Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Maze Runner

This was my second Saturday movie in a row and I'm just sitting here wondering why all the good movies have to come out now.  Seriously, why not the holidays?  Anyway,

The Maze Runner was so freaking scary.  I don't care if it's classified an action movie or it's rated M.  I'm calling it a horror movie and rating it MA.  I didn't quite realise how heart pumping the movie would be while reading the book.  Seriously.  All the running, fighting, escaping, hiding from those grotesque creatures.  And then there was the suspenseful music and those screaming deaths.  My friend next to me was clutching my arm so hard and practically shaking.  I know I was shielding my eyes every now and then.

Okay, so if you didn't already know, The Maze Runner is about a boy named Thomas who is put into a maze full of boys.  He doesn't remember a thing and has no idea why he's there.  The maze works like this: There's a safe square in the middle where all the boys live.  Every night the walls of this square close off from the outside maze, protecting the boys from creatures called Grievers, and every day while the doors are open, Runners go out to map the maze.  Every month supplies are sent up a cage elevator, along with a new boy.  This all changes once Thomas arrives...

The Maze Runner, despite being one of the most scary movies I've dared to watch, was amazing.  I didn't get bored that's for sure.  I can't spoil any of the story, mysteries and character rivalries, so I won't discuss how great all that was.  Instead I'll just mention the hot Asian Runner.  I don't know if it's coz I'm Asian that I think he's hot, or if he's actually hot, but he was pretty fine ;).  Although, he's a little dumb looking, but still.  Thomas was okay too I guess.

Compared to the book the movie was a good adaption.  At least I think so.  I read the book ages ago so it's possible I'm forgetting things.  I know the ending was a little different though.  In the movie it seemed like such a fast dramatic scene.  I mean believe me, in the book it was pretty fast and dramatic too, but it seemed much more ordered.  The final fight seemed more planned.  In the movie it was more spur of the moment.

And then there was the actual ending after the maze.  I definitely didn't remember most of that from the book.  It was FANTASTIC in the movie though.  Wow it makes me need to watch the second movie. 

Basically, I'm just going to conclude that the movie was better than the book, for once.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Procrastination and a Lack of Sleep

If I'm being honest here, the only reason I'm writing this post is because I'm procrastinating.  You see, I have this huge religion test on Thursday and I haven't even started going over the masses of information required.  The test is worth 50% of my grade and it's all about Church history of all the boring things.  I know, you're probably thinking religion isn't even that important.  But I find that trying to get as many As as possible is satisfying.

I'm not really helping my case by procrastinating though.  I'm not even doing anything useful with my procrastination time.  At least I could go for a jog or work on my sexual health assignment or practice a musical instrument.  No.  Instead I'm sitting here writing this nonsense. 

Okay, so here's what normally happens when I'm procrastinating.  I set myself a time to study and, well, I end up starting about 5 hours later.  First I check my phone, replying to every single message, creating a few new convos, and checking out my instagram feed and snap chat stories.  Then I sit there for a while longer while people reply.  This whole process takes about 30 minutes to an hour before I realise I should probably be doing something else.  So I get up and decide to watch an episode of something.  Another 45 minutes gone.  Then I might want to read, or play the piano, or aimlessly wander the internet, or watch another episode.  I'll probably check my phone regularly too.  Then finally, FINALLY, in the evening I'll start freaking out.  Depending on how close the test is, I'll either give it another night, or frantically study until 11pm.

Well, the important thing is that I always seem to get it done.  Procrastination is just part of the study process, right?  This is normal.  I still have two more nights of study, even though that won't give me much sleep and my brain won't exactly be in peak condition.

That brings me on to the next bit of my post.  My complete and utter lack of sleep.  I haven't even been studying in the last week but I'm still only getting around 6 hours of sleep.  I think it's just what happens after my late nights on weekends.  My brain can't adjust to waking up at 7:30am.

So now I'm a yawner.  I yawn in class, I feel exhausted, and then somehow I manage to read until 1am yet again.  Even after that I spend so much time lying in bed unable to sleep.  Do I have some kind of condition?  This lack of sleep thing messes with my social skills.  Sometimes, by the end of the day, people are continuously having to repeat themselves for me to hear.  I'm just so out of it.

Yeah, so basically this is the story of my life right now.  I'm tired and really don't want to study.  But I probably should if I want any sleep tonight.  So goodbye and thank you for reading up until this point.  Sorry for my rambling.  I think it's time to log off and get my life in check.


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Kick-ass Book Heroines

Last night I stayed up until midnight finishing Heir of Fire, the third and latest book of the Throne of Glass series, which is one of my favourites of all time.  Heir of Fire was AMAZING, although it still wasn't as good as the first two books.  I think that's because there were no Chaolaena moments (if you've read the series you'll know what I mean).  What I did like about the book, however, was that it still had the mystery, magic, action/fight scenes, fantasy, some slight horror, and a whole bunch of complicated characters and secrets.  Celaena became so much more powerful, if that was even possible.  We also got a peek at her past, and I think Arobrynn is coming backkk.  I can't wait to see the look on his face.  Now I just have to wait a year or so for the next book, for Celaena to return.  I can't wait!

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post... One of the main reasons I love this series is because of the main character, Celaena Sardothein.  She is the perfect example of one kick-ass heroine.  So now, after reading the latest book, I've decided to share some of the most kick-ass heroines out there.

Celaena Sardothein from Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas
Yup.  We're definitely starting with her.  First and foremost, Celaena is the most notorious assassin of Adarlan.  That means she kills people and can fight and stuff.  In the first book she's forced to enter the king's competition and pretends to be a simple jewel thief.  Boy did the other competitors get a surprise.  There's so much more to Celaena than just being an assassin though.  She's got amazing eyes and captures the heart of both a prince and a (hot) captain of the guard.  She's also got so many secrets and identities that I can't reveal without spoiling some of the best bits.  So just read it!  Trust me.

June from Legend - Marie Lu
June is a prodigy in a society focused on the military.  She scored a maximum score of 500 on the test.  She's smart, strategic and able to fight.  Then there's her partner in crime/future boyfriend, Day.  He's the most well known criminal.. and that's all I'm going to say.  Yeah, so June is awesome and you can tell she's pretty too.  J, if you're reading this, read this book!!!

Sydney from Bloodlines - Richelle Mead
First of all, ignore the book cover.  Sydney is way prettier than that.  Sydney's an alchemist in a world with vampires (don't let the vampires deter you).  She's a genius, and although she's oblivious to anything social, she's still a super organised genius.  She's also able to do magic, and although at the start of the series she's throwing amulets that zap people, by the latest book she's making rings of fire.  Sydney also has one of the best relationships I've ever read or watched or anything.  They're just the cutest :')

Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Who doesn't know Katniss Everdeen?  You know, the one that went in that battle to the death involving 24 kids in a corrupt world?  She's the one that wins of course, taking Peeta with her.  That's pretty kick-ass to me.  She's also got Liam Hemsworth (in the movie) pining after her.  I mean, damnnn...

Clary Fray from The City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Clary is so much cooler in the book than in the movie.  First of all, she's super brave and has one reaaaally hot boyfriend (I imagine him to be Alex Pettyfer but hotter).  She's also got an evil brother and father, but that doesn't bring her down.  Equipped with a stele and many many blades, Clary's one small badass fighter.  She's even got some extra powers with the stele ;)

Kat Bishop from Heist Society - Ally Carter
Kat is a high society thief.  That's her family's business after all.  She's the mastermind behind the theft of paintings, jewellery, heirlooms and museum artefacts.  She's the leader of a crew of talented teenagers, including the one very rich (and gorgeous) W.W Hale the fifth, aka Hale.

Valkyrie Cain from Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
Valkyrie's a blend of darkness and light, too powerful for her own good.  In fact, I'm pretty sure she's lost control of herself now.  She's so powerful and mysterious that she has three identities and runs around with a skeleton detective, solving mysteries and fighting bad guys left and right.  I can't wait to read the last book!  It's either the destruction of the world, or maybe she'll pull through and become Valkyrie again...

Tris Prior from Divergent - Veronica Roth
Yeah, Tris is on this list for the heck of it, maybe as a sort of tribute I guess.  I mean, she is divergent, and she has a smoking hot boyfriend.  The perfect blend of brave, smart and selfless, Tris is different.  She's brave enough to fight, smart enough to think of strategies, and selfless enough to do what's right.  So I guess that's Tris for you...

And those were some of the most kick-ass heroines you will ever find in books.  All the books listed above are also amazing so I seriously suggest you read every single one.

Now it's time for me to read about prissy girls in romance books for English... yayyy...


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Breakfast Club

I've now gone to my second performance in three days!  Tonight I went to see a school production for the first time.  It was of 'The Breakfast Club'. 

For those of you who don't know what 'The Breakfast Club' is, it's a movie made in the 1980s and is basically about five stereo-typical high school students being stuck in Saturday detention together.  There's the criminal, the athlete, the brain, the basket case and the princess.  The movie is about how these people all have their own reputations, but they all also have their own problems and they're same in a way.  There should be nothing stopping them from being friends.  I know that sounds so cliché and doesn't really apply to the present day, but think of it like how we don't really hang out with people that aren't in our group, and we also look down on certain groups.  Not stereo-typing or judging people is always an important lesson to learn.

Anyway, back to the play, it was amazing!  There was such good acting and the looks were pretty much spot on, courtesy of the textiles people.  The play consisted of a funny little janitor, quite a lot of swearing, a psychopathic teacher, a little drug dealing, a chase, a fight scene and some interesting conversations.

One of the cutest scenes was one of the kissing scenes.  The 'basket case' walks out after having just gone through a make over.  The athlete sees her and slowly strides towards her.  It was such an awh moment!!!

After watching the play I feel as if the actors on the stage are real celebrities, not just people from my school or the boys school.  I know that they all go to class like me and this is just an extra-curricular.  I know that one of the guys takes my friend's bus (that friend got a new haircut and it actually looks stunning).  I think I even saw them after, while I was walking to my dad's car.  Now that I think about it, I probably should've congratulated them or something, but no.  Instead I walked past a little intimidated.  I'm a little awkward like that.

You know, acting in a production actually looks so fun!  You would be committed to something, get to wear cool costumes, makeup, get to pretend to be someone else for a while, people would come to watch you, it would be a chance to meet some boys ;).  In fact, acting in movies and stuff in general sounds awesome.  Unfortunately acting is not something I'm particularly into, and it's very unlikely to become a famous block buster movie star anyway.

So yeah, the play was great.  If your school production looks interesting, go ahead and watch it!  Just because they're not professionals doesn't mean they're bad actors.

Don't youuuu forget about me *fist pumps in the air*