Favourite Fictional Couple Of All Time…

Who’s your favourite fictional couple? The one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy (and a little jealous) whenever they interact? The one that makes your toes curl inward with pleasure and your heart pound with excitement? The one that makes you sigh with pleasure and wish you found someone like that?

Nope, it isn’t Katniss and Peeta, or Bella and Edward/Jacob, it isn’t James and Lily (well, I only read about them in fanfictions and not the official Harry Potter book series, so they don’t count anyway). For me, it’s definitely Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase, from the Percy Jackson book series by Rick Riordan.

Percy Jackson is funny, charming, reckless, impulsive, and Annabeth is tough, intense, super intelligent, witty, sarcastic. They’ve both carried the weight of the sky on their shoulders for each other (literally), they’ve fought back to back against countless enemies, and sacrificed their lives for each other more times than I’ve eaten pretzels. They also have the best conversations and kisses. If I had conversations/kisses like that, I think I won’t mind having to fight minotaurs and medusas every day. And I wouldn’t need any ambrosia. (sort of like demigod drugs/painkillers)

(here’s a picture I found on the Percy Jackson fandom site and couldn’t tear my eyes from since. Honestly, Rick Riordan should be using these pictures for his book covers and not the weird ones he uses.)

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The Lightning Thief (2010) And The Sea Of Monsters (2013)

I won’t sugar coat my words. The Lightning Thief (2010) was a flop. I fear for the upcoming Sea Of Monsters (2013), the second instalment in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. In fact, after the unfortunate mauling the first book of the series received at the hands of director Chris Columbus, I can’t quite believe they’re going to carry on with the second book. And I honestly have no idea how they plan to do so.

After all, the plot is already twisted out of recognition, the personality of major characters altered mercilessly to suit the ends of the filming crew, and hugely important aspects of the book have already been omitted completely from the movie. I do not see how they can spawn a second movie after the without having to twist the plot of the second book of the series as well. This does not sound appealing in the least.

There have been some movie adaptations of books that were successful- (perhaps one of the most famous being the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) but they remain an endangered species as more and more books are converted poorly into movies and left to die a miserable death on the silver screen. I haven’t seen a movie adaptation of a book die as spectacularly as the Lightning Thief (2010), and honestly, I am not sure if I can stomach a second gruesome death which will inevitably occur unless they a) magically erase the memories of the terrible movie, and film another one with a better cast, better script, and a decent plot that follows the book to a reasonable degree, or b) do a stunning job with the Sea Of Monsters (2013) and rejuvenate the series.

None of them seem very likely. Here’s why.

movie poster

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Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief plot

If you haven’t read the Percy Jackson book, I suggest you read it immediately. I also suggest you not watch the movie. For those of you who have already watched the movie, my deepest condolences. It is perhaps one of the worst book-to-movie adaptations I have ever witnessed. However, if you watched the movie and actually liked it, please check yourself in to the nearest mental institute  congratulate yourself on your remarkable level of tolerance and read the books. You will love them (especially since you actually liked the movie.)

Here’s a summary of the plot if you watched the movie, haven’t read the books, and want to understand why billions of Percy Jackson fans are annoyed at how the movie turned out (It completely disregarded the plot and characterization in the book- here’s a post about it). Or, if you have watched the movie and are deciding whether to read the books. (Yes.)

First book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

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Movie Review: Men In Black 3

Ok, so its predecessor, Men in black 2, was not so good. But Men in black 3, is amazing.

I’m not going to lie to you (despite the risk of getting tons of hate mail)- I actually liked it more than the Avengers. (*cue shocked gasps*) (That’s a link to my Avengers review.) MIB 3 somehow managed to weave a far more engaging (and convincing) plot line around an alien invasion, and was every bit as wonderfully funny.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet (for a myriad of reasons such as: men in black 2 sucked, I hate action movies, it seems like a lame, trashy movie), just watch it. Believe me- you won’t regret it. This movie has something for everyone. (well, unless you’re an ugly, hairy boglodite) Action, humour, suspense, heartbreak- you name it, MIB 3 has it. Plus a large dose of great dialogue, incredible acting, and an intriguing plot.  You definitely shouldn’t miss it for the world.

If you’re still not convinced, read on.

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Mads Mikkelsen- Thor 2’s New Villain

With Thor 2 set to come out in cinemas November 15, 2013, its main villain has been announced- Mads Mikkelsen. The guy who played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (the James Bond movie).

Let’s hope he’s less of a joke than Loki (who is often more busy fighting his own demons than the good guys). Of course, Loki’s still going to be there as the major supervillain, but he’s going to get some help (which he sorely needs, if he wants to do anything more than get smashed repeatedly on the floor by giant green things.)

Don’t get me wrong- I love Loki (albeit as a little bit of comic relief) and I think Tom Hiddleston, the guy who played Loki, is extremely good-looking. (There’s a picture of him here if you’re interested.) But the more the merrier, especially when it comes to villains.

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