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!:)

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. 🙂

Re: That Thing Called Tadhana

Para sa akin, isa sa mga nakaka-inis kapag nanunuod ka ng pelikula ay yung maririnig mo sa mga tao na maganda ang pelikula. Bakit? Kasi mag-e-expect ka. Mag-e-expect ka ng may mangyayari, na may pasabog, na meron kang aabangan at hindi mo lang makikita yung trailer na paulit-ulit na pinapalabas sa TV.

Mag-e-expect ka na may dahilan kaya pinapakita yung trailer na yun.

Isa ako sa mga taong huli na nang makita ang pelikulang, That Thing Called Tadhana.

WARNING: Content contains SPOILERS

Feeling ko buong Pilipinas, buong opisina, at lahat ng tao sa paligid ko ay napanuod na ang pelikulang ito. Sinubukan din naman namin pero dahil sa mga dahilan at hindi lang paraan ay wala, hindi nanyari nang naayon sa plano.

Dapat manunuod kami ng aking nobyo sa sinehan nuong araw ng mga puso, pero ano ang silbi ng panunuod ng pelikula sa araw na ‘yun kung mag-kahiwalay naman kayo ng upuan? Para sa’n pang nag-date kayo kung ganun? Ang laking pang-hihinayang ko pa naman nuon. Eto sana ang moviedate namin sa Valentine’s Day.

Isa pa, hapon na yun. Mga bandang 3 P.M to 4:30 P.M. Sa Shang-ri-la Cineplex kami dapat manunuod. Gusto ko din subukang manuod sa Star Mall kaso lang ang sabi ng nobyo ko wala naman daw TTCT duon. Meron din sa SM Megamall kaso dahil araw ng mga puso ‘yun, malamang mas madaming tao at mas mahirap manuod ng sine duon.

Pag-katapos kumain ay dapat manunuod kami ng sine. Kaso nga, walang sinehang bakante kaya hindi na kami tumuloy. I became a bigger person. Inintindi ko na lang ang sitwasyon. Inintindi kong madami talagang taong nag-ce-celebrate ng Valentine’s Day kesa sa Single Awareness Day. Nag-pasya kami ng nobyo ko na kumain na lang sa Japanese restaurant.

In fairness, masasabi kong dahil sa dami nang gustong manuod ng pelikula at dahil matunog ito sa social media ay nag-karoon ako ng impression na maganda nga ang pelikulang ito. Rave reviews, komento ng mga ordinaryong taong nakapanuod na at mga kung anu-ano pang dahilan na impluwensiya ng mga taong nakapaligid sa akin ang nag-udyok na mas lalo akong maging curious sa palabas.

Umasa ako. Umasa ako na merong lalim yung storya. Pero, hindi. Siguro, easy to watch lang siya. Para sa akin mababaw lang yung storya. Hindi siya yung masasabi mong merong kakaiba. Hindi din siya yung tipo nang palabas na mapapaisip ka.

Para sa akin, isa siyang koleksiyon ng mga karanasang parati nating naririnig. It’s a journey of moving on.

Si Angelica Panganiban at JM De Guzman ang mga bida. Nag-kakilala sila sa airport. Medyo hindi realistic yung unang parte, yung part na nag-kakilala sila at nag-desisyong mag-travel sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa Norte.

Si Mace, yung bidang babaeng ginanapan ni Angelica, ay pang-karaniwang babaeng hindi maka-move on sa ex-boyfriend niya at sa mga nangyari sa 8-year-relationship nila ng boyfriend niya. SI JM naman, pumunta ng Rome para makita ang Colosseum, yun kasi ang pangarap nila ng mama niya. Kaso 2-3 years nang patay ang mama niya kaya mag-isa lang siyang nag-punta duon. 

Halos nag-comparing notes sila ni JM (hindi ko maalala ang pangalan niya sa pelikula.) Nag-usap din sila tungkol sa dahilan ng pag-punta nila ng Rome.

Napag-usapan din nila ang mga planong pag-papakasal sa kanilang mga dating nakarelasyon. Na hinintay ni Mace na alukin siyang mag-asawa ng kanyang nobyo pero hindi naman siya tinanong nito. At si JM? Sinabi niyang hindi pa siya ready na mag-pakasal pero nag-sisi din siya sa bandang huli dahil nung narealize niyang yun na pala yung babaeng gusto niyang makasama e, huli na din ang lahat. May asawa’t anak na yung ex-girlfriend niya. Kaya pinili na lang niyang lumimot.

Tinanong din ni Mace kung paano makalimot. Merong isang scene duon na kailangan niyang mag-bayad ng P100 sa bawat beses daw na babanggitin niya ang ex-bf niya. Meron din yung mag-inom, makipag-date, makipag-sex o makipag-one night stand, o mag-hanap ng ibang karelasyon. Isa sa mga sinabi ni JM na nag-work sa kanya ay yung pag-sigaw sa tuktok ng bundok sa Sagada o sa may Sagada. Ginawa din ni Mace yun.

Anyway, 3.5 hearts ♡♡♡•< lang ang rate ko sa TTCT. 3.5 lang dahil hindi ko nagustuhan ang ending.

Maganda naman yung storya. Nabitin lang ako at nag-expect ng kakaiba o nang sobra dahil sa mga narinig kong storya. Siguro, yung ending yung pinakahindi ko nagustuhan. Tama lang bang idahilan na dahil Indie Film kaya ganun? Parang kulang, e. Parang bitin. Parang sana meron pa o mas malinaw pa.

Hindi ko siya gaanong nagustuhan. Don’t get me wrong, maganda ang pag-kakasulat at flow ng storya. Sa ending lang talaga sila bumagsak. Siguro, not my cup of tea.

Kung i-rarate ko ang Relax It’s Just Pag-ibig at That Thing Called Tadhana, mas nagustuhan ko ang pag-lalahad ng storya ng RIJP. Isa na din sa mga dahilan ay ang pag-po-portray ni Ericka Villongco bilang Cupcake sa pelikula. Siya din ang basehan ko sa character ni Sydney sa Make My Day.

Masasabi kong hindi na masama ang pelikulang ito kung sa bahay mo lang panunuorin. Hindi na din masama kung sa DVD o sa sinehan mo ito napanuod. Original man o pirated. Siyempre, hindi mabuti ang pirated, pero… para sa akin, no regrets na sa bahay ko lang ito pinanuod.

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.

delirium

 

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.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Movie)

I’m never a sucker for melodramatic movies. I guess it was just not my kind of thing. I don’t like to cry when I’m watching a movie. I don’t. I don’t want to because I know that I can especially when my hormones trigger my emotions.

I don’t like to think about cancer or anything that has to do with someone dying because of a disease may it be about a girl, a boy, a man or a woman, or whoever. I just don’t like watching people die even if it’s just for entertainment.

I guess I haven’t told anyone about how I feel towards death. No matter how much I dislike it, I think it is inevitable. It is inevitable because of many reasons. This topic is one of the common topics in my free talking classes. This isn’t just a topic but it’s also a reality. People die and everybody needs to go. Only time can tell when, but everyone has their own time.

When my aunt/ mom died, a part of who I am and a part of what I believe in were shattered, lost and died. The thought of having someone you thought would never leave, leaves unexpectedly and without any goodbyes. That’s how tragic life is. Death will just take control and when it’s there, different ways to cope won’t be enough for you to accept that the person who has mold you when you were younger, won’t be there to guide you until the end.

It really makes me feel uncomfortable to think about death, sickness and loss. Grieving is another thing. I don’t think I’d ever get over losing someone who has been one of the most significant people in my life.

It is one of the hardest thing that a person can experience. One that you won’t just get over in time.


This movie review was originally posted on my Tumblr account on September 1, 2014.

The Fault In Our Stars is a novel by John Green. It was adapted to a movie in 2014. It is also known as Hello Hazel! in South Korea.

According to Wikipedia, The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, another cancer patient, played by Elgort.

I joined the bandwagon on the last day of August. I watched it around 11 P.M, while writing about it on my status: Since it’s the last day of August, I am going to watch it. I am going to watch The Fault In Our Stars the movie.

What I was thinking at that time was the name of the male character in the novel which also became a popular book character on Tumblr. Writing about watching the movie on the last day of August, I thought that it was pretty smart and cool of me to play with the male character’s name, Augustus Waters. This fictional character was posted and reblogged by fans and bandwagoners alike. It was a craze. A trend. A mania.

They said it was a tearjerker. I guess, it is what is expected. It talks about the struggles of people with terminal illnesses. Although, I’m not that much of a faint-hearted,  I can say that I can handle heartbreaking scenes but what really bothers me is that I am more afraid of the scientific terms that I will come across in the book or in the movie.

I haven’t read the book. And I guess I would have understand most of the story if I have read it.

So that was TFIOS…

…okay?
Okay.

So it was depressing. [SPOILER ALERT!] Augustus died.

I didn’t pay much attention because I was multi-tasking. At the same time, I don’t want to fall in love with the story yet because I am rereading Hush, Hush by Becka Fitzpatrick.

Curiosity got the best of me when I Googled the actors. It was because of Ansel Elgort’s legs. I am gullible like that and I want to know if it’s real or fake. Apparently, it’s fake. Haha! They got me.

I also remembered what my bf told me about the actors. I forgot which one was from the movie, Divergent. I was dumbfounded when I learned that both lead actors were from Divergent and were brother and sisters there. Whoa!

Okay, I can’t say that I’m joining the bandwagon. But I guess that’s where it’s taking me. First, GOT and Teenwolf. Then my bf and I cried and sniffed when we watched Miracle in Cell No. 7. Then this. I kinda enjoyed it because I was able to understand it even if I just watched it alone. I didn’t cry but it was a good movie. However, I guess it’s safe to say that I’m not yet a fan.