Friday, January 31, 2014

Megashare: Made of Awesome

I'm really upset right now. Why, you ask? Because my Blogger page kept shutting down right when I was perfecting each and every detail on my blog. (Sorry for all the changes, by the way.) I had to re-do it atleast four times. I really like how it looks now, though. Purple suits it.

But, however, that is not the focus of today's extremely short post. A website is. To be specific, it's Megashare. Click on it. You'll be glad you did.

If you already knew about this, then I guess this wasn't as helpful as I was hoping it'd be. But if you've never heard about it before, I'm here to tell you-- it's made of awesome. 

It has Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Pitch Perfect, Tangled, (plus a billion more), and so many TV shows, I can't count them all. But just to name a few (or a bunch), there's: Supernatural, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, Revolution, Teen Wolf, The Tomorrow People, and Sherlock.

Whatever you like, there's a big chance it'll be there. If it's a TV show, it updates the new episodes the day after they air. If it's a movie, it takes a while longer. Ex: It still doesn't have Frozen, and it came out in November.

I cannot tell you how much time I spend on there watching my favorite shows and movies-- the quality is pretty good, and so is the sound. Sometimes, there's trouble with the TV shows in the fact that they won't play-- there's just a big white rectangle where the movie should be-- but that's been fairly rare-- it's only happened a couple times with Supernatural and Nikita.

Anyways, I've got to go. Hope you enjoy Megashare! (tosses you popcorn and chocolate)

Later,

Tansie G.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tips For Writing a Good Villain

(First off, I'm really sorry for not posting in forever. I have a bunch of tests coming up this next week and I'm totally stressing.)

I usually do "Top 5"s or "Top 10"s of things when I'm running low on ideas, because lists make everything better, but I decided to edge out of my comfort zone today.

Today, I'm [trying] to do a post on how to write for good villains. Mainly because I really struggle with this but shh don't tell anyone.

This is really just a compilation of things I've read that really helped me write them as less cliché and more powerful, more scary, and, as always, make them have a really awesome backstory. Villains aren't villains just because. They always have some sort of motivation-- be it ridiculous or morbid.

Start with the basics. What does your villain look like? Would you instantly single him/her out as a bad person, or do you want it to be a shock when they're revealed? 

Villains typically have a very dark look about them, although there are some exceptions. Sometimes, the woman are dressed professionally and just has that natural ability to command attention. These villains are usually extremely smart. The two top clichés are these:

1. The eccentric.
2. The gorgeous mastermind.

Sometimes, the main character is even attracted to the evil guy/girl. That's perfectly okay. Normal, even. If they're drop-dead gorgeous, your main character is going to notice.

The first question to ask yourself is this:

Why is my villain here?

What is his/her purpose? Are they there as an obstacle for the main character, or do they represent part of the story's theme?

What kind of villain suits my story? is question #2.

Crime lord? Serial killer? Demons? Fallen angels? Dragons? 

The amount of villains that are possible is insane. But which one suits your story? 

Question 3: What makes my villain a villain?

What event in their past hardened them? What goals do they have? Why do they have those goals? If they're only there because they simply don't like your character, then that's not good enough. Everyone needs a backstory. This incident is what made your villain who he/she is. Don't soften it. Make it a tragedy, something that would make you pity them-- if only for a little while.

What does my villain enjoy/love?

This one should be tough. I mean, they're evil, right? What could they possible enjoy/love? Well, it could be a person. Or it could simply be taking a walk in the fresh air. 

Why does your villain chose to be a villain for your hero?

Yeah, he's evil. But he's especially evil for your main character. Why? Is your mc part of that tragic thing that made him who he is? Maybe your mc did something terrible in their past that they regret, and now it's coming back to haunt them in the form of your villain. Toss around some ideas and pick the one that makes the most sense.

What is my villain afraid of?

Don't make this ridiculous, or your villain won't be taken seriously. But they don't have to be too complicated either, so don't stress! It could simply fear of failure. This would be a reason of why they're so persistent or why they always come back after you think you finally got rid of them. They can't stand the thought of defeat.

Will my villain die?

Yes? No? Ultimately, the choice is up to who your main character has become throughout their battles and losses and victories. If your main character had the choice to kill your villain, would they?

One more thing. This isn't really a question-- actually, it's a suggestion.

Don't be afraid to have more than one villain.

There are always bad people. Sure, some are more so than others, but your main character is not going to meet only one person who wants to stop them in whatever they're doing. 

Think Harry Potter.

Voldemort was the main villain, but there were loads of others. Sooo many others. 

Also, please, avoid cheesy greetings or nicknames. If that's part of who your villain is, then fine. Go for it. But when there's this awesome villain and then they say

"Well, well, well..."

or

"So, we meet again."

and it just makes me cringe. Sorry.



That gif was mainly for "bad guy" purposes, but seriously. Mother Gothel was a good villain. She was so good at deceiving and acting and she almost won! She wanted more than anything to be young and beautiful forever. So she kidnapped a baby girl, raised her as her own, kept her locked in the tower, and even when Rapunzel escaped, eventually got her back up in that tower.

Which brings me to my last statement:

Don't make it too easy for your hero to win.

Later,

Tansie G.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reviewing: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis



Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.



I read this book a couple days ago and figured I should write a review for it since I've had 0 ideas for anything else. 

You'll probably enjoy this if you enjoyed the Hunger Games. Wanna guess why?

EVERYBODY DIES.

EVERYBODY.

It's not like I expected much else-- this is set in a dystopian, futuristic setting with guns and death-- it says it clearly in the synopsis.

Lynn makes sure people who come to the pond leave thirsty, or don't leave at all. Yeah. And that's just it. I expected people to die-- just not ones that I cared about.

And lemme tell ya-- it was hard to care about Lynn. She was not an instantly likable character. At least, not for me. She was tough, she was angry, she was stubborn, and she didn't mind blowing someone's brains out with a rifle. No second thoughts, just BAM.

This book had constant shooting, and it was tense. Lynn's constantly checking over her shoulder and doesn't trust anyone. Until, well, she meets a trio of people that I can't tell you about because of spoilers.

The main key throughout the book is this: We have to survive, and we need water to do that. 

Water. Water, water, water, water.

And Lynn and her mom have a pond.

Pond = source of water.

Source of water = competition for source of water.

Competition for source of water = not good.

So, yeah. The smoke? The footprints? Nighttime visits?

It's all because of the water. They're basically like this:


And Lynn and her mom are like:


And about the romance? I thought it was cute, but I wasn't really into it, ya know? I just... I couldn't feel that they really loved each other. You know how in some books you're just like-- "THEY'RE A PERFECT COUPLE, THEY REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER, AND THEY NEED TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER."

It wasn't like that for me.

It was a serious work-in-progress. And I still felt like Lynn didn't deserve him.

SORRY, OKAY? I know the girl's been through some rough stuff but that doesn't justify the killing sprees she goes on. Even if she's just killing coyotes.

All in all, this book was okay. It kept the action going, and the secondary characters were awesome. Lynn just seemed too, dunno, harsh... to love. There weren't that many plot twist, and in my opinion, the main one was tossed aside too easily to really shock me. It was like-- OH, THERE IT IS-- and then Lynn was like-- Doesn't matter. This does not affect our plans for world domination in any way. (minor exxageration)

So it was tossed aside. I didn't really get to be shocked, it was over that fast.

I liked the main idea, I just felt like it could've gone deeper than it did.

3 stars.

Bye, guys!



Later,

Tansie G.




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reviewing: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

I did it! I read one more book off my to-read list-- and it wasn't half bad. I do, of course, have some minor complaints-- but then I always do. Over 90% of me is sarcasm and negativity. The rest is just a mess of jumbled emotions that come out as excessive giggling and the desire to tackle-hug members of my family every point 5 seconds.

Something Strange and Deadly

Can you imagine how hard it'd be to fight zombies in a poofy dress? 

With this book you don't have to! 

Did you know parasols make excellent weapons?

You do now! 

And did you know, chopping people's heads off makes you stronger? 

I suppose all that axe/sword swinging must've paid off, huh?

(I agree, that last one was morbid. Sorry.)

*clears throat*

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Now that you get the general idea of what this book is about, I'm gonna dig a little deeper. This book, I dunno, explored (?) the reason behind zombies a bit more than others. (???) I guess I mean it gave a totally supernatural reason to corpses running around-- AND GUESS WHAT. [if you don't want to read any spoilers, it'd be wise if you skipped this part] *whispers excitedly* the zombies can be controlled in this book [END SPOILER.]

Okay, I'll be serious now. 

About the main character-- Eleanor Fitt-- she was a good heroine. Determined, witty, loyal, and able to take care of herself (most of the time). But, just like all realistic characters, she did mess up. (Quite a lot, actually.) And although I can understand how much she loves her brother and wants to find him, I constantly found myself mentally screaming nooooo! while she raced off to do another so-brave-it's-kinda-stupid deed.

I mean, come on.

The girl trusted everyone almost the second she met them. It's like if you didn't shove a picture of them with a big red X marked on it in her face, she would be completely clueless. The only person she didn't have a minor like of or minor trust for right away was the person she ended up trusting the most. (Okay, minor exaggeration.)

Eleanor Fitt confused me.

A lot.

The main plot twist (I'm saying main because there were a lot of little ones leading up to it) did catch me off-guard. The name I'd been chanting when the question Who's the bad guy? arose was not correct. The second name I chanted was also not correct. I was depressed. I was upset. I was ready to start a protest. Every time you think you have the main bad guy figured out, you figure out that you don't. You don't have anything figured out. Everything has been a lie.

And since I didn't read the summary before I read the book, I even guessed the love interest wrong. 

That being said, the action was good. You turn to the first page and there's already people panicking-- including Eleanor. It grabs your attention and doesn't let go. I liked that.

I liked the realness (does that make sense?) of the characters and I liked how Eleanor wasn't helpless. She went out, and she handled things herself because she realized that no one else was going to do it for her.

Overall, this book rates at 3.5 stars.

Later,

Tansie G.


Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Reading Challenge (Goodreads)

My goal this year is small. Very, very small. Horribly small. I feel bad just thinking about it. I set my goal for 60 books this year. I've never done this challenge before, but I guarantee I usually read more than that.

It's already 20 days into the year, and I've only read 6 books. I'm ahead by 3, but still. I used to read way more than this. I blame school.

Anywho, here are the six chosen ones.

  1. Once We Were by Kat Zhang (I reviewed that here)
  2. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
  3. Austenland by Shannon Hale
  4. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  5. Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
  6. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Most of these books rated 4 stars in my opinion. I think I rated Once We Were three stars, but I don't remember. My dear sister suggested Indelible. She told me it was awesome. She rated it 5 stars on Goodreads. I felt her wrath when I rated it 4. (Same thing happened with Divergent. And Insurgent. *shudders*)








I have a lot more that I'm looking forward to reading when I have time.

Something Strange and Deadly, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney, and Flash Gold being the top 3.

Now... I have only one thing left to say.

BYE!!!!



Later,

Tansie G.
                

Friday, January 17, 2014

Two Literary Characters + Quotes to Sustain Your Mortal Soul

Two of my Favorite Literary Characters + Quotes to Sustain Your Mortal Soul

1. Gwyneth Shepherd from the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell



While Gwyneth is hilarious and awesome, I loved all of the characters. Except, you know, the evil ones. But even they were well thought out.

Now, since I have no gifs of her saying/doing something significant, I found a bunch of quotes from Goodreads.

Quote 1:

"You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you."

"Yes, but it's my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I'd hurt its feelings if I didn't stop and talk to it."

~This conversation was, quite obviously, between Gwyneth and Gordon. (with the added presence of the wall)

Quote 2:

"The others can't see me," said the little ghost.

"I know," I said. "My name's Gwyneth. What's yours?"

"Dr. White to you," said Dr. White.

"I'm Robert," said the ghost.

"That's a very nice name," I said.

"Thank you," said Dr. White. "I'll return the compliment by saying you have very nice veins."

~Robert, Gwyneth, and an oblivious third wheel Dr. White.


2. Sage from The False Prince Bk. 1 in the Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielson



Quote 1:

"I've got to go." 
"Go where?"
"To go. I'd have just taken care of it myself, but it looks like you want to come along."
Mott cursed. "Wait for morning."
"Wish I could. I've been cursed with my mother's pea-size bladder."

~ Sage and Mott

Quote 2:

"You stole it from the master."
"Who stole it from me. What I did simply set the universe back in order." 

Quote 3:

"Conner answered, "Mrs. Turbeldy warned me that you have a history of running away. Where did you go?"
To the church of course. To confess my sins." 
Quote 4:
"If he put us in dresses, we wouldn't suddenly become women." 

Well, those were just a couple of characters. My lists are usually longer than this. Sorry. I had a very transient amount of time allowed.
Later lovelies,
Tansie G.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reviewing: Once We Were by Kat Zhang

Okay, I know I said I was going to review Clockwork Angel, but I read Once We Were: The Hybrid Chronicles Book 2, and I just had to review it. So, yeah. Oops.

Once We Were by Kat Zhang - Bk. 2 in the Hybrid Chronicles
"I'm lucky just to be alive."

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever

That being said, I feel like the focus of the book shifted from what it was in What's Left of Me (which I reviewed here). In Once We Were, I feel like it went off of the danger of hybrids and the fight for freedom and life and moved on to the romance issues. I'm completely okay with exploring [spoiler if you haven't read either books] Eva and Ryan's [end spoiler] relationship, it's just he was what she was thinking about 99.9% of the time. 

And we also see what happens when Addie starts liking someone. I guessed it would happen, and it did. And I wasn't sure I liked the guy she chose. 

I mean, yeah. He smiles a lot. In my warped reader's mind, I automatically was like "okay, this guy smiles too much".

I guess I have a problem with joy.

Also, the plot twist made me mad. I suppose it was supposed to, but I just URGH. It is not fair. The amount of unfairness is just so infuriating.

And there was definite tension between Eva and Addie in this book. It was almost like Addie couldn't stand not being able to take over whenever she wanted. Like she was so used to control that now she's freaked about losing it. Eva kinda took the spotlight when it came to seeing certain people and speaking about certain things. She was in charge so much that it made me wonder if Addie was getting bothered by it. I mean, she had to be.

She had been the "dominant soul" for so long. And then, suddenly, Eva is doing the talking, the walking, the reacting to certain things happening to her.

And Addie is where Eva used to be.

And I could tell that she hated it.

Plus, the whole "temporarily disappearing" thing? Yeah, umm, I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit worried about that. Turns out, it did cause issues. Quite large arguments broke out because of a little timing problem. 

Although romance was causing a lot of drama and felt like the main focus, it faded towards the background a teensie bit as the action built up.

But it felt so minor compared to the first book, which did a good job of keeping my attention. This one... I liked it, but I felt like it wasn't enough. It was over so quickly. It was like this huge explosion of running, and hiding, and fear, and suspense, and then--

It was just over.

And I was left wondering what exactly just happened, and why weren't things still happening? 

By the end of the book, the rebellion is still in full swing. There's still a huge field of options and things that could happen that I feel could lift the story right back up.

This one just didn't really pull through for me.

3.5 stars.

Later,

Tansie G.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

10 Things You Don't Know About Me

This is going to be a very short post, because I seriously doubt you want to know about me when you could read a review on Clockwork Angel that I will be re-reading and reviewing for you in my next post.

Soo... let's get started.


  1. I wrote my first "book" when I was seven. I had a whole series titled "The Shetlands of Shawnee". I was a bit obsessed with horses. Hopsy, Popsy, and Lopsy were the main focus. I... I am so ashamed of those names. I like to say my first actual book was written when I was eleven. It's much better, I promise.
  2. My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla. Or cookies and cream. 
  3. I moved to Arizona in 2007, then back to my home state in 2009.
  4. The name of my first main character was Sarafina Fiona Lo. It's what one of the stray cats my sis and our friends played with was called and I guess little me thought it was cool. It wasn't. It was weird.
  5. I like horses now, but I used to be obsessed with them. (As mentioned above with my Shetlands of Shawnee) I wanted an Arabian mare, preferably black, with a star on her forehead. 
  6. I make lists when I'm confused about life decisions.
  7. I love dancing. 
  8. I almost took violin and ballet lessons when I was little, but decided I didn't want to for some reason.
  9. I adore movies with car chases. And sword fights. And kick-butt heroines. Basically, action and fantasy. AND ANIMATION. I just really love movies.
  10. I'm unbelievably sarcastic, especially around people I'm comfortable with.


Later,

Tansie G.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Top 5 Animated Characters

*Some gifs may not work. I'm really sorry. :'(

1. Anna, from Frozen (which I reviewed here)


SHE IS ME.

Sorry. But she sort of is. I mean, I'm less trusting and joyful about everything, but she's the one Disney princess that I've seen that hasn't had flawless hair and is super confident about things like the guy she likes. She stammers and says things she doesn't mean to when she's nervous, she talks to paintings on the walls, and she's so willing to throw herself completely into something, even though she doesn't know how things are gonna turn out.




Anna is hilariously awesome.

2. Merida, from Brave

Who, as opposed to Anna, wakes up like this -- 


Which is also pretty bad.

But atleast she's smiling about it, right?



SHE WAS SO ADORABLE WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE.


SO WAS ANNA.


(Sorry, I just had to show you that gif.)

3. Olaf, also from Frozen

\

AND



He also loves summer, which is kinda totally weird. He is unaware that he will melt.



BUT PUT ME IN SUMMER AND I'LL BE A 


HAPPY SNOWMAN!!!!

Ahh, I love 'im.

4. Edna from The Incredibles


Who believes in...


And thinks you should...


Also, she thinks...


And you should totally call everyone dah-ling.

I do, and it's awesome.

Dah-ling.

5. Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon


Hiccup is a hilariously adorable dork Viking who doesn't want to kill dragons violently and whilst roaring.

Apparently, those are considered bad qualities in Burk.


He does a lot of stupid stuff.

It's very self-reassuring.

Hehe.


(This is him after his first face-to-face dragon experience. Wee lamb.)


(This is him after many face-to-face dragon experiences. That's what I call character development.)


This is him and his awesome dragon named Toothless. 

Toothless is not toothless, just so you know.


(watch all the way to the end)

*To anyone who wonders where Rapunzel, or Jack Frost, or Kristoff, or Elsa, or any other possible animated character is, this is just my opinion. You have your top 5, and I have mine. We are not the same person. Hopefully. If you are, that's weird. 

*These characters are not in order. If they were, Hiccup would be much closer to the top. 

Later dah-lings!

Tansie G.


Reviewing: Austenland *Movie

First of all, yes, I am aware of how many reviews I've been doing recently. I'm also aware that we're almost halfway through the month and I've only posted twice. I'm really sorry, it's just that my inspiration is running really, really low.





I watched this movie twice in two days. Mostly because the first time I saw it, I paused it a lot to get food and drinks because I was eating. Plus if I like a movie a lot I'll watch it over and over and over again. That being said, even my sister wanted to see it again -- and wasn't bothered when "again" was the next day! She never does that. 

I'm guessing the reason is because Austenland is so hilarious. I died laughing at the way some of the characters spoke, at what her friend said that some people might've seen as disrespectful or cruel, but I'm sorry, I couldn't help it. I laughed anyways, and I probably will every time I see that scene.

Anyways, Jane Hayes has never had much luck with guys, and her obsession with Jane Austen -- or, more specifically, Pride & Prejudice -- is probably 98% of the problem.

So when she finally reaches her breaking point, she goes to Austenland, expecting awesome Regency era clothing, and, of course, romance.

And she finds it.

A lot of it.

Plus, there's a plot twist that left me very surprised. I spent over half of the movie telling my sister that the romance with a certain guy was going too fast and I didn't like it. Or him.

And turns out, I liked the right guy! Yaaay!

My point, I suppose, is this: Go see the movie. It's perfect if you wanna see some adorable romance and hilarious actors/actresses that will make you laugh.

4 stars.

Later,

Tansie G.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Reviewing: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson

The False Prince
In this first book in a remarkable trilogy, an orphan is forced into a twisted game with deadly stakes.

Choose to lie...or choose to die.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

Let me just start out by saying this: I absolutely loved the main character. What can I say? I'm a sucker for sarcasm and wit and cleverness and Sage is a master of all three.

He carried the story, but he didn't completely drown out the other characters. And the plot twist. It completely fooled me. I was stunned. 

After I read this book the first time, I read it again just a couple days later, even though I remember books for a long time after reading them. It was just so completely awesome.

Along with being sufficiently packed with sword fights and mind games, the humor is flawless. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.

The secondary characters also deliver well. They're somewhat cliché, but not so much that who they are is completely drowned out. 

4.5 stars.

Later,

Tansie G.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reviewing: Frozen *Movie

Let me just start off by my usual apology of the lateness of my post. I honestly did plan on posting earlier this time. I wrote a whole new post, then didn't click the 'Publish' button simply because the idea didn't flow. I was totally stumped.

Also, Happy Belated New Year's!! *laughs at self because it's been over a week since New Year's Day* 

That being said, let me continue on to today's post; Reviewing: Frozen.
  
                   



List of Things I Liked About Frozen:

  1. The sister relationship. It's not everyday you find two sister's who care about each other as deeply as Elsa and Anna do. (By not everyday, I mean I've never seen it in an animation like this before.)
  2. Olaf and Sven. You know. The non-humans. They were honestly two of the most hilarious characters in the movie.
  3. I especially liked the new take on true love. It does not happen when you just meet! So, you sang a song together -- don't marry someone you only met that day! I love how the movie emphasized getting to know someone before claiming it was "true love".
  4. How kick-butt Elsa is with her ice powers, and how kick-butt Anna is without them.
  5. Did I mention Olaf and Sven? Because OLAF AND SVEN.
  6. Also, Kristoff reminded me of myself. Finally, a character who isn't cheerful all the time or isolated because they're trying not to hurt anyone or just a downright villain. Kristoff's just not a people person, and he constantly seems atleast halfway irritated throughout 3/4 of the movie. But he's funny at the same time. 
List of Things I Was a Teeeensy Bit Bothered About In Frozen:

  1. Before I say the first thing, please note that this didn't bother me that much, and it's just a personal preference. Hence how I didn't really enjoy all the singing. I know a lot of people absolutely loved it, which is why I'm trying not to offend any of those who did. I actually enjoyed a lot of the songs, but you'd just be in the middle of a conversation and then BAM singing. It was really hard for me to get into it okay? I'm SORRY.
  2. This is a bit of a spoiler so... [spoiler begins here] I didn't like how just a small while after Anna finds out about {major spoiler ahead, I'm not kidding} Hans never actually {if you watched the movie it's fine, but if not are you sure you want to keep reading} loved her, he was just using her to get near the crown, and she knows she has to get a true love's kiss, and Olaf is all like {another spoiler} "Well, too bad Kristoff isn't here, 'cause he totally loved you," and Anna's all *magical choir moment* *gasp* "Kristoff!" And chases off to find Kristoff to plant one on the guy. [spoiler ends here] Yeah, that just really bothered me.

Anyways, as you can tell, my lift of "Things I Was Bothered By" is a lot smaller than "Things I Liked". Overall, I really liked this movie. I wouldn't say loved, but I'd definitely watch it again.

Later lovelies!

Tansie G.