I’m afraid I’ve been a little bit neglectful of this blog for a little while, mainly due to going on holiday, working constantly and visiting people during my days off!
I recently bought the Harry Potter series on DVD, having only watched a few of them as I much preferred the books to the films.
However, I have come to the conclusion that actually the films aren’t that bad, even though they leave out a lot of important details. I understand that they can’t include everything but some things which were left in don’t always make sense when a related detail has been taken out, for example, in the last film when Harry tells the spirit of Lupin that he is sorry he will not see his baby son, when actually nowhere in the film mentions that the baby even existed until now. Maybe it’s just me being all English-Student-Critic-y about it, but I could quite happily pull out a bunch of things wrong in the films! It’s quite hard for me to NOT analyse film adaptions of books! It means that most of my friends refuse to go to the cinema with me because I ruin it by saying what was wrong with the film!
Exciting news: I won a competition on Twitter! Stork Press (http://www.storkpress.co.uk) ran a comp to win a copy of Noémi Szécsi’s “The Finno-Ugrian Vampire”, asking Tweeters to complete the sentence “Vampires are…”. I was on a train into Birmingham at the time i spotted this comp and spent the (short!) journey composing my answer of “Vampires are… dark, brooding & sexy creatures, understood by few, loved by some & abhorred by the religious.” Happily, those few minutes spent trying to wake my brain up on the morning train gave me a winning sentence and I have just received my copy of the book! I’m so excited to read it, having discovered it a few months back and have been eagerly waiting for its publication!
I am also intrigued about J.K. Rowling’s new book for adults, “The Casual Vacancy” which was published recently. I have been wondering whether or not to read it, but I guess my curiosity about Rowling’s foray into adult fiction is winning despite the mixed reviews! So the book is now on my To-Buy-Wishlist!
Last Thursday (11th October) was “Super Thursday”, the day when publishers release their books ready for the Christmas rush. This year brings more celebrity biographies, but also some London Olympics-inspired books. Personally, I haven’t found many of these hardbacks suiting my taste, but I already have a list of books which I hope will appear under the Christmas tree in just over 2 months time!