Events, Films, YouTube

MTV Movie Awards 2017 | Best Actor winner Emma Watson speech

Last Sunday were the MTV Movie and TV Awards of 2017.

I remember watching this event as a teenager, ready in front of the television to see the highlights that were broadcast in The Netherlands. This year Emma Watson has won the first gender neutral award for best Actor in a film. She has won this for her acting in the film ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  Once again, Emma Watson has given an incredible speech. Let her inspire you!

Enjoy watching  the short video!

Emma Watson Accepts Best Actor in a Movie | MTV Movie & TV Awards

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Emma Watson accepts the award for Best Actor in a Movie for her role as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. See more at #MTVAwards

A few favourite quotes:

  • “The first acting award in history, that does not separate nominees based on their sex. Says something about how we perceive human experience.”
  • “Empathy and the ability to use your imagination, should have no limits.”
  • “I am so proud to be a part of a film that celebrates diversity, literacy, inclusion, joy and love the way that this one does.”

She give thanks to:

  • The person who announced her and gave her the award
  • The writer of the original Belle
  • The writer of the book on what the animated film was based on
  • The actor of the original Belle
  • Every single person who voted for Emma Watson
  • The other nominated people alongside her
  • Anyone and everyone who had anything to do with giving Emma Watson this opportunity and for supporting her on that journey.

Let her speech be an inspiration for your own speeches

Greetings by Sophie


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

Cover from, 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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Rotterdam shows solidarity with the Union Jack

The terrible attack yesterday at Westminster, London. It has taken lives and many people are injured, some still critical. But it did not tear apart the strength of the love of people for each other. To help anywhere they can.

Rotterdam shows its solidarity for the victims and the braves and the helping, with the Union Jack for one day half-mast at the town hall.

And the sun was shining today. A new day, because life goes on, everybody united and not ripped apart by terror.


Thoughts from Sophie

Events, Music, YouTube

YouTube | Lindsey Stirling – Beauty and The Beast

Today I discovered this beautiful music video on YouTube from Lindsey Stirling.

The new film of Beauty and The Beast with Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast, had its première the 23rd of February in London.

It will be further released in cinemas on March 16, 2017 (Eastern Europe), March 17, 2017 (other parts of the world and USA), and in The Netherlands on March 29, 2017.

Why is it released so late in The Netherlands, or is it because of the translation…I don’t know…does not happen that often such a day difference. In Belgium it will be released on March 22, 2017.

Lindsey Stirling is a multi skilled artist: violinist, dancer, performance artist. She combines choreography with playing the violin.

And she is the upcoming weeks in Europe! (one mentioned per country, sometimes more events in a country; check it here)

European Tour

  • March 14, 2017: Jahrhunderthalle – Frankfurt, Germany
  • March 15, 2017: Hallenstadion – Zürich, Switzerland
  • March 17, 2017: O13 – Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • March 18, 2017: Rockhal – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • March 21, 2017: Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
  • March 23, 2017: Zenith – Lille, France
  • April 3, 2017 – Eventim Apollo – London, United Kingdom
  • April 5, 2017 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland

Lindsey Stirling – Beauty and The Beast

YouTube description:

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Restless (2012)

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In my view…

The story is about a woman who is living her normal life in 1975. Thirty years after the end of World War II. Her mother is now and then a bit anxious and was until recently dependent on a wheelchair. The film is written with long flashbacks. Stories told from the mother to her daughter. And the daughter – Ruth – who is doing a research to the World War II and the role of some persons and secret services. The mother, who’s real name is not Mrs. Gilmartin but Eva Delectorskaya – has written everything down for her daughter so she can investigate what happened over 30 years ago and why her mother’s life might be still in danger.

I skip writing about the middle part because this would lead to factual spoilers. Some facts have not a lot to do with the characters or with predicting the story of the film, but give a little imagination of the settings in which the story of this film is written.

At a certain moment towards the end I found the flashbacks more confusing and they switched more quickly. But this was also important because it speeded it up a little bit and also held the tension of the film viewer close to the story.

The end – description of feelings – no facts spoiling

The end is in my opinion surprising, I did not expect that concluding end of the film. I predicted the end differently, way differently. But I did not exactly know what to expect either. The current time of the film – 1975  – was quite clear and in an average pace. But the end of the part of the flashbacks, was the part that was really surprising. Not only the end but in fact the whole part. You are constantly questioning yourself: what is yet to come?

But again, I did not expect that ending and the quickness the whole clue is being explained. So simply explained, so short, so genius. It felt like all the puzzle pieces of all characters and happenings fell into place.

The film has a sad end. And I don’t like it when people die or really good actors and actresses play an important role and one of the characters they play die. According to the story it had to be and I understand. And for the other main character, this leads to a happy end. So the film has a happy end as well.

The Writing

To write a screenplay like this – with such extremities in happy and sad, beloved and betrayed, well-kept secrets and conspiracies – is a skill not many people possesses as far as I have seen and discovered.

The Cast

This film has been made by a wonderful cast full of great British actors and actresses. Rufus Sewell who plays now and then the sweet guy and now and then the bad guy. Great actor for his role! And Michelle Dockery who is also known for her role in Downton Abbey, plays a sweet kind smart woman who knows how to stand her ground. Charlotte Rampling is the best known actress of this film. With her filmography of over 120 roles! And you will see her five! times this year in the cinemas. And of course the good lord of the Harry Potter films – after late Richard Harris – Michael Gambon! Also names that are coming up such as Alexander Fehling and Tom Brooke



I am not telling too much about the story – you have to see the film yourself and make your own opinion. I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it times and if you did not figure out the story completely, it is worth to watch it multiple times.

Greetings by Sophie

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Series, YouTube

Sherlock in seven languages

Everybody has heard of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Some peopel have read one of his adventures written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Or some have seen the films, old series or the new series that are filmed about this wondrous genious character.

Sherlock Holmes is a private detective, also known as a “consulting detective”. The next couple of wednesdays I will reviewing the Sherlock Holmes series season 1, 2 and 3. The fourth season is announced but it is so far when it will be broadcasted. They started filming in April and ended with filming for the fourth series in August.

The first series is broadcasted in seven synchronized languages.

YouTube description and coming up…

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Films, Series

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

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Title: Absolutely Fabulous
Genre: Comedy
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Screenwriter: Jennifer Saunders
Country: UK / USA
Language spoken: English / French
Release Date:  1 July 2016 (UK)
Release in NL: 21 July 2016
Time: 91 minutes
Production Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
IMDb rating: 6.0 / 10
Rating: 8.0 / 10

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

In my view…

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Films, YouTube

YouTube | Absolutely Fabulous Trailer

Do you remember the fantastic comedy series ‘Absolutely Fabulous’? It’s a series I have seen years ago and now…far over a decade later…the film is in the cinemas! I will be watching it this week so the review will be coming up during the weekend. Enjoy watching!

Greetings by Sophie

Absolutely Fabulous Trailer:

Description of the video on YouTube:

Published on 27 Apr 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is in Cinemas now!
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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE reunites Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as the iconic Edina and Patsy along with the rest of the original cast that includes Julia Sawalha as Saffy, Jane Horrocks as Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother. The award-winning team behind the camera includes Mandie Fletcher (“Blackadder,” “Absolutely Fabulous”) directing from a script by Jennifer Saunders, producers Jon Plowman (“Absolutely Fabulous,” “The Vicar of Dibley”) and Damian Jones (THE IRON LADY, BELLE, DAD’S ARMY) with Steve Milne, Christian Eisenbeiss, Christine Langan, Nichola Martin, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and Maureen Vincent serving as executive producers.

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The Hunt (2015)

My series review of “The Hunt” created by the BBC

Title: The Hunt
Genre: Documentary
Narrator: David Attenborough
Country: United Kingdom
Language spoken: English
Release Date: 1 November 2015
Release in NL: 4 November 2015
Time: 60 minutes each episode
Episodes: 7
Production Companies: Silverback Films / British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) / BBC Worldwide
IMDb rating: 9,4
Rating: 10

I hope you love 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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2015 in a factual short story

As you all know it is today thursday 31 december 2015 and this means tonight it is New Year’s Eve! What happened on my blog this year? What happened to me? What are the facts of my blog?

Facts about me anno 2015:

I can talk a lot, I can write a lot, but just keep it short in facts and lists. I like that for the overview!

  • I started with a new study: Informatica – also known as Computer Science or IT –
  • My cycle gear is growing and I cycle – or sport in general – more and more. Back to the old rhythm
  • I have read since April 2015 60 books, some in English some in Dutch. The Dutch books have won this year.
  • Personal life – wait I never talked about my personal life really – but I like to say this: I am grateful for all the lovely people around me. The ones I know all my life. The ones I know for years. The one I know a year and the ones I have met this year.
  • My best and farthest travel was to Trondheim, Norway for the International Student Festival in Trondheim – ISFiT 2015 – the most I have learned in two weeks about life and about corruption and effect on students from all over the world. “The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.” Quote by Marius Jones, Head of ISFiT 2015.
  • I have been for the first time at a host, a lovely Norwegian couple!, for eleven days! Amazing and great new experience.
  • I have seen the Dalai Lama there, he held a speech for a few hours. Very inspiring!

Do you have any more questions about me in 2015? Ask by the Contact Me page or a comment below this post.

Facts about my blog anno 2015:

Luckily you can find always so much through your statistics…so here they come:

  • In February I was already building, not posting yet (away to ISFiT and thinking about how to do it) and I finished the preparing of the blog in April of this year.


The blog posts
  • I have written 164 posts – yay this is number 165!
  • I have published 118 posts – yay this is number 119!
  • I have 45 posts as draft
  • I have 1 private post
  • I have written 18 book reviews
  • I have written 5 film reviews
  • I have written 4 series reviews
  • This post has 722 words (without all the numbers)


The Pages
  • I have written 22 pages
  • I have protected 3 of them (Portfolio, college purpose)
  • I have set private 3 pages too (ideas)
  •  Before this blog I had already two websites (Google Sites and the other blog website Blogger). I have transferred some content such as my ‘About Me‘ page
  • I like the lists and the review pages in lists the most
  • My own pearl page: Traveling Places Through Books


  • I started writing on this blog in April 2015
  • I started more consequently writing in November 2015
  • It took me a few months to figure out what sort of system would work for me personal and I can translate to blogging.
  • Top 5 countries with views on my blog is:
    1. The Netherlands
    2. The United States of America
    3. The United Kingdom
    4. Belgium
    5. Germany
  • The top 5 known search terms are:
    1. Goodreads 2015
    2. 13 day diet menu
    3. Piano guys
    4. Liebster Award
    5. Facebook filter
  • There are 104 unknown search terms
  • The top 5 of clicks from my site:
    1. Twitter
    2. Instagram
    3. Gravatar
    4. Facebook
    5. Goodreads
  • The top 5 referrers to my site:
    1. Search Engines
    2. WordPress Reader
    3. Facebook
    4. Twitter
  • The top 5 of my best months:
    1. July
    2. August
    3. October
    4. November
    5. December (or december will be on place 4 when I post this blogpost).
  • Now I have given you five top 5 facts about my statistics!


Goals for 2016:
  • Post 5x a week
    • second level: Try every weekday
    • second level: Extra is the weekend
  • Double the total amount of views
  • Double the total amount of unique visitors
  • Write 26 book reviews – Reading Challenge of 2016 is set at reading 52 books.
  • Write 26 film reviews
  • Write 10 series reviews (means 10 seasons)
  • Improve my blog writing skills
  • Improve my English
  • Extend the Traveling Places Through Books page list by filling in more continents and multiple cities.


This was my 2015

These are my goals for 2016

I wish you a Happy New Year!

All the best of luck

And because of my curiosity:

What are your goals of 2016?

Or what do you want to say at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016?

Happy New Year from Sophie!