Friday, December 8, 2017

Spinning Pages (37): Sense and Sensibility


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 




This week on Spinning Pages takes us to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility where the Dashwood family has lost their home and livelihood. 

Please enjoy this week's book and song pairing!!

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen-
So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Oh, baby, can't do this to me, baby!
Just gotta get out, just gotta get right outta here!






Considering the situation the Dashwood women find themselves in and their less than great luck with love, for most of the book, the above lyrics are perfect. Most of the time, the songs, and lyrics I choose seem really weird, yet as I was working on my review of this book, this was the song that popped into my head. I could totally see Marianne in this song!! 

You can see my thoughts on the manga adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility by checking out my review!!

You can watch the official music video for Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody below!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I Want to Reads It (82): The Count of Monte Cristo



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the ones, I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Count of Monte Cristo: Manga Classic by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Cyrstal S. Chan with artwork by Nokman Poon, April 1, 2017. Published by Udon Entertainment. 
A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dant├Ęs into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?

Alexandre Dumas' skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!
Why

The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my all-time, if not absolute, favorite classic books!! So, when I discovered that there was a manga adaptation of it, well, then I knew that I would want (no need) to read it one day!! I just cannot wait to see how it reads as a manga!! That and the visuals!! I'm getting excited just thinking about it....and thinking that a reread of the actual book is way overdue!! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Sense and Sensibility


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participof Sate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Manga Review: Sense and Senseibility


Sense and Sensibility: Manga Classic by Jane Austen, adapted by Stacy King and illustrated by Po Tse, August 9, 2016. 308 pages. Published by Udon Entertainment. Source: Borrowed from Library. 
Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father's sudden Death. Elinor's attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne's brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen's beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation!
First Sentence
The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. 


Seeing as I have not read the original Sense and Sensibility (yet), my review will be solely based on the manga adaptation and my thoughts concerning it. I know, I'm way behind in reading Jane Austen's full body of work but, well, you know. 
  • Even though I know a portion of the story is not covered within the manga adaptation, because you know it would be massively long otherwise, I really enjoyed the story. So much so that I plan on moving the Jane Austen's original up my TBR. I just really find the plot enjoyable and the characters, though irritating at times, were fascinating.
  • To be honest, there were times that I did not like Marianne as her personality was just annoying; the same goes for Elinor. While they had their good points, one just could not help but be flustered with them periodically, yet I did enjoy seeing them overcome their unhappiness and how they continued to move forward, though some more dramatically than others. Though I do feel that I missed a couple elements story-wise not reading the full manuscript first. 
  •  I don't know what it is about Jane Austen's books, but every single book I've read of her's, well, they just make me want to slap (yes, slap) the male characters upside the head. Oh my gosh!! Seriously stupid guys; then there's Marianne, her flighty personality drove me crazy. Sure, I liked that she wanted love and happiness but she had really poor taste in guys, you know. Regardless, I still found the plight of Elinor and Marianne fascinating and enjoyed seeing how differently they reacted to what was happening in their lives. I'm still a little disappointed that the third sister was not really a part of the manga.

  • Artwork- I actually really enjoyed the way the artist captured the setting and characters. I thought the illustrations did a great job of bringing the story to life. They really brought out the story with the ability to see the expressions on the characters faces as they faced trials and heartbreak. 
  • Even though I know that not all of the manga classics are not adapted or illustrated by the same people, I am really excited to see how they will bring other classics to life via manga. It's rather cool to be seeing classics, especially my favorites, being brought to life in the form of a manga volume. 

Final Verdict: Sense and Sensibility: Manga Classic- The manga adaptation really makes me want to read the Jane Austen's original! The illustrations really made my day!!


A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Spinning Pages (36): Manners and Mutiny


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 




This week on Spinning Pages takes us to the final showdown between Madame Geraldine's girls and the Picklemen, and a slew of other adversaries. With things heating up in the final showdown, and the number of people to trust quickly dwindling, Sophronia will make a last stand and make her choices that will shape the rest of her life.

I do believe that y'all will like this week's song!!

Heartbreaker by G-Dragon-
I don’t give in no matter what
I’m still useful, I haven’t died yet
Only you caused this damaged body,
broken dreams, missing heart
If it’s for you, this one body will fly for;
It will run to where you are
But still you say “goodbye, goodbye” to me

(English translation from Color Coded Lyrics)

After the previous books as well as the events leading up to the final showdown in Manners and Mutiny, that the above lyrics really worked for me with all that happened to Sophronia. The girl has been through so much and yet doesn't give up. I cannot really explain fully my choice of these lyrics and the song, yet, it just works for me. 

You can read my full thoughts on Manners and Mutiny by checking out my review

Not familiar with G-Dragon's Heartbreaker, then check out the music video for it below!!

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