- I watched La La Land, last week. Which I liked, but I'm not sure I loved. It was a very pretty and bright movie, and the songs were nice, but I think on reflection and still being undecided how I feel about it, it kind of basically boils down to: I loved the first song... and then the rest of the movie happens. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were lovely in it, but I think at times it was kind of hard to care for them, especially the way the movie ends, which left me feeling hollow. IDK. Maybe I'd have liked it better if it had the wish fulfilment of 'they won their dreams and stayed together', because... escapism? The ending was bittersweet, and it was supposed to be, but sometimes I think I really wouldn't mind if movies decided that, well, these characters can have both instead one or the other. I like feel good movies! Bring those back! Let them have happy endings!
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- I decided to rewatch Voltron before s2 premiered, and found it much more engaging the second time around. It's a decent show, and I enjoy it, but I just feel ambivalent to it for most part. Which kind of was how I felt about s2, TBH. I'm not sure what I think the show lacks, but... it lacks something. I do wonder if watching previous Voltron shows and/or GoLion will help investment in it?
- I'm kind of curious about the Puss In Boots TV Show, so I decided to watch the movie and was pleasantly surprised. I just really love the characterization they've given everyone and you can really hear Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakas having so much fun. So, it'll be interesting to see where the TV show follows it or not.
- I've made the decision to get rid of some of my books. They are cluttering my room, and I know I'm never going to reread them again. I've decided that if I have no emotional attachment to them, I might as well donate them to charity, since I probably won't have the inclination to pick it up and reread a passage or the entire series.
Wednesday Reading MemeWhat I've Been Reading4. Red Queen -- Christina Henry.
- I've decided to clear some of my podcasts up too. I'm losing interest in Our Fair City and Lore, and even though I've unsubscribed from both, for some reason they haven't been removed from my iTunes. :(
I know. I know. After the disastrous Alice
debacle, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, but at the same time... I knew the book series was a duology, and then I double checked on GoodReads because I wanted to make certain that it was nowhere as near terrible as the first book had been. And it wasn't! Thank goodness. It completely had toned down on the 'basically everyone gets raped' aspect which was incrediblely grating and gratuitous. It still made references to it, whihc I understood -- but I still didn't like it. So the book itself -- much more wandering, and Alice is not quite sure who she is supposed to be, so a lot of it is a quest of finding herself, and eventually lets herself be. It's definitely an improvement from the first book, but I still didn't particularly care for it, and think the book would have been better off had it removed any references to Alice In Wonderland at all. I didn't like how they resolved Hatchet's daughter's subplot, and I think, overall, was a pretty unsatisfying book, even if Alice gets to do
more things by herself, and learn to rely on herself rather than Hatchet. I kind of wanted to know how magic worked in both books, and neither give a decent explanation for it, it's just convienent for the sake of the plot, in a contrived way TBH.5. The School Of Good And Evil -- Soman Chainani.
Could have been better and tighter written, but an interesting read. I liked how it initally sets up Sophie, who is likeable despite everything, is vain, and silly and shallow, but does genuinely care for Agatha, albeit misguidely, and who dreams of going to the school of good and evil, gets taken and "wrongfully" ends up in the Evil school, instead of the Good, and her desperation to get into the Good School, makes her more nastier and driven and turns her against her best friend Agatha -- who is trying so hard
her, only she falls in love with Tedros and... well, that complicates things. I enjoyed Sophie going off the rails and grow increasingly bratty to outright evil, and get a sort of redemption story. I liked how the story decided to say actually Good Is Beautiful and Bad Is Ugly, and Good Can Never Be Friends With Evil was rubbish, with the friendship of Sophie and Agatha, despite all of Sophie's paranoia. I feel like Tedros could have been better handled -- it was interesting to see him avoid women who were like his mother (apparently shallow and caring only for looks, and ditched his father at first notice -- after all, he is the son of Guinevere and Arthur) and completely fails to realize that he
is that shallow, believing that Sophie is Good because she's pretty and Agatha is Bad because she's not.( spoilersCollapse )6. Queen of Sorcery -- David Eddings.
Book 2 of the Belgariad, which I couldn't read for a while because I hadn't got the other books, and then I had, but I didn't have the second book, which meant that I couldn't continue it. And then when I did get the second book, I was distracted by other books... so I didn't get round to it for a while. Which is a real shame, because it's such a sparkly and bantery book where everyone snarks at each other, and Garion is teenage and does teenage dumb things with his feelings
and he feels very true to being a teenager. This book introduced Ce'Nedra, who I loved instantly, because she's a brat, and she's adorable with Garion, and they both lose their tempers, and it's really cute how you know instantly that Ce'Nedra is fated to fall in love with Garion, who is the Riven King, but neither of them know that, and they are falling for each other anyway. Very cute, lots of fun!What I'm Reading Now7. Magician's Gambit -- David Eddings.
Book 3! Book 2 ended up with Ce'Nedra being really mad at Garion, and I really like that Book 3 picked up exactly where Book 2 left off, so Ce'Nedra is still fuming and ignoring him because Garion is dumb, but somehow, she can't help but stare at him, when he's not looking, and she's drawn to him for some reason... it's super cute, and I am just enjoying where the book is going.What I'm Reading Next
Probably the next David Eddings book, because his writing style is a delight.