Me Before You: Book vs. Movie

Me Before YouGoodreads Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

AHHH I LOVED THIS BOOK.

It made me laugh.

It made me cry.

It made me believe in true love.

I want Louisa to be my best friend. She is such a beautiful person inside and out, and absolutely hilarious. Her family is a little dysfunctional at times, but they are all really loving and caring. She is a little blindsided when it comes to her boyfriend, Patrick. He’s a complete asshole. I don’t know why she didn’t break up with him in the first place.

Will. What can I say about Will? I love him. He’s hilarious, charismatic, and had me wrapped around his finger. Granted, I did have to warm up to him a little bit, because he was very snarky and uncooperative in the beginning of the book, but it’s understandable. He was a good sport for Lou and her crazy little side trips. He went along with it because he loved Lou, and wanted to make sure she got everything she wanted for him.

In the end, it was devastating, but it was his choice. I understand there has been some controversy regarding ablism, but in the end, it’s a book about a guy who wasn’t happy with the hand he was dealt. His view on his own quality of life is what mattered the most, and in reality, there is no room for us to judge his decision, because we’ve never been dealt the hand he was. It’s sad, but deep down, he wasn’t happy, even after falling in love with Louisa.

Movie time!

I am a firm believer in the book is always better than the movie, but in this case, I loved them both! The casting was perfect.I fell more in love with the story and surprisingly, the movie was pretty true to the book, which I appreciate. I have watched this movie several times and still fall in love with the story over and over again. Side note: I hated that they casted Matthew Lewis as Louisa’s douchey boyfriend. Excuse me, that is Neville Longbottom, he is not a douchey person!

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See, perfect casting!

Lousia’s red dress is to die for! I want one!

If you haven’t checked out eithter the book or movie, do so! It’s a tear-jerker, but also a warm blanket of love.  I haven’t read the sequel yet, but it is in my ever-growing TBR pile.

Next up is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Happy reading!

Divergent: Book vs. Movie

8306857Goodreads Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I’ve been trying to switch up my reading recently. I felt like I needed something new, but I didn’t know what exactly. I decided it was finally time to read the Divergent Series as it has been sitting on my bookshelf since March of last year. Plus, I felt like it was a very hyped up book, and I didn’t want to be disappointed if it didn’t live up to the hype like others I have read recently.

I was thoroughly surprised when I started reading. This dystopian novel was refreshing. Personally, I didn’t align myself with Tris, but I was extremely attracted to Four, or I prefer to call him, Tobias. He was everything you wanted from a book boyfriend, and the best part was that there was no ever-popular, messy love triangle!

Tobias’s character made me feel very…

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this…

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and finally…

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Even movie Tobias/Four was dreamy – Theo James was an excellent casting. If you don’t know who he is, feel free to observe below.

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I went into this book and series not really knowing what to expect. I hadn’t read any reviews. I hadn’t seen the movies. All I knew was that it was within the dystopian genre and everyone within the bookstagram community was in love with it.

I enjoyed following Tris from her home in Abnegation – a faction that believes selflessness is the way the world should be – to her new home in Dauntless – a faction that believes bravery is the most important thing in the world. She has spent her whole life being conditioned to think selflessly and be selfless. In Dauntless, she can think freely, ask freely, and become her own person. It just goes to show that a change in environment, can drastically change a person and their outlook on the world.

For those who are new to the blog, I am a firm believer in the idea that the book is always better. In the case of Divergent by Veronica Roth, I can say that the book was 10,000x better than the movie. Go figure.

The movie wasn’t bad. There were things added that weren’t in the book while some things in the book weren’t in the movie. I thought the casting was good [see Theo James casting above]. One thing I did not like was Kate Winslet. I am a huge Kate Winslet fan and I absolutely hated seeing her play the worst [as in evil and demented] character in the entire series. It broke my Kate-Winslet-loving heart.

To end my first post on this series, I thought it might be interesting to see which faction I belong in. Here are my results from the Official Divergent Aptitude Test found HERE .

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Next up on the Review To-Do List is Insurgent: Book vs. Movie. Until next time bookworms. Happy reading!

 

Movie Marathon Review

It was a long week of ugly, cold, rainy weather here in Vacaville, California. Besides binge watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager on Netflix, I also rented 12 movies and was the third wheel for my boyfriend and his cousin to the movies. I thought I would write a review of all the movies from this crazy week/weekend!

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Ya’ll already know how I feel about this one, given I reviewed it when it came out. I only rented it because my mom hadn’t seen it yet. Good movie to watch just because it was raining; still not better than the first.

 

 

Pixels 

I LOVE ADAM SANDLER MOVIES. Seriously one of my guilty pleasures! This movie was equally corny and nerdy, and it was perfect for a rainy day in. It’s not Oscar-worthy, but the thing with Adam Sandler movies is that they are feel-good movies and this movie is no different. The movie features favorite classic arcade games and actors Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad.

Spy 

I love Melissa McCarthy; I love Jude Law; heck, I even like Jason Statham, even if he is my boyfriend’s boyfriend; but not in this movie. It was slightly funny in the beginning, but we ended up turning the movie off at the part where she was in Italy because we were bored and on our phones. I expected this movie to be funnier and it was kind of a let down. Maybe McCarthy will be better in the new Ghostbusters movie, and Law and Statham can return to their usual movie genres.

Paper Towns 

Now this wasn’t disappointing. It followed the book closely and was quite enjoyable. However, I didn’t like the casting of Cara Delevingne as Margo. I feel as though Delevingne was a random hit into left field that no one was expecting. She just isn’t what I pictured as Margo given that she was described as this beautiful girl that everyone loved but was mysterious. In all honesty, I don’t think Delevingne is that pretty. This may be against popular opinion, but it’s what I believe. I pictured a few people playing the character of Margo including Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Collins, AnnaSophia Robb, or Chloe Grace Moretz.

 Vacation

Surprise! I’m also a National Lampoon fan! And for those of you who haven’t seen it, this movie did not disappoint! It was laugh-out-loud funny. The two kids, James Griswald played by Skyler Gisondo and Kevin Griswald played by Steele Stebbins, reminded me of me and my little sister when we were younger and on road trips. If you’re in the mood for a good comedy, check this one out! You even get to see Chris Hemsworth, and if that doesn’t sell you on it, I don’t know what will!

Jurassic World 

Chris Pratt. That is all. Just kidding. This movie was really good. It was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire film and I enjoyed it. I applaud Bryce Dallas Howard, who played main character, Claire, for running in heels for the entire movie. It is a little shocking that the entire movie takes place over the course of ONE day at the island Jurassic World is on. The dinosaurs are scary. I also don’t understand how these people ran for the entire movie – I definitely would have died from an asthma attack or the Pterodactyl thing would have eaten me.  Overall, it was definitely a great movie and has made me want to watch the entire franchise from beginning to end.

 Magic Mike XXL

Let’s be honest, I watched the first five minutes and then fast forwarded to all dance/strip scenes, because that was the only part worth watching. Also, I watched those scenes with my giggly mother, so it was aca-awkward. But boy, are those men hot and they know how to strip. Thank you Channing Tatum for making a sequel!

 

 

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Warning: I have never seen any Star Wars movies prior to me seeing this film. My boyfriend is a Star Wars nerd and growing up with the pop culture we have, it’s easy to know the general idea of the franchise or even know what the iconic things are.

With this is in mind, it was a really good movie in terms of special effects, costumes, sets, acting, etc. But to someone who only knows the pop culture references and iconic props/lines, it was a little predictable. Proceeding with SPOILERS. The main character, Rey, looks like she could be related to either Luke or Leia, and 3/4 the way through the movie Luke’s lightsaber calls to her. Hans Solo also dies at the hands of his son, Kylo Ren, which I TOTALLY PREDICTED, but my boyfriend said I didn’t understand the significance, blah, blah, blah. Like I said, it was a good movie, just predictable.

  Inside Out

The Pixar movie where our feelings have feelings! I originally saw this movie with my gymnastics camp kids over summer, then I just recently re-watched it with my boyfriend’s nephews and niece.

The movie is adorable. It’s funny. From a psychological perspective it’s completely interesting, not that I’m a psych major or anything. But it puts a movie out there that is a great resource for social workers and psychologists to use when dealing with children. I’ve already read plenty of articles confirming that it’s being used in practice. I like that Pixar listens to our burning questions like “What happens with our toys when we leave for school?” or  “What really goes on inside our brains?”

Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

I’ve seen all of the Mission Impossible movies. They improved with each one over the years, but I really thought that Ghost Protocol was going to be the last one.

Rouge Nation was okay. It started right away with action, but slowly became boring about half way through the movie. Apparently there will be another Mission Impossible, and I must say, Mission Impossible has run it’s course.

 Aloha

Aloha, hello; aloha, goodbye.

I had high hopes for this film due to the star-studded cast, but it was a major flop for me. I’m not sure if it was the DVD I had, but the sound quality was so poor, our TV was turned all the way up, and I still felt like I couldn’t hear what they were saying in the movie.

The movie itself was kind of boring. Right away we’re thrown into the story and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on or why Bradley Cooper’s character was now in Hawaii, since it was stated in the beginning, but very vaguely. I’m not going to lie, but I definitely fell asleep during the movie and only woke up when it was finally time to put in a new movie.

American Sniper

My boyfriend and I have been trying to catch this movie for a while now. When we finally got it recorded at his house, his DVR stopped working, so I finally just rented it. This was definitely one of the best movies I’ve seen in a really long time. Clint Eastwood directed a beautiful masterpiece that depicted the life of American hero and legendary sniper, Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper did an amazing job portraying  our fallen hero.

It’s a terrible thing that happened to Chris Kyle in the end, but his legacy will live on through his autobiography (which I hope to read this coming year!) and this movie.  This is the type of movie that makes me proud to be an American. I salute you Chris Kyle and all those who have fallen for this country.

Pan

I’ve heard nothing about this movie anywhere and deserves more credit than what it’s been given. It’s a twist/prequel of our beloved Peter Pan story  and how he and the lost boys arrived at Neverland.

The “evil” character is Captain Blackbeard played by Hugh Jackman (swoon) who kidnaps orphaned boys and brings them back to Neverland to mine for pixie dust to he can live forever. Pan and an unlikely alliance, James Hook, fight their way through Neverland to learn the truth about the island, Peter’s mysterious past, and how to defeat Captain Blackbeard.

The movie’s whimsical vibe created an atmosphere of adventure; kind of like the ones we would day dream about as a child. The movie also reminded me of the movie, Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, because of it’s whimsical and adventurous nature; which also made me enjoy the movie that much more. I think what really put me over the top, was when the lost boys were singing choruses from Nirvana and The Ramones. It took me a second to think about what they were singing, and I literally looked at my mom and was like “Are they singing the chorus from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana?” She thought I was hearing things, and then the next scene they were singing “Blitzkrieg Bop” by the Ramones, and she looked at me and said, “Yeah, they’re singing Nirvana and The Ramones alright…” Overall, I thought this was a really good, whimsical twist on one of my favorite tales.

Well, there is my review of my very long movie marathon. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Look for my post about Never Never part 2 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher as well as my yearly wrap up! Happy reading lovlies!

Pitch Perfect 2

pitch-perfect-2-pp2_rgbI decided to tag along with my sister and her friends to the movies where we saw the highly anticipated, Pitch Perfect 2 on their Senior Ditch Day. Yes, we are reunited with out favorite cast, and welcomed new-comers Hailee Steinfeld as Emily and Chrissie Fit as Flo (even though they never really introduce her in the film). It hasn’t been out over a week and it’s already made over $100 million at the box office. But just because it’s made that much money doesn’t mean it’s actually a good movie.

In a lot of ways it’s like the first, except the first movie focuses on Becca and her journey into the acapella world where she helps the Bellas out of their slump. This movie had no definite focus on a particular character. They focused a lot on new-comer Hailee Steinfeld’s character, Emily, but then would bring back the focus of Becca or the Bellas in general. Not to mention they put characters Jessica (played by Kelley Jakle) and Ashley (played by Shelley Regner) were put on the back burner again. Literally, the only reason I know who’s who between the two of them is because I’m writing this post. They’ve been part of the Bellas since the beginning and they barely get any screen time or are in promo posters. Like why bring back the original cast if you’re not going to use them.

I really didn’t know what the movie was supposed to be about since they kept jumping from character to character and then with the whole mix of Acapella Worlds, it was a little hard to follow. The songs were not the best, and in all honesty I enjoyed the songs and performances of the German rival group, Das Sound Machine, a lot better. Their singing mixed with their accents just made it more intriguing to watch and listen.

The humor seemed a little dry at times, but definitely included a lot more racial, nudity, and inappropriate jokes like the first film. I just felt like the characters/ movie was trying too hard to make me laugh and I couldn’t help but not laugh at some of the things they said. I also felt like they were making way too much happen in the movie during their two hour time limit. I left without feeling the goosebumps I felt during the first film. I don’t plan on buying this soundtrack and I’m not sure about buying the movie when it comes out, but the movie was not up to my expectations. The hype did not live up to it’s potential and the “talk” of there being a third – please, do not make a third, we’re better off without it.

 

The D.U.F.F.

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You all are aware by now that I read The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger a while ago, but I finally got around to watching the movie about a week or so ago. First off, I think the casting was pretty good. Second of all, the book and movie were really different. If you read the book (or my review) you know that it was holy mother of sexcapades between Wesley and Bianca. The movie was much different. Wesley was trying to help Bianca land the guy by changing the fact that she was the DUFF. Along the way there were some mishaps involving embarrassing videos of her, etc.

You know I am a firm believer in the book being better than the movie, which is true in 99.9% of cases. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. I like the movie much better than the book. I do have to say this is more Mean Girls 2 (the sequel everyone forgets about) than Mean Girls like everyone said it would be. Yes, there are inappropriate moments, but nothing like Mean Girls, that’s in a league of their own.

Note: Robbie Amell is perfect for the casting of Wesley. It was just weird how they kind of switched up Wesley and Bianca’s family lives. Their movie families were opposite/switched from what their books family lives were.  This movie made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, unlike the book.

Hopefully, I’ll have my review of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini up soon! Maybe I’ll take the time to watch the movie. Happy finals season and may the curves be in your favor!

Furious Seven

Lucky for me I got to go home this weekend! I had a doctor’s appointment, play with the week old puppies, and it was my boyfriend’s 21st birthday! Super busy weekend, which is why I still haven’t posted about It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizinni. It’s also finals week, so I probably won’ post about it until after Thursday since all my finals are back to back this Thursday May 7th. Here’s some photos from my weekend:

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Robert and his four older sisters out at dinner for his 21st birthday!

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Jessica with the week old puppies! She has named them after Vikings — Ragnar (the only boy), Octavia, and Fraya (the two girls)

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Furious 7Any who, while I was home this weekend, my very awesome boyfriend took me to Freebirds World Burrito for dinner and then took my to see Furious 7! I love the Fast and Furious franchise. Last year I attended the midnight premiere for Fast and Furious 6 with Robert and four of his friends from our old high school football team.

Okay, first off the opening scene introduces Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw a.k.a. Owen Shaw’s older ex-assassin brother. Owen was played by Luke Evans in Fast and Furious 6, and was the “bad guy”. Fun fact: Jason Statham is my boyfriend’s Man Crush Monday, every day of the year, and I make fun of him for it all the time.

Our favorite cast is back – Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Jordana Brewster as Mia, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Ludacris as Tej, Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson as Hobbs, and Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner (more on him later). We were also introduced to Kurt Russell’s character Mr. Nobody, who is a high ranking national security official, as well as Natailie Emmanuel’s character Ramsey, elite hacker who created a powerful device called God’s Eye, that everyone was after.

Note: I love Paul Walker in this franchise. I love Paul Walker in other movies. I was sad when I heard about his death, but I was also really happy how they ended the movie. Spoiler alert: they didn’t kill off Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner. But me being me, I saw the foreshadowing/irony/metaphors behind the closing scene where the characters were watching the O’Conner family splash and play along the edge of the beach. They were all saying how things would be different from now on, blah, blah, blah. Please excuse me while I rip my heart out! I was so sad, my boyfriend said they would probably kill him off at the beginning of the next movie or replace him. Excuse me, please for the love of all that is holy, do NOT make another Fast and Furious movie, do NOT replace Paul Walker or kill him off, especially when they ended Furious 7 so perfectly!

Other than that, I loved the movie. Awesome action scenes, funny lines, and attractive men in fast cars. Yes please! If you haven’t seen any of the movies, I’d suggest watching them. They’re not just full of cars. There’s hidden love stories in there somewhere too. Just go watch it. I do have to say a bunch of movies that are coming out look so good! I can’t wait for all of these summer releases!!

Valentines 2015 Recap

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Happy Valentines Day fellow readers and bloggers! My day has been busy busy busy. On the bright side, it’s a three day weekend so I got to drive three hours home from Reno to Vacaville. As soon as I got home I went to lunch with my mom at SF Boudin Cafe (I love their grilled cheese and rustic tomato soup!), before going shopping at Target and World Market. Then I came home and changed before getting to go on a date with my wonderful boyfriend of over four years!

First we hung out and caught each other up on our busy lives since we haven’t seen each other in four weeks and you can only say so much on the phone. Then we ventured to Freebirds World Burrito (like Chipotle but better and WAY more options), we were actually had to wait since they were out of steak and I love their steak burrito bowls. As a plus, I went to school with the girl who served us, so she gave us free brownies and fountain drinks because we had to wait. Afterwards Robert took me shopping at the outlet mall – three blouses and a pair of wedges later…check my Instagram! – to kill time before the movie.

We went and saw Kingsman: The Secret Service. If you like Shaun of the Dead and similar movies, check it out – it is an action and comedy all rolled up into one!  The main character, Eggsy, is extremely good looking and his British accent just makes him hotter, plus, he competes against several others to fill the open spot of the Kingsman. Samuel L. Jackson plays the billionaire villain who’s trying to control the population and take over the world, while Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine play bad@$$ spies in the secret organization of the Kingsman. Surprisingly, I was laughing throughout the entire film at the puns, sexual innuendos, and the awesomely horrible fight scenes, Go check it out if you’re into the whole slap stick comedy thing.

Well, that was my night in a nutshell. I am so glad I was able to spend it at home with my wonderful boyfriend! The idea of going home on Monday makes me sad, but I know I’ll be home in a month for Spring Break!!! This semester is going by so quickly! Hopefully, I’ll finish my book and have it posted by Monday, who knows I may wait til Tuesday. Anyways, happy reading and check out that movie!