Thursday, 14 February 2013

YES.

Picture of the quote from my last post:


SO TRUE. 

In love.

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books and that's kind of the same thing." 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Harry Potter Rant About... Draco Malfoy!

OK, this is sort of a rant or reflection on how Malfoy (Draco Malfoy) ended up at the end of Harry Potter. Now I know that he is not the most great and noble character...quite the opposite probably, BUT in my opinion he never got justified! Let me explain...

Malfoy had always been this sort of self-abosrbed bully, who was so conversed in his beliefs about purebloods, halfbloods, muggleborns, etc. etc......until 6th year! I really think that the things he believed in and the things he did are not acceptable, but can you imagine being a child and having ideas and beliefs that you don't even know about hammered into your head? I mean, we all are shaped by our surroundings, and he was surrounded by all these purebloods who think their so superior to everyone and blah.

SO, when Draco starts to get a mind of his own (probably when he realizes what a physco Voldemort is...telling a 16 year old to do something like that...jeez), I think Rowling put so much attention and effort on him. Like, one of the main things in Half-Blood Prince is Malfoy and the whole Dumbledore incident. So my question is...after all that character development and some "almost there" dynamics in his character...why does he still act like a right git during the final battle (in the Room of Requirement) and why did Rowling marry him off to some pureblood (not that blood matters but still, that's not the point)????

GAHHHHH it just frustrates me so much! I really think that such a good moral/message would have come from this specific development, if it had been given the right ending. It just seems that while Rowling was planning something for Draco in #6, she just seems to have not given it much thought in #7 or she just didn't take the same path as she had planned during #6..which sucks.

Now I know most of you probably won't agree, saying that he doesn't deserve anything or J.K. Rowling's decisions were the best, etc... but again, I feel that they way he acted in his first 5 years was pretty much because those ideas were hammered into him, and once he realized that all those beliefs and views were just stupid, it was too late to turn back, but that's the thing...Rowling could have made it happen! She could have woven in a way to help his character re-trace his steps, go back, and take some right ones! I mean come on! I don't like the way he just wasn't justified in the end.

Ok, I'm done my rant. While I do think Malfoy got a good ending, considering what he's done throughout the years, I still don't think he was justified.  It's. not. his. fault....however at the same time it is. Anyway, now I'm just starting to talk bollocks and I've just been repeating the same thing, so yeah I'll stop. :)

Tell me what you think about Malfoy...justified ending, or not??? Does he even deserve a justified ending? Tell me!



Friday, 8 February 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey VLOG Review!!!

Hello! This is my first vlog (video review) reviewing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! This review contains clips and images that may ruin the movie for you so don't watch it if you're paranoid about getting things spoiled for you!!! ALSO, sorry about my talking and seeming lack of enthusiasm, I was a little sick! Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the clips and images from the movie included in my review. 




Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Review - Term 2




This is a story in which a Baggins had an adventure. “Just like his descendants, Bilbo Baggins preferred a quiet, average life, but along his journey, we can see his personal evolution into a proactive and adventurous hobbit, revealing the ‘Took’ side in him.” I totally agree with Julia on this. As soon as I finished the book, I knew exactly what the theme of this book was for me. Like Julia mentioned, throughout Bilbo’s adventure we can see the evident changes in his personality, his little internal arguments about what he is to do, and his constant wishes to be back home. Even Gandalf notices a change in Bilbo near the end of the book! “Gandalf looked at him. ‘My dear Bilbo!’ he said. ‘Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.’” Along with this, the settings and details are strong enough to truly take your mind to a different place; this is something both Julia and I agree on. My favorite thing about fantasy books is being able to indulge myself in them, and being able to just forget about everything else. The Hobbit was definitely one of these books!
I picked up The Hobbit to see what all the hype was about; all my friends loved it, and the book was in every corner of every bookstore! While I’m not a LOTR fan, The Hobbit was an enchanting and fun story that I really enjoyed! One issue I had with the book however was that I had a hard time getting past the first chapter or two. It took me way too long to read; I honestly feel like the beginning of the book was just really slow, but don’t get me wrong… it was still really interesting! BUT, with that being said, one of my most favorite chapters in this book has to be “Riddles in the Dark.” This chapter was insane; Tolkien’s use of description, humor, and suspense in this chapter was phenomenal! It was a very tense and mysterious chapter, also including one of the most compelling characters I’ve ever read about, the Gollum. This specific line that Gollum says was one of my favorites: “’What has it got in its pocketses?’ The sound came hissing louder and sharper, and as he looked towards it, to his alarm Bilbo now saw two small points of light peering at him. As suspicion grew in Gollum’s mind, the light of his eyes burnt with a pale flame.” This bit had me glued to the page! It was the coolest Anti-Climax. Ever. I also loved the book for its very meaningful message. Here’s what I thought it was: Don’t let others affect you and who you are. You should be content with who you are, and if you are, then that’s all that matters! At the end of the book, Mr. Baggins is very content and happy with his adventures and newfound self, even though he is never really accepted by his fellow neighbors and hobbits again. I’m happy to say however, that Mr. Baggins didn’t have a single care about what his neighbors thought and, “he remained very happy to the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long.” And now I’ll ask you: are you up for an adventure of a lifetime?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Litspiration Challenge Term 2 - The Hobbit Cover to Cover!

My litspiration challenge for term 2 is a cover to cover for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien! I got this idea from my friend's blog (http://loveliterature713.blogspot.ca) when she did a cover to cover for the book Poison Study by Maria V. Synder (which by the way, I LOVED). Anyway, The Hobbit has a lot of different covers, so I just picked 8 random ones! I will say what I think of the cover in general, and than rate the cover in 4 different categories out of 10. Let's get started!

Cover 1:
This is one of my favourite covers, and also one of the first covers made for the book, I believe. I love how this cover beautifully incorporates a lot of the major events from the book. For example the Mirkwood Forest, the river, the mountains (which I can only guess are the Misty Mountains), the eagles, and the moon, which I am guessing has to do with the moon runes that Elrond interpreted for them when they took a rest at Rivendell. The use of only about 4 simple colours in the cover is just astonishing and really cool! The typography font is very simply yet different, which is also another great plus for this cover! I don't actually think I have any negative thoughts for this one! 

Originality: 9
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 6
Story Connections: 10
Total: 34!

Cover 2:
Honestly, I really don't like this cover. The typography is the biggest issue...it's so cramped and random! There's just too much extra text..for example "The greatest fantasy epic of our time," or "The enchanting prelude to The Lord of the Rings." I think that there should have only added in one of those two if it was necessary.  Also, I don't like how the author's name is as big as the title, it totally takes away from everything. The whole layout is also very boring. There's just a plain picture in the middle, and blocks on the top and bottom! Not so original. I will give credit to the picture in the middle however, I really do like it...it shows sort of the beginning of it all! Unfortunately, the rest of the cover ruins it. :/

Originality: 4
Graphics/Photography: 5
Typography: 1
Story Connections: 4
Total: 14...

Cover 3:
Here we have another paperback edition of the book. This cover is pretty good! The typography is a bit boring, the author's name is way to big for my liking, and there's just a random quote in the middle! I think if the quote had been put on the bottom to draw the eye around a bit, it would have been less cramped looking and more visually appealing. Also, the block at the top takes away from the main part of the cover (the image). When I look at the cover, I find my eyes always drawing to the top, and not paying any attention (or very little) to the actual image, which is pretty cool by the way. As for the actual image...it's actually very awesome! If you look closely, you can see that many story connections have been made. For example there is a mountain on the left side, there's the forest which I can guess to be Mirkwood Forest, and then there is the "Barrels of out Bond" chapter where Thorin & Co. are escaping from the wood elves! If you look in the river, you can see the dwarves and Mr. Baggins in the barrels! I loved this part, and I love how it was incorporated in! Unfortunately, the typography takes away from the great image, but overall it's a pretty great cover!

Originality: 7
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 5
Story Connections: 9.5
Total: 30.5

Cover 4:
This book cover is fairly good. I really like the font for this one. Again, it's very plain, yet different and eye catching! I think the author's name could be the slightest bit smaller, but it's fine overall. The only thing that seems a little bit out of place is the rectangle in which the text is on...the colour is just odd. As for the picture, it's OK. It does show some events from the movie like the forest, river, and mountains in general, which is great! However, they artist of this cover decided to add in one of the characters; Gandalf. Now while I know that Gandalf has an important part in the story, the main characters are also Thorin, the hobbit, and the rest of the Dwarves! It's really hard to tell that there are dwarves or the hobbit in that picture (which they are), it is however clear that this scene must be the part where Thorin & Co. are resting in a cave right before they get caught by goblins. This was a pretty big scene so kudos for that! 

Originality: 7
Graphics/Photography: 7.5
Typography: 5.5
Story Connections: 7
Total: 27

Cover 5:
I actually really like this one. There aren't many story connections, but the one scene is focuses on is great and makes up for it! This scene, I'm guessing, is the one where Bilbo faces the dragon for the first time - stealing a cup and angering Smaug in the process - while wearing his ring! I love the illusion of the dragon, and how it looks like fire but it's actually gold! Also, I LOVE the way the artist has shown Bilbo in this...if you look closely, you can see that the bottom of his body is invisible!!!! That's so cool, and a great way to incorporate the ring! As for the typography, it's a bit simple, but still very effective and nice. I like the sizing and colours, and I also love how a bit of the dragon goes behind the subtitle, but it goes on top of the title! Overall, this is a great cover!

Originality: 9
Graphics/Photography: 9
Typography: 8
Story Connections: 8
Total: 34

Cover 6:
This cover is OK. I personally think it's way to literal, like, you may as well write out the major events on the cover! However, I do still think it was a cool idea... I don't think I've seen many literal book covers, so it's pretty original! Another problem though, is that I can't even tell what some of the picture represent! Here are the ones that I can recognize:
- Square 2: The scene where they are surrounded by wargs (huge and evil werewolves - they're finally not a love interest!) and they have to climb up trees! 
- Square 3:  I'm not sure, but I think this is the scene where the Bilbo and the dwarves get captured by trolls and almost get eaten!
- Square 5: The Lonely Mountain!
- Square 6: The dragon, Smaug
- Square 7: The man-bear Beorn from the chapter "Queer Lodgings!"
That's all I can recognize. So 7 out of the 9 pictures are actually recognizable... hmmm. The title is actually really cool though, I like the font, and I also like how the moutains sort of underline into the words! Overall though, it's an OK cover...

Originality: 6
Graphics/Photography: 5
Typography: 6
Story Connections: 7.5
Total: 24.5


Cover 7:
This cover is one of my favourites. This is the copy I own, and I really like it! The typography is amazing! I love the accents on the "h" and the "b" and I really like how the rest of the font has smaller subtle accents! The sizing and colours and also perfect! As for the picture, I actually think it's quite cool! I like how it shows the back of Bilbo and one of his feet are just stepping out the door, where the other is still inside his homely-home. I think that it represents Bilbo's hesitation and growth throughout the book perfectly! I also think that the distant scenery outside his door represents all the hardships and successes that he's about to face! Overall I think it's a great cover, and while it doesn't have any direct connections to book, it represents a lot of the book..so it definitely gets a high story connections score!

Originality: 8
Graphics/Photography: 8
Typography: 9
Story Connections: 8.5 
Total: 33.5


Cover 8:
This cover is the cover that came out after the movie. It's idea is very similar to the previous cover's, but it's still completely different. The typography is actually pretty cool! I really like the stone sort of effect on the "Hobbit" and I also like how the extra text fits in (e.g. "the" or "J.R.R. Tolkien"). As for the picture, it represents the same things as the previous one does, so I won't talk about it, but it definitely gets points in story connections for that! I also like how the picture is at a slant; the light coming in from the door creates a cool effect! Overall, this is a pretty good cover. I don't usually find many books that use actual real life pictures as the cover very appealing, but this one definitely works! 

Originality: 5
Graphics/Photography: 8.5
Typography: 8
Story Connections: 8.5
Total: 30


Winners!
In third place we have Cover 3! Winning for its great story connections and picture! In second place we have Cover 7! Winning for it's awesome connections, typography, and picture! And finally, in first place we have a tie between Covers 1 and 5!!! They both win for their super cool connections, typography, pictures, and originality! 


Well, that's my cover to cover (and litspiration challenge) for The Hobbit! I hope you enjoyed! Comment your favourite covers!