Man Seeking Woman and The Last Girlfriend on Earth

Man Seeking Woman /Last Girlfriend on Earth Review

Simon Rich brings his comedic outlook on dealing with relationships, from being in one to find one. Simon Rich writing and creating relatable material, it is must read if you even ever had a crush on someone. Simon books The Last Girlfriend on Earth and other love stories, is split into three chapters, boy meets girl, boy meets girl and boy loses girl. The TV show, on the other hand, follows singleton Josh played by Jay Baruchel, who has just broken up with his longtime girlfriend Maggie. The first series explores Josh getting over Maggie, the second season focuses on him seeking one particular girl and the final third series is about the relationship he is in. Both book and tv shows are a must read and watch. The first season being by far the funniest and best.

The Last Girlfriend and Other Stories – Best of the Bunch

Occupy Jen’s Street

This short story tells the tale of Otto who leads a protest against a girl called Jen who he has courted for a while. She has got into a relationship and Otta does not believe this to be fair, so he sets up camp outside her dorm and starts a protest. Otto demands are:

  • Jen must dump her current boyfriend and enter a long-term relationship with him
  • She must instantly fall in love with him
  • Become attracted to him physically
  • A general reduction in student loans

He gathers a following over the next couple of weeks even getting on national TV, however, it is too no prevail. The morality of the tale being you can protest and change many things, but not someone falling in love with you.

Cupid

This story is also used in the TV series, Series one, Episode 5, explaining why all the promoters get all the girls apparently. Zeus invites Cupid to Mount Olympus to question why everyone isn’t receiving love anymore, as only nightclub and vodka promoters along with bad people are getting love. This is due to Cupid hanging around in clubs rather than travelling the world. The tv show goes further than the story as Josh is set up with an attractive girl as Cupid feels bad about who he has been shooting arrows at.

The Last Girlfriend on Earth

After a viral epidemic hits the world, it leaves a shortage of girl and Leon is going out with one. She constantly being hit on by guys such as Bill Gates, Brad Pitt and Adam West! Leon’s girlfriend Kayla just brushes it off like everyone is not flirting with her while Leon sees that every guy is trying to get with her. This causing friction in their relationship.

Confidence

Another story used in the TV series is the confidence story. The confidence story follows a night in between Jack and a girl he has been dating Meg. When asked by Meg to define what they are, he finally has the confidence to say that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. Happy with his decision he goes in for a kiss only for her to freeze, then three sex aliens turn up behind him asking for him to have sex with him. The sex aliens have come to Jack as they have smelt the confidence on him. Jack ultimately rejects them as he not willing to cheat on his girlfriend, causing them to leave, although leaving there number. He shares this experience with his friend who the sex aliens had visited him 5 years ago when he first started going out with his girlfriend. This causes Jack to regret not having sex with them and fractically texts them to come back, even knowing they won’t comeback as they will not smell is desperation.

The Best Parts of Man Seeking Woman – TV Show

In Series one, episode 2, Man Seeking Woman takes the task of texting a girl after getting her number to a whole new level. Josh, his sister and his best friend, Mike (Eric Andre), prepare to send the one make or break text. They end up in a secret bunker environment with high ranking officials discussing how he should text this girl he met on the train. The statistics guy saying women love grammar and the use of emoji’s are up while Mike makes an impassioned speech about making her dick pic.

Series One, Episode 4, puts Josh in the position, everyone, has been in, the position of your friends setting you up with someone. Josh is invited to a dinner with his sister, her boyfriend and other couples. Noticing he is the only, singleton there until Maude arrives in which from the get-go, his sisters and other couples watch and wait to see if anything happens. After a while, they get bored off waiting for something to happen, and start shouting couple up to them in which they end running away from them together. The episode gets even funnier when Josh’s mam interrogates him over Maude when they are a thing. Going as far as using the internet to find out about Maude, asking if she knows the Stevenson’s just because she lives somewhere.

In his pursuit of Rosa (Rosa Salazar) his work friend who currently has a boyfriend, he decides to be a strong viable candidate for her if she does break up with her boyfriend. The media pursuing issues of him for running for Rosa boyfriend, which he denies although he clearly gaining favour by hanging around with her friends and going against some of her boyfriend’s policies such as not liking curry. More favour is gained as Rosa tells him how her boyfriend does not like trying new fancy places in which Josh shows at a really saying he believes boyfriends should take their girlfriends to fancy places. At this point, they are calling Rosa’s boyfriend to resign. His campaign ultimately fails as she is going out with Jesus Christ (Fred Armisen). Series 2, Episode 6

Another familiar situation people find themselves is when Josh’s new girlfriend Lucy (Kate Findlay) does not think Mike likes him in series 3, Episode 3. Josh invites them to hang out, the placing being an underground mine. Josh is however late, leaving Lucy and Mike alone in a mine together, with no mutual friend to make conversation between them. It gets worse when the mine explodes leaving them with no escape, the media sending in conversation starters for them. Mike is about to kill himself until Lucy begins to tell him revealing stories about Josh, such as him getting a boner during a class recital. They have a good time because of this but this leads to Mike becoming a whistleblower, revealing the all the embarrassing stories about Josh to the world.

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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

Mortal Engines: Infernal Devices Book Review

Mortal Engines Infernal Devices by Phillip Reeves Book Review

Following on from Predators Gold comes Phillip Reeves third book in the quartet Infernal Devices set 16 years after the events of Predators Gold.

Synopsis

All is quiet in the city of Anchorage after adventuring to America and finding a safe haven in the hills. Tom and Hester have settled down, their adventures seeming to be a distant memory. Tom and Hester have also had a child called Wren who yearns for adventure. And that is when the troubles start. The past catches up with Tom and Hester, as Gargle the lostboy returns in the search of an ancient book called the tin book. The Tin Book quickly becomes the item everybody wants causing Wren to be kidnapped, and Tom and Hester to come to her aid.

Review

Hester secrets come out at the end of the novel, showing her to be completely evil. Reeves slowly builds Hester character to be unsympathetic as she becomes heartless through her joy for killing and her obsession with Tom. Turning on her own daughter and losing Tom maybe forever. Hester has always had that evil side and it his finally came out. It’ll be good to see what happens in the final book. Probably my favourite book so far, as it is all action throughout and ties up loose ends as well as creating new ones. Wren looks to become the main female protagonist in the next novel as she grows as a character throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the final book.

7.5/10

Previous books reviewed in the quartet

Mortal Engines: Predators Gold Book Review

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeves: Review

Comment below if you have read any of these books and let me know what you think

 

 

Ready Player One Film Review

Ready Player One Film Review

Proving books are still better

Synopsis

The film centres around Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager leaving in Columbus 2045. He is on the quest to find the three keys left behind by Oasis created James Halliday (Mark Rylance) who had died 5 years prior to releasing a hidden Easter Egg in the Oasis. The Oasis is a massive MMORPG in which the whole world is essentially playing due to freedom it gives a person in the game. In the Oasis Wade goes as Percival, as his best friend goes as Aech and his love interest, a famous gunter goes as Art3mis (Olivia Cooke). They are later joined by Daito and Sho to create the high 5.  Although the Oasis is free for everyone and allows them to do anything they want, an evil corporation called IOI wants to stop this. This evil corporation is run by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) who wants to create an interface for the Oasis covered in advertisements. Thus, Wade Watts and the rest of the high-five, have to find the keys and Egg before IOI to stop them becoming controllers of the Oasis.

Review

Having read the book first, I still came in with high hopes for the film adaption and they did not disappoint to a certain extent. Speilberg creating a world with the popular pop culture of today as they are cameos from Master chief and there is a Minecraft planet. The film is also acted great by the relatively new acts involved such as Tye Sheridan. The visual effects are stunning as Art3mis looks like an alien version of Ruby Rose along with Aech’s character looking like an war cyborg. Spielberg had to change a lot from the book as he couldn’t possibly create some of the worlds mentioned in the novel. He does replace them with highly creative scenes, like the shinning scene in homage to Kubrick.

Comparing the book to the film

Obviously, Speilberg could not create everything in the book and he could not also create the slow burn feel the book had. The first two ways the keys are found being completely different to the film, along with I-Rok (TJ Miller) playing an overpowered henchman for IOI. In the book, I-Rok just plays an annoyance and a grass. Although Og Morrow (Simon Pegg) still plays a huge role in the film, as he still helps the Hi five along the way, his character is still diminished. In a cynical view, it misses out Daito being killed in real life, leaving his little brother to fend for himself, but obviously, it’s left out for PG reasons. The Hi 5 are also brought together so quickly with them all being friends from the get-go. The book was great because of the nerdy references it made I don’t think Spielberg made it that nerdy.

6.5/10

Villains by Necessity Novel by Eve Forward Book Review

Villains by Necessity Book Review

When the villains become the heroes

Synopsis

The central book’s theme is good needs evil. In the prologue, it is explained that evil has been taking away throughout the realm after long fought out battle between good and evil. The novel goes in the opposite direction to over fantasy novels as the heroes are the leftover villains in the world. These leftover villains, which includes an: as assassin, dwarf, necromancer, druid and a black knight, must adventure across the world that is being succumbed by light to restore the balance of the world between good and evil. The villains put aside their differences to join forces against the ruler of good, Mizzamir, who is whitewashing the masses of the world. The major twist throughout the novel is that the book is taken from the villain’s perspective, who are essentially the heroes, and they cannot be any heroes without villains. Morality is also challenged in various ways due to the concept of rape throughout the novel, along with killing. Villain’s by Necessity questionably follows Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.

Heroes Journey

Joseph Campbell’s hero journey is applied to Eve Forward’s novel of Villains by Necessity due to the universality of Campbell’s monomyth and shows the importance of the monomyth. Although Campbell’s monomyth is general and basic, it strongly outlines the human consciousness through the challenges the hero faces along his journey. As he explains:

The agent of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth,” he writes. “Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization. As he crosses threshold after threshold, conquering dragon after dragon, the stature of the divinity that he summons to his highest wish increases until it subsumes the cosmos. Finally, the mind breaks the bounding sphere of the cosmos (Campbell 2008 190)

The monomyth has psychological importance, as the individual battles there outer and inner ‘‘dragons’’. Additionally, Campbell is saying literature is used to make people more human as Eve Forward shows in Villains by Necessity. Eve Forwards character development of Valerie and more importantly Kaylana intending Campbell’s hero’s journey can also be applied to female supporting characters. No woman throughout the novel is metaphorically a temptress or aligned to play a Goddess; they have their own identities disproving Murdock’s critic of the hero’s journey being male-dominated. Villains by Necessity displays various methods of the monomyth and representations of Carl Jung archetypes. Eve Forward’s main character Sam portraying the hero of the novel, in which the reader sees themselves and portrays the journey every follows. Sam representing various archetypal hero’s establishing the fact that a hero has a ‘‘thousand faces’’. The journey of one discovering themselves and finding the meaning of their existence. In find meaning, this revoking Camus philosophical idea of absurdism, and the notion of the looking for meaning to be pointless. Campbell’s monomyth is showing that everyone has the potential to become a hero. Jung is supporting this idea of everyone being a hero through his book in the collective consciousness in which the journey archetypes are formed. The archetypes are appearing throughout Villains by Necessity displayed through the characters of primarily Sam and various supporting characters. As Eve Forwards are not typical heroes, they still transform and endure the hero’s journey even if they ‘‘It is not a society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. Moreover, so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal–carries the cross of the Redeemer–not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his despair’’ (Campbell 2008 391). The heroes save the society, but society also saves them.

Review

One of my favourites books I’ve ever read, reading it on holiday in Kavos on my Kindle. It is my favourite fantasy book and I like how it turns the typical hero’s and villains trope on it’ head. The book has everything and I highly recommend reading it. However if you do want to read this book it is pricey.

9/10

Mortal Engines: Predators Gold Book Review

Mortal Engines Predators Gold Book Review

The 2nd instalment of the mortal Engines series, offering revenge, love and redemption

Synopsis

The second book in the Mortal Engines quadiolgy from Phillip Reeve explores the frozen wasteland inhabited by suspected ghosts and vampires. Tom and Hester stumble across the town of Anchorage and help unravel the mysteries of this little known town after they discover this frozen city through a famous author and adventurer, similar to Lockheart in Harry Potter. The adventurer Nimrod Pennyroyal, goes on to tell them about America in which he promises there is a place for cities to settle down as it still has grass and green trees. Thus, Tom, Hester set off to find America, along with the city of Anchorage in a quest for a better life. Obviously, it is not that easy as the ruler of Anchorage, Freya has a crush on Tom causing trouble between him and Hester. They is also the the rise of the anti-traction league the Green Storm after Tom and Hester apparently stole the Jenny Hanvier. The novels unravels more as they try make their way to America as Anchorage is hounded by Wolverinehampton and the massive traction city of Arkangel due to Hester selfish actions.

Review

I think it took a bit longer to get into this book then the first one, but after that it was a really exciting read with all the action going on. If Peter Jackson was to further adapt films from this book quarlet, he would have fun making this one with the icy and under words they are set in. I can’t wait to read the next book Infernal Devices.

8/10

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeves: Review

Mortal Engines book review

A steam punk tale of revenge, technology and the old ways

Soon to be a all conquering film directed by Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson, Phillip Reeves novel explores a world where London is a high flying town, looking to take over the world through an evil invention called MEDUSA. It examines the idea of expansion of national power at the expense of individual liberty. But also what Darwinsm as it is a city eat city world in this future universe created. In the novel this kind of Darwinsm being named municipal Darwinsm.

The plot resolves around a young historian apprentice called Tom and a girl called Hester Shaw. They come into contact with each other to Hester seeking revenge against the Head Historian Valentine who she attempts to kill. However, Tom stops her in which he reveals an unusual scar across her face, Hester stating the scar is Valentines fault. Tom confronts Valentine only to suffer the same fate as Hester as he is thrown off the air bound city that is London. Hesters revenge however will have to wait. As the trio, along with Valentines daughter and pet wolf, Katherine and Dog, become embroiled in a massive plot, involving London trying to take over the world. London, with the power of its death star-esque like weapon MEDUSA, looks to be the sole city in the world with the evil Crome at its helm.

A conflict between technology and religion can arguably be seen as it is the historians vs. The Engineers. The historians keeping old relics and enjoying how things used to be, which also reflects the ant-tractionist views. The ant-tractionists being the city’s that still live on the ground mainly and do not going around eating other cities. The anti-traction league leaving in the land. On the other side, is the engineers who focus on technology and using it to expand their lifestyle and live forever as shown through the robocop stalkers.

This was a great book to start the quartlet of books, having a creative concept. I am looking forward to how Peter Jackson adapts this, as he has a great deal of depth to display on film.

7.5/10