This week is super busy for me, so you get another quick post about an upcoming movie. I had heard about this movie as I am a fan of Luke Evans’ work, and still have a soft spot in my heart for vampires, even after all that Twilight nonsense. So I was very excited to see the trailer for DraculaUntold. You can watch the trailer below.
I have to say, I am SUPER excited!! This basically looks like it was made for me! First, you have the origin story of Dracula, which was missing from the original novel. I love villain origin stories (see all my comments about Maleficent), and this looks epic. Second, it has lots of armor (and something other than English or well known styles of armor), and epic sword fights. Since I used to do stage combat, sword fighting is on of my favorite things to watch, especially if it is done well! Third, Luke Evans looks awesome and intimidating, plus he is rather good at sword fighting and wearing armor! Fourth, and lastly they used an epic cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World, by Tears for Fears, the cover is by Lorde and is epically creepy and awesome. The original is one of my favorite songs, and this cover is even better!
So clearly I am excited for this movie, is anyone else?
“Everyone knew the consequences of breaking the unwritten rules: never discuss the danger of going outside the wire, never brag about the girl waiting back home, never count the days until the end of tour. If you did, you might mistake that buried IED for a rock, or log on to the Dear John email, or get the last-minute change in your separation orders.” Taking Fire by Radclyffe
Final Verdict: An okay summer read that started out great and petered off by the end.
“Always he was second or third choice. Just once he wanted to be someone’s first choice. He wanted to be offered, accepted, with pride. Not from obligation or with resignation. He wanted to be a preference, not simply the least disappointing of limited options.”
Kristof from With Pride by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A great quick read, with an amazing new world, characters that will engage you, and a romance you can root for.
I found some more interesting looking TV shows that are based (loosely) off of some classic books. The first is the TV series The Musketeers on BBC1. Right now it is on iPlayer for those in the UK. It is based off of The Three Musketeers by Victor Hugo. I honestly cannot wait to watch it. The trailers look good, and I love a good sword fighting show. I am just a bit leery as I have never been a fan of d’Artagnan in the movies. Also I am looking forward to Peter Capaldi (the new Doctor) Cardinal Richelieu!
A show to look forward to much later this year or next is a new series based on The Wizard of Oz and other stories by L. Frank Baum. The show is to be called Emerald City and will star a 20 year old Dorothy Gale. You can read more about it here.
Lastly, tagged on to the bottom of a story about the Batman/Superman movie being pushed back a year, there was an announcement that there would instead be a new Peter Pan movie instead. You can read that here. I will have to see trailers for the Peter Pan movie before I decide if I want to see it or not, I am a huge fan of Peter Pan things.
Notable Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly
“Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of your enormity, O Smaug the Stupendous…” Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Final Verdict: A really great, epic movie, even though not too much actually happens. It leaves you wishing it was next year already so you can see how the story ends!
For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.
**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**
I am a little behind in posting this, but thought you guys would still like to see it. The first trailer for Divergent has been released. For those unfamiliar Divergent by Veronica Roth is a very exciting book at the start of a series. It follows Beatrice/Tris as she navigates a post-apocalyptic world that has been split into five factions based on what they value. At 16 every person is tested for the natural aptitude, then at a public ceremony they decide where they will live the rest of their lives, even if it means never seeing their families again. Tris comes to realize that there is more to her world than she ever suspected, but before she can worry about that she has to survive her initiation into her faction! I will have a review for the book to you guys soon. You can watch the trailer below.
Interestingly, Buzzfeed has an article looking at specific moments from the trailer, you find that here. However, rather than comforting me, the Buzzfeed article and the trailer have me worried. I know I am probably in the minority, and there are parts that I am excited for, however, I am worried. What I loved about the book was how brutal some of the scenes were, and that Tris had to power through some awful things. I think one of the main strengths of the book was seeing into her head, as there wasn’t really that much dialogue. Which is a problem when you adapt this to a movie. Instead, it looks like they are playing up the romance with Four. In the book it is slow and subtle at first, and I actually didn’t mind. The only nice thing is that there is no real love triangle.
What do you guys think? Are you excited, cautiously excited, or dreading the adaptation? Have you read the book? I really recommend the book, and am looking forward to reading the next one (can’t let the movie spoil the next book like the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones did!).
One of the books that really surprised me recently was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. While Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, I was not so sure about this story, but I was able to get a hold of an audiobook (read by the author himself) and gave it a listen. I really enjoyed it, and am currently working on my review of it for you guys. However, in the meantime you can give it a listen! That’s right, currently it is available for free online. Over at Neil Gaiman’s MouseCircus you can listen to Neil read the story. If you have never heard Gaiman read one of his own books you are in for a treat. Not only is he a great author, but he is excellent at bringing the story to life. Just a quick summary for those who are unsure. The Graveyard Book tells the story of Nobody. As a toddler, something happens to Nobody’s parents, and having just learned to walk he wanders into the graveyard. There the Owens, with the help of the mysterious Silas, agree to raise the boy as their son. The story follows Nobody as he grows up and learns from all the people buried in the graveyard. However, outside the graveyard, the evil that killed his family is still looking for him.
I really hope you give this book a try, especially as you can’t argue with the price! A full review will be coming here soon. And in case you need one more reason to listen, The Graveyard Book will soon be turned into a movie!