I read Divergent in November during NaNoWriMo

As the title says, I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent (only the first book) in November (when I was not writing)

I usually prefer books before movies, but this one I happened to see the movie first. I had heard about the trilogy before and had read an article about the ending of the trilogy and about the author justifying that ending (yes, I know the ending even though I have not read it, but no ,more spoilers here please).

I watched the movie on a gigantic plane on my way to India. Twice. Because I liked it. Then I decided to get my hands on the book and more or less gobbled it up whole. ๐Ÿ™‚

I like the idea of the factions, the world seems quite well thought out, the words are simple, it’s a quick read, it’s YA, and I like the heroine – even though the movie gave me a quite skewed look on what she look like. I like the dystopian future books (sadly I suck at writing dystopian futures, but I would very much like to write one some day).

Apparently the Divergent trilogy has been compared to the Hunger Games trilogy, and I happened to come across the following article comparing the words of the most popular YA authors of today:

Divergent trilogy, by Veronica Roth: A textual analysis comparing it to the Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and the Twilight series..

This is the article before the above one, I recommend reading it too:

Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A textual analysis of Suzanne Collinsโ€™ novels, and Twilight and Harry Potter too..

I think the links in the images with the text analysis is not working, so here is a link to the full image: Most common sentences, by author

 

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I had tears in my eyes

but I didn’t cry is my way of saying, mostly when talking about movies, but also books, that there was a sad bit, the ending was sad, but I didn’t care enough about the characters to cry. I care so much that I am touched by the sad events, but my whole being is not completely in it.

As an example: I had tears in my eyes after I watched Sanctum, but I didn’t cry. While, on the other hand, I was absolutely bawling my eyes out after watching Finding Neverland. (Do watch it if you haven’t!)

I had tears in my eyes after watching the last Harry Potter movie, but I didn’t cry. I flooded the book with tears while reading, and had to stop because I couldn’t see anything while crying. And on a side note: Has anyone noticed how beautiful eyes Lord Voldemort has in the movies. They look so sad, and filled with emotions… <.<

You can see his eyes better in the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2. Watch it.

(I’m somewhat obsessed with movies, if you haven’t noticed)

Movie: Sanctum

Finally finished watching Sanctum. I got bored when I watched it the first time and made a chocolate cake while watching (=not really much watching, more listening). So when I decided to sit down and watch it until the end I realized, when they were trapped and I could see who were going to tag along, I realized I knew who were going to survive and who were going to live. (I must say I was quite disappointed at the predictability of the movie). It is a James Cameron work, and … well… he has yet to make a movie whose ending surprises me. The ending was sad, and I had tears in my eyes, but I didn’t cry.

Avatar for example. The moment Jake Sully left his wheelchairbound body for that Na’vi body for the first time I knew he was somehow going to end up in the Na’vi body. Didn’t you?

I’m not saying that these movies are not worth watching, it’s just that… I love twisted endings. Take The Wicker Man for instance, with Nicholas Cage. I didn’t believe the end until I saw the after text roll. If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely must!

Time flies

like a banana, fruit like an arrow. Or how is it?

I’ve been off today. No work, no nothing. Got up at eight and since then I haven’t done anything worthwhile. Well, I’ve drawn. Miss Georgiana Darcy from the 2005 movie. I love her smile as she meets miss Elizabeth for the first time, and her brother is almost babbling, the gaze she gives him says so much. So I wanted to draw her. I drew her and a mermaid and a Kirin and now I’m sitting here wondering where the time went. It was 12 just seconds ago. But! I’ve had time to watch the last Harry Potter movie. I had tears in my eyes, but I didn’t cry. Compared to when I read the book, I almost bawled my eyes out! Anyways, I’m still of the opinion books are much better than movies. (there may be some exceptions though)

13 days left until November and I’m feeling quite positive about it. I found a nice site about writing tips and have been reading and reading … take a look at Alexandra Sokoloffs tips. Pure love, I tell you!

Now, where is that coffee pot? For I feel like having a caffeinated burst of energy. I desperately want to write, but am feeling a bit sluggish from being inside the whole day. This can’t be good.

Sunday again

Maybe I should just keep going on every second day. That seems to be the pace I’m setting here. Today at work was boring. I’ve been doing the same stuff for over half a year now, and it’s getting old. I labeled some boxes in the office, because I didn’t have anything else to do. I talked to one of the managers, really nice fellow, why I moved to London, why he moved to London and why we both wanted to go home again, for approximately one hour. I finished some paperwork and then hung around the checkout, waiting for the customers to leave. Quarter past and we still had customers in the store even though we closed at the hour. I hate those days. It means everything is going to be late after that. Still I couldn’t be bothered and left ten minutes before my shift finished. Tomorrow I’m covering for my colleague, even though I’m supposed to be off. I had wanted to be off. So I’m thinking of going to work at 6am and finish it all up in 4 hours. Then I will have the whole day in front of me. ๐Ÿ™‚ (If I can be bothered to get up at 5 that is. More likely to go at 7)

At lunch today, or it was actually during those long boring hours in the office I got a breakthrough for I Called Him Gabriel. It’s getting thicker and thicker and November is getting closer and closer and I really want to read that book no. It’s gonna be awesome, I promise. and I’ll put up some excerpts here if anybody’s interested. I don’t want to write about the idea here, I wrote it down during lunch in my black book. All I will say is that I know how Lucifer and Yaan can be brothers. And why. And who taught them about travelling in the shadows. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you head over to NaNoWriMo you might read more later on.

That concludes this. I have not watched Pride and Prejudice for a whole week, I’m going through the adaption from 1995. The actors seems so … bad at acting. Especially Jennifer Ehle, who plays Elizabeth. She seem so … bad at acting. I don’t know if the director meant it to be this way, but all of them seem a bit supercilious, and exaggerated in their acting. Colin Firth makes it worth while to watch though. Who wouldn’t want to be at the receiving end of his gaze!