The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

As a lover of fantasy books I have wanted to get my hands on The Mortal Instruments for a while now. I had seen a trailer for the movie and I thought it looked amazing. After seeing the movie- and still being amazed- I put the books on the “To Read”- list. As you know, it’s been a while since the movie has been out, there have been rumors about a second one, there’s a tv show being made… I was keeping track but until last week I couldn’t manage to read the first book. Needless to say it didn’t take me long to read it.

Whenever I heared fans talk about the movie, you’d hear something like: “God, I love the books but this movie… Hope the second one will turn out better.” As I hadn’t read the book yet I wondered what the problem with the movie was. I liked it, I didn’t miss anything and I thought I had understood everything just fine. When I started the book I immediatley knew why everyone was complaining. The more I read the more I saw what was missing or changed in the movie. I’m glad I watched the movie first because this way I was able to enjoy it. (That’s a general problem of turning books into movies. Most of the time it just doesn’t work out. There are examples where it has been done really really well but those are the exceptions.) They left out a huge part of the mythology (as far as I remember, Idris isn’t even mentioned in the movie) and some things just didn’t send the same message as in the book- Jace being Clary’s brother for example. After the movie I thought it was just a possibility, a ruse even, since you saw Hodge and Valentine plotting to say this to Clary and Jace to break them. In the book it comes across much more realistic. They also changed a lot of settings for the movie where the final battle takes place in the Institute and Valentine let’s demons into the Institute. In the book, Valentine has a hiding place in an old abandoned hospital and has an army of “zombies” already at his disposal. The whereabouts of the Mortal Cup are different as well. In the movie Clary has it in the end and plans on hiding it. In the book Valentine has it and is off to Idris with it where in the movie I was left thinking he froze in the portal, never to be seen again.

The way I see it: The book is awesome but when you have read it you shouldn’t really watch the movie. Unless you are able and willing to see it as a completely different story. Then it’s really enjoyable as well.

After there were rumors about the second movie being resumed, there was a tv show confirmed. It’s called “Shadowhunters” and I am so looking forward to it because I hope in a show they’ll be able to fit the mythology into the different episodes as it is in the books and get the characters just right. The actress who’ll play Clary looks the part but when they announced the guy playing Jace I was shocked. He didn’t fit into my picture of Jace at all and I wasn’t the only one thinking that. But I have decided to keep an open mind. Maybe they will all surprise us. The pictures from the set I’ve seen so far look really promising and I’ll be sure to tune in. As sure as I’ll be to read the rest of the books as soon as I can get my hands on them.

“Stimmen” von Ursula Poznanski

Bücher von Ursula Poznanski lohnen sich eigentlich immer. Mein erstes Buch von ihr war “Saeculum”, das erste (und bisher einzige) Buch, bei dem ich jemals wirklich Angst hatte, weiterzulesen. Gleichzeitig war es auch ein Buch, das man nicht aus der Hand legen wollte. Seitdem habe ich “Erebos” und “Fünf” gelesen und die restlichen Bücher sind fest eingeplant.

Ich hatte “Stimmen” schon länger auf der “Muss ich lesen” Liste. Als ich nun unterwegs kein Lesefutter meht hatte und verzweifelt in der wohl am schlechtesten sortierten Buchhandlung, die ich je betreten habe, stand, fiel mir ein einziges Buch ins Auge. Ihr könnt euch denken, welches. Ich fackelte nicht lange und nahm es mit. Unnötig zu sagen, dass das Lesefutter schnell aufgebraucht war, denn das Buch konnte ich nur schwerlich aus der Hand legen.

Es handelt sich um den dritten Beatrice Kaspary- Krimi, wobei das Buch auch sehr gut zu lesen ist, wenn man die ersten beiden nicht gelesen hat. (“Fünf” ist der erste, “Blinde Vögel”, den ich mir ganz dringend noch zulegen muss, der zweite). Bea wird zu einem Mord in einer Psychiatrie gerufen. Alleine das Setting verspricht einen interessanten Fall, denn viele der Patienten leben in ihrer eigenen Welt, sind durch die erfahrenen Traumata durcheinander und dementsprechend sehen die Aussagen aus und ist das Umfeld der Ermittlungen. Um nicht zu viele Spoiler einzubauen, sei über den weiteren Verlauf nur so viel gesagt: Es bleibt nicht bei einem Toten und eine Person, die nicht spricht und auch sonst so gut wie nicht kommuniziert ist von großem Interesse. Der Fall bleibt bis zuletzt spannend, ich zumindest hatte den Mörder nicht im Visier.

Aber nicht nur der Fall und die spannende Schilderung machen dieses Buch so gut. Man ist sehr nah an Bea dran, fühlt mit ihr. Schon im ersten Band gab es die Thematik der Schuldgefühle einer arbeitenden, alleinerziehenden Mutter, die natürlich auch in diesem Buch wieder zur Sprache kommt, ebenso wie der Streit mit dem Kindervater. Man möchte mit Bea weinen und kann ihre Verzweiflung vollkommen nachvollziehen, man hasst Achim ebenso wie sie. Aber man freut sich auch mit ihr über ihr Glück.

Von mir bekommt dieses Buch 5 von 5 Sternchen. Großartiges, spannendes und kurzweiliges Lesevergnügen.

(PS: In der Danksagung spricht Ursula Poznanski an, dass sie öfter liest, dass viele beim Lesen mit den Danksagungen anfangen. Ich persönlich fange ein Buch ja vorne an und höre hinten auf zu lesen. Ich kenne aber auch Menschen, die lesen bei einem Buch erstmal die letzten Seiten… Was lest ihr bei einem Buch zuerst?)

“Ich bin kein Serienmörder” oder Wenn Bücher verwirren

Ich habe den Thriller “Ich bin kein Serienmörder” von Dan Wells gekauft, weil ich mir der Name des Autors bekannt vorkam, ich war der festen Überzeugung, schonmal ein Buch von ihm gelesen zu haben. Fragt mich jetzt bitte nicht, wie das Buch hieß, oder um was es ging. Aber es geht ja hier um besagtes Buch aus dem Titel dieses Beitrags.

Ich habe es vor allem deswegen gekauft, weil ich den Blickwinkel interessant fand. Laut der Beschreibung auf der Rückseite geht es um einen Jungen, der weiß, dass er wahrscheinlich irgendwann zum (Serien-)Mörder werden wird, wogegen er ankämpft, weil er nicht so sein will. Ich habe schon einiges an Geschichten und Literatur über Serienmörder gelesen und fand es schon in der Serie und den Büchern um Dexter Morgan (Die Serie heißt schlicht “Dexter”; das erste Buch der Reihe heißt im Original “Darkly Dreaming Dexter”, auf Deutsch “Des Todes dunkler Bruder”) spannend, die Geschichte aus dieser Perspektive zu beobachten. Da es hier noch um jemanden gehen zu schien, der dem Drang zu töten, seinem inneren Monster, wie immer man es nennen möchte, nicht nachgeben möchte, fand ich es doppelt spannend. Ich war gespannt darauf, wie der Autor es schaffen würde, diesen inneren Kampf darzustellen.

Zu Beginn des Buches fand ich es schwierig, einen Zugang zum Buch zu finden. Aber das mag einer persönlichen Abneigung meinerseits gegenüber Ich-Erzählern geschuldet sein. Wenn ich mich in so einem Fall mit der Figur nicht sofort identifizieren kann oder sie mir nicht auf Anhieb sympathisch ist und ich mich bereitwillig in sie hineinfühle, ist das Buch für mich quasi schon verloren. Schwierig in diesem Fall alleine schon, weil ich nunmal keine mörderischen Tendenzen verspüre. Nach einer Weile aber fing ich an, immer gespannter an den Buchstaben zu hängen.

In der Stadt, in der John, der Protagnist, wohnt, kommt es zu einigen brutalen Morden, die natürlich seine Neugier wecken, ist er doch von jeher von Serienmördern fasziniert. Er versucht, auf eigene Faust etwas herauszufinden, was ihm auch gelingt. Ab dem Zeitpunkt wird das Buch für mich richtig problematisch. Als ich las, dass dem Mörder, den John gerade beobachtet, Klauen und Zähne wachsen… Ich schlug entsetzt das Buch zu. (Bitte nicht falsch verstehen: Ich liebe Fantasy. Ich mag Geschichten aller Art, die etwas mit dem Übernatürlichen zu tun haben. Aber wenn ich gerade einen Thriller lese, der sich damit beschäftigen soll, dass jemand nicht zum Serienmörder werden möchte… Ich war gerade nicht in der Stimmung für Dämonen und Werwölfe etc. Ich wollte einen normalen Thriller lesen. In so einen gehören für mich keine übernatürlichen Killer!) Nach dem ersten Schock hoffte ich zuerst, mich doch vielleicht verlesen zu haben. Ich las die entsprechende Stelle nochmal und… nein, ich hatte mich nicht verlesen. Ich widerstand dem Drang, das Buch ungelesen wieder ins Regal zu stellen, in der Hoffnung, dass es am Ende vielleicht doch noch eine normale Erklärung geben würde. Ein Traum, Wahnvorstellungen… Es gibt einige Möglichkeiten, die ich als “befriedigend” in Betracht gezogen hätte. Keine davon erwies sich als zutreffend. Der Killer war ein Dämon und John sorgt dafür, dass er nicht mehr töten kann. Zu einem hohen Preis, denn sein eigenes Monster lässt sich, einmal hervorgelassen, nicht mehr einsperren und er muss nun damit leben, denn eigentlich will er keinem etwas antun und weiß, dass es falsch wäre.

Alles in allem… Ja, das Buch ist relativ gut lesbar. Aber wer hier einen normalen Thriller erwartet, der hat mit diesem Buch daneben gegriffen. Wer sich auf die Erzählperspektive und das Übernatürliche einlassen kann, der kann durchaus seinen Spaß an diesem Werk finden. Für mich… 3 von 5 Sternchen.

Pretty Little Liars

When I started watching Pretty Little Liars, the show was already well into season 2. I was curious because I had read so much online and people were psyched about it. I read what it was about and I thought it might be worth looking into.

I was hooked almost immediatly. I wanted to know who the person was that send that text, I wanted to know what this was all about what the girls would have to go through until they finally found out.

The story starts with Aria getting back from a year in Iceland, finding that her friends have gone seperate ways after Alison DiLaurentis disappeared and Aria and her family left the country. Then a body is found and the police say it’s Alison’s. The group that was close to her, being Aria and her friends (Emily, Spencer, Hannah), find their way back together. After the funeral they all get a text. It says that there’ll be more to come and it’s signed by A. So from the beginning, the girls are set on finding out who that A is who knows a lot of their secrets and blackmails them.

Now that I’m writing this the sixth episode of season 6 has just aired. I have stopped watching the show several times now. After season 3 I only continued into the next season because I thought we’d get some answers. When it was clear that we wouldn’t, I stopped somewhere in season 4. Then I read online: There are new clues, we’ll get A. I caught up and again- no answers, just more confusion. Again, hoping that there were some answers, I kept up with the show and watched as Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hannah searched for clues that might lead to A. Until I read that the network confirmed season 6 and 7. That was it for me. I wasn’t gonna let myself get dragged into two more seasons of “That’s A. Oh no, it’s not, too bad we ruined that character.”. BUT the network promised to reveal A with the fifth season finale. That meant catching up on the parts of season 5 I hadn’t yet seen. The #BigReveAl turned out to be… Nothing. We got a first name and some cryptic video clue to A actually being linked to the DiLaurentis family. So far so good. I (and a lot of other people) were really disappointed and some even said they’d quit watching the show for good. Other were just happy about finally getting a real clue.

Before seeing the sixth episode of this season I was close to quitting myself. Charles turned out to be a dead end. Literally. The guy was dead and the girls had proof. Or so they thought. So he couldn’t be A. A had to be someone else. Again, the “definite” answer the network had promised turned out to be bogus. Another promise was the #SummerofAnswers. This summer, we’d finally get the answers, season 6 was supposed to reveal the thing that got the show going and was what kept everyone watching- who is A and why the heck did they do what they did. Until now, I didn’t feel like I was getting a lot of answers. I still don’t because so much we thought true and proofed wasn’t in the end. The Charles angle didn’t seem to go anywhere, but as usual the show has another suspect ready. In this last episode there are some strong hints at Charles not being as dead as we thought. Which leaves me behind feeling rather confused.

I loved this show from the get go. I liked Aria, Hannah, Spencer and Emily. And of course I was always on the lookout for A. Who could it be? From season 3 on, I was convinced that it wasn’t someone we had seen yet. Another theory of mine was that it was one of the girls. When Alison returned, I had my suspicions on her for a while. Turned out that my theory about not having seen A yet, turned out to be right. (Unless they hid Charles somewhere in plain sight.)

The first two seasons were great, terrific.. Of course there’d be throwbacks in finding A. After that it was just getting ridiculous at some points. And now in season 6… I just hope- for the sake of the show and my curiosity- they reveal A for good soon and find another angle to tell the girls’ story in season 7. I mean, there is still quite the aftermath to deal with. I still love the characters but if you spread a story out too thin, you might end up ruining it for good. Yes, it always sad to see a show you like come to an end. But sometimes it’s better to end on a high. I loved Psych and I was devastated when it ended after season 8 but in the end… It was a great show, the quality never dropped and it’s fun to watch from pilot to series finale. I loved Revenge and I was sad to see it go but in the end I think they should’ve written an ending sooner. Maybe not the happy ending it got but one that fit the story, fit the characters and not an ending that felt like: “We aren’t getting another season, let’s see how we can wrap up fast and give the fans what they want.”

The Heir by Kiera Cass

I did a piece on The Selection Series earlier this week and now I feel like “The Heir” deserves its own.

I gotta admit: I bought The Heir not because I was interested in who and how America’s daughter will choose to be her prince but because I wanted to know how America and Maxon were doing.

The book starts 20 years into their marriage. There are problems in Illéa although the castes have been dissolved and things were better for a while. Maxon wants to buy some time to find a solution to the problems and suggests his daughter host a Selection to distract the public. She refuses at first but under some newly set circumstances she follows through and soon 35 young men are staying in the palace.

Where in the first three books we followed America as one of the Selected, now it’s her eldest daughter we follow. And to be honest if this had been the first book of the series, I would have put the book on a shelf somewhere and let the dust have its fun. Eadlyn (Everytime I put that name in writing I’m thinking I spelled that wrong… xD) comes across as arrogant, cold… Just not someone whose story I would want to follow. I just kept reading for the bits and pieces about Maxon, America, May, Marlee, Aspen and Lucy. Not liking the main protagonist when she isn’t some serial killer or supernatural monster but actually trying to date (even if she’s just pretending) wasn’t really how I wannted to spend my time. She didn’t even really care to remember their names and so did I. Everytime I read a boy’s name I wondered if I had read that name before and if the princess had spent any time with him yet. Further on in the story, some names finally stuck and I could put some of the pieces together.

And then… Like ten minutes before I finished the book- planning to put that book next to the other Selection novels and novelas on the shelf, never look at it again and to not buy the sequel- Her Highness started to actually show feelings and admit them to herself. I mean feelings other then anger when someone wronged her or being annoyed. She actually starts to admit being confused and caring about other people. And just when you start to like her and something really unsetteling happens, the books is over. It ends with Eadlyn telling herself that she will end the Selection and find a husband this way and not ending it sending everyone home like she originally intented to.

Again with the teams and ships. In this book there are several possibilties to choose from. It’s Eadlyn with:

  • Kile
  • Ean
  • Henri…

and there were no more names in my memory but Eikko, called Erik, who isn’t even in the Selection but interprets for one of the guys. (By the way, I ship her with Erik but in the end I think Henri or Kile have the biggest chances to end up next to her)

All in all… Yeah, it’s a good book. Well written and you wanna keep on reading even if only for the reasons I mentioned earlier. Later on some of the Selected and the Princess grow on you and you just wanna get your hands and eyes on the yet to be named fifth book to see how everything continues as the story leaves one MAJOR question unanswered.

Speaking of questions: Who do you ship Eadlyn with and who do you think she will choose?

The Selection Series

When I was at an age where girls usually read love stories, watch romantic movies and such… I didn’t. I dug myself into horror movies, fantasy novels… practically anything but this girly stuff. I didn’t like it. I’m still not really a fan of this kind of stuff but occasionally I read something romantic if there’s just something about it that gets me hooked. Most of the time it’s a fantasy angle. Like time travel, ghosts… If it turns out to be about romance mostly, that’s fine if it is written well.

When I first saw a book of The Selection Series by Kiera Cass on the shelves in the book shop, my interest was peaked. I saw the girl on the cover in that unbelievable dress. I guess even I have this dream of “Being a princess once” hidden somewhere inside me. They say never to judge a book by its cover by I guess we all know that when you don’t know what a book is about or don’t know th author, that’s what gets your intention. When I looked at the back of the book to see what this was all about, I read something like “The Bachelor meets Hunger Games” or “Hunger games minus the bloodshed” and I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I love Hunger Games, I read the whole trilogy in less than a week. Part of the excitement was, next to being really well written, that there was really something going on. Katniss was in it with her life on the line. The Bachelor… Not mine as you might have already guessed. I never got the appeal of watching some rich and “supposed to be handsome” guy supposedly finding love on television. So I put the book back on the shelf and didn’t think about for a while. Until I came across a piece of a failed tv show pilot for The Selection. It had two actors in it I knew from other shows (Toby Regbo from Reign and Michael Malarkey from The Vampire Diaries) and in the five minute video it seemed there was more going in that story than just finding love. There wouldn’t just be girl drama and catfights, there were rebels who attacked so some action as well. I decided to give the books a chance. In a leap of faith I bought all three books at once. It didn’t take me long to read them all. I couldn’t put them down. Now there is another book out and a fifth coming up which I simply can’t wait to get my hands on.

Reading the first pages, getting to know America, the red head who we follow through the course of the Selection, was incredible. It’s old and I hate to read this kind of stuff about protagonists but: I could relate to her. I was completely hooked.

The Selection is the way that the prince of Illéa finds his wife. A girl from each part of the country is drawn “at random” from all the applicants, the chosen 35 girls are being shipped off to the palace and the Prince has to choose one of them to be his wife, his princess, the future Queen.

America doesn’t want to enter the competition. She wants to marry her secret boyfriend Aspen and has no interest whatsoever in Prince Maxon. She agrees to apply when her family and Aspen ask her to, never expecting to be chosen. But she is chosen anyway or I wouldn’t be writing about her right now. Coming to the palace merely to get over Aspen who broke up with her- before she was drawn- out of pride, she meets the Prince when she is just desperate to get into the gardens and she tells him that she doesn’t wanna be there but it’ll help her family who doesn’t have much and gets compensation for her being at the palace if she can stay. She offers to have his back if he’ll keep her. He agrees and they become friends. Just when America starts to admit that Maxon is more than a friend to her, Aspen gets to the Palace as a guard and her feelings for him arise again.

In between the complicated feelings there are rebels attacking the palace, obviously wanting to end the Selection and searching for something, depending where they’re from.

To see America struggle with her feelings about each of the boys, about Maxon dating the other Selected girls… Emotional confusion is part of growing up maybe even part of adult life. America also isn’t the popular girl where she comes from. She’s… let me call it an outcast though it might be a bit drastic. She’s from one of the lowest casts, grown up with next to nothing so she has a hard time adjusting to living in the palace. Still she has a hard time following rules and orders when they aren’t in line with what she believes to be just and right. Maybe those are the things that made her so dear to me.

Whenever in a book or tv show there is more than one couple to choose from, teams build, ships are being created. With the Selection, the two most obvious are “Team Maxon” and “Team Aspen”. Which one I belong to? I’m Team America. From the beginning of the story I was screaming at the books, at her to choose the guy she’d be happy with. Not because her family approves, not because of the crown or because of what the decision for one of them will bring with it. America says “I choose me.” somewhere on her journey. I gave that line a big smile and if I hadn’t had to put the book down, I would’ve applauded. I knew that whoever she ended up with in the end, I’d be happy for her. Happy with her.

Whenever I pick up a book from the series, I know I won’t make it to bed on time because I’ll just get lost in the palace and not stop reading until my eyes won’t stay open anymore no matter how much I want to read on. I never expected a book like this to be as good, well written and entertaining. I was sad, I smiled, I laughed… I loved the books.

The fourth book in the series isn’t written from America’s perspective anymore, neither will the fifth one be according to Kiera Cass. I think that’s a good thing. Fresh set of eyes, the story almost the same but slightly shifted. I won’t get into details for The Heir here, as it has just been released some weeks ago.

I just hope the movies being planned will turn out as amazing. Making books into films can be tricky… no, it is tricky. But it can be done well. Setting the mood according to the book and chosing actors that look like describes in the books and can portray the characters from the books. It’s not easy but it’s possible.

In the failed pilot I mentioned earlier the casting was all wrong. Toby Regbo, blond, easy to set out as Prince Charming, was to portray Aspen. In the books Aspen’s hair is dark, so are his eyes. Looking at Toby… Yeah. Michael Malarkey was casted as Maxon. I always pictured Maxon as blond, handsome. Seemingly a bit cold but really soft and vulnarable inside. He is very nervous about the Selection. Michael… Dark hair, and seems just like the arrogant prince you’d never ever be comfortable around- at least in the way he played Maxon from what I saw in the trailer. I wouldn’t say Toby would have made a perfect Maxon but at least he gets closer to the one from the books. Where Michael gets closer, in looks anyway- I have no idea how he’d do playing Aspen- to our favorite guard. And for America… She’s a friggin redhead, people. Mentioned like a million times. The actress in the show was blonde. Ever heared about wigs?

My dream cast for The Selection? After just practically saying “You did it all wrong!”, I should have a better one in mind, right? Well… Truthfully, I don’t really know. I have pictures in my head as every reader has. You can’t find a cast that matches everybody’s picture. That is part of what makes turning books into movies so difficult. You can’t make everybody happy.

Until it’s movie time just go and enjoy the books. I sure did enjoy.

The DUFF

Oh great, another teenie movie. *sarcasm off* That’s what I thought when I heared about “The DUFF”. Then I heared something about the male cast. Robbie Amell was starring. Damn it, now I had to see this one. I first came across Robbie when he starred on The Tomorrow People which I watched because of Mark Pellegrino who I knew from Supernatural. I also knew Robbie from The Flash which I watched because of Arrow where actually Robbie’s brother Stephen… where was I again? Right, The DUFF.

To see Robbie Amell in a role that would have been Zac Efron’s a couple years back, was interesting. But I started to like the movie not just because of Robbie. I loved the movie for its message and the way it’s been told.

DUFF is short for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. When Bianca finds out the whole school sees her as her friend’s DUFF, she is devastated. Deciding to end her DUFFness right here, right now, she askes her childhood friend and neighbor, and also football player Wes for help in exchange for making sure he passes science class. They have fun along the way until a video of their really weird shopping session is uploaded to Youtube and goes viral.

Cyber bullying. Many kids today suffer from it because you can hardly take one step without it being recorded on camera or noted in a social network. So to see when Bianka unfriends her friends and you see on how many website they have to block, unfriend, unfollow each other. Frankly put, this movie shows the madness of social networking. Not by pointing a finger, not by blaming someone. With humor. I didn’t expect to laugh so much with this much trouble going on.

When Bianca finally scores a date with her crush she dresses up, wanting to show she’s not a DUFF. As Wes points out: she’s looking good but she’s not herself. Disturbingly, she finds out her crush was only using her as a DUFF, as the approachable one, to get a date with her friends.

Needless to say, she ends up with Wes when she realizes that she is who she is and that she shouldn’t try to be anyone else but the best version of herself. And seeing that everybody is somebody’s DUFF because you can’t be the best in everything and that’s okay. She stands up to the bullies, not caring anymore, making sure her voice is heared.

I loved this movie because it shows that it’s okay to be yourself, be the “weirdo” you are. Nobody is perfect and that’s okay. I feel like many people out there can relate to how Bianca feels. I’m sure I can. Show me one decent person who hasn’t felt like a DUFF at least one. This movie handled this topic with just the right amount of sensitivy, humor and romance. Yes, it is another teen movie. But I so like this one.

Age of Adaline / Für immer Adaline

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I was sceptical. This whole “I’m not aging” theme has been used up lately with all this vampire movies and books going around. But I was curious so I sat down and watched it.

Age of Adaline in five words would probalby be “woman dies in accident- twice”. When Adaline is 29 years old, she is already a widow and now single mother to her daughter. When something rare happen- snow falling in California- she has an accident and dies. Just to get resurrected by a lightning strike after which she stopped aging. With the movie beginning like this… My scepsis was on the highest possible level. Adaline went on rasing her daughter but how else can it be when you are not aging a single day over the decades, people you know tend to get suspicious. A plan is made: A full life make over every ten years, never tell anyone. Her only friend over the years is a blind musician who is merely confused that whenever she and “Amanda” as she calls Adaline are out togehter all those young man want to talk to them.

Right as Adaline is planning the next makeover, she comes across Ellis. A handsome guy who has decided he wants to get to know this “Jenny”, Adaline’s current alias. As fait would have it, they fall in love. Adaline’s first instinct is to flee where her now golden aged daughter tells her to stop running and start living. Deciding to give love a chance, she agrees to acompany Ellis to his parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Again, fate strikes: Ellis’ dad is someone from Adaline’s past- a future lover who even inteded to marry her and of course, he recognises her. She pretends to be Adaline’s daughter which works for a bit. Up to the point where he sees a certain scar and confronts her about who she really is.

Fleeing from the scene, Ellis going after her, she gets into the second car accident after deciding to tell him everything and just live and love. Again, it starts to snow, again she dies. No, not “again lightning strikes”. This time it’s the paramedics doing their job with a defi. In the end, love wins. Ans the viewer already suspects that this second accident helped restart what the first stopped: Is Adaline going to age and be able to grow old with Ellis?

I couldn’t help but fall in love with this movie. You could see the struggle Adaline goes through. Wanting to be with Ellis, pushing him away anyway because that’s just the life she knows, the life she has to live if not wanting to be used as a guinea pig. The only living creature, apart from her daughter who gets to know her, is her dog. To see her lose him, had me cry and I don’t cry often when it comes to movies. The mood was so perfectly set, the flashbacks so beautifully done… It just touched me. To see how much Adaline lightened up after deciding to just live, no matter her condition and no matter what people think, was just great. The speach, Ellis’ dad gave for their anniversary had me tear up again because, come on, this is what most people wish for in relationships and it is so rare.

This one of my new favorite movies. Go watch and enjoy :’)