Read…Or Else!

I have been super busy with summer reading programs in addition to scrambling around to plan fall/winter at the library. Sadly, this means that reading and writing have been put on the back burner. Which is honestly kind of sad seeing as it is my job to keep up with all of this, but I digress. I think the reading/writing universe is out to get me because of my slacking–and it is using spoilers, general confusion, and writer’s amnesia to do so.

Example #1

The Vampire Diaries

Recently, I have become a Vampire Diaries fangirl. Which is super embarrassing, since I am 23 years old, married, and should be way past my CW shows phase. Even worse, I haven’t read the books yet. But anyway…I had stopped watching for a while, despite my irrational desire to sit down and watch all three seasons on Netflix in one sitting. So I was actually showing self restraint…and then I tried to be productive. Big mistake. I was working on my YA book trivia, and the Vampire Diaries was one of the books that I was going to use. I only needed three questions from the book, so I thought I was safe to look for a basic Vampire Diaries trivia quiz. How wrong I was. I was looking for questions along the lines of “What is the main characters name?” Instead, I got super detailed information about how which characters turned into which supernatural creatures and whose fault it was. So there I was on the desk at work, with this expression on my face.

Lesson Learned – Don’t do trivia on a TV show if you haven’t read the books.

Example #2

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Audio Book)

Since I haven’t had a lot of time to just sit down and read, I thought I would try an audio book. I hadn’t really done it before, so now seemed like a good time to try since I have been running around a lot. Note to self–pay attention when listening to audio books. I had been listening to it before bed, and I was really enjoying myself. I like this series, and couldn’t wait to find out what happened. But apparently I forgot to set the sleep timer on my phone. So I fell asleep, but the story didn’t. So today, I went back to listening while I was running an errand for work. And it was a totally different story than the one I had been listening to the night before.

Thirty minutes later, I realized that I had missed nine chapters. So I can tell you what happens in chapter seventeen, but don’t ask me what happened to lead up to it. And now I am disappointed because I don’t want to go back and read/listen to the missed chapters because I want to move forward. But I’m confused.

Lesson Learned – Audio books are evil. Just kidding! I am just audio book unsavvy.

Example #3

Me: I have a great idea!

The Universe: Obliviate!

I have been having a really good idea week as far as my novel goes. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between a good writing week and a good idea week. A good idea week, for me, consists of having awesome novel ideas that actually make sense and can be tied throughout the story. A good writing week consists of actually putting it on paper. Ideas only came to me this week while I was programming, running around, cleaning, or doing other not fun grown up stuff. Each time I sat down in my writing room, I had a Gandalf moment…and not one of the happy, “let’s go on an adventure” moments.

My poor writing room has been neglected. It needs some love…and possibly a new piece of mermaid art!

Lesson learned – Write everything down as soon as it comes. Because Dori’s short term memory is more impressive than mine right now.

To add insult to injury, I was looking at GIF’s while typing this, and another Vampire Diaries spoiler came up…missorted with the funny GIF’s. It wasn’t funny, it was a spoiler. A big one. Point being, I know more about the Vampire Diaries now than when I started typing. Ouch universe, that wasn’t nice.

So now that summer reading is wrapping up and I’ve done my programming for the fall/winter, I am getting back into reading mode! And hopefully crafting mode as well! Hopefully I will actually remember to post some of my programs here, since most of them have gone really well for summer.

I know I digress from the point, but here it is–read and write…or the universe will get you.

Thanks for reading!

Movie Review – Beastly (or Rich Kid with Tattoos Falls for Ex-Disney Princess)

I would like to start by saying that I love film adaptations of books. I give them a lot of wiggle room as far as straying from the story and changing characters. I even bought all of the Twilight movies for crying out loud.

That being said, Beastly is the worst film adaptation…possibly the worst film period…that I have ever had the bad fortune to come upon. My husband had never read the book. His manly beard and extreme dislike of romance novels typically protects him from the horrors that come with a lot of young adult love stories. But he was a good sport and decided to watch the movie with me…a mistake he will never make again.

This was him for 83 minutes.

No joke. And if you ever read this Justin, I am really sorry that I used Justin Bieber as you.

On the other side of the couch, this was me for 83 minutes.

Seriously. I am so lucky he didn’t run out of the house screaming/crying.

Now that I have gotten most of my irrational emotions out, I will actually get to the review.  The acting itself was not that bad, the film honestly lacked good writing. At times, Kyle (AKA the Beast) was actually charming and likable, but then would have a terrible line and it ruined the moment. My biggest complaint would have to be the discrepancies between the movie and the book. Very few things were the same–basically, they have the same title. So if that bothers you, just stay away. The appearance of both the main characters were completely different, Kendra (the witch) was Mary Kate Olsen (therefore pretty and non-scary), Lindy and the Beast didn’t come together the same way, there was no magic mirror, the time frame was cut in half…and this is just the first 15-20 minutes. The list goes on and on. In addition to the changes from the novel, the plot seemed thrown together and erratic. It jumped around a lot. Since I had read the book, I knew what was going on. Justin, on the other hand, thought the whole movie was a confusing mess.

Although we had different feelings during the movie, we did share the same emotion at the end.

I’m sorry for ranting, but I promise, that will be the last mad movie review…unless something else really terrible comes along.

Book Review – Beastly by Alex Flinn

9780545340946_xlgBeastly is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the modern world. Kyle is popular, handsome, and most of all…a jerk. He is the son of a famous newscaster. He meets a girl named Kendra, and agrees to take her to the school dance. But it turns out that he is just a creep who takes another girl and leaves her at the door. Unfortunately for him, Kendra is a witch and he has just gotten on her bad side.

So next thing you know, he is a hairy man-beast. His own father is too embarrassed to be near him and buys him a townhouse where he lives with his tutor and housekeeper. He spends all of his time moping and pruning roses until he has the opportunity to have a girl move in, and possibly break the spell.

This retelling follows the original story pretty closely. I thought it was a good interpretation, but I wasn’t completely blown away. Structurally, it was written well and every idea that was introduced was used at some point during the novel.

I think the main thing that bothered me about this book was the cover. The version I read had the movie cover (like the one I posted). I am not a huge fan of movie covers, and this is one of the reasons why. Looking at this cover, I expected a non-hairy, tattooed beast to fall in love with a dark haired, pretty girl….not the case in the novel. The beast is very hairy and animal-like in the novel, and his “Belle” is a red-haired book nerd. Not exactly what the cover portrays. But that is more of an issue with the cover, not the actual book itself. Anyway, I’m done ranting about movie book covers.

3/5 Stars

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