Hamilton Book Tag

Okay, here is an exciting Tag and it is based on one of my favorite musicals Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which is a telling of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. I wasn’t tagged but this excites me so I am doing it.

The musical is very good, which I may review because every song is good. If you can’t afford tickets because Broadway tickets listen to soundtrack on spotify  and you will not regret it.

The tag was originally done by maureenkeavy

The Room Where It Happens | Book world you would put yourself in

At 11 years old, who didn’t want to live in the Wizarding World and go to school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Schuyler Sisters: An Underated Female Character

Sabriel from Sabriel, who I see as a badass warrior but is never really mentioned along side the other leading leadies of YA

My Shot | A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

Jonas from Falling Kingdom, I know he was a bit whinny in the first book but that never stopped him leading a rebellion against the king.

Stay Alive | A character you wish was still alive

Enough said.

Burn | The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

If you have read the series, you know why.

The Reynolds Pamphlet | A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

For Gone Girl, this it me by suprise. Steelheart was the defination of what I didn’t see coming and the less I say about The Song of Ice and Fire the better.

Non-stop | A series you marathoned

After reading Cinder I juped right into Scarlet and Cress and then waiting pratically a year and half for Winter.

Satisfied | Favorite book with multiple POVs

This is what I think is the definitive fantasy series and that really nails how to do multiple points of view.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story | A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Lunar Chronicles really nails how to do fairy tale retelling and mixing in Sci Fi while telling a compelling story.

Harry Potter, after almost 10 years since the publiation of Deathly Hallows, the fandom is bigger and better than ever.

Helpless | A relationship you were pulling for from the very start

From the first few page, who didn’t want to see them together.

Ten Duel Commandments | Favorite fight scene

Cinder vs. Levena, the Luke vs. Vader of the series

Say No To This | Guilty pleasure read

I don’t care what anyone says, I thought the books was awesome, and better than the TV show.

Right Hand Man | Favorite BROTP

Will and Jem, Brolationship goals.

What’d I Miss | A book or series you were late to reading

Just started reading a few months ago and so far it is amazing.

That was hard but very fun. Thanks for reading!

Lunar Chronicles Movie Dream Cast

Hello everyone,

This is a first for me, it is what I like to call a Movie Dream cast in which I take one of my favorite book series and make my own cast for that particular adaptation for either a movie or TV series for this one I am doing The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa. It is one of my favorite book series and now let’s get started.

For this I am naming at least 3 candidates who I think should be cast as the characters.

First our main female lead Linh Cinder, who is a mechanic who happens to be part cyborg, but is essentially the emotional core of the series. Here are my 3 picks

  1. Shay Mitchell: She is who Marissa Meyer pictured when writing Cinder, and I think she is good pick. I think she could pull off the sass but also a lot of the emotional scenes especially what will come up in furture books
  2. Chloe Bennet: From Agents of Shield, I think she could really pull of a lot of the action scenes especially in Scarlet, Cress and Winter. Also, in season 2 and 3 of Agents of Shield, see also pulls off a lot of dramatic movements.
  3. Seychelle Gabriel: I know she is mostly does voice work, and from what people see her as Princess Yue from the Last Airbender movie we do not speak of. She did do voice work on Legend of Korra, and I think she also has the look of Cinder. She also showed off some action scenes in Falling Skies.

Next on the character list in Prince/Emperor Kai, love interest to Cinder and Emperor of Commonwealth (formerly China). Also should be very handsome. For this one I have two.

  1. Harry Shum Jr: From Glee and now playing Magnus on the Shadow hunters series. And with a suit, and the looks he could be a good Kai.
  2. Ki Hong Lee: From the Maze Runner movies and also from Kimmy Schmidt  he has the looks, but also the range to be Kai. Going from seriuos leader to a man unlucky in love. I can picture him as Kai.

The next character is the red headed Scarlet. Caring Scarlet who has to look for her grandmother, who has a dangerous secret. My choices are,

  1. Sophie Turner: With her work in Game of Thrones and the upcoming Xmen Apocalypse, she is coming up in the acting world, and if you watch Game of Thrones she has the performance capacity for the role.
  2. Holland Roden: From MTV’s Teen Wolf, so she has experience with wolves. But also does a good job in the show. 
  3. Georgie Henley: I know, she’s from another adaptation, the Narnia series. She is grown up, and I think she be a feisty, which is a good character trait for Scarlet. 

Our next hero is our favorite scoundrel, Carswell Thorne who I like to describe as Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly meets Jack Harkness of Torchwood/Doctor Who. A man who loves his ship and the ladies.

  1. Sam Clafin: Finnick from Hunger Games. I see him as a cocky young scoundrel who did a great job as Finnick in the Hunger Games series. 
  2. Colton Haynes: Also from Teen Wolf and more recently Arrow. Good looking, charming everything Thorne is. 
  3. Armie Hammer: “He’s 6’5 220 and there’s two of him” not really. But he also has the charm to play Thorne. Yes, he was in a few flops, but was great in The Social Network and J. Edgar. 

Next is Wolf, a Lunar operative turned good. A charming bad boy with a heart of gold. My choices are:

  1. Nathan Parsons: From Vampire Diaries/The Originals. I know he plays a wolf in both shows you see a little dark side in him. 
  2. Dan Ewing: From Power Rangers RPM. His character started off as lone wolf trying to escape is past. Then he joins the rangers, sort of like Wolf in the book. 

Next character is Cress. The young girl who lives in a satellite and never seen Earth. With her wide eyes here are my choices:

  1. Anna Sophia Robb: She has those bright eyes, and is young actress I would love to see get more work.   
  2. Evanna Lynch: This is also an obvious choice. I admit I pictured her when reading the book. Her bright eyes also fit. 
  3. Carmen Bicondova: While I am very mixed on Gothan. She is great as future Catwomen and also has those innocent eyes Cress has. 

Next up is Winter, Queen Levana’s step daughter who doesn’t use her Lunar gifts which has some side effects. She also has an innocence towards her. I have 2 great choices.

  1. Amandla Stenberg: Rue, from the Hunger Games, now she is grown up and I think has the innocence to play Winter. 
  2. Zendaya Coleman: Also has the look of innocence Winter has, but also grown as a young actress.  

Last for the heroes is Jacin Clay, works for Levana who is really with Princess Winter. Also very charming.

  1. Lucas Till: from X-men and also the charming cowboy from the Hannah Montana movie. He was also in the running to play Peeta. 
  2. Taron Edgerton: from Kingsman, he can really act and in Cress, I think we can play someone who you don’t know what side is he on. 
  3. Hunter Parrish: After Weeds, I would like to see him in more stuff. He was great on Broadway, in Spring Awakening. 

Next is some of the supporting characters. First is the wicked Stepmother Lihn Adri

  1. Sandra Oh: If you watch Grey’s Anatomy, you should know 
  2. Lucy Liu: She did very well playing cold-hearted on Ally Mcbeal 
  3. Yunjim Kim: She was very good on Lost, and deserves a lot more work. 

Next the good Dr. Erland. An ally to Cinder and a good wise man and great Mentor. My choices are:

  1. Martin Freeman : Bilbo, Watson, and Lester. In Fargo he proved he can handle dramatic material and be more than Sherlock’s sidekick. 
  2. Mandy Patinkin: He is amazing on Homeland, and also plays a mentor to Carrie, the main lead on Homeland. 
  3. Christoph Waltz: Yes he usually plays a bad guy, but I think it would be nice for him to play a good guy. 

Now for the main villains. First Sybill Mara, Queen Levana right hand women. My choices are:

  1. Emily Blunt: She proved herself with Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario, she is a capable actress that can handle action. 
  2. Ruth Negga: She is someone who can play cold-hearted bitch. She did it on Agents of Shield.     
  3. Ruth Wilson: If you watch Luther, you will see why. 

Next is Aimery Park: Sybill’s Mara’s replacement, also as cold as Sybill Mara

  1. Taye Diggs: I really want to see him play a villain. 
  2. Djimon Hounsou: One of favorite actor, who deserves more than being a glorified extra in Guardians of the Galaxy. 
  3. Idris Elba: Another great actor who in after seeing Beasts of No Nation. I can see him playing a great villain role. 

Now for the main villain Queen Levana. This was a tough one.

  1. Lana Parilla: I know too obvious, I couldn’t resist. She is great on Once upon a Time and Levana wouldn’t be that big a stretch for her. 
  2. Morena Baccarin: She has the look, and the acting style. She can pull it off. 
  3. Madeline Stowe: Watching Revenge right now and she can pull off being a cold-calculating bitch. 

Now for the writer and director. I also think Marissa Meyer should also be involved. For the writers I choose:

Jane Espenson: Who wrote for Once Upon a Time, Torchwood and Battlestar Galactica. She could just combine all of those and make a great movie. 

Another writer is Marti Noxon: who as written Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 

Both women, I think has the capacity to write compelling female characters in both the heroes and the villains.

Now for the directors. This is another tough one. I have chosen.

Joss Whedon: Avengers, Buffy, Firefly, he has written anything with geekdom. He could also handle a great cast of characters who have distinct personalities that has to work together. Now that he is done with Avengers, this is another series he could be a part of. 

Kenneth Branagh: He directed the first Thor movie and also the 2015 Cinderella (haha) and could pull off creating the world of the Lunar Chronicles. 

There you have it my sort Lunar Chronicles movie. I know I may missed some supporting characters. I will get to them. And if you have your own ideas for casting, let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

Lunar Chronicles Book 4: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Summary (Via Goodreads)Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

My Thoughts: This is how you finish a series. With a lot of series that I read and really like, the problem I have with most of them is that the final book is either disappointing, underwhelming or anti-climatic. This book has none of those. I really enjoyed this book and it was a really great conclusion to this epic series.

Now let’s talk about the characters. I love how each of the characters uses their skills, whether it is Cress, hacking computers, Cinder being a skilled mechanic or Throne with his wit and charm. I really love how the ensemble works together. Even though this is the book that Winter is finally introduced and fully fleshed out, but also the other characters managed to have good character development. If I were to nitpick I think the characters with the least is Wolf and Scarlet, but even then they had a lot of their development is Scarlet.

Queen Levana, is one of my favorite villains. My problem with Fairest, was that it gave us Levana’s backstory even though we already knew from the previous books. But I loved how evil she was, and in the end she just wants to be beautiful. The climatic fight between Cinder and Levana was so intense and really gave us both a glimpse into our hero and villian.

Now for our new character Winter. She is amazing. I love that she refuses to use her glamour in her people even though it is disfiguring her. Her relationship with Jacin was very well done and I really like how Jacin really cares about her.

In the end this book also did a good job at tying up loose ends that needed to be tied up. All the major characters had their stories end. I know some of the criticisms was that they all lived happily ever after, but I like that they lived happily ever after because the characters all went on a journey and had dealt with so much that they deserve their happy ending.

All in all, the series was very well done. I loved every book (besides Fairest), all the characters and would happily reread the series.

Grade: 5/5