Harry Potter Houses

For those of you who don’t know the Hogwarts houses (what are you doing with you’re life?) there are four, Gryfindor, Huffelpuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Gryfindors are brave like Harry Potter, Huffelpuffs are loyal and kind, Ravenclaws are intelligent and witty, and Slytherins are ambitious, power hungry, and almost always evil.

Now your thinking, Clara, what’s your house? Good question. The answer is I don’t entirely know. I consider myself a Ravenclaw. Intelligent? Witty? That’s me. But I took the test twice and the first time it sorted me into Huffelpuff (fun fact Sarah J. Maas is Huffelpuff) and the second time I was sorted into… Wait for it… SLYTHERIN! And guys we all know I’m not Slytherin. I mean I’m the opposite of Slytherin. So yeah my house story is complicated but for now I’m just gonna call myself Ravenclaw. I identify as a Ravenclaw! Comment your sorting story below.

✌Peace Out✌

Clara

P.S. My Ilvermorny house is Thunderbird. What’s yours?

 

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A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is a Sherlock Holmes story about him and Watson’s descendants Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson. Watson has been sent off on a rugby scholarship to a small American boarding school in Connecticut, which is a little too close to his estranged father for his taste. Charlotte Holmes happens to be at the same school but she’s determined to have nothing to do with him. Until the murder of Lee Dobson brings them together and they have to defy history and their own pasts to work together to find the murderer who seams to be recreating the old Sherlock Holmes stories.

This book was very good. Four stars. I would recommend it to people. It was totally gonna be a five star book until 3/4 of the way in. It had likeable characters, interesting plot, I honestly had no idea where it was going which was nice, and amazing relationships between the characters especially the main two. The writing was okay. Not bad bad but it definitely wasn’t the best part of the book.

While reading this book I realized that in almost all portrayals of Sherlock Holmes (or in this case his decendants) he was a cold person who wasn’t very good at developing relationships with people and also brilliant. This theme wasn’t different in A Study in Charlotte.

There was let down around 3/4 in and it was right after a big event had happened and it just made me wonder what was happening. The plot was lulling and the characters, who were usually reliable through the rest of the book, we’re not just not being themselves. It made me doubt the plot and where the author was going.

It did have a mostly redeeming and shocking ending. I had no idea it was coming so that was great. Over all four stars. Quality book.

-Clara🙈🙉🙊

Adaptations

Book to movie adaptations is a huge concept that I can’t begin to cover in one post but I really wanna talk about them. You have amazing successful adaptations (TFIOS, The Hungar Games, Harry Potter) but then you have those terrible ones that are terrible, ALLEGIANT. Of coarse, you can’t forget about the good ones that flopped and we didn’t get the sequel we wanted, Vampire Academy and (kind of) City of Bones. Oh and there’s the TV shows, like The Mortal Instruments (AKA Shadowhunters), Pretty Little Liars, and Game of Thrones. I haven’t acctually watched or read the last two, but people like them. Shadowhunters, on the other hand, I have both watched and read that, and I didn’t love it as books or a TV show. I think most YA book to movie adaptions are actually really bad don’t do justice to the books. My theory is that is mainly due to the mindset, as universeofyabooks.wordpress.com said, of the director, thinking that it’s just a big chance to make money and often not taking in the true meaning of the book.

Vampire Academy, for example, a movie that I actually enjoyed watching and reading (though I don’t think either the books or the movie are particularly well written) was changed a lot when it was made into a movie. Basically the director decided to target the movie at an entirely different audience (stereotypical teenage girls) which is okay if they tried to keep the origin essence of the book, which they did a little bit but not really. The adds where neon pink and green and said “They Suck at School”. Basically the whole ad campaign was based on the idea that they where vampire royalty who where trained in fighting since kindergarten but they also had normal high school problems. Which I think is honestly pretty dumb and not at all what Richelle Mead had in mind when writing that series.

I feel like I don’t even need to say anything about Harry Potter. We all love both the books and the movies. They are probably the best adaptation I’ve ever watched or read. They perfectly capture the meaning to f the books. Of coarse we still have to deal with the issue of casting. The main three characters where exactly as I’d imagined them but that’s because I had already seen them in ads when I started reading that series. In fact the casting was pretty spot on. The only person who wasn’t perfect was Hagrid. I remember watching it for the first time in third grade and being so mad at how they cast Hagrid. But now, of coarse, I see Hagrid like that in my mind. I’m actually kind of mad that I don’t remember how I used to see him in my mind.

My main idea is that I don’t want Hollywood to stop making YA book to movie adaptations, I’m pretty exited for Ms. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children to come out and I’m extremely exited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to come out in November! Also I have some books that I’d love to see movies of if their done right. But I just thought no people should know that every time and Allegiant type movie comes out it breaks thousands of people’s hearts. I just want Hollywood to take more consideration when adapting movies. I think the best adaptations are created when the author is consulted. So please, put more work into our adaptations in the future. Because those books are OURS just as much as they are the authors.

Ready Player One

imageClara likes, contemporary realistic fiction, I like sci-fi. This is part of the reason we make a good team. This post is about one of my favorite books, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

 

This is about the boy Wade, also known as Parzival in the virtual reality called OASIS. It’s the year 2044, and the world is pretty much dead. There have been power outages and overpopulation. OASIS is a place where you can escape the harsh life of the real world. The man who created the game suddenly dies, and in his will, he leaves his fortune to whoever can find the easter egg he has hidden. The man who made the game was obsessed with the ’80’s and all the real egg hunters (gunters) know that many clues will be related to the games and movies of the 80′. Wade, along with hundreds of others, have memorized every bit of random trivia, and can master every arcade game imaginable. When Wade discovers the first key to unlocking the egg, a mass frenzy begins. People will buy, cheat, steal and kill their way to the billion dollar prize. It’s an amazing book, and I hung on to every word.

-Casey

P.S. It is coming out as a movie in 2017