Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

When I first saw the trailer for “The Fault in Our Stars”, I had no intention of seeing it. I touted it as just another tragic love story and I’m not really the type to go ga-ga over the latest literary or cinematic craze. But since I had a free movie ticket (you’ll find out why when I finally post my review of “Maleficent”), I agreed to meet a girlfriend of mine at the theater. Her stepdaughter had read the book, seen the movie, and absolutely loved it, so we decided to give it a shot.

We didn’t know what we were in for.

In case you didn’t know, “The Fault in Our Stars” is based on a novel by John Green. I didn’t read the novel. Usually I either read the novel or see the movie, never both. Anyway. Let’s see what IMDB says the film is about:

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

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Be prepared for this film to take a toll on your emotions. I could hear a lady across the theater sobbing, and while no tears trickled down my cheek, my fingers had deep teeth impressions where I had bit down to focus the emotional pain on to something else. But it was a beautiful film. I fell in love with it. The story is absolutely heartbreaking but I hope that all of these pre-teens and teens who are seeing this film take away the same message as I did: to make the most out of the life that we are given and that, even though we may not think so, we are all special and meaningful.

Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) was particularly adorable with that little smirk of his and I loved the character’s cocky – yet fully devoted to Hazel- attitude. He seemed exactly the type of guy that I could see myself falling in love with. Hazel didn’t stand a chance. Shailene Woodley (Hazel Grace Lancaster) is a beautiful young woman and she gave so much life to her character that I truly felt that she was experiencing those emotions. The supporting cast members all added a touch of greatness to the film, but it was Ansel and Shailene that made this such a phenomenal film.

All in all, this would be a definite buy for me if I can get a handle on my emotions and allow myself to watch this film again.

Countdown to DragonCon

Well, hello stranger. I swear that I don’t know where time goes. I’m blaming my other blog – The Southern Belle Blogs – for stealing me away from this one these past few months. I’ve been working a lot outside in the yard now that the weather has finally warmed up. My mom is an excellent gardener and I’ve been trying to ramp up my green thumb.

Anyway! 80 days until DragonCon! I can’t believe it. This will be my third year going so I’m starting to feel like an old pro at it (just kidding… I’ll never get the ‘lay of the land’.).

  • My room has been booked now for months. This is the first year that I’ve had to participate in the scramble for a hotel room and to be honest, I didn’t think it was horrible. But I do think I found a back way into booking my room, but I will keep that a secret for now. I’m staying at the Hilton, which is also a change from the previous two years in the Marriott.
  • My flight has been booked (two weeks earlier than last year) this week– using the Delta discount from the Dragoncon website. I’m slated to arrive by lunchtime on Thursday, which is earlier than in the previous years, but I’m hoping this will give me time to pick up my badge, check in to the hotel, and UNPACK – which is something I haven’t done in the years past. I’m also leaving Monday morning this year, instead of Tuesday.
  • I haven’t even looked at the list of guests coming yet, so I have no idea if there are any autographs that I’ll even want to get. I have one or two autographs factored into my budget, so it’ll be nice to save money there if I can.
  • COSTUMES! Batgirl is definitely coming this year. I need to adjust the gloves and make a small adjustment to the suit, but it is definitely coming with me.  I also plan on making Zuul from ‘Ghostbusters’ since this is the 30th anniversary of the movie. I’ve been sketching out my plan and will start purchasing the fabric and wig soon.

Are you ready for DragonCon? What are your plans?

Hello 2014.

Man, is it really 2014 already? I hope everyone had a good holiday, I know I did. I finally got my recurve bow for Christmas, as well as plenty of socks (the only thing I had asked for the year before were socks and I received not a single pair). I’ve been trying to convince my family for years not to buy me anything for Christmas, yet they refuse to listen. Oh well. A couple of other amazing things that I received for Christmas was an action figure of The Governor (from the Walking Dead) from my lovely boyfriend, a wood burning kit, the first season of Darkwing Duck on DVD, and a TV for my bedroom – all from mom.

I was able to ring in the New Year with my boyfriend in person. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2014 than that. I can’t wait to finally be with him for good, but until then, I have realized that I need to embrace the fact that I am in a long distance relationship. There are so many opportunities for us to get to know each other and so many creative options out there to make people in an LDR feel closer that I should take advantage of that while I can.

What I proposed to him the other day, which he eagerly accepted, was the idea of us starting a book club. Basically one of us chooses a novel, we each purchase a copy, and we read and discuss the novel together. So what is our first novel?

guilty-pleasures

“Guilty Pleasures” by Laurell K. Hamilton. This was my pick. I have read this book already, but it has been at least 10 years, so I thought it was time to reread it. I had the pleasure of meeting LKH at Dragon*Con in 2012 completely by chance. I’ve mentioned LKH a couple of times during my conversations with the boyfriend so I thought that choosing one of her novels would be fitting.

In other news…

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returned last week with a painful episode that ended up being one of my favorites of the season. I’ve been on the fence about the show since the beginning, but I think the production team in finally starting to step it up.

After a season finale that nearly ruined me, ‘The Following’ returns on Sunday, January 19 (yes, a special premiere on Sunday). Though almost ALL of my favorite characters met their unfortunate demise, season 2 of this FOX favorite has already generated a lot of buzz, the experts saying that this season will be bigger and better than the first season.

‘Hannibal’ will – thankfully – return February 28! And nonetheless, it will be returning on Fridays at 10! Thank goodness. Now I can get my Hannibal fix without having to worry about getting enough rest for work the next day.

We have a little over a month until ‘The Walking Dead’ comes back on February 9th, but I can’t wait. I have a bet with my boyfriend that the Governor is still alive and will appear at some point or another. Come to find out, a coworker has the same bet with her family. Care to place a wager as well?