Royal Wedding : A Meg Cabot’s Book Review

No one, at least those with continuos access to the Internet, will have never heard of Anne Hathaway and the many many amazing movies she’s starred in. My personal favorite is the Princess Diaries (probably because my helpless tendency to love fairytale-ish stuffs) – so I was notably upset when I found out that the book from which the movie is based is actually the first of (currently) nine books of the series.

Which I found out accidentally, by the way. Apparently the copy of the eleventh book, The Royal Wedding, was lying around in my bookshelves.

I love the way Meg Cabot writes the book : the occassional sarcasm, the way she develops Princess Mia’s personality (I was shocked that she’s 26 yo in this book, the princess was so small in the movie!), and the way everything about the book fulfills one’s fairytale-ish fantasy. Mia’s not so occassional sarcasm and insecurity really bring to light that no matter what your position in life, there are gonna be things that make you uncomfortable, and that’s fine : All of us have our own problems and our own unusual ways of solving things. All of us make mistakes and learn from them, and the sun rise and once again we will try to do our best.

Okay wise rant end here. Back to the book.

Doesn’t the cover just look amazing? Pict credit to geekiary.com

The story takes place in New York, and starts with the scandal caused by Mia’s father’s overspeeding in the highway of NYC with his newly acquired F1 car (apparently in an attempt to steal Mia’s mother’s attention, whom he apparently still in love with). Of course this only result in his arrest by the NYPD, and all the press just have  to put the news as their headline, potentially crushing Mia’s dad’s (later I learned his name is Prince Artur Philippe) chance at winning the Genovia’s PM election. Mia and her Grandmere (currently the dowager princess of Genovia) were also busy handling some other stuffs like refugee crisis, demonstration, and (for Mia) the new community centre opened in behalf on her late stepfather Mr. Gianini.

Mia’s long time boyfriend Michael Moscovitz proposed during their weekend getaway in an exotic Exumas island, right on her 26th birthday. Which is soooo cute. But also a little disastrous since apparently press always knows in advance of things like this and the date of the wedding as well as several details were out before either Mia or Michael get the chance to tell their families and friends personally.

And another drama : Mia has a half-sister. Apparently her father fell in love with a jet flyer Elizabeth Harrison and had a daughter with her, Olivia Grace. My first thought : Meg Cabot just goes all Grey’s Anatomy on us! (Really though, Shonda, Meredith having two half-sisters and not knowing about it until adulthood is a little too much). And her father has been paying child support too, as well as corresponding with letter to her. Hmm. Mia’s first impulse was to run to the girl and embrace her little sister, an impulse that just got magnified when she found out the girl’s family (Olivia is living with her uncle’s since her mother died when she was two) was about to move to Qalif. Although I appreciate Mia’s heroic action of going to New Jersey and save her sister from a school bully just in time, my logical side can’t help but frown at this : more scandal, really? As if the Dad-in-the-court and soon-to-happen-wedding is not enough to overwhelm oneself.

The book closed with a chain of joyous news : Mia turned out be 8 weeks pregnant with twins, Mia’s parents get back together (although this means her father abdicating the throne, thus putting Mia immediately next in line as Genovia’s ruler), Olivia and Rocky (Mia’s half brother) are going with them to Genovia, and of course, they’re married. Our beloved Mia Thermopolis and Michael Moscovitz, married!

Oh, and for the record, I would love for the twins to be named Luke and Leia (if they’re girl and boy). I mean sure naming the twins Arthur or Helen or Elizabeth or Phillip is good, but naming them after world famous twins is just epic. That’s what I will – or would – do if I were a princess giving birth to twin anyway 😀

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The Host (2013) : Movie Review

I’ve forgotten how exactly the movie “The Host” ended up in my to-watch movie list, probably because it’s based on book of the same name by Stephanie Meyer, who also writes the Twilight Saga, which were so popular at the time. I skimmed through the movie first time, it was not until now (so practically 3 years later) when I was alone running out of to-watch materials that I decided to clicked on it and rewatched the movie, no skipping now (not that I could anyway lol)

The movie told the story of Melanie Stryder, one of few remaining humans after certain species called Souls infiltrate the Earth. Souls doesn’t exactly kill human beings. First of all don’t imagine Souls to look like your typical green big-eyed creature with long oversized ears that speak with funny voice – Souls in their actual form are small creature that looks like myriapods with long legs. Only more divine

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They are inserted to the side of your neck and voila! The body is now theirs. (fun fact : the human body doesn’t change, only the irises now turn electric light blue. And it was soooo fascinating I could stare at them all days).

Back to Melanie : she was ‘infused’ (is that the right word choice?) by a Soul called Wanderer (later shortened to Wanda) after being chased by a team of Seeker in her desperate attempt to lead them away from her kid brother Jamie. Poor Jamie, now he had to stick with Mel’s unofficial boyfriend, Jared.

Melanie’s soul was supposed to be dormant now that Wanda is in charge, but she ‘fought’ and would often prevent Wanda from sharing her secrets (for example Jared and Jamie current location and where they were heading). At first Wanda won, but then she (Wanda) started to feel confused because she too felt the love Mel has for Jamie and Jared (aww) and followed Mel’s plan to run away to Uncle Jeb’s place. Well more like a secret camp, because turned out Uncle Jeb has his own little village perfectly hidden in an not-so-inactive volcano in the dessert (why did I only find this weird now?)

I have to say that until this point I quite enjoyed the movie for two reasons : the captivating electric light blue eyes the Souls have (did I say that already?) and the recurrent battles between Melanie and Wanda (is that how bipolar look like?). I secretly I hope I have sister-voice in my brain to coach me on doing stuffs I have no idea how (like escaped from a guarded building) – but that’s for another ramble.

The scenes that followed was actually a bit disappointing (sorry! But I check rotten tomatoes and they only gave an 8%). The writers and directors were just trying to be overdramatic without giving any background stories. Like, Ian was one second wanted to kill Mel/Wanda (because he was convinced she was a spy or something), lucky Jared was there, but then Jared was still cold to Mel/Wanda and suddenly Ian was all protective toward Wanda (even saying I like you, like you). Helloo develop some plot please?

Fastforward to the end, Wanda was suddenly the sweetheart in that little secret camp, but she realized she couldn’t be in Melanie’s body forevermore. She decided to have the village’s doctor removed her Soul so Melanie can be alive and well in her body again. Which is sweet, but also means she would have to die (actually not, a Soul can be transported to another planet where it can starts a new life, but Wanda feels like she doesn’t want to live in a world where people she cares about don’t exist. So Bella Swan). At a (not shown) last minute decision, Wanda’s Soul is infused instead to another human body (apparently they have some dying body in that place that would die hadn’t they infused Wanda’s Soul in).

*insert such dramatic, much fairytale doge meme here*

Anyway, that’s the happy ending for everyone : Jared-Melanie, Ian-Wanda. Epilogue : several months afterward the four was captured by what they initially thought were Seekers*, but they turned out to be a mixed group of Human and Souls living together just like them. One of the human in that group told the four that they are the forth mixed group they found, one where Soul(s) and Human forms alliance together.

Cheesy ending, but the Radioactive song playing at the end makes everything better! I wouldn’t strongly recommend this movie, but if you can shut down your logic for a while and have nothing better to do, this movie can be a pleasant view to watch. Applause to Saoirse Ronan for making Melanie/Wanda really entertaining, I really enjoy the internal debate/conversation probably a little too much.

And the icy blue eyes of those Souls : guilty pleasure. Low-key obsessed bruh.

 

Seekers : Souls whose job is to capture human

 

PS: Here’s some shots to show you why their electric light blue eyes are totes adorbs

 

Like it even looks good on the antagonist.

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that’s all for now guys, c u next time!