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True Love

When Jennifer Lopez brought her Dance Again World Tour to my city I was excited. It was her first worldwide concert tour and to see her perform was in my To do -list. The evening was one of the greatest moments of my life. The atmosphere in the concert was amazing. I know Jennifer Lopez is not the worlds greatest singer or actor, but she can take her audience and the warmth of her personality really came through. She has this unbelievable aura, she’s magical on stage, she’s beautiful and she is truly a great performer.

When I found out that True Love, her first book, was to be publiced, I was eager to get it and read it. I pre-ordered it and it came to me as soon as it came for sale.

The book is just as beautiful as Jennifer. A lot of pictures and honest talk about her problems with her low self-esteem, lack of self-respect and the divorce form Marc Anthony. Lovely pictures, not just those where she’s all dressed up, but with children and without makeup (she’s so beautiful).

It’s also interesting to read all the details about her Dance Again World Tour. I wish I had had this book before I went to see the concert, because I realised, when reading True Love, how much details and stories there are behind every song and every detail. How much of herself she actually gave us that day. But I must admit, I felt it, I truly did. In a concert as huge as it was, everything is planned, of course. But I didn’t realise that she was telling her story through this concert. Now, when I realise it, it’s even more beautiful and amazing.

I read the book in one day, I just couldn’t let it out of my hands. Jennifer Lopez has been my idol a long time. She has achieved so much by working very hard. Music, movies, perfumes, clother, she’s done it. I wish I had this kind of determination to pursue my dreams. It truly needs determination to achieve as much as she has.

This book is a gift to her fans. If you are not interested in Jennifer Lopez, well, you don’t want to read this book. True Love is a delightful, honest, touching, funny, inspiring and heartbreaking book and I loved it. It’s also comforting to know that no matter how huge a star you are, you’re still a human being with all the problems and happy moments of life.

I can’t judge this books literary value and I think that I don’t have to. Because that’s not the point of this book. The point, to me, was to get to know a little about a woman named Jennifer Lopez. The point also was to enjoy,  see beauty and have a pleasant reading experience. That’s what it offered me. After this book, I’m  bedazzled and full of positive thinking. Thank you!

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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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Hero

I admit, I’m a bit of a fan of the books of Rhonda Byrne. I’ve read The Secret, The Power and The Magic. Now it was Hero.

I think that there’s two ways to react to these book. You either think they’re an absolute nonsense or you find something interesting from them. The latter happened to me. Belive me, at first I was very skeptical.

I started to think about my own attitude towards life and realized that I was a very negative person. I truly belive that your thoughts do affect your physical health. I’ve experienced it myself. When I’m stressed my stomach hurts and I have a headache, I get a rash and I feel physically bad.

Hero made me think too. Maybe I could achieve my dreams. There are a lot of people who have started when they had nothing. They were tenacious and they made their dreams come true. Your dream can be small or big and most of the time fear prevents you from doing what you would like to do.

The best part, the best offering, of these books is that they made me think of my own behavior and they made me want to be a better person. I want to improve.

Hero made me think about my dreams and I saw that most of them are very realizable. I just have to start doing them.

Sometimes you are so focused on the negative things in your life that you need a wake-up. You get blind and you just spind around in the same circle of negativity and you don’t see anything else. Sometimes you need someone else to say to you that you can do things differently. To me this someone was Rhonda Byrne.

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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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Transcendence

I went to the movies twice this week. The first movie was Transcendence so I will write about it first.

I was so excited when I heard that there was a new Johnny Depp -movie (as he’s one of my favourite actors). However, I was a little suspicious because the movie was science fiction, it’s not my favourite movie genre. But, as I’ve decided, I’m goint to go and see every movie where Johnny is acting so I went to see Transcendence with my son.

Transcendence was average. It had it’s moments but at times it was a little too slow-paced, yet not boring. The topic was interesting but it was handled in an usual way. Humans try to control with technology but everything turns upside down and the technology starts to take power over humans. In Transcendence there are some great actors, in addition to Johnny Depp, such as Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany. Those excellent talents don’t lift the movie higher. What would’ve Transcendence been without these talented people? And what about Rebecca Hall, the leading lady in this movie? There’s something about her that I don’t like much. I think she’s a little stony. It feels like she doesn’t give her heart to the role. I may be wrong, but that’s how I felt.

Transcendence entertained me for two hours, but would I watch it again? Probably not. It was a mediocre Johnny Depp -movie. Though, I must say, it was much better than the previous movie, Lone Ranger (review here).

I admire Johnny Depp. His careless, cool and ageless style and his talent. Yet, he hasn’t made very good movies over the past years. All of them have been a little indifferent. It’s a shame because I think he could do so much more. Or maybe he doesn’t care if the movie is a hit or not.

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The Railway Man

I’ve made an observation. When the movie people have watched is somehow emotive, sad, moving, shocking or something else, people in the movie theatre stay quietly in their seats even if the movie has ended. No hasty egress, no loud talking. Just stillness. This is what happened yesterday, when I went to see The Railway Man.

The movie was emotive. It touched me. And what makes it even more touching is that it is a true story. An incredible story about love, courage and forgiveness. Some people may find Colin Firth’s performance too quiet or too stiff. In my eyes it was just what it needed to be. A man who has experienced such horrible things as Eric Lomax, can’t be an archetype of happiness. Jeremy Irvine played the young Lomax. I didn’t know him before but he did a good jog.

As an actor, I love Colin Firth. There’s something very real and honest about everything he does. And, of course, there was Nicole Kidman as Lomax’s wife Patti (my husband loves Nicole Kidman, so he was happy). Nicole Kidman did a solid performance but it was an average one, I’ve seen better ones from her.

And the story. Unbelievable cruelty and unbelievable forgiveness. Eric Lomax must have a great heart because he was able to forgive all the horrible things that he had to go thru and even become friends with one of his torturers. An amazing thing, I say. I’ve heard someone say that you have to forgive the bad things that someone has done to you. Not because of the other person but because of yourself. That is the only way you can find peace. That’s what happened to Eric Lomax. All the many years of suffering after those horrible experiences. I’m happy that he found peace, at least I hope he did.

The movie woke up some thoughts in my head. If Eric Lomax was able to forgive such terrible acts, why aren’t we able to forgive smaller things? We carry grudges for years and years for so small reasons. Is it possible to forgive if the other person doesn’t regret? If the other person doesn’t realise that he or she has hurt you? Can you forgive just for the sake of yourself and let go? Big questions. I know I can’t, not yet.

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Gone Girl

When I started Gone Girl, a book by Gillian Flynn, I wasn’t very impressed. The first half of the book was ordinary, it had nothing special and there’s not much to say about it.

Then something happened. The second half of the book turned the story in to a completely new direction. The second half twisted the plot to a devious, troubled and brutal direction. The main characters Nick and Amy are both very unpleasant and disturbing people. It seems that their life is based on a lie and is maintained with more lies. Both, especially Amy, has a sick and twisted mind. So disturbed that it made me a little uncomfortable. I had no sympathy for these characters, not in any way. And when I thought of the marriage of these two people… toxic, abnormal and depraved game. Utmost dependency. Lies.

Gone Girl has some surprising elements that I haven’t read in another books. A well woven tale that gets better in the middle. The end was not a surprise. I’m a little dissapointed, because somehow I knew what was going to happen. The end is not what I wanted it to be, it’s as sick as the whole story. At the same time it’s very convenient. It’s suitable for Nick and Amy.

Weird book, with good and bad elements. Gone Girl doesn’t rise to the level of the best thrillers I’ve read, but it was a good read and entertaining, in a twisted way.

The story made me think. When does a person really is who he or she genuinely is? We all have different roles and mask that we choose to use. At work, with friends, with strangers… When I’m really me, just me? Is it when I’m alone?

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