Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (Movie Review)

Hey Everyone!!

I know I know, the last couple of months, barely anything in posting, and now for three days in a row, there have been posts?!! Well, I actually have an entire week off from one of my jobs, and am A TINY bit ahead with my homework, because that is how I do ;), so I've actually had a little bit of extra time!  Plus, I think I am getting my groove back when it comes to reading :).

Anyway, my mom and I went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 this afternoon!!


I reviewed Mockingjay back in 2011, and didn't really know what to think of the end of the series.  To this day, I'm actually really curious as to know what was going through Suzanne Collin's head as she was finishing up the series.

One thing I was certain of though, before seeing the movie was how could they split a 300-something page book, where not much really happens in the first half, into TWO movies???

I mean, I get it! MONEY, MONEY!

That's life, unfortunately! We need money.  But seriously Hollywood??!!  You not only have to be greedy, but you also feel the need to string us along, and leave us hanging on a cliffhanger every time we think a series is finally coming to an end!!!!! (i.e. Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hobbit are all perfect examples, of what I'm talking about!)

It is sick!'s the thing...

After seeing Mockingjay Part 1, I will admit Lionsgate did an AMAZING job!

While the first half of the book, was extremely slow for me, the movie kept a great pace, and allowed the first half to come alive beautifully!

Once again, Jennifer Lawrence has amazed me!  I mean, seriously?! That woman is not only of the most gorgeous creatures on this planet, but also an absolutely stunning and amazing actress!!! She definitely deserved that Oscar!! What amazes me, is that she hasn't been nominated for The Hunger Games!! I mean, I know The Oscars tend to be biased and only nominate "Real" cinematic forms of art, or whatever BS they like to throw at us, but seriously Oscars!!! Get on board!!

Anyway, enough with the rants...on further with the review...

Seriously amazing!  Everything about it was great! The filming, the acting, the dialogue, the passion put into all the words...just absolutely beautiful!

While the book got Four Bookies from me, I would give the movie a rating of...

There isn't a thing I would change about it! Just absolutely great! I highly recommend it! I know the majority of the world, who is a fan of the series, has probably already seen it, but for those of you skeptical, like I was going in...WATCH IT!! :)

More later! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The DUFF (MOVIE!!!!!!!!)

You guys!!

I completely forgot to let you know something!!

So shortly after I started The Romance Bookie in 2010, I came across a book, that became my utterly favorite book ever!! It was a book that I could relate to, unbelievably, it was hilarious, and it was written by an author that has been so unbelievably inspiring for me, that I have done everything in my power to support her all of these years!

Well, anyway, that book is The DUFF! DUFF stands for the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, which for those of us always felt like the outcast in our friends' group, then this is a book you can definitely relate to!

Earlier this year, Kody Keplinger, the amazing author of The DUFF, announced that The DUFF was being made into a movie!

It's that time now, where the trailer has been posted, and I'm here to share it with you guys!! it is...The DUFF official trailer! :)


So while there seem to be some changes, which Kody has addressed HERE, it still likes a super fun movie, that I can't wait to be first in line, on opening night at the theater! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Twilight: The Graphic Novel: Volume 2 by Stephenie Meyer (Illustrated by Young Kim)

Hey Everyone!!

So again, it's been a while.  In reality, while I still absolutely love reading, in all honesty it just hasn't been my #1 priority in life.  I have two jobs, go to school twice a week for night classes, have one class online, and have been spending all the access free time I have left, with my boyfriend.  It's been a crazy and exciting last few months, and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon.

In reality, The Romance Bookie, will in NO MEANS be shut down, but reviews will continue to be slower and slower in going up.  I still read when I can, and once my classes end middle of next month, for the semester, I will have a couple of weeks, where I can just focus on reading whatever my heart desires, during my breaks :).

But anyway, I've been itching to write a review, so I read something pretty quick this morning.  A few weeks ago, I found in a clearance bin, at Rite Aid (a pharmacy), of all places a beautiful hardcover of the second book in the Twilight Graphic Novel series!

So here's my review for Twilight: The Graphic Novel: Volume 2 by Stephenie Meyer and illustrated by Young Kim:

From Goodreads:

Having uncovered the dark secret of her enigmatic classmate, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan embraces her feelings for him, trusting Edward to keep her safe despite the risks. When a rival clan of vampires makes its way into Forks, though, the danger to Bella has never been more real. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people dearest to her?

The second volume of Twilight: The Graphic Novel completes the visual adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's worldwide bestselling debut novel and is a must-have for any collector's library.

My Thoughts:

I reviewed the first volume in the graphic series a few months back (you can find the HERE), and something I noticed with Volume 2 was that the adaptation actually sort of incorporates both the original book but also some of the movie changes.  An example would be, remember how at the end of the original book, when Jacob comes to Bella's prom, and tells her that his dad offered him the last part for his Rabbit, if he came to the prom and told Bella a message?  Well, in the movie they changed it to $20, instead of the part.  In the graphic novel, they also put it as $20 instead of the part.

Which, okay...I guess.

Okay, honestly, that bothers me a little.  But whatever, nothing I can do to change it.

What I did like were the drawings describing in more detail some of the events from the book.  For instance, in the book they definitely talked about, but it was somewhat vague, on when James explains what happened to Alice.  In the graphic novel, Young Kim drew out the flashback of Alice's story, which was a wonderful addition to the book.

Overall rating:

While, to be honest, my fandom for this series, has gone way down from what it was back in 2008-2012, I still truly enjoy this series.  It's not one of my favorites anymore, mainly because of some of the poor choice of comments based on her fans, from the author, it still holds a close place to my heart.

This book was shortened quite a bit, a few things were left out; but all in all, both volumes are an excellent addition to any Twilight fans collection!  I already have a spot on my Twilight shelf, where it will fit in perfectly.

Thanks everyone! And I hope to be back soon! :)

The Romance Bookie :)