Top 5 Wednesday: Characters on the Naughty List

Happy Wednesday everyone,

Here is something I haven’t done in a while which is Top 5 Wednesday, and the topic is:

December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
–These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones

With the TV series almost coming to a close Cersie Lannister has proven why she is the baddest bitch of Westeros. The reason she is on the naughty list is mainly all the killing and murdering she did in order to become Queen again.

Elle’s stepmother from Geekerella

All Elle does is to go the ball, i mean Sci Fi convention, and she always belittles Elle with every chance she gets. She also puts down her father and the convention in the process.

Hailey from The Hate U Give

 

A classmate of Starr’s who is basically a racist. She tends to downgrade a lot of Starr’s tumblr posts featuring Emmett Till and also belittles the shooting and basically assuming that Khalil was a thug or drug dealer.

The Boys from the Nowhere Girls

Okay, while there are a few boys who are nice, most of the boys in that high school were mainly misogynist who viewed all of the girls like objects and also lead a gang rape of one girl, Lucy, and would harass all the other girls at the school.

Littlefinger from Game of Thrones

I know, another person from Game of Thrones, but while it was nice to see him scheme his way through Westeros, he is of course not to be trusted. He even tried to manipulate Arya and Sansa but of course failed to do so. He basically started the entire conflict set up in Game of Thrones.

Those are characters who will be getting coal in their stocking. What characters are on your naughty list? Let me know in the comments below.

Game of Thrones Season Seven review (Spoilers)

Hello everyone,

With the seventh season of Game of Thrones coming to a close it is only befitting that I review this season. I was initially going to do an episode by episode review but I realized that would take up so much time.

The season sort of picks up where the last season left off. Jon Snow is King of the North with the Starks having control over Winterfell, but is now dealing with the threat of the White Walkers north of The Wall. Daenerys Targaryen, just reached Dragonstone with her three dragons and finally reached Westeros with her allies; Yara Greyjoy, The Dornish fleet and the Tyrells. Cersei being just crowned Queen is trying to make her moves in order to consolidate power.

This season was seven episodes long and everything was moving pretty fast. When Jon Snow went to Daenerys for help with the White Walkers it didn’t take long to reach Dragonstone from Winterfell, when in earlier seasons it would take episodes for a character to reach their destination it took just the same episode.

The meeting of Jon and Daenerys was something that fans have been hoping for. Many since the show started started shipping them, even though it was revealed last season that Jon Snow is actually the son of Rhaeghar Targaryen and Lynna Stark, so it makes Jon Snow, Daenerys nephew so their relationship is very incest. But hey this is also a show in which a twin brother and sister also have sex and produced three children.

One of my gripes with this season was how Daenerys had allies and then were lost within an episode. She lost Yara Greyjoy and Dorne to Euron’s fleet very easily and the Tyrells to the Lannister army. I think it was to speed up Jon and Dany.

 

Another plot dealt with the reunion of the surviving Stark children. First it was Bran who became the Three-eyed Raven and then Arya. The reunion plot line dealt mostly with Arya and Sansa, both reuniting after being through some shit. Both also wondering if they would trust each other, with Littlefinger trying to pull the strings. But in the end, they realize that Littlefinger shouldn’t be trusted and he gets executed which was a glorious scene to watch.

The end of the season comes in which a council meeting being set up with all of the kingdoms represented, in order to deal with the White Walker situation, and the tension was very high, with Cersei doing a little backroom deal with Euron, and Jamie finally telling his sister off, and telling her that is was a stupid idea.

While this season was a short season with seven episodes, it still told a lot of story. It also moved the plot even more forward with only 13 episodes left. You can tell from this season that the end or “Winter” is coming. Six more episodes and the show is over. It does fell weird that I am watching the show ending rather than reading it, but George RR Martin didn’t finish the books yet.

I felt this season was really good, while not as good as season six but still a great season. you see everything is coming to an end, and I am excited to see how the series ends.

Grade: A

Best Episode: The Wolf and the Dragon

Season MVP: Leanna Heady and Sophie Turner

Top 5 Wednesday: Books as Events Themes

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

May 10th: Books as Event Themes
— It’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme??

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Another great topic, because theme parties are always great to have.

A Red Wedding from A Song of Ice and Fire

Okay, so it won’t have the violence of the actual Red Wedding, but a Game of Thrones type wedding will be good. I would hopefully troll the guests by playing “The Rains of Castamere” and see who would start running for the exits.

Lord of the Rings

Any Lord of the Rings themed party would be amazing. I would even make food from Middle Earth.

The works of Stephen King

This would be an amazing Halloween party and everyone would dress up as their favorite character from a Stephen King novel. My favorite would be Pennywise from It.

Heartless

A Queen of Hearts themed party would be amazing, and it would be set like Alice in Wonderland.

The Wizard of Oz

Maybe its because I am on a Wicked kick, but I have always loved the land of Oz, and the world it created. Also for my own personal taste the party will be a heavy rotation of Wicked songs.

Those are the book theme parties I would like to have. What book theme parties would you like? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Fix YA-Adaptations

Hello everyone,

This is a discussion post about YA adaptations, their success and failures and how to fix them so that we could actually get excited about our favorite books being adapted for the big screen.

This is something I was thinking about for quite sometime now ever since the fact that Allegiant part 2 is going to be a Made-for-TV movie. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Allegiant both the book and the movie, it would have been nice to at least see it finish on the big screen. Also with the recent failings of The 5th Wave. While I didn’t read the book I did however watch the movie. I thought it was okay, it did seem a bit generic but I still enjoyed the movie, the movie however bombed and the sequels were most likely canceled.

There maybe a glimmer of hope with Ready Player One, set to come out in 2018 and it has Steven Spielberg directing. If that movie turns out really well and I hope it does it could put us back to having good YA adaptations.

So here is my opinion on how to fix the YA adaptations genre:

Stop splitting the final movie in two.

Ever since the final Harry Potter movie came out; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were split in two, having part one released in November and part 2 in July. This of course led to the series making more money. Other series began following this with Breaking Dawn, Mockingjay and Allegiant, splitting the final movie into two parts. Harry Potter, kinda had a reason being that the book was so big that it couldn’t fit everything into one movie. I still enjoyed the both movies, but I felt the need to watch the movies back to back to fully enjoy the movies.

By splitting the movie into two parts it feels that the movie is a little disjointed. In one movie you have all build up and no payoff and the next movie is all payoff but no build up. You have to see the movies back-to-back. The problem is waiting a year to see the next half of the movie.

As a lover of film trilogies; Back to the Future, Star Wars original trilogy and Lord of the Rings, part of me would be a little peeved if I had to see a Return of the King part 1 and 2 instead of seeing Return of the King as an epic finally to a trilogy. The fact that Allegiant part 1 didn’t perform well in the box office and now part 2 being shown on TV, is an example of splitting the final book going horribly wrong. I just hope that in the future adaptations stop trying to split the final book into two movies.

Don’t make bad changes to adaptations

I know making an adaptation is very hard, unlike books where the length can be however long you want it, movies usually need at least a 2 hr run-time, so most likely a lot of stuff will be cut for time. It’s not just the changes but it’s the bad changes that ruin the adaptation. An example I could give is when Eragon first came out, I didn’t read the book but a few friends of mine did. After the movie, while I thought the movie was very generic, my friends hated it. They basically said they made way to many changes that it would make adapting the next book impossible.

You say this a lot with Percy Jackson as well. Cutting characters and main plot details just ruined the movie in its entirety. While a lot of the adaptations that I did really like such as; Harry Potter and the Hunger Games also made several changes to the movie, but some were small or cut because the book was already very big i.e Goblet of Fire. When those movies made changes it didn’t take out what made the book great in the first place and didn’t piss off the fans of the book.

A possible solution is to have the writing at least have a say in working on the adaptation. The author can task the writers with what to cut and what the keep and make sure that the adaptation is run smoothly. A good example is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. She actually wrote the adaptation of the movie and while changes were made it still was a good movie regardless. Even JK Rowling had a say in the adaptation of the Harry Potter series.

Stop trying to “follow the leader”

This is a term in which when a specific genre within the YA books are adapted than there is several movies also in that genre also being adapted. An example started back when Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings had their movies. Both of those franchises made money so other studios wanted to adapt other fantasy novels as well. We ended up with Eragon, Spiderwick Chronicles, Narnia and so much others that ended up failing. When Twilight came out the focus was vampires and the supernatural. We ended up with Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, Cirque du Freak and Beautiful creatures which all also bombed. The same thing happened with Hunger Games and dystopian novels being adapted like Maze Runner and Divergent. While both did well in the beginning they did seem to dip in profits and quality as well.

In the opinion, the reason why we loved The Hunger Games movies was because it wasn’t another Twilight, or it didn’t deal with anything supernatural, it was different and that’s why people came in droves to see the Hunger Games.

Maybe try adapting into television.

When the Song of Ice and Fire books were first published, there was talk about it being a movie for years before the idea of a TV series was going to happen. A TV show was best thing that could of happened. While changes were made to the story , it did keep with the spirit of the books. The show is of course a huge hit and even yesterday winning Outstanding Drama Series for the second year in a row at the Emmys.

Other books are also making the movie into television. After the Mortal Instruments movie failed at the box office canceling any hope for a sequel, the book was adapted into a TV show called Shadow hunters which is a hit on Freeform. The same is said about the 100 on the CW, most people who hated the book love the TV show because it can expand the world of the book without the 2 hr run time that a movie will most likely ruin.

The news of Sarah J Maas series, Throne of Glass being a TV series is actually much better than making a movie. With a series, characters can be expanded and TV show could do a better  job with world building than a movie can.

Those are my opinions on YA adapations and how to fix them. How do you think YA adaptations can be better? Let me know in the comments below.

Game of Thrones Season Six Review with Spoilers

Yeah, I meant to do an episode by episode review of the season but than I got really bust and didn’t have time to watch the episodes live, so this is me doing a season six review of Game of Thrones.

This season, in my opinion is seriously the best season the show has put out since season three. I really liked that this was the season in which stuff was getting done, story lines are moving forward. Also as a book reader I was excited for what the season had to offer because since the last two books Winds of Winter and Dreams of Spring hasn’t been released yet I really didn’t know what was going to happen.

Lets discuss some story lines. First Bran’s story line in sort of flashing back to when Ned Stark was fighting in the war. He was finding out some family secrets with the help of the Three-Eyed-Raven and also learning the significance of the White Walkers and where they came from.

One of the key parts is in the episode The Door in which he was flashing back to when Ned was a child and met Hodor who could actually speak, but while he was there he may have led to Hodor’s sanity and maybe Bran is manipulating time, especially when Hodor was told to “Hold The Door” which led to him saying Hodor, and also his death.

Another key story line was Arya in Bravoss. When working for the Faceless Men she is tasked to killing an actress, who basically stars in a Westeros version of the Ember Island Players from Avatar: The Last Air Bender. After she fails her tasks, she ditches the Faceless Men, but soon after she confronts Walder Frey in the best way possible; killing him after letting him know she killed his sons and baked them in a pie.

While Maisse Williams and the Arya story line was pretty brief within the episodes it did make an impact on her character and her development.

In the Iron Island, after the death of Balon Greyjoy, Euron takes control and willing to kill both  Yara and Theon to take his power. Yara and Theon leaves to make their way to Meeran in order to meet Dany, and start an alliance with her. While it was also a brief story line it did lead to Yara and Dany shippers.

After Daenerys, manages to leave the Dothraki army she finally returns to Meeran and trying to maintain control from the Slavers with the help of Tyrion, and in Battle of the Bastards she succeeds by using her dragons. Also with the help of Yara and Theon finally manages to maker way to Westeros while also naming Tyrion, Hand of the Queen.

At the wall, Jon Snow coming back from the dead is now dealing with the fact that Ramsey Bolton has Rickon and using him as a bargaining chip in order to get Sansa back. Snow is trying to form an alliance with other house in order to have an army to fight Ramsey Bolton to back back Winterfell. The Battle of The Bastards episode was such a great episode, with great visuals and Ramsey Bolton being the bastard that he kills Rickon by making him run towards Jon and killing him right when Jon gets to him.

When it felt that all hope was lost, Sansa with the help of Littlefinger brings to Knights of the Vale in order to fight the battle with Jon Snow defeating Ramsey in a hand-to-hand combat. It was so great seeing the the Stark banner back in Winterfell and seeing the Starks reclaim the North. Also the Ramsey Snow death scene was so good to watch especially seeing Sansa feed Ramsey to his dogs.

Finally in Kings Landing, Cersei is dealing with the power struggles in regards to her sin, King Tommen and the Grand Maester who basically took over Kings Landing and his ruling by proxy. Cersei is spending most of the season trying to gain power back at Kings Landings and it comes to a head at the finale when she is suppose to be on trial, she doesn’t show up and in her absence burns the trial room and all inside including the Grand Maester and Queen Margery. King Tommen then kills himself which leads to Cersei becoming Queen once again. But not before killing most of her enemies including the Nun who “shamed” her.

What a great season it was and it took so many twist and turns. It really pushed the stories forward and you could tell that the show is coming to close. Dany, and her crew is on their way to Westeros. Cersei is on her way to becoming the Mad Queen and the Starks took back the North. It was truly one of the best seasons the show has done.

Grade: A+

Season MVP: Kit Harrington and Lena Heady

Season Best Episodes: The Door, Battle of The Bastards and The Winds of Winter.

 

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2: Home (with Spoilers)

And now for my episode 2 review of Game of Thrones, and this episode is where the story really picks up.

We see Bran Stark, after being absent for all of the previous season, getting visions of his fathers life when he was a child and seeing Hordor who was called Willis actually talk. It is also worth noting how much puberty Bran went through in the course of the season. He also gets word of an impending war that is fast approaching.

The next story line is seeing Ramsey Snow taking control and trying to one up Joffrey in the being an awful person. He first kills his father Roose Bolton and then kills his baby brother who was just born along with the mother in order to maintain control. All I could say is yeah, Ramsey Snow is truly worse than Joffrey. While Joffrey was more drunk with power, Ramsey Snow is someone who would kill someone just to watch that person die and be amused by it.

Another plot is one of the Iron Isles and the death of Balon Greyjoy at the hands of his brother. As someone who read the books, this was a long time coming since he was killed in third book. This will basically introduce a power struggle for control of the Iron Isles.

Arya Stark is still blind and getting her training from the nameless men. While it was brief it still, hopefully it will lead to something in the future.

On Meeran, Tyrion is still dealing with the dragons with the absence of Daenerys, and keeping the people in line and maintaining order.

There was also a few brief scenes with Sansa, Brienne and Theon, with Theon leaving while the rest go to Castle Black.

Now for the one that everyone wants to know. JON SNOW LIVES!!!!!! While it was a little cliched how it happened, and I knew his eyes would open at the last minute than cut to credits, but it was handled well and kept me on my toes.

Overall, I thought the episode was much better than the premiere and really set up what is to come of the season which also gets me excited.

Tell me what you thought of the episode and do you have any theories comment below!

 

 

Game of Thrones Season Six Premiere: The Red Women (w/Spoilers)

Game of Thrones is back for season six, and now comes the part where everybody does not know what’s going to happen next because George RR Martin hasn’t even finished the last two books and the show finally caught up with the books.This is actually pretty exciting for me because I don’t have friends pestering me over what happens next.

What I am going to do is review each episode of season six and discuss them with you. I will also be posting spoilers so if you haven’t seen the episode yet do not read, unless you want to be spoiled.

Now the season six premiere like most of the season premieres in Game of Thrones picks up right where the previous season left off and in that case, Jon Snow dead after being stabbed several times. I know there is many theories that predict Jon Snow isn’t really dead, he will be resurrected and etc. but as of the writing for this review he is pronounced dead. Now there maybe a civil war between the nights watch man who support Jon Snow and the other watchman who don’t. This could be something that plays well into the season.

Next is Theon/Reek and Sansa escaping from Winterfell with Ramsey Bolton’s men out to get them. Of course they are both saved by Brienne and Podrick, with Brienne swearing her allegiance to Sansa, and Sansa accepting.

Another cliffhanger from last season was the poising of Mycella who was engaged to marry the Prince of Dorne, and now that she is dead, Queen Cersei believes in the witches prophecy that her three children will die. Also on Dorne the women have taken over by killing both the prince and his son, while also maybe declaring war on the Lannisters.

After escaping on her Dragon, Daenerys is now a prisoner for the Dothraki, and hoping to use the fact that she was marrid to Khal Drogo before he died, it actually backfired and now has to live the rest of her time in a temple for the widows. While on Meeran, Tyrion and Varys are now dealing with the aftermath of Daenerys escape and trying to keep the city in order.

All in all, I think this was a good season premiere that attempted to tie up what happened at the end of the previous season and also set up what is to come for the upcoming season. I will not grade each episode until I give my season review.