Feature | Weekend Watching #6

Welcome one, welcome all, to a new feature to this blog which I have decided to call: Weekend Watching. This will be a hopefully regular post uploaded on Saturdays or Sundays (hence the “weekend watching”) where I talk about a film, TV show, or maybe even YouTube channel/video that I’ve particularly enjoyed recently. I’m hoping to spotlight at least one thing to watch each week and hopefully someone at least will get a kick out of these posts – I will, if no one else does!

My last Weekend Watching showcased the brilliance that is Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and this week we’re staying with TV shows produced by Netflix and hopping over to A Series of Unfortunate Events! As a huge fan of the book series when I was younger, when I heard ASOUE was getting the Netflix treatment I was extremely excited about the series. Add in Neil Patrick Harris as the villainous Count Olaf and I eagerly awaited the first season with barely disguised impatience, especially since I seemed to be one of the very few people who’d actually enjoyed the film version starring Jim Carey. The Netflix series, however, is leagues above the film, and it’s for this reason that I’m featuring it in this week’s Weekend Watching.


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March 2017 | Wrap Up

As far as months go, March was pretty much a non-entity. Or, at least, that’s what it feels like now I’m looking back on it… which is ridiculous because two films I was highly anticipated were released, I saw them, and loved both. (Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island, for what it’s worth) Me and Liz also ventured to the Tavern a couple of times (always a good time) and I even got to experience dinner at the Tavern which is… well… let’s just say the phrase “I think I’ve ate too much” becomes redundant after the tenth time of saying it. It was SO good though. Some personal/professional changes may also be happening in the very near future (I don’t want to say it too soon and jinx it) so that’s made the end of March very interesting, to say the least. I’m sure it will also affect April and my reading habits but we’ll see. For now, let’s look back at how March’s reading went…

In March, I read a total of 5 books – 5 fiction and 0 non-fiction, amounting to 2247 pages in total, and, of these, 3 books were re-reads. 

In terms of format: 4 were hardcover and was paperback.

And as for genre, very broadly speaking, books were fantasy – no one is surprised that I’m still on that fantasy kick. Sorry/not sorry, as always.

Onto the books themselves…

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Friday Reads | 13th January 2017

Another week, another Friday, another Friday Reads. This one is a little special, however, since it’s my first of 2017. Happy 2017, here’s to (probably inevitably) more of the same… at least in terms of reading!

gofOn that note, I’m still reading/listening to the audiobook I was listening to in my previous Friday Reads back in December 2016 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling. This is making many a morning train ride bearable, but it’s also a bloody long book, so progress seems quite slow going (and it feels it at times, too!). I’m about 58% of the way through and I’ve just experienced the hilarity that is The Yule Ball chapter. (Ron and Hermione’s argument is my favourite thing ever, ngl.) So onwards and upwards into the trials and tribulations of The Triwizard Tournament and I’m actually really looking forward to the second half of the book because, although I watch the film quite a lot, I don’t very often re-read Goblet of Fire, for obvious length-based reasons.

darkestmindsI’m also reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I requested and was sent this to review for Cuckoo Review, a writing programme/website I’m part of (in my own small way), and my review is due on Monday so I really, really need to get cracking with finishing this book. I’m… enjoying it reasonably so far, I think. Actually, a lot of the reasons I’m not wholly invested in the story aren’t really the book’s fault so I’m not sure where I will stand on it in my review, to be honest – is it the book’s fault that I am kind of over the whole heroine-of-book’s POV in a dystopian world narrative? I’m not sure. And it’s going to make completing my review a little tricky but, hey, that’s sort of a challenge in and of itself. And it’s good to be challenged when reading/reviewing.

asouenetflixHaving said both of those things… I’m also very aware that today is the darkest of days – the day that Netflix drops A Series of Unfortunate Events! I haven’t been this excited for a TV show in a while (well, since the Gilmore Girls specials) and whilst it would be nice to sit here and pretend this weekend will be dedicated entirely to reading… I’d be lying through my teeth – I fully intend to carve out a large block of time to snuggle up and not move for (hopefully) hours whilst I watch ASOUE. Likewise, me and Liz keep putting off going outside after work in order to go to the cinema and see Assassin’s Creed, but it’s now showing at a small local cinema and its proximity and cheaper price makes it an appealing offer ahead of the Odeon in town, and we should be seeing it sometime this weekend. And that sounds like a pretty damn ideal weekend to me!

So, those are my likely reading plans for today and heading into the weekend ahead. Do you have any Friday Reads posts?

Or perhaps just some fun plans for the weekend? Are you excited for A Series of Unfortunate Events like I am? Or perhaps a new film release? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday | All About The Villains

toptentuesdayAnother Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the book bloggers and list lovers, The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they post a topic for bloggers to respond to.

This week’s theme is: All About The Villains. That’s right – we all love a good villain, right? There’s something strangely enjoyable (if a little worrisome) about seeing a really charming or entertaining villain enjoying themselves. Even if “enjoying themselves” equals the destruction of something. Like I said – worrisome.

Because I do like villains so much, I thought I’d put together two lists – one of film/TV villains and the other their bookish counterparts.

Warning: The answers below contains spoilers for the books Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Bone Season/The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. Also spoilers for the film Frozen… and definitely heed that warning because that reveal actually made me gasp loudly in the cinema. Don’t look if you don’t want to know who the real villains of the piece are!

Without further ado, let’s see these despicable characters…

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T5W | Books You Want To See As TV Shows

top 5 wednesdayWelcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.

This Wednesday’s theme is Books You Want to See as TV Shows. As a huge fan of TV, it will come as no surprise that it was difficult to narrow down my choices to just five books. But, for the most part, these books are all stories I feel would warrant a long story-telling format than, say, a film could provide.

I had severe case of deja vu whilst composing this list and I realised it’s because I’ve actually done this topic before and a lot of my choices are still the same! I’m nothing if not consistent (read: obsessive) about books I want/need as TV shows. I’ve tried to include a few new things into the list though, just to mix things up.

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T5W ¦ Books You’d Want to See as TV Shows

For those who don’t know, Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey and it is a weekly meme in which a topic is posted and you compile a list. I do so love me a good list and this week’s topic really caught my eye…

Top Five.. Books You’d Want to See as TV Shows

  1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
    No questions asked about this one and I’m 98% sure that there was talks of this definitely happening with Netflix. I think it being produced in this way is next to ideal and it definitely deserves more time to really delve into the world than was really afforded by the film. Don’t get me wrong, I like the film on its own merit, and I loved the cinematography, set design, costumes, just the entire feel of it, but with Paramount Television supposedly behind it (as they were behind the film) there is some hope for a vaguely similar  feel. Or that could just be my eager 12-year old self talking.
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    The atmosphere of this book is so beautiful and evocative and rich that it would make an excellent screen adaptation. For a long time I thought it would make a wonderful film but I have since re-evaluated and I reckon the miniseries format would be perfect for Morgenstern’s mystical and magical novel. I need to see this brought to life in front of my eyes. Please, please.
  3. The Bone Season/The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
    Yes, yes, I know, supposedly the film rights to this have already been sold to Andy Serkis’ Imaginarium Studios which to be honest couldn’t be in safer hands given its source material but I can’t help but feel it’s also something of a shame. Maybe it’s the greedy part of me that would like more than a 2/3 hour affair but I feel like the wealth of world building that Shannon does with Scion London would really lend itself to a TV series as opposed to a film, especially in the second book of the series when we delve into the back-streets and market-places of the underground criminal gangs. In my head I certainly imagined it as something of the sort. Admittedly it would be difficult to keep up the production values on such an extended project but think a HBO Game of Thrones style set-up and that’s a little of where my imagination is satisfied. Also, I think we desperately need to cast Paige as basically Carrie Hope Fletcher because, even though it was quite possibly her recommendation of the book in the first place that swayed this for me, I saw her as Paige throughout. Whoops?
  4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    This is the one I’m most wavering about whether film or TV medium would be better. I’ve seen so many beautiful, aesthetically pleasing photo sets of fan casts on Tumblr often enough to know that I need this brought to life on some size screen. And to know that Daniel Sharman is my Charles and Imogen Poots my Camilla, if I didn’t have to concern myself with the fact they’re meant to be twins. Again, perhaps a moody miniseries would be the happy medium. I think that would give it enough time to really play with the richly complex characterisation at work here. I’m thinking Sherlock style 90 minute episodes.
  5. City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
    This was a childhood favourite of mine. The Stravaganza series would all make amazing films/TV shows but I am most eager to see at least an attempt made at adapting the first book, City of Masks, because it’s set in an alternate 16th century Venice called Bellezza. This features time travel and political intrigue and body doubles and a quasi-scientific magic system and I can’t help but think this would make an incredible series. With quite a few years to think about this (I read the series when it was only a trilogy) I’ve already cast quite a lot of the principle roles in my own head and with no thought spared to… oh you know the actual ages of the actors in question. Hey, they can do wondrous things with make-up! I think I always pictured Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo, always. For our esteemed Duchess Silvia either Sofia Vergara or Kate Beckinsale. Arianna would ideally be Hayley Atwell but if we must go younger (and therefore more canonical) then either Sarah Hyland or Nina Dobrev. Lucian is the one I struggle with, ideally we want a mix of Andrew Garfield, Tom Sturridge and Harry Lloyd (good luck with that one). Much like with Rodolfo, however, there is one person and one person alone who is my Guido – Eddie Redmayne, you gangly, red-haired dork.

Phew. I have to say that those aren’t actually ranked, they are just five TV show adaptations that I need in my life yesterday, to be honest. I’ve even provided some helping casting tips for any interested studios! Until then, trawling the Internet for fan casts will have to suffice… it’s a difficult life, the life of a booklover and (tbh miniseries) TV lover.