Harry Potter And The Cursed Child-Book Review

This play released on July 31st. The announcement of the book sent a wave of excitement through the world and, obviously, through the Harry Potter fan club.

The wave was felt for a long time before the play’s release. The community gathered for midnight release games and fun to enjoy the release of the book/play.

And then the community read the play. And fans were sad. Fans became disappointed. Fans got on the internet and to show their exasperation through reviews and disappointed posts on social media.

My first realization let down of the play was when I realized though her name is printed on the book that J.K. Rowling didn’t actually write The Cursed Child. Dun dun dunnn. Ouch.

The second let down I had was when I realized that the play wasn’t actually going to give me a story I hadn’t yet read. Second ouch.

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So I have gathered not only my thoughts and a list of pros and cons but also the same from someone not me that has read the play. This way you don’t just get my sour thoughts but also someone else’s as well.

First off

Since it seems like a big deal to everyone that people didn’t realize it has been written in script/play form. So as you continue on please keep in mind that yes I realized this before I purchased it. And no it makes no difference to me. And yes I realize that it doesn’t allow for more storytelling. However, have you ever read Midsummer Night’s Dream? It was written in script form and yet you get a full story. Even Metamorphosis is a play and you get a full story. There are ways around this and you can still put a whole story together. Maybe have it be a little longer or release and extended version.

August 1st

I received my copy in the late afternoon on August 1st.

August 4th 

I started reading my copy once I had finished the third installment of the Pendragon series. And writing an extra 2,000 words in my novel (wee!).

August 5th noonish

I finished my copy full of disappointment and wondering what I just read.

And I am, fortunately, not alone. If you care to click here to read the numerous reviews on Amazon.com of fans who are just as let down as I am.

I was stoked to have received my copy and to say that I wanted to not go back to work in order to start my book would be absolutely 100% true. I mean, I would skip work every day if that meant I could stay home to read a book, but that’s just me.

Alas, I digress (or is it earwax?).

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Here is where the spoilers begin. If you haven’t read the book/play then go do that before continuing on. I am not one to make a review minus spoilers. Ain’t happenin. Go read it. Or don’t and continue on. 

My list

  1. Not written by Rowling (didn’t realize this until after I got the book/play)
  2. Unfortunately for the actual authors, you can tell… Bad
  3. Fanfiction… DING DING DING. Not good fanfiction either
  4. Characters are not believable (you can’t tell me that they would say what is written in this book. Really?)
  5. Not convincing enough to make me believe it would actually be what happened after the seventh book. Not even a little bit.
  6. No new material (unless you count the “plot twist” which is full of loopholes, so no)
  7. Not an original idea. Because it just takes off from the excerpt the real author gave us at the end of Deathly Hallows 
  8. The characters feel awkward and not true to themselves (also where is Tonks and Lupin’s kid?)
  9. Delphi… The whole character shouldn’t exist
  10. WTF????!!!! <—— my thought throughout the entire book/playsnape-is-disappointed

Now you may think that some of my points are a little harsh since Rowling didn’t write it but wait and I will explain myself.

My friend’s pro/con list

Pros

  1. A different perspective to the magical world than Rowling’s
  2. Getting to read about our favorite characters
  3. Seeing how the romantic relationships are 20 years later
  4. The children-seeing their personalities and getting to know them as characters
  5. Bellatrix being the person Voldemort would choose to, uh, create an evil child with
  6. The connections of friendship-Harry with Hermione and Ron/Albus with Scorpius

Cons

  1. Characters are not true to themselves and are not believable
  2. The various future outcomes of “what if” are not necessary
  3. Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry attitudes- I am not convinced that Harry would ever speak to Ginny like that
  4. Rose’s personality-how could Ron and Hermione raise a kid to be that big of a prat?
  5. Title did not reflect the books content
  6. You can tell that Rowling didn’t write it

I have to agree with her list. Number 5 of the pros list is a big one for me too. If any of the Death Eaters were going to be the baby momma to the Dark Lord then it would be Bellatrix. BUT if she had been pregnant at any point during the books (and that is how Rowling saw it) then wouldn’t we have read about it? And just to add a sour note, you’re gonna tell me that she birthed a baby and then died mere days afterward? Cuz, you know, that isn’t depressing or anything.

I think that her pro and con list is self explanatory but if you have questions regarding them then hit me up in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

As for my list, well keep reading.

Number 1– J.K. Rowling didn’t write it… And then she allowed her name to be attached to it as though she did. FALSE! Why would you let something that doesn’t even read like your stuff be published? Anyone who loves Harry Potter will forever be fans regardless of whether you continue writing or not. We have closure. For those who don’t have closure then you can write your own fanfiction, just make sure it is better than this.

Number 2– You can tell she didn’t write it… This is bad, bad, bad because not only does it keep in the forefront of my mind that it isn’t her work, but I also can’t believe what I am reading. The characters presented in this book/play may have the names of the characters from Harry Potter but they do not behave like those characters did. Even forty years later, these people are not who we are meant to believe they are. #sorrynotsorry

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Number 3– It is fanfiction… It really is. Two guys published what they believe happened after the seventh book. If it isn’t written by the OA, and uses the characters/theme/setting/plot of the original book(s). Make you think of anything?

Number 4– Characters are not believable… Uhh, I cannot believe that 20 years would cause Harry to ever tell his son, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, that sometimes he wishes he weren’t his son…. That is just one of the examples but the biggest one that sticks in my head.

Number 5– Not convincing enough… I don’t believe the story. Harry and his middle son have trouble because the son is full of poor me? Not happening. Voldemort impregnating Bellatrix and the books never  mentioned it? I realize that there are times when we don’t see her but not almost ten months worth, definitely not long enough for her to be pregnant and have a child (remember when she tortured Hermione?).

Number 6– Nothing new was added to the story. Sure we got to see the kids older and more grown up but it was a pity party the entire time. There wasn’t much in character growth and I didn’t feel like I really got to know the new characters very well. I understand it is a play but I have read plays with character growth.

Number 7– Not an original idea. Like I mentioned before the play only takes off with the excerpt from the seventh book and took off with the idea in their own way.

Number 8– The characters are not true to themselves. Like I said up above, the characters act in a way that is not believable or true to who they were in the original books. I know it has been 19-20 years but people don’t become assholes after working with each other to save the world.

Number 9– Delphi.. This character should never have been born. Not only did she immediately stand out to me as a potential antagonist but her title as cousin to Cedric and the daughter of Voldemort… Just, why?

Number 10– This isn’t really a problem but more of an overall disappointment number. I didn’t enjoy the book. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who won’t enjoy it because there will be plenty who do. I didn’t. These are my top nine reasons why I didn’t like it. I should also point out that I felt like there were far too many loopholes with the characters, going back in time, and Delphi. I don’t think it was a well thought out story. It felt more like a quick short story that they wanted to get out there so that they could start cashing in. I understand that it was written as a play but I don’t think that knowledge makes it any better. Regardless of what form you take the story in it still falls flat.

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So there you have it, my rant review on the new Harry Potter book/play. I hope it gives you the information you have been looking for. If you have any questions or whatever go ahead and leave a comment. I make a point of getting back to all those who comment on my posts.

Thanks so much for reading this! Have a great day.

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

IT. IS. FINALLY. HERE. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released on July 31, 2016, but you already knew that.

I received my copy yesterday afternoon when I went home from lunch. I got my copy pre-ordered from Barnes and Noble because it is Barnes and Noble. Some books you can’t order from Amazon or Wal-Mart, it just feels dirty.

I am sad to say that I have not started it beside reading the first two pages and having a big stupid grin on my face. Just those two pages tells me how amazing the entire book is going to be. At a little over 300 pages I am looking at an impactful story to bring me back into the world of Hogwarts and magic.

I plan on producing a post with a review on it once I finish. I just have to finish the book I am currently reading and then get on that. Remember I work over 40 hours a week so it isn’t always reading, playing video games, and writing (I have almost 10,000 words on my novel btw! Super excited about that. Just 90k more).

So stay tuned for that review! Thanks so much for keeping up with my random nerd thoughts! Toodles!

The Librarian We All Wish We Had

I need to apologize. I had promised you all a little something everyday. The only problem is, I’ve had a perpetual brain fart in the last two days. So for that, I am sorry. I have also been quite busy. My fiancé and I went for a little viewing with our photography to see the […]

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Book Review-Pendragon: The Merchant of Death

I promised last week that I would provide a book review on a new series I started a couple weeks ago called Pendragon by D.J. Machale. The first book was published in 2002, but for some reason has not received as much credit as Harry Potter did (the first one published in 1997). Perhaps the idea of Harry Potter being British was something that we turned toward, who knows? But I am here today to give you a little insight to the Pendragon series and hopefully pique your interest enough to get you to read it as well.

Pendragon

The Story

The story takes place in a small town/city/suburb in the United States. It starts with following the Main Character, Bobby Pendragon, a 14-year old high school basketball player who has no cares in the world. Bobby is a popular boy in school but his best friend, Mark, is nerdy and different. Bobby is getting ready to go to a very important basketball game and just as he is about to leave the house a girl, Courtney, shows up at his doorstep. This is what the readers are introduced to, not a whole lot happens because Machale is setting the character stage.

Machale does a fantastic job of not providing too much about the characters to where we end up getting bored of them too quickly. This is especially interesting to me because I find too many books that the first 100 pages are a complete bore because the author has decided to tell me too much of the past without revealing enough of the present or future.

Moving on.

The story takes off pretty quickly after Courtney shows up. Bobby’s Uncle Press shows up and takes him off on his motorcycle to an abandoned subway station. The story continues with Bobby using a type of portal called a flume to travel to another territory (a type of world). Soon after arriving, and commence drama, Bobby finds out he is a traveler, which is not fully explained but he is basically someone who is destined to travel between territories and assist the territories during dark times.

Now this is all special and whatnot but what makes this book stand out over all the other books about young teenagers, is that it is written from the POV of Bobby to his friends Mark and Courtney. Bobby writes to them in journals throughout his adventures, recapping what he has done since he has written or seen them last. Machale actually numbers the journals so that the readers don’t get lost and can understand how many he has written to his friends. This way of writing is not a common form of separating out a novel but I like it.

So anyway, loads of weird stuff happens that I can’t go into full detail on or else I would be giving too much away. Bobby finds himself in a village of people called the Milago, they are basically slaves of the people called the Bedoowan (big bad dudes). Bobby is expected to assist the Milago in getting out from their enslavement and overcome their struggles but he must accept his new life in order to help them.

The story has its own ups and downs where the MC makes stupid mistakes, assumes too much, but eventually redeems himself. Machale introduces many new creatures to the world of stories. I think a lot more will be explained as the books go on but the first one definitely captured my attention. I want to know what happens to Bobby, to Uncle Press, to Courtney, and to Mark. Why is he a traveler? I have so many questions and I am sure this review did you no justice because you’ve never read it before, but I implore you to do so.

The Characters

Bobby Pendragon- is the main character. The story, mostly, takes place from his point of view through journals that he writes to his two best friends, Mark and Courtney.

Mark- is a side character that gets his own POV from time to time and only then has to share with Courtney. He doesn’t add much to the story but gives the readers a character who helps tidy up the story.

Courtney- is the other side character that shares POV moments with Mark intermittently. She has less to give to the story but that may change as I get further into the books.

Everyone else- there is the comic relief that is Uncle Press, the hard-ass that is Loor, and the goofy side-kick that is Alder. They are Bobby’s peeps when he is not on Earth. They move the plot along and provide any new information that Bobby, and subsequently the readers, need.

Originality

The originality score for the Pendragon series ranks pretty high or well for me it does. There aren’t many books or series that can be published without being compared to a book or series that already exists (Twilight will be forever compared to everything for some reason). Machale has done an excellent job of taking his readers into a different set of story all together. We haven’t ever been to the different territories before or anything similar to them but now we get to explore them. I look forward to reading his other books and letting you all know how they turn out. 🙂

Overall 

Machale wrote ten books in the Pendragon series, each taking place in a new territory with a new problem. I don’t plan on writing a review for each book that I read, though I might, but I will write a final review going over the entire series. I don’t want to spoil too much of the series for anyone who plans on reading it or who might read it in the future.

 

 

 

Me Before You- Book vs. Movie Review

For the past couple years I have learned to ignore the idiotic and biased “critiques” that come from the well-known Rotten Tomatoes website. The critics that end up with their reviews on the site seem to have specific taste in movies and if a certain film does not match that taste then, by their specifications, the movie is garbage.

This has fully prompted me into writing my Book vs. Movie Review for Me Before You. I went to see this film, after having read the book in May, with my lovely husband, three of my good friends, and one of my friends’ mom and sister. Two of my friends had a difficult time not shedding tears or blubbering throughout points in the film. But Rotten Tomatoes wants to say it was a blubbering mess. Well, yeah that’s the point.

SPOILERS!!! Do not read this if you have not read the book or watched the film. If you have done neither then go to Amazon and get the book. Do it. Right now.

If you want to read their “reviews” of the movie then click the link here, if you dare.

Anyway, I could rant about those people for days so we must move on.

I don’t normally go see movies like this (romantic or little action) in theaters because I feel like they are best for sitting at home and enjoying with made-at-home popcorn and snuggles :). But I had to go see it because I couldn’t wait.

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The Movie

The movie follows the book timeline well. There are bits throughout the movie that are sped up or shortened, in a sense, to make up for movie time but I think that is something that we will just have to expect when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. However, I didn’t feel like I lost anything from the bits that were shortened or sped up. The story still held itself together and the audience gets to feel and see everything (mostly) that was included in the book. I know that they did this well enough because the people who failed to read the book beforehand wanted to desperately after watching the movie. Kudos movie people, you have potentially turned your audience into book readers (maybe).

The Book

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. No, honestly I really wasn’t sure. I had read reviews and had seen the trailer and I knew I had to see the mushiness of it but wasn’t sure if the book would be as sappy as what I was hoping it would be. It was better. I got to know Lou on a level that some authors don’t establish between reader and character. I fell in love with her personality, her silliness, and her absolute unique personality. I would want her to be my friend if she were real. Oh and let’s not even go down the Will Traynor road. Okay, I have to! For a man who is handicapped, Moyes was able to create a hell of a character. Remember how all crazed the teenagers got over Edward in Twilight (I know more Twilight references)? Okay, Will Traynor is about on the same level of jerk-hawt-guy, but he is HANDICAPPED. Handicapped, people, and Moyes was still able to make him be sexy. Okay I gotta stop or my husband will get jealous over a handicapped fictional dude.

Characters/Actors

The Movie

The movie missed a great opportunity to show us more of Treena (Lou’s sister played by Jenna Coleman), Lou’s parents (Samantha Spiro and Brendan Coyle), and Patrick (Lou’s boyfriend who is played by Matthew Lewis). I think that they spent a lot more time on the Main Character’s (rightly so) than showing us the side characters. I personally would have liked to see the established Treena that we meet in the book (and to see more of Jenna Coleman) as well as seeing more of Patrick (Matthew Lewis is so grown up now!!). They missed some drama points by having those two characters’ stories not be as much of a focal point for Lou as it is in the book. I mean she makes some of her decisions around those people because of what they’ve done or said to her. Overall, the two MCs were fantastic and beautifully cast. Props to the movie genies for making those decisions. The cast in general was spot on.

What was added/taken out? 

There were several so I think bullet points are necessary here.

  • Patrick and Lou moving in together
  • Lou’s small bedroom
  • Lou moving into the big bedroom when Treena moves out
  • The severity of Lou’s parents lack of money
  • Lou’s grandfather
  • More reasons why the cafe job was such a loss for her (customers, atmosphere, etc.)
  • Patrick and Lou’s relationship overall seemed to be undermined to give her the full justification for leaving him
  • The happenings in the maze
  • Their first kiss didn’t happen in the book like they presented it in the film
  • The cover is a lie. She wore a blue dress when she sat on his lap at the wedding, although in the book she wore the red one. Lies.

I think that is pretty much all of them. I would have to re-watch the film in order to catch all the little details missed between movie and book. I mentioned these specifically because I think that they would have added more depth to the characters and given the audience more insight into who Lou is and why she made the decisions she made. Also, the relationships between her sister and Patrick were severely  underdeveloped. The audience does not get the full picture or all of the answers and that makes me sad.

Justice

Did the Book to Movie adaptation do the book justice? Yes, I believe they did a good job with the movie. As mentioned above I would have liked to see more development and explanations but it is okay, I understand that films can’t all be five hours long to give me the full picture that the book gave me. I also know that the book will always be vastly superior than any film could ever be. I enjoy watching the movies, though, because my imagination can only go so far.

Bonus!

If you have made it this far then I applause you. I MUST add this! The moment where they are celebrating her birthday and Patrick’s gift is so un-Lou like and then she opens Will’s gift. Oh. Em. Gee. Most perfect moment ever! She reacted brilliantly at that point. It gave me the feels and everyone in the theater laughed and probably cried a little too. Wow. What a great moment to capture on screen.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

So that is all I have for you today! I plan on writing more of these and have a couple that won’t be as congratulatory! Hope you enjoyed it!

Another Update and a bit about my book hangover

So I know since the spring semester ended I haven’t had much of an appearance on here. I spent two and a half weeks taking two interim classes and slept when I was home. I had to catch up after the semester ended. Currently I have been trying to read a book a week, spend twenty hours at my internship, and go to work in the afternoons. This means that I am waking up at 5am and going to bed at 9. Yes, yes I am an old lady.

This is why my posts have been about once a week instead of several ranty posts a week…

I do have a couple posts planned for you in the coming weeks. I am going to work on a book vs. movie review on Me, Before You. (The movie was fantabulous btw), a review on the Pendragon series I just started last week, and probably stick in another life post because this life has got me chasing it around with how much it changes on me.

For now I wanted to inform you that there is a series called Pendragon by D.J. Machale. The young man that suggested (too many times to count) that I read it, says it is like Harry Potter. He lies.

I will get a synopsis out to you but know that Pendragon is unlike any book you’ll have read. It is like a young Doctor (Doctor Who, anyone?) ventures out to worlds (in this case territories) where he must save the specific territory from an evil bad dude. Not kidding. There is a little bit of what you could call “magic” but not in the Harry Potter sense. The man character has a boy and girl best friend (only Harry Potter connection), and is 14-years old.

If you haven’t heard of it, which I am sure you have not, then go to Amazon and get yourself a copy, you won’t regret it.

Okay, I promise to get you a book vs. movie review within the week and other posts out soon thereafter. Make sure you keep up with my Wood Elf Adventures! Thanks and have a great weekend!

My Novel

For over two years I have had a story in my head that came to me one night in a dream.

I know how lame that sounds but it is true. Now the story has changed aspects, details, and what have you BUT the overall story line, characters, etc. have stayed the same.

I am here to announce that I have finally gotten off my lazy ass and written the first 400 words of my novel. Now, this is not edited and it won’t be until I finish it, because that’s how it works.

I want to give you the first chapter of my novel that way I have to continue. I have to push myself to continue this story and get it out of my head.

I hope you like it.

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The smell of coffee wafted through the air as the rain poured down, striking the pavement all around the corpse. I walked cautiously through the sparse crowd trying to make my way to get a closer look at the dead body. People had crowded around the area, pointing, exclaiming, making gestures in regards to the scene that displayed before them. They didn’t seem to believe the sight that was before them. I heard several say how they couldn’t believe it, how could this have happened right outside their doorstep. I wish I had an answer for them.

I got the call from Detective Judge to come as quickly as I could to the scene. Crime never seemed to care if it occurred in the middle of the night. Criminals enjoy committing the majority of their crimes at night while the rest of the world is trying to get some rest. The Detective wanted me on the scene to help identify what would cause a person to commit the crime that they had. He seemed to think that I would have some kind of insight. I don’t think he understands what journalism really entails. Regardless, here I was, standing in the rain surrounded by a crowd of confused bystanders, getting soaked. That’s what every girl dreams about when she is called by her boyfriend in the middle of the night.

Emerging from the crowd, that continued to get larger, I finally got my first look at the corpse. My first glance stunned me, my feet locked up in horror as my eyes took it all in. It was a young woman, not much older than I am. She had been beautiful. Porcelain skin, long dark hair, and a good sense in fashion. She had been someone who had lived her life in confidence. The body looked completely untouched aside from a gash about two inches long vertical on each of her wrists-she had bled out. But that isn’t what stood out to me. No, not her beauty, not her clothes, not the obvious way that she died… She was strung up to the light pole by her right ankle and left there for any spectator walking in the street. Hung up like clothes left to dry on the line. Whoever had done this wanted to display his handiwork.

We were dealing with a sociopath.