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Thursday, 26 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW || The 100 - Kass Morgan (Book one)

Like a lot of other people, I discovered The 100 through the CW's hit show of the same name. I binge watched the first two and a half seasons in about four days, and then had to wait for new episodes each week. Imagine watching thirty-six episodes in a row, and the last one you watch is the one with THAT Lexa scene - I did not know it was coming, I was not ready.

You could say that I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms, but in all honesty, I think I was. Watching that many episodes in a few days is probably not a good idea. After a bit of research (A quick google whilst munching on a rich tea) I discovered that the show was based on books, and swiftly ordered them via Amazon Prime.

What is it about?
Three hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse, the only remaining members of the human race are those that live in a space colony that orbits the now-uninhabitable Earth. No one has been to the ground since the bombs went off, however, that is about to change.

A group of one hundred teenage criminals have been sent to the ground in order to see if Earth is once again safe for humans to live on. Among the hundred are three of our protagonists, Clarke, Bellamy, and Wells, who land with ninety-seven other prisoners somewhere on what used to be the east coast of America. With no rules and no communication to the colon they now have to fend for themselves on a planet, they aren't even from - the only problem is, they aren't alone.

Meanwhile our fourth protagonist, Glass who narrowly escaped being sent to earth is facing a bigger problem on the colony, one that could change the fate of the human race for good.

Review
I enjoyed this, but I cannot decide if I like it because I liked the show, or because I actually do like it. The use of different POV chapters worked really well on a whole but did get a little annoying from time to time. Morgan has taken the time to develop her characters and their story arcs; each character has a distinguishable voice and presence which has to be commended, as that is not always something that is easy to maintain.

A large theme of this book is love, and what people will do for those that they love. It would have been enjoyable if like the show its primary focus was the strength of the human race.

I will say, though I have heard a few say that they did not like the flashback element to each character's POV, I thoroughly enjoyed them. They added a much-needed back story which was achieved without writing a prequel novel.

Should you read it?
If you're a fan of the TV show, then reading the book is definitely something I would recommend. You get to see the characters through a different light which is really refreshing. Both the book and TV show follow the same premise, but they have very different story lines.

This is probably the only time I have ever said this about a novel, but the TV show is much better than the book.




What did you think? Have you seen any TV shows that are better than their literary counterparts? 

Kirstie xoxo 


Originally published in 2013, the book is available to buy on Amazon and other places that you can purchase books from.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

What I am watching on Netflix : TV SHOWS

I have to admit that one of my favourite things to do is snuggle up under the dim light of my laptop, and binge-watch TV shows on Netflix. There is no such thing as 'just one more episode' am I right?

Netflix has so much great content, both new and old so I figured I would share a few of my favourites. 


BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 

There was no question about putting this on my list. Growing up I watched a lot of Buffy, I could and still can recite episodes word for word. Probably not something I should put on my CV, but definitely something I am semi proud of.

Even though I have them all on DVD, I have been rewatching them on Netflix and filling my life with cheesy late 90's - early 00's nostalgia. This is the show that started my love affair with Joss Whedon's work.  If you're a fan of the vampires, the supernatural, girls that can kick butt, and strong character portrayal, then you should definitely check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer

FIREFLY

Speaking of Joss Whedon. If you haven't seen Firefly you are seriously missing out. This is one of my favourite shows of all time, and I am still mildly pissed about it being cancelled after only one season. It had so much potential, believable characters, a great story arch, a plot that worked! I am still hoping for a revival.

This is a Sci-fi drama'esque adventure show, about Captain Reynolds and his (somewhat) outlaw crew aboard their ship, Serenity. They travel across the universe, completing jobs for whoever is paying them that week, whilst trying to avoid the Alliance and Reavers.

If you love Scifi, then Firefly is definitely one to watch.

ARCHER

Archer is so stupid that I can't help but love it! I first watched an episode of this on TV whilst I was in the US earlier this year and was so happy when I found out that it was on Netflix UK.

The show is an animated series based on the fictional International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the semi-functional employees that work there. Title character Sterling Archer sees himself as a world class spy, but in actual fact, he is just very lucky and drunk almost all of the time.

My favourite things about this show is the long-running joke where Archers mother, head of ISIS, is convinced that Archers father is a member of the KGB, only she is unsure which member.

If you are a fan of adult animated series' such as American Dad or Bobs Burgers, then you will probably be a fan of Archer, too.

HUSTLE 

I remember watching this show when it was first broadcast on the BBC. My dad and I don't really have a lot in common when it comes to TV shows, but we both loved this. At the time, I hadn't seen anything like it before and instantly hooked me.

Though the show is essentially about criminals, you can't help but root for them. You want them to get away with stealing the money, or the priceless artifact.

This is one of those shows that leave you guessing until the last minute. You know that they have taken the item, or gotten away with something, but they don't tell you how until just before the show ends. My dad and I would try and piece things together to work out how they did it before they told us, and most of the time we were wrong, but the few times that we were right we were convinced that we should apply for jobs at Mi6.

If you like TV shows that get you thinking, then Hustle is one to look for.

So there we have it, that's what I'm watching at the moment.  If you haven't seen any of the shows I have mentioned then I honestly recommend that you throw the rest of your plans for the day into the air, grab some cookies, and settle in for some high-quality entertainment*

I'd love to hear some of your recommendations, I am always looking to add shows to my 'to watch' list. What is your favourite thing to binge-watch?

Kirstie xoxo 



*My taste in TV shows is pretty much the bees knees.





Friday, 20 May 2016

Sarah Millican: Outsider

Last Sunday I went to see the amazing Sarah Millican at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. I have loved Sarah Millican for so long, so seeing her live was an immense experience. She has such a fantastic stage presence and captured the attention of the audience throughout her entire set. By the time we left my sides were hurting from laughing so much. I really didn't want the show to end.

Our seats were pretty close, so we had a good view of the stage not that the view really mattered, as there weren't any visuals except from her own body language.

My favourite part of the evening was when she read a letter from a fan, who turned out used to bully her at school. She then went on to read her reply which said simply said 'I do not remember you very fondly.' There wasn't any faff, or putting the bully in her place, she rose above it and showed that you can become the bigger person. Seriously, Sarah Millican is a gem, and I am so glad that I finally got to see her live.

I went to see her with my friend Rob, who I am hoping you will all get to know in the next few weeks, as he will be hijacking my blog whilst I am on holiday - I have been told to expect embarrasing photos, haha! We have quite a similar sense of humour, so we were both in stitches over Sarah Millican. We definitely want to go and see a lot more comedy live in the future.

At the end of the show, everyone was given a free badge that either said 'Flower' or 'Pet' two words Sarah says quite frequently throughout the show. It must be a Northerner thing, because I have never met anyone from London that refers to another person as Flower, or Pet.  She went into detail and said that we should take a Flower one if we were pretty much self sufficent, and Pet if you require a little bit of mothering. I took Flower, and Rob took Pet.


If you get a chance to go and see Sarah Millican, or any live stand-up comedy act, then go for it. It is so much better than seeing it on the TV.

Have you seen any live stand up? Isn't the atmosphere just great!


Kirstie xoxo 

Monday, 18 April 2016

TRAVEL || NEW YORK: CENTRAL PARK



I wish we could have spent a lot longer in Central Park than what we had time for, as it is so pretty and there is so much to see, but considering the weather was ridiculously below freezing we decided to venture for warmer pastures and save what we missed for another trip (at a warmer time of year).

The little time we spent there was not nearly enough time to get around the entire park, but we did manage to visit Strawberry Fields, The Zoo, and climb the rocks that are used in ninety percent of movies that are shot in Central Park, as well as well as do some general wandering.