Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Why Wonder Woman Will Forever Be My #WCW

I will admit it... I live in a Marvel family.  Captain America, Iron Man, the whole Avengers shebang; however, over spring break I wanted to do something with the broski and we both love trips to the movie theater to check out the latest blockbuster.  So, on the premiere day of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we planned to attend a matinee show.  We weren't expecting much - like I said, we're a Marvel family - but it's impossible to pass up the opportunity to see Ben Affleck as Batman!  Hello.

Anywho, some D.C. fans will be happy to hear that we were pleasantly surprised with the film in the end.  The acting was fantastic all around the board (Jesse Eisenberg gave me chills!), the stunts were thrilling, and the action was nonstop.  The final question is: Team Batman or Team Superman?  I'm Team Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, had a minor role in the film but she easily stole the show.  Her character played a part of hinting at future D.C. films including Aquaman, the Flash, as well as her own standalone movie, after discovering secret files of the hidden superheroes on Lex Luthor's hard drive.  Her character is also a symbol, representing strong, independent women around the world.

If you think about it, Wonder Woman can be seen everywhere.  Her resilient spirit lives in mothers, aunts, older sisters...  The list of possibilities is endless.  She is the perfect ambassador for feminism, but not in an overpowering way despite the fact she's a superhero.

I say this for several reasons:

1. During the final fight scene in Dawn of Justice, she joins forces with Batman and Superman to defeat Lex Luthor's monstrous creation designed to destroy anything and everything in its path.  Wonder Woman utilizes her leadership skills in this scene; not by taking charge of the situation, but by working together with Batman and Superman for the common good.  This is the perfect example of how anyone can be a leader by doing the right thing and working together with a group of unique individuals.
2. In case you weren't aware, Wonder Woman is fearless and somewhat open-minded.  She's purposely in hiding, claiming: "I walked away from man a century ago, because of the horrors of man."  Yet, she abruptly leaves the plane she's boarded on set for an unknown destination just to help Batman and Superman.  That's some faith, trust, and pixie dust right there for ya. 
3. It's only natural for a superhero to be smart.  This is no exception for Wonder Woman.  She knows about Batman and Superman before they know about her; she sneakily follows Bruce around Lex Luthor's place to see what he's up to without him finding out she's doing so until he discovers his flash drive missing; she attempts to hack Luthor's impenetrable drive on her own... Do you get the picture?  Her intelligence comes to no shock as she could easily be the most experienced superhero with her age being 100+ years (although I'm unsure of the ages of the other superheroes, so don't quote me on this).  She's had the opportunity to observe the human race grow and develop, so it's only natural her perception of the world grew and developed with them.
I wish I could've joined Team Wonder Woman earlier, and by earlier, I mean during childhood.  In today's society, more girls need role models like Wonder Woman and less role models like Taylor Swift.  This is why Wonder Woman will forever by my #WCW. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read. 
Title: The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks). But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
My Thoughts: First of all, this cover is A-DOR-A-BLE.  I wish I was the model at this photo shoot - it would've been so much fun!  (Do they even have photo shoots for book covers?  I honestly have no idea).  The plot itself sounds a little cliche, but cute nonetheless.  Would love to read an ARC before it's released in stores, but would be content to snatch a copy for a summer read.

What are you waiting on this week?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Book Review: Red

Title: Red
Author: Alison Cherry
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: 1

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair. Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note: I know your secret. Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say "strawberry blond." Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school. Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

Review: I think the first thought that I had when I was a few pages in was, what the hell am I reading and why am I reading it?  Would you like to know why?  Go ahead, read the synopsis again, I'll wait here.

This entire book was the struggle of a fake redhead being blackmailed by a brunette.  God forbid her social status would be ruined if her peers at Scarletville High found out that she dyed her hair - her life would practically be over.  And don't even think about having a shot at winning the school beauty pageant, Miss Scarlet.  If her secret came out, she wouldn't even have a chance.  

Perhaps this book was meant to be a satire criticizing society's prejudice views on the difference of others, in this case, hair color, but I couldn't take this book seriously.  The main character, Felicity, was the most annoying character I've ever met.  She was a flat, whiny, ungrateful teenager who I wanted to smack across the face every time she talked (basically the whole book).  Her boyfriend, Brent, was the stereotypical dumb jock.  Her mother, Ginger, was one of those moms you'd find on Toddlers & Tiaras/Dance Moms.  The only character I kind of liked was Felicity's best friend, Ivy.  Her sass was on point and made me laugh when I wanted to quit reading.

It was so hard for me to find the motivation to finish reading Red.  I couldn't get into it.  Out of the entire story, one scene stood out to me - Jonathan and Felicity's date at Fry Me to the Moon.  Who would've thought of a diner that served only fries and milkshakes?!  THAT'S GENIUS.  Jonathan's gentlemanly (is that even a word?) behavior made my heart flutter and... I think that was the only emotion I felt. 

I really don't remember what attracted me to this book in the first place.  If it hadn't been for the super cute cover, and my hardcore determination, I would've never read this even if it was the last book on Earth.  Okay, that was a bit melodramatic, but you get the point.