Gone Girl Review

I read Gone Girl a few weeks ago, I’d seen people talking about the book alot on Twitter and heard Reese Witherspoon was attached to the movie project so I thought it must be a fantastic read.

Let me tell you the first half of the book is fantastic. It is fast-paced, heart racing, constantly mind boggling and really gripping. Gillian Flynn really knows how to take a reader and place them into the story like they’re a witness to the crime committed.

Some of the logistics in the book are cleverly thought through, and I raced through the first half with lightening speed, second guessing myself and my TV crime knowledge as to who was the culprit in the disappearance of Amy Dunne.

The obvious suspect is the husband, Nick Dunne, all the way through you feel like he hasn’t kidnapped/murdered his wife but the author places so much doubt on his character and the way he acts it’s impossible to believe otherwise. And when his secrets are revealed you wonder how could he not have wanted to get rid of his wife…

As a reader you are left feeling so emotionally involved that when the second half begins, it is genuinely shocking. Thoughts play through your head like could someone ever really do that to a person, or would you really care that much to want to disappear forever.

I don’t want to spoil the main plot, it’s a vital part of what I think had the potential to become a powerful ending to a book. But it seems Gillian Flynn had a change of heart halfway through the second act.

Honestly I’ve never been more peeved off at a book than this, I mean some crime thrillers you can give them the obvious culprit as the ending or that typical dramatic twist to pull a reader into a sequel or something along those lines. Here Flynn just gives up, she completely changes the character of Nick, he had some balls but he learns he was duped and just basically loses them instead of standing up for himself.

The underlying abuse themes are clear in the relationship between Nick and Amy and I think that Flynn really should have addressed them in the way it seemed like she was going to until her editor told her not too and gave it a sucky over the top ridiculously unbelievable ending.

For those who haven’t read Gone Girl, I would highly recommend it purely for the brilliant first act. That alone could sell millions of copies, but prepare yourselves for a stupid made for film ending. It’s no wonder Reese Witherspoon saw potential in producing this book into a movie it would bring in the revenue but for the book lovers out there who appreciate an appropriate and clever, well thought out ending I’d skip the movie version they’ll no doubt make it even more ludicrous.

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Mini, midi or maxi?

I saw Style Souk tweet this question the other day with a link to an article from the Telegraph fashion section and wondered what I would really answer to this question?

I’ve owned mini skirts but not really in stylish sense that are so popular right now, the staple denim mini and a couple of other ones that I probably wouldn’t wear again are in my wardrobe but I don’t think I would go out to purchase a mini skirt right now. I’d rather by a short dress…

The problem I have with midi skirts is odd. I like the style, shape, patterns they come in and can’t believe how good they look when I see them on the pages of fashion mags. However, now every time I’m in my home town (which is choc-a-bloc with OAP’s) I can’t help think how stylish they look. WHAT? Yes that is correct, the midi is the summer style staple of grannies up and down the country Everywhere you turn there’s a sliver of calf and then a swoosh of midi. Brights, floral, stripes, and chiffon any look you can think of. So then I get the urge to go to a granny store see what treasures I can dig up but my brain tells me this is not a good idea hence the midi also not been a good idea. I know there are ways to ‘sex’ up the look but for now I cannot get my head around the granny favourite.

So it’s the maxi that’s the winner for me, floaty or tight, and easy to wear. I have a nude chiffon one with a mini skirt underneath so I guess it’s a mixture but perfect to dress up or dress down especially for the summer months. I have a black fitted jersey one that is a casual alternative and a few maxi dresses to add on top of that. WINNER.

I think if I were to sample the midi style it would be the pencil, the new styles around this season are fitted, tailored, casual, glam, leather and lace, a shed load of choice maybe I’ll dip in and try one out…

PU leather pencil rib side skirt £36 // Jersey pencil skirt £25 // PU waistband pencil skirt £30 all Topshop

A LOVE-in

Love Magazine showed of it’s amazeballs front covers for the upcoming issue. There are 8 covers in total from the bi-annual magazine, but so far we’ve seen 4 and 3 of them (below) are just lovely. Katie Grand said the  ‘Super Natural’ covers would all feature tears and the rest are to feature Daphne Groeneveld, Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono and Kristen McMenamy with the cover from Nyasha Matonhodze already been released (@thelovemagazine’s twitter avatar for some time).

Hailee Steinfield

Elle Fanning

Chloe Moretz

Comic-Con 2011 (spoilers)

So it appears my tickets got lost in the post this year, maybe next year…

Instead I spent some (I won’t say most or all because this would be lame) of the weekend monitoring Twitter for Comic-Con updates, so easy when people hash tag or you know specific users that were there. My favourite being @cadlymack a writer for television/movie site Zap2it, I was directed to her through a fellow (US) tv lover, she has a dog named Pacey who is adorable and that may say everything about her (loves Dawson’s Creek obvs) and she is like best buds with all the cast in the Vampire Diaries so cool.

A little Pacey-aside, that was the Funny or Die video that Josh Jackson did at last year’s Comic Con. But once again if you’re not a fan of Dawson’s Creek I’m afraid you just won’t GET IT.

Right on with it…

Fringe – At the end of the last season we effectively see Peter disappear. As in he no longer exists. WTF was my reaction after the season finale but at the Comic Con panel Josh Jackson reassured the fans that he had plenty to do whilst dressed as an Observer… Perhaps as this is the only way he could exist outside of time? (See the very end of the video below)

Supernatural – I massively gasped at hearing Alona Tal was returning as Jo, when we all saw her die in Season 5… Although we did get a glimpse of how life could have been with Ellen and Jo still alive in Season 6 episode My Heart Will Go On. Jared Padelecki talked about how difficult it was playing Soulless Sam, Demon-blood Sam and the recovering normal Sam and how Jensen Ackles is like Dean only in the way they both “air-guitar all the time”. J-squared banter I. Love. It.

Vampire Diaries – What’s in store for Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Caroline (Candice Accola)… Ian Somerhalder replies with “Puppies… little vampire puppies”. I switched my allegiance from Stefan to Damon half way through the last season (or is that from Paul Wesley to Ian Somerhalder after I found out the former was married to Torrey deVitto aka Melissa PLL) and so I’m dying for an Elena/Damon hook up but as it’s reported at Comic Con they are too preoccupied with finding Stefan who has gone on a bloody hunt with Klaus boohoo.

Ringer – Sarah Michelle Gellar returns. Yes one of the newly scheduled shows for the Fall Premiere season, is Ringer a show about stolen identity. It looks so good I’m already addicted and that’s only from the trailer, and an extended version was shown at Comic Con. My favourite line being: “Siobhan we have a problem, Bridget’s still alive”. Oooo cannot wait.

True Blood – Apart from witches, Eric losing his memory there’s THAT shower scene. The one from the book with Eric and Sookie together at last, no more Bill (woo). And if you’re watching TB as it is on in the US, you will have seen the near naked torso of Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and the near naked torso of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) in the same scene *faints*.

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So that’s a bit from television, now for the movies. My first “oh well that’s not what I expected” comes in the form of the posters from  Snow White and the Huntsman, featuring Kristen Stewart in full body armour and holding a sword. A SWORD? No red lips and short people whistling while they work in this movie… Unlike the rival movie Snow White featuring Lily Collins as the damsel in distress, which one are you going to be a fan of? When I first heard Kristen Stewart was to be cast as Snow White I think smoke may have come out of my ears, but now seeing the posters and the way the film looks I think I could get on board, maybe its the sickly sweet look of Lily Collins that’s putting me off.

Kristen Stewart as Snow White

Lily Collins as Snow White

Kristen Stewart was at Comic Con along with all the cast from Twilight, there to promote part four of the series Breaking Dawn Part 1. A lot of love went out to Kristen, Rob and Taylor obviously, some questionable looks coming from Rob’s half shaven head and Kristen’s usual lack of making an effort. Some of the honeymoon scenes were shown from the movie, I don’t want to hunt them out myself as I’d like them to be a surprise for when I turn up at the midnight showing of the November release (geek). I’ve seen an image of the honeymoon, with Edward and Bella in the water near a waterfall… don’t remember that being mentioned in the book.

The official ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ trailer was premiered at the Comic Con panel, I watched it and felt strangely transported to 2002. Yes the new reboot seems serious, less Toby Maguire-comical more Andrew Garfield-moody with a pinch of Emma Stone-delight thrown in. But it still looks the same. The same suit, the same backdrop, with a slightly different way of Peter Parker getting bitten by that elusive spider. There is no way to really change up Spider-Man once it’s already been done, this seems to be a “re-do” of the Toby Maguire series that it will inevitably be compared to. Hopefully the sequel will head in a different direction if Gwen Stacy is the main love interest and the villain is different? I’m not entirely convinced, but I will still go and see it. (Also the beginning of the trailer eludes to Peter’s parents and why they had to leave him, maybe potential side plot?)

Cowboys and Aliens had its world premiere over the Comic Con weekend, all the stars turned up for the show and some critics thought it was a “crowd-pleasing summer movie with more wit than most” whilst others were not so appreciative of all the cowboys and aliens in the same film together “[it has] a clumsy touch and zero feel for the intangibles of classic movie westerns”. Now I’m not a fan of westerns, the nearest possible one to the genre I have watched was Wild Wild West with Will Smith and we all know how that played out. It annoys me that a film associated with the name Speilberg should be a reason to go and see it so I’ve been looking for a reason not to go and Robbie Collin (former employee of NOTW) gave me a great one:

Do I live in the real world?

The amount of articles I have read recently about how as a nation we basically suck at communicating in the real world.

“But I do, I do!” I hear you say? No, apparently Facebook, Twitter, BBM, Whatsapp and whatever else doesn’t count. WHAT??

After reading Jameela Jamil’s column, “Cyber schmyber”, in Company magazine (bought to wile the time away waiting for a train) she made the point – “In a world where we have never been so well connected, in truth, we have never been more detached”.

Some truth, because after a weekend away with my university mates who I’m totally ashamed to admit some of them I had not seen since graduation night over 8 months ago, I realised that although I had seen plenty of their pictures, Facebook statuses, Twitter updates thinking I knew what had been happening in their lives, I really didn’t know half the details!

Another point from Jamil’s column is that we only see an “edited glimpse” of what our friends are up to. There isn’t one single person who can whole heartedly, truly and honestly say they don’t edit their photo albums missing out those ridiculously drunken ones or “ugly” pictures, or spend a good few minutes thinking of the perfect status or tweet or text message. For me I admit I prefer Twitter, sometimes I act erratically and tweet nonsense other times I carefully construct my 140 characters into something I think resembles wit and intelligence in the hope I get a retweet or a response with a gratifying nod of approval from a follower.

I edit myself to appear how I want people to perceive me in that online snapshot, it’s a bad habit but who can truly be themselves in a network full of famous people that appear to have such better lives, or even normal people who are your “friends” on Facebook that like to brag about what they have done that day or week that is obviously better than your life. Sometimes that can honestly make you feel like an inadequate twat unworthy of connecting with anybody.

I returned from my weekend away feeling happy purely for seeing good friends face to face, laughter and alcohol helped along the way of course. But I couldn’t help but tweet my way through just to make sure everybody else knew where I was, what I was doing or what I’d just laughed at that very second. It’s now second nature to do something or see something and be thinking about how to share it with everyone on your online community.

Why is that? It’s like writing a diary that everyone can read. You miss something and you can turn back to that page by trawling through tweets and statuses as they are seemingly forever captured on the world wide web. It’s totally impossible to avoid, we are connected online and it makes it easier to keep in touch and update each other quickly, I want to live in the real world but I can’t stop tweeting.

I feel I’m rambling, but one thing is for sure we have a need for attention and social interaction it’s how we survive, imagine not communicating with anybody for a whole week?! We seek the validation and feedback from the interaction and if the only way we can get this is living in a virtual world then I’m afraid it is a case of so be it.

But everyone should remember as Stylist magazine so eloquently put it:
“Live it, don’t tweet it”.

Do celebrities endorse tragedy to no end?

The season is over, Miu Miu closed Paris Fashion Week and every fashion editor, designer, model, actress, musician and FROWster headed back to their retrospective homes.

Only to turn on the news and witness a horrific sight in Japan, normally I don’t like to join the masses in “praying for…” but when it’s another natural disaster in a long line in the past few years it becomes too frightening. Hopefully Japan can recover, being a marginally more developed country than say Haiti is, but will still need the help from its Western counterparts.

Celebrities will lend their fame to help raise awareness and money for the relief but why does it feel like they capitalise on something so tragic, as in Lady Gaga designing a wristband no sooner than a day after the event. I’m not condemning people trying to help but why does fame and celebrity have to be a part of it?

Do we only pay attention if a particular celebrity cares about it, retweets it or mentions it in their hourly update? Or is it genius on their part using their fame to bring awareness, only if they do it selflessly. Just confuses me that’s all.

Victoria Beckham Fall 2011

Victoria Beckham lives for a smooth clean line and that is clear to see in every one of her designs, smooth and fluid is the theme that runs through with rich pops of autumnal colour to complement the season the collection is made for. I can’t help but enjoy the bright yellow dresses and the matching bag and coat in postbox red, as well as in black which I can see being very popular come the winter season. This collection also sees her step in the direction of shoes and a collaboration with Christian Louboutin which she mentioned earlier on Twitter: “Love the boots #VictoriaBeckham #NYFW thank u Christian Louboutin, they are AMAZING!!!!!!! X vb x”