19 March 2015

Books into series & films

Ello everybody!

I've realised that school doesn't leave me much time to read as I used to last year - being senior and stuff - so because I'm too tired to open a book I've been watching lots of videos on YouTube or watching films or series simply.

And then there's always the thought: The book is much better than the film.

I wanted to show you that sometimes that is not always the case. There are several categories - as I think there are - and I wanted to share them with you guys! Let's get to it!

Films

I think this is the hardest category. The director have to put the greatest amount of details as possible in less than 90 minutes aprox. I think that is the main reason of why the majority of films fall into category number 1.

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1. The book is much better than the film.
As I said, because you don't have much time you can't put all the details into the film but I think also a bad choice in the cast, the 'stupid' and 'over used' clichés in the dialogues and situations or even bad visual effects can make the film horribly offensive to the book.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I just hated the whole film. Because it was a great book I had high expectations for the film... but it just let me down. Having this amazing book full of ideas and wasting all of that... it was just... argh.










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2. The film was okay, very similar to the book.
Some directors know - or prefer - to stick to the book. Although sometimes they change some things, for example, they make a character more important than it was in the book or they change some of the dialogues. Normally what happens is that the actors don't always fit with the physical description the author gave in the book.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief. Some differences like for example Annabeth's hair colour - in the book she's a blonde, not a brunette like in the film - or Percy's eyes colour. Just very little details that for somebody who isn't a fan of the book don't find them relevant.









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3. Awesome! It's almost like the book, I loved it!
This happens rarely - just my humble opinion -. I've happen to cross very few films in this category and I think is because normally a director wants to put some of his creativity in the making of the film, etc. Only a few details are different, but because the majority of the time is was very similar you just let it go. - *stars singing 'Let it Go' by Idina Menzel * -.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I think the film was just like the book because the book itself isn't too large. It's a great film though and I just love it!










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4. Wait... It didn't end that way!
Did it happened to you that you're watching a film, and everything is going perfectly, but then at the end suddenly everything goes wrong?
This happens - I believe - because the directors want to start the film just like the book but at the end they change it because they want to put their mark on it or simply because they want a more 'commercial' film.
Rubinrot - aka Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier -. I remember watching this film and being amazed by it. The characters, the costumes and even the chronograph was just like I imagined it. But then everything went wrong when the film ended with a horrible final that was 'more commercial' so they could reach more audience.









Series

I think this is the best way to make a book go to you TV. Because you have more time is always easier to get even the small details and personally I prefer to watch a good series than a bad film - I'm talking about films based on books, obviously -.

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1. OMG! It's like I imagined it!
Again, the matter of the time. I - love, love, love - when the series is just like I imagined it. And when the director decides he'll even put some of the book's dialogues you can't just not fangirl like crazy and scream 'OMG! He said it! He said it! I remember have read it! Yes! Oh God, I'm gonna cry!'.
Outlander. Just can't even express how happy I am that this series in particular is in this category. Everything from the cast, the costumes, the dialogues - everything! - is JUST like I imagined it. Exactly like I imagined it. It's perfect, there's not another word for it.









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2. Oh well... they lost their way.
Sometimes it happens that you begin to watch a series and you find it amazing. Then season two arrives and your fangirling again just like with season one. And after that season three comes and you find quite some differences between it and the book. And Season five is nothing like the book and you realised the series will not follow the books anymore.
The Vampire Diaries. I remember to begin watching this series with my sister. We were really exited because we just had read the books - fell in love with them - and were exited to have them made into a series. But then between season four and five I stopped watching it because it had very little to do with the books and it wasn't as awesome as I had found it years before.








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15 March 2015

Hard Studying + Life

Ello everyone!

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Yesterday I finished my second week of school after summer vacations and I realised since this is my 'last' year I should put everything I have into my studying to get good grades. But let's be honest, I'm not a genius and I require a little bit more time than others in my class to get the grades I have.

It's always been difficult to me getting my studying and personal life in balance. Sometimes I would study very hard and do nothing else, which got me stressed really fast, and then because I was tired I would study very little and procrastinate which made me feel guilty so then I'd study hard - again - never ending the circle.

I thought this year I would organize better and that way I'd have more time to spend as I seem fit. Working hours non-stop doesn't guarantees you an excellent grade. I realised it actually only tires and stress you - meaning you won't be working your best for future tests -.

Today I'm trying to write everything in my planner - or agenda, whatever you call it - so I'll be able to organize and do my homework not the day before before the 'delivery'. If the work - a test, homework, project, etc - is too long I'll break it into parts for different days. That way I won't be working too much time and I'll have some time to do other things during the day.

In Chile - at my school- school's day's very long - eight to nine and a half hours everyday including lunch break - which means you doesn't have much spare time and including that professors give you homework that will take you minimum another hour and a half.

That is my reality and this year I've been trying really hard to not get consumed by work. It's not healthy to forget yourself among papers and papers. I learned that the hard way last year.

Just try to do your best and then let the rest 'develop itself'. Everything in extreme is bad. Try to find a balance that works for you and make you happier about how you're doing things.


Sooo... Are you one of those who 'studies a lot like crazy' or you're more a 'lazy and last minute' person? Don't forget to comment below!





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9 March 2015

Ebooks or paperback

Ello everybody!

Today I want to talk about something that every reader has thought at least once in his life: Do I buy the Ebook or paperback edition?

Everybody has a different opinion and I just want to say right away that this post is based in my personal experience. I love both ways equally because I found that depending in my circumstances I'll choose a method or the other. I'm not saying you should do what I do - that's simply stupid - but here are my pros - I don't feel the necessity of doing cons - for each way of enjoying reading.


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Ebooks:


1. Don't take space.
This is ideal for when you're you're travelling and you don't have a lot of space. Also you don't need to be preoccupied wondering if your book will get damaged if you have squeezed everything in a small bag.

2. A whole library in your pocket.
This go by the hand with my previous observation. You can have 100 books instead of only one using the same physical 'space' - which could be a tablet, a kindle, your phone. etc. -. I enjoy having a lot of options when I want to start reading something new, I take my time and then choose. If I had a paperback edition I'd only be able to have one or two with me.

3. Light is no needed.
I must confess that last year I spent several 'sleep hours' reading. I can get a little obsessed with a book if it's good enough - cannot put it down till I finish it - so while I was supposed to be asleep I was reading. My mum never discovered me since I turned my light off and then I went to bed with y tablet on hand ;)
I'm not saying you should do this, it's was irresponsible from my part and the next morning I felt awfully tired - acted like a zombie - and had headaches all day. It's not healthy nor good to skip sleep, but I just wanted to remark the fact that you can read even if it's really dark.

4. Whenever and everywhere.
With the technology we have today is so easy to read whenever we want. You just need to have some electronic device with a reading app and voilâ.

5. Tap! Forget about turning pages.
Sometimes when the book was very large and heavy my wrist begun to hurt a little. With and Ebook you don't have that issue and also turning pages is so much faster. Just a 'tap and touch' and you're ready to start the next page - even if you don't believe it that makes my reading faster -. Although I prefer hearing the sound of the turning page, this isn't so bad.

6. Personalize it.
I just love being able to change the font size because when you're tired you just enlarge the font and everything gets simpler and the words don't do a crazy dance you can't follow. Changing the theme to 'day' or 'night' theme or changing the brightness are the options I most use.


Paperback:


1. No need of power.
If the electricity goes off in the middle of a storm don't worry; light a candle, grab a cosy blanket and your favourite book. Not being a slave of electricity is a major plus.

2. Wanna feel romantic?
Don't know about you guys but when I read from the paper itself or hearing the page turning; makes me feel romantic - maybe a more accurate word is classic -. Maybe because everything is digital now I enjoy way a lot more the feeling of something 'more physical', something that feels more 'real'.

3. The scent of a new book.
When you buy a new book and you open it for the first time and you get that 'new book' scent. It's why I love buying books. Because in my country book taxes are very high buying a book is a luxury to me, so whenever I get the chance to buy a new one is mostly one of my favourites making the experience of reading it more significant.

4. Easy highlighting.
I tried highlighting in Ebooks and although is easy, when you want to find that particular page where you highlighted a quote it's a hell of a nightmare to find it. I never have that problem with paperbacks. Just begin to turn pages and when you see something yellow - my preferred colour to highlight quotes in books - you stop there you have it. Easy peasy.
I'm aware that maybe the problem is that I don't know how to use my reading app to find my quotes easily, so if you use Moon Reader + please let me know how to do it!

5. Joy & Pride of your bookshelf.
I get happy every single time I look at my bookshelf. As I told you books in Chile are expensive, so having the quantity I have makes me proud of myself because I know I've read all of them - Sadly there's not a TBR, aka 'to be read', section -.

6. Collector mania.
Because having the best covers is all we care about when we buy a book! When you begin to buy books it's impossible to not care of having the whole series with the same 'cover types' - is it that the way it's called? - or the same height. Every book has its own place in my bookshelf and I'd know really fast if someone moved them or changed them out of place. Makes me just little bit OCD.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post! Comment below if you agree with some points or not, let me know your favourite way of reading!





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6 March 2015

Review : Divergent by Veronica Roth

Ello everybody!

It's been a while since I read this book actually - even before Allegiant was published - and I must admit that I thought this was going to be a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I'm glad though it wasn't.

I've read the trilogy completely but I'll only be reviewing the first book since I know there must be a lot of others blogs and websites that surely have a whole essay about the books. But if you want me to do a review of Insurgent or Allegiant leave a comment below and I'll see what I can do.

With no more further add, here we go!

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Summary:


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Review:


Okay, so I was already familiar with the Dystopian world and blah blah...  so it wasn't something 'shockingly new'. At first it made me think a lot about The Hunger Games - THG - and I couldn't stop comparing them and trying to see what was similar and what not.

I thought the factions were like the districts, Beatrice was a 'Katniss Everdeen 2.0' and I was waiting for her to say at the 'Choosing Ceremony' "I volunteer!" like Katniss did.

I SO glad this wasn't a copy of Suzanne Collins's books! And to be honest I loved this book much more than THG! So MUCH more! Even if at first I found some similarities it was very compelling to read - I couldn't put it away - and the more I read the more I fell in love with it. It was quick, with a lot of 'dramatic situations' that made my heart rate go higher each second.

Even if this was a dystopian world I could picture myself in it perfectly in my head making it much more real to me. Sometimes I wondered what would I do in such world!

I could see the evolution of Tris's character. How she goes from a quiet and oppressed girl at the beginning and turns into this courageous, loyal and amazing woman at the end of the book.


"Just do what you're supposed to do"


" My curiosity is a mistake, a betrayal of Abnegation values"


"I wish I could speak to him like I want to instead of like I'm supposed to."


 She has such a low self-esteem at the beginning that it made me think 'oh hell... another stupid heroine with low self-esteem' but watching her overcome her fears and not letting anyone step over her anymore made me so proud that I wanted to read the second book immediately so I could still enjoy this strong character she had become.


"'We can't break out of here,' I say. 'It's easier to face the fear head on, right?' I don't wait for a response. 'So what you need to do is make the space smaller. Make it worse so it gets better. Right?'
'Yes' It is a tight, tense little word.
'Okay. We'll have to crouch, then. Ready?'
(...)
'Ah' he says, his voice raspy. 'This is worse. This is definitely...'
'Shh,' I say. 'Arms around me.'
Obediently, he slips his arms around my waist. I smile at the wall. I am not enjoying this. I am not, not even a little bit,no."

It's refreshing to see her become such a strong character. Loved the way she lied to herself about not enjoying Tobias's arms around her even if the circumstances were bad.


Four is hot as fuck. Sorry for the cussing but if I wanted to have a badass boyfriend I would definitely want him to be like Four, my Tobias Eaton. He's introduced to us like a god - with no flaws - and the perfect warrior. But then when he begins to interact more on a personal level with Tris we begin to understand the layers and layers of his person.


"'But what...' Peter yawns through his words. 'What does firing a gun have to do with... bravery?'
Four flips the gun in his hand, presses the barrel to Peter's forehead, and clicks a bullet into place. Peter freezes with his lips parted, the yawn dead in his mouth.
'Wake. Up,' Four snaps. 'You are holding a loaded gun, you idiot. Act like it.'"


"'Two things you should know about me. The first is that I am deeply suspicious of people in general,' he says. 'It is my nature to expect the worst of them. And the second is that I am unexpectedly good with computers.'"


"'Fine. You're not pretty. So?' He kisses my cheek. 'I like how you look. You're deadly smart. You're brave. And even though you found out about Marcus ...' His voice softens. 'You aren't giving me that look. Like I'm a kicked puppy or something.'"


My favourite character is definitely Four - aka Tobias Eaton - because he's just so lovable.

And as for the others characters some are okay, some are bad, some are a little cliché and some are just amazing. I loved Eric as a villain because in my head he is the definition to villain - with an ancient rivalry, jealousy and pure hatred towards Four -.


"'I have the authority here, remember?' Eric says, so quietly I can barely hear him. ' Here, and everywhere else.'"


"'Now this is a happy sight,' he says. 'The legendary Four. No one's going to ask me, "What was it like to train with the guy who has only four fears?"' He draws his gun and points it at Tobias's right temple. My heart pounds so hard I feel it in my skull. He can't shoot; he wouldn't. Eric tilts his head. 'Think anyone would notice if he accidentally got shot?'"


 And Tris's friends - okay, let's include the others too, like Peter and his gang band - working through the rankings made me think of them like one's classmates. You have a BFF like Christina, a sweet awkward guy like Al, the funny goofy friend like Uriah, an arch-enemy who bullies you like Perter and etc.

Some events are told but the real important stuff are all shown. Loved the actions scenes as well as the 'mind games' this book has to offer. None of them were predictable and I believe that is why I was so determined to not put away this book till I had finished. Sometimes the story took me by surprise at how the events developed.

I loved that the story was quick but not too quick - does that make sense? -. What I mean is that when something happened; the situation was given a good amount of pages and that was it. The story didn't go over and over the same thing like a broken record and actually the event was used to explain other things ahead in the book that made the whole thing much completer and easy to understand.

I enjoyed a lot this book - it's actually one of my favourites - and I loved the characters, the world and pretty much everything in it. Veronica Roth is very agreeable to read and the ending of this book only made me want to continue this amazing trilogy.

My favourite parts would be:


"I sniff, wipe my face one more time, and smooth down my hair.
'Do I look like I've been crying?' I say.
'Hmm' He leans in close, narrowing his eyes like he's inspecting my face. A smile tugs at the corner of his mouth. Even closer, so we would be breathing the same air-if I could remember how to breathe.
'No, Tris,' he says. A more serious look replaces his smile as he adds, ' You look tough as nails.'"

This part was the one that made me ship Tris and Four and make them my OTP. It felt intimate without being too 'romantic'.


"Four pushes a set if double doors open, and we walk into the place he called 'the Pit'.
'Oh,' whispers Christina. 'I get it.'
'Pit' is the best word for it"

Some innocent humour can always make my day brighter.


"In the centre of the table is a platter of food I don't recognize: circular pieces of meat wedged between round bread slides. I pinch one between my fingers, unsure what to make of it.
Four nudges me with his elbow.
'It's beef,' he says. 'Put this on it.' He passes me a small bowl full of red sauce.
'You've never had a hamburger before?' asks Christina, her eyes wide.
'No,' I say. 'It's that what it's called?'
'Stiffs eat plain food,' Four says, nodding at Christina.
'Why?' she asks.
I shrug. 'Extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary.'
She smirks. 'No wonder you left.'
'Yeah,' I say, rolling my eyes. 'It was just because of the food.'
The corner of Four's mouth twitches.

Oh gawd... That was the beginning of Tris and Four's relationship to me. When he begins to acknowledge her with more interest. And why the hell Abnegation couldn't make an exception about hamburgers?! Not allowing people to know their existence should be a sin!


"I stand facing the person who helped me. My eyes twitch up, just for a second, to see his face. Tobias, as blank-faced as the rest of them. Was I wrong? Is he not Divergent? Tears spark behind my eyes, and I blink them back as I turn away from him.
People crowd into the car around me, so we stand in four rows, shoulder-to-shoulder. And then something peculiar happens: fingers lace with mine, and a palm presses to my palm. Tobias, holding my hand."

And ladies and gentlemen obviously we can't miss the famous scene in the train. This was so dramatic and just so asdfghjkl.


This book was full of quotes that I felt they taught something; making the book not a 'plain book'. It had some serious and philosophic content such as:


"Selflessness and bravery aren't that different."


"We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive."


" (...) You are far less likely to soil your pants and cry for your mother if you're prepared to defend yourself."

Okay... Maybe this doesn't sound too philosophic but the concept is. You just have to over see the 'cry for you mother' and 'soil your pants' comment ;)



"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."


Loved, loved and loved this book. Definitely one I recommend it to everybody - friends, teens, adults, parents, etc - because it's just awesome.

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3 March 2015

Back 2 School

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Ello everybody!

You may not know but us, in Chile, we begin our school year in March. January and February are our summer vacations - which we definitely try to enjoy ourselves and try to forget all about school -.

First day was... hard. Try to start waking up at 6:30 am at once when all you've been dong the last two months of your life is sleep till noon ;)

So when my alarm went off I put my sneakkers on and did some elliptical for about 30 minutes, took a quick hot shower, did my make-up and voilà! It turns out getting up at 6:30 didn't give me enough time to get ready - couldn't make it to breakfast *sighs* -.

At school everything was relax because it was "first day at school" and all that stuff.

I was so tired that when I went to bed the moment I closed my eyes everything went black. No time for analysing what had happened that day or to think what to do the next day. I just remember breathing deeply one last time and then I fell asleep.

Today I was brighter - or so I like to think - because I woke up at 6:00 am just to have more time and have a nice and calm breakfast without the stress of having run out of time.

My feelings are... mixed up? - I guess - about how I feel of going back to school .It's good and bad at the same time. I just hope this year will be amazing and I'll success at all my goals.


Comment below if you're also starting your school year or if you've already started it! I'd like to know :)





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