Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The love triangle...have you ever been torn? With book characters I mean.

The love Triangle. 

So many great books have it. And because of it ‘Teams’ were established. Yup, readers spiritually backed fictional characters—and everyone was ok with it. The book world, in fact, loves it. I love it. I’m a fan of a good team t-shirt, and image collage. 

Team names were even created. I am partial to Everlark. 

Teams came about because books were doing what books were mean to do. Books are meant to make an emotional connect, and/or at least generate an emotional reaction for the reader. 

And we can see just how true that is with Fandoms; especially with the development of OTP, ships, and everything else. 

When you start to ship (root for a relationship between two, sometime even more than two, characters) you generally decided on one person that you believe the main character is suppose to be with. This also applies to secondary characters, but for this argument I’m sticking with main characters. 

But, do you ever wavered in your ship?

Like I said I love teams, and have a few banners on my site representing my teams, but, I guess I'm asking if you ever feel yourself torn between the romantic interest in a novel and/or series? Or are you a true shipper?

I’m asking because I was talking about some Teams thats I ship with my friend and they told me I was pretty hard-core about my teams. 

See I and am always Team Peeta (Hunger Games), Team Dimitri (Vampire Academy), Team Aiden (Covenant Series), Team Four (Divergent), Team Jesse (Mediator Series), Team Ron (Harry Potter/although I never thought that love Triangle actually existed but according to something I found in a magazine there is), Team Patch (Hush, Hush), Team Marc (Shifters), Team Beck (Demon Trappers), Team Cole (White Rabbit Chronicles), Team Jack (Arcana Chronicles), Team Jace (Mortal Instruments), Team Will (Infernal Devices), Team Ash (Iron Fey), Team Quince (Fins), Team Damon (Lux), Team Ben (Unraveling)…and those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. And some I haven’t finished reading, or aren’t completed series, so for all I know I could be even more wrong, but still.

You see, personally, I barely every waiver. I mean barely. I stick with the same love interested throughout the novel and/or series without any doubt. Even when people are like “oh but the other guy is so awesome…”. I’m just like, “no”. End of conversation.

Is that weird? Does it mean that I don't connect with the book enough to stir up my emotions? Or maybe I understand the characters too well and can predict who the main character will choose? I say the last part because I’ve come to realize I choose the person they usually end up. I’m not saying every time, I have been wrong before.

Which actually brings up another question: Have you ever been on a Team that you knew wasn’t going to be the one picked in the end?

The only ‘Team’ I ever wavered on was Twilight. I like to think it’s because I hadn’t read many books in the genre so I didn’t really have a feel for it, or maybe it was a series that really had me emotional invested. Basically this is how I was: Book 1: Team Edward; Book 2: Team Jacob; Book 3: Confused; Book Four: Team Edward. I think it was mainly because Jacob could give her a life a close to human as possible, where as Edward couldn’t…I guess I was a little wrong on that one.

Some of you maybe are asking 'Why is this important?", but if you are seriously involved with the book world you're probably not, like me you've probably thought about it before, or are now happy to be thinking about it. But, either way, it's important to me because the academic community finds it interesting. Yup, I had a class were we studied FanVids and had an entire section on 'ship vids'. I've had classes on dystopian society novels were we discuss Team Peeta vs. Team Gale. Recently, in my Vampire class we are discussing Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. And really thats enough for me to realize that there is some importance in 'Teams' and 'ships'.

So tell me about your Love Triangle/ ‘Team’ experiences. Have you ever wavered? Have you always been a hard-core shipper/ Team supporter? What do you think it means when you are emotionally invested in just one love interest and not the other?

Oh, the confusing and emotionally challenging life of being a reader. *Sigh.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Stacking the Shelves #33

"Stacking the Shelves" is a meme created by Tynga's Reviews

Here are the books I've received in the mail, from authors, from publishers, and picked up myself.

Feel free to click on the title of any of the books to be brought to their Goodreads page where you can find their summary and other info.

And, click on the Book Depository icon to be brought to their purchase page. 

Dissonance #1
Ericka O'Rourke
ETA: July 22nd 2014

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

Elisa Ludwig
ETA: June 10th 2014

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.

Smith High #4
Marni Bates
ETA: June 24th 2014

It's prom season at Smith High School and love is in the air. . .for some people.

Melanie Morris knows she shouldn't keep flirting with her best friend's brother, Dylan Wellesley, even though the last thing she feels is "sisterly" around the cute soon-to-be freshman. But attending prom with somebody else might mean losing him for good. . .

Isobel Peters accepts the fact that she's a huge geek, but she never expected renowned player, Spencer King, would want to get his hands on. . .her reputation. What begins as a bargain could turn into something real--or a Notable disaster!

Corey O'Neal is dating the boy of his dreams, rockstar Timothy Goff. But it isn't easy to trade in anonymity for instant celebrity status, especially now that swarms of protesters want them both banned from prom. Dating Prince Charming in real life is a whole lot harder than it sounds in fairytales.

Happily ever after? Try awkwardly ever after!

Wild Seasons #1
Christina Lauren

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away

Hopeless in Hotlanta #1
Magan Vernon & Dawn Pendleton

MacAllister "Mac" Barlow thought she was living the life she always dreamed of. When she catches her fiancĂ© in the act with his secretary, she high tails it out of their apartment without looking back. Looking for a new life, she drowns her sorrows in a pitcher of beer at Tony's Pizzeria. 

Darcy Pepper isn't one for long-term relationships. Bouncing from guy-to-guy to get what she wants isn't satisfying her anymore. Walking out on her current boy-toy, she finds herself at a tiny hole-in-the-wall pub. More disappointed in herself than she's ever been, she sees Mac, a girl she vaguely remembers from high school. 
Left flat broke, the girls quickly enlist the help of a waiter at Tony's and before they know it, they've got an apartment, jobs, and possibly even love interests beckoning. 
Maybe things aren't so hopeless after all.

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My Week on Instagram (2014.05.18)

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Movie Review! The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman
Release Date: 25 April 2014
Staring: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Kinney, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB.

The storyline is pretty simple. Cameron Diaz finds out that the man she’s been dating and getting serious with is married. She accidentally finds out when she meets his wife, and ends up revealing what’s going on to his unsuspecting wife (Kate played by Leslie Mann). Kate and Carly then going together and start digging, turns out he’s also seeing Amber (played by Kate Upton), and this knowledge fuels all three women to revenge and justice. But there are so many things that happen along the way that make things interesting. 

The cast—The cast together is hilarious. Even Taylor Kinney and Nicki Minaj have some seriously hilarious lines. Their on screen chemistry is amazing! There are hilarious scenes that involve dancing, running and tackling, and the destruction of a room that had me laughing pretty hard. I also truly love Leslie Mann’s crying. It’s ugly crying and I just love it.

The story line—There is some plot twists that aren’t revealed in the trailer that really added something and left me overall pretty surprised and happy with the movie. This is also the kind of movie where you think “damn I wish something bad would happen to him” and it does. It’s awesome.

The characters--Each character is completely different. When it comes to the women you have: Carly (Diaz) who is a no B.S. head strong work-a-holic that is generally a player, Kate (Mann) the suzie-homemaker that is probably the nicest and craziest one of all, and Amber (Upton) the ditzy blonde (but luckily she's not too ditzy). Then there is the main guy who really comes across as a nice guy, until stuff hits the fan, and the Brother played by Taylor Kinney. He is sexy and funny. He also pulls off the shaven, scruff, and beard look in this movie, which is a plus in my books. And he threatens to beat up his sister's husband, which makes him an awesome brother and a sweet guy.

I guess I'm not a big fan of Nicki Minaj as an actor. She kind of seemed like she couldn't talk properly. But she was funny!

I usually have this section to compare the characters to their book counter-parts, but this movie isn't based off of a book--that I know of. So I'll give you a little low down on them.

As I said before each character is unique and the ensemble together just makes the movie. I went with my sister and right after the movie ended she said "I would so pay to see that again. Those people were funny," and that's a big thing for my sister. She never goes to the movies and she's never seen a movie twice in her life. So you know its good. 

Kate is the stay at home wife. She's an all around good girl that has put the needs of her husband before everything else. She supports his mentally and emotionally, and even gives him ideas for start-up companies. And when she finds out her husband is cheating on her she falls apart. Leslie Mann is absolutely awesome at playing Kate from being perky and supportive to having a complete mental break down she does it all and does it well.

Carly is a focused, stubborn, and self-centred woman who thinks she has found the one. She tries to be spontaneous and ends up finding out his married. So she tries to cut all ties and have nothing to do with him or his wife anymore. Cameron Diaz does a really great job of playing this type of character. She can play the girl that has her stuff together and knows what she wants very well, and can even come off as cold (cause her character is at times). But, I also love when her character becomes jealous and ends up having to be tackled--superbly funny

Amber is an all around fun and ditzy girl that obviously looks like a model (because she's played by one). But, she's also a good girl who wouldn't do anything wrong and never meant to hurt anyone. I guess I shouldn't call her a good girl because she's the one to suggest bodily harm, but thats only after she finds out she too is the "other woman"

I'm not sure that I have to actually say this but, Kate Upton is a model. Also, it is extremely hilarious. Its not PG 13 language and there is definitely some crude humour that you'll all enjoy

Well it’s about women, and the reaction each one has to being cheated on. But, it’s also all about changing when you form a bond with another friend, and it’s about what happens after the relationship. Really…this is a movie about finding yourself. 

Overall, this movie was amazing. It had myself and my sister laughing. Again, she falls a sleep through every movie (she’s tried to watched Harry Potter 8 times), so you know its pretty funny. Its been marketed as a movie about revenge on the guy that cheated on you, but really I didn’t come out of it thinking that way. I found it to be a movie about friendship, growth, and finding yourself outside of a relationship. 

“We got played by the same guy... do you want vodka or tequila?”

Carly Whitten: You wrecked two marriages!
Lydia: One of them was mine, so that doesn't count.

“If we find anymore mistresses I'm going to have to send her to rehab.”

Carly Whitten: He's married, OK. He has a wife.
Lydia: And you don't think you can take her?

“Don't come at me with all your weird little man logic.”

Carly Whitten: Between the two of us he has the perfect woman, what else would he need?
Kate King: The one thing we're not giving him: sex.

“I'm having fun; not a lot, but some.”


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