Shadowhunters: TV show review

I feel like this has to be said. As you guys know, one of my favorite series is the Mortal Instruments . Well, they’ve made the series into a TV series. Wait, wasn’t it a movie???

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Yep, it was a poorly done movie, but that’s besides the point. There is quite some criticism about the new TV show and I want to discuss my own opinion on this TV show.

Shadowhunters is a new TV show that airs on the network “Freeform,” which was formally “ABC Family.” I don’t like the new name. No one knows that name and seriously, it’s a dumb name. Besides, that network is going downhill. Only real reason to watch it now is for the Harry Potter marathons. Yes, Pretty Little Liars is on there, but that show should have been cancelled seasons ago. I’m tired of watching some spoiled rich kids get tormented by some random chick when there are people who can’t afford that single shirt that they are wearing for that one shot going hungry every day. The people on that show are just not relatable.

Anyways, besides that touchy subject, Shadowhunters is just not what I thought it would be. I watch it on Netflix since I live in the UK and you can stream it there the day after it premiers in the US. I will touch on a few basic changes that I feel should not have been messed with. Also, this contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read the books, please feel free to stop reading.

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Clary does not get a chance to talk to her mother!!!! Once she goes to the Pandamonium, she doesn’t see her mom alive till much later in the series!!!

Obviously, there are going to be changes, but I felt like this was only put in because of the need to explain to viewers what is even happening. But it really didn’t need to be there.

And wasn’t the witch… you know the one who lives next door… supposed to be old??? 

So far, this series has been a big disappointment to me.

Also, the Institute only had the Lightwood family living there and Hodge. And they were so anti-technology that Jace was always kind of marveling at modern technology. I liked that about him. 

These were some of the changes. There are a ton more, but lets not make me waste valuable time.

The thing that I really want to point out about the show is that THE DIALOGUE IS HORRIBLE! I mean at some times, the dialogue flows well, but then you just have weird pauses between each character. I think they want them to create dramatic effect, which is obviously not getting much of in this series so far. The dialogue is cringe worthy.

Lets talk about the actors! The only three people I really liked was Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle. Clary (played by Kat McNamara) is supposed to be older than the book version. However, Kat looks so much younger. She looks like a twelve year old dressing  up in older kids clothes. And to be honest, I don’t really like her voice… and her acting just sucks. I don’t believe she is this character. I’m not rooting for her to get with Jace and that is a problem.

Jace… man he is gorgeous. I remember I saw the actor, Dom Sherwood, in real life. He is stunning. I think he has potential, his lines aren’t that great though. I don’t get that intense wit from what he is saying. I don’t see a connection between him and Clary yet. I’m sure it’s just the scriptwriters’ fault for not giving him decent lines.

Alec…. well, I just don’t buy that he’s this strung up guy who is secretly in love with Jace. I just can’t get behind him and his character.

These are huge problems for me, as a fan of the books. I’m sure some people loved it, but I feel like as far as content goes, it’s just fluff. If this show does continue, I hope that it gets better in dialogue and maybe Kat could grow up some… I don’t know. I just have a huge problem with her as Clary. She was always kind of a background actress, but now she’s the main part.

I am just saddened that this was almost as bad as the movie. I had high hopes going in and they did not deliver. Some might say that I should wait it out, but the set up just makes me turn away from this show. I will watch it every week, but I won’t be as enthused with it. I just hope that maybe they can salvage this from the dumpster that it’s sitting in.

I just want to say this again because this is a major point for my dislike. They didn’t have technology in the shadowhunter world!!!! 

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer review

Are you into fairy tale remakes? I’m not usually into those, although I will read them from time to time. Well, if you love fairy tales, you will love the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles follows the tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rapunzel. They aren’t named exactly those names, but it’s basically the story set in a futuristic, fantasy setting. It’s about the world … after like the fifth World War (yikes!) and how the Earth comes together when there turns out to be people living on the Moon.

The people on the moon are called “Lunars” and they have this ability to manipulate people. It’s not magic, it’s more like science. They change the bio electricity around people. It’s supposedly this thing that we all have around us. Yeah, I’m not a scientist and can’t really explain what it is. Anyways, the moon, or Luna, is run by this evil dictator named Levana. She doesn’t like mirrors and she always manipulates people into following her. She wants to run Earth and to do that she has to marry the emperor. Yeah, you heard that right. The main person in charge of “Earthen territory” is Chinese! Haha! The Chinese part of my heritage is smiling.

Cinder is a Cyborg. She is part robot and part Human, in part because of an accident. Her kind is discriminated against and along with that she is in the hands of her step mom and two sisters. Yeah… sounds a lot like Cinderella… cause it is!!! She meets Kai, the emperor’s son, who will later become the emperor. There is a disease that is going around, called Letumis. It started when the Lunars started coming to Earth.

The first book is about Cinder. Then in the second book, we see another character, Scarlet. Don’t fret, for Cinder is also in it. Each book adds onto the characters’ stories. The third book is about Cress, who is basically Rapunzel, stuck in a satellite. And the final book, Winter, is about a girl named Winter, who is “the fairest one of all.” Oh and guess what? Winter is black! (I’d say she’s African American, but she’s not African and she’s not American.) Oh and I forgot. Scarlet meets a guy named Wolf who is kind of a weird Lunar hybrid thing. So Little Red Riding Hood.

The book is centered on finding this Princess Selene character who was supposedly burned in a fire when she was little. Oh and it was the evil Queen Levana who burned down the nursery that she was sleeping in. If they can find Princess Selene, then they have a chance of ending Levana’s rule and bringing peace between Luna and Earth.

I really enjoyed this series. I was very hesitant to read it at first. I remember when I read Cinder, I did not really want to finish it because of its ties to Cinderella. I did not like Cinderella as a story. But I do have to say that I really got into the story later on. Cinder was everything I really wanted in a character. Sort of reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games.

I did like how each character ended up having a significant other. My favorite character was Thorne. Man, was he the kind of guy I would love to just chill with. Even though later on I realized I was wrong, I thought at first that Thorne was an older guy with white hair… not sure why I really thought that.

Something that I feel like I should note is that this book series brings up topics such as racism and the truth of Humanity. Seriously, there was just so many times when I wanted to scream at the book because the characters were being treated with so much discrimination.

This book will not disappoint you if you are looking for a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s an amazing thrill ride and I would love if they would make a movie series from this. I did not know what to expect when I started this series and I’m so glad I stuck it out. There were definitely parts where I wanted to just put the book down, but it always did pick up.

The scenery was amazing. If you love Young Adult novels, you should read this. lunar_chronicles_characters_by_lostie815-d6yzmtc

It’s been a year now

I’ve been busy working on my essay for school and so I hadn’t gotten to finishing my post for the year anniversary of my grandma’s passing. So here is what I have to say.

 

I remember the last time I saw my grandma healthy. It was Christmas day and we were going over my aunt’s house for dinner. When we arrived at my grandma’s house to pick her up, she wasn’t ready. I remember being happy that I got to be the one to assist her. We had a laugh about something that happened Christmas Eve and she complimented my clothing. I wasn’t in any rush to go and so I was happy to wait with her to get ready. I can remember times where I would watch her put on lipstick and wish I was as fancy as she was. There was just something about my grandma that made me happy. I used to spend days in school wondering how it was like to spend my days with my grandma. She always had her routine of breakfast, Tai-Chi, cleaning up the backyard, lunch and her soap operas. Sometimes when I would think about what a happy future would be, I would imagine my grandma sitting in the living room, watching her soap operas.

There’s this line from a musical that goes: “Sometimes people leave you, halfway through the wood. Do not let it grieve you. No one leaves for good. You are not alone. No one is alone.” I think this best represents my feelings towards my grandma’s passing. She’s here in spirit and we have to live our lives. I guess if you think of it this way, we all see each other in the end.

I’ve written several posts about my grandma and now it seems like the most important thing right now. It’s been an entire year and there has not been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of the impact she has had on our lives. I remember that call from my mom. I knew then that life would be a lot different. There are certain constants in your life that you can’t help mourning over. I think I took her loss harder than I expected. I remember there was another Christmas or holiday in which my grandma went to the hospital. I honestly could not see a life without her in it. After that time, I think I started to prepare myself for the inevitable. I wanted to be okay, but in the end, I wasn’t really okay.

I think on some level, my grandma’s passing helped spur me towards studying abroad. I know my grandma was very proud that I graduated from college and that faith really meant a lot to me. Growing up, I loved hearing anything about where my grandma came from. She was born in Mexico, but moved to Macau and then moved to the United States.  I always fantasized about what it would have been like for her to start life in another country. I don’t want to be stuck in one place my whole life. There is an entire world that I have yet to explore.

Sometimes people have a bigger impact on your life than what you think. And you really can’t see it until it’s too late. I’m happy at where I am in my life right now. Maybe I don’t have a steady boyfriend or even a well paying job, but I know that I’m in a good place right now.

I also want to put in the speech I read for her funeral. I posted it on here, I think, but here it is again.

I am not a cook. I’m sure whenever I get married I’ll depend mostly on already prepared meals from Safeway. However, Nana was an amazing cook. I remember times when I was little that I would try to replicate her scrambled eggs. (I never could make it like hers.) Years later, in high school, I asked to learn how to make Nana’s amazing Feijoada. Auntie Gabriela had sat Nana down to write the complete recipe for the dish a month or so beforehand. I was so excited. Not just because I was going to be making my favorite food, but also, to be able to learn something from Nana. It was always a treat to be able to work in the kitchen with her.  Feijoada, for those who don’t know, is a dish made up of cabbage, pig’s feet, beans, beef, and pork. When we actually started to make the dish, however, things started getting interesting. Nana would make changes to the recipe as we went along, almost making the original recipe she had given us seem obsolete. What was funny was the fact that Auntie Gabriela would say “I thought you said it was two tablespoons?” or something like that. Nana would then say something that went along the lines of, “I estimated how much.” Nana had been making this dish for so long that the actual ingredients were just second nature to her. I wish I could have made it with her one more time, because I know she was looking forward to making it with me before the holidays started.

After spending hours this week thinking about the best story I had with my grandma, I realized that the best stories I had with her, were all involving food. I used to wake up at the crack of dawn whenever I stayed over her house, just to make sure I made the table for breakfast. It would always cheer me up just to make her a cup of coffee, because I knew it made her happy. Plus I couldn’t wait to have some of her delicious Oatmeal. One of my favorite quotes goes, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened,” Written by Dr. Seuss. Today we not only mourn the loss of Nana, but we celebrate the life she led. It has been a gift to have Nana in all of our lives and we are dearly going to miss her.

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I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. I will eventually get to my Lunar Chronicles review soon. I’m so happy that you guys read this. J

Goodbye 2015!

2015 was an interesting year. I lost someone close to me, I took on an internship that helped me gain valuable working experience, and most importantly, traveled to two different countries: Macau and the UK. I think I was in the same position I was back when the last New Years happened. I was sitting on a couch with my mom, watching a movie. It’s what we do best. Seriously, we definitely spend a lot of time watching movies. I have yet to convince her to watch all of Doctor Who, although she has already seen season 7 as a whole and parts of 5 and 6.

There has been many firsts for me and I’m glad that I’ve come to terms with some of the “bad” ones. I will get to that… maybe later. I’m writing this at three in the morning, having drunk about two cups of champagne. Yay for bringing in the New Year with some bubbles!

There is a lot of things that I have done right and a ton of things I’ve done wrong. I think as far as New Years resolutions go, I want to be able to stand up for what I want and to stick to it. I let people intimidate me into backing down from what I believe in, but that should not be happening. I have as much a right to be myself as they do.

I am grateful for all of the followers who are reading this and have supported me throughout this year. Each view means a lot to me and I wouldn’t be as confident in my blogging abilities if it wasn’t for you guys. When I see that people actually read what I have to write, it makes me kind of tear up. Sometimes I feel like I’m faking being a writer. So when people actually enjoy what I have to say, I take it to heart.

I want to write about the bad first experiences. I’ve always thought of myself as a good girl. I never partied as a high schooler and I never broke curfew (although I was never really sure about what that was since I never went out anyways.) So going out and drinking is a new experience for me, even though I am 23. Also, hangovers are a thing now. I’ve had drunken nights before. When I say that going out and drinking is new, I mean the going out part. I’ve definitely drunk over my limit at a few small gatherings. But never had a hangover…until now. It’s literally one of the worst feelings I’ve experienced….I’m joking. Getting my wisdom teeth pulled out felt worse.

There are a few bad ones that come to mind but I should probably not broadcast them here on the internet.

I have had a very productive year and I’m looking forward to seeing where life takes me  in 2016. I also only got to 74% of my reading challenge on Goodreads. I read 37 books out of my desired 50. I think that had to do with the fact that I was so slumped on the Game of Thrones series. Seriously, that book took so much of my time. But now that I’ve finished that series, hopefully I can meet my new challenge: 40. If I can get to that number then I will increase it.

Something I want to get accomplished in 2016 is to get more followers. I want to be more like Sasha Alsberg from Booktube. I know she does Vlogs, but I want that kind of following. And the possibility of making this into a career. I promise that I will be more organized with my blog in 2016!

I will leave you guys with that and hope everyone has a great year! My next post will be about the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I will do a small photoshoot with my Rapunzel dress. I’m super excited!