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Learning time: The Angel’s Game & other Zafon books

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People say that whoever does not like to read has not yet found the right book. I’ve thought a bit on the matter and I think who said that must have been very wise.

I discovered my love for books first by reading Jane Eyre, then by discovering Carlos Ruiz Zafon. And that’s what I’d like to talk about.

Since I first read The Shadow Of The Wind I knew that that type of books I would like to be able to write. My dad and I instantly loved his stories, his grim, stories set in a dark Barcelona, full of mysteries. I mean, even Stephan King could only praise his work.
If you ever have any time, or want to choose a book, pick The Angels Game. This man has this incredible way of writing and you simply can’t stop reading. I carry my book at school, I read on the bus, at home, whenever I have some free time. His thrillers mixed with love and this owe for books and literature turn every story into a marvelous reading. 🙂

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The end of a bad day

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I am having a very bad day, so bare with me for a while.
Do you ever have days when you just want to kill everyone around you, when you put all your effort to answer others’s questions, when every remark makes you want to kill yourself, when you hope that by hitting your head repeatedly against the desk will kill you, when nothing can make you smile?
Because I’ve been having those for about a week. And today my nerves have been stretched to maximum. I hate those imbeciles that don’t grade us based on our qualities, that popular girl everyone seems to be in love with, that person that is lucky and gets all good grades. I mean, the only one who has a more depressing life is the character in my book. And he was chosen to be a character, which is as good as things can get.
I want to be a fictional character. It would be much, much better. Why can’t Peter Pan come flying in my room? Why doesn’t the Doctor appear in his Tardis and take me away? Why can’t I solve cases with a high dysfunctional sociopath? Why can’t I kiss Jack Sparrow and then save him from the death? Why can’t I live in Barcelona and be one of Zafon’s characters?

I mean, not even Christmas songs can cheer me up, which is something.
Ugh, 3 more days until the End of the World. Hopefully.

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Learning time: The picture of Dorian Gray

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My throat hurts horribly, so I was stuck at home for the day. I can’t complain, though: being sick has its advantages. Whenever I get a day off school is a day of celebration, despite the finals approaching quickly ( Fridaaay, fridaaaay ).
To make time fly quicker I decided to watch Dorian Gray. I have read the book before, and I am a huuge fan of it. Huge. Immense. So I had quite high expectations from the movie. In vain, it appears, because the movie had absolutely nothing to do with the book. I can’t even review them together for instance.

The Book

Everybody knows and has heard of Oscar Wilde. Every page that I was reading I tried to store in my memory and never forget. That is how he writes. He is sarcastic, has a lot of monologues, all as memorable.

Expectations

I was waiting to see a blond, angelic, blue-eyed Dorian with a superior and always sarcastic Harry. I was waiting for a movie that actually followed the plotline. Last but not least, I was expecting more quotes from the book!! The scenery was… Just wrong. All those quotes I had underlined didn’t even appear in the movie.

Oh, oh and the end. Why…why would you change the most perfect ending a book has ever given to you? Why??

Reality

Dorian was played by a very talented actor, it was all good and nice. Except that the actor was brunette, with dark eyes. And had absolutely nothing to do with the description in the book.
Colin played… Well, flawless, as always a character that did not suit him at all.

Bits were changed, the ending was changed and it was a bit too..much.

I mean… We all got that Basil was obsessed with Dorian. That's the beauty of it. The not knowing if something ever happened between them.

You don’t just make them kiss and..!!

Buuuuut, this is just how I see it. Maybe it’s a little harsh. But that’s just because I’m a big fan of the book and the movie changed it too much.

Anyone read it/ seen the movie? What was your opinion? 🙂