A client has various business areas which are identified by acronyms, including LAP, EQP and FAP. They wanted some new online adverts made up. I asked what ideas they’d had for the text. This is what they came back with
Will Grayson Will Grayson - John Green and David Levithan
I finished this book in less than a week. It was addictive and had a force of it’s own, just like one of the main characters, Tiny Cooper.
The book is set out into two simultaneous paths of the title characters, Will Grayson and Will Grayson. Both are teenagers, thinking like typical teenagers and reckons the world is out to get them.
Though the title characters weren’t much of a draw, the other main characters where colourful and attractive and the one that topped everything off was Tiny Cooper. A large gay star quarterback, Tiny Cooper is one of the Will Grayson’s best friend and the other Will Grayson develops a connection to him later on. He doesn’t care about what others think of him and he just springs into the pages with so much life and enthusiasm it’s hard not to not like him. The other two Will Grayson’s get whiney at times and that tends to not do them any favour, especially the depressed Will Grayson.
But in the end everything is meant well and everyone actually discovers that the world doesn’t revolve around them and it’s safe to say by the end everyone’s grown up a bit and can see that life goes on, no matter who you think you are.
If you’re looking for a light read, Will Grayson Will Grayson wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Where to begin on what’s wrong with this drone of moving pictures people called a “movie”.
1. I sure hope Stan Lee never read the script because if he actually approved what came out of it, I am pretty sure he’s just a massive fame whore. I mean for Thor to have a sudden epiphany that he was acting like the world’s biggest prat in a span of 2 minutes was just anti-climatic.
The lack of chemistry between Jane Foster and Thor. It was really amazing that they actually wanted to get into each other’s pants since throughout most of the film there was no sparks between the two characters or actors.
Loki’s pathetic reason for wanting to betray Asgard, talk about huge daddy issues.
Thor’s loser friends. It seemed like they were cast just so they can fill in the empty spaces.
2. Other than the names, it’s pretty inaccurate depiction of Norse mythology. Though I guess since it’s a comic book I can’t really expect encyclopedia material.
3. The bad acting. Everyone except Stellan Skarsgard was rigid and uninteresting. Chris Hemsworth was a huge annoying bore.
4. The whole thing went up and down and all over the place in the worse way possible. It had limited revelations and meaningless dialogue.
I can’t even wrap my head around why this movie is extremely stupid and waste of time and money. The only draw for me is that it’s a Marvel. Even the fight scenes were forced. BAD BAD BAD!
On the plus side they made Asgard into this modern technological city of dreams in the clouds, all shiny and pretty. Visually it was watchable and the only funny bit was how Natalie Portman keeps running Liam Hemsworth over with a car.
Miles “Pudge” Halter, is a less angsty version of Holden Caulfield. Chain smoking, binge drinking and at the same time looking for his own “great perhaps”, Pudge takes us through his 136 days with Alaska Young, who he fell instantly in love with at first sight.
The easy flowing narrative of John Green’s novel, takes us not only into Pudge’s journey of the “great perhaps” but also Alaska’s desperate need to escape the labyrinth. It’s a story about being a teenager, with teenagers problems but at the same time, we all have our skeletons in our closet that we’re ashamed to reveal to even our closes friends.
This book deals with friendship, loyalty, academics, teenagers being teenagers, boredom, love, identity and even death. Everything that we all must go through at some point in our lives. For Pudge and his friends, they just happen to deal with all of the above issues at boarding school.
This book has taught me that sometimes we will never know why? But in order for us to at least try and answer the why’s and what if’s we have to take initiative to act. We might also constantly feel like we’re stuck in our own labyrinth but without asking, acting or the labyrinth there will not be a “great perhaps”.
I highly recommend this film. The multi-award winning director Pedro Almodovar rarely disappoints. He is unafraid to encompass taboo issues and twisted pervert-ism in his work. He is not phased by coming up with story lines that some people would consider disturbed. I’m not talking about horror films like Hostel and Saw which shocks audiences by slapping them straight in the face. Almodovar does it with class and grace which doesn’t really make you cringe like seeing a man’s Achilles tendon cut off. But rather he leaves lasting impressions with flowly storytelling and subtle ingraining.
P.S. If you look up beautiful in the dictionary, there will be a picture of Elena Anaya there…HOT!