‘The Vow’ Film Review

We are all familiar with the wedding vow ‘To love and to cherish, from this day forward till death do us part.’ Well what if you woke up from a coma, not remembering that the man that stood before you was your husband or what you had done in the last few years of your life? The Vow is a bittersweet amnesia story that begins with Paige (Rachel McAdams) unfastening her seat belt to lean in and kiss her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) one snowy night in Chicago.

Before they can even touch each other’s lips they’re hit from behind by a truck and she goes through the windscreen. When Paige comes out of a coma some weeks later with no memory of her husband or marriage she tries to fill in the gaps of her failed memory. Instead of a reunion with her husband, Paige reverts to her former life with her stuffy, upper-middle-class parents and Leo has to make her fall in love with him again. A sweet story that leaves you wanting more.

The movie is cliche but that’s sometimes ok for the type of movie it is. Of course Tatum and McAdams are brilliant actors, a perfect cast for this film in my opinion. I won’t reveal anymore, don’t want to spoil it for you! But I would deffinatley go and see it at the cinema if you have the chance!

Rating – 8/10

‘The Lucky One’ Nicholas Sparks Book Review

The second I finished The Lucky One I knew that Nicholas Sparks had created the perfect romantic story again. I have to admit I have a big addiction to romance novels like these… Stories that can pluck at your heart strings and bring tears to your eyes.Β  The Lucky one wasn’t the saddest of the Sparks collection of books, the ending did create the illusion of a bad ending at first though (If you read the book you will know what I mean by that).

I’ve read a lot of books by Nicholas Sparks and while it was not his best book I did enjoy it, as I always do. Once you get into the plot it is hard to put the book down. Sparks has the ability to keep the reader intrigued and emotionally attached to the diverse characters. We all want to see these character happy and together. However, The Lucky One was very predicable from the beginning.

I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot of romance novels and the couple always gets together at the end but I knew what was going to happen from the beginning. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, can you really have a love story without the typical cliche ending? The basic love story, boy meets girl and they fall in love with some twists and complications. I have yet to get sick of these romance novels because I enjoy reading them.

I really liked the character Keith Clayton in this novel, he wasn’t the typical antagonist. He was the main character Elizabeth’s ex husband and one of the narrators to the story. The novel was separated into different narrators, this portrayed the different points of views of the characters and I really liked this about this particular novel. Clayton is a very complicated character that the reader starts to hate as the story progresses. Sparks always has a balance of good and bad characters but in The Lucky one I feel he created a bigger contrast with the character Clayton.

I asked for a Nicholas Sparks book for Christmas and gave my family a big list and they chose at random. Weird how they chose The Lucky one. I saw the trailer for the film adaptation a few days after I reached the middle of the book. I will go and see the film but the expectation is always low because the book is always better in my opinion. The Lucky One is coming out on April 20th.

However, I would recommend reading the book first to avoid disappointment. Nicholas Sparks never fails to make you smile, cry and gasp with surprise. Sometimes you just need a feel good novel, if you enjoy reading romantic novels then Sparks if for you. I do think that some of his other novels are better, The Notebook, The Last Song and A Walk to remember are my personal favourites but I would still recommend The Lucky one.

What Kind Of Writer Do I Want To Be?

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I asked myself this question recently, what kind of writer do I want to be? I guess all new writers ask the same question, I mean there’s so may paths of genres to chose from and how will I know which one I’m better at? The only way to find out I have discovered is to experiment with different types of writing, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do… Writing different things.

I started writing a short piece of prose in different genres, from fantasy to thriller to romance to crime and I think my strongest genre is ‘romance.’ So I’ve decided to write a book, romance being the main genre and I feel confident about this idea! I hope I don’t leave it unfinished like I do with most pieces of my writing in the past. I need to stick to it and write as often as I can! That’s my issue, I always leave work unfinished!!! Annoying!! I would also like to attempt a children’s book eventually but one idea at a time. It makes sense really that I want to write romance, most of the books I’ve always read religiously have been in the romance/saga style.

My favourite author of all time is Nicholas Sparks and I’m not ashamed to admit it, I love the way that you can connect to his characters and his books never fail to make me laugh or cry. What can I say, his books are my guilty pleasure! My all time favourite has to be The Notebook but The Last Song and The Lucky one have to be a close second and third! I think this might be the genre for me, I’m going to explore this more and read plenty of other books in this genre.

I asked myself the question, what kind of writer do I want to be? I may have just found my answer. I’m going to start writing my book, I have already done my character profiles and the plot has been segmented into sections of events and I know the details of what is going to happen to each character. I also have a title ‘Always’, however this may change during the process of writing this book. With that conclusion, I better start writing πŸ™‚

Stay Strong

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Masking the desolation
you face every day,
Your happiness eclipsed with
the ease of just a smile.

Strong enough to hold back
your silver tears,
Unfair, the path that
leads you is painted with
black most days.

Light will shine for you
one day, I promise you
this, stay strong. Be faithful.
Stay beautiful, mother.

Speak Now Album Review

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Well, it’s almost time for Miss Taylor Swift to announce her new album title for her fourth album! There’s not much on the album yet but rumours say that the America’s sweetheart will be dropping her album sometime in autumn 2012… Speak now is her third album…

Lets reflect back to October 2010, the 25th to be exact! All around the world (no exaggeration) fans were queuing in the supermarkets for the country star’s new CD. I pre-ordered the CD and I was excited like any other Swiftie (A Taylor Swift fan is called a Swiftie) to get my hands on this new album. I had high expectations for the third album and so did her record company Big machine records because her second CD Fearless debuted at number one in a number of weeks. The CD has done extremely well and has reached number one on the billboard charts and soldΒ  1,047,000 in the first week. Amazingly, all fourteen of the songs made it to the Billboard 100 charts. Swift had sold more copies of this CD than the last! The Deluxe edition CD has fourteen songs and a bonus CD which contains three other songs and US versions of three songs already placed on the main CD. Fans will also be delighted to know that the CD also contains bonus features including the music video for ‘Mine’ and the behind the scenes.

Swift has achieved so much on this album. Writing every song without co-writers is an outstanding achievement of it’s own! Swift brings a fresh country/pop sound to the industry, with her personal songs about break-ups, love and life she reaches out to every girl out there who has ever been let down. Comparing this CD to Swift’s first album, her writing is maturing and her topics are much more dense than they were before.One of my personal favourites is ‘Never Grow up.’ A song about Swift opening up about how she has reflected back on her childhood and found out how quickly it disappears. This is song is both honest and moving and I shed a tear or two with this one. If you want a song to dance too, or just want a happy upbeat tune to blast through your stereo then ‘Sparks fly’, ‘The story of us’ and ‘Long live’ could be the songs for you. The album is oozing with talent and you will not regret buying this CD! If you don’t already have this CD. Go on amazon and buy it! What are you waiting for?

True Blood Review

True blood is a blood thirsty TV series you can really sink your teeth into — no pun intended! It’s an original series that really differs from the typical supernatural shows… I started watching True Blood when my friend at university recommended it to me.

I’ve never been a fan of this vampire phenomenon but I decided to give it a chance. Well, let me just tell you now True Blood was a complete shock for me! After the first episode I was on the edge of my seat and I wanted to find out what happened next.

The series is filled with nail biting scenes and surprising twists at the end of every episode! One thing I might add is the amount of nudity in this television series but it’s not meant for the younger generation – That’s why twilight exists!

It’s not suitable for the faint hearted. I watched 5 episodes in a row one night because I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. The cliffhangers are brilliant! Sookie, the main character is annoying at times. She always ends up in the bad situations and you shout at the TV at her for being so stupid!

Also, I think it’s pretty cool that she reads minds, it’s an interesting twist on her character. If you like a jam packed show filled with vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies – True Blood is the show for you!