Book Review: Warm Bodies

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Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Rating: 5/5

R may have enjoyed eating flesh and brains, at some point of his zombie life, but comparing him to his other dead colleagues, he is different. He imagines and dreams. One event has changed his perception to his food and the main reason was Julie, a girl he met and chooses to save for some unknown reason. His decision to bring her with him might be a mistake but while they were together, an eerie relationship was built between the two. With their strange situation, it might be irrational but R’s emotional inclination was getting stronger and as time passes Julie’s change of perception towards R was also changing but their togetherness won’t be agreed upon by the people and zombies surrounding them.

After a moment of battle between reading the book and watching the movie first, my verdict was to watch the movie since I was too curious (and very very excited!) as to what the story is all about which in effect is a downside for me. My imaginative capacity cannot identify which is from the book and which is from the movie since it’s overlapping in my brain but watching the movie gives me the excitement of reading the book more.

The story was set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic phase and as expected, there are killings and brain-eatings in this novel. I don’t even know if a zombie apocalypse is possible but, from the advanced sciences, genetic mutations and experimentation undergone everyday, it’s not impossible to happen. I have questioned myself if I would be surviving a post-zombie-apocalypse and I’m betting that I wouldn’t. If I’ll be one of the characters or one of the casts in ‘The Walking Dead’ TV series, I’d totally be dead in the first episode of the first season and if I don’t die from a zombie bite, I’d probably die of a heart attack.

Isaac Marion has brilliantly written and uniquely elaborated his idea of an unusual interaction of a zombie and a human being as well as the idea of what really is lurking inside a zombie’s brain. My thoughts on the book were eccentric, unusual and captivating, from the story-line to the characters. The title itself has given me some excitement as to what the story was all about. As for the movie, of course, as expected, there were some few changes made by the producers and the directors to make it more appealing to the viewers but all in all, I would rate it 5/5 if you have no interest in basing it with the book while 4/5 comparing it with the book.

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Book/Movie Review: Flipped

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Title: Flipped

Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

Date Published: October 1, 2001

Rating: 5/5

If I’ve known that this movie has a book, I would’ve read it first before watching it. As I was searching in our hard drive media player for something to watch, out of boredom, my curiosity kicked in. I never had any idea what the movie is all about so I didn’t expect anything from it. I never expected that I would enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you read the book first or watch the movie first since it’s pretty much the same (mostly). After I watched the movie, I immediately searched for the book and that’s the impact of a good story to a bookworm who is a child at heart.

Wendelin Van Draanen has embodied the different perception of a boy and a girl toward each other’s actions and words. The story is about the evolution of a childhood misunderstanding and ironically the development of the relationship between Julianna Baker and Bryce Loski. It was separately recounted in the views of both the protagonists and although Juli and Bryce are pre-teens, she demonstrated the representation of every girl’s feelings to a boy and vice versa. The differences and the complication of the interaction of these two species were explicitly expressed even in their early years. Their families were also involved with their dealings and thus have highly influenced their perspective between each other, especially the Loski family.

This novel is suitable to all ages and I believe that her aims of audiences are the children and young adults, but anyone who is a child at heart would totally enjoy this novel. Every chapter made me laugh too much and through-out the moment I was reading this, it always makes my day.

I think that this book, as well as, the movie deserves more credit. Although I should say that the production of the movie is not extravagantly made compared with the other Rom-Com movies, I believe that although the story-line is light and simple, it is very entertaining and family oriented. It’s not as complicated as to the other stories we watch or encounter since it’s a simple story which would make every reader and viewer smile, laugh and giggle every once in a while and recap your childhood all over again.

Fascinated by Anne: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The image is from Google. 🙂

Some unnatural magnetic force had stimulated me to read this diary of Anne Frank since I never intended to read it. It was never in my reading timeline to read it and I guess it didn’t disappoint me.

I just finished reading this book, or rather should I say diary and I was really entranced and appalled by it. I was inspired, as well, by the thoughts of a 13 year old girl who had so much knowledge about different things and had different views in life. It took me a moment to remember the times when I was a teenager, although I still feel one, I remembered myself as being naïve and still discovering the true nature of people and discovering how to deal with different problems of being a teenager. I realized that I wasn’t like her who is full of life and laughter despite the arguments between her and her family. She took life positively and enjoyed it even if the whole world were at war. She is very knowledgeable with history, language, as well as different types of people and that made me wretched.

Maybe I did my best during my high school years but I just memorized everything never took it so seriously and now I’m regretting it. I want to be more knowledgeable and to know more about different things not just the medical information I learned so much in attaining my bachelor’s degree but even the general information.

Some of her letters gave me fits of laughter while I was reading it. She was so young by then yet so full of insights about different subject matters. I really like her views in life especially her love for nature and how she stands up on her own just like a mature woman with something to believe in. Despite the criticisms she received from the people around her (even her family), she doesn’t seem to change her cheerful status. I perceived her to be very loquacious and very bouncy.

In this diary, I have learned so much from her especially on being an independent person and standing up for your own views in life. There are passages which inspired me so much and one passage which moved me was this: “Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again.” And this is true. I have so much things running through my head about my future and how to decide on something, albeit they say it’s easier to say than to do it, but of course it is still you who has the right and the power to do what you want to do with your life. You can attain that happiness if you wish to have it under any circumstances.

In such a young age, she was able to inspire different people with her diary. She made a legacy to people like me and one day I wanted to visit her grave and her museum and I want to pay my respect. She totally influenced me and moved me.

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“I chose to stay with him for all the things that he had done right, and not to leave for the one thing that he done wrong. I chose to forgive him.” – Paige’s Mom, The Vow Movie 🙂

I was truly touched by how Paige’s mom justified her reasons on staying with her dad who cheated on her.

“I chose to stay with hi…