Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Book Blitz: The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom!



The Accidental Socialite
Release Date: 04/15/14
Swoon Romance




Quirky and clumsy twenty-two-year-old Paige Crawford arrives in London on a cold Saturday in January. Just when Paige starts to think that moving thousands of miles away from home with no real plan was a bad idea, Jason Frost appears. Confident and classy, Jason is the complete opposite of Paige and just what she needs in her life, or so she thinks.

But before their romance has time to blossom, Paige trips and falls into the arms of a mysterious man on a drunken night out. She’s snapped by paparazzi, and newspaper headlines the next day suggest that she’s having an affair with a married footballer.

Paige finds herself instantly elevated to tabloid celebrity status which isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly when trying to juggle her new job at Fashionista magazine, a catalog of dating disasters and a nagging doubt that she maybe she can’t conquer London after all.

When a trip back to Canada for Christmas reminds Paige why she left her old life behind, she returns to London with renewed vigor realizing that while jobs, flats and men may come and go, friends in London are forever.

Growing up in Edmonton, Canada, a significant amount of Stephanie’s time was spent making up and acting out stories. She was studying to be an actress when she realized there weren’t any parts for women being written. So, Stephanie wrote herself a short screenplay just to be in it and quickly realized that writing was her true passion. She graduated from the University of Alberta with an English and Sociology degree and she also has a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts from Red Deer College. She moved to New York on a whim after University and has written a variety of TV shows including an environmentally friendly lifestyle series and a tween magazine style show about celebrities. Stephanie moved to London in 2008 and aside from being obsessed with Eggs Benedict, shoes, Fruit Roll Ups and travelling, she also works in Children’s Television. 



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1

It was 3 A.M. and all I wanted was a cheeseburger.
“Miss, we only sell Big Macs after midnight,” said the McDonalds employee. My stomach grumbled. My diet since I got off the plane had consisted mostly of Champagne, Vodka, and seared tuna.
“Yes, I understand that and I will pay for a Big Mac, but I would like a cheeseburger, so can you, like, remove a patty and mid bun and hold the secret sauce? Please?”
“Miss, I am sorry but we do not have this item.”
Liar. He didn’t look sorry. I immediately wanted to get on the next flight home. It rained cheeseburgers in Canada.
A tall, drunk and incredibly beautiful blonde South African girl appeared at the till next to me. 
“I’ll have a hot dog.” That was my new best friend, Lucinda.
We walked out of McDonalds with a small fries to ‘split’, which really meant Lucinda was going to watch me eat them. As I was elegantly shoving eight fries into my mouth at once, not unlike a four-year-old, a swarm of camera wielding hyenas approached. One flash triggered the rest and little white dots burned into my retina. I stumbled, almost dropping my fries.
What was going on? I looked for the celebrity garnering all this attention. I couldn’t believe my luck, I was about to spot someone famous on my first day in London! But when Lucinda slapped the second fist full of fries out of my hand and pulled me towards a taxi, I realized with confusion that the so-called celebrity was me.

2

I was practically down on my knees praying they would have a table for one when the Gap model/waiter from the other day spotted me and came over.
“What are you doing here?” he asked, eyes darting around behind me.
“Ummm, you serve food and I’m hungry, isn’t that normally how restaurants work?” I was clearly doing all I could to squash that ‘Canadians are super nice’ rumour.
“Come with me.” He grabbed my arm and dragged me to the back of the restaurant. “No, I mean what are you doing out after last night?”
I knew I looked like shit, but how did he know what kind of night I had? He grew impatient with my obvious hangover induced mental handicap and shoved today’s copy of The Sun in my face.
It took me a minute to register what I was seeing but once I did, I dropped onto the banquette in shock. There I was on the front cover of England’s best selling national newspaper in an apparent romantic embrace with a man I’d never seen before. The paper named him as Stuart Smith, superstar Chelsea footballer, notorious ladies man, and apparently married to some pop star named Kerry. Poop.
Gap model/waiter sat down next to me. “What happened? Are you dating him?”
“Uh –Uh-, No! No I’m not! I was at The Box and there were all these flashes and I tripped and I don’t know. Oh my god! Seriously, I got here YESTERDAY!” Why was I on the front cover of this paper?
The article insinuated that I was some home wrecker that this Stuart guy had been fooling around with behind the back of his beautiful wife. Easy, I was just going to have to call up the paper and get this whole thing fixed. No big deal. And it was a pretty good picture of me, so that was an upside to the whole debacle.
The waiter was freaking out. “Listen honey my name is Duncan and this is my number. I know someone at The Sun and I’m sure he’ll sort this out for you. Are you hungry? Eggs Benedict again?” This guy seemed to think this was a bigger deal than I did. My brain knew I should be slightly more alarmed, but my head was still clouded and would be until I had food.
“Yes please.” I gave him my biggest smile. Nobody actually cared about this, right?
I picked at my meal and pretended not to notice everyone staring at me. My appetite was gone, which was not only strange, but also tragic because the hollandaise was shouting ‘eat me now!’ Why on earth did this paper jump to a conclusion that was so clearly false? And why did everyone believe what they read?

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Movie Review! Divergent (2014)


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Divergent
Release Date: 21 March 2014
Staring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, and Kate Winslet



In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.



A great war has occurred in the world and to prevent it from happening again Tris community has taken measures. They’ve made a change to the way society works. People are divided into factions. Those who value Strength and Bravery and believe that cowardice are to blame for the fall of humanity are Dauntless. Those who believe in Wisdom and believe lack of knowledge and education were responsible for the fall are Erudite. Those who believe in truth and blame dishonesty are Candor. Those who believe in Peace instead of unrest and war are Amity. And, those who believe Selfishness is to blame and being selfless is the best choice are Abnegation. Each faction has their own responsibilities that hold together their society. Tris is Abnegation, but her time is coming where she must chose which faction she wants to stay with for the rest of her days. A test is administered to all teens that helps reveal what faction they should be based off of their personality. But, Tris’ is inconclusive. She belongs to three factions. She’s Divergent. And when it comes down to it she chooses to leave her faction for another. However, once she switched everything in her society starts to change. And being Divergent means that Tris is in the middle of it all because certain things don't work on her like they do everyone else, and Tris sees and understands things she's not meant to. And then there is her trainer in her new faction. He understands Tris a little more than others. 

My storyline is a little vague, but for those who haven’t seen it or read the book…I don’t really want to ruin it for you.


Its been a while since I’ve read the book, but from what I can remember the movie does follow the book pretty well. 

When I found out who was playing Four I questioned it. I questioned them changing his age and everything. However, after seeing the movie I decided I liked Theo James as Four. I was ok with the age change (in fact I barely noticed it). And he really did pull of the ‘mean-but-nice’ vibe that Four has. 

I liked the sets. 

I loved the action. 

I loved the CGI/simulations.


I’m still not sold on Shailene Woodley as Tris. I’m not sure what it is, but she isn’t the best Tris for me.

I also felt that the relationship between Tris and Four seemed rushed on the screen. I understand there is only so much that can be done when transitioning from book to screen, but I still didn’t feel like it developed nicely like you do in the novel



Tris—Although I’m not sure about the chosen actress I’ll always like and respect the character of Tris. Sometimes in the books I thought she came across as whiney, but she didn’t come across that way on screen. She did come across as strong and adventurous and I really enjoyed it. 

Four—I really liked who they chose for Four. He pulls off the mean and misunderstood parts of the character very well. He also definitely comes across as someone you don’t want to mess with. And…Four is pretty.


Eric—Eric is pretty too. He really is. But he’s bad. Bad to the bone. The character of Eric comes off as the kind of guy who just likes hurting people. I loved it. 


Christina—Zoe Kravitz plays Christina and she's also an actress I’m not too sure about. However, I do like the character of Christina.


Peter—He is like a mini dark haired Eric and I liked it. He’s a bad ass, but he’s also kind of a coward. It will be interesting to see his future.


Caleb—Tris’ brother. His character is very complex and sometimes I feel his is a lot like Tris. 


Jeanine—Kate Winslet pulls this character off very very well! She displayed the cold and calculating woman that is Jeanine perfectly!



There is fighting, guns, a pretty great story line, and people trying to become evil rulers. 


Everything above plus there is Theo James. I wouldn’t mind kissing him. He be sexy. 





*Smolder


It’s my belief that they followed the book pretty well. There are obviously things that are different and things that are missing. The Edward scene isn’t there. Four doesn’t seem like as big as a computer geek as he is. The love between Four and Tris didn't feel the same (not too bad or anything). Some characters are not present (and I know some people are pissed about that). The “being close” in the small box wasn’t what I pictured. But, no movie is going to be 100% like the book and these small changes didn’t affect the feel of he movie too much for me. 


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I’ll openly admit that I went in with low expectations. The trailers for some reason didn’t give me high hopes. But, I thought I owed it to myself to see it. Thankfully I did. I was pretty captured by it after the first couple of minutes and it had no issue holding my attention throughout the movie. I loved seeing this dystopian story come to life!

It’s just a lot like The Hunger Games—And for thinking that thought I would like to slap you. Yes its a dystopian novel, and yes there is a female lead. But that’s it. The worlds are very different. Especially considering that the world of Divergent is actually just the city of Chicago so there might be more out there. 'But, there is a corrupt political system’ they say. Welcome to the genre of Dystopian. Duh. In my opinion the characters, the worlds, and what occurs are vastly different. Yes both characters are strong female leads, but Katniss sacrifices herself, Tris is born special and those facts alone drive the story line. 


Eric: You fight until one of you can't anymore.
Four: Or until one of you concedes.
Eric: A brave man never backs down.
Four: Lucky for you, that wasn't a rule when we fought.

Four: You alright?
Tris: You cut me.
Four: I meant to.
Tris: You meant to?
Four: You think he's going to let you off without a scratch? You'd still be standing there if I hadn't hit you.
Tris: So am I supposed to thank you?
Four: You're supposed to be smart. If I wanted to hurt you, I would’ve.

Tris: Don't try and define me.

Tori: You're different. You don't fit into a category. They can't control you. They call it Divergent.

Caleb Prior: You're nervous, aren't you?
Tris: Why would I be nervous? We just decide the rest of our lives.

Tris: They're gonna kill me.
Four: I'm not gonna let that happen.







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Have you seen Divergent? How did you feel about it?


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