Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Me Before You

When the Me Before You trailer was released, my Twitter feed exploded with friends freaking out about it. I hadn't read the book, but I watched the trailer just to see what all the fuss was about. I could see that it was something I would like, so I picked up the book.

As I read the book, I could see why everyone loved this book and movie trailer. It was beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time. I sobbed my way through the end, and then told everyone I know that they needed to read it.

When the movie was released I thought for sure I wouldn't ugly cry, because I knew how the story ended. Yeah... guess how well that worked out for me? Luckily, I wasn't the only one crying. The story was brought to life perfectly by the actors. I can't imagine anyone else playing the roles. Sometimes it's nice to have seen the movie (or trailer in this case) before reading the book. I had Sam and Emilia in my mind before I even started. That eliminated the disappointment that so often comes from book to movie adaptations.

I know there was a lot of controversy about this movie because of the choices the main character makes. I get it. It makes me angry. I do not agree with his decisions at all. I think the important thing is to remember that this is one man's story. It's not a recommendation about how anyone should live their life. If we can't look at life through multiple different points of view, what is the point of storytelling?

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory. Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.  As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing. . . .
To see a childhood hero continue to be a hero as an adult is very empowering. I grew up wanting to be Princess Leia. I was young enough that I didn't see the bronze bikini as an issue, all I saw was a BAMF who put herself on the line to rescue the love of her life, and then when things went bad, she rescued herself. I loved finding out that years later, she's still that same BAMF. I loved seeing a mature, responsible Leia that is still willing to put it all on the line for the greater good.