Emily's Pen

A blog about writing, novels & things that make my little INFP heart sing

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TFIOS, AWTR & stories that make you think about The Bigger Things Of Life

So I am approaching the end of 'The Fault in our Stars', at a gradual decline of reading speed I must say, because I already know what happens at the end and I want to put it off for a little while longer.

Anyway, it occurred to me quite early on in the book how similar it is to possibly my all-time favourite story, 'A Walk to Remember' (the book by Nicholas Sparks and the more modern film adaptation starring Mandy Moore - though I may prefer the movie). I really like that about it. I was 17 when I watched AWTR and completely fell in love with it (and proceeded to watch it a gazillion more times, and read the book several times, over the years), and I reckon TFIOS will be like AWTR for a whole new generation.

Which I think is a great thing because stories like these are beautiful and meaningful, and they force us to take time out of our usual daily distractions to think about the bigger things of life. Something we’d all do well to do once in a while.

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Recent reads (12/05/14)

Finished 'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell last week. Loved it! Such an enjoyable, entertaining, sweet, laugh-out-loud read. Consider me a Rainbow Rowell fan here on after (want to read 'Eleanor and Park' next).

Still reading Steinbeck’s classic 'The Grapes of Wrath'. I’ve liked his work and his writing style ever since I studied 'Of Mice And Men' at school.

Nearly done with 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green. Unfortunately I already know the ending from Tumblr spoilers, but am really enjoying it anyway. Had some real LOL moments throughout.

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May have to finally start reading TFIOS

Gah, there are TFIOS quotes and gifs and spoilers everywhere! I keep having to quickly scroll past them because I have the book but haven’t read it yet - it’s next on my reading list but I’ve already got 4 books on the go *cough*Insurgent for the second time*cough* (and usually I don’t start another before I’ve finished at least one of them). But to be honest I think I am going to have to start it before I find out everything that happens from Tumblr alone!

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators


Fantastic article on the psychology behind procrastinating, and why writers are particularly susceptible to it.

“Work finally begins,” says Alain de Botton, “when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.” For people with an extremely fixed mind-set, that tipping point quite often never happens. They fear nothing so much as finding out that they never had what it takes.


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Divergent - the movie

So a week and a half ago I had the amazing privilege of attending the European Premiere of Divergent - the film adaptation of my favourite book.

Last night I saw the film again, this time with my husband and some other friends.

I LOVE THIS FILM. Perhaps even more seeing it the second time. Wow, just wow.

Watching it on the big screen, all the same feelings and emotions I had when I read the book two years ago came flooding back. It was actually quite overwhelming.

The casting = perfection. Shailene IS Tris; Theo IS Four. Like, no question. And their chemistry… uh, yeah, excuse me while I fan myself.

The acting was stellar, particularly by the lead characters. Shailene totally knocked it out of the park with the bit with her mum at the end. TEARS.

The pacing was spot on, the cinematography was beautiful, and I really liked all the bits that were changed from the book. Standing ovation for Neil Burger. He really captured the essence of the story and the journey and rollercoaster of emotions Tris goes through.

The music was amazing. The song when Tris joins the Dauntless as they run for the train makes you want to run and be generally AWESOME. The zip lining scene and that moment when Tris sees Caleb and her dad at the end - gah… the soundtrack/score made those scenes even more beautiful and emotional.

Yeah… I mean, there were a couple of things I thought were a shame to have been left out, but overall I was just so ecstatic each time I came out of the cinema :D

Oh and my husband now wants to read the books because he liked the film so much, which is a freaking miracle because he never reads novels! Woop!

ETA: I loved how inspirational the movie was. Like, even more than the book somehow. You watch the film and you’re like, YEAH LET’S GO CONQUER SOME FEARS. At least, I was, anyway ;)

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