Books

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne

Cover from Boek.nl, link to the bookinformation page (in Dutch)

My book review of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two” written by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

In my view…

This story is about the life of Harry Potter and his friends, 19 years after he has defeated Voldemort and escaped death. This part starts where the film of the seventh sequel ended. London’s King Cross train station. A lot of things happen in this sequel and definitely clears up a few questions you could have had after reading the first seven books. This book is also genius written in a psychological way. There is more dialogue and you get a better view of the thoughts of the different characters. You get the feeling you get to know them better. Even after seven Harry Potter books, this one can not be ignored. This book answers some questions you probably had and some questions you probably never wandered about.

Writing style / spelling

I have read the Dutch version, which is translated from English by Wiebe Buddingh’, and I really love the style of writing. It is a script form because it is a play, a theater production. But you recognise the same style in this 8th Harry Potter sequel as the previous sequels of Harry Potter which I have read in Dutch as well. I have read the first Harry Potter in English too and the second a bit in German. What is different mostly are the names of the characters. The names of the friends of Harry Potter, the teachers, the families, the enemies and so on. But this is not disturbing because it all fits well together for the Dutch version at least! So a really good translation job from Wiebe Buddingh’ throughout all the Harry Potter sequels in Dutch. I have read the book within three days and I like the pace of the story.

Main characters

This part is the hardest part to tell. Because Harry Potter, Ginny Potter (Weasley), Ron Weasley, Hermione Weasley (Granger) and Draco Malfoy are all back in this sequel. 19 Years later and a lot is going on. People come and go in the life of Harry Potter, people stay close or are torn apart of him. All this that we are used to that happens in the previous seven sequels, happens in this sequel too! Not exactly of course, but you recognise the flow of the book. You remember the previous sequels and their stories, you imagine the characters how they were and for some how they are now 19 years later. Even some plot twists of the other books are mentioned. How did J.K. Rowling think about writing it in such a genius way? Brilliant!

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Have you seen the theater play of this Harry Potter sequel?

Greetings by Sophie

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Books, Films, Lists, Series

Books to films in 2016

Not only YA books, áll books!
The book becomes a film anno 2016

The new year has started so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2016! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (January 5th, 2016). If a book was not mentioned in the media before in those lists – as far as I have seen – I have written New to the list beneath the title to make it clear. If I write …As in… means the author(s) of the book wrote a … kind of book.

The list sorted by release date

January 2016 – Total = 6 films

  • 14th, The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
  • 21th, Legend – John Pearson
    New to the list!
  • 21th, The Big Short – Michael Lewis
    New to the list!
  • 28th, The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • 28th, The Revenant – Michael Punke
    New to the list!  And partly based on the novel.
  • 28th, The Finest Hours – Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
    New to the list!

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Series

The Vampire Diaries | Season Three

My series review of “The Vampire Diaries | Season Three” created by

Title:  The Vampire Diaries | Season Three
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Horror
Director: Julie Plec / Kevin Williamson
Writer (book): L.J. Smith
Country: United States of America (USA)
Language spoken: English
Release Date: 15 September 2011
Until:  10 May 2012
Time: ~42 minutes each episode
Production Companies: Alloy Entertainment, Bonanza Productions, Warner Bros Television
IMDb rating: 7,9 / 10
Rating:  9 / 10

I hope you like the series too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Series

The Vampire Diaries | Season Two

My series review of “The Vampire Diaries | Season Three” created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson

Title: The Vampire Diaries | Season Two
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Horror
Developed by: Julie Plec / Kevin Williamson
Writer (book): L.J. Smith
Country: United States of America (USA)
Original channel: The CW
Language spoken: English
Release Date: 2010, september 9th
Release in NL: 2011, may 12th
Time: ~42 minutes each episode
Production Companies: Alloy Entertainment, Bonanza Productions, Warner Bros. Television
IMDb rating: 7,9 / 10
Rating: 9/10
The horror part that makes this series also be part of the horror genre, is sometimes really scary. 

I hope you like the series too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

In my view…

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Series

The Vampire Diaries | Season One

My series review of “The Vampire Diaries | Season One” created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson

In my view…

This series made after the Twilight Saga really a trend. There is though a big difference in the kind of vampires that play in this series and the ones that play in the Twilight Saga. In the Twilight Saga the vampire has the features of being cold, having a skin that looks in the sun like diamonds. In The Vampire Diaries the vampires can just walk outside in daylight, as long as they are carrying a ring that protects them from the burning sun. Both are quite different and quite the same.

This story is about Elena Gilbert, just an ordinary girl living ordinary days. But she looks so familiar. She looks a lot like someone from years ago. And the two Salvatore brothers are staying already a long time in town.
It is beautiful to see how these stories are fiction our world. Not a separate fantasy world. When you are watching this it sometimes feels really close.

The thing I like about this series: they have their own introduction, a little bit different, every new episode. So the introduction part is always a bit different and not a whole season the same.

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Books

Snow – Levi Garcia

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My book review of “Snow” written by Levi Garcia

In my view…

A short story that reminds me of the film ‘The Snowman’. But it is original, funny and in a way you probably would not expect. Read it at once is my advice. The story is about a boy and his grandfather together at home for an evening. But what an evening…a storm is coming up and the grandfather of the boy is acting anxiously.

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Films

Beastly (2011)

Beastly (2011)  a film of drama, magical fantasy and romance
Beastly (2011) a film of drama, magical fantasy and romance Poster copyright: IMDb.com

In my view…
The film ‘Beastly’ is a fantasy film – reminds you of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – in a modern suit. Yes, really a suited up version. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has its own fantasy classic charms and ‘Beastly’ has its own more reality-linked charms. The films are both charm and charming as well.
You would think that when I mention ‘Beauty and the Beast’ there are those little magical surroundings in ‘Beastly’ too. But they are not. In this film the charms is in and comes from the characters of the story. Only they are magical or special in some other way.

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