Sunday, August 24, 2014

Outlander TV Show Review

Synopsis (Taken from Starz) *Warning: Synopsis Has Spoilers, Mine Doesn't!*:

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. 

Premiere Date
August 9, 2014
Air Time
Saturdays at 9PM
Genres
Action/Adventure, Adaptation, Drama, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi
TV-MA
TV Parental Guidelines
Original Channel
Starz
Review:

I was going to write this review at the end of the season but this show is so amazing I just had to write one right away!

For people who don't know anything about this, it follows a 1945 married World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall. During her second honeymoon with her husband, she is transported back to Scotland in 1743. She is kidnapped by a band of Highlanders who take her to the Clan MacKenzie and is unable to escape. Along the way she befriends a sweet, young Scot warrior, Jamie Fraser and she has to adapt to this new life and time.

As of yesterday, there's only been three episodes so far but the first time I watched it, I was immediately hooked. It's hard to sort what type of show this is because there's romance, historical fiction, time travel, adventure, drama, etc. Whatever it is, the plot, acting, and overall show is amazing.

In my opinion, the acting is spot on! I can tell the actors and crew take this very seriously and try to make the characters as real as possible. I was worried though about the accents in the show beforehand but thank goodness the accents wasn't a problem at all and don't even get me started on the Gaelic. Personally I don't know nor understand Gaelic but it sounds authentic to me -especially when Jamie says it I just melt. I mean have you heard him speaking it?! I get chills hearing him say it and I swear it's the most sexiest thing I ever heard, plus he's hot -I mean have you looked at him.

I am currently reading the book and the show sticks to the book very well. Of course there's some little differences but it's still true to the book. I'm very happy that this book turned into a TV show rather than a 2hr long movie. So much happens in the book that 2hrs doesn't fit anything in. With episodes, there could be a few chapters in every episode with more details than a movie and this makes a better adaption of the book.

Outlander does get compared to Game of Thrones a lot but in a way it's totally different. Both come from a popular book series and now turned into a TV show but if you really look at it, its completely different. Game of Thrones is more of a fantasy type thing while Outlander is historical fiction plus time traveling. It's good and bad that's its being compared with each other because Outlander is getting more hype meaning more people would tune in to watch but also bad because of people would have a high expectation of it. And on that note about Game of Thrones, Sam Heughan, the guy who plays Jamie, auditioned for Game of Thrones several times but never got the part. After watching Heughan's amazing acting skills, GoT's loss because damn! Zap2it even named him as this summer's sex symbol and I couldn't agree more!

Recently I've been notified that Ronald D. Moore revealed that actors working on the show have been asked to sign long-term contracts and it could run for 5 years! I was ecstatic about the news and after the pilot, Starz already renewed the show for a second season. This is now on my top three list and this show is going places!

It's still very early for me to rate but so far I will say it's a 9.5/10. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!



Developed by:
Ronald D. Moore

Based on:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Producers:
David Brown
Matthew B. Roberts

Executive producers:
Andy Harries
Jim Kohlberg
Ronald D. Moore

Cast:

Main

  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randall
  • Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
  • Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
  • Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie
  • Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie
  • Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan
  • Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fraser
  • Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie
  • Stephen Walters as Anghus Mhor

Recurring

  • Annette Badland as Mrs Fitzgibbons
  • Laura Donnelly as Janet Fraser Murray (Jenny)
  • James Fleet as Rev. Dr. Reginald Wakefield
  • AislĂ­n McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie
  • Roderick Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie
  • Simon Callow as The Duke of Sandringham
  • Bill Paterson as Ned Gowan
  • Simon Meacock as Hugh Munro

Monday, August 11, 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson Review

Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: E-book
Page Count: 449 pages
Source: Borrowed


Synopsis:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?
Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait...what?


Review:

This is a type of contemporary that's great to read for the summer and get's you pumped up!

Sloane and Emily are best friends and without saying a word, Sloane just disappears. It's not like she runs away or something bad happens. Sloane just... left. Emily doesn't know why or where she went but all she left behind was a to-do list for Emily. Emily has to complete these and some things on the list is totally out of her comfort zone. The list as follows:

1. Kiss a stranger.
2. Go skinny-dipping.
3. Steal something.
4. Break something.
5. Penelope.
6. Ride a dern horse, ya cowpoke.
7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona.
8. The backless dress. And somewhere to
wear it.
9. Dance until dawn.
10. Share some secrets in the dark.
11. Hug a Jamie.
12. Apple picking at night.
13. Sleep under the stars.


I kinda want to do some of the things on the list (or make some of my own). Of course, except for steal something, Penelope and 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona (b/c that's not really real).

I love the style Morgan Matson writes and to just put it out there, she has some good taste in music! The main character and her love interest goes on these runs throughout the book and there would've be the track list of their playlists on the page. Another thing is, her characters are relateable. Personally not to me but I can see other people totally being like "wow, she's like me".

The romance was kind of conflicting for me. Frank has a girlfriend throughout most of the book but she's total M.I.A. I really rooted him and Emily but there was always a voice in the back of my mind and remind me that Frank has a girlfriend who is in college. Plus side was he pushed Emily to do things outside of her comfort zone and supported her. It's just that damn love-triangle-ish thing going on that frustrates me. The situation is just like the "love-triangle-ish" in Anna and the French Kiss.
 
I think there is a mortal to this and mostly this tells the readers to take chances and go for it. It's like my motto Carpe Diem. I really recommend this book if you're looking for a nice contemporary read. Definitely recommend it during or near summer time!  

Rating: