Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to discuss the topic that has been on everyone’s mind the past few months (drumroll!!!)…’The Fault In Our Stars’. Now I know that by now a lot of you have already read the book and/or have seen the movie. Am I right? Good, glad we’re on the same page! One thing that I’m sure that we’ve all noticed, is that a lot of popular young adult fiction books have been converted into movies and TV shows (Divergent, The Hunger Games, Pretty Little Liars, Twilight, Harry Potter…which I’m not sure is technically “young adult fiction” but he’s 11 in the first book so let’s go with it). Ever since this trend has emerged, book and movie lovers of several of these franchises have debated whether or not “the book or the movie is better”. Personally I’m usually a fan of the books and movies in a franchise but I know not everyone agrees (it’s ok if you disagree with me, we’re still besties. Ok? Yay!). So if you have read ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ and are unsure about whether or not you will like the movie version of the story, then read on and I will discuss with you the reasons why you will love the novel and movie versions of this story. I’m going to talk a little bit about the basic plot of the story, but not too many spoilers I promise.
The main plot of this story revolves around a teenage girl named Hazel, who has cancer and lungs that do not properly work on their own. Hazel is a very witty girl who tries to make jokes about her disease, but the fact that she has been sick for 3 years is starting to take a toll on her. One day in her cancer support group, she meets a boy named Augustus (Gus), and then EVERYTHING changes. I’m not going to tell y’all what else happens, because you’re going to want to see the movie. The story also includes appearances from Hazel and Gus’ friend Isaac (who also has cancer but I’m not going to tell you what kind…just remember the word robot…it will make sense when you see the film). Hazel and Gus instantly bond after they meet, and go on adventures that teach them about friendship, love, hope, and the true concept of “forever”. I’m not going to tell y’all any more information about the plot line, because I don’t want to ruin the story, but trust me when so say that this is NOT just another teen love story (I promise EVERYONE will enjoy and relate to the movie and the book).
The next thing that I want to speak to y’all about is the incredible acting in this film. Shailene Woodley (who plays Hazel), really embodies the character, and is able to make you feel every emotion that Hazel encounters. Although we’ve become very familiar with Shailene’s work over the past few years ( ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘Divergent’, and numerous other projects), she shows just how much she is growing as an actress through her work in this film. Ansel Elgort (who plays Gus), shines equally as bright, in his first role as a leading man. Although Ansel has appeared in the films: ‘Carrie’ and ‘Divergent’, he really demonstrates what a great actor he is in ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. He’s able to take the charming and humorous character of Gus, and portray him on screen in a way that makes us really care about him. If you’ve read the book, then I know that you have a certain idea of what these characters are like, and I promise that Shailene and Ansel’s portrayals of Hazel and Gus will NOT disappoint you. If you fell in love with these characters in the novel, then you will fall in love with then all over again in the film.
So as y’all can see, this story made a very nice translation on to the silver screen. Personally the book and movie made me laugh and cry hysterically (thank you John Green for playing with my emotions). I truly believe that if you are a fan of the book, then you will LOVE the movie. Shailene and Ansel do an AMAZING job bringing Hazel and Gus to life, and cause you to fall even more in love with the characters (yes it’s possible…really it is). So if you’re worried that the movie will “ruin” the book for you, just stay calm, grab some popcorn, and remember that “[We’re] on a roller coaster that only goes up my friend” (if you’ve seen the movie or read the book then you know this quote, and yes I know that the word in the beginning of the quote is I’m, but there is no “I” here, we are in this together people of the internet).
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we are going to discuss a YouTuber that you ALL should be familiar with (and if you aren’t, you will now…your welcome!). This YouTuber is a vlogger, beauty/fashion/health guru, and an all around phenomenal businesswoman. In 4 short years, she obtained 2,563,049 subscribers on YouTube, 856,266 followers on Instagram, and 216,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, and 545,400 followers in Twitter (yeah just reading that makes me tired). Of course we are speaking of the one and only Missglamorazzi, aka Ingrid Nilsen. So if you have no idea who Ingrid is or if you’ve been a fan of her for years, please read on to find out just why everyone is in love with this internet genius.
Ingrid uploaded her first YouTube video on November 7th, 2009. The video was a guide on how to create a “sophisticated red lip look” How To: Flawless Red Lips. Although Ingrid has certainly gained more confidence as she’s continued to upload videos, I was very impressed by how well she handles herself in this first video. In the video, she is friendly, comfortable in front of the camera and is very knowledgeable about the look she is trying to achieve. In this video, you can definitely see Ingrid’s raw talent as a vlogger, and it is obvious that she has the potential to because a HUGE presence on YouTube (which she does of course). The next video that we’re going to discuss is Ingrid’s ‘Summer Foundation Routine’ Summer Foundation Routine – YouTube. I really love that once again Ingrid is very thorough in regard to her process, and the products/brushes she uses. Another aspect of the video that I really love is how Ingrid explains why you should use certain products, due to their health benefits or the product’s quality. All of this information, along with Ingrid’s trademark bubbly and fun attitude, makes the video fun to watch and a great teaching tool (so if you watch this video while you “should be” doing homework, you can just say that you’re learning important information…yes makeup is very serious business). Next up, we have Ingrid’s Pretty Little Liars Nail Tutorial Pretty Little Liars Tutorial – Hanna’s Leopard Nails – YouTube (this is a really cool one so you should DEFINTELY check out this one!). The look alternates between red and leopard print nails, and was inspired from the character ‘Hannah’ from the hit ABC Family show ‘Pretty Little Liars’. Again, I love how Ingrid performs the tutorial step by step, and thoroughly explains exactly how to apply each product she uses, and gives an opinion about how long the look may last. This video definitely inspired me to try the look, and I recommend that all of you do too! Now, even though there are A LOT if videos that deserve to be written about, I have chosen one more for this blog post. The finial video on Ingrid’s main channel that we are going to discuss is her ‘Easy & Healthy Spring Recipes!’ video, which is a part of her ‘#HungryHealthyHappy’ series. In this video, Ingrid runs through 3 spring time recipes, which will keep you healthy and full. The recipes all seem very creative and healthy, which is perfect for anyone who is trying to tone up for the summer. I think that this series is a really interesting change of pace for Ingrid’s channel, and will establish her as a health guru ( as if she didn’t already have enough things that she was AMAZING at). Although these are all of the videos that I am going to discuss with y’all today, I HIHGLY suggest that you check out the rest of the videos on Ingrid’s page, because they’re all fun and informative.
In addition to her main channel ‘Missglamorazzi’, Ingrid also has a second channel completely devoted to vlogs, tag videos, and other videos that are not beauty/fashion/health/etc. related, entitled ‘TheGridMonster’ . She uploaded her first video (which was a vlog where she ate baby food…yes you heard that right) on June 8th, 2010. The video was really funny and entertaining, especially all of the hilarious faces that Ingrid made when she tried the various baby food items. I really thought that this video was a fun way to introduce Ingrid’s second channel. Along with maintaining both of her channels, Ingrid also hosted the second season of ‘Make Me Over’ (which is a show in which regular people send in videos discussing why they deserve and/or need a makeover) on the popular YouTube channel AwesomenessTV (here’s a link to the first video of Ingrid’s season MissGlamorazzi: Punk Chic Makeover – Make Me Over 2.0 – Ep. 1…on this episode she helps a girl find a new cool punk rock style!).
So as you can see, Ingrid has definitely built an impressive brand for herself. Her bubbly attitude, warm demeanor, and impressive knowledge had allowed her to form a close relationship with her fans, which makes her seem less like a stranger on the internet (you know “stranger danger” and all that), and more like a big sister/BFF. I DEFINITELY see a long and successful career for Ingrid in the future (duh!), and I can’t wait to see how her brand expands into different business ventures (such as Bethany Mota and Michelle Phan have done).
Stay updated with Ingrid!!!:
Main YouTube: missglamorazzi – YouTube
Second YouTube: TheGridMonster
Facebook: Missglamorazzi | Facebook
Instagram: thegridmonster on Instagram