Why I Love Book to Film Adaptations

You hear one of your favourite books is being made into a film. It’s a book that’s so iconic to you and holds a dear place in your heart for whatever reason so you’re probably going to be a bit apprehensive to see whether the film producers get the casting right, the setting right, whether the scenes play out the same as they did in your head or whether they’ll completely change the ending or leave important parts out. Those are all factors we think about when we hear a book we love is going to try and conquer the big screen but today I want to talk about why, in spite of all the apprehensions, I absolutely adore film adaptations.

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A Day Out: Colchester Zoo

Everyone has a handful of places that brings up a whole world of nostalgia for them. One of mine is Colchester Zoo – I could not count the amount of times I’ve been here and have been going here since I was little. I absolutely love the place; it’s got such a gorgeous atmosphere and whatever the weather, you can quite comfortably wander around for the entire day. I visited here a few weeks ago, for the billionth time and I wanted to write a little blog post about the day and share some of the photos I took. Come and join me at Colchester Zoo!

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Recipe: Coconut and Lime Cake

Hi guys! I’m back again with another recipe post but this time, we’re leaning towards the sweeter kind. I gotta admit, cakes aren’t my strong suit. Apart from the Betty Crocker kind which requires very little effort and skill but, if I do say so myself, this one went exceptionally well and tasted delicious so I’m sharing the recipe, which is very easy, with you below!

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What’s NEXT For Cathy Bramley?

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Condition Love blog tour today but as we’re nearing the end of the tour, I bring you chapter 1 of Wickham Hall, which will be out in paperback January! I’ve read the first part of Wickham Hall and it’s fabulous! So treat yourself to a little read today and enjoy!

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I puffed out my cheeks as I turned the corner into Mill Lane. My throat was dry, my lungs felt squashed and achy and one of my laces was beginning to come loose, but I was determined not to slow down.

Come on, Holly,’ I muttered under my breath as the finish line came into view. ‘You can do this. Nearly there. One last push!’

I broke into a sprint for the last hundred metres. The early June sunshine was warm on my back and I felt hot and sweaty in my T-shirt and shorts, not to mention ready for a drink. There was no stopping me now, though; I was through the pain barrier, I was in the zone . . .

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Feedem Pet Supplies Review #1

I got in contact with a marketing executive for the company, Feedem – an online retailer of pet products including food, toys and accessories for all kinds of pets from dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and fish. I was really interested in the opportunity to review some of their products as I have a dog myself and I just love dogs. In fact, I love dogs more than I love most people. So there’s that.

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So… I Was Shortlisted for an Award. Who’d Have Thought?

Last month, Jenny in Neverland was shortlisted for Blog of the Year at the Love Stories awards. My best friend popped up on Facebook chat one morning and asked if I’d seen and I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. An hour later, I was still convinced that there was some sort of mistake. And that’s not me being modest, heck if I wasn’t surprised, I wouldn’t have acted it but out of all the incredible book bloggers out there, why on Earth was I shortlisted?

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Book Review: Is It Just Me? by Miranda Hart

51BYur7QsLL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Is It Just Me?
Author: Miranda Hart
Format: Paperback
Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Goodreads

Blurb: Well hello to you dear book browser. So, here’s the thing: it is just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity that accompanies childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and you too dear reader) some much needed caution and guidance. Let’s call it, because it’s fun, a Miran-ual. I thank you. Continue reading

1000 Blog Followers; Thank You & Giveaways!

On what crazy ass planet am I sitting here writing this post? In case you hadn’t guessed from the title, my little blog has reached one thousand unique WordPress followers. A thousand of you crazy people are following me and my *sometimes ridiculous* ramblings; why you’d want to, I’ll never know but you are and I could never ever thank you enough.

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Movie Discussion: Paper Towns (2015)

It’s absolutely no secret that I am a complete and utter John Green fan girl. I worship the ground that man walks on and I’d never found books that I connected with so deeply and loved so much until I started reading his a few years ago. Naturally, I was ecstatic when I found out Paper Towns was being made into a film – I’d always thought it would translate fantastically to the big screen and after The Fault in Our Stars and how beautifully that book morphed into a film, I had high high hopes for Paper Towns.

For those who live in a cave, Paper Towns follows our main character, Q (short for Quentin) who is completely in love with his neighbour and classmate, Margo. Despite being good friends when they were younger, as their teenage years and high school engulfed them, they grew apart. Until one night, shortly before graduation, Margo appears in his bedroom and takes him on an adventure where she gets revenge on all the people that have wronged her, including her ex-boyfriend and her best friend.

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My Top 5 Favourite PlayStation 1 Games

As technology goes, I’m a bit of a technophobe. I don’t upgrade my phone unless I really really need to, I miss MySpace and I never ever upgraded from my PlayStation 1. I’d thought about it many times and only dreamed about the graphics of a PlayStation 2 but I couldn’t do it. My PlayStation 1 games were far too precious and hold too many childhood memories to even contemplate getting rid of so even to this day, I still play my PlayStation 1 games and I still love them as much as I always did. The nostalgia I feel when I hear the start up screen is unfathomable. So for all you old skool kids out there, here are my top 5 PlayStation 1 games!

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