Yay or Nay: Splitting the Last Book Into Two Films

Why is this a thing? Ok, I know the answer: money. This has become a trend with YA book to film adaptations (thank you, Harry Potter) and originally I was going to write about the pros and cons of this, but I literally could only think of one positive thing. So, I’m going to say the top 5 reasons why my answer is NAY to splitting the last book into two films. 

1. It’s unnecessary! Ok, I can understand it for Harry Potter, but for all the other films jumping on the bandwagon, I just don’t see the point. I think the material from Mockingjay could easily fit into one movie. I don’t want to spend half an hour watching Bella get married, Mockingjay Part 1 was completely uneventful, and don’t even get me started on Allegiant.

2. They don’t work as individual films. This has happened in every case – even Harry Potter (sorry Harry, you’re still awesome!), but what we get is a part 1 movie that builds up to something really exciting…then the film ends. Then part 2 we dive straight into the action with no build up at all. Unless you watch both films back to back you just end up with two disjointed films. I think Mockingjay was the biggest offender, at least the other films tried to create contained stories.

3. It slows the pace down. Since the book is drawn out into two films, a lot of the plot points get drawn out. Again, I refer to the half hour wedding in Twilight.

4. They have to add things that aren’t in the books. I don’t expect the books and films to be identical, but if there are changes then I feel they should make sense. Because there isn’t enough content to even make two films out of the book, they have to start adding storylines that don’t make sense. For example, the fight scene in Twilight or the many many plotholes in Allegiant.

5. We have to wait longer for a finale! This one is self-explanatory. We have to wait longer to see the final showdown!

The one positive I have is that we get to see more of our favourite characters. That isn’t enough to justify splitting books into two films though.

So my final verdict is: NAY. Let me know what you think: yay or nay on splitting books into multiple films?

 

TV review: Shadowhunters – Ep. 13

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*This review will contain spoilers 

 

Before I start: I know I said this in my last review but seriously how is Simon getting into the Institute!? This is really bothering me!

So for a finale I thought this was fairly good and the acting was great. I think this depressed version of Jace is much more reflective of the Jace we see in the books. My thoughts on the previous episode still remain, I think we’re ploughing through the books way too fast, but as an episode this was well paced and I enjoyed most of it.

Hodge. Got. Owned. His scenes with both Valentine and Jace were really strong just because you can really see how desperate Hodge is to be free, but you can also see the similarities between Valentine and Jace and how they treat him. Like I said, angsty Jace was much better than romantic Jace. I love Malec but like I predicted we’re already edging towards all the Camille/Magnus drama from book four/five. Magnus is already acting like he’s in love with Alec which is just plain weird! Speaking of Camille, I’m curious to see where her character goes in the future because she’s another plot point brought forward which I don’t think was necessary. She also doesn’t really act how I imagined Camille. Camille is supposed to be this sophisticated manipulative vampire, and to me on the show she’s more of a bitchy, teenagery (I just keep on inventing words!) type of villain. Those are the characters I focused on the most, but everyone else was ok.

We see Valentine’s boat!!! This is a plot point I am really excited to see in the future, and I think Valentine raising his army has built up really well. Since Jace is with him, that will also be an interesting dynamic. I do think the fight between Valentine’s men and the group was weird because they lost so easily, especially when Valentine’s men have been Shadowhunters for like two minutes. I mean, Magnus is a Warlock, we have Izzy, we have Alec. Simon is a vampire – how did these people lose within seconds? That had the potential to be a really good fight.

Jocelyn is awake. Hmm. I didn’t know how to feel about this, since Jocelyn has some very important knowledge in regards to Clary and Jace and I wonder if the show will address that next season or if we’ll have to wait longer.

Overall as a series I think this show has had its up and downs and honestly I am slightly disappointed just because I looove the books. The acting has improved dramatically, but some of the plot changes didn’t really make sense, or had no need to be in the show *cough* shapeshifting rune. Hopefully they’ll take all the feedback from the fans on board and they can make a great season two.

My rating for the finale:

four of five

Book review: Winter – By Marissa Meyer

13206900Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publishing Date: 10th November 2015 – Feiwel and Friends 
Pages:
824
Genre: 
YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Links to purchase: Amazon UK, Waterstones

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? (Goodreads)

The end is here! This was a really good conclusion to the series, and I have really enjoyed reading these books. I did find this book was a little too long for me, but overall this concluded the series well.

So we finally learn more about the character Winter. I think the concept of the Lunar sickness was a really cool one, but I often found Winter a frustrating character just because she is so unpredictable. At times she uses her ‘craziness’ to get what she wants, but at other times it almost puts other characters in danger, which made for an intense read. Her interaction with Scarlet was very funny though. I don’t think my feelings for the other characters changed much. Jacin was nicer in this book, but I still didn’t like him. I think the relationship between Cress and Thorne has gotten better, and the humour of Thorne continued to make me laugh. Iko! Once again my favourite – and she kept on getting destroyed! Every time that happened I was like: noooooo. Cinder really takes charge in this book, and it was great seeing her becoming a leader and grow into a Queen/leader role. I also did have the tiniest smidge (is that a word?) of sympathy for Levana, but I still don’t think her past justifies how she is now.

In terms of plot, I do think certain things became repetitive. The group would be together, then get split up, then get together, then get split up, and since this book is super long after a while it did bother me a tiny bit. I do like the dramatic moments where the gang almost get caught and just manage to escape, since it was always filled with tension. The coronation in particular was INTENSE. Actually the final showdown with Levana was INTENSE. It’s so funny you would have thought characters like Scarlet and Wolf would know by now to not go anywhere near Levana since they can be used as weapons, but clearly not.

I’m still not a fan of Wolf, but he was less useless in this book so I guess there’s that.

Like with all the other books I really like how the Snow White story is weaved into the book, and Winter does capture that innocence of Snow White. What I found kind of funny was how naive Winter was. There’s a moment where she gets tricked by Levana, but it was so obvious that it was a trick and Winter is just way too trusting – but it fit the character.

Marissa Meyer manages to wrap up every character’s story well and the last 100/200 pages are really fast paced and dramatic. Cinder and Kai are my favourite relationship and it’s great to see how much these characters have developed from the start. If I was to rank all four books I’d say Cress was my favourite, followed closely by Winter, then Scarlet, and then Cinder. 

Overall this story builds up the war between Levana and the main group really well, and this book did feel like an epic finale. I wish it had been slightly shorter, but the story itself was really fun and I was never bored. I’m still curious to know how all the characters end up in the future, but I guess I’ll have to settle for my own imagination.

My rating:

five of five

The Real Neat Blog Award

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Hey there! Thank you thebookllama for nominating me, and thank you to everyone who reads my blog!

Here are the rules:

  • Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
  • Create 7 questions for your nominees.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers.

The questions:

1. What is your favorite trilogy of all time?
Hmmm it would have to be either The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, or The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. I think I could read those trilogies a million times and not get bored.

2. Most anticipated book to movie adaptation of this year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!  I love Harry Potter and I can’t wait to see the Wizarding world in a different country.

3. Do you listen to Hamilton? If so, what do you like about it?
I don’t, but I may give it a listen after this.

4. What’s your reading goal for this year?
Well on Goodreads I’ve set my goal for 50 books…we’ll see how that goes.

5. Current read?
Winter by Marissa Meyer. I’ve already reviewed the other books in this series and they’re all so good! So far Cress has been my favourite but I’m really enjoying this book and should be finishing it soon.

6. What’s your favorite Harry Potter book?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Potter + time travel = awesome!

7. Biggest bookish pet peeve?
Instalove. I really hate when characters fall in love within two seconds of meeting each other, I just can’t take the characters or the relationship seriously. I also don’t like ‘perfect’ protagonists – they need to have some kind of flaw or they can come across as annoying.

My questions:

  1. What is your favourite book couple?
  2. Least favourite book to film adaptation?
  3. What is your favourite genre of book?
  4. Love triangles – yay or nay?
  5. Is there any series you were never able to finish?
  6. What are you currently reading?
  7. Is there any book that you could read over and over again and not get bored?

I nominate:

The bookworm who lived

A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

Bookowly

The Louder Life

The Bookkeeper’s Secrets

Real Tasty Pages

bookishwanderlust

 

Book review: Cress – By Marissa Meyer

13206828Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publishing Date: 4th February 2014 – Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 550
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Link to purchase: Amazon UK, Waterstones

Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has. (Goodreads)

*This review contains spoilers!

So I tried to write a spoiler free review for this, but there were too many plot details I wanted to discuss. These books just get better and better! Cress has been my favourite book so far and I’m so eager to find out how this series ends! Once again all the interactions have been brilliant – I didn’t like the character Cress as much as the others, but her interaction with Carswell Thorne was really funny.

As usual I really enjoyed all the characters and the different plot points. If I had to pick my least favourite character I’d have to say that Wolf, Cress and Jacin were a little annoying. I think Cress is justified since she’s lived in a satellite most of her life and doesn’t understand the world, but Wolf was pretty useless in this book. Again, he barely knows Scarlet, yet he’s acting like he’s lost his wife or something. I really don’t like when characters fall in love within two seconds. I didn’t trust Jacin. I will continue not to trust him. While I wasn’t a big fan of Cress, I think her and Carswell were a great pairing. It’s kind of cute how infatuated she was with him and how he kept trying to convince her he was not a hero. It was also nice seeing him in a vulnerable state (but please can he get his sight back!). Out of all the characters I enjoyed their story the most.

Dr. Erland is Cress’s dad. Whaaaat? I was so surprised by this! It’s just a shame we didn’t get to see them interact more!

What’s really great about the story is how well Marissa Meyer builds tension – especially when all the characters reunited. I think that the BookTuber Christine described it as the Avengers of the fairy-tale world and that’s exactly what it was! The best part of the book was the rescue because you’re just waiting for something to go wrong or for Levana to catch them. The fight scene was great – although once again Wolf was being his useless self. The kiss between Cress and Carswell was great too.

Iko. Is. Awesome. I forgot to mention her in my last review, but she is up there as one of the best characters. When her new body got destroyed I wanted to cry for her. Kai knows Cinder is Selene! This book had so many crazy moments but this was by far the best, especially as Kai was so slow to figure it out.

I tried to think of some negatives, and I think it’s just the same one as before: I know nothing about technology so I couldn’t picture any of that kind of stuff in my mind. Perhaps some parts of the story couldn’t be as drawn out – like the desert chapters – but I wasn’t so bothered by that.

Overall, I think this is a really strong series, and it just keeps getting better.

My rating:

five of five