The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Book Review)

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Goodreads Summary:

The author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He’s a wallflower–shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen’s story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school–how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs–but he must also deal with his best friend’s recent suicide. Charlie’s letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is definitely not your typical kind of young adult novel. I think its because there is this sense of maturity in the story even though its more on about a high school kid. It’s the kind of story in which so many readers can truly relate themselves into. And Mr. Stephen Chbosky has written it in such a way that it’s readers can also understand the whole story by using such simple but very profound words. Moreover, it’s an epistolary novel in which it points out the many thoughts of it’s main character named Charlie through his letters/diary.

It is a very thought provoking novel, but it’s not something that I find so captivating that I really wanted to finish it as fast as I could. However, what I like about this book is that it made me recall of my high school days; and it made feel nostalgic of those unforgettable moments. For its a novel that tackles the life of being a high school kid like Charlie; but what makes this story kind of unique is that it shows that no matter what generation we will be in high school, there are somethings that will never ever change. Like we may have a difference in terms of whats in, our sense of fashion, or even the type of music that we listen to. But what will never change is that our sense of searching of who we really wanted to be when we grow up, our group of friends – in a way that we are searching for that sense of belonging  that will help us grow as an adolescent. And lastly the cycle of things, we enjoy our high school days for we know that time will come that we would really have to go, and realize along the way that things will never be the same. Friends will come and go, and that we have to leave our families behind in order to go independent to the next journey of our lives (which is college and after that the real world). These experiences would also be our guide on facing whatever it is that would come our way.

As for the film adaptation, that was definitely a good one! I mean the actors and actresses really did such great justice in portraying each of their characters that they were totally born for it. Plus, the soundtracks! It’s in the 80’s and early 90’s! So those were totally awesome to listen to.

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Before Sunset is NOT just a Love Story.

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IMDb PLOT SUMMARY:

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on the train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris, talking about their experiences, views and whether they still love each other, although Jesse is already married with a kid.

MY REVIEW:

As ever, BEFORE SUNSET is a very thought provoking indie film. And as stated in the plot summary, you might think that it’s a love story. But its more than that, it’s a story that talks a lot of issues especially about life in general, like the little things or the bigger ones that really matters at all. You know, the whole notions about love, friendship, marriage, finding happiness, the many issues of the world, and a whole lot more.

At the start of the movie, you would tend to observe the flow of Jesse and Celine’s conversations in the film; you will notice that it started as a small talk of catching up about their lives for the last 9 years. Then it was that scene at the coffee shop, their topics were about life itself; like how our society thinks and act actually affects the world in general. Then moving forward at the park scene, where they were asking one another some hypothetical questions about their future, and some ideas of how they perceive things. But for me, my favorite scenes would be the one where they were riding the boat cruising around river Seine, and the car ride back to Celine’s place. It’s because it’s where they have finally talked about their real issues. Finally being honest towards each other of what it might have been if fate didn’t played games with them 9 years ago; that if only that they’ve meet again 6 months later after that wonderful night in Vienna. But as to what Celine have said “The past is that past. And it is meant to be that way”. I mean how funny it is that they’ve only meet twice, but it’s as if they’ve known each other for so long. You know that connection that really pulled them together is just simply fascinating. When they’ve first meet, they were just two young adults looking forward to their futures. And then suddenly, after so long they’ve reconnected again. But this time around, they are in a way more mature on how they’ve handled things. For the years have made them appreciate of what really matters in life; but the downside to it is that who they were during those short moments in Vienna have been locked for almost a decade. And that it was finding one another have been the key to unlock the real passions that they’ve kept inside the box. And when they did, that’s where the real questions comes in

“What now?”
“What are we going to do about it?”
“Should we go on where we left of?”

If you want to know, then you’ll have to see the film so that you can find the answers there; for it is something that I will never tell. For it’s either such answers were finally implied, or not at all. Who knows.

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To refresh my memory, I think it was back then in high school where I’ve first seen this movie. I was reading an article about the story, and I was so intrigued. Talk about a film that was shot in Paris, and a story about these two people seeing each other after 9 years, and then have finally realized that they are still into one another. I guess that was my purpose of watching this film back then; just to get into the whole idea about “Unforgettable Love”. So when I’ve finally got the chance to see the movie, that’s when I’ve realized that it only has two characters! And all they did was just talk and talk. Which made me kinda bored, but I still enjoyed it because of the beautiful views that were shot as they both walk along and explore Paris.

Then recently, a close friend of mine just saw this movie. And she keeps on telling me how beautiful it is. She said that it was kinda boring at first, but eventually when she has finally reached that scene at the coffee shop. She was totally fascinated about the flow of the conversations. Not that sort of romantic dialogues. For these two people were talking about interesting topics; ideas that most people rarely talk about. A casual talk, but something intelligent, and makes us viewers think about it thoroughly.

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So I’ve decided to watch this again. I must say, watching this for the third time really made me appreciate this movie in a much different way, and it has also given me a whole new perspective. For this time around, my main focus when I was watching this was to get into the deeper thoughts of their lines, or conversations. Taking notes in each and every single thing that they keep on saying towards each other. And it really made me think about it; asking myself mind-boggling things that I’ve never wondered before.

Moreover, I’ve felt more compelled to reflect on how I see things around me. I know that I’m just an ordinary person who wants to lead a wonderful life. And I’ve always have these notions that a person should always put such “Authenticity” in everything that he or she does no matter how big or small that is. For I believe that each and every one of us are born unique; that we should not be afraid to distinguish ourselves from the others based on how we see, and think about life. For it will also mean that you know who you really are both inside and out. So even if the world or one’s society will evolve around you, you will always hold on into the idea of knowing what you really want in life based on your principles.

And that’s what I like this about movie. It really makes you think and ask so many questions. Especially now that I’m already in my mid twenties, this is one those moments in my life in where I should know where I’m going, and should also know where I stand. I know that I’ve achieved, and attained so many things, and have experienced so many ups and downs. Plus, I still have a long way to go. And for that I will always be grateful. But sometimes I wonder of what the future brings. Of course, I already have some notions of what I wanted to do. But life is so full of surprises. And that sometimes fate can be a bit tricky. So as much as possible I try to keep things in a balance. And just to go with the flow of where my destiny leads me to. To hope and pray to God that it’s for the best.

I would also really like to say thank you so much to my Ate Donnah for inspiring me to watch this again; for it really made me appreciate this kind of film now more than ever.

And lastly, here my favorite lines for the movie:

“The world might be evolving that way a person evolves.”

“I like getting older. I don’t know, it feels more immediate. Like I can appreciate things more.”

“I see people that come into it with big idealist visions of becoming the leader that will create a better world. They enjoy the GOAL, but not the PROCESS. But the reality of it is the true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day. And that’s what you need to enjoy.”

“Memory is a wonderful thing if you don’t have to deal with the past.”

Elizabethtown: A Reflection From the Movie

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IMDb Storyline:

After causing a loss of almost one billion dollars in his company, the shoe designer Drew Baylor decides to commit suicide. However, in the exact moment of his act of despair, he receives a phone call from his sister telling him that his beloved father had just died in Elizabethtown, and he should bring him back since his mother had problem with the relatives of his father. He travels in an empty red eye flight and meets the attendant Claire Colburn, who changes his view and perspective of life.

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My Insights from the Movie:

Experiencing a “Failure” or a ” Fiasco” doesn’t necessarily mean that its the end of everything. Its all about embracing a new chapter of your life. Facing into the unknown and taking a risk. For knowing that life is a wheel of fortune, and things will truly turn around. You just have to be patient, and believe that everything will be just fine. You’ll be so proud to say it that you’ve made it into the rain. And that is why that its nice to have a good old solitary road trip. So that we can get in touch with the deep part of ourselves. To find that true connection of who we really are. Damn! I just love this film!

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THE HELP (Movie Review)

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Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives — and a Mississippi town — upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper, is the first to open up — to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter’s life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories — and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly — and unwillingly — caught up in the changing times. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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MY REVIEW:

The Help which was based on a novel by Kathryn Stockett is a very inspiring story. It gave us a glimpse of what life was all about in Mississippi during the 1960’s. People during those times lives in a community where social discrimination was very much into rampant. And even though that I already live in a much different time compared to before. I think such things really exist in our society.

When I first saw this film, I just couldn’t help it but I cried so badly! I guess its because I was so totally caught up in the strong emotions that were perfectly portrayed by each and every actors in the film; that all of the casts in the movie were all so good that its as if they were all born to play such characters. And one thing that I’ve notice in the film is that almost all the actors and actresses were so damn beautiful! But its a good thing that their great acting really did overlook their appearance. In a way they’ve presented themselves with substance over style.

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It may seemed to be a much different story compared to Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, but the thought from both stories are still the same, “Justice for Social Inequality”. Which will always remind us that no matter who we are in our society; People should always have the right footing. For it is not our status, our race, our religion, or even our achievements that will truly define us. It’s on how we treat other people. Lets face it, no matter what we do, we can never achieve this thing called 100% EQUALITY. But the thing is, at least we treat those people around us with utter respect. Also with real sincerity.

I too have my fair share of mistakes, and through the years I’ve learned a lot, but I know that I still have a long way to go. To respect the others, it should start within ourselves. And lastly, I feel so bad for not buying the book when I saw a very rare edition a few months ago. For it is definitely a wonderful, and a very thought provoking kind of story.

Fifty Shades of Grey (A Movie Review)

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The film adaptation of E.L. James’ best selling novel is a story about a college student Anastasia Steele being blown into the world of Seattle’s billionaire Christian Grey. A world that is so beyond her innocent mind. Also, it has turned into a life changing experience for her especially after meeting him for an interview.

From the very beginning, I just knew that the movie is really going to be “Intense” and “Awkward”. But in the end, I did not prepared myself to be so shocked by it; even though that I’ve read the book for like thrice already! Its beautifully made, and I salute the film’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson for giving light into the story without making it too hard for its viewers. Giving its viewers a chance to really focused into the love story itself, and not the sex part. Though it cannot be avoided, but still, she made it in a sensual kind of way. And if you’ve read the book, it is quite obvious that it was much more detailed and shocking than the film adaptation.

For someone who’ve read it, I really like the idea that the flow of the story in every scene in the film was just the way it was described in the novel. Even if there were some scenes that were cut, and altered just so that it could fit into the time frame of 125 minutes of running time. And as I keep on saying, it’s a movie. What you see is what you get. But if you’ve read the book first, then watch the film adaptation. It’s when that you’ll understand each character, and the story itself; their feelings, emotions, and what really goes into their minds. Then again, the flow of the story will never be put into detail in the film. A visual story that will just go along the actors acting.

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As for the two main characters, Dakota Johnson really did blew me away. For she is definitely Anastasia Steele; she really is that awkward, innocent, clumsy, and smart girl in the novel. I mean, I just love the way she presents herself as a simple girl. Plus, her lines and actions just makes everything more hilarious. And then there’s Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. Now that is something that I would really like to write about. Honestly, I just can’t find his whole persona as the character itself. Although there are times that he is Christian Grey, and then in some scenes, he is not! But I can see why they have chosen him is the lead actor. Jamie Dornan has this mysterious and unpredictable personality which is very important in the story. For it’s not about Christian Grey being way too handsome. He should be portrayed by an actor who can really go deeper into the painful and darker world of Christian Grey. And that’s where Jamie has fit the bill.

Then there’s the supporting casts. Every actor and actress in the movie really did well in portraying their roles. Especially for Eloise Mumford. For she really did well in acting out Kate Kavanagh. But I just don’t get it why Rita Ora is Mia Grey! I mean seriously? She doesn’t look anything like her! I just don’t know what these producers were thinking when she passed the audition. Also, it was kinda sad that there were four characters that were not included in the movie. Hopefully they will be included in the sequel.

For those of you who didn’t know, there were about 14 songs (including the instrumentals) that were mentioned in the book. But only 6 of these made it into the film adaptation. As for “Crazy in Love” and “I’ve put a spell on you”, these songs were mentioned in the book two.

Lastly, I would like to point out. That if I were someone who haven’t read the book at all. Only knowing about the plot story itself. I don’t think that I would have enjoyed the film. For it’s way too straight to the point. The important details that should have been there were left out. Only those who’ve really read it will know what I’m really talking about. Moreover, my main focused when I was watching the film was to get into the visual love story of Christian and Ana. And not the sex scenes. So if that’s what the other viewers were really rooting for. Then they are missing the whole point. I’m just glad the they did not include that very disturbing “Tampon Scene”. For it would have been insanely disgusting. All in all it was fabulous. And I’ am definitely looking forward to the film adaptations of “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”. Laters Baby!

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Julie & Julia: A Passion For Food

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I’ve just finished watching this fabulous movie for the third time around! The first time I saw this film was back in 2010, I was utterly fascinated by it, but it really didn’t get to me. So it took me for about three years later before deciding to watch this all over again. And I thought, this is such a great story, and I don’t know why it took me so long to really figure it out! For it’s not only yummy, but its a story that is truly inspiring for bloggers, and wanna be cooks like me!

Julie & Julia is a true to life story about Julie Powell’s fascination to this famous cook named Julia Child. Julie is a 30 years old Government Employee, who tends to feel like she’s lost. And then her ever kind, and very supportive husband did inspired her to start blogging. Since she loves to cook, she challenged herself to write a blog about cooking her way using Julia Child’s cook book entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Cooking all the recipe’s inside the book for 365 days! Now that’s quite a challenge! And for sure, it has never been a very easy journey for Julie Powell and her husband. They’ve been through a lot, but somehow they’ve made it through. Overcoming a lot of obstacles emotionally, physically, and financially! Which I must say, is very inspiring.

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I just love this movie! Of course I do, and that is why I’m writing about it. It’s a movie that is wonderfully made. All the actors and actresses were wonderful, including my all time favorite Meryl Streep who portrayed Julia Child.

I must say, watching this movie really makes me feel so hungry that how I wish that I could just make my way inside the TV, and eat it all! Then there’s the husbands of these two great cooks! I mean, it would really feel like utter heaven to have such a very supportive love one. There’s just something about these two guys! They’re both so nice! Always being there, no matter how tough the situation is turning out to be. They are the kind of men who would really appreciate their wives, and accepts them for who they really are. And supports them for being the kind of woman who knows her own mind.

Cooking is a very tough challenge, and as to what my mother would always say, “Cooking is not about acquiring the best skills; it’s about cooking from the heart. A passion for food”. And someday, I’ll be able to make my way through this very famous “Beef Bourguignon”. That’s for sure! Bon Appétit!

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From Books to Film Adaptations for the Year 2015

As an avid reader and a huge movie fanatic, it’s been a habit of mine to read the book first before watching the film adaptation; for the reason that there are certain things from the novel which cannot be fully put into detail in the movie. Making it a bit hard to understand or grasp some aspects of the film unless you’ve read the book. So every year, I tend to put up a list of books that are being turned into a movie.

So here are the following film adaptations that I’ am very much looking forward to watch this year:

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty-Shades-Grey-E-L-JamesSTORY: When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

MAIN CAST : Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steel, and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.

RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2015

2. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Heart-Sea-Nathaniel-PhilbrickSTORY: In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.

MAIN CAST : Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy

RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2015

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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STORY: As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.

MAIN CAST : Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Theo James

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2015

4. Serena by Ron Rash

Serena-Ron-RashSTORY : The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband’s life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons’ intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.

MAIN CAST : Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

RELEASE DATE : February 26, 2015

5. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Longest-Ride-Nicholas-SparksSTORY: Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.

A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward — even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans — a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.

MAIN CAST : Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood

RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2015

6. Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

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STORY: Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy’s novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

MAIN CAST : Carey Mulligan and Tom Sturridge

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2015

7. Paper Towns by John Green

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STORY:  Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

MAIN CAST: Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff

RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2015

8. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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STORY: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

MAIN CAST: Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2015

9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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STORY: Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

MAIN CAST: Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O’Brien

RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2015

10.  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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STORY: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, & then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life & stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion.” A summer evening’s ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine’s room & a runaway imagination–fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron & Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism & the origins of life–conspired to produce for Mary Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

MAIN CAST: Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy

RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2015

11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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STORY: Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

MAIN CAST: Chloe Grace Moretz and Charlize Theron

RELEASE DATE: To be announced

12. Fallen by Lauren Kate

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STORY: What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

MAIN CAST: Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine

RELEASE DATE: To be Announced.

13. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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STORY: Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

MAIN CAST: Riley Osborne and Mackenzie Foy

RELEASE DATE: To be Announced.

14. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.

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STORY: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

MAIN CAST: Lily James and Lena Headey

 RELEASE DATE: To be Announced.

15. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

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STORY: Children will delight in this unabridged version of Rudyard Kipling’s classics, Jungle Books One and Two! Not only does this attractive volume feature the beloved tales of Mowgli, the “man cub” raised by wolves, and Rikki Tikki Tavi, but also the lesser-known but wonderful stories of Toomai, the boy who gets to see elephants dance; Quiquern, who saves his Eskimo people from starvation; and Kotick, the white seal.

MAIN CAST: Scarlett Johnsson and Idris Elba

RELEASE DATE: October 9, 2015

16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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STORY: Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

MAIN CAST: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson

RELEASE DATE: Part 2- November 20, 2015