rest in peace, talia.

Just when I thought I couldn’t be sadder, I found out that Talia Castellano passed away. For those of you who don’t know, this brave 14-year-old was on the Ellen show and she got to be Ellen’s honorary Covergirl. She made makeup tutorials on YouTube (and she was really great at it!). She had been battling cancer and the Lord decided she would be in a better place with Him.

Talia has to be one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever seen. I may have not known her personally, but from watching her interview on the Ellen show, she was a very bright, beautiful, and poised young lady…mature way beyond her years. When Ellen asked her how she deals with cancer, she said, “A little fishy once told me, ‘just keep swimming.'” Talia’s personality, her smile, her attitude on life…everything about her was infectious and I know she will be missed by a lot of people. Talia did not give up without a fight. She lived her life to the best of her ability. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for herself, she chose to live life. That speaks volumes about a person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. The world is definitely not as bright without Talia.

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rest in peace, cory.

As most of you know, on July 13, 2013, we lost a very special person. If any of you are huge Gleeks like me, this one really hit home. I meant to post this sooner, but this week’s been so busy for me. Anyways, here it goes…(I wrote this right after I heard that Cory passed).

So I know everyone’s talking about it. I JUST found out from my sister. I think I am still in shock and I can’t believe it. Whenever I hear of a celebrity passing, I’m sad when I hear the news, but hearing of Cory’s death really shocked me and to be honest, I’m still in denial, hoping that it’s just some terrible rumor. My prayers go out to his family, friends, Lea Michele and the rest of the Glee cast.

Glee is more than just a television show. It taught me that I’m not alone. In high school, I wasn’t the popular kid…no prom queen or captain of the cheerleader squad. I was in band, and we all know what people think of “bandies” right? Well, in my school, the band kids never really got picked on or singled out, but we all knew we were at the bottom of the social hierarchy.

When I heard of this show called Glee, I remember how excited I was to watch it because immediately, I could draw parallels to my own life. I fell in love with the series and I’m still a huge fan, despite the fact that most of the beloved and well-known characters are gone.

I never really had a favorite character on the show because I appreciated every single one of them for different reasons. However, I think the character I can best identify with is Finn…especially during the first part of this last season where he comes back to coach the glee club. Like most college kids, I’m sure, he didn’t know where his life was headed. The Army didn’t work out for him and college didn’t seem like an option to him…so he went back to the place where it all started for him, glee club. During my first couple of years of college, I had the hardest time trying to fit in with everyone. I seemed so different from them and I always found myself going back to the one place I always felt safe, band.

Finn’s always had that attitude like he’s not good enough, that his own fears are holding him back from being able to reach his full potential. He tries to surround himself with good people, people who show him that he’s more than he’s giving himself credit for.

When I heard that Cory admitted himself into rehab earlier this year, I was shocked because I didn’t know he was dealing with these types of problems. But I hoped for the best. Now, to hear that the cause of his death may be due to a drug overdose, it breaks my heart. At 31 years old, his life was cut short. Once again, this shows that life’s precious and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I will always be a Gleek and I know Cory will be forever missed. This news shattered my heart, but if there’s anything I will take away from this, it will be the good things Cory/Finn and Glee did for me. Glee is more than just a television show. It’s proven to me that the underdogs can rise above the rest and come out better and stronger. Rest in peace, Cory.

the perks of being a wallflower (movie)

WARNING: STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE FILM AND ARE PLANNING ON IT. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS (I don’t actually know that there really are spoilers, but I have to put this here anyway).

For once, I liked the film as much as the novel…maybe because the author of the book was also the director, executive producer, and writer of the film. TPFBAW is a must for all those people who never felt like they belonged somewhere. The characters on-screen were just as believable as the ones in the book. Both had me in tears because it was that moving.

The movie was a little more intense than the book during some parts. For instance, the fight scene between Brad and Patrick…that was a very hard scene to watch because of the content. It made me really emotional. Another scene in the film that was pretty intense was when Charlie goes back to his house after saying goodbye to Sam and he starts replaying all of the bad things that have happened in his mind and you can see him beginning to really lose control over himself. The first time Charlie replays Aunt Helen’s death was also an emotional scene for me. The flashbacks between him as a child and hearing Aunt Helen’s last words made the scene that much more effective and emotional.

Another slight difference between the two is that I felt like in the film, Charlie’s family was more “normal.” In the book, his sister, Candace seems like she doesn’t care that much about Charlie. There are a couple of parts where it seems like the two really connect, but overall, I got the impression that she didn’t want anything to do with him and didn’t want him in her business all the time. In the movie, she wasn’t as mean as I remember and she was actually very kind and loving toward Charlie.

One of the things I was disappointed about the film was that it didn’t include the part where Charlie goes over to Bill’s house at the end of the school year. Bill tells Charlie why he gave him all those additional assignments and said that he believes that Charlie is special and that the reason he told him that was because he didn’t think anyone else did. When I read that part of the book, I got really emotional because I really connected with Charlie and I admired that he had this teacher or adult that truly believed in his potential.

Overall, I really have nothing bad to say about the film vs. the novel. Both have forever impacted me and I strongly recommend people read the book AND see the film. It’s absolutely beautiful in its own way. Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller did a phenomenal job playing the main characters. The whole cast could NOT have been any better. It’s because of TPOBAW that I realize I need to find my Charlie, Sam, and Patrick in life. This one’s for the wallflowers.

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romance & relationships in cinema.

I’ve always wished for my relationships to work out like the ones I see in movies. The guy is never afraid to show his affection for the girl. He constantly tells her how much he loves her and how much he means to her. I’m a huge sap for films like A Walk to Remember or The Last Song or any of those other Nicholas Sparks tear-jerkers. And honestly, if I can find a guy who will watch these types of movies with me, then he’s a keeper for me because in my opinion, THAT’s how guys are supposed to treat a lady.

It becomes so difficult to separat from those films because I have to remember that they’re fictional. It’s so easy to get sucked into it because it just seems so perfect and desirable. However, it’s like that saying goes…you can’t compare your love life to the ones you see in movies because those were written by screenwriters and your life is written by you. And it’s true. Our lives aren’t written by anyone…we get to have control and make the decisions. And this is reality…things won’t always happen the way you want them too, ESPECIALLY when it comes to love.

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Have you ever had a love like the one in movies?

the hunger games (film vs. book)

WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS. SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK OR SEEN THE MOVIE AND PLAN ON DOING THAT, THEN DON’T CONTINUE READING THIS POST.

There’s always been those debates on which is better…the film or the book. We’ve seen it with the Harry Potter series, Twilight, and now…The Hunger Games. So is one better than the other? Which one, the film or the book?

Last year, my sister got hooked on the Hunger Games craze. She end up buying the books and finished them in like a couple of months. She decided to let me borrow them so I could read the books. She finished all three before the first movie came out and she wanted to see it. My mom and and I went with her. As someone who hadn’t read the book before seeing the movie, I really enjoyed it. It was a different type of movie and the protagonist, Katniss, was a strong female lead character. I definitely cried my eyes out during the scene where Rue dies (I’m a softy when it comes to films).

Over this winter break, I was able to FINALLY read the entire first book within a week or so. I must say…I kind of like the book better than the film, but that doesn’t change my opinion about the film.  I still love it and in fact, I watched it again last night with my sister, so I could point out the differences because the last time I watched it was when it came out in theaters and before I read the book. I’m really glad that they kept most of the dialogue the same because I liked it.

Let’s talk about the book first. The relationship between Gale and Katniss is more obvious in the book. I could see where this would be a little more difficult to emulate on-screen because when you read a book, most of it’s as if Katniss is thinking to herself and Gale appears in many of these thoughts. I also loved Peeta more in the book (that’s not to say I didn’t think Josh Hutcherson did a bad job, I just liked him in the book better). He seemed more genuine and that he really cared about Katniss. Plus there were a lot more cute romantic moments in the book and I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. Then there’s the ending. I definitely liked the ending of the book better than the movie. In the book, after Katniss and Peeta win the games and are headed back to their district, Peeta gets upset at Katniss and thinks that the romance that had been occurring between the two during the games was all for show just to win. To me, it left more of a suspense and made me empathize with Peeta.

The film overall stayed pretty true to the book. Usually you read the book first and then watch the film. I did it the other way around and it made the experience a little different. Having seeing the movie, I already had that visualization of each of the characters from the film. When you read, the goal is to create how YOU think everything would look visually. But because I already saw the film and knew what happened, it was like there was already this mold and I just needed to fill in the blanks. If the first Hunger Games movie was great, I can’t even imagine what the next two will be like.

I think I’m going to read the second book before the film this time and see how my opinion changes, but I’m not going to start it until it gets a little closer to the film release. Overall though, really satisfied with the film and thought the adaptation was really nice. I loved the book. It was an easy read and I couldn’t put it down. Mockingjay, here I come.

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What did you think of Hunger Games the movie vs. Hunger Games the book? Did the movie do the book justice?

the perks of being a wallflower (book).

the perks of being a wallflower cover

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I also wanted to see the movie but I never did. 😦 Anyways, back to the book. I ordered it on Amazon and the day it came, I began reading it. I don’t read very often and I’m actually trying to get back in the habit of doing so, but I could NOT put this book down. It was a very easy read and the characters were so relatable. If I added the number of hours it took me to read it, I would have finished the book in less than a day.

I am an introvert, so I found Charlie to be a pretty relatable character, but I always noticed that something was a little off with him. It wasn’t until later in the book when I found out why he is the way he is. I won’t give away spoilers for those who haven’t read the book and want to. Anyways, the book is written in a series of letters to a “friend” (being us, the readers) and takes place in the 90s, the period before communication changed with the digital world.

But basically, there’s nothing better than seeing the underdogs come out on top. Charlie, Sam, and Patrick are three characters that many people can identify with. The book basically takes you back to your high school days and it pretty much covers every topic…drugs, sex, relationships, sexuality, friends, school, etc. You also get a look into Charlie’s home life…how he interacts with his parents, his brother, and sister.

I’ve never read a book as beautiful and inspiring as this one. Stephen Chbosky did an amazing job writing this. He also directed the movie, so I can only imagine that the film is just as great as the book. I recommend this book for adolescents because of the content, but I think everyone should read it at some point in their lives. This book brought me back to my high school days and I found myself reminiscing, especially during the part about graduation. So read this book, you’ll be glad you did. 🙂

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