7 Things I Will Do When I Go to See the Eleanor & Park Movie

7 Things Eleanor Park Movie

If you haven’t already heard, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park is being turned into a movie! Now, I don’t know what this movie is going to be like. It might ruin the book. It might be okay, but not as good as the book. It probably won’t be as good as the book full stop. They don’t even start filming until next year.
But, because I am in love with this book, I’ve already planned my entire outfit, bag and probable actions. (Assuming I go to see it at the cinema.)

Fan art by Slu Does Stuff.
Fan art by Slu Does Stuff.

1. I will wear a checked shirt and jeans
As worn by Eleanor. (And maybe by Park at some points. I can’t really remember.) Unless I have a pair of Vans by then, which is pretty unlikely, I’ll go and buy some fake ones from H&M. I’ll only wear them once, because then they’ll sit on my bookshelf next to all my Rainbow Rowell books.

2. I will smudge vanilla essence behind my ears, but not too much
Because I don’t want to stink out the entire cinema. Or my parents/friends/whoever comes with me, if anyone comes.

3. I will bring my copies of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and The Catcher in the Rye
The first one is, obviously, so that I can cry over it as soon as the opening credits begin. The second one is because I also love Fangirl, and it is perfectly justificable to cry over that too. The third one is because that’s the book Eleanor gives to Park. (I have actually read it, although I wasn’t concentrating that much when I did so. It was from a very old and battered copy.)

4. I will mouth the words along with the actors
Um, hopefully the script will have quotes from the book, because my Rainbow Rowell quoting game is awesome.

5. I will bring everything in a backpack, and I will hold the straps with my hands
Am I the only one who hopes that whenever they wear their backpack like Park, someone will notice and an awesome conversation will occur? The same goes for the Carry On, Simon t-shirt. It hasn’t happened to me yet, but I reckon the chances are increased when it’s the actual Eleanor & Park movie.

Movie Crying6. I will actually listen to some of the songs mentioned
Not whilst in the cinema. But at some point between now and then, because I feel bad that I haven’t heard a lot of them. I don’t have great music knowledge when it comes to older things/’classic-y’ stuff I am supposed to know.

7. I will (hopefully) smile and laugh and cry a flood
As mentioned in number 3. I really hope they don’t mess this movie up.

With that, I end my list. What do you think of film adaptations of books? Have you read Eleanor & Park? Have you been like I am here with any other movies?

Feeling the Creative Juices Flowing!

I’m feeling quite creative at the moment – not so much writing, but instead things that I have done less of recently, like reading and drawing.

For one, I have rediscovered my library and my love for reading. I was stuck in a rut for a while, just rereading my old books (does anyone else get that, or is it just me?) but now I am feeling positive and reading NEW BOOKS! And liking them! Yay!

Also, I’ve somehow started to draw some fanart, despite the fact that I can’t very well. Oh, the times I have wished to be a better artist in order to make myself some fanart…*sighs*

And I’ve found a cool app called YouDoodle which let’s me mash photos together and draw and add text and stuff. It’s fun. It’s quite addictive, really. I end up mashing together pictures from various fandoms in one giant collage of fan-ness.

And, the one question that haunts me: how is it that people draw hands?

Cartoon Eleanor and Park (from Eleanor & Park, no way) hanging upside down in the rain, because I wanted to paint Eleanor's hair
Cartoon Eleanor and Park (from Eleanor & Park, no way) hanging upside down in the rain, because I wanted to paint Eleanor’s hair

Dear Rainbow Rowell

Dear Rainbow Rowell,

You are a great writer. I love all your characters. They are real and alive and if I could disappear into a book I am fairly certain I would disappear into one of yours.

I love your book covers. I love your plots. I love your writing. I love…everything, I am very much looking forward to reading your new book, Landline.

Thank you. You have made my life a little bit better.

Masks

Okay, so: this post was churned into action by the writings of my friend. It’s not entirely my thoughts, although I wish I could say that it was.

Do you ever feel like you’re wearing a mask, pretending to be something you’re not? When I started this blog, I was wearing a mask. It got a lot easier once I abandoned that mask, but lately I feel like I’ve been wearing one again.

I told myself that I was blogging for me and not for traffic. I pretended not to get excited each time a post got viewed or likes or whatever. I told myself that I wasn’t jealous of other people for their better blogs, when I actually was. In the words of Park:

He’d thought he was over caring what people thought about him. He’d thought that loving Eleanor proved that. But he kept finding new pockets of shallow inside himself.

– Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

And then I pretend that I am jealous but I don’t care and then it all goes round in circles. But they’re not the only masks I wear, oh no. I wear masks of happiness and sadness and coolness and sometimes I even feel like my name is a mask. It feels like my name, but it doesn’t feel like me. I still haven’t found any name that feels like me.

The problem is, I’m not even sure I’m like without being something I’m not. I’m not feisty or confident or shy. I’m just…me.

A List of My Obsessions

A list of the things I am or have been obsessed with, in chronological order:

  1. The colour pink Obsessions
  2. Piglet from Winnie the Pooh
  3. Hello Kitty
  4. Vaseline
  5. Chickensmoothie.com
  6. Merlin
  7. Totoro
  8. Throne of Glass
  9. Fangirl/Eleanor & Park (maybe?)

And those are basically the things I am or have been ‘obsessed’ or basically in love and making references to the whole time with. So, yeah. In the past, I have broken obsessions. When I realised I was putting on vaseline basically 30 times a day I stopped using it for a week. My lips hurt so much after that.

For maybe a year or so, I just really liked Throne of Glass as a book. Then, I finally got my friends to read it and we all fangirled and I got super super excited and stuck up pictures in my locker and officially became in love.

Right now, I’m on another wave of Throne of Glass obsession (it’s a book; if you haven’t read it, then go do that right now). I search for fanart between exams to keep me sane, except then I end up thinking about ToG in my maths exam, which is probably not the best idea.

Do you guys have any tips for breaking these sorts of obsessions? *sighs* I just…love…all of my little fictional characters….

I hope to (metaphorically) see you around, and remember that I don’t actually bite if you want to just drop by, say hi, tell me your obsessions and such!

Apple xx