The Perks of Being a Wallflower Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book and Film Review

Book Synopsis

The book written by Stephen Chbosky follows 15 year old protagonist Charlie who has trouble socially, due to a troubled past that is revealed throughout the novel. He is writing letters to an unknown recipient, talking about his life in freshman year in high-school. He deals with unrequited love, sexuality, drug use, and mental health throughout his first year at high school. Unrequited love for his senior friend Sam, along with sexuality in the form of Sam’s step brother Patrick, who is going out with Brad, a closeted homosexual on the football team. Charlie also has his first encounter with drug use as he trips on LSD to be cool and mental health through the effects of his best middle friend committing suicide and his aunt dying in a car crash.

Film Synopsis

The film adaptation starring as Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick and Emma Watson as Sam, follows closely to the book as is also directed by Stephen Chbosky. The only major differences are Charlie teacher has a bigger role in the film. As in the book, he is mentioned as is supportive towards Charlie, but it never talks about his teaching style. Having Paul Rudd play the teacher though, obviously, the teacher was going to have a bigger role. Charlie’s sister being abused by boyfriend doesn’t play as a major point, although it is shown in the film. In a way, a major change is the tunnel scene where Sam stands up, as the song they are listening to is changed from Fleetwood Macs Landslide to David Bowie’s Hero creating a whole new meaning to the word infinite. The film also had Imagine Dragons Its time which was awesome.

Review

Both book and film are worth visiting as they deal with social issues everybody goes through during their adolescents. The book and film holding that nostalgic feeling but also that cringe-worthy moment of when you were younger. An example being, when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Charlie sitting with his girlfriend Mary Elizabeth, played by Mae Whitman, chooses not to kiss her and kisses Sam instead causing everyone to resent him. It shows the perils of being a wallflower as he lying to himself in when he said yes to going out with Mary Elizabeth. Later, when he reveals his true feelings to Sam as she is leaving, she berates him for not acting earlier. The Perks of Being a Wallflower are being very good at observing things in a social situation, taking everything in the conversations around during you, allowing you to be able to judge things more rationally. Thus linking in with Carl Jung‘s theory of introversion/extraversion. Charlie portraying introversion as Patrick shows extraversion in dealing with life. Overall this book is good coming of age book, like the book The Wanderers by Richard Price dealing with taboo subjects and dealing with the trials you face when growing up.

Here links to some of my other book reviews:

Man Seeking Woman and The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

Ready Player One Book Review

The Return of Lucha Underground

Season 4 Lucha Underground

Lucha Underground is the Eastenders of the wrestling world as it mixes high unrealistic drama with wrestling. There are murder, magic and all other drama that always gets settled in the ring. This week Lucha Underground returned for its fourth season after the murder of Dario Cueto.

Quick Recap

Lucha Underground returned with a bang this week as new GM Antonio Cueto made his first official match. Aztec warfare. Aztec Warfare, involves 20 men for the Lucha Underground championship starting off with three men in the ring. The three men that started the fourth ever Aztec Warfare was Trio champions Killshot and The Mack, and with there new partner Son of Havoc. The only way to win Aztec warfare is to eliminate all 19 other opponents either through pinfall or submission, each entry coming on after a minute and there are no rules. As with previous Aztec warfares, Joey Ryan using this to his advantage as he would handcuff himself to ring ropes. Other highlights were Fenix pulling off some incredible aerial offence which words cannot do justice, Tommy Dreamer going through thumbtacks (it’s like the worst thing to see in person) and Pentagon Dark tearing through all his opponents. Pentagon Dark would go on to retain his championship eliminating 9 opponents breaking 2 arms in the process.

Just when Pentagon Dark thought it was all other, GM Antonio Ceuto would announce a big match for next week. Pentagon Dark vs. Mantanzo Ceuto. What a great match that will be!

Leave a comment if you are a Lucha Underground fan and looking forward to the new season.

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The South Korean One Direction?

BTS: A South Korean Boy Band Taking the World by Storm

BTS Continue to rise

BTS (Bangtan Boys) is making waves all other the world right now as they have become the first K-Pop band to top US album charts, knocking Post Malones Beerbongs & Bentleys off top. Since PSY, there are biggest musicians to come out of South Korea and are selling out arena’s around the world already, thus it is being called the Korean wave. They have toured around America and are planning on touring around the UK despite the band mostly singing in Korean. The BTS call there fans, the BTS army what seems to just keep growing and growing.

Who is BTS?

The band debuted in 2013 with the song ‘No more dream’ from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool. They have six studio albums in total, three in Korean and three in Japenese. The Korean released albums are Dark and Wild, Wings and Love Yourself: Tear. Love Yourself: Tear the album that has topped US charts with over 100,000 sales and getting into the top 10 of the UK charts. The band consists of seven members:

Jin – Vocalist

Suga – Rapper

J-Hope – Rapper

RM – Leader, Rapper

Jimin – Vocalist

V – Vocalist

Jungkook – Vocalist

Like One Direction was, they are known for their boyish good looks, ever-changing fashion sense and along with the singing songs about girls. None of the members has girlfriends which also helps the bands appeal. All the members have individuals personalities that set them apart from the rest, along with their looks, creating a member everyone can get behind.

BTS Members – A Little bit about each member

Jin, also known as the Pink Princess and Hand Kisses Guy. He also is a fan of Dad jokes.

Suga, also known as Swag Master and Motionless Min. He sleeps a lot and dyes his hair a lot.

J-Hope, also known as Hobi and The Sun. Can play the recorder with his nose.

RM (Rap Monster), also known as Rap on and God of Destruction. Has a IQ of 148

Jimin, also known as Chim Chim and Mochi. Can do the splits both ways.

V, also known as Gucci Prince and Blank Tae. Loves Gucci

Jungkook, also known as Triple Threat and Jeon Cena. The prankster of the band.

As you can tell with the little facts about them, they have a devote following in which fans what to know every little thing about them.

What do you think about BTS? leave a comment below.

Slam Dunk 2018

My Time At Slamdunk 2018

Leeds, 26th May 2018, Slam Dunk Festival

Having missed out on going to Slamdunk last year and missing out on bands such as Against Me, I was luckily enough to go this year and see some top bands. Here is how my day went and which bands I saw.

Four Year Strong

The first band I got to watch was Four Year Strong, who played all their favourites. It was nice way to introduce into my first Slamdunk. I sat for this, only to be looking at the people standing and thinking I want to be down there, as you could see all the people really getting into it.

Creeper

The band I was most looking forward was as good as I expected it to be. Will Gould vocals were immense as he sang to the Yorkshire audience. ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Black Rain’ being my favourites. I wanted to hear his Meatloaf like vocals in person, as I’m a massive Metloaf fan, and you could really hear them when they sang ‘Suzanne’. Hopefully they come to Newcastle in the future so I can see them again.

Twin Atlantic

Having saw Twin Atlantic a couple of years ago, I definitely wanted to see them again. They were good here but the weather so hot, I felt like I was burning so didn’t watch them for too long. They played there new album mostly but I did get to here some of their older songs like ‘Free’ and ‘Beast of Yourself’. However ‘Crash land’ wasn’t played this time which I was sad about as last time I saw them that was played, and it was unreal.

Sleeping with Sirens

Kellie Quinns voice is something else. Having discovered him through Peirce the Veil, ‘King for a Day’, it was great to here his voice live. It’s so unique, he can hit any highnote imaginable. Sleeping with Sirens were great to see.

Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes

The craziest band of the day, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes was insane. He came out in a big fur coat and paraded round the stage like he owned. The highlight was his last song, ‘I Hate You’ which the whole crowd sang together. Also for one of his songs he dedicated the girls and encouraged them to crowd surf, so there were bodies flying over me the whole time. There was also a massive circle of death which was fun, which he complained wasn’t big enough even though it was the size of the room.

PVRIS

Lynn Gunn offering her great vocals and drumming skills to get the crowd pumped up for Good Charlotte. PVRIS with their electropop feel electrofying the crowd.

Good Charlotte

I had the choice between watching these or JimmyEatWorld and I think I picked right. Good Charlotte reminding me of my childhood playing ‘The Anthem’ and ‘Girls Don’t Like Boys’ while streamers came down. It was a nice way to end the night.

It was a great day overall and Leeds was a nice city also. Would recommend to everyone to at least go once, as you’ll definitely get your moneys worth if these are your kind of bands. It’s a nice mini festival before you go to somewhere like Download or Reading and Leeds.

Let me know what you thought of Slamdunk if you were there also in the comments ūüôā

Runeacape Classic is shutting down after 17 Years

My Memories of First Playing Runescape

17 years after releasing Runescape Classic, Jagex will shut down the original version on August 6th, 2018 due to Jagex focusing on their main platforms, Runescape and Old School Runescape. This comes because of the increasing number of bots on the servers and their inability to apply Internet safety and micro detection tools to it. This will give them more time to further improve Runescape and Old School Runescape, and let the original Runescape model lay to rest. He is some of my memories of my early days on Runescape.

Tutorial Island

Where it used to all begin. After designing your character, you would be placed to tutorial Island where you would learn to cook, fish, woodcut and all the combat skills by testing your powers on rats and chickens. If you were committed enough you get all your levels to three before going off to the big leagues, where you be called a noob because you were only level 3.

Running to get everywhere

Unlike the Runescape of today, there was no lodestone network so it took real effort to get around unless you had high magic to teleport places. One Small Favour was the longest quest ever as you couldn’t just teleport to the places you needed to go, you’d have to walk/run across the map.

The Quest Dragon Slater

Completing this quest made you feel like a legit hero, you’d worked hard to get to get to this point, as you had to have decent skills to kill a level 68 dragon. The hardest quest for free to play players, this was the pinnacle of free to play, as you would be able to wield rune after completion, still the highest armour for free to play.

The Wildernesses (Wildy)

This is not remembered fondly, having been PKed in here many times through promises of 1 Mill and better armour. You’d be lured in deep in the wilderness where a group of PKers would be waiting to bind you then bombard you with attacks. You’d also do this to your friends as well if you were cruel. It used to be the most dangerous place in the game but has been watered down now.

Selling your items in a bank

You could be standing for hours on end in a bank trying to flog and buy stuff. Using colours and flashes to make your writing stand out above the rest. Varrock Bank world one for free to play personally while world 2 for members was the place to be to get the items you needed. There was no grand exchange which makes it so much easier today. You’d also think you were rich when you made 1k after selling 10,000 feathers from killing chickens. I also mistakingly thought I had more money then I did, with the currency used.

Playing as a girl to get free stuff

Everyone has done it in one game or another just to fool someone into them giving them free stuff. Going to the makeover mage to transform yourself into a woman, trying to make her as attractive as possible so that a male player would take you under his wing and give you free stuff. It’s one of the weirdest things of the gaming world.

Killing Goblins and Cows with your Wooden Sheild and Bronze Dagger

If you didn’t have any friends who already played, the first item you would require would be a bronze dagger, the worst weapon ever made, along with the worst shield, the wooden shield. You’d go north from Lumbridge and start killing Goblins, it taking ages to kill them and struggling against them even though they’ve only got ten hitpoints. When you could finally kill them in one shot with a Rune Scimmy, you knew you had made it.

Let me know what memories of Runescape you have

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

How Han became Han Solo

With an all-star cast, including Donald Glover from Community, Emilia Clarke who plays Kelesi in Game of Thrones, and rising star of Alden Ehrenreich, Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a thrilling adventure. Seeing it at midnight, here is what I thought of the film.

Synopsis

Han has a dream of owning his very own ship and is willing to steal anything to get it, costing him his first love, Kira. Three years later he finds his soon to be long-term companion Chewbacca who he helps escape from imprisonment so they can find a ship and return to Kira. However, they are recruited by a gang ran by Tobias Beckett, who becomes Han’s mentor and is a well-known smuggler, to help with requiring a highly valuable resource which will make them all rich. When the first attempt goes south, and they return empty-handed to the criminal overlord, Dryden Vos, they quickly create an idea to gather what he wants so Dryden does not kill them. The mission they go on is incredibly dangerous so Dryden sends his lieutenant to help them, Han’s first love Kira. For this mission, they also need a ship which they acquire from a gambler called Lando, Han Solo will later win his ship, the millennium¬†falcon in a bet. They complete this dangerous mission, only for it to reveal that the so-called pirates are the good guys and will use the valuable resource for good. This gives Han a change of heart, deciding to help the pirates and turn on Dryden and Tobias, who double-crosses them. Kira then kills Dryden leaving Han Solo to pursue Tobias and the valuable recourse, only for it to be revealed Kira is in with Darth Maul. Han then kills Tobias and gives the resources to the pirates.

Review (Spoilers)

The Good

Solo: A Star Wars Story¬†offers a great deal of action and introduces all the characters well to the audience and glimpse in how they become the people they do later in the Star Wars Universe. Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is his arrogant self but he is likeability person because he ultimately has a good heart and him Chewbacca make a great partnership. It was good seeing how they met and how their bond builds between them throughout the film. They have various nice moments like Han letting Chewy help the other Wookies when they’re escaping the mine. Kira (Emilia Clarke) plays the temptress ultimately turning on Solo at the end of the film for her own gain and joining Darth Maul. I don’t think anyone wanted more Darth Maul but he was there. Mira is essentially playing the long game to being the head of an evil association which is headed by Darth Maul. The film is beautifully made and the score is well crafted also, an epic scene being when a giant monster is getting sucked into a massive hole in space. Dryden (Paul Bettany) and Tobias (Woody Harrelson) also play their roles well as they are talented actors.

The Bad

The film could have been much better if it was more of a stand-alone¬†film rather than setting up for another film and it suffers being chronologically the first film to watch in Star Wars because of when it is set. I would’ve much preferred just an epic adventure Han Solo goes on having nothing to do with any of film. I also don’t think Lando (Donald Glover) was used to his full potential in the film, potentially just losing his ship and robot companion. He’s just an addicted gambler who loves capes. Although Donald Glover does play Lando incredibly well. I would’ve liked to see the film as more of a Firefly episode, where Han Solo is presented with a job¬†and needs to get it done by any means necessary.

Overall

It is still better than some films in the Star Wars Collection, but it is nowhere near the best one, it’s just alright.

7/10

Let me know what you think in the comments

Armada by Ernest Cline – Book Review

Armada by Ernest Cline – Book Review

Ernest Cline’s other nerdy book that is not Ready Player One

 Synopsis of Armada

The novel follows an eighteen-year-old boy called Zack Lightman who is ranked in the top 10 of a video game called Armada, The Red Baron is ranked first. Zack is ranked 6th under the name of Red Baron. His father supposedly died straight after he was born, leaving Zack and his mother to fend for themselves. All his father has left behind is a conspiracy theory, a theory that the government is preparing people for an alien invasion through games such as Armada and films like Star Wars.

During a day at school, Zack sees an alien¬†spaceship from the game Armada, not believing what he is seeing her runs home and further explores his father’s conspiracy stuff in the attic. He then brushes it off and continues to go about his life, playing video games with his two best friends and working at a local game store¬†under a man called Rey. Rey gives him the latest console to further improve his skills on Armada.

Later that night him and his two best friends Cruz and Deihl, they get a serious brief before playing Armada together. A brief from the fictional character Admiral Vance, who describes the mission in detail as a once only mission to stop a disruptor destroying the earth. They ultimately fail this mission believing they will get another opportunity another time.

The next, however, while at school the EDA (Earth Defence Association) show up to take Zack away with him being ranked in the top 10 of Armada in the world by Ray. He is taken to a secret facility where all the other top players are gathered also in which it is revealed there will be an alien invasion in 24 hours by Admiral Vance who is actually real. Here, him and love interest, Lex, a top player in the other government designed game Terra Firma as they divulge the information being giving to them that they have been sublimely trained to fight an incoming alien invasion, against the so-called Europans. As they are talking, they base is attacked by the Europans causing them to sign up to the EDA and defend the base.

The base is defended relatively¬†successfully, although Zack nearly destroys the base by not following orders to not follow a Europan drone. He is nearly sent home for his mistake but Vance decides to keep him as a favour to his father, who had saved Vance’s life. Vance then sends him to the moon base to join the other highly ranked Armada players.

Zack arrives on the moon and joins fellow top players, and is to report to the top player the Red Baron, who is actually his father. He and his father reunite and his father explains his theory of why the Europans are attacking earth, stating that is all a test by the Europans as they are letting Earth fight back and take their technology. This comes to be true as the Europans attack through their first wave wiping out half the earth until Zack father sacrifices himself to destroy an alien dreadnought. Realising it is a test Zack and his father stops the nuked (Icebreaker), the earth has planned to use on the Europans, Zacks dad dying in the process.

After stopping the nuke, an¬†Icosahedron arises from the planet and identifies itself as an emissary of¬†a machine that was created by a galactic community of civilizations called the Sodality. The whole invasion was a test to see how aggressive earth could be, and earth passed only just because they stopped the nuke. Zack accepts membership to the Sodality on earth behalf causing the Icosahedron to send help to earth to restore it and help the survivors.¬†Zack later joins as an ambassador to learn the aliens’ true motives.

Review

Similar to Ready Player One,¬†Ernest Cline uses a lot of 80s references throughout his novel which creates nostalgia. The 80s being Cline’s favourite period. Zack is a likeable character as he is your typical gamer nerd whos dream¬†comes true of being part of his favourite game comes to life. He becomes the hero of his own game, which any person would love to be. Although, obviously it is not as you want to be in every way as Zack experiences, such as you can actually die part.

The concept is also similar¬†to Ender’s Game¬†which Cline alludes to as they both share the idea of computer game having an alternative motive. In a way, it is as dark as Ender’s Game¬†as the Icosahedron has destroyed half of the earth as a test. In Ender’s Game,¬†Ender destroys nearly an entire civilisation as a test unknown to himself it wasn’t tested. Armada has a less serious tone but has a great deal of sacrifice through it, Milo and Shen, to gay lovers sacrificing themselves to save other, along with Zacks father Xavier.

Although Armada is a great book, I still think Ready Player One is better due to the anything can happen narrative and the open world it creates.

8/10

Leave a comment if you’ve read any of Ernest Cline’s books