Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review Update: The Ugly Stepsister

This really isn't an update of the book review, but more an update on the Ugly Stepsister movie. As with all the other book-based-movies, this one did not stick to the book very much. To me, it changed the parts that really made the book great. It seemed to cater a little more towards the fairy tale version of Cinderella instead of Maguire's version. It made his version seem like everything had a happy ending. Then again, they probably didn't want to make Cinderella so unhappy...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Book Review: The Ugly Stepsister

Author: Gregory Maguire
Rating: 4 out of 5 book pages

Gregory Maguire is a great writer. He turns the typical children fairytale books upside down. I've always wondered why writers make the children's stories completely unrealistic. The female character always gets what she wishes and meets her true love. Plus, they never draw her realistically. Are all females tall, big breasts, long legs, long flowy hair, etc? Ugh, I digress.

The book was fabulous. This was a book about Cinderella's story, in the eyes of the older "ugly" stepsister. He shows all the secrets that were behind Cinderella's story. He paints a picture of what the lifestyle was like in Cinderella's time so vividly, that I could imagine exactly what the scene would look like.

It was not always sisters and stepmother against Cinderella. There was more love and loyalty with the sisters than was brought on. Cinderella did not always have a perfect life. Maguire's story tells the true tragedies that she had to go through growing up that lead her to the Prince's arms. The ending of the book had an unusual twist in my eyes. It's always appealing to me to see things from another point of view.

I actually found some YouTube videos about the book. It's not exactly like the book, but what book-turned-movie ever really is? I think Maguire should make a play out of this book next. I thought a real movie may have been made of the book, but I can't find it on Netflix. I'll have to research more.

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Denim Cowl Dress

LOVE this dress by THIMBLEandACORN. Too bad it's sold out already.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Book Reviews

I just finished the most recent book I'm reading, and my husband gave me a great idea. He said I should blog my reviews and comments about the books I read. This way I can remember all the books and have it be just a blog of notes about books. I think I just might. I'm not a good reviewer, but I really do like that idea. Hopefully I'll get better after a few reviews. =)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Etsy finds.

Love the skirt with the straps. By Nudeedudee.I want these leggings too. By ErosDIY.