From Page to Screen: Love, Rosie // From Page to Screen



The Book to Film choice today is:

WHERE RAINBOWS END or LOVE, ROSIE

By Cecelia Ahern

This is the only Cecelia Ahern book I have read, although I have several of her others and I intend to read themeventually. But I admit to struggling with romantic books even ones with twists and emotional plots that dig deeper than light-hearted flings like Ahern’s books.

The book in question has two titles as a result of the movie that was made because of it: Love, Rosie.

The Cast of said movie were:

-      Lily Collins - Rosie Dunne

-      Sam Claflin - Alex

-      Jamie Winstone -

-      Christian Cooke - Greg

And many others.

The book and film are set in Dublin surprising in the movie since none of the young cast have Irish accentsonly their parents?

But I digress. I read the book first surprisingI know! so we’ll begin with that!

Book Review

 
I got a copy of ‘Where Rainbow’s End’ from my local Books for Free shop at University and I was so happy! I had just seen the trailer for ‘Love, Rosie’ and was going through a Sam Claflin phase no shame! so it was great luck to find the book and get it for free!

I read the book over a matter of days. It was very easy to get through as the chapters are written in terms of IM’s (set in early 2000s), text messages, emails and other methods of conversation. This makes for an interesting visual experience, as well as giving it and easy-to-put-down-and-pick-up  feel.

The characters, Alex and Rosie, are platonic friends who experience one drunken kiss aged 18 and then continue on as friends for several years unaware of each other’s feelings for the other. More-Than-Friend’s relationships are a common theme within the book with Rosie’s daughter taking on the same form of relationship with her best friend too.

There is a lot of humour, some interesting plots twists and a great inclusion of modern conversation Cecelia Ahern clearly writes a lot of emails! but there is a certain irritation to the book as the story spans from when Alex and Rosie meet at pre-school to being 50 years old. You want to bang their heads together, shove them in one room and tell them to get their act together.

Yet by the end you also want to hug and high-five them for being very sweet.


Movie Review

 
The movie came out in 2014 and it feels very much like a British movie trying to be American whilst set in Irelandslightly confused geographically I think.

The Girl meets Boy theme, the big dreams: Alex wants to be a Doctor and Rosie wants to run a Hotel one day. Each of these dreams are not very well explained in the movie, the fact that Alex wants to be/is a Doctor is mentioned twice I thinkbut these dream-jobs are a large part of the book so I’m glad they stuck to them in the film.

The acting is good perhaps not as realistic as we might hope but still quite butterfly-in-stomach cute. I really like the chemistry between Claflin and Collins, it seems believable as a friendship and towards the end develops realistically romantically but I don’t think I would believe them as Romeo and Juliet

The writing is good, there is no ‘uhh-I’d-never-say-that’ moments, and there are certainly humorous moments (bed-frame!) and also forced humorous moments (Herb!) - but you still giggle so it all counts.

The main difference between book and film, I feel, is that the book goes up until the characters are in their 50s whereas the movie goes up to their early 30s. I can understand why though Actors age-limits but it is frustrating since so much more happens in the book then the film because of this larger gap.

The other noticeable thing was the lack of Alex’s character. The story is very much focused on Rosie, probably 80-20 ratio, whereas the book is a little more even at 60-40. Rosie is definitely the protagonist yet the film seems to forget Alex is there or needs some more explanations beyond: ‘I’m getting marriedI’m getting married again’ It makes for a clunky storyline at times and also a dip in chemistry as the characters  seem to never talk or are constantly fighting.

Still a decent rom-com movie: great for a chick-flick night with the girls or to watch when doing homework or bored.


Overall I liked both butI preferred the book. It was well executed and written, in all the modern and less-than modern ways, easy to understand and surprisingly gripping for a platonic relationship turned head-over-heels love! The movie just had too much of a dipping action to it to make me find it really amazing, but I would still recommend both as they both have their vices and their virtues!

Happy Reading!

Extraordinary Means Tag


Bon Jovi Everyonewhich is my messed up way of saying ‘Bonjour’ which means ‘Hello’ in French! Bon Jovi. Right, so with that slightly messed up greeting I give you a book tag! The Extraordinary Means book tag created by Robin Schneider, author and youtuber! So go check her out!  
Her tag is about to reveal how serious my love of books go

1. I would give up the Internet for one month for a signed first edition of this book...
-      Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K.Rowling Easier answer to a question, ever! I literally just finished this bookagainand I just love it so much. If I had said first edition, signed and all that date, I would never part with itit might travel with me to the bathroom or to an interview or even a date!
 
2. I would give up pizza for a whole year if I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride...
-      Emily Bronte.somehow I think my love of pizza will remain intactI would give up television and lipstick if I could sit on a plane with Emily Bronte but as many of you, hopefully, know Emily Bronte died almost 200 years agosadly. I want to know how fiery her temper was and where she plucked her ideas from! Genius!
 
3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it were to ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie...
-      Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowelll. A book of ‘odd’ characters who are technically the most realistic characters I have ever found in a story! Loved reading it, would love watching it!
 

4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book...
-      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Circuses, magic, beauty and mystery! Who wouldn’t want to visit the Night Circus after reading this book! It sounds wonderful! Not to mention it is also set in the Victorian era so the clothes, noise and landscapesbliss!
 
5. I would let my Google history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author.
-      J.K.Rowling I know I’ve already mentioned her but she is a fabulous writer, she seems down to earth and her backstory is incredible. A brave, inspirational woman who inspires me to be a writer and never give up!
 
6. I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life...
-      Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games (pre-hijacking) The boy with the bread! Aww, such a sweetie! I love him!
 
So there we have it. I tag everyone, as usual, have ago, comment, Tweet me @ElliePilcher95 and send me links to your tags! Would love to read them! :D

 Happy Reading!

The C Word // Book Review


The C Word

Review

Author: Lisa Lynch was a successful journalist, but at the age of 28 she discovered a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer. What came out of it was a fantastic blog: Alright Tit (http://alrighttit.blogspot.co.uk/p/c-word.html) and a book: The C Word. Lisa sadly passed away from cancer in 2013.

Rating: *****

Review:

How to write a review of a book that is not only so stupendously well-written, but also true.

The C Word, written by Lisa Lynch partly as blogs from when she was diagnosed with cancer to additional stories when the blog was picked up for publication is a realistic, moving, hilarious book about Lisa’s experiences with Breast Cancer aka The Bullshit.

I don’t know what it is about Cancer, but it is one of those topics that everyone knows so much aboutand yet so little. I think chemo, losing hair, really bad days and operations and that is the basics but Lisa points out the harsh realities of the family and friends attitudes, life being put on hold, the utter honest revelations of chemo for which every cancer sufferer deserves a medal and yet she does so in a way that makes you laugh as well as cry.

Cancer is in fact, as Lisa puts so wonderfully in her book, Bullshit. It seems to be a never-ending catastrophe, but one that can be fought. Lisa fights it with humour and an addiction of Dave Grohl and Louboutins. She should be an idol.

I bought this book after watching the wonderful adaption on BBC the other week with Sheridan Smith I recommend it! and I loved the book as much as the show. I rarely read autobiographies, I come to the conclusion that halfway through te book the authors generally go all ‘Me, Me, Me’ which is precisely what an autobiography is but with The C Word it’s almost like having a one-sided conversation with Lisa rather than an self-absorbed account of her life.

The writing is superb apparently something Lisa was well known for. It is hilarious! I defy anyone not to laugh at some of the jokes and crude language in this book. But most importantly it is honest: 100%, gut-wrenchingly honest. And that makes it a magical piece of writing that is going to stay with me for life.

I totally 1000% give this book a 5 out of 5 stars it is simply brilliant. Recommended reading to anyone Cancer patient, teenager, teachers, fathers and grandparents. It’s fan-bloody-tastic.

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books I Think I Should Read // Top Ten Tuesday

 
As always the Broke and Bookish Meme is on my mind: This week it is a FREEBIE week! Which means I choose the list of 10, or less, things to talk about! So

Top Ten Books I Think I Should Read

All the books that everyone says: ‘you should read

this before you turn 20’ or ‘when you fall in love for the first time’

1.   The Secret History by Donna Tartt all about a group of college students who are in a society which goes wrong a book I should read before I leave University.

2.   Ready Player One by Ernest Clime a book set in a dystopian future about a nostalgic-like game. A book I should read before I turn 30!

 
3.   How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran Because it is a book I have been told all British woman should read, generally.

 
4.   The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood another book that has been recommend to me as a female, but also as a student and general human being. About women being used simply as baby-carriers.

5.   The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath I think this is a book I definitely should read, and I hope to one day. It is intellectually stimulating according to my friend.

 
6.   One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey If the book is anything like the film it is going to be a really interesting read, and one that I think will be a great conversation starter in the future.

 
7.  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides I have been really interested in the LGBT Themed books lately and I think Middlesex will be my next sort of book in this genre the main character discovers they are a hermaphrodite and the story revolves her as this happens.
 
 
8.   A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute My mother has really recommended this book to me lately and I am really intrigued about it...

 
9.   Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy I think I should read some of Hardy’s work eventually, bar his poetry, and I think this would be the one I started with. I haven’t seen the recent film adaption but the story intrigues me more than ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’.

 
10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I really should read this book eventually! I have read others of Austen but this is considered her pinnacle of work! Need to readneed to readmost remember this mantra!

 
So they are my Top 10 books I think should readeventually. What books do you think you should read comment below, or on Google + or Tweet me at @ElliePilcher95

Happy Reading!

Best Couples in Literature // Listopia


What with my Worst Couples in Literature post recently gone up I thought I should do the follow up of ‘The Best Couples in Literature’ the ones you root for and are glad when they finally get together, or are traumatised when something happens that stops them :’(

Without further ado let us get into this list of classic and modern day literature

WARNING: May contain spoilers of the novels

1.   Catherine and Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen)

Now of course there is also Mr Darcy and Elizabeth (Pride & Prejudice) by Jane Austen as well, but there is something so wonderful at the relationship between Catherine and Henry it makes me go all jittery. Unlike Darcy and Elizabeth they know they like each other straight away, and that there is a possibility for romance. It is not insta-love and it isn’t lightening-hitting-full-force love either. It is simplistic and realistic and lovely.

2.   Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins)

 
I love this couple. It is pretty much the opposite of Northanger Abbey but I can’t help it I love them both. Katniss never plans on falling in love with Peeta but it is sweet how it happens and she doesn’t realise it. Some people of course hate the ending of Mockingjay but I don’t mind it. Peeta is just so lovely except when he turns kind of mental, but even then his sarcasm is great!

3.   Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)

 
Okay, so I’m not the biggest fan of this book, still I can see the beauty in the relationship between Hazel and Gus. Gus is pretty much the boyfriend we all dream of, minus the cancer of course, but these things happen and you can’t help who you fall in love with! But I do like this couple.

4.   Winnie and Jesse (Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbit)

 
This, technically, isn’t a love a story it is a children’s book about a family who drank from a spring and now cannot age. The youngest son Jesse Tuck meets Winnie and stops her from drinking from the spring. Because she discovers its power the family have to kidnap her for her own safety to explain. Having been brought up in quite an austere home she loves being with this odd family and she and Jesse bond and practically fall in love. It’s a shame it doesn’t work out but it is relationship you really root for because they are such a cute couple.

5.   Allie Hamiliton and Noah Calhoun (The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks)

 
There’s nothing more romantic than spending pretty much your entirely life trying to prove to a girl you love her. And then making her realise it and having to do it all again as she begins to slip away through Dementia I feel emotional just thinking about it!

6.   Eleanor and Park (Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell)

 
I read this a few months back and I loved it! I particularly loved the couple within it the diversity: Eleanor is ginger and slightly overweight, Park is Asian and a bit of an odd-sort at their school. These are normal people to me, not ‘odd’ characters at all which is probably why I adore their realistic story.

So I couldn’t think of a 7th and I didn’t want to force the question I know that there a plenty of lovely romantic couples out there to choose from but the above 6 are definitely the ones I feel for the most!

Which couples are your favourites? Tweet me or comment below (comments don’t show up on the blog page but I always respond Google+)

Happy Reading!

 

 

Bookish Bingo Catch Up


So at the start of the year I told you about this challenge I was doing: Bookish Bingo. A lot of you seemed interested in this idea and said yourself you were taking part. Since we’re nearing the halfway point of the year I thought it was about time I did a re-cap of my progress in said challenge.
Here is the original image of the Bingo Board created by: The Girly Geek: http://the-girlygeek.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/bookishbingochallenge.html



And here is the image of the Bingo board with blocks I have completed:

 



And hereis a list of the boxes ticked with the relevant book it corresponds to. There was no rule that one book was only allowed one box hence most of these boxes have been ticked!

Ø  Read a Memoir: I am currently reading ‘The C Word’ by Lisa Lynch and finding it incredibly!

Ø  Read a Book about a curse of prophecy: The Lord of the Rings series

Ø  Read a Modern Classic: The Chronicles of Narnia (sort of weak but it is considered a modern classic as it was written in the 1950s!)

Ø  Read a book that has been made into a TV series: The Chronciles of Narnia & Outlander & (technically) Lord of the Rings

Ø  Read a Book over 500 pages: Outlander by Diana Galbadon

Ø  Re-Read a book from your childhood: The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe

Ø  Read a book you chose because of the cover: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Ø  Read a Self-Published book: Beautifully Torn by Roanne Legg

Ø  Read a book with a LGBT main character: The Art of Being Normal

Ø  Read a book of poetry: Beautifully Torn & Construction of Magic by Louis Alan Swartz

Ø  Read a book with non-human characters: The Lord of the Rings & The Chronicles of Narnia & The Monster Calls & Moonchild

Ø  Read a Book with a Kick-Ass Female Heroine: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowsi

Ø  Read a Book based on a true story: I Truly Lament by Mathias B. Freese & The C Word by Lisa Lynch

Ø  Read a book with a one-word title: Outlander by Diana Galbadon

Ø  Read a book with a main character under 16: The Art of Being Normal & The Chronicles of Narnia

Ø  Read a book with a strong sibling relationship: The Chronicles of Narnia & My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Ø  Read a book about Time-Travel: Outlander

Ø  Read the second book in a series: The Chronicles of Narnia ‘Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe’ and Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring book 2

Ø  Read a book set in a small town: The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece