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I believe in books

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I made a walk to my favourite library today, because I was feeling sad. I told you about it before, it’s a wonderful place where they sell books and movies nobody has heard about and tea.
I was searching for Never let me go. I didn’t find it. I have it on PDF, but I like reading books, better. Reading on your phone or iPad is different. You’re not so involved anymore.
I like to spend time there. It’s peaceful and there’s nice music playing in the background, and nobody bothers you. And I kept thinking, we speak of this world so much, name it hopeless. The pessimists. But how can we not believe in a world where books are still so powerful? Think that right now, some kid is writing his next novel. Stories are being created, words are being put down on white. This is not a hopeless or forgotten world. Because if there’s one thing I believe in, that’s books. And literature. You have as many lives, as books you read. Maybe the readers will slowly go extinct, but I doubt it. The power of the written word is as strong as ever and no force on this earth can corrupt it.

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Learning time: Life of Pi

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I have just turnee home from the cinema and I am confused. I watched Life of Pi. I didn’t read the book before, as I should have, but the movie was utterly gorgeous. And very confusing. While I understand most allegories ( after searching for meaning on the Internet and long debating with my friend ) I am quite sure half of the movie’s meanings are still an enigma to me.
Life of Pi is a movie that needs to be seen twice, maybe even three times to be completely understood. Happily, it’s a story that leaves everybody to draw their own conclusion. Happily, or sadly, because it became more of a torture to me.
I gather that the Animal story as well as the human story represent the faces of religion. If you are ready to embrace the fantastic story, the miracles, with its good and bad, the faith and the unbelievable, or if you like to rather settle for a more realistic view, a rational explanation.
The movie itself is a visual masterpiece, and a journey which will definitely make you question a lot of things.
Which is what I love most. Leaving the cinema, thinking…

Now, that is one thing I couldn’t have done! That is a way of putting things!

“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”

~ Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things

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Meretricious…and a happy New Year!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEOPLE!!

My favourite holiday of the year has come. Finally. And will be gone soon. This one day of 25 December seems to last the least of all, doesn’t it? And to make it as long as I can, I have spent it at home, laying around, doing sort of a movie marathon. Because, I doubt there is a better way of spending Christmas Day if not watch Love Actually with your whole family, right? What more could you want? You have Snape, John Watson, Mr. Bean and Mr. Darcy packed up in one adorable romantic comedy. Not to mention, Hugh Grant comes as a bonus.
Finally, I dragged my mother to watch Small Island with me and convinced my dad to watch The tale of Desperaux.
So my day has been…rather prolific I could say. Three more days listening to Christmas carols and then..puff. It’s gone. Christmas is over as soon as it started.

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Fandom style

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Santa Claus passed by yesterday evening and dropped some presents for me a little earlier than expected. I can’t complain though, I am happier than I’ve been in a while. And I can feel the fangirl inside me squeezing with joy. My happiness was wrapped up in a box on which all I could read was amazon.co.uk. Which was enough to know, this is would be Sherlock stuff. So that’s what I got:
Small island DVD
Parade’s end DVD
Third Star DVD ( the best movie in this entire world, I swear.)
• An ice-watch.

Aaaaaand Sherlock: The Casebook, which by now I have already read. 🙂

So, yup, been an awful good girl.

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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? 🙂

Learning time: Skyfall

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Bond. James Bond.

Any movies that involve James Bond are to me must-see movies. Sean Connery, Roger Moore both have played the British spy. My favourite Bond remains Pierce Brosnan though.
However, Daniel Craig has done a pretty great job in the latest movie. He still manages to make the female audience sigh out with that amazing elegance. The movie lasts about 2 and a half hours and a lot of things happen, but it’s mostly exciting. The jokes are funny, definitely, for those of you who appreciate British humour.
The best thing about this movie is Javier Bardem. He absolutely rocked that part and became the perfect villain. I had never expected him to be so good, but he was…impressive.
The rest you know to well, even before I tell you. Guns, glamorous cars, amazing spy stuff, cute girls in tight dresses, suits, M and an Adele soundtrack.

P.S. Q, Bond’s help, is adorable.

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