Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we’re going to talk about a new show that we’re all going to want to check out on Netflix. If you have ever read the novel ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ by Jay Asher then prepared to get really excited! In 2011 Universal Pictures purchased the rights to make ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ into a film starring Selena Gomez. On October 29th (of 2015) it was announced that this book would instead be made into a 13 episode miniseries that will be executive produced by Selena Gomez, her mother Mandy Teefey, and Kristel Laiblin (who has also served as a producer for films such as The Man with the Iron Fists, In Time, and Children of Men). I’m not 100% sure if Selena will still star as the lead character Hannah Baker, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon so I’m excited to find out. Personally I am a HUGE fan of this book, so I’m excited to see this miniseries. This is the latest book to get a film/TV release, following other Young Adult novels such as: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Divergent Trilogy, The Fault in our Stars, and the TV show Eye Candy, among many others. It’s really cool to see our favorite stories get a breath of fresh air by coming to life on the big and small screen, and I’m really excited to see which of our favorite novels will be added to this list next. So now let’s discuss the plot a little bit (and don’t worry there won’t be any huge spoilers).
The story revolves around the aftermath of the suicide of a high school girl named Hannah Baker. We follow the story through the eyes of a shy guy named Clay Jensen who is surprised to find a box of 7 cassette tapes from an anonymous person. He listens to the tapes and finds out that Hannah is narrating the tapes. On these tapes she explains that there are 12 people & 13 reasons that are responsible for her committing suicide. She says that each of the 12 people must pass the tapes along to the next person, otherwise someone else will release a second set of the tapes to everyone at their school. This is definitely a really interesting story that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The book ends with giving the audience a lot of really good life lessons, but do so in a very realistic non-preachy way. I am so excited that this book is getting more attention, and I am interested to see where Netflix takes this story.
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 ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to talk about the movie that is currently on everyone’s mind, Divergent! Although there is a tradition in Hollywood of making films inspired by popular books, this trend has become more prominent in the past few years. The current trend of shooting films inspired by popular young adult books began with the 2001 release of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (this was the title that was used in the U.S and a few other countries, but the original title of the book and movie was ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). This film was given raved reviews from critics and fans, and would soon produce a phenomenon that would result in films, books, merchandise, amusement parks, and much more! This trend has continued with films such as ‘Twilight’, ‘The Hunger Games’, and now ‘Divergent’. Now if you’re a fan of the book, then you’ve probably already seen the movie but, if you are on the fence about whether or not you should see it then please read on!
Now before we talk about the movie, I thought that y’all might want to know a little about the book. ‘Divergent’ is the first in a three book series written by Veronica Roth. She wrote ‘Divergent’ during the winter break of her senior year of college, and the movie rights were secured before she graduated. The book received great reviews, and has quickly gained a fiercely loyal group of fans. Like the books that came before it, this novel has produced a line of merchandise, and has turned the actors in the movie into instant global superstars. Now let’s start talking about the movie! Just so you know, I will not give out nay spoilers in this blog post, I’m just going to touch on how interesting it is, is it worth spending money on, so don’t worry what actually happens in the movie will remain a mystery.
First of all, let me start by saying that I haven’t read any of the books in the series, so I walked into the theater completely oblivious about what to except or whether or not I would enjoy the story. I have seen some of the projects that various members of the cast has worked on, but I was still on the fence as to whether or not this movie was really going to be super interesting. After watching the film, I only have two words to describe ‘Divergent’ …it’s AMAZING! This sci-fi thriller is filled with non-stop action, and suspense. I love that the plot of the film is interesting from beginning to end, and leaves the viewer with a deep emotional connection with the film and its’ characters. The movie definitely sends you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and at the end leaves you anxious for the next installment (seriously can that be released tomorrow or something…please…never hurts to ask right?!?). I’ve read that the film strays from the book and cuts out/adds certain events, but I think that diehard fans of the book will still love the movie because the film is certainly strong enough to stand on its’ own. In fact, one of the films greatest strengths is the performance of the lead actress Shailene Woodley, who was able to perfectly adapt to her character’s growth throughout the film, and proved that not only is she lead actress material, but she is also an Oscar worthy actress (she is definitely going to have A LOT of gold in her future). I also really loved the rest of the cast, I feel that they all portrayed their roles honestly and really made you feel every word of dialogue. Of course, I also loved the great chemistry between Shailene and Theo James (who plays her love interest in the movie), and I hope you all get used to seeing Theo on the big screen, because I think we will be seeing a lot of him in the future. It is a known fact that Theo beat out a lot of amazing, well-established actors for his role, and all I have say is Bravo ‘Divergent’ casting directors, great job!
Like I said earlier, I DO NOT want to spoil the movie for any of y’all (because trust me it is that good, but if you’re going to invest your money (or someone else’s money) in a movie this year, ‘Divergent’ should definitely be first on your list. I would not suggest waiting and buying the movie on DVD or renting it, because I think that the special effects can really only be fully experienced on the big screen (with very unhealthy yet delicious snacks, but that’s a topic for another blog). Anyway, to sum everything up…‘Divergent’ is a film for the young, the old, the sci-fi crazed, those who claim to hate sci-fi, fans of the book, and anyone who just “accidentally” goes into the theater. This is a good family film, date film, or event a good to take your grandma too if you’re trying to spend quality time (or if your just looking for a reason to put off that math homework). I definitely give ‘Divergent’ 5 smiley faces (I would give it stars but smiley faces are cooler).