[Rant Tuesday] Expectations of a main female character

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Hello my precious people! How was your Monday? Hope it was good cause today’s Tuesday and I am more than ready to rant on main female book characters.

We all love it when the female character is strong, sassy and independent, right? Then what about the weak and defenseless ones?

It is true that when I read a book, I expect the main character to be smart, pretty, rational and all the good qualities a person can have. Well I think I got this all wrong because actually there so many girls out there who’re not that way. Sometimes a main character is allowed to be weak and waiting for help. I am not really talking about being annoying; just weak because not all of us can be strong all the times. I don’t see how it’s bad when you rely on someone and wait for his help. Yes that help might never come and we all have to trust noone and rely mostly on ourselves but I swear there are times that Ι really want to read about the one guy that actually helps the damsel in distress, because it might be genuine and because that girl might really need the help. I don’t even know if I make sense. I am not talking about unnecessary drama or fake weakness just to get the guy to help you. I am talking about an actual weak character with confidence issues and real problems. Yes sometimes that person needs to hear compliments and be shy about them and not act sarcastic because of her badass-ness (ignore the word).

So what I am trying to say is that I super enjoy when the main character is all about trusting herself and have life goals and be focused on her purpose and all, but I do love a character who needs a push; a character who needs someone to show her the way. That’s not bad cause that’s reality.

So this is shout out to all of you who wait for that someone in your life that will show you what it’s like to live. Go out there, find that man because it’s ok to need him. Be yourselves and don’t try to act strong if you’re not just because people like it. Ask for help and at the end if you don’t get it, try harder and be the strong person that people want you to be. It’s all about experiences, failures and disappointments. These things make us all stronger and it’s fine that we are through them. Either someone will make us feel better or we’ll do it on our own.

Be yourself and do not be ashamed of it.

[Review] The Thirteenth World by A. N. Willis

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Time is running out for Stel Alaster. The Corridor, the only portal between First and Second Earth, is failing and the barriers between all twelve worlds are thinning. Using her unique ability to travel through the multiverse, Stel sets out to save the Corridor . . . and ends up discovering a mysterious new world.

In the sequel to The Corridor, will the thirteenth world hold the key to the Corridor’s secrets? Or will the portal implode and take every last universe down with it?

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Yes, yes! Thank you for the invitation, cause I absolutely loved this book.

Writing Style

I’ve said in a previous review about the first book ‘The Corridor’ that the writing style was pleasant and not confusing. Same goes for ‘The Thirteenth World’ and maybe even better. Everything made sense and there was a perfect flow. There were description and then thoughts and then dialogue. The transition was great and it felt like I could experience everything in my mind. Amazing.

My only problem was that I was sometimes lost with the double names of the worlds. My memory is not that remarkable so I had to look for which world is which. Well that didn’t actually stop me from enjoying the book though.

Plot/World Building

It was crazy! 12 parallel worlds and lives. Imagine many versions of yourself and the power to find out about them. Well of course our girl, Stel, is special and there’s something unique about her but I am not going to spoil anything. So the story evolved better than expected. I thought that the first book was a bit boring and slow but darn, this one was amazing. So much action and mystery and passion. I felt every emotion possible; it blew my mind, seriously.

There was a perfect dose of romance but not too much. The story focused on how Stel would find out about her true identity and her connection with the Corridor.

It was so easy for me to read it and it was a bit unfortunate that I was so busy. It took me a while to finish it because of other stuff. I practically read around 65% the same day and I had to stop after that.


Stel was really great in this book. She had everything I expect from a main character. She was brave, true to her feelings and beliefs, loyal to her family and friends and of course she was in love. Thank god she was well written and she never allowed herself to be dragged down by blinded love. Of course she wanted to fight to be with Cohl but she knew that some things are not possible and she had to sacrifice them in order to do the right thing. I was proud about her.

Cohl was not really a main character but he was actually just Stel’s love interest in this book, in addition to the previous. This time I liked him better because he had changed. He grew closer to his family and he realized that he couldn’t be jealous of his brother anymore. I could see how Stel had affected him and how much she meant to him.

Ana and Justin were also a big part of this book. Their presence helped Stel in many aspects and she knew that she was not alone because of all the love and support they offered her. I also shipped them together and I got a bit disappointed that nothing happened. Maybe mrs. Willis will write a book about them and get them together… please?


I really really liked how the story ended and I am so thankful that I got invited to read it. Stel’s adventure is on of the ones you just have to read at some point. It’s something different and unique and it’ll make you hopeful and happy.


[A. N. Willis]

A.N. Willis writes YA–sometimes sci-fi, sometimes supernatural, always with heavy doses of action and romance. Her first novel, THE CORRIDOR, was inspired by her love of sci-fi TV shows growing up. She spent too many late nights in high school watching reruns, resulting in a possibly unhealthy obsession with yellow-eyed androids, renegade FBI agents, and wormholes to distant galaxies. When she’s not writing, she’s reading the latest from Stephen King, John Green, Donna Tartt–or anything YA. She feels at home wherever she can see the mountains.

[Top 5 Monday] Favorite Novellas

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I didn’t really read novellas because I thought that sometimes they’re a waste of time. Well I couldn’t be more wrong because when I read these five perfections Ι immediately regretted not reading novellas. Shame on me!


Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A small intro for the great world about gargoyles and demons that Jennifer created. I liked it because it was something new to me and the story was absolutely adorable.

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…


Breathless (Elemental #2.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

This is also a small intro about what’s to follow. I think it should have been 3.5 instead of 2.5 because book number 3 is about Hunter and not Nick. But Hunter’s novella is 1.5 so it’s a bit confusing because book number 2 is about Gabriel. Anyway. Nick’s novella a.k.a Breathless was insanely enjoyable and shocking. I had my jaw dropped almost till the end. Brigid Kemmerer did a really great job and I think she is the only author that actually made me read every single novella in the series.

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Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.


Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What? Are you surprised? Why? Second book in the top 5 from queen Jennifer? Just wait till number 1. So this would also have been ‘Shadows‘ instead of ‘Oblivion’ because Dawson’s and Beth’s story is awesome as well but it’s only natural to have a thing for Daemon, right? I mean, who doesn’t? Being inside his head is pure bliss.

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…


Consequence (Significance #4.5) by Shelly Crane

Caleb and Maggie will be forever and ever my favorite couple! Seriously, I am totally biased and obsessed with their love and I will ship them till the end of time.

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Maggie and Caleb are married, leaders of their people, parents to their children, and happier than they ever dreamed, even with the visions they saw of it to prove it so. The council is still rebelling against Maggie’s changes, but this time it’s different. It’s almost as if something…or someone is behind them, pulling the strings and making decisions for them.

And Maggie is having strange visions that only she can see, leaving Caleb helpless to help her. But when her visions start to warn her that their daughter, Ava, will one day be in danger, they’ll do anything it takes to find out what’s going on and how to stop it, even paying a visit to a previous Visionary.

Maggie and Caleb must find out who or what is behind it all and stop them before Maggie is one vision too late.


Elixir (Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just one reason this is my number one. Aiden. ❤

If Aiden was real, he would be the love of my life. My sin, my sweet torture, my everything. Aiden is just the best character that has ever been written. Unfortunately here applies the ‘he is too good to be true’.

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Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods.

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I think my obsession over Jennifer’s books is finally clear. What do you think? Have you read any of them? I think I should make a top 5 just about Jennifer’s books.

[Spotlight Saturday] #2

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Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie [Josie’s Book Corner] dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught our attention more than usual, things we’ve particularly loved, etc.

Feel free to participate as well!

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Oh that was easy this week! Cristina [My Tiny Obsessions] arrived at Seoul yesterday and yet she keeps blogging and she has so many things to show us. Have fun in Seoul Cristina, I am so freaking jealous!

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Syc’s [The Lit Mermaid] Cover Once-over feature is amazing!

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Because of the ‘Shadowhunters’ I keep watching this book everywhere again. Not that I am complaining!

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My best friend lives in Sweden right now, she was part of the Erasmus program and a year ago she met there new people. Many of them are Greeks and of course I got to know them as well through her. A couple of weeks ago I actually met one of them in person because she was back home. Yesterday I’ve met her again and we talked for hours. We talked and talked and talked and it was awesome because we had so many things in common and because we made a really good team. I had so much fun and I really believe that this is just the beginning of an amazing friendship.

Yes, that’s definitely my spotlighted moment.

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That’s easy as well. I’ve been using Viber for the past week. Whatsapp would be a great app but I guess not for this week.

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The biggest hit in Greece at the moment.

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“Do you have any idea how that feels? To have every part of you replaced, one piece at a time. until you don’t even recognize yourself anymore? The only time I feel like a whole person is with you, but what was the point of finding that if it was going to be taken away?”

The Thirteenth World, – A.N. Willis

It hit me right in the feels… I don’t even know why.

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So what about you guys? Anything interested this week?

[VS Battle Saturday] Original Covers VS Movie Tie-in Covers

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So I was given this idea by a friend of mine and I really thank her for that cause it’s a really amazing idea. She was complaining about my absence but finally here I am, caring her idea out.

Original Covers





Movie Tie-In Covers




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Movie Tie-in covers look more professional but some of the original are just so awesome and I prefer them. What about you? Which do you prefer?

[Blogger Land Thursday] #1

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This is the first time I am trying out this feature so please let me know what you think. Would you like me to keep it up or not?

So basically I will be letting you know what’s going on in the blogger land. Of course I am talking about my blogger land but it’s up to you become a part of it, if you see something that looks interesting.

If you want you can adopt this feature to your own blog as well. I think it’s quite useful.

**All links send you right to the posts**

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Claire [The Coffeeholic Bookworm] reviewed ‘First Comes Love’ by Katie Kacvinsky and rated it with five hot coffee cups!

Morgan [Hopeless book addict] got an new adult ARC from netGalley and recommends it to those with a hunger for guilty pleasure reads.

Leigh [Little Book Star] read the ‘Illusions of Fate’ and unfortunately she had some issues. She was confused and that’s why she gave it three and a half colorful stars!

Dee [The Bookish Khaleesi] loved ‘Six of Crows’ and Leigh Bardugo. Her review was awesome.

Sumaya [Sue’s Reading Corner] finished ‘Shadow Falls: After Dark’ series by rating the final book ‘Unspoken’ with 4,25 stars.

And last but not least for today, [A reading Writer] thinks that ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon is a must read book.

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Aetheristrux [The Amazing Life of a Bookworm] was nominated for ‘The One Lovely Blog’ Award. Congratulations!

Melanie [The Aspiring Novelist] was encouraged by me over at ‘The Encouraging Thunder Award’. Glad she participated.

Ashley [What’s She is Reading] was tagged to do one of my favorite tags. ‘Inside Out Book Tag’.

Olivia Emily [Bibliomad] did the ‘Fireworks Book Tag’.

RJ [Heir of Ravenclaw] might not have been tagged but she loved the ‘Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag’ RJ I am going to tag you on my next tag!

Charley [Books and Bakes] double tagged me and other people for ‘The Autumn Book Tag’ and ‘The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag’. Lucky me!

Jasmine [Jasmine Pearl Reads] is finally catching up with her tags. This time she was nominated for the ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’.

Jessie Nicholas [Books at Dawn] found fun the ‘Gimme All The Pastries’ Tag.

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Wednesday was full of memes and features on my blogger land. Let’s see:

WWW Wednesdays

Dee [The Book Khaleesi]

T.K Lawrence [Read it or Not Reviews]

Raven [Dreamy Addictions]

[Girl in BookLand]

Jacqueline [Falling In Love With The Sound of Words]

Waiting on Wednesdays

Audrey [Forwards and Bookwords]

Jeanette [Myriad Inklings]

Top 5 Wednesday

Catia [The Girl Who Read Too Much]

Maria [Big City Bookworm]

Beatrice [When Curiosity Killed the Cat]

Giovanna [Bookcoma]

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Regina [The Bibliotheque] talks about the cover of ‘Iniquity’ by Amy Bartol that was revealed. She also has a surprise.

Lana [Bananagram Book Reviews] and Jenaca [JenAcideByBibliophile] reveal to us the cover of ‘Coke’ by Barun Chanda.

Aira [Aira Reads] is excited over the cover of ‘Sweet Soul’. She has all the info you need in her post. Like ALL!

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Kat [Life and Other Disasters] looks forward to ‘Sherlock Christmas Special’. Check out the trailer!

Callum [Callum McLaughlin] wrote a heartbreaking poem called ‘Never’.

Simon [Sfarnell] said that Technology can’t do it all.

Team [Lectito] presented 20 instagram accounts for booklovers.

Marta [Miti and Marta] is getting organized and she talks about it.

Aria [Aria Stuck in Wonderland] shows us a video about what she is currently reading.

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This is pretty much what’s going on in blogger land. I think I am exhausted but it was worth it. Hope you will find at least some of the bloggers interesting and worth following and getting to know them better.

Don’t forget to let me know about the feature!^^

Thank you all.

[Blogger Award] The Encouraging Thunder Award

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I can never be thankful enough to Raven [Dreamy Addictions] and Giselle [Hard Work Boulevard] for always supporting me and nominating me for sweet and awesome awards! You girls are in my top 5 favorite bloggers! ❤

So for The Encouraging Thunder Award the rules are:

ϟ Thank the person who nominated you.

ϟ Post the encouraging thunder logo.

ϟ Mention your purpose in blogging.

ϟ Nominate others for the award.

ϟ My purpose in blogging.

Ι just started blogging because I simply wanted to connect with people and share my opinion. After so many months my purpose is almost the same. I’ve met so many wonderful people and I still want to get to know more bookworms so I keep blogging and blogging. The only thing that’s different is the fact that I wish to be professional reviewer. I’ve made the first steps and I enjoy it enough to know that I want to blog in order to be able to help authors promote their books or help them get better at what they do. I really want to know that my opinion matters somehow and it helps people, authors, publishers and other reviewers. I blog because I think it’s important to let people know they did well and that no matter how many people disliked their books, they still worked hard for them and they deserve a praise. I blog because even if I did dislike a book, there’s still a chance that my opinion will help the author with the next book. I blog because I really like to compliment and help people. I really do.

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I will tag my newest friends and followers just to encourage them and get to know them better!

Alysyn [Reinreads]

Ana [Ana Spoke]

(Take a look at this lovely author and her books)

Arianna [The Daydreaming Bookworm]

Melanie [The Aspiring Novelist]

Michalah [Cape Town Dreamer]

Morgan [Hopeless Book Addict]

[Redheaded Book Lover]

(I super support redheads cause I used to be one! 😉 Please share your name if you want!)

Taryn [Tantalizing Tales]

[ARCs of the month] netGalley ARCs

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I was through a really weird phase and I had stopped reading books so I found myself a bit behind schedule. I need to improve my netGaelly ratio even though I am always so close to 80%. I decided not request more books and just read the ones I was already approved to read. When I am done, I’ll request some more.

I even got my first invitation recently and I was really excited about it. I mean I bet many of you have already lots of invitations but still, the first time is always unforgettable, if you know what I mean! 😉

So take a look at the ARCs I have to read this month.

❣  The Thirteenth World (The Corridor #2) by A. N. Willis

I am currently reading this and I am thrilled because it was way better than what I expected.

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Time is running out for Stel Alaster. The Corridor, the only portal between First and Second Earth, is failing and the barriers between all twelve worlds are thinning. Using her unique ability to travel through the multiverse, Stel sets out to save the Corridor . . . and ends up discovering a mysterious new world.

In the sequel to The Corridor, will the thirteenth world hold the key to the Corridor’s secrets? Or will the portal implode and take every last universe down with it?

❣ The Knight’s Bride: Chivalry Lives in 6 Stories from the Middle Ages 

by Tracie Peterson, Yvonne Lehman, Jill Stengl, Pamela Griffin, Dianne Christner

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Take six romantic adventures back in time to the Middle Ages along with five authors including Tracie Peterson, who tell the stories of couples challenged by the injustices of their times. Some couples are pulled apart by wars and feuds, while others have their futures determined by their oppressors. Can a faith be found to keep hope alive and give joy in all circumstances?

❣ Dark Rising (The Archangel Prophecies #2) by Monica McGurk

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Can One Person Upend a Prophecy as Old as Time?

Hope Carmichael is on the run. The only question is, from whom?

The mark on her neck has branded her as part of an ancient prophecy, the Bearer of the Key. But the Fallen Angels have misunderstood and think Hope is their long-awaited way to regain Heaven by force. Now Hope is chasing down the artifact that could open Heaven’s Gates, while seeking to destroy it before the Fallen catch up with her. Will the Triad crime ring track Hope and exact their punishment before she gets the chance? Is the ragtag band of angels surrounding her now there to protect her, or imprison her? And will Michael, the Archangel sworn to defend Heaven at all costs, be forced to deny his love for Hope and take her life, instead, so that the artifact won’t fall into enemy hands?

The epic narrative introduced in Dark Hope continues in Dark Rising as Hope crisscrosses some of the most ancient sites in Europe and plumbs the depths of history in search of the truth about the Key, herself, and love. Exploring themes of identity, fate, jealousy, trust, and forgiveness, Dark Rising’s mythological scope and moral urgency deepen as we come to understand the choices and consequences faced by a young woman determined to follow her heart and chart her own destiny.

❣ Easy Silence by Beth Rinyu

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They say you never forget your first love. No matter how many more come along or how much time goes by, there will always be that one person who will be forever embedded deep inside your heart and soul. For me, that was Jaxson Callahan.
We were complete opposites. I was a senator’s daughter. My parents were always too busy keeping up appearances on the political scene to show me love, so instead they bought my affection.
He was the son of a woman who allowed men to use and abuse her as well as him, just for her next fix.
We became each other’s solace during that summer we met, creating a lifetime of memories in three short months. I provided him with a sense of hope that there was more than just the harsh reality of the life he had grown accustomed to, and he showed me a genuine love that I had been yearning for my entire life. We vowed to be together forever. I loved him and he loved me…. and nothing would keep us apart.
Nothing except the secrets that were hiding in that small seaside town.
Secrets that altered our destiny. We were never given any warning as we watched our future shake, crumble and disappear altogether, leaving us with nothing but memories of a bittersweet past.
Life can be beautiful.
Life can be kind.
And, life can be heartless…..because nothing about our situation was fair.

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Have you read any of them? Do you find them interesting? You know what to do, right?

[Rant Tuesday] Book characters and adaptation cast

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So today my friend was going crazy over how much female audiobook narrators ruin the manly badass picture she has for the male leads in the dialogues. She says that she prefers male narrators to be the voice of male characters and I think I agree. Because I do not listen to audiobooks, I was wondering if there’s something that ruins the picture of male characters in my head and then I realized that yes, god, yes there is.


That’s just wrong!

I don’t even know who’s in charge of the cast but what are you thinking? You can’t just pick the first famous guy that comes in your head. You need to find the right actor for an adaptation and if you have to look for years then I can wait. Watching a movie with the wrong cast drives me so crazy. I can’t even watch properly because of all the objections and it’s not fair that the only thoughts are ‘he doesn’t look like him’ or ‘this is not how he would react’ or this is so freaking wrong’.

I think that so far, out of all the adaptations I’ve watched, there are only a couple that I actually enjoyed because of the cast.

Please, directors, allow authors to have an opinion about the cast and let them help you. They will definitely know the right person for the character they created. That will help your movie be better and that will ease my aching heart. You can’t keep destroying all the male characters in the world.

Ok I may overreacting because I know it’s impossible to be completely satisfied. Nothing can compare with the perfect picture in my head but I am sure with a bit more effort the right actor can be found.

Same goes for the female characters but I think actresses are easier to be found and be a match for a character. I think so far there were many successful choices such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, Harry Potter and other movies.

But maybe it’s just me so I don’t know.

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Am I the only disappointed reader? Do you think I judge too hard? Let me know your favorite cast and your worse!

Talk to me my darlings! ❤