Winter’s Tale (Book + Movie review)

The book was probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever read or ever will read. I found that Winter’s Tale is a book not trying to tell a story, but instead convey a message; The world is completely predictable as it is absolutely unpredictable. I know that’s not the only message in there, but it’s the one I like the most.
This was the most complex book that I have ever read and I know that no other book will compare to it.
If I were to describe this book in a few simple words I would describe it like this: Cloud Atlas and John Dies at the End had a baby, but then Cloud Atlas got a divorce and remarried to A Hundred Years of Solitude.
While the story it self seems simple;
“New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying. Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.”
That summary literally only covers two-hundred pages of the novel out of around 800.

The Table of Contents

The Table of Contents

Peter Lake and Beverly are only together in three Chapters, they meet in “A Goddess in the Bath” and then they’re together in “Lake of Coheeries,” but in “Aceldama” they both die (sort of).

The rest of the chapters are about the different characters, Virginia Gamely, Hardesty Marratta, Asbury, Christiana, Harry Penn, Craig Binky, the Ermine Mayor, Cecil Mature, Praeger. This book is filled to the brim with different stories and lives that to say it’s about Peter Lake and Beverly would be completely and utterly wrong. There’s so much more than a simple love story here- there’s a mayor election, a bridge being built, a great fire. All of these are crucial bits that make up the overall tale.
While the book can be confusing and very very round about it eventually gets to its point and what a stunning point it is.
I had my sister read one chapter, “Nothing is Random” and she said it was the most beautiful thing she’d ever read.
I rate the book 5/5, this is a book everyone needs to read once in their life time.

The movie, though, is a completely different story and I mean that literally. As I was predicting they took all of the characters out and rewrote the story so nothing but its bones were left.
Even though it was a good movie I was sorely disappointed by it. They changed everything about it, even the small simple things that were vitally important in the book.
The first thing that they changed that really pissed me off (it was really the only thing) was that they said that the stars were people who had died. When Beverly narrated that on the screen I nearly threw a hissy fit and that was in the first two minutes. They kept a lot of other things that made me happy, though, Peter running from the Short Tails, his meeting with Isaac Penn… and that’s about all they kept the same.
The angels and demon fight, didn’t bode over well with me. In the book it’s hinted that Athansor and Jackson Mead are angels, as is Cecil and MootFowl, but in the book the magic is very subtle and not mentioned by anyone. I liked that Athansor had wings, but again it’s suppose to be subtle not displayed like they’re all in a giant circus.
In the movie, however, they did make a few passes at things that happened in the book. Peter mentions that he used to live with two girls when he was little and would sing and dance for money and it was really small things like that that made me happy.
The movie was a great movie, but it wasn’t the book and if that’s what the book fans want they are going to be a little more than frustrated.
I rate the movie 3/5
My advice for anyone and everyone is to watch the movie first and then read the book. You’ll get a basic introduction into the story and won’t be disappointed like I was if you read the book first.

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Teen Wolf (3×18) Riddled

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OMG OMG OMG
My inner fangirl is screaming right now. This episode had me on the edge of my seat the whole time

This episode was amazing, no matter what happens next I think it’s safe to deem this the best episode out of the entire show.
I stayed up till midnight watching this thing knowing that I would have to be up and about by 5am, it was totally worth it.

Stiles is officially the best actor on this show, I can’t wait to see how Dylan works with his role on The Maze Runner. The only character that even comes close to Stiles is Lydia. Both of them do such an excellent job as portraying their pain and angst as a real thing and not as something scripted.

The show started off immediately with drama, Stiles calling Scott in the middle of the night not knowing where he is or what is happening to him. The plot just got better and better.

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While everyone is around trying to find Stiles, Lydia is getting her Banshee on and doing her own thing. I just hate her interactions with Aidan, not only did he make fun of Stiles for liking Lydia he did it while they were still searching for him, A*hole.
There was this one bit that involved a psychiatric hospital and I am just dying to know what that was all about. Lydia seemed to have given up on her powers after they couldn’t find Stiles there, but they completely missed that “5” symbol (the one that the Oni branded behind their ears) while they were there.

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Strangely enough, it was Scott’s dad who found Stiles. He actually did something that helped the gang. I liked the little background information they gave us about him and Melissa and what their marriage was like.

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Whatever is going on with Allison is completely curious, her messages about the internment camp was mind-boggling. My theory is that the camp that was mentioned in the message was for like Kitsune or other supernatural creatures. I have a feeling that Stiles is the one who sent her those messages on the down low.

After Stiles was found, everyone basically knew that about his whole brain issues. Before he went into the MRI machine I was actually a bit surprised that Scott implied that he’d give Stiles the bite if he did turn out to have what his mom had.

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before the MRI is even over all hell breaks loose… in Stiles’ mind. Stiles goes into dreamland and the evil spirit is there again giving him more riddles. “Everyone has it, but no one can lose it?” I was completely tripped up by the one. Before the dream ended the monster undid all of his bandages and we were left staring at a doppleganger Stiles.

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During the MRI Scott and Derek totally had a moment; I was glad to see that Derek has finally gone full Team Scott instead of trying to do his own thing. Derek’s interaction with Kira was interesting, I think Derek is finally coming out of his loner faze and is going to be more in with the group.

Before Stiles gets possessed there’s this whole anticipation because Lydia kept hearing the MRI running, but she didn’t go to the hospital. And then as soon as soon Stiles gets possessed Lydia screams and my heart just about broke.

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Stiles being possessed was super awesome, though, first he just wakes up with that sort of smug look and then he makes all the lights go out and then he disappears. Plus the evil spirit was being super creepy using pronouns in the plural, always with the “we” and “us” it was absolutely weird.
Weirder still, though, there to threaten the now possessed Stiles was Kira’s mom. We all guessed that she was a Kitsune too, but I don’t think anyone guessed that she had those Oni on a leash. She looked badass, but we’re all rooting for Stiles though, because Kira’s mom said she was going to kill him. That is NEVER going to happen!

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The episode ended with a generator(?) exploding and Kira about to be hit by one of the sparking wires. I was so pissed that that was the ending, we all know that electricity can’t hurt Kira, why show her about to be *not* electrocuted and then cut scene. It was hair-pulling, I just want more of Stiles.

I’m going to be at the edge of my seat for the whole rest of this season, I hate that I have to wait another week before the next episode comes out. Let’s just all hope that Stiles doesn’t die….

Sleepy Hollow 1×01 Pilot

This was awesome, I loved the mystery and intrigue. Ichabod Crane is a complete dick I love him, he threw his sass right at the Lieutenant, Abbie. From the very start I was completely drawn in. Every scene had my on the edge of my seat, or rather bean bag chair (if that’s possible). I liked that Abbie wasn’t just a no nonsense nonbeliever, she just didn’t trust herself enough to believe the truth. I liked how Ichabod had no doubts about anything, and even though I’m no historian I think they got all the [true] history facts correct, Ichabod was just Ahhh. perfect his character is awesome. I wish Katrina could have gotten some more air time and more information about the witches would have been nice. I was really hoping that while Katrina and Ichabod were talking they would have managed to get one kiss before Ichabod had to wake up, I’m already shipping them.

My sister’s theory is that the Irving guy will be a bad guy, but I’m thinking not. First of all his name is Irving and second, even though he wouldn’t let Abbie interrogate Ichabod he let her be the one to drive Ichabod to the Asylum so she could ask him questions on the way, an act of kindness can go a long way. Speaking of bad guys that evil cop dude, totally almost got his finger bit off. I called him being the baddie, he was just giving off bad vibes, I’m really great at figuring out who’s the good guys and who’s the bad guys. I will ruin a movie for everyone by saying who’s going to be killed and who’s evil with-in the first twenty minutes.

Anyway, back on track, great episode. An explosive start to the beginning of the series, but one question remains can they top it for next week?