20.11.15

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Review and thoughts

the 5th wave by rick yancey review

I finished reading 'The 5th Wave' last week and, although I have already talked about it a little on a video, I thought a full review might be more helpful for some people.

The 5th Wave is written by Rick Yancey and it's classified as young adult science fiction, but most of the plot is centered in a post apocalyptic setting. 

PLOT

If you go on Wikipedia, Goodreads, or anywhere else, they spoil half the book in the synopsis. I think it's better to find out for yourself and have that element of surprise.

Without giving anything away, all you need to know is the following. Not many people are left on Earth because of these waves that have been going on. You will get to know what, how, and why, don't worry about it for now. 

CHARACTERS

Cassie is the main character, a girl fighting for survivial, not trusting her environment due to everything she's experienced since this whole thing started. You will like her.

The novel follows a few different characters, and some chapters are written from their perspective. If you're not a fan of this, neither am I, but it really works here and it does serve a purpose. It is a young adult novel, so all the main characters are young, kids you could even say. They're not annoying teenagers, though, they've been through a lot and show a lot of maturity.

GENERAL THOUGHTS

I loved this novel so much I'm currently reading the second part, The Infinite Sea, and I don't tend to read trilogies all at once. The science fiction elements are great as well, and I appreciate them very much.

The writing style is very easy to follow and the only thing I didn't like was the inclusion os a few pop culture references. It is funny or relevant now, but if you want to read this in a few years, it will feel dated and boring, or you won't even know what they're talking about.

There will be a movie coming out early 2016 but I wouldn't wait for that. If this seems like something you might like, read it. As it usually happens, books are better than their movie adaptations, so go ahead and have the option to make your own comments on that.

30.9.15

The Martian | Movie vs Book & General Review

the-martian-film-poster
I read The Martian by Andy Weir in anticipation of the movie, and I finished it in four days. You can probably guess how excited I was to watch the movie after that, especially since it's directed by Ridley Scott (and I'm a huge Blade Runner fan). I therefore went to the Cineworld preview screening around my area last week; here are my thoughts.

IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOK:


The story is quite true to the book, which is something I really liked. I loved it so much I didn't want them to make it into something else, and they didn't. I'm very happy about that.

They obviously had to take out a lot of the "science talk" to make it more interesting for everyone, I guess. But I'm fine with that. I appreciate the research on the book, a lot, but I don't think it would have had the same effect on the movie. The thing they took out that annoyed me a little (these are half spoilers, but if you've read the book then you're okay) was his struggle with carrying everything on the rover, his trip across Mars and how long it took (in the movie he just turns up near the crater, no big deal), and most of the communication issues. I agree it would have made the movie longer and they would have had to explain a lot more, but they make it seem like he only struggles with food, oxygen, and water.

I know I said I was alright with almost everything, but there's just one part I was disappointed with: the ending. (No spoilers ahead). Why did they change it? Someone please tell me why. The outcome is the same, but the way it happens isn't, and I just don't understand why they thought the book ending wasn't good enough. Instead, they turn it into this "fake" thing, very hard to believe, and it doesn't make that much sense. I love that the book is true to science, that you can believe the story is real, and this just threw it all to the ground. I still loved the movie, though.

martian-2

IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK:


You need to. What are you waiting for? It's probably my favorite book I've read this year, and I don't say that lightly. But on with the movie review.

The Martian follows the story of an astronaut who gets left behind in Mars. Everyone thinks he's dead, until he makes contact. How is he going to survive and can NASA bring him back? That's what you'll see in the movie.

Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is one of the most likeable characters I've ever read/seen on screen, which makes the movie so much better. He's a very funny guy and, even though the story depicts an overwhelming situation, you will laugh quite a bit during the movie.

It's very different from other science fiction movies in the sense that you will forget it's actually fiction. I think the role NASA takes in it makes it easy to believe, as well. You will be rooting for this guy, wanting for him to come back to Earth alive.

The shots of Mars and space (especially Hermes) are breath taking. I watched it in 3D and I'm glad I did because of that. I will watch it again in 2D because why not, but if you're not too sure which one to go for, I enjoyed it a lot and I'm not usually a fan of 3D.
I recommend this movie to everyone. It's one of those anyone can enjoy. Again, it's very different from anything you've seen before, so it's refreshing. You will be on the edge of your seat.

13.9.15

The Scorch Trials | Movie vs Book & General Review

maze-runner-2-the-scorch-trials-2015-concept-poster-wallpaper-72962

The second installment in The Maze Runner series, The Scorch Trials, is now out in the UK, and will be out in the US next week. Being a huge fan of the books for a few years, I obvioulsy had to check it out as soon as possible. I should also mention The Scorch Trials was, and still is, my favorite book, so the expectations were high.



IF YOU'VE READ THE BOOKS:


The already changed things in the first movie, so it was expected to have a few changed as well on this one. With that said, there are many differences. Many. All over the place. 


The first part of the movie, before they get out into the Scorch, is completely different. I very much liked the way it was in the book, so I was a bit disappointed, especially because my favorite scene (metall ball head, anyone?) was not there. There's no group A-B situation with all boys + Teres and all girls + Aris. The tattoo part where they all had a "role" is also ignored, but they do happen to have tattoos. A wasted opportunity.


The plot, as you can imagine, got a lot more simple. To the point that it's just them trying to get to the Right Arm. Very basic. They still kept most of the middle stuff with Brenda though, even though I felt like that wasn't as important. In my opinion, in an attempt to reach a broader audience, it lacked personality compared to the books.



IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOKS:


The Scorch Trials is a good post-apocalyptic movie that reminded me of some others at some points. They've tried to make it simple so more people are attracted to it, so let's see how that works for them. 


It's filled with action and you can expect some comedy moments (I'd like to "blame" Wes Ball for this, I think he's a pretty funny guy), as well as some darker moments (it is a post-apocalyptic movie after all, deaths are expected).


The cast is great. I've been a huge fan of Dylan O'Brien for years and I do consider him one of the best actors out there (I think he'll get a lot more recognition from critics in a few years, once he's not considered just a young actor) so his performance was brilliant. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is also a personal favorite, so I obvioulsy thought he was great. As a villain, Aidan Gillen does a pretty nice job as well (if you also watch Game of Thrones, you won't be able to help hating him).


I really enjoyed it as a film on itself, and I can see a lot of people liking it as well. Not sure if you can say it was amazing (because I can't help but miss those things from the book that make the series unique), but it's worth giving it a chance.



OTHER THINGS I WANT TO BRING UP:


They say the word 'sh*t' a lot in the movie. I'm not sure what they were trying to do with that, but they say it a lot more than necessary. Yes, they do get surprised about things, but there are many other words that could have been used instead. I don't have a problem with the word, but it was annoyingly noticeable.


I also don't know what is up with blocking doors. I also understand people are coming after them and all, but there are at least 4 sequences where they're just blocking doors.


(update 2 hours after first publishing) Is it me or do they never say the word Scorch in the movie? From what I can remember, they don't. That would be confusing for people who haven't read the books.


If any of you are going to watch the movie, or have watched it already, you can let me know your thoughts in the comments, or over on Twitter @LuMontes.

19.8.15

First Summer in the City experience | SitC 2015

summer in the city 2015

This was my first year going to Summer in the City, a YouTube convention that takes place in London. You might also know I was at VidCon in LA about two weeks ago, so the comparisons came naturally. SitC is a much smaller event due to its more recent creation, smaller audience, and smaller management team, I would guess. This is not necesarily a bad thing. I bought a ticket for the Creator Day on Friday, as well as Saturday and Sunday, which are just normal days and anyone, creator or viewer, can attend.

It was really good to have a creator day where you can walk around without crowds, people screaming, and you can see bigger youtubers around. The panels were also aimed for creators and, in some way, offered some helpful tips. Now, comparing to VidCon, the panels weren't that good and I felt like the tips and advice were quite basic. They also weren't that inspiring, which is something I found amazing about VidCon panels, and I wanted to get out of this experience as well (my favorite panel was about diversity and ethnicity, on Saturday).

The way the schedule is set up is panel after panel, you barely have 5 minutes to spare if you want to make the most out of it and are interested in multiple ones. This made it feel like the day was really long and, personally, very tiring as well.

The main area, or expo hall, was big in dimension but didn't have much to do. There were only a few stands from the brands sponsoring the event and nothing much to do. We were impressed and excited by a  sort of theme park ride inside the venue, and it looked really fun; we later found out we had to pay to go on it, which seemed a bit silly since we had already paid to be at the event.

Saturday was crazy. All the fans came around and the place was so crowded it was hard to walk freely (maybe we were just a big group) and we had to line up for panels, sometimes even 40 minutes in advance. As someone who doesn't feel comfortable with crowds and noise, it was painful to be there. I left early that day due to migraines from the whole experience, which wasn't what I wanted to get out of the event.

Some of the panels were good, like the diversity one (as I mentioned, my favorite of the bunch) or the travel one, but others made me feel like I was wasting my time. Big youtubers might bring people to the event but I don't think having a lot of subscribers makes someone good for a panel, and it showed. Some people were great, though.

I decided not to go on Sunday. I don't have that much free time anymore and I value it. I don't think Summer in the City on Saturday was worth my time, so I didn't want to do it all over again. If the only thing I'm getting out of it is hanging out with friends, I'm sure we can do that elsewhere.

Overall, Friday was good and I'll most likely go to the Creator Day next year. The rest of the weekend? I don't think I'd do it again.

It is an event thought for the fans, where they can listen to their favorite creators and meet them at the meet and greets (which I didn't think was worth my time either, plus they have a complicated ballot system and I just didn't like many of the creator there, really. I was very happy getting to see and talk to Meghan Camerena, my favorite creator there, on the Friday, just outside one of the panel rooms). It's good to have a Creator Day for smaller creators, but that's the only day that's worth it, from my point of view. When it came to mixing both, it didn't work out right. It would be good to see it grow to something similar to VidCon, with different areas aimed for people with a Creator ticket, and panels tailored for them.

On a side note, I walked around all day on Saturday with a jacket on and there was no way anyone from security could see my wristband, it was completely hidden. I walked in and out of the convention area about 5 times, alone and with people, and was never asked to show it. Why did I even buy a ticket?

1.8.15

'Inside Out' Review | Let Your Emotions Take Control

Inside-Out-Poster-Wallpapers

I cried within the first 30 seconds of the movie. I cried again a few times into the movie, and at the end. 

If you're thinking about watching Inside Out (which was recently released in the UK), just do it. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, 5 or 50, I can guarantee you're going to like it. It's no secret Disney and Pixar make amazing collaborations, but some may be hesitant to watch Inside Out because if you've seen the trailer you would know it's quite different from everything you've seen before.

Inside Out takes you into the mind of 11 year old Riley, a girl who has just moved to San Francisco. You get to see how her thought process works and how her brain makes connections with the help of five little (and adorable) characters: her emotions. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust will make you feel like a kid again.

inside-out-islands-of-personality-joy-sadness

I couldn't help but love the characters from the start, especially Joy, Sadness, and Disgust because they're voiced by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Mindy Kaling, respectivly. I think those three women are hilarious and their voices made the movie even better for me. It had many funny moments, even some made for the adult audience. 

I was worried it wouldn't have a consistent plot and it would feel long but I was proven wrong. It doesn't have a complicated plot, it's even simpler than your usual "movie for kids" because of the nature of the characters and how different it is. I was also concerned about how the "going in and out of the mind of Riley" would work but, again, if felt quite easy and natural. If the plot would have been any more complex, I don't think it would have worked as well. Still, I really like the psychological aspect and the introduction of different characters and parts of one's mind. 

I will say this again: if you have doubts, don't. Just go watch it and you'll fall in love with it. 

(ps. You get to see the Pixar short 'Lava' right before the movie, which is really good as well.)

15.7.15

Top 5 Movies of my Childhood

top 5 movies childhood

I got inspired to write this post by Jon Negroni and his podcast 'Now Conspiring'. They all shared their top 5 movies from their childhood and I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would do the same.

1. Back to the Future. I watched it when I was 6 and loved it so much it's still one of my favorites. It made me fall in love with time travel stories and, to some extent, I would like to say it shaped my life a little bit. It made me see things from another perspective, maybe a more complicated one, and that's the way I've been thinking ever since. Maybe I wouldn't like any of the things I like today had I never watched it, so I will be forever grateful for Back to the Future.

2. Contact. By now you can probably guess I was no ordinary child. Time travel, outer space, life beyond our frontiers...that's what I liked back then, and that's what I like now. You can say I half-skipped my childhood but that's the way my brain has always worked. Contact made me fall in love with our universe, and it made me think of all the posibilities science can bring in the future. All the things we might not be aware of, but might still be there, somewhere. (spoiler ahead: that "hours of recorded static" scene was stuck in my head for years).

[Fun fact before we move on, the director of all 3 Back to the Future movies and Contact is the same: Robert Zemeckis. Thank you, Robert.]

3. Anastasia. While everyone loved Disney movies (like I said, that came later on in life for me) I was obsessed with Anastasia. The story is obviously darker and more interesting to my younger self, I guess. I was enchanted by the 'Once Upon a December' scene (and song), and music boxes became an obsession for me ever since.

4. The Swan Princess. Another one that has stuck with me all my life, and maybe part of the reason why I love The Swan Lake; If you didn't know, it's the same story, essentially. Not many people knew about it, and I still don't think that many people do, but I've been watching it ever since (it's on Netflix, if you want to give it a go).

5. Mary Poppins. Both my sister and I loved it, and we watched it all the time. It's not your typical Disney film because it's not fully animated (it does include some animations), but the story and the music made us love it. I secretly wished Mary would show up at out door every time my mother hired a nanny, and I imagined what adventures she would take us on. Also, always wanted to snap my fingers and have my room tidy itself.

Did you also like any of these movies? What were your favorites? Let me know in the comments, ot tweet me @LuMontes if that seems easier.

11.7.15

June 2015 | Why being on my own isn't that bad

june 2015 recap


I moved to London on my own last November. Before then, I had always been surrounded by people (my family) who would come with me to things if I didn't want to be alone. I've never had many friends, yet alone friends interested in the same things I am, but I had that reassurance and if I wanted to go to a ballet, museum, movie, you name it, I could just take my sister or my mother.


This month, and also the past two or three, I've come to realize that if I want to do something, I don't need anyone with me. Yes, it's more fun and you get more out of experiences when you can share them with others, but not having a companion shouldn't stop me (or you) from doing something I enjoy.


I love movies and going to the cinema, and I bought a membership so I can go to all the movies I want, which means 99.9% of the time I'm going alone. It's a bit "blah" right after when you see people commenting but, in the end, it doesn't really matter because you've seen the movie and you've been part of the story.


Same with theatre. If no one wants to pay to go to movies, think about theatre, which is 4 times more expensive. But I do; I love theatre and don't mind paying for it if there's something I really want to see. I saw To Kill A Mockingbird just last week, got an awesome ticket (it's way easier to get a good ticket if you're just buying one), cried without feeling judged, and got to meet Robert Sean Leonard afterwards. All that happened because I didn't mind going alone.


People do look at you sometimes , but you will never see those people again. If you're afraid of doing things on your own, don't be; live the life you want, not the one others expect you to live.

4.7.15

Why do I like blogging?

IMG_9089.


I created this blog not that long ago because I love writing. Some of you probably already knew that, but what you might not know is that I was quite tired of only writing about beauty and fashion. My previous blog, which is still up in case you want to take a look, was a great way for me to start blogging and get into that world. Without it, I would have never started uploading content to YouTube because I've never been confident and the mere thought of filming myself for the world to see was terrifying.


I enjoyed that blog for a while and, even though I still love beauty and fashion, I don't feel the need to write about it all the time. In fact, I kind of hate it a little bit; let me explain. I want the content that I put up on the internet to have value to myself, and I don't want to upload just for the sake of it, because I feel like it's a chore. That's what my fashion/beauty blog has been to me recently, and that's the reason why I haven't posted there in a while. All my needs to talk about those topics are filled with my youtube channel, and taking more time to say the same thing feels pointless. I know it's a great outlet for people to see it, to get more views, etc, but that's not why I'm doing any of it.


Blogging is a hobby for me, and it should be fun. I'm not making any money through it and if it's going to take up all my free time, I better enjoy what I'm doing. My personality has changed a bit in the past 4 years and I've grown to be proud of the things I like. I used to be scared of people judging me for liking certain things, but I've outgrown that phase and this blog came into place. A lot of people won't care about what movies I watch, and what books I read, or what my thoughts are on certain topics, but I like writing about it. I'm pretty serious about writing, actually, and any practice is good. I enjoy it. That should be enough.


I'm not sure what the whole point of this post is, but I did want to write it, and I'm having fun doing so. If no one reads it, so be it. If people do read it and like it, even better. Thank you.

1.6.15

Tomorrowland | Thoughts + Review

tomorrowland-movie-poster-2015-space-mountain-wallpaper


For a movie based on a theme park ride, Tomorrowland is pretty good. Don't get me wrong, there are many things I didn't like about it, and many I would have tweaked a little; but, overall, Tomorrowland was entertaining and a great movie to watch with the whole family. Although it won't amaze you, there is something for everyone in the movie, and the humor is fairly good too.

 


Tomorrowland is a Disney movie, and it shows. There are many things that would have had a lot more impact on a broader audience had they been darker, but the magic making company isn't known for that and it wouldn't fit with its audience. That is what I like the least about it. The potential on the topic is great, but it all comes down to a good adventure story with a (spoiler alert, but not really) hopeful ending. 


WEBvrsnTOMRRWLND


What would I have done differently? As a science fiction fan, I would have gone much more into the science of time travel, travel within dimensions, alternate timelines... even the mechanics on robots and the importance of A.I. (which is barely touched as a humanity trait on robots, but it doesn't go past that). I also think there was an organic opportunity to talk about the future of humanity in a different way but, then again, it is a Disney movie designed for a younger audience who aren't really looking to watch movies with philosophical and thought provoking content. 

If you look at it with the eyes of who this movie is for, then it's a good movie. I've heard mixed reviews but most people who didn't like it were focusing on their personal preference and not on the target audience (which they aren't). 

The highlight for me was Raffey Cassidy who plays Athena. Even though she's the youngest from the main cast, she completely outshines George Clooney and Britt Robertson. Her character has a lot of importance in the film and her scenes are great (she gets the best action stunts). I would even say Tomorrowland it's worth watching just because of her; I mean, who doesn't love a young breakout star?

24.5.15

Mad Max: Fury Road | Thoughts + Review

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-day
One for the action lovers.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a crazy movie. With that said, I couldn't stop staring at the screen (I probably looked like a statue) and it kept me interested in every single scene. I was tense throughout the whole movie, wanting to know more; which, to me, it's a sign of how different and unpredictable it is.


I didn't fully know what I was getting myself into, having only read a short synopsis and watched the trailer (which, if you've seen it you'll know it doesn't really explain much at all), but I knew I was going to love it. I love action movies but I'm not a fan of those that are simply action (like the Fast and Furious saga) and forget to have a consistent storyline. That's why I think I loved Mad Max so much: you get plenty of action, but also an interesting story with good characters. 


You should know that it takes a bit to actually find out what the movie is about, but that builds up the expectation in a smart way. You find yourself not wanting to miss anything (and there's a lot going on from the start) because you know any detail might be there to explain something later on.


Mad-Max-Fury-Road-banner


I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to watch this. It's obviously not a teen dystopian movie, which I like. It's different yet it still fits into that category and let's a different audience be part of the fuss. 


The characters played by Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are both equally well presented (and well delivered), although at some points I wished they would have told us more about Max. This is the first Mad Max movie I've seen, and I feel like a lot of people were on the same boat and probably wanted to know more about him. 


If you aren't afraid to watch something different filled with action, go ahead and do so. 3D or 2D? I went for 2D because that's the time that fit into my schedule, but some scenes were definitely made for 3D and if I have time, I will go watch it again. Don't worry if you aren't a fan of it, 2D is perfectly fine and you will love it just as much.


Have you seen it or are you going to? What interests you the most about it?


19.4.15

How to deal with the fear of missing out - FOMO explained

fomo fear of missing out


I sometimes hate social media. Most of the time I love it, and it's brought many good things into my life, as weird as that sounds, but sometimes that feeling of being close to something yet so far away can make me feel uncomfortable, even angry, and sad.


The fear of missing out is that feeling we get when we see other people do things we aren't doing but we wish we were. Maybe we want to because it's something we enjoy, but sometimes it's just the fear of missing out that makes us want to be there too. Take that feeling of all your friends except you being at a party and telling you all about it the morning after to a whole new level, and you get FOMO. 


Social media can bring us all together, or apart. This new culture of telling everyone what we're doing, buying, and seeing constantly is creating a whole new set of emotions. It's very easy to get frustrated when you see people on your feed having a good time at your favorite band's concert while you're just sitting at home. Maybe it's everyone talking about how sunny is on their side of the world that makes you want to book a plane ticket asap so you can be there too. Maybe it's seeing everyone get the new iPhone that makes you feel like your phone is the worst, when in reality it might be just what you need. 


You may feel like you're missing out on so many things, but people have always been doing those things. It's the idea that you're reading about it that makes you feel like that. 


Getting away from social media every once in a while can make you appreciate what you have, so next time you're feeling FOMO, delete those apps for a while and try to live your life without thinking about what everyone else is up to.

30.3.15

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review and thoughts

red queen victoria aveyard review

I recently read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, a new (published in February 2015) young adult novel set in a futuristic time.  As you might know, I am a fan of young adult dystopias and post apocalyptic novels, so Red Queen seemed up my alley. 


First, let me introduce the world the story takes place in. People are divided by something as deep as blood; if you have red blood you're part of the vast majority, and if you have silver blood, you're part of the lucky few, the royalty, and wealthy people. They also have inherent abilities, making the dividing line even more clear and hard to cross. Of course, and as it's usual with these novels, you're supposed to feel connected to the main character, who is part of the "forgotten" side of society. It's easy to feel like you belong with them, since us humans all have red blood and superpowers are not common (I choose to think someone out there has superpowers but we just don't know it yet).


As a young adult novel, you get all the young love, relationship talk, and even a love triangle. I am not a fan of this, but it's bearable. I would rather read a book with no love interest, but most teenagers do want to read about it, and it fits into the storyline and plot, so I don't want to complain too much about it. 


It contains some of the typical elements of YA fiction, but it touches some topics that aren't as usual or prominent in the genre. Loyalty, betrayal, and trust are huge parts of the plot and, in a way, it feels refreshing from all the other books I've read before. You might be able to guess some of the plot from the title, but don't let it fool you, because I played smart and thought I would know everything and that was far from reality. 


I found the book through Good Reads, and I'm really glad I did. It has multiple plot twists and, even though the middle part was the hardest to digest, I greatly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to all of you. 

8.3.15

If I could time travel

Time travel


I have loved time travel stories ever since I first watched 'Back To The Future' when I was 7 or 8 years old. My mother still talks about how I understood it so easily and kept talking about it for days. None of my friends had seen it and it wasn't the typical movie a kid wants to watch, but my taste in movies and tv shows has always been different from the norm, especially as I was growing up.


A lot of people, when asked if they would choose to travel in time, say no. I don't understand why: if you get the chance to know more, why deny that oportunity? 


If I could time travel, I would choose to go to the future. I am a science lover, and I get curious about how fast society is progressing. I wonder how science and technology will affect the lives of the people living 200 or 500 years from now. Travelling in time would be an amazing experience I wouldn't know how to reject. 


What about going back in time? Although I would love to live some time periods myself, we have a lot of information about those times. It's already happened. We have books, letters, photography, even pieces of film. If I had a time machine I would definitely take a trip back in time at some point, but it wouldn't be my first option.


I don't know if the amount of time I spend thinking about time travel, and what I'd do if it were an option, is odd, but I love thinking about the posibilities. My imagination is always a step before me, and I am not going to hold it back.

16.2.15

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of those classic books everyone should read at least once. I also believe you would be able to re read it multiple times and get more from it each time.

It was written in 1891 by Oscar Wilde, and it is categorized as a philosophical novel although I would add a bit of mystery to that and remove part of the philosophy (as it has to do with some of the dialogues and not the plot itself). It is, of course, mystery as it would be written at the end of the XIX century, so don't expect anything similar to Stephen King or 'Gone Girl'. It was controversial two centuries ago, but no one would really feel that way nowadays.

The main characters are three: Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton, and Basil Hallward, a painter. All three are very different, and their morals and thoughts on how society should act and be perceived are diverse. I would dare to say you will relate to one of them, or understand one of them. What about the other two? You won't like them much. I have read Oscar Wilde based them on three reflections of himself, and it totally makes sense. 

It is set in Victorian England, which is a particular setting I like, for both books and movies. Also, if you live in London, you would be able to appreciate the naming of areas, parks, and streets. The story starts when Basil and Lord Henry are talking over the first one painting a portrait of Dorian Gray. How does the story follow? You have to read it for yourself!

I will say, some of the dialogue is skippable if you only care about the plot and the storyline, but it's worth the read if you're interested in the time period, or have a real love for literature. 

I knew some of the twists of the story before reading it, and it kind of spoiled it for me a little bit. If you're unaware of any of them, and don't know anything about the story at all, don't research it: just trust me, and read it.

(ps. Any worthy photo I could find to go along with the post spoiled the whole thing).

7.2.15

Why I Like Dystopian Stories + Book and Movie Recommendations

I will say straight away, the main reason why I like dystopian stories is because I like new things. I get bored of the same thing over and over again. This applies to both books and movies, although it usually happens more frequently on the latter.


Even when you read two dystopian novels with a similar concept or hero portrayal, the world tends to change. That change stimulates my creativity and it makes me wonder, who would I be in that world?, what kind of problems would those people face beyond what's written?, how did society get to that point?, what would happen a hundred years after the events in the story?


They make me think, and I like thinking. A lot.


Dystopian stories happen in the future, or at least in a future from the moment it was written (as it happens in '1984'), and I love futuristic stories: with and without sci fi. If you tell me a story is set in the future, there is a 75% chance I will read it. The rest depends on many other factors, but you get the idea.


Young adult dystopias have been very popular recently, leading to many people reading and writing on the subject. Although this is great because it makes people read and think, here's the sad part. Authors have been writing dystopias long before yesterday, long before the internet and even television. A lot of people who call themselves "fans of dystopian stories" nowadays, haven't read any of them. They might not all be Young Adult material, but they are far beyond comparison. The research, the ideas, the characters, the message.


To conclude this post, here are some of my favorite non YA dystopias that are a must read for anyone: '1984' by George Orwell, 'Anthem' by Ayn Rand, 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury, and 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley.


Not into books? Watch 'Gattaca', 'V for Vendetta', 'Equilibrium', 'Blade Runner', 'The Matrix', and 'The Island'.

2.2.15

The One I Love | Review / Thoughts

The One I Love movie poster review

I would have never watched this film if it weren't for Jon Negroni. I listen to his 'Now Conspiring' podcast every week and I usually agree with his criteria when it comes to judging and liking movies. He had mentioned 'The One I Love' for about two weeks before I decided I should give it a go.

If you try to look up what 'The One I Love' is about, you won't find what it really is about. It's one of those movies you have to watch till the end to know what it is about, and if someone were to tell you, they would spoil it for you.

The premise is a couple who decide to go on a weekend getaway to sort their relationship problems. If I read that alone, I'm not watching it. It sounds like your typical romantic film, and I'm tired of them. They're all the same to me. But this movie is not what you expect.

The main male character is played by Mark Duplass, who also stars in 'Safety Not Guaranteed'. Both movies have a similar feel although the plot is completely different, but if you watch them, you will know what I mean. The main female character is played by Elisabeth Moss, which I didn't know anything about until now, but she stars in 'Mad Men'. I clearly have to start watching that.

You might be wondering: okay, so what's with this movie? Is it worth watching? My answer is yes. I loved the plot and it's very unique compared to anything I've seen before. The actors are good and, most importantly, believable. You will like them or you will hate them, but you will have an opinion.

30.1.15

It took me way too long...

It took me way too long to start a writing blog. And by writing I mean anything that is not beauty or fashion related.

As some of you reading this may know, I studied journalism, and I only did so because of my love for writing. I never knew (and I still don't, to be honest) what I wanted to do in life, but when it came to choosing a career path, I settled for writing. It was a though decision because all my life (since I was 12 and started watching CSI) I wanted to be a coroner. Yes, I know, ew. It is something I would still love to do, but I obviously took a train travelling the opposite direction. Science has always been a huge part of my life and, to this day, people are surprised I didn't study biology or physics (I was reading about time travel at age 8-9, and reading Stephen Hawking books soon after that).

I love writing, and I thought it was about time I showed it to the world. I don't know if you want to read about what I think of the books I read or the movies I watch, but I know I want to write about it.

It took me way too long to start this blog, but it's finally here.