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Merry Christmas

Thank you all for reading my blog. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas! May your christmas be filled with love, good movies and excellent books.

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Frankenstein

I ended up reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I must tell you why.

The movie theatre in my city showed National Theatre Live’s Frankenstein last monday. It’s a play, not a movie, but I’ll say a word or two about it anyway.

Two great actors performing this sad story. Benedict Cumberbatch (always brilliant) played The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller played Victor Frankenstein. Two actors who have played Sherlock Holmes on TV.

The beginning of the play, when The Creature is born, was a little too long. Acting was great, though. When the play moved on it got better, up to the point of being great. Stunning acting, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch, and, I believe so, physically very demanding.

The story is sad. People don’t accept difference very well, that’s current even now. Loneliness, revenge, ostracism, sadness, abandonment, cruelty, violence, compulsion. Those are just some words that come to my mind.

Great play. And there’s an interesting thing about this play. Cumberbatch and Miller change parts. Not in one play, but in showings. Miller plays The Creature, Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. I wish I could’ve seen that version too.

And then, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s amazing, that this story was publiced for the first time in 1818. It must have been a strange situation that a woman wrote this type of story in 1818.

In the book, there are moments that there’s too much description of events, moods and landscapes. These days, when violence is daily on TV and movies, this story is quite tame. It’s a horror story but it doesn’t strike so. Yet, it’s a good book and worth reading. I wonder why I haven’t read it before? It just hasn’t occurred. But now it did and I’m pleased.

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One year

Exactly one year ago I started this blog, July 8, 2013. Since then I’ve written to you about every book I’ve read and every movie I’ve seen in a movie theatre. I’ve watched boadloats of movies at home, but I’ve left those movies out of my blog.

Anyway, I just wanted to say THANK YOU all for reading my blog. I hope I’m able to share good, average and bad books and movies with you for a long time.

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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Oh dear, what a story.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, written by John Boyne. Innocence of childhood and open-mindedness is the heart of this story. Two little boys just don’t understand why they have to be on different sides of the barbed wire fence. Why can’t they just play together? What is happening on the other side of the fence? Why all those people look so sad and wear striped pyjamas? Curiosity, nothing good came of it in this book.

Children are not prejudiced by nature, they learn it from other people. When they are little, they are open-minded and show honest interest in things. I wish we could all keep that when we grow up.

This book will definitely stay in my mind for a long time. When I realised what’s going to happen, I put my hand to the front of my mouth, I was so shocked. What a sad story. Beatiful in a way, at the same time very, very ungly.

I heard, that a movie has been made based on this book. I’m not sure I want to see it.

One unforgettable book.

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Bridget Jones – Mad About The Boy

I love Bridget Jones -movies and I’ve read the books also, so I was excited to hear that there’s a new Bridget Jones -book. Mad About The Boy.

What I love about Bridget is that she has the ability to laugh at herself. The books (and movies) have humour, love and silly everyday events, and the reader (and the viewer) can relate to them. Bridget is a girl next door, added with little silly features.

Mad About The Boy was also funny, there was love and silly everyday events. There was motherhood and children, lice and bedtime stories. It has a happy ending.

But I also felt that Bridget was a little too immature and very desperate. By desperate I don’t mean her grief over dead husband Marc but the despair about ageing and finding a man in her life. Nonetheless, these are the topics that are familiar to many women. Ageing scares people, so does loneliness.

Besides, it sucks that Marc died. Why couldn’t Bridget have her happy ending with him after all the fuss? That would have been a good way to finish the story of Bridget.

Mad About The Boy was a good read, one time. If they make a movie of it, I may see it. Another book to leave behind.

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Merry Christmas!

Soon I’ll tell you my opinion about The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug. I’m going to see it after Christmas, with my son. But now, I want to wish you all a very merry, tasty, peaceful, happy Christmas full of good movies and books!

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Inferno

I’ve read all books written by Dan Brown. Some of then are very entertaining, some of them aren’t. There are many opinions about the literary values of his books but he is very popular so there must be something about his books that interest people, me included.

I just read the newest book Inferno and I liked it almost as much as The Da Vinci code. What I like in Dan Brown’s books is that the action starts right away, you don’t have to wait 100 pages for the story to get started. In Inferno the story is interesting and scary too. I enjoyed the descriptions of many historical buildings, art and historical events. I have no idea about the truthfulness of these descriptions but, either way, I enjoyed reading about them.

Inferno is an entertaining book. Action, dangerous circumstances and even some surprises in the plot. At the end part of the book happens a thing I didn’t expect.

Inferno is not going to get the same respect as some classics, like War and Peace (In my opinion, some of the classics are absolutely boring and the great reverence of those classics is excessive). To me, it’s important that the book that I’m reading is interesting, entertaining and gives me time to relax and get my thoughts away of stress and sometimes busy life. Inferno was just that.

A few words about the movies that are made based on Brown’s books, The Da Vinci code and Angels & Demons. They were both a bit disappointing.  I have a huge respect for Tom Hanks as an actor but in my eyes he’s not Robert Langdon. Both movies were also a little boring, well made but blunt. If someone makes a movie based on Inferno, I’m still going to go and see it, even with the risk of falling asleep.

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