Opinion Piece: Thoughts on IT (2017)

Opinion Piece: Thoughts on IT (2017)

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The following article was written by Judith from ReadandReview2016.

This is the second part of another collaborative series with Patrick, from The Blog From Another World, about Stephen King’s IT. With the upcoming release of a new film adaptation of the iconic horror, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to discuss the trailer. You can read our first blog post, about the book and original film, here.

I thought, as trailers go, it looks quite well-made. A number of shots are incredibly similar to the original film. Whilst some may claim this is unoriginal, to me, this suggests the film will be fairly similar in terms of plot, improved upon with a better budget, better casting, and a better utilisation of horror conventions.

Patrick said, “I thought the trailer looked decent. It had lots of mood and seems to have a big enough budget to…

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Guest Review @ Evangelical Times

Guest Review @ Evangelical Times

Hi there!

I’ve mentioned before on my blog that I am a Christian, and I’ve read some Christian books. One of my recent reads was Be Still My Soul by Nancy Guthrie. It’s a helpful book on the problem of pain: how to deal with and understand sadness from a Christian perspective.

I wrote a little book review about it, which was published in the June edition of the Christian newspaper Evangelical Times; if this is something you’d be interesting reading about, you can find it if you click here:

Thanks!

– Judith

[Guest Post] Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

[Guest Post] Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

The following blog post was written by Patrick, from The Blog from Another World, as the second part of our second collaborative series and again, the focus seems to have been on trains! You can read our previous posts, talking Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting here, and about Paula Hawkin’s The Girl On The Train, here and here.


I love Danny Boyle and I love Trainspotting. When T2 was announced, I was worried that the film would be a cash grab, a lazy retread. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon had already disappointed me with Jason Bourne (2016), which was an ill-thought through bore. However, after watching Trainspotting again for my article with ReadandReview2016, the stakes were raised very high. Impossibly high?

No. Not at all. Danny Boyle is the finest British filmmaker in modern cinema. There is no doubt in my mind about this. T2 is fantastic. Possibly even better than the first.

Boyle performs camera moves, positions and set pieces which are truly thrilling. He and his director of photography Anthony Dodd Mantle work with light and shadow and perspective to create meaning.

He’s a director who inspires me and this might just be the biggest risk of his career. He pulls it off and shows a maturity and an evolution of film-making style which makes us understand just how much experience and persistence matters. In preparation for watching T2 I watched A Life Less Ordinary, the Boyle directed film which came after Trainspotting and before The Beach. The film is a flawed and underwhelming work despite a career best performance by Cameron Diaz.

My reason for watching A Life Less Ordinary was to remind myself of Boyle on a bad day (but even his low point is better than many director’s best).   Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs are big favourites of mine but T2 takes his best work and betters it.  It’s funny, sad, euphoric, tragic and utterly brilliant.

The story of T2 follows Renton, Sick Boy (now Simon), Begbie and Spud as they deal with the modern world twenty years after the events of the first film.

This film is a wonderful look at ageing, our modern world and the responsibilities of adulthood. The characters feel deeper and emotionally richer although some plot strands don’t go anywhere and seem added in for nostalgia’s sake (the re-appearance of heroin is pointless).

The four leads are superb. Ewan McGregor is the best he’s been since the original film, Robert Carlyle has aged Begbie in the most perfect way and Ewan Bremner is the heart of the film. Only Jonny Lee Miller isn’t stretched, with Sick Boy always being a secondary character.

This film has a rollicking pace and heaps of style. It captures the spirit of the original whilst moving in an entirely new direction, away from drugs and toward some kind of recognition. For the first time, Renton is forced to face the consequences of his actions and it’s an explosive moment. I personally loved this scene (not a spoiler) which captures the hard edged but joyful tone of the original and is a perfect storm of music, action, comedy and character.

This film is the best thing I’ve seen all year. It would take a lot to top this, and I can’t wait!

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Thank you for reading! If you enjoyed this article, please give it a ‘Like’. . Thanks to Patrick for writing this film review. You can find his other film reviews here:

WOW: 1 Year @ ReadandReview / 500 Followers @ReadandReview!

WOW: 1 Year @ ReadandReview / 500 Followers @ReadandReview!

I was really hoping to get to 500 followers before writing this milestone post!*

Oh well.

*Edit: I’ve reached 500 followers a day later! 

You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!
You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!

Today is the day that ReadandReview2016 reaches its first blogging anniversary!

I honestly can’t believe the time has flown so quickly – one year ago, I was feeling nervous and scared about putting my energies into writing for such a public audience. Now, I really don’t regret it.

Sometimes it has been a bit of struggle to write blog posts I’m happy with, but most of the time it has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

I’ve written book reviews, film reviews, book tags, joined Twitter**, come up with my own book-themed challenges and even collaborated with other bloggers***, as well as joining Rosie’s Book Review Team.

**You can follow me on Twitter @judiththereader.

Hopefully I’ve developed as a blogger and writer, and I look forward into writing new forms of blog post this year. One example being my new series that I started at the end of January: From One Blogger To Another, where I interview/discuss various book or film themed topics with other bloggers. For a new year of blogging, I’ve also changed and updated the rest of my blogging schedule– you can find details about this here.

To all my followers, whether you’ve recently joined ReadandReview, or you’ve been a follower for a long while, thank you for continuing to read, share, like, or comment on my blog posts. My favourite aspect of blogging is when I receive comments – feedback, discussion points, encouragement, you name it – so please don’t forget to leave one!

***Thank you to all the bloggers I’ve collaborated with, or written guest posts for, over the last year:

1. Making Time For Me

2. Nothing In The Rule Book

3. Reading Ahead

4. The Blog From Another World

Here’s to another year of blogging!

– Judith

WOW: 450 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 450 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Happy Friday!

It’s just occurred to me that the last time I wrote a post like this was also on a Friday, what an odd coincidence. Anyway, this post is to announce & celebrate that ReadandReview2016 has now reached 450 followers!

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You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!

This makes me really happy, as although I’ve still been posting, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump. I’ve found it hard to remember to share my posts, connect with other bloggers and be an active part of the WordPress community. But, new year, new me – right?

This year, I’m thinking of changing my blogging schedule. I haven’t exactly decided what I’m going to change about my blog posts, or what I’m going to write about. I still want to write about books and I still want to write about films, but I’m considering looking at the texts in more depth, from a more analytical perspective perhaps?

I also have some interviews with bloggers / authors lined up, content that was originally going to be published on MyTrendingStories. However, I stopped writing articles on there in September because I became increasingly frustrated with the system. I found it really difficult to be “noticed” – I gained a maximum of 12 followers – and the views/likes/comment/share functions were tricky to use. I didn’t feel like I was writing for an audience and I just didn’t enjoy the website’s format. I much prefer the well-known and much-loved simplicity and ease of WordPress. The point is, those articles will eventually find themselves on ReadandReview2016 – hence the slight rejigging of my blogging schedule.

I realise this a bit more of a rambly post, so I apologise.

Thank you for the 450 people who have decided my blog is worth following; if you read my blog posts, please like / comment and interact with the post. I think opinions and discussions are so valuable on a site dedicated to reviewing and expressing opinions.

I’m approaching my 1 year anniversary (February), and the goal I set myself was to have 500 followers by that point. It would be lovely if you could help me reach this goal – share this blog with other avid readers or bloggers you know.

Thanks once again – I look forward to blogging for the rest of 2017!

– Judith

WOW: 400 Followers @ ReadandReview!

WOW: 400 Followers @ ReadandReview!

Happy Friday!

This is just a little update to celebrate the fact that ReadandReview2016 has now hit 400 followers! Thank you!

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You can follow ReadandReview with your WordPress account, or just an email address!

It seems not too long ago I was celebrating 350 followers, and I love being able to count milestones like this. I thoroughly enjoy blogging and it makes me so glad to see you all reading my posts, liking them, and leaving comments and sparking some discussions.

As we’re drawing to the end of 2016, I’d like to take a moment to talk about goals. I think it’s important to have goals, and if you’re a blogger and writer, it’s particularly important to keep yourself motivated when you can fall into writing and reading slumps. Don’t set goals that are too easy, or you’ll slacken, but don’t set goals that are too difficult, otherwise you’ll feel frustrated at a lack of progress.

My blogging goal is to reach 500 followers by the time ReadandReview’s 1st anniversary comes around in February 2017. I really hope I get there.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

As a response to this post, please share below one goal you have for your blog. I’d really like to see all your answers!

– Judith

Monster Book Challenge Day #5: Demons [Reblog] Book Review: Horns

Monster Book Challenge Day #5: Demons [Reblog] Book Review: Horns

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Challenge Week: Monster Book Challenge Day #5: Demons

Welcome to the final day of my Monster Book Challenge! So far, there have been book reviews on vampires, zombies, witches and ghosts. Today’s chosen monster is… Demons [sort of]!

  • Title: Horns
  • Author: Joe Hill
  • Published: 2010

I don’t know about you, but I get demon/devil vibes from a book with a title like Horns – not to mention Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal as Ig with some creepy looking horns in the 2014 film adaptation. Hence, my decision to feature Horns.

However, this is where I leave my opinions on Horns, as I haven’t actually read the book!

If you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you’ll noticed that the following Horns book review is actually a reblog from Stephanie’s blog at Adventures of a Bibliophile.  I’m a follower of Stephanie’s and I absolutely loved reading this book review, and thought it just perfect for Halloween, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

You can find Stephanie’s review below – read and enjoy!

That’s all from me; I hope you enjoyed my various Halloween book reviews! I’ll definitely be adding Horns to my TBR!

– Judith