Wednesday, 29 October 2014

It's Kind Of A Funny Story

Ned Vizzini himself stayed 5 days in an adult psychiatric unit in a Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.

Knowing that the author has gone through most things described in this book makes you feel more relaxed when reading it. You know that you're not 'crazy' if you read and think...'I felt that' or even, 'I'm going through that'. Vizzini as an author makes you feel comfortable whilst reading this book, I never once felt uncomfortable whilst reading the tragic stories of what happened to some of the characters.

Let's talk about the front cover...

Even from this delightful art you can see the book is going to have a sense of confusion to it, a lot of routes and a lot of guidance.
Weirdly, the book itself is like a diary, the way it feels, the way it looks and how thick the book is, even though it is only a short novel. This for me created a way to relate to Vizzini. It felt like it was my story and I was re-reading it.

Craig, the main character admitted himself into mental hospital because he felt he wanted to commit suicide. Only does he realise when he gets there that maybe what he feels isn't nearly as bad as some of the other patients. He feels like his problems aren't worthy of been treated. Only later does he realise he was so wrong and that the help he got was in fact the best thing that could have happened to him.

With having constant pressure of his Dad and too much cotton wool wrapped around him by his mum he feels there is no way out. As Craig aces his way into an Executive Prep school he feels he has to keep up his standards constantly, never letting his guard down. It becomes too much and he faces many problems.

For me, the book shares two things, humour and sadness. Humour because well most of them are crazy and have many problems and the contrast between Craig and the other characters can at points in the book make you laugh. Sadness because there are some very touching stories which you may or may not relate to. But Vizzini tells us these stories in such ways where we can't help but take pity on a fictional character. But maybe they aren't fictional characters, maybe Vizzini just created different names for the people who he shared those 5 days with. Maybe this is real. And that's why I created such compassion for these characters...

Even though it is an intense book it is definitely still aimed for older teens. The book has romance, confusion and adventure. It is definitely one of those books that you could read over and over again still having the same emotion at the end which is a sense of freedom and happiness even though the book is filled with sadness and despair.

My three favourite quotes from the book. These are things that could inspire you, relate to you and encourage you in a good way:

"Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That's above and beyond everything else, and it's not a mental complaint-it's a physical thing, like it's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet."

"Things to do today:
1) Breathe in.
2) Breathe out."

"People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode."


Monday, 31 March 2014

I'm Addicted to the Film Industry...

Ever since Stuck in Love I have never felt a connection to a film before, but I clearly have some favourite films. I have watched a fair few films recently but I just don't quite know how to analyse them in the normal way I do, writers block maybe? But I suppose the 'cool' bloggers share things so here are a few of my beloved films...

I say few, but there are a lot and I am going to put my favourite quote(s) from each of the films!

 "You make me feel less cynical"

"I remember that it hurt. Looking at her hurt."

check out my blogpost on it:

"I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr. Schneebly... and will not fight him... for creative control... and will defer to him on all issues related to the musical direction of the band." 

"The best thing about now, is that there's another one tomorrow." 

"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday." 

check out my blogpost on it:
"We rule Terabithia, and nothing crushes us!" 

"Happiness is not always the best way to be happy."

"I have no real plan to eat anyone"

 "I read a quote once when I was a kid "We live alone, We die alone. Everything else is just an illusion." it used to keep me up at night."

                        "Don't die wondering, man."

"Nobody puts baby in a corner"

 "Some people are worth melting for"

Favourite Song: Love is an open door


"If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals."
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- Quote by Sirius Black


"Lets play a game" 

"Give me a scotch. I'm starving."

Look at my blogspot on it:

" Kim Fowley: How old are you?
Cherie Currie: Fifteen.
Kim Fowley Jail fucking bait. Jack fucking pot!"

"Do you like music?"
"Do you like breathing?"

The movie is just amazing, a quote can't justify it!

"I was hiding under your porch because I love you"

"This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite."

Check out my blogpost on it:


Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Notebook

"They didn't agree on much. In fact, they didn't agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other".

I have never finished a movie feeling so melancholy. It made me feel like love is really a test on ability to never forget how you felt when you first fell in love. When people say 'love' people think: get along with each other, never argue. Ah, they are so wrong. Love is about challenging each other and having that strong passion to never let go. That to me is what I think The Notebook is portraying. 


At first, you think this man is just telling a story to this lady. A story about two people, Noah and Allie.

From the first time Noah saw Allie he knew. He knew that she had to be his. He tries his hardest to just  get that one date, he even goes to the extremes of climbing a ferris wheel and nearly risking his life just for the possibility of Allie agreeing to this date. 
Even after the insane ferris wheel incident, Allie still dismisses the date. Fin, Noah's best friend sets up a cinema date with his girlfriend and Allie. After their screening, Allie implies for them both to leave Fin and his date and walk. On their unexpected walk, Noah and Allie lay in the middle of the road. 
Allie says "What if a car comes?" 
And Noah replies bluntly, "We die". 
A car does come, and sends Allie a bit crazy as she has never experienced such a rush. She goes on to explain how she loves painting and doesn't have freedom, but claims it's her choice not her parents. 

After that, Noah and Allie become inseparable. Their relationship spirals and Noah went to one of Allie's family gatherings. Only for Noah to find out some truths about where Allie is attending for college and that everyone thinks Noah is poor, as his income is low. Still they spend all their days and nights together. 

It keeps going back to the two elders, and this man reading the story to the elder lady. It is revealed that they are Noah and Allie. Allie is suffering from dementia in her old age, and in the book that Noah is constantly reading to Allie it says in the front 'To my love Noah, read this to me and I'll come back".  


One night Noah takes Allie to The Windsor Plantation and explains to Allie that one day he would buy it and fix it up. Allie continues and says "I want a white house with blue shutters, a great big porch around the house and a room overlooking the water so I can paint".
Noah lights some candles and just as they are going to make love, Fin bursts in and explains that Allie's parents are going crazy and thinks she's missing as they have called the police. They both rush to Allie's to confirm she is safe. Allie's parents take her into the study and go on to say that Noah is poor and he influences bad on Allie. Noah leaves overhearing this, whilst Allie goes after him and explains that he needs to just ignore her parents. Saying that Allie breaks up with Noah. But it's not over, Noah writes 365 letters to Allie, for the year she left town with her parents. Allie didn't receive them as her mother hid them for her 'own wellbeing'. 

Years later, Allie gets engaged to Lon, a rich army man. Even though besotted with Lon, Allie goes to see Noah as Noah appears in the local newspaper for sticking to his promise of buying The Windsor Plantation. As Allie arrives she notices that it's exactly how she said she wanted it, even with the room so she can paint. Noah and Allie spend the day together, ending with some home truths. 

Allie: Why didn't you write me? Why? It wasn't over for me, I waited for you for seven years.
But now it's too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year. It wasn't over, it still isn't over.

Through out the movie, old Allie doesn't know who the story is about, regardless old Noah repeats the story endlessly hoping she will remember. Old Noah arranges a dinner, old Allie asks who she chose out of Lon and Noah in the book. Old Noah goes on to explain who she chose. As he announces Allie chose Noah, she remembers that the story is about herself and the man sat in front of her. They dance, but suddenly she forgets who she is dancing with, leaving old Noah distraught that it hasn't work again. 

Ending the film, Noah with his last resort attempts to go and see Allie in her room in the old people's home. He succeeds and gets in the bed with her, finally she remembers who he is. She remembers everything. Allie said in the movie that when she died she was going to become a bird and insisted that Noah should too. They died together, still in love, becoming birds.