26 Nov 2014

At The Movies I The Hunger Games

Despite desperately wanting to go to the cinema to see The Hunger Games last Thursday, the day it come out, and being completely annoyed when all the seats had sold out, I still managed to get there 3 days later on the Saturday. Not too bad, I guess. I had previously read the book a few years ago before the first film come out but had not read it since, so parts of it were a little fuzzy. So I quickly (after jumping around with joy when I heard it was coming out the following month!) read the book at an extremely fast speed- even for my standards.

I would definitely recommend you read the book as well (before if possible :D ) because you loose so much information in the film as there just isn't enough time. The details are there but if you don't know what they are you won't notice them and that's such a shame when the director has gone to all that effort.

For the film, I wondered if I would miss the action of the arena since that has been the main focus of the other two films. But truth be told, I really didn't. There was plenty of light and shade and exciting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. So the plot: Somehow, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she still isn't safe. Yet she must become the face of the rebellion and try to put an end to The Hunger Games once and for all- whatever the personal cost. Not to mention that the Capital have Peeta imprisoned doing God knows what to him! Exciting right?

The whole film is very dramatic but I love how they added a bit of humour into it, mostly from Haymitch but who else did you expect? And the make-up and CGI work they did on Peeta was AMAZING! I am also so glad they decided to include 'The Hanging Tree' song because not gunna lie...I might have learnt the words. That's how much of a fan I am, spending precious revision time on learning song lyrics!

So basically this film is amazing, enjoyed by my parents and 10 year old brother alike. And I would really hate the cliffhanger at the end if I didn't already know the ending! Just another reason from Bethany why you HAVE TO read the books too. And yes I am aware that this had become a bit of a book review too...popcorn! Movie enough for you?

Have you seen the film? ,
Love Beth xx

23 Nov 2014

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week!

So this week has been a week of great jealousy. I have been stuck indoors, watching the rain tumbling down my bedroom window and the trees looking rather bare and sorry for themselves as I study my butt off for mocks. While on my Bloglovin' feed, it seems, you lot have been out and about on woodland walks rocking Hunter Boots and Tartan scarfs. Oh, I wish! However I didn't manage to get a few things done this week that gave me a little break from all that chemistry nonsense:

-Band Aid 30: I know this is kind of last weeks news, but I didn't find out about the Band Aid 30 song until Tuesday. And I felt I just had to mention it here with Sir Bob Geldof's beautiful speech on The X Factor and then the way that so many celebrities got involved for the cause- not the mention some Youtubers that I spyed!

-Jungle fever: I'm also glad that I'm A Celebrity has returned to our screens, not just because it's one of mine and Mum's fav shows. I mean who doesn't want to see celebrities suffer in a jungle full of nasties, complaining about backache, sweat and toilet troubles. It just goes to show that even though they have this 'label', they are no less human than you or me.

-Bed socks: Fluffy. Comfy. Colourful. Nuff said!

-Plants: Treating my potted plant on my window sill like a baby. Please ignore me if I randomly start talking to it, friends. I'm not mad, honest!

-Volunteer work: Spending my Friday night surrounded by 7 to 9 year old girls at a pottery barn, as I get in the festive spirit painting Christmas Tree bowls. I mean what else would I be doing?

-Cinema: And the most exciting thing that happened this week: Going to the cinema to see                The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I was literally buzzing all night when I got back- but more on that trip later in the week!

I hope your week was fab too, 
Love Beth xx 

P.s there are still some Guest Blogger places left x

16 Nov 2014

Dancing Queen | Who Knew?

In the past you will probably have heard me talking about how social awkward and uncool I am compared to most people my age. I'm the complete opposite of the stereotype of a teenage- minus the terrible skin! My idea of a good night is curled up on the sofa, drinking tea and watching Coronation Street reruns (how sad!).  And dance floors scare the poo out of me...until last Friday night that is.

(L-R) Meriel, Me, Rebecca, Bethan & Natasha!

My friends Rebecca invited me and 4 other girls to an All-You-Can-Eat-Stuff-Ya-Face Chinese Buffet for her 16th. At the last mintue she had to change the date and it just so happened to be the day of a Disco night! As you can imagine I was pretty terrifyed by this since my experiences with nightclubs and discos have been pretty disastrous to say the least. However since it was a group of my besties I sucked it up and went along, first getting ready at Meriel's house and letting her mum drive us there.

8:05pm: The restaurant, Joy Fooks, was atcually really nice with big round tables complete with Lazy Susie, oriental Chinese lanterns and waiters who didn't really understand English. You could basically try anything you wanted to eat from duck pancakes to king pawns, potato chips to spicy chicken balls and MUCH MORE! I'm a fussy eater and I still enjoyed it. 

9:30pm: With our table right next to the dance floor, we could see the DJ gearing up for the music and soon enough he had the disco ball and lasers going like crazy! And already hyper from a mixture of pineapple (don't ask!) and laughing, I wasn't even nervous in the slightest about getting up and dancing. With a whole show of songs playing, we boogied the night away. I didn't even realise I knew the lyrics to so many songs- especially not Abba's Dancing Queen!

11:00pm: Selfies taken. Throats sore. Heels rubbing. My dad called just in time to let me know he was outside, although I doubt he could hear much over Becky terrible singing!

I had an absolutely amazing night with a whole load of photos and memories to take away with me. I know understand why people are obsessed with clubbing! And I think I kind of am too.

Love Beth xx

10 Nov 2014

6 Things That Made Me Smile This Week!

Despite this being the first week back at school, the week I started my revision for GCSEs in May and the fact that it dragged like a bitch...it really wasn't that bad. Is that convincing enough? No, I'm joking! Some really lovely things happened this week that did put a great big smile on my face. Just take a lookie:

-Routine: Having a routine back made my feel like my life had purpose and that that purpose wasn't to become a permanent feature of the sofa. Although I'm not complaining!

-Rainbows: Seeing the faintest rainbow fight it's way through the clouds on the my walk home from school. It seems pretty insignificant but when you're not in the best of moods and all of the world seems to be against you, it makes you think. If that rainbow can do it, so can I.

-Books + tears: The last page turn when I was reading this book- not that I could see much.

-Firework night: Fires and sparklers in the garden for that strange British tradition of Guy Fawkes Night to celebrate "oh just some dude who thought it would be a good idea to blow up the Houses Of Parliament and kill the king- but failed"

-Confidence: Finally feeling a bit more confident about my future after a attending a 6th Form Meeting at my school on Thursday. All I've got to do is pass my GCSE and A Level Biology, English Lit and Psychology here I come!

-Kids: If you don't do anything else with your life, spend a few weeks with children. As I've mentioned before I have recently been volunteering at my old Brownies pack (which is still going 5 years on!) and my whole out look on life is much more positive. The girls are so happy all of the time, get on well with everybody and the funny little things they do just make me smile. If I had it my way this whole post would be filled to the brim with the things they do!

Keep smiling,
Love Beth xx

7 Nov 2014

My Sister's Keeper I Jodi Picoult

Hello Lovelies! Have you heard the news? Its true, I have a new favourite book and as hard as it is to admit it...its a very (very!!) close second to The Kite Runnner! Shocker I know, but if you take a seat and maybe whip up a quick cuppa, you'll find out why:

In the aftermath (quite literally 3.5 mintues after) of reading My Sister's Keeper I am both emotional drained and exhilarated to the point where I can't sleep. This story tells of Anna, a girl born solely for the purpose of being an donor to her cancer strikend sister Kate, the battle her family have endured for 14 years and the day Anna decides to file a lawsuit against her parents forcing her to donate a kidney without her permission.

From the first page there is an uneasy atmosphere that only the great authors can create. And although lightened by the budding on-off romance of Julia and Campbell and the childish humour, it always lingers. At the moment, after saviouring The Turning Of The Last Page, my brain can't seem to function. Clearly the story was never going to end happily ever after. But I. didn't. not. expect. it. to end. like. that. As Jodi said in an interview:

"This is the first book one of my children has read. The day Kyle finished the book, I found him weeping on the couch. He pushed me away and went to his room. Eventually when we did sit down, he kept asking "Why? Why did it have to end like this?". The answer I gave him is this: because it isn't an easy book to read, there are no easy answers. Medically, this ending was a realistic scenario for the family and the only way to hammer home to all the characters what's truly important in life. I wanted to be true to the story- this was the right conclusion"

And I think I might do the same as Kyle, expect for different reasons. I'm going upstairs to read it all OVER again! I want to relax in the company of the not-so-tough-brother Jesse who represents pretty much half of society, that darling dog who stole my heart, Brian the kind of dad I hope my children will have one day, Sara who I can both blame and sympathise with and ultimately two very brave, inspirational girls. The slippery slope of morality and ethics still no clearer than when I started reading: Was it right? Was it wrong? Was it legal? Was it fair? But what I do know- It was an absolutely amazing read.

I suggest you hurry down to your local bookshop as soon as and get your hands on a copy. 

Have you read this book? What did you think?
Love Beth xx

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