Harry Reacts

Because you can't help but scream.

When I have nothing else to do I watch lots of movies. Last week I powerdisked Harry Potter 1-6.  (Perhaps I should post some snapshots in the future here)

Then  I made this out of pure entertainment (and posted it on my tumblr account).

Anyway, I just dropped by to say I’m excited for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 which will be shown in theaters in less than a week.

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My Summer Books and Your-Must-Reads

It’s been a long time since I didn’t get in touch with this blog, mainly because I was busy this summer. Even without summer classes, I’m pouring over stacks of books this summer. Lol. Not for academic purposes or so, just chillax.

I’m reading many books one after the other, as I’m easily bored concentrating on one book. Most of my books are collections of short stories, and some novels. I prefer not to read too many novels this summer because I’m prone to middle-of-the-book blues, or what you call midnovel blues. You know, when the enthusiasm with which you started out reading a book has evaporated. Most of the readers I know feel that.

Before I’d share what books I’m reading this summer I would like to share first my top four books that I’ve ever read. That’s as of the moment, as I’m constantly reading both the classics and the contemporary pieces. So here it is guys. I need suggestions of what books that I should read 😉

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – you gotta read this. This novel is kinda heavy for me, but you’d like it anyway. Tolstoy is a good writer, nevertheless.
  2. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – one of the most highly criticized book I’ve ever known, but it’s an excellent read. Nabokov’s language is the best there is.
  3. The HP Series – nothing beats the exciting series of Harry Potter for young readers like me.
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I first read it when I was in high school because my sister keeps on nagging me to read it, but I didn’t manage to finish it back then. When I read it again in my British Literature class, I was so delighted because the novel is SUPERB! (So I guess it takes time to comprehend the complexities of Heathcliff and Catherine – and a little maturity too!)

And so these are the books I’m reading as of the moment, and I hope that in anytime now, you’ll read it too.

  1. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel)
  2. World’s Enough and Time by Dan Simmons (short stories/novella)
  3. In a House of Dreams and Glass by Robert Klitzman MD
  4. Prize Stories: O. Henry Awards 1985 (short stories)
  5. Azur Like It by Wendy Holden (novel)
  6. Vanilla Bright Like Eminem by Michel Faber (short stories)
  7. Germ by Robert Liparulo (novel)
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel)

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish the whole bunch this summer, but it’s still good to know that you have the whole lifetime to read it anyway. XOXO

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

You could say I am an HP addict.And that is why I am totally excited for the upcoming Harry Potter movie, the sixth installment of the the HP saga – the Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince or HP6 for short.

Harry Potter 6

Harry Potter 6

The film is of course, derived from the bestselling series of JK Rowling, and the film is set to be released on July 17, 2009 – that’s three months away from now!The director of the fifth HP movie David Yates also directed this movie.

The movie is still about fighting the evil Lord Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes) and one of the exciting scenes of the story involves the lead character Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) egging the new Potions teacher Professor Horace Slughorn to divulge some crucial information that would help Harry to defeat Voldemort one way or the other.

And finally the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is no other else but Snape.

In the class setting, Harry Potter also acquires help from the anonymous Half-Blood Prince through his Potions book.I’m excited how it would be portray in the screen.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this movie! Definitely, one of the most anticipated movie of the year.

Twilight The Movie and The Hottest Predator

Edward Cullen - Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson is considered to be the hottest predator there is today. I think that he is really good in portraying the role as a vampire. As we have already seen Pattinson in his ultra good, excellent and kind Hufflepuff boy in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – here in the Twilight movie, his fascinating vampiric nature will be revealed.

Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory

Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory

I still remember the time when I’m still reading the Harry Potter series and I thought that Cedric’s character is really interesting. Now that I just finished the Twilight, the actual pull of interest in actually that intense, especially for the fact that I could visualize Pattinson more and his wild side in Twilight .

Well to get to know Edward more – he’s born really just a normal kid with the full name Edward Anthony Masen Cullen on June 20, 1901. Sort of a century year old guy if you ask me. But he actually died of Spanish influenza when he was 17, and thanks to Carlisle, the super appealing boy has restored his self as an immortal vampire. So Edward is just this hostile boy in class, but he is actually interested in playing baseball and piano, and you get the idea that he enjoys riding fast cars. He also loves classical music (go figure! he’s actually old! just kidding… ) He’s special abilities include reading minds of people, except Bella Swan, the female protagonist of the movie

Closer Look on Edward

Closer Look on Edward

He is never known to have any romantic relationship for over a century, not until she meets Bella Swan. Actually he felt the desire to bite her the moment he notices her, and he actually went to Alaska to unwind with this ‘unnatural’ behavior (as his family doesn’t feed on humans) but he came back, eventually to Forks. There he began to talk with Bella more, and he fell in love with Bella. And the feeling was mutual because the mortal Bella is head over heels in love with him too! Oh great.

Edward knew for a fact that it is an obvious risk to be with Bella, as he didn’t want to bite her accidentally, and the fact that he could never change the truth that he was a vampire. But life goes on with the two, and Bella loves Edward in whatever form that he is, and well, much much more conflicts will arise regarding this set-up. But you have to read the entire series for the rest or this. Or chill with the upcoming movie, which will premiere on November 21 this year.

The Twilight movie was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, produced by Twilight Prod. and distributed by Summit Entertainment. It is classified as a romantic-fantasy film, which stars Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan. Twilight soundtracks include Supermassive Black Hole by Muse, Full Moon by Black Ghosts, Decode by Paramore, Leave Out All The Rest by Linkin Park, and many more.

Twilight

I just finished reading Stephenie Meyer’s book entitled Twilight, and I was so thrilled with the story. Even more exciting is the fact that the novel has an upcoming motion picture with the same title, starring Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. You still remember Robert Pattinson? He’s Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movie series, and this is got to be his first major starred movie. Giggles.

The novel was already out since September 2005, but it was only until just in recent years that it finally caught my attention. Sigh. Probably because of the fact that I’m totally busy reading more classic novels (class requirements) and I was so happy that I was able to read this new book. The fact that the Harry Potter book series was over and is finally concluded, this hip new series is probably worth my time.

The story is mainly about Bella Swann who decides to live with his father in Forks – (her parents were divorced). So it’s a new environment – rainy and snowy town and meeting new classmates in her new school. Bella didn’t find it hard to fit in to the crowd, in fact, almost all guys are all eyes on her, but she is totally intrigued with Edward Cullen, an appealing but hostile senior student. Things get really complicated when she finds out that Edward was actually a vampire although his clan doesn’t really feeds on humans, and she is constantly involved with him. Even more exciting is the fact that she’s hopelessly in love with Edward, and the feeling was mutual too! But certainly there seems to be lots of life-threatening situations they have to face in this novel before the novel reaches its height.

The book has 24 chapters, excluding the preface and the epilogue. Most of the scenes in the book are closely concentrated between Bella and Edward and their witty conversations, although there are also side-bit chapters about the Cullen family, and other significant characters. The book is easy to read and very conversational, which makes it really enjoyable, although there are times in the story when the conversations get really ‘syrupy’ in a sense – but in general, I could say that teenage girls would enjoy this more than hardcore guys.

Now, now, what really interests me is the upcoming motion picture. If I have to imagine what I just read from the book – I think the movie is much much exciting because it seems as if the book was written to be adapted in a motion picture in the future. True, images in the novel are clear and vivid, and are better rendered in the screen. Well, that’s just my presumption, but along with the Twilight fans out there, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (The Movie!)

Along with my favorite Harry Potter series, I also like the Narnia series of C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. I already completed the whole series, which, like the Potter series, has seven installments. My personal favorite book in the Narnia series is The Horse and His Boy, but I can’t deny that I also like Prince Caspian book.

I’m so happy because following the first Narnia film from Walt Disney and Walden Media, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian movie adaptation will be premiering this June 4 in the theaters. This is very good news for the fans of the Narnia series.

I first read the series when I was in high school, and finally completed them when I just started my first year college. I admit that it was really hard to be involved in the story readily (unlike Harry Potter) but later on, as you pursue reading the other books, you’ll find that you just can’t help but love the Pevensie children and their adventures. But the exciting thing about this is that there is something deeper in the whole Narnia series, and I noticed that when I finally read the last book. C.S. Lewis is really good and very subtle in injecting his ideas in the children’s books. If I’m going to look deeper through the character of Aslan, then it feels like he is like God. To critically analyze this, is a very good idea. Ha-ha! The rest of this exciting mind work will be your quest. 😉

The movie was directed by Andrew Adamson.