The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones / Shadowhunters

Here are random stuff from reminders, what transpired today and my second TV Series review.

DISCLAIMER: My personal review for this TV series is based on my personal character preferences or biases, book recognition, and movie adaptation. I wasn’t paid to make a review for the said program.

Ino downloaded Shadowhunters (The Mortal instrument’s City of Bones TV series) recently and we’re supposed to be on our 4th episode. We haven’t watched it yet because we were sidetracked by other things. I think he got intrigued by it because we’ve seen the The Mortal instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare as a movie before.

Shadowhunters by Freeform
Shadowhunters by Freeform
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones produced by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH and Don Carmody Productions

 

I have been reading tons of YA series and frankly, I already forgot the plot of this series. All i know is that I was on the 2nd book (City of Ashes) already and I wasn’t able to finish it. That’s why it’s included in my goals for this year. So speaking of goals, I really have to start from the 1st book because I totally forgot who’s who and what the storyline is about. I guess I got too overwhelmed by the installments for the Mortal Instruments that’s why I didn’t get to finish it.

I was actually disappointed that they didn’t cast the same actors from the movie in the TV series. My first impression was that all the characters on the TV series weren’t as interesting as those in the movie and even in my imagination. In my opinion, if they are aiming for a ruggedly handsome lead, they shouldn’t have changed the actor in the first place.

I forgot to mention a positive feedback which I only realized as Ino and I were watching Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Godfrey Gao (TMI: CoB) vs. Harry Shum, Jr. (Shdowhunters)
Godfrey Gao (TMI: CoB) vs. Harry Shum, Jr. (Shdowhunters)

 

Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.
Godfrey Gao as Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.

Magnus Bane in the The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones the movie was so-so. I’m obviously not a fan of Godfrey Gao. In my opinion, he could pass as Magnus Bane and I can just forget him as soon as the movie finishes. His fashion style was a giveaway that he’s gay. It is part of the book and the story and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for me, his portrayal to the character in the movie was just barely there. He has a significant role in the series and the movie but he wasn’t as intriguing as the others. He has the edgy look and he was age appropriate, as he is mature and was supposed to be on the same age group with Jocelyn Fray.

 

Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series
Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series

 

However, it was a revelation, when I heard about Harry Shum, Jr. a.k.a Mike Chang of GLEE portray Magnus Bane in the Shadowhunters TV series.

Perhaps it became interesting because Harry Shum, Jr. is familiar to me. Perhaps it’s because I know that he can transition from a GLEE club member to another Asian who will represent a major role in  a series. No, not being a racist here. It’s just that, Magnus Bane is clearly an Asian in the book and Freeform made a good decision in choosing Harry Shum, Jr. as an addition to the TV series.

Harry is fresher and younger. I still have doubts though if he can portray the character effectively. If I’m going to base my first impression on his character for the past three episodes, I can say that he can’t be the same age as the mother of Clary but he can be a good romantic partner for Alec.

He and the actor who portrays Alec Lightwood in Shadowhunters add a comic relief in the series. They can be effective in some way and they can actually add flavor to the series. I actually like the actor who portrays Alec in the TV series.

They actually did great in choosing Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood in the TV series. He’s more handsome and fresh looking than Kevin Zegers in TMI:CoB. He was the only character that I approved of when I watched the pilot of the Shadowhunters. I think Kevin Zegers in the TMI:COB was pretty mature for the role, but considering he is Isabelle’s brother, I supposed that it’s okay.

Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) vs. Kevin Zegers (TMI: CoB)
Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters) vs. Kevin Zegers (TMI: CoB)
Kevin Zegers (TMI:CoB) vs Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters)
Kevin Zegers (TMI:CoB) vs Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters)

 

Matthew Daddario a.k.a Alec Lighwood, is one of the reasons why I’m still watching this series. Aside from him, I also look forward to Magnus Banes’ story arc and importance in the series. So far they are the only reasons why I am watching this show.

Jemima West (TMI: CoB) bs. Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)
Jemima West (TMI: CoB) bs. Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)

On the other hand, I prefer Jemima West (TMI:CoB movie actress) better than Emeraude Toubia. Emeraude is beautiful and she is a good actress. Considering her role as someone who needs to seduce other downworlders to help Clary, I think Freeform did a good job in casting her. However, as for my personal opinion, Jemima West could do more justice as Isabelle Lightwood in the TV series.

Jemima West (TMI: CoB)
Jemima West (TMI: CoB)

 

Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)
Emeraude Toubia (Shadowhunters)

Isabelle Lightwood in Shadowhunters is very sexy to the point that she can be a pornstar already. It actually makes me think that Ino wants to watch it because of how provocative this character looks with her slutty outfit. But it’s not a big deal because I know that Freeform is just following the books and it’s also their subtle way to show the defunct ABC Family that they can attract more viewers if they make the characters more interesting.

I’m still not a fan of this series but it can motivate me to read the book more. The episode 5 reminds me heavily of The Vampire Diaries TV series. I’m also not a fan of TVD and didn’t finish the first season. I also didn’t read the book because I find the story too cheesy.

Anyway, back to Shadowhunters, here comes my rants for the characters portraying in the TV series:

 

Different actors on the second pic?
Different actors on the second pic?

 

Okay they look good here but they don’t have the same appeal in the TV series
Okay they look good here but they don’t have the same appeal in the TV series

Jace should be ruggedly handsome but the Jace on the TV series clearly doesn’t have that vibe.Like, what the heck is that guy doing there? Or maybe he’s just not my type. I hope that they would develop the other characters more.

Robert Sheehan (TMI: City of Bones movie) vs. Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters TV series)
Robert Sheehan (TMI: City of Bones movie) vs. Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters TV series)

Simon on the TV series looks too matured; While if you watch the TMI:CoB the movie you would see how young and fresh Robert Sheehan was. Because I would really consider Simon as Clary’s geeky bestfriend if it was Robert and not Alberto in the TV series.

 

Katherine Mcnamara as Clary Fray in Shadowhunters
Katherine Mcnamara as Clary Fray in Shadowhunters
Taylor Momsen Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey (can’t find other photos with the resemblance but you get the point.
Taylor Momsen Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey (can’t find other photos with the resemblance but you get the point.

Clary Fray on the series looks like a Jenny Humphrey rip off. Enough said. She’s pretty but she has that cheerleader vibe. Not that I hate cheerleaders.

I hope this TV series will still improve. Moreover, I’m still willing to watch it even if I haven’t finished reading the books yet. I don’t personally hate the actors. I just hate that the TV series didn’t cast the same characters in the movie. It would have been better.

I guess they also considered new faces for the TV series. They might have considered their budget too. I dunno. Perhaps it’s because of the movie or TV series rights, or probably it’s the producer’s call. I’m not sure but I hope thst I’d get to fall in love with these characters after a few episodes or before its mid-season break.

DISCLAIMER: I’m pretty much biased about this because I liked the movie and it made me read a couple of books. This post is just about my opinion. I haven’t watched any reviews or read some feedbacks about the series ‘though. I’m just not a fan of the chosen actors and actresses. It would have been better though, if they have chosen an actor or an actress to portray the same role for a better recall or a small nod to the movie.

All in all I give this TV series a 2 out of 5 rating. I will continue watching it but I don’t think that I will want to watch it as soon as it airs or as soon as it is available in the Philippines.

**Credits to the owners of the photos. These photos were taken from Google Images.**

So since I am going circles… let’s talk about a different topic!

I’d like to personally congratulate myself for uploading a new signature that I will be using starting tonight.:)

I just noticed that my boosters for my plan are redundant and weird. I had it changed this evening but I still have to wait for about a day for the changes to happen. Globe’s GServices kept on closing when I’m trying to use it. It sucks.😦

Oh, I forgot to call the church about my affidavit! I was very busy this afternoon that it slipped my mind. :O

Anyway, I’ve got to hit the sack because I still have to work tomorrow!:)

Komiket 2015

This entry was originally posted on my WordPress account on January 1, 2016.

 

This post is long overdue.

I am not a huge fan of comic books, unlike Ino. Actually going to Komiket was his idea. I don’t know much about comics or Filipino comics in general. I am not quite familiar with the who’s who of Filipino comics but I used to read Beerkada by Lyndon Gregorio on Philippine Star when I was in grade school or high school. So, I had my fangirling moment when I met him at Komiket.

These photos were taken at Komiket in Centris last October 3, 2015. It was our first Komiket so we were very excited. We went there around 3pm to 4pm until 7 PM and had a very good experience.

 

 

I know that there are duplicates but I will sort this out soon.

 

What is Komiket?

According to Komiket’s Facebook pageThe Filipino Komiks Market (KOMIKET) aims to discover new comics creators, new readers and celebrate new comic book launches! Kita-kits sa Komiket!:)

It was a fun experience. It was an avenue for graphic artists, illustrators, and artists who want to exhibit their self-published works. It is also for the fans to see, discover, and buy new volumes of komiks from their favorite publishers, illustrators, graphic artists, etc.

They were also selling various stuff from T-shirts to mugs to self-published comic books, different kinds of comic books, mangas, discounted comic books, etc. There was a painting session for children of all ages too. Some were also selling adult coloring books, paints, pens, paint brushes and other drawing or sketching materials.

Some famous artists and illustrators were featured in the event as well. Wait, I think I kinda mixed up the Komiket and Komikon experience. Haha! But I guess you’ll see most of these this year, if you are interested to come. Of course.

Aside from famous Filipino artists and publishers who have published their own works, there are a lot of young artists who are doing commissions too. Most of them have just started a few years ago and some of them have just joined this event. Oh! There are a lot of handsome and cute artists, and illustrators too! Hehehe…

Since I am not really good at painting, drawing, sketching, MS Paint, Adobe Photoshop, or anything artistic aside from writing and story telling… I can say that it was an awesome experience! I guess there will be more people (those who know how to draw, read and enjoy mangas, hardcore and not-so-hardcore [softcore?] comic book fans, artists, illustrators, or anyone who knows much about drawing, sketching and the like…) who will appreciate this event in 2016. I hope that they can spread the word in advance, like what I’m doing now. Haha!

Oh, Komiket didn’t pay me to advertise their event. Haha! It’s just that I really enjoyed it that’s why I’m posting everything here.

I wish that more people can go and visit the event this year. Ino and I are planning to go too.

All in all, it was one heck of an experience and I hope that this year’s Komiket would be more awesome.

I Am Divergent

This entry was originally posted on my WordPress account on March 29, 2015.

 

First of all, I’d like to thank Raymond for sharing this Divergent test!

I just woke up when I answered this test and I’m quite surprised to see this result. I know that the story is fiction and I’m probably a mixture of everything. Still, I was hoping for a real faction that I belong to in this dystopian themed book.

I’m a Divergent? A mixture of an Erudite and Dauntless? Wait what? I thought I’d be under Candor or Dauntless but Erudite? WHAT?

Haha.. Darn. I have to reread this book. I totally mixed up the factions. Yeah, I agree. I’m an Erudite and a Dauntless. Sorry! In some ways I am also a Candor, an Abnegation and an Amity. But I’m in the middle of an Erudite and Dauntless.

I chose a guidebook over a camera. I don’t like crowds and hyped places, movies, people, etc. Well, that’s what I can remember from the test. And speaking of the test, you may take it HERE.

Well, I’m quite out of the loop these days because it’s been a long time since I watched a movie in the theater. Most of the time, Ino and I choose watching movies at home and binge-ing on TV series every weekends. So, yeah. I haven’t seen this movie yet.

Personally, I liked Divergent more than The Hunger Games. I said that because I have read Divergent and the 1st half of Insurgent. However, I haven’t read The Hunger Games trilogy yet and I guess I don’t have any plans. But I’ve seen The first three installments of The Hunger Games the movie and I like it!.

Probably, it’s because I’ve been lagging on reading. I haven’t finished The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead yet. I was planning to reread The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare before rereading Insurgent. However, reading the Mortal Instruments is a long read because it’s a long series with different sequels.

Anyway, I hope I can still appreciate the movie even if it’s been a long time since I read the books and watched the first movie. So, I’ll just keep you posted soon. 🙂

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on March 14, 2015.

 

Hey guys! I’m back with another book.

I’d like to introduce to you the last book of the sequel Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. It’s entitled, “The Ruby Circle.”

I bought this book over Google Play for almost P700. I bought it alongside the short story of Alex by Lauren Oliver. I bought Alex for almost 200 pesos or if I’m not mistaken, it was around P170.

I think it costs around P700 at that time because it was just released in the market. If I remember it correctly, I bought this book on or before the third week of February and according to Richelle Mead’s Wikipedia, The Ruby Circle was scheduled to be released in February 2015 in the U.S.

I find the telecoms’ idea of purchasing items using your postpaid line beneficial because the customer gets to purchase stuff right away. Like in my case, books like these are usually not available in the bookstores right away. Sometimes it takes several months before the books become available in the bookstores here in the Philippines.

I also noticed that bookstores usually sell hardbound copies before the paperback and I guess, it’s one of the reasons why it’s that expensive. Aside from the material and the size, I think it’s also costly in Google Play Store because of these reasons:

1. Either it’s the first edition

Or

2. It is readily available on the same month that it was scheduled to be released.

Or

3. It’s the last installment of the book

Or

4. Something else.

Anyway, it was my first time to buy a book in Google Play using my Smart Postpaid line. It’s like I’m using a credit card where I get to pay for the items on the Play Store through my Smart account instead of paying cash.

And being a self-proclaimed bookworm that I am, I find the perk convenient, worth it and exciting.

I’ve used my Smart account and Google Play account for buying tickets in Candy Crush Saga before. Yep, I don’t ask my friends for tickets. And yep, I still play Candy Crush.

I really felt like I was on cloud nine when I successfully purchased the said books most especially when I realized that it’s not just the additional lives, moves, tickets or paid games that I can purchase.

So, as you noticed this entry is quite far from a book review but I guess this entry can be categorized as a free advertising for the Google Play services and Smart Telecommunciations team-up. Also, I mentioned that this is far from a book review because I’m still unsure whether I’m on Chapter 4 or 5 of The Ruby Circle, but I vaguely remember that I’m on page 83. 🙂

I’ve been slacking on my reading these days and I confess that I’m not as obsessed with this book as the previous books, or even as excited as when I was reading Delirium. I dunno, probably it’s the momentum or the shifting of storylines or whatnot.

You see, Bloodlines is a sequel of The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!

It’s a story of a Moroi and a Dhamphir. A Moroi is a royal family of vampires while a Dhampir is an offspring of a human and a Moroi.

Morois have different capabilities that can be classified to some elements. Some of them are Fire users, Air users, Earth users, and Water users. Adrian and Lisa, both characters in The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, are both Spirit users.

Spirit users have the ability to compel people. Compulsion is like hypnotizing someone or controling the person’s mind. Aside from their strong compulsion, some spirit users can walk on someone’s dream and change the setting of the dream. Some can heal animals or people and some can even bring the dead to life, hence the word “ShadowKissed”. However, every use of the Spirit has a negative effect on the Spirit user’s mind. They can become crazy in the long run. Alcohol or medicines can numb the Spirit but because of several plot related reasons, the spirit users can’t stop using it.

Morois are not accustomed to using their gifts to defend themselves that’s why they need the Dhampirs to protect them everyday.

Dhampirs are strong and human-like, however, they are more unique than humans. They usually protect the Morois from the Strigois.

Humans are referred to as feeders, where they offer their bloods voluntarily in exchange for the high that they get from the endorphins that come from the vampire’s saliva. Also, their main villains are called Strigois. Strigois drain their victim’s blood and convert some of their victims to be like them. It’s a little similar with Victoria’s army in Twilight.

The Alchemists was also introduced in The Vampire Academy series. The Alchemists are humans who are dedicated to protect the human world. They conceal the existence of vampires and they actually think that vampires in general are evil. Giving emphasis to religion and moral standards, Sydney Sage takes control in the Bloodlines sequel and Richelle Mead really gave Sydney a different voice or perspective in narrating the Alchemist’s point of view.

Sorry for the spoilers. I really suck at giving summaries so forgive me if you got confused or had a hemorrhage because of my poor narration.

I’m hoping that you could read these books so that you can also share your opinions. 🙂 You can also check the synopsis of these books on Wikipedia. 🙂

The other thing that I liked most about The Vampire Academy is that it’s action-packed. It doesn’t highlight the romance that much. Although Rose, Dimitri and Adrian had a love triangle in the books, still it had a different impact on the story. Well, that’s my opinion.

I guess, it’s not as pocketbook-ish like Twilight and I can say that I spent some of my monthly salaries for the paperback and hardbound copies of these book a few years ago. It has also influenced me to try reading other young adult books and I loved it!

This is the main reason why I feel angsty or I tend to retaliate when people question the trend of Dystopian and Vampire themed series / books. I love reading Young Adult books that much that’s why I find reading other genres’ out of my comfort zone.

I’m not the type who always reads John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, etc. I tried to read it but I was not as intrigued as the YA books that I’ve read. I guess, this defines my personality and I’m happy to tell you that I’m trying to get back on track. Although, not through paper but e-books, still I was able to enjoy the books without any hassle. 🙂

Re: Delirium Trilogy, Delirium Short Stories and Alex

 

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on February 27, 2015.

 

It has been quite a habit for me to just focus on one hobby at a time. I really don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if it’s just my mind’s way of telling me to learn how to prioritize.

I used to blog, write an update for my Wattpad stories, and read an e-book at the same week. However, these days, I’d decided to focus on my blog since I don’t have a solid scenario in my mind to update a story on my Wattpad account.

My creative ideas in writing a Wattpad update is non-existent these days probably because I haven’t read any books lately. I don’t really see the point of making a forced update for my stories. I just want the ideas to flow naturally for it to be convincing and more realistic.

Now, I’m back to my regular programming. Writing blogs here and there, reading e-books, and listening to music — these are my usual weekend routine when I’m not watching TV or watching some series or some movies.

Oh, I have just finished Pandemonium, Hana, Annabel, Requiem, Raven and Alex too!

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I bought Alex by Lauren Oliver and The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead on Google Play a week ago. It was good but it was also quite expensive.

I couldn’t get over that the Delirium series is over. It was a good read. It was very good that I had a hard time in transitioning from Alex and Lena’s dystopian world back to Sydney and Adrian’s vampiric world.

Delirium has a different flavor of romance compared to the other books that I have read. It has a different dystopian feel. Lauren Oliver’s take on the action part of the series was also different from the other books that I have read.

Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series were action-packed which was also quite the same with Cassandra Clare’s The City of Bones. It has a different world and a different setting that combines the different Nightworlders. Both Richelle Mead’s and Cassandra Clare’s books also have romantic themes in their books but in my own understanding, the books are not just about love. I guess I miss the action rather than the romance in these books, that’s why I switched to The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare when I was just starting to read Delirium.

All in all, I want to give The Delirium trilogy and short stories a 4.5 rating based on how I liked the story, the characters and its narration.

Re: Delirium TV Movie

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on January 27, 2015

 

The curiosity killed the cat and I’m the cat. I just finished watching the pilot episode of Delirium. Yep, thanks to Hulu and the torrent gods, I was able to watch it even if it was released for a limited time only.

 

Watch out for spoilers!

I rate this pilot episode ♡♡♡♡ hearts and not stars because I don’t have stars in my Android keyboard. 🙂

I totally agree with Marissa M’s comments. I actually wished that I never discovered this pilot episode. Delirium’s story was mesmerizing. It caught me. I’m hooked. I wish there’s a second episode. I wish Hulu got more episodes. :'(

In my opinion, the pilot was just right for me. I was able to read Delirium (book 1) and Pandemonium (book 2) and it helped me to understand the pacing of the story. I haven’t finished reading Pandemonium but watching this show made me want to continue reading the book more. In fact, I have only read a few chapters but I understand the story. I can say that I don’t get the other characters because I honestly don’t know them or I haven’t read about them yet. And a part of me missed Grace, Aunt Carol and Jenny because they were not shown in the Pilot.

They actually chose a different plot. I understand that it’s because they can’t copy the whole book and they also have to change some things because they need to attract the readers and supporters of the show. It’s not a problem for me.

It actually helped me understand and visualize the fences and the Crypts. There are other scenes that are clearer now and that I can visualize thanks to the show though they changed some of it.

At first, I was hesitant to watch it because it must be scary or gore or something… (because of the raid and other raid related scenes) but I was wrong.

What sets me off is that, in the show the characters can touch each other but in the books they can’t.

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As for the artists, Emma Roberts gave Lena Haloway justice. Although, in my opinion Hana should be blonde. Alex didn’t seem like Alex for me. Julian was okay. But… I haven’t finished the books yet so I can’t really say.

I just wish that there’s a follow up because I liked it. They combined Pandemonium and Delirium in the Pilot and it makes sense. It’s beautiful. It’s a little rushed but it was the kind of rush that I enjoyed.

I love how they narrated Delirium. Delirium’s first episode was fun. The narration was okay with me. I guess, you need to read the book somehow to understand the story and perhaps they can still expand it and narrate it if they were given a chance.

I just wish that another producer will pick it up or make it a movie. :'(

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. (Source)

 

This was originally posted on my Tumblr account on January 25, 2015. This is not a paid review.

 

After reading Bloodlines, a spin-off of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, I discovered dystopian fiction which is a new genre under the Young Adult section in the bookstore.

I’ve been hooked in dystopian fiction these days. It was quite a different genre. It was new and fast paced. The characters portrayed in most of the series aren’t damsels in distress. It features post apocalyptic stories with a hint of romance.

I started reading the Matched trilogy by Allie Condie, followed by the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I haven’t finished the Divergent trilogy because I stopped reading it when I reached the second book of the series. The plot of Insurgent by Veronica Roth was too dark for me at that time, so I tried to look for a light book to read. Divergent is like The Hunger Games.

I knew THG because I saw the movies but sad to say, I haven’t read any of those books yet. I can’t say that I’m a fan of THG because I just watched the movies out of curiosity. It has the same vibe with the mainstream movies that people rave about. I’m not into popular and mainstream movies or books that much.

Paper Towns? The Matrix? Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter? Kill Bill? Dear John? The Notebook? Nope. I haven’t read any of those books and seen those movies except for Harry Potter ‘though.

Anyway, I came across Delirium by Lauren Oliver while I was waiting for Ino in his office. I have tons of e-books on my Moon Reader Pro that I haven’t read and I was just in the mood to read at that time.

I still remember how it took me several tries before I got the hang of the first book of the Delirium series. What caught my attention and made me intrigued to read on was the plot, the pace, the characters’ personalities, and how it was narrated.

It had the Romeo and Juliet vibe. A tale of forbidden love because of their different statures in life. It talks about the protagonist who used to be a part of the society which was governed by the rules of the government, who later on becomes against it as the story progresses. It also talks about how their society foresees love as a disease.

According to wikipedia, Delirium is a dystopian young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver, published on January 1, 2011 by HarperCollins (HarperTeen), about a young girl, Lena Haloway, who falls in love in a society where love is seen as a disease. The novel is the first part of a trilogy, followed by Pandemonium.

 

I immediately read Pandemoniom as soon as I finished reading Delirium today. I’m on the third chapter of Pandemonium already and I’m still hooked.

I read some good reviews about Pandemonium and Requiem and they said that these books are more interesting than Delirium. I was captivated by the way it was narrated. I didn’t know what I was in for. I just knew that Love is a disease and that the people in this story are interesting. It has the same feels with Matched for me. It’s a little familiar. I imagine Alex and Kyle. I find both characters connected. In my mind, they have similarities that made reading Delirium easier to understand.

Of course they are two different characters, like two different people, but that’s how I can relate to them.

I’ve also learnt that Delirium was adapted as a TV series but was not picked up by FOX. It was starred by Emma Roberts, Daren Kagasoff, Jeanine Mason and Gregg Sulkin.

I have to see it before I pass my judgment on whether it’s good or not. I also read a certain comment on the TV series under Lauren Oliver’s Delirum’s page in Goodreads that the pilot was too fast-paced for the fans. According to the post, they squeezed the story in 40 minutes, which made the pilot episode too much to watch. They used the word ‘rushed’ and I have to see it before I agree or disagree.

I like reading Pandemonium. Most of the words are easy to understand and some of it are complex but all in all it’s okay. I like how Lena narrates the scenes. Although I can’t imagine some of the scenes because of my lack of imagination, but that’s my problem, not Lauren’s.

I haven’t seen Before I fall or her other books but I like the Delirium Trilogy so far. I heard Before I Fall talks about death and I tend to steer clear of those kinds of books like John Green’s The Fault of The Stars. Hello cancer!

I can’t say if TFIOS and Delirium are the same. Since I haven’t read John Green’s TFIOS and just saw the movie once, I can’t really differentiate the two books because I don’t know much about them yet. However, if I will base the TFIOS movie and Delirium as a book, I guess it is really different.

I don’t regret that I chose this book. It was really captivating and interesting for me. This might be my second favorite book after Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.

I’m the kind of reader who prefers interesting plots. I didn’t even know that I’m reading YA novels until I got hooked with TVA, Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush series, Thomas Sniegoski’s Fallen series, Lauren Kate’s The Fallen, and the Thirst series by Christopher Pike.

Oh, I also liked Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series even before it became overrated in the Philippines. I guess, that was the first series that I enjoyed. It was introduced by my cousin, who was in high school at that time. She likes talking about it and we became close because of that. I guess, I became in love with fantasy series because of Twilight and I have to give that book the credit.