Movie Review: Maleficent

Anyone who knows me well knows I love villains… I see villains as an element a good story can’t do without and often find myself being more drawn to the villain’s story than the protagonists; if they are done correctly.

So it’s a no brainer when I say that I was extremely ecstatic when I found out that Disney was producing a live action movie based on one of my favorite Disney villains of all time; Maleficent

I’ve watched this movie in it’s opening week but waited for a bit to review to let everyone else see it to avoid ruining the movie for anyone reading this blog … So this review will contain major spoilers.

Growing up watching Disney Princess movies, you get to see a wide variety of different villains but we both agree that our favorite villain is Maleficent … for the sole reason behind that is because she completely terrified us. No other villain made us feel as scared as Maleficent did

As I grew older, my appreciation for this character grew;  normally for a villain to make an impression on me; their motivations and backstories play a major role of what my option of them would be but in Maleficent’ s case; she did not need either. Even for a cartoon character, she had a presence in her that was both demanding and threatening; you paid attention when she was on-screen. She was surrounded by mystery that you cannot help but wonder more about her. She not only struck fear in us but despite having so little screen time in the Disney animated movie; you can tell that everyone knew who she was and everyone feared her. I mean; she sentenced a baby to death just because she was not invited to a party!

So when we were going to get a movie all about this character I began to wonder on the possibilities of which direction would they go.

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

 

Book Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Book Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Review: (contains spoilers)

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Best Books: 2013

Let’s skip the “sorry-for-disappearing-this-is-my-excuse” paragraph shall we?

Happy new year everyone!

2014 already huh? 2013 just flew by didn’t it?

While I did achieve the goal of editing Moonlight last year, I did have high hopes of at least landing an agent before 2013 ends.

My efforts have been … unsuccessful so far … the rejections just keep piling up.

I did have the blues about it (still have it sometimes) but I figured I need to get back and start working on my query letter and start sending it again.

Wanted to kick off 2014 with a post about what I was reading during 2013, I am happy that I was able to overcome my 20 book challenge that I set myself (getting to 22 books actually! So I’m proud of that even though it’s not my usual 50 that I do every year.

I wanted to list down the best books that I have read in 2013 (not necessarily the books that came out during 2013 but the books that I read during that year)

The Elder Series by Thea Harrison 

I’ve been dying to get my hands on a book series where Dragons are involved, this series showed promise and it did not disappoint

I loved each and every main character in the book, I loved the secondary characters and I love the world that the author created for this series. It has easily became one of the most entertaining books and one of my favorite worlds that I’ve read. The author brilliantly delivers different characters, develop a plot for each one and created politics around these creatures and the world they live in.

Books I’ve read so far in the series

  • Book 1: Dragon Bound – Full Review here
  • Book 2: Storm’s Heart – Full Review here
  • Book 3: Serpent’s Kiss – Full Review here

Still got a long way to go with this series but I cannot wait to get started again.

The Princess Bride by  William Goldman 

A whole different experience full of laughter and characters. A fantastic satire

Full Review here

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief has been on my To-Be-Read list for a while now and with the movie coming out this year, I decided to push it up and start reading it before I watch the movie

From the moment I opened the first page I was hooked.

There is just something about the writer’s style that makes this book so easy to read and light, despite its haunting contents. I think it was simply brilliant that this book was told from the perspective of Death, it really gave me a whole new reading experience not only in a genre/setting I often don’t read about but also from the perspective that was chosen was well.

Full Review here

Set my 2014 challenge to 20 books as well

Until next time

Fatma

What I’m Watching

So I was inspired by my dear friend Dazzling mage who posted in her blog yesterday a post all about the TV shows that she is currently watching and her thoughts about them. I thought I would do the same for the shows that I’m watching and offer my thoughts about them.

Attack on titans (Shingeki no Kyojin)

So I’ve been on an anime withdrawal for a couple of years now. It actually depressed me how I have forgotten my love for anime since I have always been a fan ever since I was a child. My withdrawal was as a result of any new anime show that came out not holding my attention; I always thought that the new stuff was nowhere as interesting or gripping as the shows I watched from my childhood. A couple of weeks ago, my whole family (even the ones who made fun of my anime addiction) began watching Shingeki no Kyojin aka Attack on Titans and have been constantly nagging at me to watch it. I came into it, not expecting much seeing how the last couple of new anime shows disappointed me.

From the first episode, I was BLOWN AWAY! Literally hooked!

I have not seen an anime show that had this type of suspense, animation and characters in a long time!

It defiantly deserved the hype it’s getting

And the soundtrack is to DIE for!

Once upon a time Season 2

I loved OUAT since it’s premiere. I thought the first season was so clever in how they twisted fairytales around and brought everyone’s storyline together. There are characters in this show that have taken spots in my TOP Favorite lists.

Season 2, I thought wasn’t as good. I found the storylines a little sloppy and not as interesting. Although I did like Hook as a addition to the cast =p

While it wasn’t up to my expectation, I will be watching season 3 just to see how the characters will interact with each other and see how fairytale characters come to life in the show.

Until next time

Fatma

Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon

So as part of my Moonlight Revisions, I decided that I was going to read a couple of books that will help me in my revising, rewriting and publishing process.

The first that I’ve read is called Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore by Elizabeth Lyon

This book is just packed with information, advice, the dos and donts, examples of every stage and area in writing a novel. From cover to cover, this book tackles what makes a good story from start to end, covering everything that a writer needs to take their manuscript to the next level and correct some mistakes that they might have made along writing their first draft.

I do like that at the end of each chapter/section, this book has a checklist of everything that was discussed in that specific section/chapter which is a great way for writers to go back and read through it

Boy, did I tag a lot of pages in this book