Wonder Woman

Wonder woman

Let me give you a run-down of what just happened. I went and saw Wonder woman. Finally!

I’ve been excited for this movie for weeks and so when we finally went to see it I was almost afraid it would disappoint me.

It didn’t!

 

The story is basically about Princess Diana who was raised on an island full of warrior woman. There are no men on the island and so when the pilot Steve comes crash landing onto their island it’s the first time she see one.

He tells her about the war that’s going on outside of the island and Diana knows it is her duty to go and fight in the war as one of the Greek god’s warriors.

Her mission is clear, go to man’s world, find Hermes, the god of war and kill him to end the fighting.

 

 

Diana is played by the beautiful and talented Gal Gadot – and I feel like the actress did a wonderful job of bringing the character to life.

At first Diana is this adorable character who almost acts as if she’s going on this great adventure. She’s excited and hopeful but also a bit naive.

I looked at her and saw that she was more than just her ability to fight – which is very rarely seen on lead female characters. She was happy and I connected so well to that.

 

 

As for the rest of the movie one of the first things I noted was how they handled the little amount of clothing the Amazonians wore. They could have decided to use the little clothes to display the warriors’ bodies in and objective way which is not something that is uncommon, but they didn’t.  And I’m so happy about this.

They could also have decided to put the Amazonions in more clothes but they stayed true to the story and didn’t do that either.

Instead the couple of times the clothes where used to give an atmosphere or were otherwise part of the story it were shown, not as some skimpy pieces of cloth but as armour.

The exposed skin of the warriors where covered in scars and had muscle beneath. The woman where strong people never just an object to be viewed.

 

 

Obviously this story was created to reshape female stereotypes and so the next thing I want to highlight is the female villain from this story.

Dr Poison was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on screen.

Normally female villains are very over sexualized and when they aren’t a reason for them being evil is given straight off the bat. But this time no explanation was given for her to be evil and in fact the depth of her character wasn’t given until the end.

I know some writer who would find this annoying because they like knowing why character do what they’re doing but I think this was wonderful because it made space for Dr Poison to be a villain first and foremost.

The fact that she as a villain didn’t need to be explained to the audience. We understood she’s a villain.

 

Something else that I have to mention as well is the fact that Dr Poison had facial scars. Do you know what it means for a female villain to have both facial scars and wear non-sexualized clothes? It means the world is starting to become comfortable with the fact that a women’s strength isn’t simply how she looks.

 

 

But let’s move on from the whole feminine highlights and instead talk about theme.

Walking in I expected the theme to be that women are badass but it seems the writers decided that the audience is smart enough to know that already and instead the theme was love conquers all.

This is something that made me so giddy.

In a piece of back-story it is explained that Zeus created the women to love the men so they would stop war. This could be interpreted as sexist but instead it came over as the love that a woman has is strength. We as women do not need to hide our hearts to be strong because our love is our true strength.

This theme was used throughout the movie. Like when they were in the trenches and she saw a woman with a child. The woman told her that the village had been enslaved and while Diana could have turned her back on the woman and left, it was her heart that made her decision there and it led them to a great victory.

(Plus that was the moment she became wonder woman in my eyes and it was the coolest scene ever)

The theme is then completed in the end when she explains that there is love in the heart of men and that is why she keeps fighting for them despite them being awful.

 

 

Extra bonuses of this movie that I’m not going into right now.

Awesome fight scenes.

A great soundtrack.

Amazing plot twist there in the end.

Diana’s character development.

The male character had a bathtub scene.

Gal Gadots amazing hair.

Tiny Diana being cute.

Chris Pine’s eyes.

Oh and Diana realizing she’s a badass and that she can fly.

 

 

 

The only negative that I can think of right now is the fact that the side characters weren’t given a lot of room. Some of them didn’t exactly do much in my eyes and there where definitely a few scenes that I feel they could have played more of a role in.

 

I’m really happy about this movie otherwise though, and honestly I’m so proud of being part of the generation where we can have stories like this. It’s not simply because of the feminine power that was shared in this story but the fact that the writers didn’t feel the need to make feminine power the story. It makes me realize that we are in a world where woman aren’t just their gender anymore but people. A story can be about a woman and not about feminism at the same time and I love that.

Years of feminine fighting is finally paying off so soon we’ll no longer have to fight.

(Now on to racism!)

 

 

I’m really happy and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this franchise. I’m delighted that teen girls can be empowered through this story and that it can be a message to young men that women are badass and they should be treated as such.

 

I sincerely recommend this movie and hope you love it as much as I did.

Book review for the last two books of the mortal instruments series

 

I didn’t write a post or this week but I did review a couple of books on this video.

If you don’t feel like watching the video then let me sum it up for you really fast.

In this video I discuss the last two books in the mortal instruments series (by Cassandra Clare)

 

City of lost souls:

In this book Jace is possessed by Sebastian and Clary has to risk herself to get him back.

What I loved about this book is the contrast between good Jace and evil Jace as well as the attempts to make Sebastian seem human just to remind the reader that he is pure EVIL.

 

City of heavenly fire:

In this book, Sebastian is turning a bunch of shadow hunters evil and orchestrates one of the greatest betrayals  in Shadow hunter history. Clary, Jace, The lightwoods, and Simon has to stop him even if it means literately going to hell.

I absolutely loved this book but what I will make note off is the character arcs. This being the last book you can see how much the characters have grown and it’s amazing.

Also I cried reading this book’s end so that is your warning if you decide to read this 🙂

The universe vs. Alex Woods -book review.

THvsAW book review

I actually bought this book because my mum liked the cover and I still needed an extra book to go into my 3 for 99 sale at the book store.

But unlike most last minute books I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

The story starts by showing 18 year old Alex in a police station being questioned because they found drugs and an urn in his car.
Then the story goes back to explain what Alex did to get him there. You see Alex gets hit by a meteorite that comes crashing through his bathroom window when he is eleven. After this Alex’s life gets considerably more difficult, he starts having seizures and when he goes back to school he is bullied.
The true story is about a friendship though. Under less than happy circumstances Alex meets Mister Peterson, who is a war veteran, a book lover, a collector of classical music as well as a frank and opinionated person. I loved their friendship and how they get along and how Mister Peterson puts up with this awkward teenager.

If I’m going on a rating of five stars I’d give this book a three.

What I think the book does well was the voice of the narrator. Every now and then the narrator, who is Alex himself, draws attention to himself by saying something directly to the reader. I know that a lot of people frown on this but I think it was done well and really enjoyed the freshness of it.
Another thing I like is the side characters. They are well thought out and expanded beyond just a simple trope. AS an example the mother is a psychic who believes she can pick up on other people’s auras and predict the future but at the same time she is a hard working single mother. She is surrounded by people who wears cloaks and believes in dark magic but she still keeps an extra eye on any teen girls that walk into her shop in case they try to shoplift.

Also she has a cat named Lucy (short for Lucifer) who is constantly breeding.

The reason I’m not giving the book a higher rating is because it doesn’t have any end goal for most of the book. It was basically just someone saying, this is what happened in my life.
From scene to scene there is good tension and we see a lot of conflict and problems rise in the story but for most of the time young Alex doesn’t know where he’s going or what he wants.
This makes it hard to keep reading because there is no stakes.

I feel the book lacked a bit of back bone but I still enjoyed reading about Alex and his odd life.


What have you read lately? Was it any good?

book review- the prisoner of the inquisition

Prisoner of the inquisition

Book review the “prisoner of the inquisition” -Theresa Breslin

This is the latest book I’ve read and to be frank I did not like it.

The story is about two characters the girl Zarita and the boy Saulo. In the beginning Sualo’s father begs for money from Zarita but out of disgust she cries out and her guard hunts him down and takes him to Zarita’s father where he is killed. They capture Saulo as well but spare him and instead sell him as a slave.
On this day Zarita’s mother died of childbirth and Zarita is left without a mother and the guilty conscience of having someone’s death on her hands.
So then the middle of the story takes place where Saulo gains a sailors balance and manages to escape slavery while Zarita get’s a step mother and the inquisition comes to her town to kill all the Jews and so forth.
Here a bunch of great things happen that really had potential, there was torture and pirate attacks and nuns all over the place.
But unfortunately the end of the story came and ruined it.
Saulo managed to get his vengeance and kill Zaita’s father and step mother. He then hunts down Zarita. When they meet he does not recognise her and (here is the part that they lost me in) it’s love at first sight.
This was still fine and dandy had it been done right but three days later the two of them is ready to get married and vow their eternal love to each other. She finds out he murdered her family and instead of screaming for guards to come capture him she protects him and says that she forgives him.
Seriously!
You’ve only known him for three days AND he murdered your father!

So my final say about this book is that it had potential and I could see what the writer was getting at but it was really poorly executed. Not just the romantic arch but all of it.
If I had a chance to talk to Zarita who was a lovely character otherwise I would quote Christophe from frozen and say “I don’t trust your judgement.”
The book had it’s good points such as well handled Point Of View switches and the character growth was handled well but I still don’t like it. If you want to go read the book yourself then go right ahead I am never one to tell someone not to read but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

That was it, hopefully my next review will be a little more positive. I’m currently reading “The universe vs Alex Woods” which looks cool so far and of which I actually already have quite a few good things to say.

The books I read on the previous holiday

Holiday booksBetween school and every other thing I generally complain about I haven’t had all that much time to read. So when I finally got some vacation time I grabbed at the chance and read quite a few books of which I want to tell you.
I’m doing this is order in which I read the books so…

 

We’ll start at Airman.
The thing that hit me about this book was the amount of beautiful words it contained. These are all words that most people would understand but that you don’t see all that often. Most books contain one or two of these beautiful words but in Airman they were everywhere and written so naturally that they didn’t strain the reading experience. In fact I wouldn’t have been able to place what was so great about the book if I hadn’t read some of it out loud to my brother.
More than this the settings in the book are so vivid I could see it, feel it, and taste it. Most importantly the setting wasn’t exactly like every other book’s setting.
What is this book about?
So this book is about young Connor Broekhart who was born flying. He grows to become a hero but in a turn of events he loses everything he holds dear and thrown into prison as a traitor to the king he had served and loved. To survive this prison known as little Saltee he is forced to leave behind his very heroic nature (captain America syndrome) and become the criminal everyone saw him as. Because of his extensive knowledge in aerodynamics the idea of flight is on his mind and forms a large and twisty part in the book.

I really loved how they played with his identity and how despite everything he went through not once was it pretended that any of his trails where light or didn’t matter. If anything some things where a little over dramatic but until I’m wrongfully thrown in prison and tortured I wouldn’t be able to verify this.

 

 

Next I read the first Ender’s game.
I loved this book.
It’s one of those books that when you read it you can feel it becoming a part of you. I’ve heard some people complain that little kids can’t rationally think like this but to those people I have the question of “why not?”
The book was well written and left my heart sore for Ender’s part.
It opened my head to galaxy’s worth of questions and thoughts while at the same time kept things interesting. I think the topic of the book was well looked at and Orson Scott Card came at it from an interesting angle.

The story is about Ender, a six year old who was born for the purpose of joining the military and fight off the enemy named buggers.
The book shows his journey through battle school and how he overcomes challenges and grows with each one.
I’m paraphrasing here but, at the end of the book there is written something like the moment you know your enemy well enough to destroy them you also know them so well that you cannot help but love them. I think this was not only portrayed with Enders relationship with the buggers but also in the relationship between him and those in charge of preparing him for the war. They completely break him but also can’t help but love him.
(sorry if that was like major spoiler but seriously go read this book)

 

 

After Ender’s game I read a little light YA book called “how to turn a boy into a pet.”
First let me tell you that while this book was amusing the most amusing thing about it was reading it in front of my boyfriend.
So in this book Circe Shaw starts a blog so she can practice journalling. It’s actually pretty cool because each chapter is a blog post.
Now as I already said this book was amusing and while not my normal kind of book I still enjoyed it because it was light and warm. The book is written in a very strong teenage voice and played well with how the Circe saw herself.
This book wasn’t very deep but I’m going to be truly honest with you, combined with the holiday I was on it was this book that got me of my writing slump.
The pure idea of how this Circe shared her life in her writing made me think about what I was doing in my own writing. It made me realize that I have forced my writing to be stiff.
Okay so what I just said is irrelevant to the quality of the book so let me continue.
Circe Shaw’s journey to become a fabulously sophisticated journalist mixed with her want for a boyfriend made for an amusing light hearted book. It’s a little shallow as my mother would say, so if you are used to reading things such as poetry or Ender’s game then this book will probably annoy you a little.
If on the other hand you are a teen girl or a young woman who simply want to take a amusing and relaxing break then read this books, it really nice and not to be shied away from.

 

 

Who can guess what I read after “how to turn a boy into a pet?”
That’s right, “speaker for the dead.”
To those of you who don’t know, speaker for the dead is the follow up for Ender’s game. You already heard me gush about Ender’s game so would you believe me when I tell you it lived up to my ridiculously high expectations?
It did!
Speaker for the dead, just like Ender before it, became a part of how I look at the world. Once again beautifully written and a great way of looking at the theme.
One of the first things I immediately need to gush about is how well it showed the idea of space travel. Unlike in most si-fi the space travel isn’t something to be taken lightly and if you travel far enough you get pulled out of your time so you basically lose everything you love.
The second thing I need to mention is how well it showed what Ender had done with his life since the last book. How he had chosen a different name so he could right his past sins and how he basically made a living out of both pulling apart and putting back together people’s lives.
Te last thing I want to gush about here is what they say about changing people’s view of each other. To save the alien species they encountered they have to change the people’s view so it isn’t us against them but instead all of us together in one group.

Now I need to still read the next one so I can’t tell you just yet where my head is running with that thought aside from the very obvious race issues in this world.

 

 

The last book I read on my vacation was Gulstruck Island.
This book is full of well constructed and playful sentences so the writing itself looks like a work of art.
Despite this the story is still good especially the world building.
The story is about a young girl whose job her entire life long was to protect her older much more important sister. Even her name, Hathin, is an imitation of the sound of dust falling. So Hathin is nothing more than a servant, always overlooked and never celebrated. Until you realize that she’s the most important one of the two sisters and the story moves on to tell you how she went and did miracles in the name of the sister. The story shows how she changes lives and shakes mountains only to let herself be forgotten about in the end.
As I already said the world building is amazing and I am totally caught by the idea of a race that always smiles. The bounty hunter who uses ash for magic only to be forced to hide from the rain was perfect for me.
Really if you feel like exploring a well crafted world then this is the right book for you.
So those where my hopefully not to full of spoiler thoughts on the books I read this vacation.
I know I’m not good at writing about other people’s writing since I suck at analysing and I really don’t like saying other people’s work bad but that’s not going to stop me from creating posts like this again.
I really suggest you read these books especially Ender’s game and Speaker for the dead since those are life changing books that you simply need to read.

So go now, pick up one of those books and read it. Or if you have already read one of these books then feel free to gush about it in the comments.

Skullduggery pleasant coming to an end

When I was 10 my father came home with three particularly thick books and left them on his desk.
They caught my eye because they each had a skull on them and since I didn’t have anything better to do I read them.
It was the first real fantasy books that I read and since then I have waited year after year for the next one to be published.
It is the books that got me into reading and reading in turn was what got me into writing.
Today I finished reading the newest and and unfortunately the last book of the series and two realizations hit me.
There is no next one for me to wait for.
I will never be able to read this series for the first time again.

I’m going to miss the wait and constant unanswered questions but at the same time I feel inspired for this is the kind of book I want to write.
One that can get someone to read and keep reading even if they have never opened a book before in their whole life.

Words of radiance

All right I just finished a great book that I will later tell you about, when I realised I still haven’t written a review of Words of radiance 2nd book of the stormlight archives written by Brandon Sanderson. It was awesome.
It twists your view of the characters and shows you that what you thought you knew, what you thought was going for happen was rong. The truth of this story is in fact so awesome that when you started reading it was unimaginable.
The characters was written so convincingly that I half expect them to be real. They made me laugh they made me cry, they made me want to root for them, and occasionally made me want to slap them but mostly what they did was make me respect them this book shows that even the people who you think are inoying and incompetent can be someone brave and strong and the people you thought were childish and thick headed could change the world .
There is many different life lessons I could find in this book but I segest you read the book and learn them yourself from these characters I fell in n love with
Al in all the book is great and I have much respect for Brandon Sanderson and totally segest you read it 🙂