It (2017) vs. It (1990) (Movie Review)

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I saw the remake of It a couple of weeks back and here’s my opinion of the movies. This will be separated into categories and whichever wins the most is the best movie.

If you don’t know what Stephen King’s It is, here’s a synopsis. It is about a child killing spree, in Derry, Maine. It all starts with a kid named Georgie. His brother makes him a paper boat and he runs outside to float it with the flood water. It ends up going into the sewage drain and he is greeted by a clown. Georgie is only five and is killed by the “clown”. Similar things happen to other kids of Derry until Bill Denbrough, (Georgie’s brother) has had enough. He teams up with the so-called “Losers” of Derry to get revenge for his brother. They soon find out that “It” is not just a clown but a leper, a werewolf, a mummy, and other nightmares all wrapped into one. Therefore, need to stop the “clown” before he keeps killing kids and before they’re all gone.

1.    Overall story: In 1990 , It was a TV mini series. One episode as kids and one as adults. Since they had so much time to develop the story, it could be closer to the book. Therefore the remake can only be so long, which is why they are making a second movie. Round 1 goes to It (1990).

2.    Characters: In the 1990 It movie, I personally was upset with their character choices. The kids of It were okay and in my opinion didn’t really seem like a “family” like in the books. The adult cast was not good at all and disappointed me as a reader. In the remake, the character choice was outstanding. The cast really fit the reader’s imagination. The Georgie scene was perfect, and the lack of adults was also very important and they delivered. Winner: It 2017

3.     Pennywise (clown): In the 1990 version of It, audiences were absolutely terrified by Tim Curry playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He matched Stephen King’s description perfectly and I wished he had a little more screen time because he was great. When the remake came along Bill Skarsgard, knew he had big shoes to fill. The costume design was not my favorite but the clown’s story had much more time to develop. Winner: Tie!

4. Special effects (horror): Since the 1990s It movie had such a low-budget, it couldn’t spend it on special effects. And let’s just say it didn’t deliver in that department! The scariness was fair but not as scary as some other movies at the time. In the new It, they had CGI and better special effects than the 1990s did. It (2017) was more suspenseful than horror, but it really wanted to focus on the characters not just horror elements. Winner….

IT (2017)!!! I hoped you enjoyed this and I can’t wait for It Chapter 2!

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“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly”, Part 1: Summary (Book Review)

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a Young Adult, Fiction novel, by Stephanie Oakes. Published by Dial Books, it is a novel of 400 pages. Though there is no action in the book, the mystery of who killed the Prophet, as well as the practices in the cult, will keep your interest until the last page.

The story begins when Minnow Bly, the main character, attempts to kill a boy, named Philip, after stressing her. “I am a blood-soaked girl,” is how the novel begins, and is what makes the readers want to keep turning the pages. A few pages later, the police are there in order to provide medical assistance to Philip, and to arrest Minnow. They are ready to handcuff Minnow, but there is a small issue — Minnow doesn’t have any hands…

Flashbacks throughout the book reveal to us what had happened earlier. Minnow is a seventeen-year-old, who has just escaped the cult which she was in for the past twelve years of her life. The cult has unusual practices and beliefs. However, the characters don’t refer to it as “cult,” but rather “Community.” The Community is run by the Prophet, named Kevin. His followers refer to themselves as “Kevinians,” in the name of their prophet. The Prophet claims that once, he had met a janitor who was named Charlie, and that he was God. He also claimed that Charlie had told him that he was chosen to write and share his words.

Life in the Community is much different than in the real world. Every day, people wake up early and start doing their chores. Some people milk the cows, and some others clean and do other chores. Every man has multiple wives, so the families are very large, each one having more than ten children. This cult has many strict beliefs. For example, the Prophet claims that women cannot read books, since they are creations of the Devil. We later learn that he wants to keep them illiterate, so they will not be able to read his notes. The believers cannot listen to music, nor do anything that goes against the Prophet’s rules. Whoever doesn’t follow the rules shall see the consequences — the Prophet’s sadistic practices.

That is what happened to Minnow. Since she was considered older, the Prophet wanted to marry her, adding to his other eight wives. Minnow refuses, but the Prophet insists. Therefore, Minnow attempts to escape the Community. When the Prophet’s men catch her, she is sent to the Prophet. The Prophet orders Minnow’s biological father to cut off her hands, and after much debate, he does so.

One day, a fire starts in the Community. Minnow is able to escape into the forest and run to civilization. She attempts to save her sister, but she sees that her father has already gotten her. When she reaches civilization, Philip causes distress to Minnow. Being much exhausted, traumatized, and having witnessed a fire, Minnow is not very patient. Though she does not have any hands, that doesn’t get in the way of kicking Philip, almost to death. Minnow escapes, and the Prophet is mysteriously murdered.

Minnow is sent to a juvenile prison, where she becomes friends with her cellmate, Angel. Not true to her name, Angel had murdered her uncle, giving her the longest sentence of all the prisoners. An FBI agent, referred to as Dr. Wilson, has taken interest in Minnow. He wants to find out who has murdered the Prophet, in return of giving back her freedom. Did anyone in the Community survive? Will Minnow get out of prison? Did Minnow kill the Prophet? Will Dr. Wilson ever know the truth?

 

Another Day, Another Dungeon (Book Review)

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Another Day, Another Dungeon is a hilarious book by Greg Costikyan that describes a treasure hunt in the legendary Caves of Cytorax. Timaeus De’Asperge, a fire mage, and his companions fight Rog, a huge beast, and get its “nice comfy pile of gold”. They proceed to find a life-sized statue of a man in the altar of an evil temple. It is made of solid athenor, the most valuable metal in the world due to its ability to store mana. They bribe the guard to get in, but nothing of that value can be kept secret and soon their home is a battlefield, their friend kidnapped, and the statue gone — but only they know that. They find out that the statue depicts the last human king, Stantius III, and that the scepter of Stantius is glowing — the sign that a new king has arrived.

Suddenly, they are on a quest to not only find the statue, but to bring it to Arst-Kara-Morn, where the people will do anything to destroy them. They must somehow reverse a spell at Arst-Kara-Morn that has entrapped the soul of Stantius III inside the statue, preventing any more human kings from coming. This series is a great one to read and one I would highly recommend.

Rengades (Book Review)

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Stars- 5/5

Summary – The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone … except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.(Goodreads)

Thoughts – I absolutely loved Renegades! It took me less than a day to read it. I couldn’t put it down, just like I couldn’t put down any of The Lunar Chronicles books or how Heartless was impossible to stop reading. That’s what I love about Marissa Meyer’s books — they pull you in and they won’t let you out until you’ve devoured the entire story.
This month, I was lucky enough to meet Marissa Meyer and see her in a panel with Cassandra Clare which was amazing! She was super nice and I got Cinder and Heartless signed. I wrote a review on YALLfest so go check that out!
My favorite character in Renegades would have to be Nova. She was strong and though her abilities weren’t showy, they were silent and powerful. On the other hand, my least favorite character was Ingrid, she was just horrible to the other Anarchists.
I highly suggest this to anyone that likes superheroes or anyone that enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s other books.

Age – 12+

YALLfest Review

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Last month, I went to YALLfest in Charleston, South Carolina. It was amazing! I met so many amazing authors and went to so many fun events. I even got five free books, and three of them were advanced reader’s copies!

Both days, I carried bags of books and got almost all of them signed. My favorite part was the very last event, The YA Smackdown. Most of the authors were there and they were all super funny. There was a part where a bunch of the authors split into two teams, Team Harry and Team Voldemort, for a lip synch battle. It was hilarious, and while this was happening, Veronica Roth was sitting right next to me!*Squeal*

To close the event and YALLfest, Tigerbeat performed. Tigerbeat, a band made up of a group of YA authors, was amazing! My favorite cover of theirs was a rock version of You’ll Be Back from Hamilton.

I went to panels for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, Becky Albertalli and Angie Thomas, and Marissa Meyer and Cassie Clare. They were all really funny and I’m super glad I was able to make it to all of their signings and panels. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Cassie, but I did meet all the others and they were all super nice! During Becky and Angie’s panel, they tried mystery Oreos and hated them, but they still gave it to the audience to try. During Marissa and Cassie’s panel I was all the way in the back, unfortunately, but Cassie surprised everyone at the panel by releasing the cover and release date of the third book in the Dark Artifices Series!!!!!!!

I was so happy I got the opportunity to go to this amazing event! I can’t wait to go again next year!!!

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (Book Review)

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When Mimi and her family move to Vermont in 1969, it is still a mostly white state. She is judged because of her appearance but also because of her dreams. A woman astronaut is practically unheard of but one who is half-Japanese half-African American is a crazy thought and that’s what people tell Mimi. Science is her passion but because she is a girl nobody, except her parents, support her.

On the first day of school, Mimi meets a girl named Stacey who treats her like an actual human being. While they are in class they get caught passing notes and get put in after school detention. When Stacey’s mom pulls into the parking lot, she doesn’t even glance at Mimi and her father. After this, Stacey starts hanging out at Mimi’s house but never invites her over to her house. Mimi eventually finds out this is because Stacey’s mom doesn’t like African Americans and doesn’t approve of their friendship. This doesn’t stop them though, they continue to hang out and grow closer and closer.

Mimi soon finds out that just because Stacey accepts her doesn’t mean everyone else will. She gets bullied in school and accused of stealing. This new town isn’t all bad though — Mimi’s neighbor is a boy her age and they quickly become friends. He helps her through hard times and stays with her when the town starts to accept her family.

Mimi and her family bring new ideals to this little town in Vermont and change the people’s views about being different.

I liked this book because it really opens your eyes to how hard it was for different people to live in a time when diversity was not accepted. It also shows you that if you believe in yourself you can do whatever you put your mind to.

“Life Just Got Real”

“Life Just Got Real” is written by Sadie Robertson with Cindy Coloma. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., Life Just Got Real is a fiction novel of 278 pages. The setting takes place in Nashville, and the point of view alternates between the two protagonists, AJ Smith, and Kate Kelly.

AJ Smith is a sixteen-year-old who grew up in Louisiana, with her mom, dad, and her brothers, Micah and Noah. Her life mainly consisted of repairing cars with her dad, which was what her dad did for a living, and was AJ’s favorite thing to do. She attended a normal public school, had good friends, and loved to go hunting with her brothers. After her dad died, her mom decided to leave the place where AJ had spent all of her life, and bring the whole family -except from Noah, who went into the military- with her. The change in her life is huge. Her mother has already found a husband, Charles, who has a so n, Sam, and it breaks AJ’s heart to see how fast her mother moved on. She has to attend a private school, and it is very apparent to her that the students there come from a much higher class in society that she does. Many things go wrong- she has to take classes she has never taken before and knows she is going to fail, her grades are not so good, and she has to get through all the drama and gossip that stirred-up the minute she stepped foot on her school. Something feels weird and wrong when she discovers that her mom cannot afford to pay the school, which means that someone else is paying for it- and AJ has no idea who that is. She makes several friends such as Homer and Tae, who used to be Kelly’s best friend. But all this is just the beginning of the drama that is about to change her whole life.

Kate Kelly is the daughter of a famous music producer, and the owner of one of the most famous boutiques. Kate Kelly has two siblings: her older brother, Kaden Kelly, and her younger sister, Kasey Kelly. Kelly is more on the wealthy side, and much more professional. She is mature, a very good student, and a control freak. As an already successful person and class president, Kate has many fake friends, who just want something from her: they want to harm her, or do not care about her. Her “friends” include Lauren, Sandra, Priscilla, Mel, though her best, and probably only true friend, is Palmer. She is in a relationship with Alex, and later in the book, their relationship takes a dramatic twist. Her family is planning to take part in a reality TV show called “Real Life”. Kelly is chosen for the finalist, and is shocked when she learns that AJ, the weird girl who wears red converses, jeans, and her father’s advertisement t-shirts, is chosen to be the other protagonist in Real Life. Along with the fact that her brother, Kaden, is AJ’s prom date, Kate’s life seems to have changed ever since AJ appeared.

“When things go wrong, it’s reality TV’s right”.

I enjoyed reading this book. Even though high school drama seems to be a common theme in many books and movies, this book is much different than the other ones. It does not match the typical stereotype of one person being the mean, spoiled rich girl who is a horrible student, but somehow manages to get through each grade, and the other person being an innocent, poor girl who is a good student. The talents and values of both girls, and all the factors that make them special is what make this novel very unique and interesting. Even though there is no suspense or cliffhangers, there is something about this book that will make you stay up all night reading it.

I would recommend reading this book. I would give this book a 5/5 rating. +12.