Posted in Books, Gaming, Introvert, movies, Review, The Laughing Box, The Real Life, video games, Xbox One

Falling Off The Face Of The Earth

Have you ever gone into a room, looked around and wondered why you were in there? I mean, you had to have been looking for something, right? And yet, you have no idea what you were looking for.

This same concept can be added to why I haven’t made a post since November when I wrote about the Skyrim: Special Edition. I have meant to write a post here and there, maybe something goofy or silly or serious, but I never made it to the laptop to start writing. On the other hand, the husband, Falcon Reviews, has been doing a fabulous job of writing and keeping his blog up-to-date, and I’m the writer.

Unfortunately, the last time I made a post was about a week or two before finals began. I had two term papers to write, two normal-ish tests, and two ginormous tests that sucked out my brains and possibly my soul. I became nothing. So it should come to no surprise that I did not have it in me to write during Christmas break, or even last week when I had to spread my wings and crawl out of my introverted shell, again. Le sigh.

I have some posts that I am eagerly working on, and by working on I mean they’re in my head. I want to have a post a week at least if not more than that from here on out. I can’t really call myself a writer or a communications degree major if I’m not communicating with the world around me.

So please, take this an my apology for allowing my recluse side to take over and vanquish any sort of normalism I may have from time to time.

What I am planning to write

  • I got the husband ReCore for Christmas but somehow he ended up dragging me into it and now I have to write a review. Well, I don’t have to, but I’m gonna!
  • I plan to write a post about how women think they should look after they give birth vs. how society makes them feel how they should look
  • My 2017 in the making!
  • A review on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. the movie adaptation
  • Probably something about books or a book
  • IDK I’ll think of something though

This is tentative and will not be in order.

Stay tuned!

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Posted in Books, Opinion, Review, The Laughing Box

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child-Book Review

This play released on July 31st. The announcement of the book sent a wave of excitement through the world and, obviously, through the Harry Potter fan club.

The wave was felt for a long time before the play’s release. The community gathered for midnight release games and fun to enjoy the release of the book/play.

And then the community read the play. And fans were sad. Fans became disappointed. Fans got on the internet and to show their exasperation through reviews and disappointed posts on social media.

My first realization let down of the play was when I realized though her name is printed on the book that J.K. Rowling didn’t actually write The Cursed Child. Dun dun dunnn. Ouch.

The second let down I had was when I realized that the play wasn’t actually going to give me a story I hadn’t yet read. Second ouch.

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So I have gathered not only my thoughts and a list of pros and cons but also the same from someone not me that has read the play. This way you don’t just get my sour thoughts but also someone else’s as well.

First off

Since it seems like a big deal to everyone that people didn’t realize it has been written in script/play form. So as you continue on please keep in mind that yes I realized this before I purchased it. And no it makes no difference to me. And yes I realize that it doesn’t allow for more storytelling. However, have you ever read Midsummer Night’s Dream? It was written in script form and yet you get a full story. Even Metamorphosis is a play and you get a full story. There are ways around this and you can still put a whole story together. Maybe have it be a little longer or release and extended version.

August 1st

I received my copy in the late afternoon on August 1st.

August 4th 

I started reading my copy once I had finished the third installment of the Pendragon series. And writing an extra 2,000 words in my novel (wee!).

August 5th noonish

I finished my copy full of disappointment and wondering what I just read.

And I am, fortunately, not alone. If you care to click here to read the numerous reviews on Amazon.com of fans who are just as let down as I am.

I was stoked to have received my copy and to say that I wanted to not go back to work in order to start my book would be absolutely 100% true. I mean, I would skip work every day if that meant I could stay home to read a book, but that’s just me.

Alas, I digress (or is it earwax?).

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Here is where the spoilers begin. If you haven’t read the book/play then go do that before continuing on. I am not one to make a review minus spoilers. Ain’t happenin. Go read it. Or don’t and continue on. 

My list

  1. Not written by Rowling (didn’t realize this until after I got the book/play)
  2. Unfortunately for the actual authors, you can tell… Bad
  3. Fanfiction… DING DING DING. Not good fanfiction either
  4. Characters are not believable (you can’t tell me that they would say what is written in this book. Really?)
  5. Not convincing enough to make me believe it would actually be what happened after the seventh book. Not even a little bit.
  6. No new material (unless you count the “plot twist” which is full of loopholes, so no)
  7. Not an original idea. Because it just takes off from the excerpt the real author gave us at the end of Deathly Hallows 
  8. The characters feel awkward and not true to themselves (also where is Tonks and Lupin’s kid?)
  9. Delphi… The whole character shouldn’t exist
  10. WTF????!!!! <—— my thought throughout the entire book/playsnape-is-disappointed

Now you may think that some of my points are a little harsh since Rowling didn’t write it but wait and I will explain myself.

My friend’s pro/con list

Pros

  1. A different perspective to the magical world than Rowling’s
  2. Getting to read about our favorite characters
  3. Seeing how the romantic relationships are 20 years later
  4. The children-seeing their personalities and getting to know them as characters
  5. Bellatrix being the person Voldemort would choose to, uh, create an evil child with
  6. The connections of friendship-Harry with Hermione and Ron/Albus with Scorpius

Cons

  1. Characters are not true to themselves and are not believable
  2. The various future outcomes of “what if” are not necessary
  3. Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry attitudes- I am not convinced that Harry would ever speak to Ginny like that
  4. Rose’s personality-how could Ron and Hermione raise a kid to be that big of a prat?
  5. Title did not reflect the books content
  6. You can tell that Rowling didn’t write it

I have to agree with her list. Number 5 of the pros list is a big one for me too. If any of the Death Eaters were going to be the baby momma to the Dark Lord then it would be Bellatrix. BUT if she had been pregnant at any point during the books (and that is how Rowling saw it) then wouldn’t we have read about it? And just to add a sour note, you’re gonna tell me that she birthed a baby and then died mere days afterward? Cuz, you know, that isn’t depressing or anything.

I think that her pro and con list is self explanatory but if you have questions regarding them then hit me up in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

As for my list, well keep reading.

Number 1– J.K. Rowling didn’t write it… And then she allowed her name to be attached to it as though she did. FALSE! Why would you let something that doesn’t even read like your stuff be published? Anyone who loves Harry Potter will forever be fans regardless of whether you continue writing or not. We have closure. For those who don’t have closure then you can write your own fanfiction, just make sure it is better than this.

Number 2– You can tell she didn’t write it… This is bad, bad, bad because not only does it keep in the forefront of my mind that it isn’t her work, but I also can’t believe what I am reading. The characters presented in this book/play may have the names of the characters from Harry Potter but they do not behave like those characters did. Even forty years later, these people are not who we are meant to believe they are. #sorrynotsorry

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Number 3– It is fanfiction… It really is. Two guys published what they believe happened after the seventh book. If it isn’t written by the OA, and uses the characters/theme/setting/plot of the original book(s). Make you think of anything?

Number 4– Characters are not believable… Uhh, I cannot believe that 20 years would cause Harry to ever tell his son, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, that sometimes he wishes he weren’t his son…. That is just one of the examples but the biggest one that sticks in my head.

Number 5– Not convincing enough… I don’t believe the story. Harry and his middle son have trouble because the son is full of poor me? Not happening. Voldemort impregnating Bellatrix and the books never  mentioned it? I realize that there are times when we don’t see her but not almost ten months worth, definitely not long enough for her to be pregnant and have a child (remember when she tortured Hermione?).

Number 6– Nothing new was added to the story. Sure we got to see the kids older and more grown up but it was a pity party the entire time. There wasn’t much in character growth and I didn’t feel like I really got to know the new characters very well. I understand it is a play but I have read plays with character growth.

Number 7– Not an original idea. Like I mentioned before the play only takes off with the excerpt from the seventh book and took off with the idea in their own way.

Number 8– The characters are not true to themselves. Like I said up above, the characters act in a way that is not believable or true to who they were in the original books. I know it has been 19-20 years but people don’t become assholes after working with each other to save the world.

Number 9– Delphi.. This character should never have been born. Not only did she immediately stand out to me as a potential antagonist but her title as cousin to Cedric and the daughter of Voldemort… Just, why?

Number 10– This isn’t really a problem but more of an overall disappointment number. I didn’t enjoy the book. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who won’t enjoy it because there will be plenty who do. I didn’t. These are my top nine reasons why I didn’t like it. I should also point out that I felt like there were far too many loopholes with the characters, going back in time, and Delphi. I don’t think it was a well thought out story. It felt more like a quick short story that they wanted to get out there so that they could start cashing in. I understand that it was written as a play but I don’t think that knowledge makes it any better. Regardless of what form you take the story in it still falls flat.

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So there you have it, my rant review on the new Harry Potter book/play. I hope it gives you the information you have been looking for. If you have any questions or whatever go ahead and leave a comment. I make a point of getting back to all those who comment on my posts.

Thanks so much for reading this! Have a great day.

 

Posted in Books, Gaming, The Laughing Box, The Real Life

THE FAT NERD INSIDE OF ME

I was going to bore you with a topic on politics and how much I hate the planet we live on (let’s go to another planet already, k?), but then I read a post about playing video games with your children and thought about my husband (and everyone says, “AWE!”).

Except we don’t have kids, so that isn’t the kind of post you get today. Sorry, pal.

I know I have mentioned my childhood a teeny tiny bit but I haven’t gone into the fullness of my nerdom.

I am the youngest of six children (you can read about that on my about page) with three older brothers and two older sisters. My sisters are not nerds or geeks or anything of the sort. Well, my oldest sister is a bit of a book nerd but she has four children soooo (and she is a wicked artist). But they’re not the type of nerd I am talking about today.

I am a video game nerd.

I will admit that I do not play as often or for as long as I did when I was in my teens but I have my moments.

When I was in High School I played the shit out of Halo 3… I was good too. Better than the middle-aged dudes who came home after work every day, drank beer, and played Halo. I really played only after I finished my homework and on the weekends (before I got a job).

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My teens were not when my nerdom began though. No, no, no my brothers convinced my parents (somehow) to let them get a Super Nintendo. I have no idea how old I was but I remember playing it. The tiny controller was just fine because it fit in my tiny child hands, though sometimes I couldn’t get to the buttons fast enough.

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My husband wrote about finding his long lost love of Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader the other day after thinking he was going to have to buy it for almost $100 on Amazon.

I remember playing games like Super Mario World (Yoshi will forever be one of my fav characters in a game), Paper Boy, Star Wars games (Return of the Jedi was pretty epic), and Mortal Kombat. Wow talk about a blast from the past. One of my brothers was super obsessed with Mortal Kombat. Remember the cheat code books you could buy? Well if he couldn’t find those he would spend hours finding out the codes on his own and filled notebooks with cheats. Of course, I never used them because he wouldn’t let us touch those notebooks. What a meany.

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Alas, I digress.

So the Super Nintendo was like WHOA, I mean you could play little animated dudes with a controller and ten inch TV (not kidding). It was a different kind of world.

Then a few years or so later we got the Nintendo 64. Say, what??? I was looking at the games I used to play on that console and was getting all kinds of excited as I took a walk down memory lane. There were some seriously epic games on the 64.

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My absolute fave games from that console were Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing (I need this in my life), Perfect Dark (the new version on the 360 was a disappointment), and Mario Kart 64. Now I am not trying to say that since the 64 that games haven’t had the same effect as OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT ABOUT THAT, it is just that I am older now and it has been far longer since the Super Nintendo and 64 were around in my life.

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There have been plenty of games since then that have caught my attention and that I will forever go back to. Halo: Combat Evolved, Mass Effect, Oblivion, Skyrim, Witcher, KOTOR, and Republic Commando. Those rank pretty high on the list.

Much like my reading my nerdiness for video games is a love for fiction and science fiction. I love space games far too much and I love fantasy. The fantasy has to be done right though. It has to be an RPG. I have strayed away from multiplayer games. My social bar has become slim to nothing, especially after working nine hours a day around people and having someone in my ear talking the entire time… Seriously, I get too worn out by customers. True story.

So playing an RPG is like playing my favorite book on the screen with a controller in my hand. The only thing better is watching a movie but they have to be really good if they’re going to match up to the book. I wonder how well I could create book characters in Dungeons and Dragons… Food for thought.

So if you were wondering why I called this post The Fat Nerd Inside of Me, well I feel like you guys only get to see the book nerd side of me and not what is really lying dormant underneath all of this black and white text.

I am planning on writing about my favorite bands, music, and the songs that really tap into my creativity. Beside booze, music gets me writing faster than anything else.

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane! Thank you for reading!

Hobey-Ho!

 

Posted in Books, Gaming, Marriage, Movie Thoughts, Opinion, Review, Stories, The Laughing Box, The Real Life, Update

DEAR READERS

I know I have some pretty sporadic posts from time to time; I don’t keep to a specific trend with my blog. So I have a question, what would you like to see me write about more? Random thoughts I have (ranting or raving), social media, book/movie/video game stuff, my marriage or relationship stuff, opinion pieces,or something else entirely?

I would love some feedback and any advice that you could give me. I am all ears!

Posted in Books, Movie Thoughts, movies, Opinion, Review, Stories, The Laughing Box, Uncategorized

The Divergent Series-Book vs. Movie Review/Rant-Mostly rant

SPOILERS

I am placing a spoiler alert at the beginning of this post because I just can’t help myself.

Divergent

This isn’t going to include characters or anything like that but just give an overall view of the book/movie.

I read all three books before the movie adaptations, and I have read Divergent multiple times (it is my favorite).

The book to movie adaptation was actually really good. Surprisingly so considering the last two adaptations (wtf happened?). We are introduced to Beatrice *Tris* (Shailene Woodley) early on in the movie, her faction, and her family. We see her struggle with trying to understand why she is different and what leads to her ultimate decision to join the Dauntless faction. There we see her change as she grows into the woman she will eventually become and as she falls in love with the delicious Four (Theo James). The movie leaves out some important characters (mainly Uriah) which is frustrating and messes up the rest of the movie adaptations.

Overall the movie does the book justice. There are some changes like when her mom comes to see her at the Dauntless place (it doesn’t happen that way in the book) but that change I can live with. The reason this bit about Divergent is so short is because the other two adaptations have left me with the feeling that I watched a standalone movie and something that wasn’t even based on a book.

Although the credits claim that the movie was based on the book series by Veronica Roth, what it should really say is LOOSELY based on the book series… No kidding.

Onward and upward

Insurgent

Let’s be honest, if you read the book and then watched the movie you had more than one moment where your mouth was gaping wide open in a “whaaaa” look… I left the theater angry, livid is a better word. As a fan I was beyond disappointed to see one of my favorite series changed in a way that didn’t even feel like the same story.

Story line

Um, let’s see. In the book people you care about get shot and killed, people get betrayed even though they’re trying to be nice, and some real shit goes down. Remember the bridge bit? Or what about when Tris and the others climb over the ladder to get to the Erudite building? Remember when that one guy fell off the ladder and got killed? Oh you didn’t read the book? Never mind then.

Some important moments that happened in the book did not take place in the movie and it killed it. And what the hell is that box? What is any of that stuff supposed to be about? Where did that whole idea come from?

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I believe drugs were involved in the making of this film

It is safe to say that the movie is vastly different from the book that it honestly felt like I was watching a movie not from the book.

The characters

Theo James’ acting is far superior to that of Shailene Woodley and it ruins the movie. Her acting is much like Nicholas Cage, same person over and over and over. Though that doesn’t mean that all of her acting skills in other movies (Fault in our Stars) it just isn’t what we needed in this series. She fit well in Divergent but didn’t grow with the character. Tris is a hardened soldier that has some breaks here and there due to all the trauma that has been dealt to her. She is a strong character that has seen some shit but we don’t see that in these last two films. I see a whiny little girl who doesn’t get her way. Instead of pulling strength from her pain like she does in the books, she allows it to cripple her in the movie. And again with the box… Just, why?

Now watch this:

Allegiant

This is what kicked off this whole post because I just got done watching it. I am honest when I say it has been a minute since I have read the book, however that is what the internet is for.

I have a hard time believing a movie is based on a book when, in two hours, it has 26 book to movie changes. Which means that the majority of the movie was changed… Does that give you much hope? IMDB gave the movie a 5.8/10 rating, Rotten Tomatoes (who I hate the majority of the time) gave it a 13%… A 13%.

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Whoever decided this was a good idea needs to lose their job

I honestly feel that Insurgent and Allegiant would be far better if they left out all of the CGI garbage and the techie stuff. It was unnecessary and takes away from the story. It is distracting.

With all of that aside the comparison between book and movie is just… awful. It isn’t even necessary for me to make this connection for you in sections like I usually do. It was all put on display for you in the second paragraph of this section. Literally. If you can’t decide how awful the movie is compared to the book, then you don’t get out much.

Every scene felt made up. I was turning to my husband every inch of the way and saying, “Yeah, that didn’t happen. And that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen.” I mean if you’re gonna take the base of a story and turn it into your own, why even bother naming it after the book? Why waste your time?

Continuing on. A bit of an aside but it has recently come to light that the next installment of the Divergent series won’t even make it to the big screen…. I will let that sink in for a moment. Meanwhile, go read that article here. HAHAHAHA! You plan to take the movie series that isn’t even based on the books anymore and turn it into a TV movie and then make a spinoff?? What spinoff? Who is okay with this?

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I read one where the title says something about Divergent fans aren’t happy about the news. Read that here. I am a huge fan of the books. Huge. Like it is one of my top five favorite series. That’s why I am so mad that they completely dropped the ball on the movie. Do I care if it ends? Not really. I didn’t go see Allegiant on the big screen because I remembered how livid I was after watching Insurgent. I wasn’t going to waste my money on Allegiant much less Ascendant.

Ugh, and they’re wanting to make it into a TV show. Uh, have you seen The Mortal Instruments show? Come on people, let it go (not a reference to Frozen).

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… and into the left field

……..

Conclusion

A little advice to producers, directors, and whomever else, when you wanna make a movie off of a book make sure that you don’t create something unrecognizable by real fans.

Sincerely,

Pissed off fan.

 

Posted in Books, Gaming, The Laughing Box, The Real Life

THE AWESOME SAUCE AWARD

So I may have a little bit of time on my hands but I want to start a new award. Recently my husband bestowed the Liebster Award to myself and my mother-in-law. I have seen many other bloggers participating in other various awards and having fun with it. Which brings me to my point, I want to start a blog award of my own!

Thus I have made The Awesome Sauce Award!

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This award should be given to the bloggers that you think qualify to be Awesome Sauce! If you have never heard the term awesome sauce then you need to research or go hang out with a  fifteen-year old girl- or me :).

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who has awarded you this awesome award, or don’t and be a jerk.
  2. Explain what the awesome sauce award IS (use my description or make your own!).
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Copy and Paste the rules
  5. Tag the bloggers you think qualify for this award!
  6. Have fun with it!

What IS the Awesome Sauce Award?

Well, this award goes out to all you peeps who write really well, have awesome pictures, or are just plain awesome! You can also award someone whose blog brings you peace or enjoyment. Maybe you giggle when you read a sentence they wrote, or you find the information they provided to be interesting/helpful. This award is meant to encourage and boost happiness levels as well as confidence in each other as bloggers. We are a community of nerds, writers, and newbies!

Recently our Nation, and the world, seem to be in a state of despair and tragic circumstances. It is our job as writers and entertainers to provide some positivity to the world. So make sure when you are sharing your post that you also share it on all of your social media outlets. Let’s make the world positive for at least ONE day. Bring some happiness and awesomeness to your friends, family, and the world!

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The Questions

  1. If you could buy ONE item RIGHT now, what would it be?
  2. If you were to write a book what would you write about?
  3. Would you recover a friendship with someone that you have lost contact with?
  4. What are you currently listening to that you’re slightly embarrassed about?
  5. What life goal have you recently accomplished?
  6. If you could provide a piece of advice to give to the world, what would it be?
  7. What are your dreams usually about (your literal dreams or your life dreams)?
  8. What could the world really take advantage of when it comes to media, life, the world in general?
  9. When you get home in the evening from work or school, what helps you relax? (Beside booze, we all know that helps).
  10. You just discovered you can teleport on will, where do you go?

Nominations

Now nominate some people that you think would love to get this award! There is no minimum or maximum number of people required for you to nominate but be genuine!

(I gotta be honest about the word nominations… It has NOM in the word which makes me giggle every time I read it. Nom nom nom.).

My Nominations

Jouska @thejouskablog (go check out her stuff! She’s funny!)

The Struggling Librarian (if you wanna read about books!)

Karla @lovepineapples (because you are awesome in so many ways!)

Shelby @falconreviews (he’s my hubby so of course he is awesome!)

The Nerd Girl @wanderingnerdgirl (two words: elephant rocks)

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The End is Near!

You have reached it to the end of this ridiculous post/award. I hope that you have found enjoyment in reading this and enjoy passing it on! Even if you have not been nominated and you read this, please accept this as me nominating you and pass it on! Have fun and enjoy life!