Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #9: PASSENGERS (film)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we're excited to read. And on A Magical World Of Words, I include movies as well. 

Passengers / Cast: Jennifer Lawrence; Chris Pratt. / Release Date: 23 December 2016. Trailer

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

THE TIME OF MY LIFE - by Cecelia Ahern

Year Published: 2011 - by HarperCollins
Genres: Adult/romance/contemporary/magic realism/womens fiction/humour
Pages: 392.
Author: Cecelia Ahern.
Source: Library.
Goodreads: The Time of My Life

Blurb:
Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face.

It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can’t make the date: she’s much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family.

But Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory – unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her.
 


Monday, 28 November 2016

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (film) was disappointing as a comedy

Year: 2011.
Cast: Steve Carell; Ryan Gosling; Emma Stone; Julianne Moore; Marisa Tomei; Kevin Bacon.
Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.
Source: Bought.
Content Rating: PG 13 for coarse humour, sexual content, and language.
IMDB: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Synopsis:
A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

What I've Been Up To: Reading, Watching, Writing, LIFE


How's your week been? 
You may have noticed that I've changed a few fonts on my blog, and changed the layout of my reviews. The change of review layouts was because I wanted them to look more professional and easy to read, and basically easier for me as well because too many colours and pictures and fonts can make your whole post start getting jumpy and HTML gets messed up, and YEAH.  
I just had to fix that ;) 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS - by John Green

Year Published: 2012 - by Dutton Books
Pages: 313.
Genre: Young adult/romance/contemporary/fiction
Author: John Green.
Source: Library.
Goodreads: The Fault in Our Stars

Blurb:
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.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Things Writers Can Relate To / Writing: Gift or Curse?!

Another post keeping with the NaNo theme.
 For those of you who love to write, which of the things I've listed below are things you've experienced or been faced with or can just basically relate to? Let's chat, writers! 

Monday, 21 November 2016

QUEEN OF SHADOWS (Throne of Glass #4) - by Sarah J. Maas

Year Published: 2015 - by Blooomsbury UK 
Pages: 645.
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Young Adut/Fae/Magic/Romance
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Source: Library. 
Goodreads: Queen of Shadows

Blurb:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

What I've Been Up To: Reading, Watching, Writing



   How has your week been? 


I'm still writing hectically for NaNo, but I did manage to watch a movie and start a new book, so I'm feeling happy :) 
(And guilty....)   




Saturday, 19 November 2016

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (film) was disappointing

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow; Joseph Fiennes; Judi Dench; Ben Affleck; Colin Firth; Tom Wilkinson; Geoffrey Rush; Imelda Staunton. 
Year: 1998.
Director: John Madden.
Content Rating: R for sexuality. There are a few rather graphic sex scenes, and plenty of innuendo. 
Source: Bought.

Synopsis:
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.


I was expecting Shakespeare in Love to make me go WOW. It was an okay movie, but I definitely did not say wow. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Writing Resources: Writers, you CANNOT afford to miss these helpful sources!


In honour of NaNoWriMo, I'm going to introduce to all you writers who don't already know about them, some TERRIFIC AND AMAZINGLY helpful sites and sources to aid you in your writing. I kid you not, most of them have totally revolutionised my writing style and structure, and each one is a gold mine.

Monday, 14 November 2016

ROOM - by Emma Donoghue

Year Published: 2010- by Little, Brown and Company. 
Genres: Adult/ contemporary/fiction
Pages: 361.
Author: Emma Donoghue.
Source: Bought.
Goodreads: Room

Blurb:
To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.



A harrowing, bittersweet, darkly beautiful novel, Room tells a magnificent story but never once borders on melodrama or understatement. In my opinion, Donoghue had something tough to say and she never once shied away from the heartbreaking truth and grit of it.   

Sunday, 13 November 2016

What I've Been Up To: Reading, Watching, Writing...


I hope you've all had a fantastic week :) For the readers, I hope you've sold your soul to some beautiful characters and stories; to the watchers, I hope you've been carried away (but not too far) by some awesome movies; and for the writers, I hope you've nailed some serious words for NaNoWriMo ;)

Friday, 11 November 2016

Book Vs. Movie #2: Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer



 
Did Meyer beat all else with the novel, or did Catherine Hardwicke's  2008 film adaption knock the book out of the park? 


And please don't hate on Twilight; I'm comparing the book and movie, and I am NOT ranting - and nor do I wish you to rant - about how awful you might think it is. Twilight's had enough hate; let's give it a break, please :)


Thursday, 10 November 2016

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN (film) was enjoyable, but underwhelming

Cast: Alexander Skarsgrad; Margot Robbie; Christoph Waltz; Samuel L. Jackson.
Director: David Yates.
Year: 2016. 
Content Rating: PG 13 for sequences of violence, action, some sensuality, and brief rude dialogue.
Source: Rented. 
IMDB: The Legend of Tarzan

Synopsis:
Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.


The Legend of Tarzan was surprisingly refreshing, and yet it lacked focus and botched Jane's character :(


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

THE HELP (film) was a masterpiece that boasted a magnificent ensemble of leading ladies

Cast: Viola Davis; Jessica Chastain; Emma Stone; Octavia Spencer; Bryce Dallas Howard; Allison Janney. 
Year: 2011.
Director: Tate Taylor.
Content Rating: PG 13 for thematic material.
Source: Bought.
IMDB: The Help

Synopsis:
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.


The Help was phenomenal, and has easily become one of my favourite films.


Friday, 4 November 2016

What I've Been Writing: It's NaNoWrimo! How's your writing going?!


It's NaNoWrimo, people! The month of writing constantly, struggling to reach 50k words, gulping down coffee, buying more chocolate than you probably should, and excelling at procrastination.

So far, for me, writing for NaNo this November has meant blood, sweat and tears (minus the blood, minus the sweat, double the tears) but I am just SO glad I outlined months before. It's made a world of difference.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Monthly Wrap-Up - Wrapping up October and welcoming November


Monthly Wrap-Up and looking ahead: What I read, what I watched, what I will read and watch....
And NaNoWrimo plans!