Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another book review! I actually read this one some time ago, but never found the time to put in words how I feel about Lauren Weisberger’s first novel. So, let’s see…

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger - Cover from Goodreads

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Andrea lands her first magazine job – at not just any magazine! She gets to work at Runway one of the most famous fashion magazine in the world. However, her boss Miranda is basically the devil. Andrea has to survive one year in this job, but will she be able to make?

 

The Rating:
The most famous thing about this book is probably the movie it was turned into. Thus, the novel got hyped quite a bit a few years ago. As I had heard generally positive things about Weisberger’s book and enjoyed the film, I decided to give it a go.
Big mistake. Despite being less than 400 pages long, the book seems to be going on forever. You read the blurb and think “Hey, this surely is an interesting story”. But believe me, it is not.
First of all, I was quite annoyed by the main character Andrea. She goes to work at one of the most famous fashion magazines in the world but doesn’t give a damn. She knows nothing about fashion and doesn’t have the slightest motivation to learn anything. That’s highly unprofessional and as Weisberger mentions about 2 billion times throughout the book, it’s a job a million girls would kill for. So, if you really don’t give the tiniest fuck, let someone have the job who enjoys it. Continue reading

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Twice Upon a Time (Doctor Who Christmas Special)

Hey Guys!
I know I’m running a little bit late with this review. You may not be feeling the Christmas spirit any more, but this special was so wonderful, it really deserve its own review!

 

The Plot:
First of all, we have to go back a couple of years. We get to meet the very first Doctor! He is about to regenerate for the very first time and is not happy about it. Wandering through the South Pole, he makes a rather interesting encounter: the twelfth Doctor, who is also close to regeneration. But before the two guys can deepen their acquaintance, they are joined by a World War I captain and abducted into an enormous spaceship…

 

The Rating:
Sounds weird so far? Doctor Who episodes always do, so let me shed some light on this one.
First of all, I need to point out how utterly adorable David Bradley is as the first Doctor. He had already done an amazing job as William Hartnell (the actor who originally played the first Doctor) in the docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, so I was happy to see him return.  Continue reading

Liebster Award :D

Hey my lovely readers!
Darta, the amazing owner of the blog The Butterfly Girl, nominated me for a Liebster Award. I am super excited so let’s get down to answering her questions!

 

First of all – Da Rules:

Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers with aim to discover and spot new bloggers.

1 → Acknowledge the blog who nominated you;
2 → Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you;
3 → Nominate 11 other bloggers;
4 → Ask them 11 questions;
5 → Let them know that you have nominated them;

 

Darta’s Questions:

1. What movie title would describe your blog the most and why?
My blog was originally named after a quote from Planet Terror before I re-branded it! However, for this question I’ll go with A Life Less Ordinary. It’s not exactly a famous or popular movie, but that’s just why it fits. I have a talent to never quite fit in, so I might as well embrace it. On my blog I often share unpopular opinions and disagree with what everybody else seems to love. So cheers to doing things differently! Continue reading

Book Review: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Hello my lovely readers!
Today is book review time. I was inspired to pick up Stranger in a Strange Land by Mayim Bialik (you might know her as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory) who named her highly interesting blog GrokNation after a word used in this novel. So let’s see what it is about!

 

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein - Cover from Goodreads

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – Cover from Goodreads

The Plot:
Valentine Michael Smith is very special. He spent his entire life on Mars, was raised by Martian and never had contact with other hums. Now he is to return to earth. Will he be able to understand all of our human concepts like love, religion or prejudice?

 

The Rating:
Where do I start with this one. Stranger in a Strange Land is certainly many things. But I have my troubles with this novel.
While about the first 1/3 was interesting and touched several ideas that are still up to date, despite the book being published in the 60s. I was rather intrigued and kept making my way through the almost 700 pages. However, it all went downhill really soon. One of the major problems I have here is the sexism. Heinlein addresses some very modern an open concepts, even concerning sex, but he never fails to put “women in their place”. Sometimes it’s subtle, but often it’s quite obvious. Let me just quote one sentence and you’ll get the picture: “Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it’s at least partly her own fault.” I’m pretty sure there’s no additional comment needed here. Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: The Man in the High Castle

Hello my lovely readers!
Not too long ago, I did a book review on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. I was super excited to check out Amazon’s adaptation of the story into a series. So I sat down, and binge-watched…

 

The Plot:
America 1962. The Second World War ended almost 20 years ago, but it didn’t turn out the way we know. In this novel, the Nazis won. The U. S. was divided into different zones, occupied by the Nazis and Japan. However, a resistance is working against the regime…

 

Book vs. TV Show:
Those of you who read my book review will know that I had my troubles with Philip K. Dick’s novel. While I consider the story itself both fascinating and horrifying, the way he carried it out wasn’t really to my liking. As the book was rather short and many aspect felt undeveloped and pale, I was very excited about the TV show, as it would provide more time to lay out certain events. Moreover, the book ended kind of in the middle of everything, not answering a single question that was raised. That really annoyed me, so once more, I got my hopes up for the show to continue where the book ended.
So I sat down, made myself comfortable and waited for Amazon to blow me away.
Well, they did a pretty good job! The cast is very well picked and, honestly, I couldn’t find a single actor or actress who didn’t fit in perfectly. You can also tell how much effort they put into making everything look realistic. Every little detail was taken care of. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Hello folks!
Today I choice one of 2017 highest grossing films for my review. Disney did a life action remake of the famous 1991 animation movie The Beauty and the Beast. I adored that movie when I was little, so naturally I had to check out the remake!

 

The Plot:
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truely loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisions Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled intot he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daugther who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?

 

The Rating:
Let me explain something straight away: I was aware that this is a remake of the 1991 movie, but I really hadn’t expected this. Basically what we get is a scene by scene recreation. Except for maybe two or three additional scenes it is exactly the same film just with real actors. It’s the same songs, the same characters even the same sentences everybody gets to utter.
On the positive side we have an amazing cast that was perfectly chosen to resemble the animated characters. I was honestly amazed that they really found actors and actresses who resemble to original ideas so much.
Furthermore, the special effects are top-rate. So we get a fairy-tale that truly is magical. Continue reading