From Martin Luther King Jr…
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
From Martin Luther King Jr…
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
We are enthralled by the eyes,
Of a man who loves us entirely.
We are enthralled by the sweet words,
Of a man who catches our eyes.
We are enthralled by the heat,
The explosion of energy that sparks between us.
We are just a woman,
And a man,
We are just a girl,
And a boy,
We are just two people,
Falling in love,
At a flash of a moment,
Unable to conquer,
This endless desire.
It draws from us our silliness,
We trip, we fall, we say something stupid,
We get embarrassed, we turn around, we walk away,
We so badly want to touch her,
To touch him,
We know we can’t.
Because there’s this line between us,
So fine, it separates the difference,
Between love and hate.
We are unique beings,
With our own desires and wants,
We are separate individuals,
Moving at our own pace,
We are two people in love,
Looking for a way to exist side by side,
In an endless romance,
That is untouched by that fine line,
Of love and hate.
In love is like loving,
Loving where the heart is open,
Open to that other person,
Accepting, and believing,
Believing, that it is possible,
To love more than hate
The flaws that create
That fine line
Of love and hate.
Lately I’ve been thinking about seasons a lot, particularly in melbourne, since, even though less than a week ago, it was sunny, hot and unbearable, today it is currently bucketing down. The sky is also overcast, and my backyard looks like it’s going to overflow any minute now. Terrible. Terrible because really, it’s not winter, nor is it even spring. What a downer!
But well, since last week I wrote a really short, spontaneous poem about the weather: Four Seasons in One Day I figured, since this song came to mind, today’s random music moment should also be about the weather! Maybe next I’ll look for a quote, and then find a book – though I don’t think there’s a story called “Four Seasons in One Day” out there yet, but still, I’ll look!
Anyway, so today’s Random Music Moment is Four Seasons in One Day by Crowded House
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What can I say? This sequel…well there are no words for it. But the more I read it, there more creepier it sounds. The more I read it, the more I like the supernatural side to it. The more I read it, anything I thought about the first book is wiped from my mind and replaced with new thoughts. The first one was the baby, it was an introduction, getting to know the characters and laying the foundation. This book, well, this one was about what happens after the foundation is laid and the introduction is made. This is the build up to the climax (even though it’s filled with build ups and a climax of its own). And then there’s the cliffhanger. Boy oh boy, I did not want to see that cliffhanger. BECAUSE IT JUST MEANS I HAVE TO WAIT HOW MANY MONTHS UNTIL THE FINAL SEQUEL COMES OUT. And seriously, I absolutely cannot wait.
Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.
Not even close.
For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.
And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…
Okay, so again the characters are great. They have their own personalities, head strong and their doing their thing the way they do their thing.
Lillia actually seems a whole lot more bitchier in this one compared to Burn for Burn. And while Kat has attitude problems as always, she’s the much kinder one in this. Then there’s Mary. Oh Mary, I totally accept all your feelings in this because (and I really didn’t expect this in the first one – it was totally not noticeable! Actually, it was much more obvious in this one, because there were clues here and there, yet in the first one she seemed much more normal and not as much the loner since I remember people commenting on the “new girl”)(view spoiler) it fits the character. Reeve on the other hand, well I liked that we get to know more about him. But still! I want to know about him and Mary! Alex – oh poor Alex. I wonder what will happen to him in the end! Rennie (view spoiler) gets more and more pitiful in this one. I wonder what will become of her.
Jar Island. Some lonely island.
I always did like Han’s writing. So no complaints. It’s very contemporary and also very YA, with plenty of personality and voice.
I have my faves and my not so faves. Ultimately I want Mary to settle her issues, I want Lillia and Reeve to be together (now I do! Even though in Burn for Burn I was so for Lillia and Alex) and I want Kat to fulfil her dream of going to Oberlin. You know while I was reading this I had actually watched the original Carrie movie by chance. And I compared it a little. Mary is so like a Carrie. There’s even a seen, the seen where she tells her Aunt that she can do things that’s so like how Carrie told her mother that she could do things without touching them. Even Kat makes an allusion to Carrie. Soooo if this is anything like Carrie then, I wonder what will happen at the end. I freaking want to know now, seriously, there’s so much to keep one hanging onto every word written. There’s so much revenge and hate, and also there’s so much pain. There’s also so much mystery around Mary and Reeve, as characters, not necessarily them together.
From Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists)…
“Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.”
Today I finally watched the sequel film of the popular Hunger Games. As a reader I’ve read all the books. As a movie watcher, I’ve faithfully seen the movies. I do my best to get to watching the movies adapted from the books that I’ve read and loved (with the exception of some that I missed out because of one reason or another). While I didn’t love City of Bones to the extent of many other fans out there, I really enjoyed the dialogue (specially Jace’s) and I liked the World. The World was exciting. But I missed the movie while it was in cinemas, so I have to wait for the DVD to come out, which I can’t wait to see. I wonder how good it turned out since I’ve seen snippets of it, in which I think the actor for Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower looks very hot, and also has Godfrey Gao in it (who I found out has filmed in several/many Taiwanese dramas – a genre of television which I had only gotten into when I started learning Chinese – so that was exciting to know! I like the idea of actors from one country crossing to others).
Anyway back to the point. So I saw the Hunger Games today. You know when I was younger, getting a ticket and finding your seat was never really an issue, technically we could sit anywhere we liked, but I’ve noticed now, people seemed to be really anal about getting the seat that is printed on your ticket. Which is fair enough. Generally I like to get that same seat too, but if you enter the cinema late, then someone has bound to have taken your spot, and not just that when you tell them to move, someone else has taken their spot too and there goes the row of dominoes. So that’s what happened today, and so me and my friend ended up sitting in a different set of seats to the seats printed on our tickets. And then the people whose seats we’d taken, sat next to us and those whose seats those girls had taken sat behind us. What a mess. This all started because my seat had been taken by some guy and that guy’s seat had been taken by another guy. Well whatever, after that there were 30minutes worth of previews. Granted I love previews because I get see some awesome damn movies that are coming out next year, but the negatives, they take so damn long.
However, I did see two interesting previews (asides from the Secret Life of Walter Mitty which just looks plain awesome) that I think is very exciting for fans of Vampire Academy and Divergent. Which, I am of both.
Now, VA is probably one of the only vampire books that I will ever like. Twilight having turned me off most of them, I find it really hard to pick up another. Though I’ve heard Interview With A Vampire is definitely worth reading. Anyway, so one of the first previews I saw was the preview for the VA movie. Man when I heard that there was a movie coming out I was excited. When I saw the cast though, I wasn’t really excited because the cast is very unfamiliar to me. But the preview though, that looked awesome. Although, it’s mostly aimed a romantic, fan-based audience, it still looks good. And hell, I totally want to see it:
Then several ads later, I saw another totally hot for anticipation movie: Divergent. Omg, I am practically salivating over it since I LOVED the book (not much a fan of the second though, and still waiting to read the third). The movie, now, that looks impressive. Although it looks like Hunger Games, it’s aimed more at a romantic audience (it really, really does emphasize Tris and Four’s romance), but yet, it looks like it’s following the novel. I congratulated the Hunger Games for following closely to the plot, but it’s only because I know Suzanne Collins took part in the scriptwriting process (I’m not sure about the sequel). Divergent, though, I have no idea who wrote the screenplay or whatever. I also don’t know if I’ll love it, but what I do know is that from what I saw, I really want to see it. Not just that but the actor for Four (now I was not really sold when I heard who it was, also, I have no idea who he is) after watching that trailer, I think he’ll do good. Not just that, but there’s this scene from the book where Tris sees the tattoos on his back – this scene is also in the trailer, and omg, Four just looks hot (as he does throughout the entire trailer). But I guess the only beef I had with it was well, Tris seems more braver and confident in the film than she seems in the novel. Well, I can’t wait to see it either way! Check out the trailer:
Of course, there’s this little problem that I have with YA novels being adapted to big screen. Most of the characters are Young Adults, so there’s a lot to teen-related issues and so on. And there are some critics out there are whining about movies such as Twilight and the Hunger Games being filled with too much “tween” stuff. Even if Twilight is hardly my favourite YA anything, and the Hunger Games shortly following (although I love Mockingjay the best), I don’t feel that it’s fair to complain about there being too much tween stuff, because the original material had been tween related, though, whenever I hear tween I feel like it’s related to 13 year olds. I’d rather YA, which covers a broader category of humans, and less annoying-sounding.
So regardless, I am so going to see VA and Divergent. I totally love the idea of watching a movie that has been adapted from my favourite novels. Good or bad, receiving positive or negative criticism from me, I’ll still enjoy watching it (though if it’s bad, then enjoyability will be really low.)
NOW, on to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The positives:
- Generally stuck close to the original plot
- Jennifer Lawrence = Awesome. Johanna (acted by Jena Malone) = awesome/hiliarious. Same with Effie (acted by Elizabeth Banks). Finnick = something totally unexpected. I had no original idea of what Finnick could possibly look like, but when I saw him on screen, all I can say is, it was perfect. And whoa, just checked it’s Sam Claflin, who played Phillip in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I completely did not expect that! But good choice.
- There’s a bigger emphasis on the political situation in this movie than the first.
- The costumes are beautiful
Now the Negatives:
- This had a different though similar feel to the first. I get the same feeling in this movie as I had when I read Mockingjay. The negative is that, because my memory is a bit fuzzy, I don’t really remember what happened in the novel, so while I think everything is there and I feel that it sticks closely to the plot, it does not feel the same as the first (an adaptation which I generally loved).
- Phillip Seymour Hoffman who played Plutarch Heavensbee annoyed me to no end. Every line he said sounded overly cheesy and too try hard, giving me the same feeling I have when I read implausible and bullshitty explanations in novels. It just wasn’t convincing, so I don’t know how President Snow believed him!
- This was a very long movie. There’s a lot of build up before the beginning of the next round of the Hunger Games. So it’s a bit trying. But then again, like I said, this is following very closely with the novel’s plot and so on. And this is also a negative because it’s exactly like the novel. And this was the book that I liked the least of the three.
- I don’t think Suzanne Collins took part in the screenplay this time, which is, utterly disappointing.
Overall. The verdict. Look, for fans of the series, this is brilliant. For others who haven’t read the books but like YA aimed movies, this is also great, same for political movies and dystopian and so on. But there is a lot of crap going on. It’s directed well, filmed excellently, acted beautifully. The good thing is, it’s not entirely focussed on romance. Not like VA and Divergent and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Check out the trailer:
The sun in Melbourne,
Is hot and vengeful,
Turning the fields,
The towering Eureka,
Sprinkling gold dust,
On a glimmering gold city,
The summer in Melbourne,
Changes with a heartbeat,
Like a fickle child.
And then the clouds,
Swarm across the sky,
As the sun goes from
Low to high,
And a cool change descends,
Embracing the city,
With it’s cool arms,
Leaving the city’s residents sighing,
Four seasons in one day.