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Letter: from a page folder with love <3

Dear page-folders, book markers and book lovers…

As I talked about in my previous post about the book marker or page turner, I am in fact a page turner! I can’t help it, there is something to love about a worn book with a page turned over. It looks used! In my opinion, a book should look worn not the pristine condition it was bought in? A book is shown love by the crack of a spine, or the pages turned although I don’t dismiss the book-markers (my mum is one). 

Picture of myself and mum. I am on the left red hair, strappy top and tattooed arm. Mum on the right short grey hair pick top.
Left: Me-Page Folder Right: Mum-Book Marker. She may be a rare species!!

 

Turning the pages over to mark your position demonstrates how loved the book is. You can mark a page without finding or buying a bookmark, what do you have to lose? It’s a way of life. And I’ve seen and heard people in the past talking about how it’s disrespectful to turn over a little page! Well I’m here too tell you that each and every book worm is different and should not be judged by how they mark a page. 

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In a few other posts, I’ve talked about my love of books but, in the past I’ve also heard a disdain in the voices of those who bookmark and don’t page fold. But, every person is different! While yes, it could ruin a book to an extent…the page fold in my eyes is the mark of a well worn-popular book. And I love that about books. However, that is not to say the book marker doesn’t love their book just the same. We all have a way of leaving our mark on a book and that’s what shows our individuality!

 

The bookworm is a rare species, we love to nest and could read books forever if that were even possible. We love to smell books, and just because a book is new should not mean it isn’t marked in our own way. To be completely honest…some people use a page fold and others bookmark to leave their history on a book and that’s OK! So, be yourself and don’t be afraid! To the bookworm who page-folds I don’t judge and no one else should and to the book marker- I have no judgement on you either and you shouldn’t either. 

A love is books is magical, it transports you to another time, world…life! It’s a distraction and more people should get involved. So, next time you kids ask for something buy them a book instead of the newest craze, download the kindle apps to their phones? Books are for life and let the new generation leave their mark on a book.

“BOOKWORMS UNITE!”

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Once Upon a Time…

…in a far off land, there lived  a princess…

We all grew up listening to the same, old fairy tales. And of course, for those who are a little more obsessed they will know that these are not how the original fairy tales went…

Written by the brothers Grimm, lets just say these tales are not completely appropriate for a four-year-old unless blood, horror, mental unstability etc is something you want to subject them too. Yet, these are the fairy tales kids heard (once upon a time) and now, we are told of the beautiful lands, good versus evil without too much blood. So, why?

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As a kid, I loved fairy tales and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland! Honestly I still love them to this day. With television shows such as Once Upon a Time or Grimm I’ve kept up my interest as well as owning a brothers Grimm fairy tale book… And had I known about the real folk tales as a child, I definitely believe until I reached around 11 they would have grossed me out so, maybe the should be introduced during some point of our childhood?

But, I’m not discounting the flouncy, moralistic and happy fairy tales we were brought up on…many of them adaptions on the original story I just don’t believe a ‘dumbing-down’ should take place. Not everyone is aware that the stories we grew up with in modern society, are not the originals. Perhaps, we should provide a child with the knowledge of a more gruesome version of beloved classic fairy tales and give them the opportunity to read them once they are able to independently read, making the choice themselves?

I’m an avid reader, and I have been since I was little. My mum often speaks of times when she sent me upstairs as a child and she’d wonder why I wasn’t making more noise-I was reading so I didn’t mind being upstairs- and after that she used to make me sit on the sofa away from my books. Or the time when I was reading Harry Potter and my brother got that upset with me for some reason he hid my book…I slept with it for the next couple days so he couldn’t get his hands on it? My point: I independently read from the age of four/five and would not necessarily have been old enough to understand the brothers Grimm fairy tales but, as I grew older had I been given the choice at 8/9 I probably would have read them instead of 11.

I was lucky growing up because I had two parents who saw how much I loved reading and encouraged me to do so. So, I did know about the darker tales yet, many of my friends had no clue?

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I have loved books all my life and will continue to do so! I wanted to blog about this because I love fairy tales and having recently stumbled upon an article about fairy tales thought I would blog. If you have an interest now in the brothers Grimm fairy tales then read them…or while it may not be factually correct watch GRIMM or Once Upon a Time and enjoy them. It’ll be a piece of your childhood!

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REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Yo ho, haul together

Hoist the colours high

Heave ho, thieves and beggars

Never shall we die…”

Hans Zimmer- Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

As a fan of the franchise, even the films some would consider questionable I was very excited to see the new installment. Aside from the fact it was forecast to bring the greatness of the first installment- The Curse of the Black Pearl to a new adventure, it also had the job of wooing new and old fans alike to fall in love with series all over again. I can only speak for myself and I have enjoyed all the films within the franchise but, this one was great. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed it that much I waited till the film ended before I went to the bathroom and I had a large drink!

Needless to say, if you are waiting for it to come out on DVD before you watch or one of the many streaming services available then I suggest you find another blog post as spoilers lie ahead….

Henry Turner embarks on a journey of self discovery alongside, Carina Smyth whilst Captain Jack Sparrow rediscovers his old friendships, introduces another “Turner” to the pirate life and goes to meet yet another man who is intent on killing him. He really does anger everyone he meets. He functions as a supporting character reminiscent of the first film allowing for his charmingly drunk antics to  be considered hilarious, slightly dangerous and above all demonstrates how intelligent he truly is despite playing dumb for most of the film. Will Turners fall from grace is shown early on the film, from the good looking, moral captain aboard the Flying Dutchman to  crew that looks eerily similar to that of Davy Jones era. Henry, his loyal son discovers a way for his fathers curse to be broken alongside Carina Smyth- a woman of science who has been deemed a witch embark on this journey as she questions who her father is. In walks Hector Barbossa, who left it as a comfort with her on an orphanage doorstep not a quest for her to complete. A secret he keeps until his death, when she has to accept her father was truly a man of the stars but also a pirate at heart. Meanwhile, Captain Armando Salazar pursues Jack intent on killing him and breaking his curse through the Trident of Poseidon hoping to wipe piracy of the face of the earth.

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An imaginative and complex story, this film is a journey of self-discovery and freedom from imprisonment. Henry’s blind faith in his task to bring his father home through Jack Sparrow, the man who imprisoned him to the Flying Dutchman in an act of friendship shows how fall Jack has truly fallen. Forgetful of all his friends, complacency that he can do everything on his own Depp portrays a pirate who is truly lost as the sea no longer shows him everything he wants. Little by Little, through the help of Henry, Barbossa, Carina and his ever faithful crew Jack begins to gain everything he lost however, losing his oldest friend in the process to save them all. As he looks on at the end of the film, seeing Elizabeth and Will reunite he shows a moment of happiness at his old friends before reverting to his old self with his ship and compass, and of course Jack the Monkey.

Inspired by the first film, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play the two main protagonists; Henry and Carina. Functioning as the main characters, this relationship is a throwback to that of Will and Elizabeth who also fell in love throughout their adventure, while rather hilariously Jack takes on a drunken uncle-type stance advising them both on their relationship similar to the way he did with Elizabeth and Will. These young actors take on a very complex set of characters, succeeding and making their relationship more than just another ‘Will and Elizabeth’ love story. They have dared to make these characters their own demonstrating the personal growth of Henry- from loyal to his own man and Carina- from orphan to independent, intelligent woman alongside a growing relationship. But the real growth truly comes from Jack, allowing Carina to stay with the Turners showing his belief she’ll be better off with that family to rediscovering his old friendship with the Turners through their youngest son.

This film is amazing. A true masterpiece. Reminiscent of the first film, it will draw a lot of the disenchanted fans back to the franchise whilst, providing yet another great installment for all those who enjoy each film and drawing in a new younger audience as the first film is 14 years old. With a box office figure of $735.2 Million dollars it is clear this film was as successful as hoped by the producers and the post-credits scene is suggestive of a sixth installment reintroducing our old, favourite characters Will and Elizabeth against Davy Jones where I am sure, Jack will be joining the fight alongside other pirates.

It is a must-see. If you have yet to watch this film, I suggest you find time to watch it because it is truly amazing!

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Warm Bodies:Review

Director: Jonathon Levine

Writer: Isaac Marion

Cast:

  • Nicholas Hoult as R
  • Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
  • Rob Corddry as M / Marcus
  • Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
  • Analeigh Tipton as Nora
  • Cory Hardrict as Kevin
  • John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio
  • Patrick Sabongui as Hunting zombie
  • Justin Bradley as Unknown
  • Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol

Certificate: 12A                                                                       

This movie is the perfect cross between humour, romance and horror. Every audience member is left both amused and scared.

Pic of zombie and girl with text next to them reading he's still dead but he's getting warmer

Jonathon Levine, most known for directing the film 50/50, has in my opinion made one of the most amusing zombie films ever.

Warm Bodies is about the world post apocalypse, set in a city where most of the zombies have been living in an airport and the human survivors behind a wall to stay safe. Julie, daughter of the colonel heads into the city to collect medical supplies where she meets R who saves her. He’s different from the rest. He eventually takes her home but they have already affected other zombie’s lives. Can the zombies be cured?

Nicholas Hoult, an up and coming actor is pushed into the limelight as he plays the main character, R the zombie. We see the story from his characters point of view, who makes quirky, amusing comments all the way through the film.

What am I doing with my life? I just wanna connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh right, it’s cause I’m dead.’ – R

 Is it possible for the humans and the zombies to live together as one? Can there be a cure?

There is an amazing fight at the end where we see the bonies (zombies too far gone that they ripped their flesh off) fighting against zombies and humans together but who will win the battle? What will become of the loser?

This film was based on a book and I think that Jonathon Levine has been successful in creating a whole new genre of zombie movies. I would recommend you put down whatever you are doing and go watch this film… if you dare.

Rating: 4/5

Verdict: I would watch the film over and over, it’s something that you can just sit back and watch.

                                                                  

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Life in Song

What is the last song you listened to? Heaven Knows- The Pretty Reckless.

I don’t know why I love this song, I just do. I’ve liked it from the moment I heard it on youtube while browsing one day. Music provides an escape for us all, I can tell you the last three songs I listened to today aside from this. They are my favourites, I listen to them a lot and not beacuase I relate to the, I just like them. These songs leave me in my own little world.

Here are some of my favourites and why I love them:

Don’t You Forget About Me

This song is from one of my favourite films in the entire world, and something my mum and dad also enjoy; The Breakast Club. This song just puts me in my own world, where I’m thinking about my family. I always think I must look funny to the people walking past me becuase I either mouth the words, sometimes I’m doing a little jiggle or I’m just smiling about something it reminded me of. So today, I was smiling because I was remembering this weekend when movie night with mum consisted of the Harry Potter DVD starting on its own which led to her telling it that, it should stop and eject itself also. She’s daft and I love her. It was Halloween and kind of spooky though…

Highway To Hell

Okay, I have a love AC/DC, which I attribute to my dad. He loves them too. We have a thing every Christmas where he buys me a mystery CD. It’s normally a band he likes which he wants me to try. It works out quite well. I still enjoy listening to Primal Scream and The Clash. Both CD’s feature on my iPod. Also, the rock/punk/80s music seems to really help me keep motivated while studying. I don’t know why. So, I was listening to this in Wilkinsons and resisting the urge to break out into air guitar as it played. I did resist but, in my head I was rocking it. People would look at me strange if I did it or maybe they would join in if they knew it was this song I was listening too. Maybe, this is what we all think when we are listening to music.

See You Again

For anyone that knows me, I’m not your stereotypical girl who just loves romcoms and thats it. My taste lies in the Action/Adventure/Thriller/Drama. I have an ecelectic taste is what I’m saying. One of my favourite film franchises is Fast and Furious which is strange because I’m not into cars like that at all. But, I love this song. When I went to see the most recent fast and furious film this song came on at the end and I cried. I listen to this song a lot, and it just makes me so emotional. I love the cinema and everytime I hear this, I just think of how amazing the film is and how different they will be now.

I don’t want to be

This just a song that I could listen to for days. I’m always resisting the urge to burst out into song when it comes on my iPod. Funny story; I was walking the dog once on a farm track nearby where I’m from and this came on. I forgot myself and started to sing along. I was about halfway through and turned around to see a guy who lives a few houses down walking his dog behind me. So, when he sees me, he always smiles now. I think he is remembering this. I would reccommend Gavin Degraw to him though. Moral of the story; sometimes you get in funny situations but if you love the song why not belt it out for others to hear whether you can sing or not.

You Give Love a Bad Name

Please don’t judge me but, when I was younger I used to think that they were singing ‘you give love a band aid’…It is a source of amusement in our house for years and my parents still laugh when this begins to play. It reminds me of family holidays when dad would put the CD on it the car. It is just a fun memory and probably a funny one for my parents. They teased me for days. It was pretty funny though, I sometimes laugh at myself.

Hooked On a Feeling 

If I could just put the entire Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack on this post I would. I particularly love this song. I have no idea why, I’m being serious but I can’t help but sing along when I hear it. I’ve wrote many an essay, dancing and typing to this. I’m doing that now actually. Better not we don’t want any spelling mistakes now do we…it’s just so good I got to dance. Recently, introduced my mum to the film over the summer. She was singing along to all the songs. Her exact comment was I love this film because of the music.

Thriller

I could choose so many songs but, I’m going to leave you with this one. Now, Halloween was yesterday but that is not why I picked it. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN 13 GOING ON 30? I have with my mum. It is one of her favourite films and she introduced to me. Well, in this film there is a part where Jennifer Garner starts dancing to Thriller and Mark Ruffalo joins in. Everytime I hear the song, I just remember the scene. It’s great!

Here’s a great song, that I’m going to leave you to play. It’s a classic and I always dance to it. Remember, music is an escape for most of us and it puts you into your own world. Well these are just a few for you to listen to. Maybe you should make a post yourself about this? We should all share our favourite songs for everyone to listen too…

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton is a genius! I love his work and this just sealed it even more for me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a masterpiece. Tim Burton has succeeded in creating another world, just in the way he made Wonderland or The Chocolate Factory-it is beautiful.

Set in the present day and war-time 1940’s Burton brings a wonderment to the peculiar children demonstrating their beautiful gifts and how it could be seen as a curse. Each peculiarity has its ups and downs but this film demonstrates that it’s the most simple peculiarity that is the most important. The best part about this film, is that it’s for all ages. Upon, leaving the cinema it was wonderful to hear adults praising it and a small child asking everyone what peculiarity they would like to have. It is just amazing for someone to have a reaction to it in this way, and a testament to the worlds Burton creates.

With a star-studded cast; Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson and many more, it is easy to see why the box office said it had a great opening weekend. I would particularly like to draw attention Samuel L. Jackson’s performance. I’ve never pictured him as the ‘baddie’, maybe because he’s currently one of the best hero’s in  the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) but I loved him. One word to describe his character; sassy. I have never seen such a sassy villain, he definitely picked his moments and they were timed to perfection.

Eva Green…I enjoyed her performance so much. Her character displayed care and sacrifice in order to help children cast out by society and she played it so well. Also, I have to say, she was very good as one of the protagonists opposite the antagonistic Samuel L. Jackson. I look forward to seeing them act together again. But, all of this is testament to the genius of Tim Burton. His assembled cast worked well together to get his vision across and I hope he makes the remaining two as this was indeed a book adaption.

I would give this 5/5 for brilliance and genius and I would also repeatedly go and watch this. Don’t forget to buy the DVD when it comes out.

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Rag’n’Bone Man

I recently stumbled upon a brilliant singer after my dad referred me to him. He’s brilliant and in fact most of you have heard him sing. Rory Graham or his stage name Rag’n’Bone Man is brilliant. I haven’t been able to stop listening to him since I watched his videos on you tube.

Rag’N’Bone Man-Lay My Body Down

Recently, he made an appearance on Later with Jools Holland on BBC 2 performing a stripped back version of single ‘Human’, which we’ve all heard recently on the radio and television and he won’t be going away any time soon. A beautiful soulful voice it’s just hard not to listen to him over and over again.

You may know one of his songs from television programme ‘New Blood’, his song is the theme.

Rag’N’Bones Man-Wolves

Or Human- his most recently released song as the song that was part of Michael Phelps video sequence for the Rio Olympics 2016.

Rag’N’Bone Man-Human

All I can say, is listen to this man. He’s amazing and won’t be going anywhere soon. I will be anxiously waiting the release of his album in 2017 so, I can buy it.

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Now You See Me 2-A Film Review

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

The entire premise of this film is to trick the viewer into looking at the obvious meanwhile, completely misdirecting us from what’s actually happening. I believe it’s the premise for the entire series. It’s very clever and impressive they’ve managed to pull it off in both films without people catching on until the end.

Jon M. Chu brilliantly manages to misdirect the audience from the true plot of the film: Who is the eye? I won’t spoil it for you, I suggest you buy it on DVD when it comes out in November and find out for yourself. When you hear it’s a film about magic and illusion, one thing that must be amazing is the special effects- nobody wants to watch a film if you can see through the tricks and illusions on offer. So, it is a good thing that the special effects are second to none.

Big names feature throughout the first  film; Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg and many more. However, with Daniel Radcliffe trading in one magical world for another also, switching from hero to villain alongside the brilliant Michael Caine we would expect an amazing second film. I found Daniel Radcliffe’s a bit strange throughout the film but if you’re playing a sadistic, billionaire, genius recluse I would expect nothing less and so, I’m of the opinion that he carried it off really well. The addition of Lizzy Caplan  to the four horsemen was great she showed that she could keep us with the boys and was more than capable to join the group replacing Isla Fisher as the only women in the group.

I love this film. I can not hide it. Its funny and enjoyable as well as easy to watch. So, based on that I would give it full marks and with a third sequel rumoured to be in the works I suggest you all catch up on the previous two films.