No Spoiler Movie Review: The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

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This past September I read M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I wind up enjoying the book, but I also respected the author’s desire to take some artistic liberties with one of the most common horror themes in this day and age: the zombie apocalypse.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the book, I don’t really want to give a ton of details away concerning the actual plot to the story. Some things are best left unsaid, and I certainly wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise. 😉

What I will tell you, is that the film follows a group of survivors in a world ravaged by “hungries”. Yep, it’s another movie where we don’t dare to utter “the Z word”, but that’s okay since these zombies aren’t exactly what you’re used to seeing anyway.

The remaining humans are from various walks of life with different experiences that make them who they are today, though I’ll admit that the film doesn’t go into this as much as it does in the book. I think this is the sort of movie that perhaps benefits from its viewers having read the book beforehand when it comes to character backstories.

Overall, I enjoyed the film. It stuck pretty well to the events of the novel, but opted to cut out some of the parts that made the book drag at times which was nice. As much as I, along with a few of my friends, liked the book we all agreed that there were a few parts that seemed to just take too long. It was nice that the movie did not suffer the same fate. One thing that some viewers might not like is that most of the characters did not match the book’s descriptions of them in the slightest. It didn’t bother me though since I liked all of the performances, especially that of young actress, Sennia Nanua as Melanie. Glenn Close also did a great job as the complex character of a doctor who is willing to do whatever it takes to save humanity, even things that make her peers question how humane she really is.

Have any of you read the book or seen the movie yet? If so, what were your thoughts?

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Last Post of 2016

2016 is mere hours away from being a thing of the past. Something I know many of us are more than okay with.

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But let’s not forget that some really good things did happen in 2016 too. Their were some major strides and accomplishments in medicine, multiple species of endangered animals (including those adorable head-humping ground parrots, the kakapo) are seeing growth in their numbers, aaaaaand we got a really, REALLY good Deadpool movie. 😉

Hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and fantastic 2017! ❤

Thinking Cap: ON!

A new year is coming . . . time to start plotting those New Year’s Resolutions!!

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I know I have just over a month to start figuring out my resolutions for the next year, but I figured it would be good to really sit down and think about what it is I want to accomplish in 2017. I’m in a transitional point of my life now. Trying to soul search and figure out my future and how to be a better me. ❤

What about you guys? Any of you also planning on doing some New Year’s Resolutions this year? I always think it is interesting to hear what goals people have in mind for moving forward. I’m sure I’ll get around to posting mine in a blog post once I figure them out, but I’d love to hear what anyone else has mind for theirs. 😀

NaNO-NO-NO-NO-WriMo: 2016 Flunkie

I know it isn’t quite the end of the month yet, but I also know that my first attempt at NaNoWriMo is a sinking ship at this point. But you know what? I’m okay with it. Surprisingly okay with it, actually. The outcome was hardly as victorious as I had hoped for, but it was a valuable learning experience none the less.

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This month wound up being much busier than I had anticipated and I didn’t quite figure out how to manage my time properly until it was too late. Of course I plan to continue writing and next year I’ll don my warpaint and try again. (And hopefully do a LOT more writing and learning between now and then.)

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Epic fantasy writer, Patrick Rothfuss, wrote a great piece about his first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2011. One has to appreciate his honesty and wit when reading it. Plus, he included this amazing achievement for all us losers out there! 😉

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So, despite knowing that I will not complete the 50,000 word challenge this year on my first attempt, I know that I will continue writing. I will also try again next year, and prepare for it better. I’ll know how to manage my time better and I’ll hopefully have learned more about writing between now and then to be better equipped in taking on the beast that is NaNoWriMo. Best of luck to the rest of you out there who are getting so close to your 50,000 words. I look forward to trying again next year. 🙂