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?

The Genius of Studio Ghibli

“I’ve become sceptical of the unwritten rule that just because a boy and a girl appear in the same feature, romance must ensue. Rather, I want to portray a slightly different relationship, one where the two mutually inspire each other to live – if I’m able to, then perhaps I’ll be closer to portraying to a true expression of love.”

– Hayao Miyazaki

Thank you, someone, for understanding that romance isn’t everything. The girl doesn’t always have to kiss the boy at the end. There are other ways in which people love.

Although there are many Studio Ghibli films I could pick on here to give you an example – Hayao Miyazaki, whom I quoted above, co-founded the company – I am going to pick on Spirited Away. Because I love this film. It’s a masterpiece.SpiritedAway1

I recently re-watched it, and whilst I liked it before, this time I fell in love. If it were a book, I would be crying over the beauty of the writing. The storyline. The characters. The mystery and the questions and the ideas. Chihiro’s relationship with Haku. It’s beautiful, despite their differences. It’s stunning. It’s heartbreaking. It’s inspiring.

I couldn’t find you enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this film. For me, it is very, very close to perfection. It’s not something you fangirl over. It’s something you bow down to in your own insignificance. It’s something you stand in awe of. As I said before, it’s a masterpiece.

Chihiro and Haku

Now, when I sat down at the computer this morning I didn’t really intend to write what it seems I have written. I was attempting to write something profound and maybe a little ranty about romance in films and books. However, the keyboard was simply adamant not to take me there, so instead you have 200 words detailing the amazingness of Spirited Away. It won’t be amazing for everyone, but it was amazing for me.

Do you have a book, film, song or something else that you think is really, really, inspiring? And…does your keyboard ever take you places you don’t intend to go?

Delobbi, Sleepover and Studio Ghibli

Eve- Today, the Sleepover of Awesomeness with Anna and Eve culminates. We have some pictures of Delobbi (Delilah/Dobby) to share with you. Delobbi are ducks. DID YOU HEAR THAT? ANNA HAS DUCKS IN HER POOL! ISN’T THAT AWESOMELY AWESOME??!!??!!

Except we think Delilah and Dobby might have broken up, because Delilah has just disappeared. Though she might just be hiding in the tree…we’ll give you an update soon. For now, be content wth these pictures of Delobbi.
Anna- I think Eve might be just a touch hyper. It might have something to do with the several Nutella/banana/sugar pancake combination we had at breakfast. Or not.
Eve- Anyway, have you ever typed in a bunch of random letters and seen what spellcheck comes up with? It’s fun. Look:
Anyway colicky Ivor urn pakeha rsem x Ewan oxides jvodhem
See? It’s fun. You should try it.
Anna- But on a way, way, awesomer note, we went to see The Wind Rises with our friends. It came out only last Friday, and it is the last Studio Ghibli film by Hayao Miyazaki.
Eve – And it was SOO sad! It was very different from other Ghibli movies like My Neighbour Totoro and Porco Rosso. At the beginning, the boy kept having dreams in dreams in dreams (maybe the whole thing was just a dream) and it was very confusing. It was Ghibliception. But it was an EPIC film. The use of ‘epic’ in that sentence doesn’t mean ‘great’, by the way, it means ‘long and meaningful’. Or something. Think Lord of the Rings.
Anna- I kept crying at the end, and sneaking glances at the people sitting next to me, just to make sure I was the only only bawling. I wasn’t. Eve came over to my house afterwards, and we basically just watched Merlin, ate popcorn and sweets for the entire time. I personally was not complaining, even when we had to talk in whispers because my brothers were alseep- no! Delobbi!
Delobbi has disappeared. A sad day for all.
Eve- NO, DELOBBI, NO! Delilah, you have to come back! Actually, we’ve just been told Delilah is in the tree. Delobbi hasn’t broken up after all.

Bye, Anna x
Byeeeee, Eve c:

Anna blogs at Paint.the.Sky.

Eve blogs here.

Things I’ve learnt from Horror movies

Hey, it’s Anna again! First of all, I must apologize for my weirdness in my introductory post. I also apologize for the weirdness in this post, too.

I don’t usually watch horror movies, for the simple reason I get terrified extremely easily, but also because I notice they seem to always have a recurring theme. (I’ve learnt some very important life lessons from films, so pay attention…)

    • People in scary films, are, in fact, idiots. It honestly doesn’t matter if they are super clever or intelligent in the actual film, because if anyone enters a spooky deserted mansion, they will automatically switch to being utter nutcases. Like this-
    • The characters are guaranteed to call out, “Hello? Anyone there?” or something stupid like that. Seriously, the murderer isn’t going to pop out of a closet, wave while brandishing an ax, and say, “Oh, yeah, hi there! Just waiting to kill you in a random closet! Go on, get back to screaming hysterically! Have a nice day…”
    • Some moron will have a handy idea, and suggests everyone should split up. This is a bad idea.I don’t even need to explain this.
    • Hiding under the table/blanket/bed will not make you immune to being murdered, I’m afraid to say. Apologies if I just crushed your hopes.

I’ve been ill all week, so that’s all I can write for the moment. Bye, Anna! x Paint.the.Sky (my blog)