This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

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A while ago, I was tagged by my awesome fellow bloggers Lashaan & Trang @Bookidote to do the This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours book tag. In typical me-fashion, I am late in doing this, but doing the tag at all is already an accomplishment in itself somehow. I hope you can all forgive me for being so bad at keeping up with this stuff.

THE RULES:

  • Credit the bad, bad  Drew @TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.
  • No long list, simple really!

1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

There are so many genres that I like (and a couple that I am staying far away from), but I guess in the end it will always lead to Fantasy. If I had to be more precise, I would say Magical Realism, but since I don’t have to the general term Fantasy should suffice.

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2. WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?

I immediately regret not having put SciFi as an answer for the previous question, because now I can’t use Pierce Brown as a response … but fear not, I have an appropriate answer for this genre as well – Victoria Schwab! That woman is an immediate auto-buy!

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3. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?

I love reading contemporaries set in the real world, but there is just something magic about … well, magic! That little something extra that makes reality more bearable or even exciting. Or if it’s high fantasy, you get this entire new world. Someone created a complex universe out of nothing and to get immersed in that world, the society and the culture is just so inspiring and the perfect escape.

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4. WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?

Hmmm … tough one, but I am pretty sure it was the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. When I was younger, I read almost all of her books and I just fell in love with the world and the characters like I never did with anything before. I searched for something similar for years and tried all the different fantasy books, but nothing came close back in the day. I have no idea how I would feel about a re-read now, but it will forever hold a special place in my heart. *swoon* Dustfinger was my first bookish love.

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5. IF YOU HAD TO RECOMMEND AT LEAST ONE BOOK FROM YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE TO A NON-READER/SOMEONE LOOKING TO START READING THAT GENRE, WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?

WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME DO THIS? How can I possibly choose? Most Fantasy books are really long, which I doubt would be a pleasant start for a former non-reader. So, maybe something moderately short. How about The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater? It definitely sucked me in and those boys became MY Raven Boys in the process. I would love for someone else to experience that kinship too.

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6). WHY DO YOU READ?

Words are magic itself. They can be beautiful or cruel, they can create and unmake. They are a constant companion when you need one and take you along the ride to distant worlds. But they can also be a mirror of reality, show you current affairs neatly packed up to make it more relatable. They are a teacher of empathy. There are so many reasons why I read and why I will do so for as long as I can. Those were just a couple of them.

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I TAG THEE

I have no idea who already did this tag, so ignore it if you don’t want to do it (again)!

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Sleeping With Other People (Movie Review)

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I haven’t done a movie review in a while, but I recently watched Sleeping With Other People and I just couldn’t not write a review about it!

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 101 min
Cast: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Adam Brody …
Director/Writer: Leslye Headland

(Click here if you want to see the Red Band Trailer!)

More than ten years ago Lainey and Jake had their first time with each other. Ever since then, neither one of them had much luck in the department of love since both seem to purposely sabotage their relationships. Upon a chance meeting, they rekindle their friendship and are determined to keep it platonic … but that isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I offered you the possibility to watch the Red Band Trailer for the movie because I think it has a more accurate depiction of what’s going on, even though both trailers can still be a little misleading – like none of the characters actually have a sex addiction. The movie obviously involves a lot of of sex and jokes about that topic though. Just wanted to get that out of the way!

I am confused about all the reviews out there. So many people seem to either completely dislike Sleeping with Other People or only find it mediocre. They criticize that it is very humorous in most parts, but streaked with real sincere and more serious moments. They say the movie doesn’t know what it wants and that it’s a wannabe retelling of “When Harry Met Sally” filled with clichés, but I wonder, what’s wrong with having both? Yes, I mostly laughed throughout the movie, but I was equally touched during some of the scenes that went deeper. Why aren’t they allowed to play with the mood a little?

Lainey and Jake’s relationship is the kind without boundaries and with endless trust and that’s something beautiful. So what if they start out as friends and then fall for each other? There are worse things than being in love with your best friend. The important thing was that it didn’t feel like they were pining for each other most of the time, instead their relationship progressed nicely and they knew what was going on. They weren’t fooling themselves, they just weren’t ready either. The happy ending probably wasn’t necessary, but I am still glad it happened. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie had mad chemistry and that is the main reason why I loved the movie so much. 

In the end I really enjoyed the movie! I hope I can feel secure enough with someone to have such an open relationship with them like Lainey and Jake did! Have you watched the movie? What are your thoughts on it?

iZombie Season 2 Premiere

I never thought that I’d b into a zombie story as much as I am into iZombie. They ended with quite a bang last season and now Liv has to deal with the aftermath. Spoilers for the Season 2 Premiere ahead!

As a little reminder, here is what happened last time we saw iZombie: Liv used up the entire cure Ravi found on Blaine and Major. Since she therefore is still a zombie, she couldn’t donate blood for her injured brother – her family didn’t take that well. Also, Peyton left (Ravi broken hearted).

Now that we continue with Season 2, I’ll break it down into all the characters as always:

  • Liv’s brother really didn’t take it well that she didn’t help him. Her mother neither, but the thing is, why couldn’t she just lie to them? Tell them she had some sort of blood disease? No one said she had to go with the zombie-thing. Either way, I get why they are pissed at her and she’ll need to do a lot of fixing on that front.
  • They are not the only ones who are not talking to her though – Major is avoiding her as well. Clive thinks he has something to do with what happened at the meat shop, which he obviously did, but Liv is protecting him.
  • Blaine is far from having gone legit after being turned human, but at least he is now providing brains from already dead people for his zombie clients. I will never forgive him for what he did to Lowell, but I do like him as a character so very much. I think it’s going to be fun to see him being human again and kind of having to team up with Liv. They just really remind me of Buffy and Spike sometimes – anyone else get that vibe?
  • Ravi is a little frustrated with Liv, because he can’t replicate the cure again. They don’t know how long it will last and if it is a permanent cure at all. However, apparently the ex-zombies can now feel other zombies when they are around – they have an actual physical response to their presence.
  • The villain of the season is someone we actually know: the people at Max Rager, who were responsible for the zombie outbreak in the first place. They are truly evil – they forced Major to become a zombie killer. Yeah, I know that he actually wanted to do that last season, but he had reasons to dislike those particular zombies. I feel so sorry for him, especially because they want him to kill Liv. I wonder how long he can put it off.
    And then the shocker that they’ve already infiltrated Liv’s life in form of her new roommate is so creepy! They must have bugged the entire place and her phone and who knows what else …

Now, I hope Peyton comes back soon and I hope she’s on team zombie/Liv! Also, I wouldn’t mind if it were somehow possible that Lowell came back, but I guess there are some things even a zombie can’t recover from … What were your thoughts on the iZombie Season 2 Premiere?

The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

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I saw the Unpopular Opinion Book Tag over at Analee @Book Snacks blog today and sort of tagged myself. I think it’s been around for a while now, but since I still haven’t done it yet, I thought it became about time!

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like

Legend (Legend, #1)I am so sorry, but Legend by Marie Lu just really wasn’t my thing. I can’t even explain it now because it has been a while since I’ve actually read it, but I just can’t …

2. A popular book that everyone hates but you love

The Film ClubHmmm … hate is such a strong word and right from the top of my head, nothing comes to mind. I guess a lot of people didn’t really enjoy The Film Club by David Gilmour with an average Goodreads rating of 3.16, but I really liked it. Love may be an overstatement though. It was just such a nice summer read, without much happening except for the development of a father-son-relationship. It’s definitely a good book!

3. A love triangle where your ship did not sail

The Book ThiefOkay, this is also super difficult. Most of the time the ships are just so obvious as to who is endgame and I guess I then just ship those people. Well, the only thing I can really think of, is that I wanted Liesel and Max to get together in the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That didn’t happen though, but it wasn’t Rudi’s fault …

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for

I am not big on crime stories or historical fiction. Thrillers are okay sometimes, but I don’t exactly seek them out either.

5. A beloved character you didn’t like

10507293I think people are fairly divided about the Selection Series, so I don’t know how beloved she really is, but I didn’t love America Singer. It just always felt like she didn’t choose according to her heart, but instead thinking about whether she wants to be Queen one day or not …

6. A popular author you can’t get into

I don’t know. I give every author a fair shot at winning me over, but if I don’t like them after three books, I just don’t buy their books anymore. I guess James Dashner, Kass Morgan and Melissa de la Cruz have not passed those tests …

7. A popular books series you have no interest in reading

I wish I could say 50 Shades of Gray like everyone else, but I have actually read those … yeah, better not talk about it though.

I can’t think of anything other than the rest of the Legend series … sorry again.

8. An adaptation you like better than the book

That one’s easy! Me and Earl and the Dying Girl!!! I didn’t enjoy the book that much, but the movie was great. It was weird though, it didn’t sweep me off my feet until the the very end – that just wrecked me! I was sobbing all through the credits. (You can check out my full review here)


Tagging Time!

As I said above, I think the tag has existed for a while now and to be honest, I have no idea who all participated already. So, if you are like me and just get around to it now and and you feel like you want to do the tag, tell me in the comments!!! I’ll link you here so that everyone can see it!

So, after a little conversation in the comments, I tag:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Review)

Once again Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a movie where I have actually read the book beforehand, but can’t remember it in much detail. Maybe I should really start reading them closer to the movie release date …

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Genre: Drama/Comedy
Length: 105 min
Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal …
DirectorAlfonso Gomez-Rejon
Writer: Jesse Andrews (for both, the novel and the screenplay)

Greg Gaines tries to survive High School by being on good terms with everyone but friends with no one. He usually spends his time making parody-like remakes of classic movies with his co-worker Earl. That is until his mother forces him to hang out with Rachel, a girl who just got diagnosed with cancer and who will profoundly change his life.

Me and Earl was originally a YA novel and reeked quite some havoc at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, igniting a bidding war for the movie. I have to say it is definitely one of the the better Indie movies out there and after the whole The Fault In Our Stars hype an original and refreshing take on the cancer-topic. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon puts his own spin on the story and makes every scene feel either beautiful, comical or deeply relevant.

I remember not liking Greg very much in the book and maybe he still isn’t the most likable character out there. Greg is just such a freaking liar, most of all to himself I think and that broke my heart. However, this time around I just felt so much more with him. And with Rachel as well. And also with Earl. I really have to say that all three (Mann, Cyler and Cooke) did a brilliant job with their respective characters. The adults were also cast very well, but they are just not the focus of the story.

I like that Me and Earl wasn’t pretentious or over the top. It had a beautiful cinematography, but often in the most simple ways. I can tell you that I was just crying by the end – the final message was just brilliant. I hope that this movie will get a bigger audience over time and won’t get stuck in the art-house or indie sector, because it does have commercial potential.

Fazit: I am glad that I’ve watched the movie. It made me feel so much more than the book.

What’s your take on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl? Do you prefer the book or the movie or like them both equally?

Man Up (Movie Review)

As a little surprise I won’t be talking about the new show Rosewood today (which just really isn’t worth talking about, everything interesting got revealed in the first episode). Instead I want to talk about Man Up!

As always some facts up first:

Genre: Romance/Comedy
Length: 88 min
Cast: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Olivia Williams, Ophelia Lovibond, Rory Kinnear, Stephen Campbell Moore, …
Director: Ben Palmer
Writer: Tess Morris

Nancy (Lake Bell) is a cynic and despite her sister’s encouragement just doesn’t really put herself out there into the dating world. However, fate intervenes and she gets mistaken for someone’s blind date. Instantly hitting it off with Jack (Simon Pegg), she decides to play along. Obviously this can’t go on forever.

I just love everything that has Simon Pegg in it, because I can’t help but smile every time I see him, so he was also the reason I checked out this movie. I do not regret it! Lake Bell and Simon Pegg play off each other perfectly. A lot of the time it comes down to the leads and their chemistry and this time it was fizzy and weird yet so delightfully good. Unlike in many other Romantic Comedies these days the romance doesn’t feel thrown into your face or unrealistic – it develops and therefore feels a lot more genuine. Also, it’s just really funny and clever – not simply a cheesy flick. In addition to that the story seems original, because I definitely haven’t heard of stealing someone’s blind date before.

There maybe were a few elements I could have done without, like Sean – Rory Kinnear‘s character. The ending looses a bit of the smart wittiness, but remains cute. Who wouldn’t want a happy ending after all? Ultimately, this was so much fun to watch and it is truly a feel-good movie.

Fazit: Honestly one of the best British Rom-Com’s of the year!

This was rather short and sweet. What do you think? Would you watch Man Up?

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (Movie Review)

A month or so ago I wrote about the trailer release of Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about the movie itself. There are not really any Spoilers in the review itself, but as always, I can’t promise the same for the comments!

naomiNaomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. The “No Kiss List” (a list of guys neither of them is allowed to hook up with) has been their insurance against a Naomi and Ely break-up for all their lives. Yet everything changes when Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend.

So let’s start with the basics:

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Length: 89  minutes
Cast: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fodé, Matthew Daddario, Monique Coleman, Ryan Ward, Danny Flaherty, …
Director: Kristin Hanggi

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am just going to say it again: I have read the book of the same title written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, but it’s been a while. I mostly remember a ton of emojis that replaced words and that confused me sometimes, but other than that I am not sure I could give the most accurate account of what happens in the book. However, I will try and mention things that were different if I noticed them.

So, now to the real review. I LOVED IT! I even liked it a whole lot more than the book. While the different POVs weren’t as balanced and more focused on Naomi, it just all felt right. I very much liked the casting (and not just because Matthew Daddario is absolutely swoon-worthy). While Naomi was never my favourite character, Victoria Justice really showed her development and there couldn’t have been a better Ely than Pierson Fodé. Bruce 2 was adorable and Ryan Ward looked exactly like the Bruce 2 in my head. I forgot everything about the Robins, and even though I would have liked to see them more, they were a great addition as well. The rest of the people from the apartment complex were just hilarious as well.

As any story written by Levithan and Cohn, it was a sort of love letter to New York City, showing off its quirks and awesomeness. The music was great and for real hardcore fans like me, take a closer look at the T-shirt of the drummer from Gabe’s band – he wears a “Where is Fluffy?”-shirt from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I wasn’t sure they’d connect the stories like they did in the books, but I almost shrieked when I saw it.

I think I hugged my pillow during the entire movie and really felt with the characters when their relationship seemed doomed. I don’t know why exactly, but it just touched me a whole lot more than it did in the book. It portrayed the complexity of friendships and that change is inevitable. Yet, it managed not to be heavy at all. If I could change one thing, I would want it to be longer. It would mean more time for the Naomi-Gabe-story to develop and maybe more glimpses at the adorable awkwardness of the Robins.

Fazit: I loved it! And while it may be short, it’s definitely sweet and worth a watch.

Have you read or watched Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List as well? What were your thoughts?

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movie Review

I’ve never seen the TV series from back in the day, but I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed the movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E.! The review is spoiler-free, but I can’t promise the same about the comments!

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy

Length: 116  minutes

Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani, Jared Harris, …

Director: Guy Ritchie

So, the movie is placed in the year 1963 and is about an American agent, Solo, and a Russian agent, Illya, who have to work together to protect a German mechanic who’s father is on the brink of developing a nuclear bomb. Sounds confusing, but isn’t really if you watch it. Loyalties will be tested and there may be some unforeseen twists (although they are not completely surprising if you watch closely).

I should probably start by saying that I like Guy Ritchie‘s movies. His style, although it may be a bit too much at times (I am looking at you shaky-camera-scenes!), is just so fitting for the setting and cool to watch. It includes a lot of split-screens, genius angles and shots seen through mirrors, perfect costumes and a very fun soundtrack. Nonetheless, I went in to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with fairly low expectations, being pleasantly surprised within the first couple of minutes of the movie.

At the beginning my friend and I were the only ones laughing, but we honestly didn’t care – to us the movie was hilarious. Then after a while, and I don’t know if it was because of our loud giggles or really just because of the movie, the rest of the audience joined in and by the end everyone was laughing together. I seriously did not expect the movie to be so hilarious, but the main trio consisting of Cavill, Hammer and Vikander is just too good. Those three really made the movie what it was and I would be more than happy to see them working together in several sequels (which this movie definitely set up) or a continuation of the story in TV format (although that is more than just unlikely and not planned whatsoever – just my dream …). It is no secret that I am a huge Alicia Vikander fan and love her in everything she does from Ex_Machina to Testament of Youth, but seeing her in a more playful and lighter role made me love her even more. Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill really did a great job with their accents and were genius as a duo (but I still like them better with Vikander in the mix as well)!

If there was one thing I had to complain about, it’s the German in the movie. There were a couple of actors who were actually German (like Gaby’s father and uncle) and they were of course fine, but Cavill butchered the language and Vikander was difficult to understand as well. Also, Vikander did not have a German accent when she was speaking English, I don’t know what kind of accent it was, but definitely not German. But that is beside the point. Even if they had no idea what they were saying, couldn’t they at least have had a vocal coach teach them how to pronounce it? I guess I am being too demanding here, but it would have been even cooler (but maybe less funny) if they did it the right way.

Fazit: If you want to watch something fun and entertaining, yet still action-packed, I’d recommend it!!!

Daydreamer Short Film

This is the first time ever that I’m talking about a short film on my blog, but when a friend of mine invited me to the team screening of his film “Daydreamer” I could not possibly decline and felt like I should share this with you guys.

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They rented a screen at a nearby cinema and I was happy to see that the quite big room was pretty much full. Let me tell you a bit about the project though. The film was produced by Rafal Studios and lot of my classmates and friends from uni were involved. It was written and directed by Thaddäus Reich and is roughly 19 minutes long. The official synopsis is as follows:

“Moments before they reach the liberating border, two soldiers are trapped by a sniper closing in on them. The only escape seems to lie hidden in a playful childhood.”

The film wasn’t as confusing as I feared, but its disturbing ending definitely gave me food for thought. (I bet this short could spark another gun control debate!) However, I wasn’t surprised that Daydreamer had a gorgeous cinematography and an intense score to accentuate it. Since there is no dialogue, there’s also no language barrier which probably lead to the amazing fact that the film will be shown at the San Diego Film Festival and is in consideration for the Maverick Movie Awards. Since they are still a very young company coming from Austria, I think this is a really huge deal and I am so very excited for them!

If you want to know more about the film, you should go and visit at daydreamer-film.com. They are currently working to add to the site and after the festival circle you’ll be able to watch the movie there for free. For now you should head over to see the Trailer though!

In other news, the producer of Daydreamer Thomas Strini is already working on his next project RnR. It’s quite a different genre from the one he did before and quite honestly one I am not very familiar with. The film will be the kind of horror story that doesn’t show itself in the shape of a supernatural creature, but rather in a very familiar everyday setting which makes it all the more creepier.

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So, they haven’t started shooting yet, so if you want to follow that process you should check out their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds to stay up to date. Also, around October they’ll still need some help with the Crowdinvestment (which is different from crowdfunding in so far that you’ll get part of the profit – if there is one!). For more information check in over at RnRmovie.com every now then, especially if you think you might want to be part of it!

Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review

To be completely honest here, I probably wouldn’t have watched Hitman: Agent 47 in the cinema if I hadn’t won tickets for the Austrian premiere. Since I am such a lucky person though, you’ll get a review for it! Win for everyone! (Please beware of Spoilers! I couldn’t tell you anything if I had to leave those out …)

Some main facts:

Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller

Length: 96  minutes

Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarám Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelbaby

Director: Aleksander Bach

I think I’ve seen the last Hitman movie with Timothy Olyphant and I say “think” because I can’t remember a single scene from it. That’s how much of an impression it left on me. However, the premise of Hitman: Agent 47 is pretty similar. The agent program modifies genes to create a faster, stronger, better human, who can turn off emotions like regret, fear but also love. Agent 47 teams up with a woman named Katia to find her father, the creator of the now shut-down Agent program before their enemies get their hands on him.

There is not much I can say about the movie. It is fairly predictable, but surprisingly funny at times. There are some gory scenes in the movie, but they don’t overshadow everything else. I think I liked the movie because the main character’s name was Katia and that’s my name (well, mine is Katja but that’s only details) and that’s not a name that’s often used in movies or shows. (Except for strippers … I’m looking at you Chicago Fire!) So, every time someone said her name, I involuntarily tensed up or paid more attention as if they were actually addressing me. I can’t imagine how people feel who’s names are always used in movies. Must be a great sensation!

My friend and I were most impressed with the fact that Katia van Dees actually meant quatre-vingt-dix which means 90 in French and makes her an agent as well. I mean that was pretty smart! Her dynamic with Agent 47 was really brilliant and I would actually like to see some more of them together. And just to be clear, they’re like brother and sister and not lovers or anything like that.

Speaking of a sequel: I guess it depends on how the movie will be doing in the box office, but the post-credit scene definitely set us up for a continuation of the story.

Fazit: somewhat entertaining but I have definitely seen better things out there!