Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is a strange yet fascinating and surprising read. I expected less from it, but was pleased with the quality of writing and plot that the novel gave me. It is a story about a young, unnamed girl who unexpectedly marries a wealthy older man. She arrives at his house and is confronted by the impact that his dead wife has had on the employees of the Manderley mansion.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella follows Elle and Darien, two teenagers who have one thing in common: Starfield. Elle is Starfield obsessed – she runs a blog about it and has watched the television series numerous times. Darien is set to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the new film adaptation, but the fandom are not happy about his casting. People like Elle see him as another teen heartthrob without any interest in the Starfield world. When a cosplay event at ExcelsiCon is announced, Elle sees it as a chance to leave her awful family and use the prize of a plane ticket to escape.

Short Stories: The Lottery, The Semplica-Girl Diaries, and Brokeback Mountain

I don’t read short stories very often, but when I do they often leave an impactful message with me. Short stories are very simple yet creative, and are a very useful form of practice for writers. If you ever have an idea for a novel, but don’t want to write it yet, then you can test it out as a short story and see if it works out for you.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

At just sixteen-years-old, Starr Carter witnesses the shooting of her friend at the hands of a police officer. Khalil, Starr’s friend, was unarmed, and his death makes national headlines. As Starr lives in a poor neighbourhood and attends a fancy suburban prep school, she hears two different opinions of what people have about him. Some are calling him a thug, while people in his neighbourhood know what he really was. Starr must decide whether she should stay quiet or speak up and give Khalil the justice he deserves.

Big Little Lies – Miniseries vs. Novel

I thought that I would do something different for this week’s review. I have recently read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and have also viewed the television adaptation of it. The story is very interesting and well-suited for a miniseries. In this review I am going to compare the novel to the television show and discuss whether it was a faithful yet creative adaptation. SPOILERS!