I Messed Up

NaBloPoMo 2016 #10
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A Character Appearance You Misread and Imagined Differently

I’m not sure about this one.

A Character Name You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong

Probably a lot. I wasn’t one of the ones who messed up Hermione, because my mom knew some people with that name when she was a kid, but I’m sure there are a ton I’ve messed up.

Like the main character of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I knew I was messing it up so I just called her Aggie.

Overused Trope that is Your Guilty Pleasure

I also like “fight to the death” / “only one can live” but not in the traditional, Hunger Games sense.

  • Harry Potter
    • “Only one can live while the other survives.”
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    • Three princesses are born each generation and one must defeat the other two to claim the crown.
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
    • Everyone has a twin who was raised by a different family and you have to either kill them or be killed.

I love the “lost princess” trope more than I should say. Its really, really good, and even better when theres politics involved (I love Politics in my High Fantasy!).

A Cliche Character that You Like Better on Screen than in Books

“Obnoxious Leader is Actually Funny”

I feel like this is a trope that works better on screen than in any other medium, so long as the actor knows what they’re doing. Because then they can use their face (which, yes facial expressions can be described in books, but its easier in movies).

A Word/Phrase that You Learned Because of its Use in a Book

A lot. I can’t even being to say how many words and phrases I’ve learned from books, but the problem with that is, that I don’t pronounce most of them “correctly.” Listening to me speak is pretty interesting, because I’m a very phonetic person and pronounce words exactly how they’re written.

My mom tried to get me speech therapy at one point (because even before the phonetical problems kicked in I had a mild speech impediment), but the school said “Don’t worry, the other kids will pick on her and she’ll self correct.” They did pick on me, and I learned not to trust people.

Have You Ever Not Read or Not Completed a Required Book for School?

Feed by MT Anderson

I had to say any book was bad….. but it was.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I like Shakespeare plays, but I detest reading them. I do have a book at home that I use for some school stuff,

Frankenstien by Mary Shelly

I tried to read this, I really did, but I could not for the life of me get into it.

Have You Ever (or Wanted to) Skipped a Chapter from a Certain Character’s POV?

The main reason I stopped reading A Song of Ice and Fire (other than the rampant rape) after the second book was because I only really liked a few of the characters. I only really liked Dany and Tyrion, and could only stand the chapters by them, occasionally Cersi, and Arya. Everyone else’s chapters I just wanted to skip, especially John Snow’s.

Have You Ever Canceled Social Plans to Read a Book?

No, not really. Not anymore. I don’t make a lot of social plans, but when I do I almost always go. I used to, all the time, to get out of having to be with my then best friend (pro tip: if you fake illness or injury to get out of seeing your ‘friend’ you shouldn’t be friends with them).

(Almost) Ten Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held by Broke and Bookish
NaBloPoMo 2016 #8

This is according to my TBR shelf on my Goodreads, which you can view here!


As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.

I’ve read one of the other books in this series, Once Upon a Dream (read my review) and I really enjoyed it, so I hope this book is just as good.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl

BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE is the action-packed sequel to the instant New York Times best-seller, BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED, penned by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel’s most cunning and dangerous spies-Black Widow and Red Widow-delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training. 

I really loved book one (read my review) and although I preordered this ages ago, I still haven’t found the time to read it.

Everland by Wendy Spinale 

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? 

I really love anything set around Peter Pan, and this is one of the strangest retellings I’ve ever heard of, so I really want to get my hands on it!

Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward

Twenty-year-old Anna Marie was just fired for the third time–this time from a bakery. Why can’t she hold a job? Well, for starters, she dresses . . . differently. She looks like a Goth girl to the extreme, her shock of white hair contrasting with her head-to-toe black garb, her face the only skin she chooses to reveal. But Anna Marie doesn’t have a choice. Her skin, her touch, is a deadly weapon that must be concealed. She accidentally put her first boyfriend, Cody, in a coma when they kissed. Horrified, she ran away to Jackson, Mississippi, where she’s been living alone in a cramped apartment and scraping by on food stamps.

Then she meets otherworldly James and everything changes. He’s just like her–completely alone and also on the run. To elude James’s mysterious and dangerous family, the pair takes to the highway. As they cross the country, their simmering attraction intensifies and they both open up about their secretive pasts. James reveals that his true name is Touch and he christens Anna Marie Rogue. But with danger at their heels, they know they can’t run forever. Rogue must decide if she’ll unleash her devastating powers once again, which she swore never to do, in order to save the only person who seems truly to understand and accept her.

This is one of the chapter books published by Marvel Prose, and since I still vastly prefer books to comics – sorry hardcore fans! – I’m really excited to try anything that lets me get a little into the universe without needing comics to do it. Its also about Rogue, who is one of those characters it seems everyone but me likes, so maybe this will change my mind.

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta 

Saying there are two sides to Jennifer Walters’s personality is an understatement. When she hasn’t morphed into a 650-pound, crime-fighting, hard-partying superhero, she’s a single lawyer trying to get her act together. Hilarious and action-packed, The She-Hulk Diaries tells her story, as she juggles her intense legal career by day with battling villains and saving the world by night. Maybe bad guys will stop trying to destroy the planet so she can have a real social life and even meet a guy who isn’t trying to take over the universe.

Yet another book by Marvel Prose, this one about the She-Hulk, which is a character I know absolutely nothing about.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love? 

I won this in a give away on tumblr. I got to pick any thing I wanted that was under $20, so I picked this and Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George.

Venturess (Mechanica #2) by Betsy Cornwell

Young inventor Nicolette Lampton is living her own fairy tale happy ending. She’s free of her horrible step-family, running a successful business, and is uninterested in marrying the handsome prince, Fin. Instead, she, Fin, and their friend Caro venture to the lush land of Faerie, where they seek to put an end to the bloody war their kingdom is waging. Mechanical armies and dark magic await them as they uncover devastating secrets about the past and fight for a real, lasting happily-ever-after for two troubled countries—and for themselves.

Smart and unconventional, this novel will appeal to readers of romance and adventure alike.

I loved book one of this series (read my review) so much, so I knew I had to get my hands on book two. Unfortunately, its not expected to be released until next August, so I have quite the wait ahead of me.

Supercool Name

Stereotype Saturday
NaBloPoMo 2016 #5

You know those books (or movies or whatever) whose characters have just wild names? Sometimes all the characters have insane names, sometimes only a few do (and then it’s just really weird and slightly awkward).


Batman

If you’ve never seen the 1960s Batman TV series and/or movie you are seriously missing out on some of the best names for characters and things ever. But Batman in general has some pretty cool names. Check out the hilariously funny BatLabels twitter account for more.

Bat-Fam: There’s Batman who picked the most self-explanatory name ever, and then Batgirl the ultimate kickass batman-fangirl.

Batstuff:  Bat-erangs, bat-spray, bat shark repellant, batbombs, etc. Basically if you can name it Bruce Wayne can stick “bat” in front of it.

Deadpool

Like everything else in this movie, superhero names are often parodied.

Ajax: Deadpool jokes that he got his name from the dishsoap, when in fact both names are a play off the Greek Warrior was was “stronger than Greece”

Deadpool: Once again, he parodies himself by considering the name “Captain Deadpool”

Negasonic Teenage Warhead: She was literally chosen to be a character because of how awesome her name was and Deadpool repeatedly comments on it (and asks to trade).

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Not Harry himself (his name was chosen to be bland for a reason) but his children and some of the supporting characters.

Dumbledore: It means ‘bumblebee’ and I think that’s all that needs said.

Professor Sprout: Her name is spout and she works with plants and if you don’t think thats hilarious.

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Pretty much all of the main characters in James Pattern’s Maximum ride fall into this category.

 

Hail Caesar!

NaBloPoMo 2016 #4
Media Monday
Movie Review
No spoilers!

Hail Caesar! Is a comedy film by the Coen Brothers (who are apparently a pretty famous duo I’ve never never heard of, whoops) that was released last summer. I’ve recently decided that I want to see more of Tilda Swinton’s films, and this was the one I decided to watch first.

As a Tilda Swinton movie: It really didn’t have enough of her to justify watching it just for her.

As a movie overall: It really didn’t have much of anything.

Thoughts on the Plot

The plot was…. interesting to say the least. Actually, I lied, it really wasn’t. It was interesting in the sense that it was unique and I’ve never seen anything like it, however, not in the sense of “how interesting and captivating I’m going to watch it ever day!” I really don’t know what the plot was, and I’ve watched it twice in the last week in an attempt to understand it. By watching the trailers it appears to be a film about a lot of movie starts banding together after one of them, Baird Whitlock played by George Clooney, however, it is really about Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood executive who has been offered a job in an airline company and has to decide if he is going to stay in Hollywood, in a job he loves, or take the better paying and more prestigious job at Lockheed.

Thoughts on the Characters

The characters were by far the best part of the film, which did, as you can tell by the movie poster, have an all-star cast. They were an insane and colorful group, which by no means belonged together.

Eddie Mannix / Josh Brolin

Eddie was a rather boring main character, I never once doubted what decision he was going to make regarding his job, and I never once doubted that he would ultimately come out the ‘winner’ in all the minor problems he was dealing with.

George Clooney / Baird Whitlock

I’m one of those people, and it might be a generational thing, I’m not sure, who has never sat down and said “I want to watch a George Clooney film.” In fact, I can’t even name a movie I’ve seen in him other than Sharkboy and Lavagirl (and does that even count? Good movie, but very weird!). I have loved him in everything I’ve seen him in.

He plays Baird Whitlock, the man in the Caesar costume who gets kidnapped by the weirdest and most nonsensical villains in movie history.

Alden Ehrenreich / Hobie Doyle 

I’ve never, to my knowledge, seen Alden Ehrenreich in a movie before, but Hobie is one of the most charming characters, not just in Hail Caesar, but in all the movies I’ve seen. He’s just a simple, down to earth man who doesn’t quite belong in Hollywood, but who stays because he wants to help everyone in anyway that he can. He made me think of the man who lassoed a bike thief in a Walmart parking lot (funniest new story ever, by the way).

 

Scarlett Johansson / DeeAnna Moran

Scarlett Johansson is one of my favorite people ever – I mean, she’s the Black Widow! – so I was pretty disappointed by her lack of screen time.

DeAnna is an aquatic dancer and movie star who has just become pregnant out of wedlock, requiring her to either get married or find someone to take in her baby. She’s very blunt and more than a little wild, and one of the movie’s funniest characters.

Tilda Swinton / Thora & Thessaly Thacker

I probably would not have watched this movie if it wasn’t for Tilda Swinton being in it, so I was a bit disappointed by how seldom she actually appeared. She played twins, who never actually appeared on the screen at the same time, unless you count one storming off in the background as one approaches (I don’t think this movie used very much CGI, so every shot with the twins was done through trick shots and look-a-likes).

Thora and Thessaly are both reporters, who are always tripping over each other in order to outdo the other and get the best stories for the newspaper (there is no sibling love here, only rivalry!).

Channing Tatum / Burt Gurney

Channing Tatum is someone I’ve only recently become aware of, because of the rumor that he may be playing Gambit in the upcoming Marvel and Fox Studios X-Men spin off movie.  I wasn’t impressed, to be completely honest.

For playing the main(???) villain, he only appeared twice, and the second time he appeared he looked so different from the first time that I didn’t even recognize him as the same man.

Overall

It was a good movie, and parts of it were hilariously funny, however, its nothing something I’m dying to watch again. Perhaps if I knew more about Golden Age Hollywood I would have appreciated it more, there are countless posts online listing all the references throughout the film, which I only caught a few of. But as a normal person watching it for laughs and because she likes Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, it was rather lacking.

The actors were superb, of course, it was the script and the (lack of) plot which frustrated me. They all had a rather unfortunate lack of screen time, which I suppose is a side effect to having that many famous people trying to get in recognizable parts. At the end of the day, I think this movie was exactly what it appears to be: a love letter to Golden Age Hollywood that is not meant to be taken seriously.

When the end credits started rolling, my mom and I both looked at each other and just said, “What did we just watch?”

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Doctor Strange Featurette

NaBloPoMo 2016 #3

What: A fifteen minute special preview of Doctor Strange
Where: Movie Theater
When: 7pm on October 10th 2015

There are no spoilers!!!!!

It was only a fifteen minute preview, so it didn’t contain any important plot points or anything, just some teasers, jokes, and a few hints of what is to come. I meant to post this ages ago, but it got lost in the dark hole that is my drafts folder, so I thought I would pull it out since the movie is premiering in the US tomorrow.

Thoughts Before

I typed all of this up before I went and saw the preview.

I just laugh every time I admit to myself that I’m about to drive (well, make my mom drive me) forty five minutes from my house to see fifteen minutes of a movie that I’ll have to wait three more weeks to see more of.

Am I okay? Maybe not.

I just really, really love Doctor Strange and I’m not ashamed about that. The comics are really good (he is absolutely my favorite Marvel Super Hero and I have read so many of his comics since I started three months ago its not even funny) and I cannot wait for this movie.

I also really, really love the cast. That’s not to say I live in a hole, I’ve heard and researched all of the whitewashing claims (just so you know, Stephen Strange is white in the comics and there is no proof that Oscar Issac was considered for the part), and the Ancient One and The Sorcerer Supreme are titles that can belong to anyone, but I’m not going to let that stop me from going.

Benedict Cumberbatch is an amazing man, Tilda Swinton could literally sleep in a glass box and I would watch it (oh wait, that actually happened), Benedict Wong is going to be ten times better than the comic version of Wong (yes he is a man named Wong playing a character named Wong), and Chiwetel Ejiofor is going to absolutely break my heart as Mordo because I want to like him but I know better because its a train wreck waiting to happen. Mads Mickelson I would be excited about, except I’ve never seen Hannibal and I don’t think Marvel told him anything about his character and to explain what I mean, here are some actual things he has said in interviews and explanations of why he is wrong:

“This character is not in the comic books.”   Wrong. He is in a few comics, not many, but a few. Although its worth noting that this character is very different than his comic counterpart and that might be what he meant, but he still is technically in the comics.

“My character believes in a better world… He’s definitely not a villain in the classic sense.”   Well, even Loki thinks he’s doing whats best for the world? So that’s not really anything new.

“Unlike a lot of Superhero Villains, he’s a man of ideas.”   Except Hydra? And the Red Skull? And Magneto? Lux Luther? And all the other ‘idealogical’ villains in comic books and their movies?

So even though he’s confused I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say I’m sure he’s going to be great as Kaecilius. I’m a bit nervous about the Night Nurse aka Christine Palmer, if I’m completely honest. I really wasn’t ever a fan of her in the comics, and they’re not even using the correct Night Nurse.

To summarize quickly: Night Nurse is an alias used mainly by three women throughout the comics, Linda Carter dated Doctor Strange in The Oath but they broke off at some point off screen, but the MCU has, for some reason, decided to use Christine Palmer instead.

I want to be really excited about her, but the last time Doctor Strange had a Doctor Girlfriend was in the Doctor Strange animated movie and it was….. weird. Other than that the cast is perfect, however. Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch almost cried when he got the part, and I’m excited to see the “wise old mentor trope” which is almost always a man (Obi-Wan, Dumbledore, Gandalf, etc) played by a woman because if that’s not flipping off the patriarchy I don’t know what is.

There’s also a rumor and some hints that Doctor Strange might heal his hands which he never does in the comics and I hope he never does in the movies because having a disabled man with PTSD as one of the most powerful people in the universe is just awesome to me.

Other than that the movie looks like its going to be spectacular.

Thoughts After

I typed all of this up after I went and saw the preview.
No spoilers here, just vague thoughts.

It was fantastic!!! I am more excited than ever for the movie, and that’s hard to say. I’ve decided that I’m going to an Imax 3D showing, which is something I don’t usually do because of the cost and just because its not something I like (I tend to get headaches) but this movie is definitely worth both.

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Ever the Hunted

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme held by Breaking the Spine
NaBloPoMo 2016 #2

Author: Erin Summerill
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Series: Book One of Clash of Kingdoms

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force. 

I’m going to be a bit corny, and say that my initial attraction to this book is due to the cover. Theres something timelessly classy that really draws me to it. The story sounds fascinating as well, so there is more than one good reason to pick up this book.

NaNoWriMo ….. NaBloPoMo ???

NaBloPoMo 2016 #1

Unfortunately, I won’t be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. I’ve simply got too much going on to attempt to dedicate that much time to something that isn’t school, even though I’m sure I would have an absolute blast if I did. However, I am going to attempt to post for NaBloPoMo, which is National Blog Posting Month, a spin off of the novel writing challenge.

Now I know its probably kind of weird that I say I don’t have time for NaNoWriMo, but I do for NaBloPoMo, but that’s because there is a huge difference between writing almost 2000 words of a story every day and making a blog post everyday.

Now I probably won’t succeed, I’ve accepted that already, but at least I can say I tried, and at least I can have fun and make learn more about posting regularly in the process. Expect a lot of fun, quirky things this month, that might deviate from what I usually blog about. To me, that’s the idea of this challenge, stepping out of my comfort zone and getting a ton of writing done.

Now, I may use this as a chance to get some writing done on my other blogs – Crafting on Pins and Needles and History Nerd Ramblings – but when I do I’ll be posting a link or reblogging it on this blog on the same day, so you can see whats going on.

Are any of you doing a special challenge this month? If so which one?