If I Stay movie review!

First here is a little description of what the film is about: if i stay

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in theMore balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.’

Yesterday I went to see If I stay which is an adaptation to Gayle Forman’s novel which I read recently. It had a lot to live up to with all the Young adult book to movie adaptations coming out this year (each year there seems to be more and more!) particularly The Fault in our Stars.

I was very surprised to see that I actually preferred If I stay to TFIOS! Not to compare the two films competitively or anything but if you liked The Fault in our Stars you will love If I stay.

I have to say that it was a very faithful adaptation to the book, but a lot of scenes (which ended up being some of my favourites) were added too.

After reading the book I thought that it would be very hard to adapt due to all the different flashback and also because the book is very uniquely not split up into chapters so there is really no beginning middle or end.

mia and adamThe acting was superb. Chloe Grace Moretz portrayed a fantastic Mia, the sad scenes made you sympathese with the character so much and they were just so gripping and heart wrenching. This film also made you really question what you would do put in her position.

Jamie Blackley was a great casting choice for Adam, he was funny charming and even infuriating at times. I was weary at first but he completely grew on me.

I loved how big of a part the parents played in the movie which you don’t see that often in YA. Especially not in romance type books. Also a big aspect of the film was the music, as both leading roles are musicians, but both love a very different genre of music. Adam plays in a rock band but Mia is into classical music and plays the Cello. My favourite musical scene was definitely the bonfire scene.

A must see for anyone, I feel like a great lesson or more like a reminder is told in this story.

But remember to bring some tissues!  

 

The Social media book tag

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All you have to do is answer these bookish questions based on social media sites!

Twitter- You’re favourite shortest book

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling 200px-Tales_of_Beedle_the_Bard

I loved this book, even as reading them just as stories they were very fun. My favourite of the stories in the book were- ‘The fountain of fair fortune’ and ‘The tale of the three brothers’.

Facebook- A book everybody pressured you to read

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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I think I read this just as it was being announced that it was being made into a movie. The hype of this book was unreal, so I decided to give in and just read it.

Tumblr- A book you read before it was cool

Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

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I am not saying I was here from the beginning but I read them when it was more uncool to read Harry Potter. I am pretty sure it was the first proper book I ever read.

MySpace- A book you don’t remember whether you liked it or not

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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I remember loving the series, its one of my favourites. But after hearing so many bad things about Mockingjay my own opinions kind of got lost. I cant remember if I was disappointed by the ending or if I liked it. I really need to re-read the book.

Instagram- A book that was so beautiful you had to instagram it

My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

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This was the last book I put on instagram due to the prettiness of the cover. SO SUMMERY!

Youtube- A book you wish could be turned into a movie

The selection by Kiera Cass 

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I think the first book could be adapted into a great movie. I don’t know about the rest of the series but I think the first one would be so good.

Goodreads- A book you would recommend to everyone

Vicious by V.E Schwab

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I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I think everyone should give this book a shot even though its adult I think really anyone could read it.

Skype- A book with characters you wish you could talk to instead of just reading about

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

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Wow I haven’t mentioned this book yet. I would love to talk to these characters (especially Adrian) although I would probably have to do it at night.


Now for tagging people:

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Opinionatedbookster

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The Characters book tag!

The Characters Book tag

1. Who is the best kick-ass character?Rose

Rose Hathaway, Hands down Rose Hathaway. Killed more strigoi than most guardians in a life time and shes only 17/18. (Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead)

2. Which character do you most dislike?

Umbridge, I thought she was just bad for the sake of being bad. Even Voldermort had some explanation of why he was evil. Umbridge was just looking for power. (Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling)

3. If you could date any fictional character who would it be and why?

I know I just started reading this series but I am going to have to say Adrian Ivashkov. I’m on the 5th book in the series and he is definetly my favourite character. He is the Finnick Odair of Vampire Academy. (Vampire academy series and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead)

4. If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

I honsetly cant think of any right now. I think the characters are like that for a reason and its part of there personality.

5. What character to you made all the wrong choices that didn’t add anything to the book?clary

Okay I know she oviously made a difference to the story because shes the main character and everything but Clary Fray made some stupid decisions throughtout the first 5 mortal instruments books. (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)

6. Which character was the best villain whom you love to hate?

Sebastian Morgenstern. He is just so sick and twisted. And I love it. (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)

7. Favorite side-kick character with the most heart?

Samwise Gamgee, of course from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I dont think there really needs to be an explanation for this. (Lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkein)

8. What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

I think Finnick and Annie from the Hunger games series are really cute but seen as we dont really get to see alot of that I am going to say Hazel and Gus from the Fault in our stars. Consequently both end tragically. (The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and The Fault in our stars by John Green)

9. What character did you think was the strongest?

Will Herondale from the Infernal devices series. I feel for the guy. In the first book I was like why is he acting like such a dick. Then things became clear. We found out his back story and oh boy was it emotional. (The Infernal devices series by Cassandra Clare)

10. Best protagonist?harry potter

This is a tuff one but I am going to with the classic answer Harry Potter! (Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling)

 

This was really fun to do! I may do another one of these but in relation to TV shows.

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7 Deadly Sins Book Tag

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GREED

What is your most inexpensive book? The Fault in our stars by John Green

What is your most expensive book? Harry Potter: Page to screen by Bob McCabe I got it as a Christmas present but it did cost £30

WRATH

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with? John Green I LOVED the fault in our stars but from the other books which I have read I wasn’t to impressed.

GLUTTONY

What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame whatsoever? The Harry Potter series I have read this entire series at least 15 times.

SLOTH

What book have you neglected reading due to laziness? A song of ice and fire series I know I will enjoy them, /I love high fantasy but they are just so intimidating.

PRIDE

What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader? The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkien

LUST

What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters? Good sense of humour, snarky and sarcastic. Quite confident and badass. A few examples of this would have to be Will Herondale, Damon Salvatore, Dean Winchester and Finnick Odair.

ENVY

What books would you most like to receive as a gift? The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan Been wanting these for ages, especially with the last book coming out soon.

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Paper Towns Book Review

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Plot summary: ‘Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.’

I’m going to start off this review by saying this is my second favourite John Green book I have thus far read although I have still not read Looking for Alaska.

The book was split up into three parts, the first part was the revenge scheme which was probably one of my favourite parts of the book, I loved seeing what Margo had planned and who she would be seeking revenge on and for what reasons. Even though there schemes weren’t exactly to the level Katherine Pierce’s revenge plans they were very fun, slightly predictable and high school-ish, which is what they are. The first section is the only part of the book where we get to see Margo and Q interact with each other, and understand there complicated relationship with each other.

The second part of the book is focused on Q, searching for clues on Margo’s whereabouts, it is the longest section and at times could be a bit boring but only because they hit a wall with the clue finding. I enjoyed seeing Q’s relationship with his friends and Lacey and feel like we got to know the characters really well and they all had their individual traits. I thought it was very smart the way the clues were set out and to be honest I doubt I could of figured any of it out.

The third part of the book was the road trip and the finally finding Margo. The road trip was really funny, I read that whole bit in one sitting-Also one of my favourite parts of the book. The finally meeting with Margo was so anti climatic, not for the reader but for the characters, I genuinely felt a bit of hatred for Margo at that point I realised how selfish she was being throughout this book.

Rumour has it that it will be turned into a movie which would be very exciting after the huge success of TFIOS (which was incredible), also correct me if I am wrong but Q will be played by Nat Wolff who played Isaac in TFIOS, which I am ALL for. He was my favourite character in TFIOS and would make an excellent Q.

Song that reminds me of this book: Broken strings- James Morrison ft Nelly Furtado.

Throughout the book there was a lot of references to broken strings and all I could think of was this song.

Favourite quote: ‘What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person’

The Fault in our Stars movie review

The Fault in our Stars Movie reviewTFIOS

‘Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them – and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.’

 

Last night I went to the special fan screening of The Fault in our Stars as the movie is not yet out in the UK, When we were heading into the cinema we got an awesome limited edition poster of Hazel and Augustus and a TFIOS lanyard which was a very nice surprise and got me even more excited for the film. And then the film started…

It was fantastic, and one of the most accurate book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. As the book is in Hazels POV and her thoughts and feelings are not expressed in actions and speaking but in her head I thought it would be very hard to show successfully what Hazel was thinking. However they did a really great job with 90% of other movies I’ve seen where they do a voice over to express thoughts of the character it has been cringe worthy or just didn’t quite work. But with this film it just fits.

The acting was great. They portrayed the characters amazingly. The two stars of the film Ansel Elgort who plays Augustus Waters and Shailene Woodley who plays Hazel Lancaster had such perfect chemistry, I have never seen an audience be so invested in a film people were crying and laughing and clapping. There performances were so beautiful to watch. Gus’s best friend Isaac who is played by Nat Wolff also did a fantastic job at making this character come to life, the film made you truly appreciate there friendship.

Most dialogue was from the book and it was like reading the book but the little things they added and the little details just made this film so much more perfect.

After the film finished we got shown a Q&A with the Cast and filmmakers and John Green who is the author of TFIOS. It was very interesting to watch they answered some really interesting questions, after that we got to see the deleted scene which had John green in and I really wish it was kept in the film because I can remember it being a nice scene in the book.

Overall it was a fantastic experience going to the fan screening, and from someone who LOVED the book I guarantee you will be very pleased with the film.

The opposites book tag

The first book in your collection

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K Rowling

The last book you bought

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A cheap book

The fault in our stars by John Green (I think it was about £3.50 on Amazon when I bought it)

Expensive book

Harry Potter Page to screen by Bob McCabe (I think it was£30.00 and that was on offer)

A book with a male protagonist

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

A book with a female protagonist

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

A book you ready quickly

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

A book that took you a long time to read

Girl of nightmares by Kendare Blake

A pretty cover

You’re the one that I want by Giovanna Fletcher

An ugly cover

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

A national book

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

An international book

City of bones by Cassandra Clare

A thin book

The tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K Rowling

A thick book

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

A fiction book

The dinosaur that pooped a planet by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

A non-fiction book

Mcfly Unsaid things by Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd and Danny Jones

A romantic book

Billy and me by Giovanna Fletcher

An action book

Lord of the rings by J.R.R Tolkien

A book that made you happy

Me and Earl and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews

A book that made you sad

Harry Potter and the Deathly hallows by J.K Rowling