Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fantasy Movies are Taking Over!

Have you noticed the sudden surplus of fantasy movies? I'm not complaining...I'm actually completely thrilled! Finally, after Tim Burton's hit "Alice in Wonderland", people are starting to realize that fantasy movies are something that people like to watch. After "Alice", Snow White and the Huntsman came out along with Mirror Mirror; both were excellent fantasy adventures, although throughout Snow White and the Huntsman I was yearning for more dialogue. Later this year, The Seventh Son is coming out starring Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges!
I 'm not quite certain what I think of this movie so far. It looks like it has potential to be quite good, but it also looks like it could end up being a bit of a mess. The movie is based on a series of books by Joseph Delaney.

Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges.

Another fantasy movie that's coming out is Maleficent by Disney.

                                                                                                                                                                  Well, Angelina Jolie certainly looks the part, but I really don't know what what to think about it. I've heard that it's supposed  to be a lot like Wicked in that she starts out good and there are explanations why she turns bad, blah blah blah. I would have preferred Disney just to make Sleeping Beauty be the main character...but, Maleficent may prove to surprise me, and I could end up loving it. I won't judge until I see the trailer.

Next fantasy coming out is Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh. SQUEEE!!!!!! Kenneth Branagh did such a wonderful job with Thor, I can hardly wait for Cinderella!

Lily James will be playing the part of Cinderella, and I think she's the perfect pick!

And Cate Blanchett will be the evil stepmother! Again, another perfect pick!

And the Prince will be played by Richard Madden. I've never seen him in anything, but it looks like he will be a very good Prince!

Oh, and guess who the Fairy Godmother will be played by?

Yes, Helenah Bonham Carter is a bit bizarre, but I think she will be a wonderful Fairy Godmother!

Are you excited about these fantasy movies coming out? I certainly am! Also...there are rumors of a Beauty and the Beast movie being's not official yet, but there are rumors....

<3 Clara

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Hunchback Assignments

My family recently had a "staycation". What is a "staycation", you ask? It's a time where no one leaves the house over the weekend, and we all just read and watch movies and eat yummy treats. It's wonderful. Anywho, during this "staycation", I finally got my hands on a series of books that I've been wanting to read.
The Hunchback Assignments is a sci-fi spin off of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
 The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.


This wasn't the best book I had ever read, although it was a fun read. There wasn't a bit of language through the whole book, although I found it slightly dark in some places. If you like sci-fi, this is the book for you! It's a quick read, and you won't be bored while immersed The Hunchback Assignments.

Happy reading, everyone!

<3 Clara

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tagged Again!

Hullo one and all! The Time of the Tags is upon us, apparently... you remember that in my previous post, Hannah tagged me for some super fun questions. Well, I just discovered that Rachel over at Sesquipedalian Dreamer tagged me for another blogging game! This time, I just list my favorite movies! (This is going to be tough because I have a surplus of favorites.)  

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I love these movies I really have to explain? Are we all in agreement that these are the best movies ever made? Yes? Ok. Moving on, then.

2. The Phantom of the Opera
This is a beautiful movie with a completely enrapturing story. Even if there wasn't stunning music and a classic story to go along with it, I would be satisfied watching the movie just for the gorgeous dresses. Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson star in this heart-wrenching movie...I can't even say how much I love this story and movie. No matter how many times I watch it, The Phantom of the Opera never gets old.

3. Thor

Well, of course I have to have a superhero movie in here somewhere! Thor was quite a surprise to me. I didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did, and I was thrilled with the wonderful acting, humor, and fantasy aspects of the movie!

4. Wives and Daughters

Who doesn't love a good BBC movie? I love the emotion in the movie, and the character of Molly. Really, there are no better actors than the British! There are many BBC films that I love just as much as Wives and Daughters such as North and South, Cranford (1 and 2), and Pride and Prejudice (Jennifer Ehl and Colin Firth version).

5. Horatio Hornblower


This is another BBC series that I simply couldn't live without, and every time I watch it I feel the irrepressible urge to yell "Fire!" Again, the acting is excellent, and the stories are wonderful.
"I congratulate you on you perspicacity, sir!"
That is a much quoted quote around our house from the episode "Fireships" :) 

Those are the main movies that come to mind, and I do watch many of them with "clearlplay". Some others that I love are Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, the Oceans trilogy, The Princess Bride, Tammy and the Bachelor, Star Wars and many, many more!

Now I'm supposed to tag more people. And those people are....


ghost ryter

Rebeka B.

If ya'll don't want to participate, don't worry about it!

Happy reading everyone!

<3 Clara

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tag Time!

Hullo, my friends! Hannah over at The Writer's Window tagged me for a Q/A. Here are my answeres for the super fun questions!

1. If the main villain of your favorite book/movie/TV series showed up on your front doorstep, what would you do? (Explain who it is first...)

Well, my favorite villain is Loki, but I think he’s been done a few times already. So, I’ll go with my favorite TV series villain. His name is Michael. Misunderstood, and an outcast, he was originally a Wraith. But when the Stargate Atlantis team captures him and gives him an anit-virus to turn him human, it works, sufficiently erasing his memory while turning him human. The human Michael is kind, gentle, and very smart. But he knows that the people of Atlantis aren’t telling him something. When he finds out that he used to be a Wraith- a monster- he escapes Atlantis, and without the anti-virus, becomes a Wraith/human hybrid determined to rule the galaxy.

If he showed up on my doorstep? I’d run. Anywhere…he’s probably going to let an Iratus bug feed on me! Eeew!

2. Now supposing the heroes opposite this villain showed up just after your exchange. What would you do then?

Colonel Sheppard?! And Teyla and Ronon and McKay?! Squeeee!!!! After hugging Sheppard, I would hide between him and Ronon. There can’t be any safer place in the world than with those two.

3. So... moving on, the heroes defeat the villain (with some help from you, of course- whatever it may be. ;) But the next day, you're just walking along, minding your own business, when you suddenly come across the same villain... who is now lying in the dust severely wounded and unconscious. What do you do? 

Oh…Michael. Poor, misunderstood guy. I’d have to help him, of course. He always is kind to those who are kind to him…I’d try to help him in whatever way I could.

4. Now his minions show up and kidnap both you and him and take you to their universe (or version of your universe, whatever it happens to be.) Your reaction? 

I would be very scared to be in Michael’s clutches, but I would also be excited to be going to the Pegasus Galaxy! Maybe Michael will be nice to me since I helped him…I’ll just give him big puppy dog eyes.

5. Your fantastic heroes have arrived to rescue you- but now you're faced with a choice. The villain, out of gratitude for your earlier help, (assuming you actually did help him when he was wounded) has offered you a chance to travel back to your own universe. However, the heroes warn you not to trust him. The only other way for you to get back home is to travel with the heroes on a long and dangerous journey... and there's no guarantee that you'll survive.
What. Do. You. Do. 

Wow. That’s a tough one. If I go with Michael I may be able to talk him out of his evil plan. But, I would be passing up on an incredible adventure with the Atlantis team…and if I go with them, I’d probably run into Michael once again. What’s the harm in a little time away from home, anyway? Make some more room in the Puddle Jumper, guys! I’m comin’ with ya!

This was so much fun! So now, it's my turn to tag someone. I'm going to tag:
Victoria at The Golden Inkwell
And Amanda at An Ink-Made Maiden
If y'all don't want to participate, no worries! You don't have to if you don't want to:)

Happy reading, everyone!
<3 Clara

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Four Books You Must Read

I'm so sorry for the delay in this post, but I have been very sick and I just started a brand new job...which left little time for blogging! But here I am, ready to delve into the discussion of wonderful books:)
 Many of my favorite books are not very well known, and I hope that you will look into some of these books after you read this post. 

 When I was around eleven  or twelve years old, my brother bought me a book for Christmas called, The Mistmantle Chronicles: Urchin of the Riding Stars by M. I. McCallister. I started to read it and was completely enthralled with its heroic and well-developed characters, its vicious and scheming villains, and its perfect, whimsical setting that made me feel as though I was there, helping the heroes defeat the evil tyrants. The magical island of Mistmantle and its inhabitants are forever engraved upon my heart and mind, and I will never, ever be too old for this series of books. This book truly is a timeless classic... and every character in it is an animal.  

I don't suppose many people wish to read a book where all the characters are either squirrels, otters, hedgehogs, or moles, but if you love fantasy and appreciate good writing, check out this book the next time you're at the Library. You certainly won't regret reading it!

Moving from a magical island to the enchanted manor of Moonacre, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge is another book you don't want to miss. I was at Barnes and Noble and had a gift card, but I didn't see a book that I really wanted to get. And then I saw a cover that was a pretty unicorn trotting in a moonlit garden with a large manor in the background, and I knew I had to buy it. Imagine an orphaned young girl, a magical valley that holds many secrets, a large dog that is not what he seems, a wise black cat (who would fit perfectly in Rooglewood) and two warring clans, and you have a beautiful adventure that will leave you wanting more stories from Moonacre Valley.

Everything that Elizabeth Goudge writes is something that I want to own...she spins her tales in a way that is old and classic, but easy to read and completely new and simple.

Now, we all know and love, and I do mean L-O-V-E, Anne Elisabeth Stengl's outstanding series, so I don't think I need go into detail about her books. Just let it be known that her books are some of my very, very favorites:)

This next book is not one of my favorites, but it was probably the most unusual book I have ever read. It was funny and entertaining, and I do recommend it to all of you. This book is called, Wisdom's Kiss.

The reason this book is so unusual is because all you read through the whole book is a collection of letters to different characters of the book, and journal entries. But I wasn't bored one bit! It was funny, original, and very entertaining. Again: this is not a favorite of mine, but you might not have heard of it, and you just might like it!

Last, but definitely not least is The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gale Carson Levine. This story has everything you could possibly want in a book...adventure, magic, romance...those are the perfect ingredients for an exciting read!

Dragons, Sprites, and Wizards make this fairy tale one you do NOT want to miss.
And that's it for today! Those aren't all of my favorite books, but they are some that you might not have read. So next time your looking for a good book, remember the ones I have mentioned here today! Happy reading everyone:)

<3 Clara