Thursday, 22 February 2018

Agent Carter 1x02 'Bridge and Tunnel' TV TALK

I'm enjoying this series, but this episode wasn't as good as the pilot in my opinion. There were a lot of things that just went straight over my head. However, there was nice moments of humour that made it all the more enjoyable and I do love these characters that we've been introduced to. I think the series has a lot of potential and will get better as it goes along- every show needs time to find its footing.

Cap mentions: 13
(I decided to add this Captain America counter for each episode because I find it interesting how much Cap influences this plot despite him not even starring!!)

TV TALKS
Season 1:  1x01  |

SPOILER AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
The first thing I wanted to mention was the Captain America radio show threaded throughout the episode. I really liked it! I loved how Peggy would roll her eyes at hearing it and the show parallelled nicely when it came to the fight scene nearer the end.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Black Panther MOVIE TALK

82%
Me and my brother went to go and see Black Panther the day it came out and I was so impressed (not that that's a surprise because it's Marvel we're talking to about here).
Black Panther takes place after Captain America; Civil War and follows T'Challa on his journey to becoming King of Wakanda now that his father is dead.
I'll be honest, Black Panther will never be my favourite Avenger but he's stands tall on his own and I liked learning more about him as a character and the hidden country of Wakanda. This movie poses great things for Infinity War and I can't wait to see how he helps the fight against Thanos that is looming over all of us.
My favourite part of this film had to be how awesome the ladies were. While T'Challa is the main star, there were so many bad-ass women in this film and I loved this aspect! I would obviously highly recommend this movie!



SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
I have to start with how beautiful Wakanda was. They created an entire culture and civilisation and being presented with all those minor details that built up this country was stunning! The first shots we got of Wakanda were visually flawless and worked so well to capture the beauty of this hidden country.
My favourite character had to be T'Challa's sister, Shuri. She was so smart, beautiful and hilarious as well. I loved seeing a more human side of T'Challa when he was with her- that sibling bond that shined when they were in the same scene.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Falling Kingdoms- Morgan Rhodes BOOK TALK

* * * * *
I loved this book. So blimmin' much. This book was such a great testament as to why fantasy is my favourite genre. It was complex, intriguing, surprising and exciting. I would describe it as a mix of Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass and Poison Study... meaning it was a whole lot of awesome.
Yes, it took some concentration to begin with because it takes time to learn all the names, rules and histories of the world but once you've got that down... it's so rewarding. There was a small character guide at the beginning of the book which was very handy to help me remember the names. It's true that fantasy books take longer to get into but that's just because you need to completely learn an entire world... and that takes time. But once you have, fantasy plots are the most intricate, rewarding and satisfying reads.
And that's why I'm so pumped to dive into the rest of this series.



SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
When you have books with multiple narratives, there's always the ones you like more than others. My favourites at the moment has to be Cleo and Magnus! They're the most interesting and deep characters. Jonas is next on my list of favourites (sometimes he was a tad annoying) and Lucia comes in at last place. She was okay but I found her a little too pathetic for my taste. Who knows? Her character may grow a lot over the span of the series but, for now, the Cleo and Magnus chapters are the ones that have me grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Westworld 1x10 'The Bicameral Mind' TV TALK

This was 90 minutes of epic perfection! It was basically a movie that resolved the previous nine hours of the show.... and I devoured it whole. There was no slow moments in this episode- it was all action-packed, intense and totally shocking. The reveals and discoveries in this episode blew my mind even if a few of them were just confirmations of well-predicted theories. So many puzzle pieces were fitted together and my emotions were all over the place when watching this.
It's going to be a difficult episode to review because the plot lines and character are so complex and carefully interlinked but... I'll try my best.
I'll also be writing a separate post for season 2 theories so stay in tune for that- and feel free to comment yours!

TV TALKS
Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Warning: This review will be all over the place because so much happened and I don't know where to start.
Beginning with Maeve, she wakes Hector and Armistice (Snake Lady) and they have a great break-out scene. It was the perfect mix if bad-ass and hilarious. They go to find Bernard, and Felix and Asshat (Sylvester) heals him so they can talk. Bernard reveals that Maeve's entire escape plan has been controlled from the start- someone has ordered her to recruit an army and escape- that none of her decisions have still been hers. After this revelation, the group runs and has a difficult time escaping when security locks everything down. Armistice gets left behind as her arm gets caught but she totally goes down fighting. Maeve also ditches Hector because she wants to go it alone and... he doesn't seem too bothered. Maeve says goodbye to Felix, gets onto the train and.... gets off again. She makes her first true sentient decision that she's going to find her daughter.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Irresistible Fictional Romances

And here's the obligatory Valentine's content for the year! I've decided to skip over some of the obvious ones that I always say (aka, ACOMAF) but here's a list of a few fictional romances that are perfect to read on Valentine's Day (or anytime of the year, to be honest).
I tried to keep these all contemporary romances but a supernatural genre slipped through anyway (and I'm not even sorry)- they still have great relationships though.


Fallon and Ben (November 9- Colleen Hoover)
November 9 was the first Colleen Hoover book I'd ever read and I hadn't expected such emotions!! This story had such a great premise and an all-consuming romance! You ship these two from the very start and, while there are a few obstacles that get in the way, they are absolutely perfect for each other. Even thinking of this pair makes me melt into a puddle of goo.
November 9 Book Talk




Lara Jean and Peter (To All the Boys I've Loved Before- Jenny Han)
Another of my favourite contemporaries had to make this list. The first book in this trilogy is easily my favourite and I absolutely adore Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky together. They're a couple that wouldn't usually work but turns out adorably in this case. Both of the characters are super different (quirky vs cocky) and it's so entertaining to read. I promise, you'll have a large grin through the majority of this book.




Saturday, 10 February 2018

Agent Carter 1x01 'Now is Not the End' TV TALK

I was sceptical when starting this series because... there are a lot of mixed opinions on it. There are only two series because it got cancelled pretty quickly and all this made me worry that it'd be completely rubbish but (surprise, surprise) I really enjoyed it. Honestly, I'm not that hard to please and, while I could blatantly see the flaws in this pilot episode, it didn't affect my enjoyment and the fact that I had fun watching this.
Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter who is (for lack of a better word), Captain America's 'sidekick' in the movie, Captain America: the First Avenger. It's obviously set in the 1940s and follows Peggy Carter after Cap's 'death' and the end of the war. We also see a bit of Howard Stark which is always fun.
I loved the small nods and references to the original Captain America movie and I love the focus on Peggy's character because she is pretty bad-ass and Hayley Atwell plays her brilliantly.

Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Talk

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
The whole disruption this series is following is Stark's weapons being sold on the black market. I was a little disappointed with how much Howard Stark appeared because it was much less than I thought it'd be... maybe five minutes screen time? But, that's not too bad, because I like that show really focuses on Peggy's story line and how awesome she is.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Westworld 1x09 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' TV TALK

This show is infuriating and yet addictive. Every answer we gets leads to double the amount of questions and there are so many timelines, it boggles your mind to keep up. Nevertheless, I love this show to the point of an unhealthy obsession. Like in Game of Thrones, the ninth episode seems to be the most epic and we had some major theories confirmed in this episode- some I like, some I see major plot holes in. Hopefully, the finale will provide us with some more solid explanations.... but that's unlikely.

TV TALKS
Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with Maeve, she seems like the only character who knows what she's doing... and I love it. She stops Bernard from re-coding her as she quickly realises that he's also a host and that she can control him. Obviously, this is big news to Bernard because his memory from last episode has been wiped- he's finding out he's a host all over again!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Strings- Original Poetry

Sorry for yet another depressing poem... I can't seem to channel any positive emotions in my writing...

strings

we tied a knot
a piece of string
and wrapped it round out wrists

a friendship bracelet, we said
to keep each other close
and wear our memories proud

but our wrists have changed
grown bigger with the weight of the world
swollen with plans that aren't our own

Saturday, 3 February 2018

February Releases and TBR 2018

Releases 
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6)- Morgan Rhodes
The Belles- Dhonielle Clayton
Tempests and Slaughter- Tamora Pierce
Shadowsong- S. Jae-Jones
Heart of Iron- Ashley Poston
Everlife- Gena Showalter
The Traitor Prince- C.J. Redwine


Black Panther Movie



TBR
Ready Player One- Ernest Cline (Book of the Month)
This month, me and Kaitlin (Liber Amoris) are reading Ready Player One in anticipation for the movie coming out next month. I am a bit sceptical over whether I'll like this book because it seems a little too sci-fi for my taste but, regardless, I'll give it a chance.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Death Cure MOVIE TALK

67%
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie! The Scorch Trials wasn't an amazing film and they'd seemed to stray pretty far from what happened in the books but they've pulled it back with this final instalment. I can't completely remember what happened in the books but The Death Cure was fairly faithful and I really enjoyed it.
There was plenty of action and it was a generally fast-paced movie. I will say that there were some things that went unexplained but it didn't spoil my overall enjoyment.


AMAZON

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
This movie started really well. The beginning train sequence was brilliant and impressed me straight away. It added a nice disappointment when they didn't get the right train car with Minho inside and really caught us up on what happened in the last movie (it's been a while). As expected, Thomas, Newt and Frypan immediately go of to find Minho and we're set off on our adventure to take down WCKD. This all happened really fast and it started the momentum of the film nicely.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

January Wrap Up 2018

I didn't read as much as I was hoping to this month but I have lowered my yearly reading challenge because I anticipated I wouldn't have as much time (I'm focusing a lot on my writing and other things...). But, nevertheless, I did get through a few and very good reads, as well!

BOOKS
What's A Girl Gotta Do?- Holly Bourne 
* * * *
I got this book for Christmas and jumped straight into it because Holly Bourne is one of my favourite contemporary authors. This is the third book in the Spinster Club trilogy and it focused completely around Feminism which was so empowering to read. I'd definitely recommend this series.
What's A Girl Gotta Do? Book Talk

How Hard Can Love Be?- Holly Bourne
* * * * 
This is the second book in the Spinster Club series and I kinda knew how it'd finish because I read What's a Girl Gotta Do? first but it didn't effect my enjoyment at all. This book is maybe my favourite of the trilogy because it was such an easy and fun romance along with a lot of humour and serious issues too. Holly Bourne is such a talented author.
Book Talk to come soon!!!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

January Birthday Haul 2018

I got a lot of amazing things this month as it was my birthday and my family and friends are amazing to get me so many lovely gifts. Without further adieu...

PRE-BIRTHDAY
Groot t-shirt
I watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in December and I loved it!! Baby Groot is the cutest thing in all existence and, when I saw this shirt on Amazon, I had to get it.

Iron Man ARC Reactor T-shirt
I also wanted to get an Amazon shirt dedicated to my favourite Marvel character because Iron Man is the reason I became obsessed with the MCU and Tony Stark is a brilliantly complex character who I adore.


POST-BIRTHDAY
If There's No Tomorrow- Jennifer L. Armentrout
Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favourite authors and she also happens to release at least four books a year... the woman pops out books like nobodies business. And I will forever be grateful for it.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Captain America: The First Avenger MOVIE TALK

75%
I liked this movie. Cap will never be my favourite Avenger but this movie was still enjoyable even if it the worst of all the Captain America movies (let's face it.. Winter soldier and Civil War blew this one out of the park). But, I did love the time period (World War 2) and the idea behind the villain. I also love how epic the love interest was because we need more fight in our women and Peggy showcases this perfectly.
This was a good origin story for Cap and it led on nicely for the Avengers movie to take place.


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
This movie had a nice set of characters. Steve was good and you wanted to root for him from the start because he was so weak and pathetic. However, I will say that Cap is one of my least favourite Avengers because there isn't much depth to him- being a 'good guy' is all they've put into his character.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Westworld 1x08 'Trace Decay' TV TALK

This show is beautifully addictive, compellingly genius and utterly brilliant (was that enough adjectives for you?). This show never ceases to amaze me and there is so much to think about and theorise! Every single detail is part of a bigger game and it's captivating to watch every episode. As we get nearer to the season finale, the reveals are getting bigger and better and the plot thickens so much more!



TV TALKS
Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with dear Dolores, her and William finally find the church town that Dolores has been dreaming about. One issue that I have with their storyline is that... they're not really doing anything. They've gone off to find 'home' and now that they've found where Dolores meant, they're turning back? They don't seem to know what they're doing or why.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Taylor Swift BOOK TAG

I'm in a major Taylor Swift kick at the moment and, as always, I'll jump on it and get some decent blog content out there. There's a lot of controversy over Taylor's new music but, generally, I quite like it though I do prefer her older songs.

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together- pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.
Shiver trilogy- Maggie Stiefvater 
When I first read this trilogy, I really liked it. But now, Maggie Stiefvater is far from my favourite author and all her books drag for me. It's just my opinion but I find her books a little dull and slow. Sorry but we are never ever ever getting back together.

2. Red- pick a book with a red cover.
Heartless- Marissa Meyer
Paired with a little black, the red in this cover is gorgeous and it it such a beautiful cover for a beautiful book. Heartless is an origin story for the notorious Queen of Hearts and it's a genius twist on fairytales- Marissa Meyer's speciality.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Incredible Hulk MOVIE TALK

76%
I was surprised with how much I liked this movie. I went in with low expectations because I don't know anyone who's favourite superhero/Avenger is the Hulk and he's seemed like the blandest of all Marvel superheros (I obviously hadn't encountered Captain America at that point- kidding, kidding, I like Cap...).
I was a bit of a dunce and thought this was the first movie instead of a sequel so a few things kinda went straight over my head but I don't think that affected my enjoyment of the film. Unfortunately, it didn't star Mark Ruffalo who's the Hulk in the more up to date Avenger franchise but I still feel like Edward Norton did a stellar job with the character.


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
I really appreciated the opening sequence of the Hulk's origin because, stupid me, made a mistake and thought this was the first movie. So it was super useful to get me up to speed on what had previously happened to the Hulk and how he was made- it helped incredibly when going into this movie.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Westworld 1x07 'Trompe L'Oeil' TV TALK

Again, this is my favourite episode to date. Every episode sets a new bar and each following episode smashes that expectation out of the park (no pun intended).
This episode was particularly exciting as we had a big reveal that confirmed a theory that I and many other people had. I'm so excited for how we're going to progress from here and what the consequences of this episode will be.
I also think the title for this episode, Trompe L'Oeil, is really clever (along with everything else in this show) because it actually means 'deceives the eye' in French which describes this episode perfectly. Honestly, the writers for this show are genius.

TV TALKS
Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06

SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD-SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
Starting with Maeve, I'm falling in love with her more and more every week. She ensures that she's killed once more and wakes herself up again so she's back with Felix. This time, she sees that the tech team are decommissioning Clementine and Maeve decides she wants out. With a quick threat to Felix and asshat, she begins her plans to get the hell out of Westworld once and for all and I'm so pumped! It's amazing how her and Dolores have similar storylines (trying to learn about the world and what they really are) but they have completely different ways of going about that.... and Maeve's method is much better. And more effective.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Lovely Bones MOVIE TALK

54%
This movie was released in 2003 and I'm only just watching so I'm a little late for the train but... I was 2 when it first came out so I have legitimate reason.
This book, The Lovely Bones, is okay. And the movie was okay. It won't ever be on my list of favourite books but it's not my least favourite story in the world. Interestingly, my issues with the movie were the exact same issues I had with the book so I can safely say it was at least a faithful and accurate adaptation.
This movie had a load of great actors in it but was generally average. The best part was probably the very beginning and the very end but the main middle chunk felt like it had a lot of filler and unnecessary scenes.
The Lovely Bones follows Susie, a young girl murdered at 14 years old. It shows her journey in the in-between of earth and heaven and how her family cope with her death.



SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
I cried at the beginning of this movie. Just like I did with the book. Watching such a young girl get murdered and seeing her family find out the news was heart-breaking. It's difficult to watch parents find out their child is gone and it gets me every time.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Forever Fictional's Second Birthday!!!!

Another year has gone by and it's been a great one! A lot has happened over the past year and I'm gonna go over my personal highlights and favourite posts! Thanks to everyone who follows, comments and supports my blog!!!
(Links to each post are on subheadings)

Mystery Blogger Award
I was nominated for this award not once but twice and I appreciated each nomination so much!! I did two different posts answering questions and it was a lot of fun to complete.

Forever Fictional #Rebranding 
Maybe the biggest change for my blog during this past year was that I changed the name! Fictional Fetish became Forever Fictional and I'm so glad I followed through with the change despite my anxieties. It took a long time to change everything in terms of other social media and all the links within posts but I managed to complete the transition and I'm so happy with it.

Bookish Pick up Lines
This was one of my favourite posts to write because I love books and I love puns... it was a match made in heaven. I had a lot of fun creating it.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Iron Man 2 MOVIE TALK


91%
There are varying opinions on the second Iron Man but I really enjoyed it. The villains may've been a bit poor but the story was still enjoyable and a lot of fun. It had the same brilliant humour and an underline of romance which instantly earns brownie points to me because I'm a sucker for a romance.
Robert Downey Jnr. plays Tony Stark as if he's made for the role like always and we also had the addition of Black Widow which was super cool because I love watching bad-ass female characters.


SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD- SPOILERS AHEAD
I loved the beginning with the Stark Expo and Tony taking full advantage of his superhero fame. I find it so entertaining to watch because no other superhero does this! They're all too perfect and selfless which makes it so beautifully refreshing to watch Tony make the most of his popularity.
We had the court room conversation which wasn't my favourite scene but it was still great because... Tony Stark was in it. He's so charming, cocky and hilarious that I can't help but love him.
We find out that his arc reactor is poisoning himself and... I was never really worried that it'd hurt him. There wasn't high stakes and resolving it all was pretty quick and minor. With the help of Jarvis, Tony created a new element and... that was the end of that. I will say that I do quite like all the graphics that Tony uses when he's doing sciencey stuff. Considering this movie was made in 2010, the cool holograms are transfixing to watch.