Friday, 12 December 2014

Insurgent Trailer Thoughts...

Okay, so the trailer for Insurgent (the second film in the Divergent series) premiered about 4 hours ago, and I have now watched it numerous times!!
Normally, the first time I watch a trailer for a new film I'm looking forward to, there are a lot of tears involved, however, the only thing I could think about Insurgent was how confused I was!! I mean, I was incredibly happy to see Fourtris again on screen, but I hardly recognised any of the scenes. I know it was just a trailer as opposed to the whole film, but I'm beginning to feel slightly worried as to how this will be adapted to the screen.
Divergent's director was Neil Burger, who didn't create a masterpiece out of it, but adapted it from the novel fairly faithfully and did produce an incredible film at the end of the day. However, Neil Burger hasn't stayed on to direct Insurgent and has been replaced by Robert Schwentke, who has been put down to direct both parts of Allegiant, too. Before we even saw a teaser trailer, Schwentke announced that he was adding a new character, Edgar, to the film, who isn't in the books.
It has been quite a while since I read the Divergent books, but I remember liking Insurgent the least out of the three. Since I read it so far back, I can't really remember the specific details of what went on. This won't be a spoilery post, so I'm not going to say what I can remember, but it didn't really match with the trailer. It might just be me, but I don't remember there being a 'box situation' in the book, like there is in the trailer, and I definitely don't recognise some of the other scenes!! This has lead me to believe that Insurgent isn't going to be as faithful an adaptation as its processor, but this doesn't mean to say that it won't be a good film.
I am really excited to see how this film will compare to the book version and to the first Divergent film, but I guess I will have to wait until March to see it. I will definitely be re-reading the whole series before I watch it though as I want to see how  faithfully it will be adapted. I'm confident that it won't live up to the incredibly high bar that Mockingjay Part 1 has sent for the YA Dystopian genre, but we'll have to see...

To see the Insurgent trailer click here.

Well, that's all for now. Bye!

Charlotte xxx

Monday, 1 December 2014

November Reading Wrap-Up

Well, this has been a disappointing month. I'm not really sure why, but it's taken me a long time to read things. Maybe it's because I've been so excited about Mockingjay Part 1 and the run up to Christmas, but I've even had some days in which I've read nothing at all!!! How terrible!!!

Anyway, the books that I have managed to read are...
And that's it!! That totals up to an appalling 2240 pages, averaging at only 75 pages per day!! How awful! But on the brighter side, I have already completed my 2014 Reading Challenge and I'm still 12 books ahead of my end of year target, so it's not too bad!

Obviously I've already read the whole of The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, I think this was the 12th time I've read it!! So as much as I'd love to write about THG all day, I'm only going to talk about the new books I've read this month.

Will Grayson was the first new book for November. I had high expectations for this book as it was by John Green (who is one of my all time favourite authors!). I hadn't read anything by David Levithan, but had heard great things about his books, so I was really looking forward to reading it, and I wasn't disappointed. While it's definitely as good as other John Green books, Will Grayson was still amazing. I enjoyed the dual narration in it and how the two protagonists had their own unique voices. I thought it was really cleverly written all the way through and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I would recommend any John Green fans to pick it up (if they haven't already!), but, like his other ones, this book is quite rude, so it's probably not suitable for younger readers.

The Lost Hero was the other new book for this month, which I was really looking forward to reading. I had heard only amazing things about this series and I loved Percy Jackson, so I couldn't wait for this. I loved meeting the new main characters; Jason, Piper and Leo, though I was a little upset that it wasn't narrated by Percy! I had liked Rick Riordan's first person writing so the change to third person in this book was a little upsetting, but it turns out he can write well both ways! It didn't take me too long to get into this book; the start was really strong. However, I thought it was a little boring near the middle. I still carried on reading it, of course, and I loved it in the end, but I thought the middle of the book was slightly tiring. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads and I'm looking forward to continuing with the series!

I intend to read a lot more in December. Hopefully I'm not going to be too distracted by other things! I definitely want to complete the Heroes of Olympus Series, but I would also like to read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and if I get time, Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson.

Hopefully December will be a better month for reading!!


Charlotte xxx