: Consider Self-Hosting 

I was giving some thought to this the other day. I don’t believe I’m ready yet, I mean I’m lacking good reasons to go Self-Hosted. What would be some benefits of self-hosting?

Resolution #8: Collaborate with other bloggers 

This was something I found was lacking this year. Perhaps this could be my resolution for 2016?

My 2016 Resolutions post will be up tomorrow if anyone wants to have a read after being hungover from New Year’s haha. I hope you guys have had an incredible 2015, I know I have and wishing you all the best for the coming year, 2016!!

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Film review

Film Review | Insurgent

Title: Insurgent 

Director: Robert Schwentke

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James

Synopsis: 

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

 

Finally 500 years after the movie came out I watched it and here’s what I thought

Keep in mind that I haven’t read the book since last year so this is really just what I thought of the movie on its own and not particularly as an adaptation.

Insurgent was, as expected, highly action packed and one word to just sum this whole movie up would be “badass”. Tris was badass, her boyfriend was badass, there was adrenaline in literally every scene and I loved it.

The whole idea of the box and the message from the founders simplified things and didn’t over complicate the plot. The whole depiction of the Factionless, Candor and Amity was on point, no complains there.

The movie did a really great job in projecting Tris’ internal struggle. I mean she just lost her parents, killed her best friends and we could see that trauma, we could see her struggle in trying to forgive herself. And when she does in the end, it’s so satisfying. But in doing that, the movie seemed to focus almost too much on Tris,  I mean we didn’t see as much of her relationship with Four or Christina which is obviously crucial.

As far as the book goes, I believe the movie covered all major events. The special effects were impressive but the ending was a bit too happily every after. I was beginning to wonder if there would actually be a third movie and the last cut rolls around and I can see that yes, there will be room for a third movie, hopefully they call it Allegiant, hopefully it’s not as bad as the book.

I really really liked Insurgent and I’m sure you will too, once you’ve watched Divergent of course, which I reviewed here. I might even like Insurgent better than the first one actually.

Rating

5

 

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Five Reason you need to watch Mockingjay Part 1

 

 

I am literally the last person in the book blogging world to watch Mockingjay I know but hey we got there in the end! So I finally managed to watch Mockingjay and it was a amazing!

Instead of doing a traditional movie review I decided to spice it up so if you haven’t already, here are five reason why you NEED to go watch Mockingjay. And if you’ve already watched it then go watch it again and again.

5. Jennifer Lawrence has an amazing voice

During Mockingjay she sings “Hanging Tree” and I am so obsessed with that song mostly because of her voice! Apparently she started crying when she was told she had to sing during the Hunger Games movies. Which is bullocks because Jennifer is literally queen. She not only has a singing career but her acting as Katniss is so raw and powerful.

4. Everyone loves an underdog

I mean don’t you ever wonder why all of Panem chooses to be influenced by some sixteen year old girl? because she’s an underdog, she’s one of the unfortunate majority who under the circumstances uses her voice and kicks some butt. She stands up for the poor and rubs it in to narcissistic assholes like President Snow.We all love a good kick butt female protagonist don’t we?

3. Mockingjay doesn’t disappoint

  

To be honest Catching Fire still remains my favourite film to date but I have to say Mockingjay Part one was quite satisfying. I mean I haven’t read the book in three years but I can tell they covered the major plot points which made it a good adaptation.

The acting was brilliant especially by President Snow, ah I hate him so much and Peeta oh my God, I’m not gonna say anymore because that’s spoiler territory but Peeta was incredible. Also, I have like a massive girl crush on Natalie Dormer, she is SO COOL. And obviously Katniss never fails to get your blood flowing ay

2. You don’t wanna miss out

Let’s be real Hunger Games is topping the pop culture charts right now. You don’t wanna be that one oddity who hasn’t watched it so get on it! But seriously, Part One has got me so pumped for part two especially because, as the book readers would know, there is so much more to come cough weddings and deaths cough. But I do feel like they could have covered some more things from the book since now I feel like Part Two is going to be heck long.

1. The Hunger Games is a metaphor for our world

I’m not exactly sure if metaphor is the correct term but I’m gonna call it that anyway.  Panem is ruled by the Capitol who suppresses the other districts into agreeing. In Mockingjay especially we see traces of our own world, the revolutions, the propaganda, the unnecessary killings of innocents, all for a very petty cause at the end of the day, It is quite eye opening.

Are you convinced yet? You better have bought your ticket to watch Mockingjay. But yeah, I was satisfied with the movie and I cannot believe there’s only what? a year left till the finale. It has been a long journey, super excited to see how it all concludes.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

~Infinityreads

 

 

Film review

Divergent- Film review

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Divergent (2014)

Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Genre: Sci-fi, adventure, romance

Synopsis: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Note: This isn’t a proper film review. I’m just discussing my thoughts on the movie in relation to the book.

The eagerly awaited Divergent movie is finally out! Divergent is a book to movie adaptation based on Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I highly recommend reading the books before watching the movie since they are the best.

Neil Burger has succeeded   in delivering one of the best book to movie adaptations in recent years. The movie stayed true to the book and there were no drastic changes. Of course the movie has its flaws but I am able to overlook them as all the important events in the book were present.

Pros

  • The opening shot introduces us to dystopian Chicago and the society of Divergent with its many factions, the introduction to this world wasn’t done in the most creative manner however it serves its purpose of informing people who haven’t read the book.
  • Moving on to the characters, Shailene Woodley did a brilliant job of portraying the protagonist- Tris. Her acting was very realistic and you were able to empathize with her in grim moments but also feel the thrill when she was being a bad ass. Theo James, who played the role of Four did a thorough job of portraying the sarcastic and strong man.
  • The movie captured the relationship between Tris and Four in all its entirety, they have great chemistry and the romance it gave me so many feels!
  • Divergent was fast paced and there was never a dull moment. I was always on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I got the same exciting thrill I experienced in the book. My favourite scene would have to be when Tris was zip lining, the adrenaline and the high oh bless!
  • The action shots in the movie were performed brilliantly. It wasn’t gruesome but you still felt the shocking impact that comes when a character is getting beaten up.
  • The score/soundtrack was beautiful absolutely genius oh my god, it made me feel all the roller coaster of emotions so profoundly and complimented the movie nicely.

Cons

  • However, the movie does lack character development. The reason I fell in love with the book was because of how Tris went from this unsure girl to this strong protagonist, and the movie sadly did not do the best job of capturing the transitions Tris experiences.
  • A lot of the other characters from the book were left out but the ones that did make it into the movie did not receive enough screen time. I would have loved to see friendships and rivalries develop as thoroughly as they did in the books but oh well.
  • I’m also disappointed that they cut some scenes short such as the ferris wheel scene for those of you who have read the book and know what I’m talking about.
  • Another thing that got on my nerves was ,get this, in the books Tris is afraid of intimacy and it is such a huge part of her character however, in the movie they decided to change intimacy into submission, so suddenly Tris is afraid of being raped I mean wut? Being afraid of intimacy is very different from being afraid of rape.
  • Also the simulation scenes where they showed Tris’ fears, it wasn’t very clear what exactly her fears were. Part of the reason I guess we don’t understand the simulation scenes well is because they were cut so short.

 

The movie Divergent did a great job of capturing the main themes and events in the book. Sure, there were little things amiss here and there but I’m satisfied with the end result. I would recommend watching the movie you won’t regret it and read the books too if you have time.

Have a great day/night

~Infinityreads