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Definitely, Maybe [DVD] [2008]
Definitely, Maybe [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ryan Reynolds
Price: £2.73

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised, 5 Aug 2008
Definately, Maybe was a pleasant surprise. Despite an interesting-looking trailer, I thought it was just going to be your average, predictable rom-com, but I was wrong.

Sophisticated and funny, with believable characters and an interesting plot, the film follows Will Hayes telling the story of the 3 loves of his life to his young daughter. The cast are brilliant and create original, likeable characters, and the ending is not your typical finish.

Well worth watching. :)


Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Pride & Prejudice - 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.80

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as everyone makes out, in my opinion, 18 April 2007
While I appreciate some of the comments made in the more negative reviews, I don't think this film is as bad as people have made out.

Yes, this film is different from the BBC version, but it's a brilliant film in itself and a good adaptation.

For those who have no idea about the story of Pride & Prejudice, it is about a 20-year-old girl, Elizabeth Bennet, brought up in a fairly poor family with 4 sisters. She meets the callous Mr Darcy, who is fabulously rich but who rubs everyone up the wrong way. Lizzie hates Darcy the minute she sees him, but there's more to Darcy than meets the eye, and she soon finds that maybe he's not so bad after all...

This is quite a modern take on Jane Austen's novel, and I think it explores the emotion of the story more than the BBC version. Its emphasis is not on costumes and locations, although these are fantastic, but more on how Lizzie feels throughout the story. Kiera Knightly is fantastic as Lizzy, as is Rosamund Pike as her elder sister and close friend Jane. Dario Marianelli's music is beautifully captivating, and the locations and scenery used convey the differences in wealth bluntly. Matthew MacFadyen works well in the role of Mr Darcy, although perhaps his character comes across as a little more dull than the coldness with which he is described by Jane Austen.

Of course this film is different from the BBC version, and they both have their merits and their flaws. I think what makes this film work is that the writers and actors have captured the part of Austen's novel that makes it appealing to all generations throughout the centuries. Where this film excels, and perhaps where the BBC version didn't, is the ages of the characters. In the book, Lizzy is around 20, Jane a few years older, and Lydia, the youngest Bennet daughter, is 15. This is perfectly clear in the film and Brenda Blethyn succeeds in making the character of Mrs Bennet her own, something to be considered difficult as Alison Steadman's portrayal would be hard to top. Also the friendship between Darcy and Bingley is displayed beautifully, and the closeness of the Bennet family is humourously portrayed.

Watch out for a brilliant cameo by James Nesbitt as a footman, and Claudie Blakely's excellent performance as Lizzy's close friend Charlotte Lucas.

Overall, I consider this film a birlliant adaptation. There are some flaws, but having read the book, I think this film provides a new take on the story and recreates the characters to enable modern viewers to relate to them. 4/5 overall.


Bethany Dillon
Bethany Dillon
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £13.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album, 7 Aug 2005
This review is from: Bethany Dillon (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album with a variation of styles. There are some quiet, reflective songs and also faster songs. There is a song on this album for all emotions and often I find the lyrics apply to situations in life. A great CD from a fantastic new singer.


Boy Meets Girl
Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very romantic, interesting novel, 21 May 2004
This review is from: Boy Meets Girl (Paperback)
Set in 21st century New York, in the prestigious home of the New York Journal lies a bed of deciet.....and romance!!!! When average office worker Kate MacKensie is told to fire the most popular cookie lady in the building, she meets wealthy, loving
Mitch Hertzog who loves everything she hates. With the classic family fueds, the not-so-classic infertile best mate and a TOD for a boss (Tyrannical Office Despot), Kate's life can't possibly get any worse......or can it????? An excellent read, simple, fun and mature for teenagers 12+. Another stunning novel from the wonderful Meg Cabot.


Secrets
Secrets
by Jacqueline Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting, warm and funny, 25 Mar 2004
This review is from: Secrets (Hardcover)
I really liked this book because it was a mixture of an issue, sadness and most of all friendship. India lives in Parkfield, a posh housing estate, with her stressed dad and her non-caring mother. Treasure, on the other hand, lives in a poor council flat with her loving nan and great cousins Will, Patsy, Loretta and Brittney. Together, they form a friendship that sees them both much happier. But when terrible family problems mean that Treasure has to hide, will the girls' trust be able to survive these testing times? A brilliant read for older readers from the fab Jacqueline Wilson. I loved this book because it made you feel cosy and you realize that just because someone is differnet from you, it doesn't mean you can't get along.


Victoria and the Rogue
Victoria and the Rogue
by Meg Cabot
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, romantic story!, 21 Feb 2004
This review is from: Victoria and the Rogue (Paperback)
Victoria and the Rogue is a brilliant book set in 19th century England. Young Lady Victoria Arbuthnot is delighted when she becomes engaged to the handsome Lord Malfrey onboard the ship from India. However, the irritating Captain Jacob Carstairs witnesses the proposal, and seems to have it in for Lady Victoria's fiance! As Victoria's wedding to Lord Malfrey gets closer and closer, Captain Carstairs tries to make Victoria aware of who she is really marrying............
I love this book because it is simple but compelling, and it is a brilliant book, especially for young readers who are interested in books set in Victorian times.
I would recommend this book for ages 10-13, and I give it 10/10.


Little Women (Puffin Classics)
Little Women (Puffin Classics)
by Louisa May Alcott
Edition: Paperback

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, inspiring story, 19 Sep 2003
Little Women by Louisa May Allcott
Little Women is a brilliant story set in America in the 1800s. Mr March has gone to war, leaving his penniless family at home: his wife, a caring and benovelent women who knows her daughters inside out, Meg, the eldest daughter who is mature and sensible of their situation, Jo, the daughter who longs to be a boy but trys her best to get along with everyone, Beth, quiet but beautiful and who makes the tiniest thing seem like a great excitement and Amy, the youngest, naughty but loveable.
This book takes us through the joy and sadness of a poor family and you are drawn in from the first page. It is very inspiring as well as emotional and it is a lovely story.
I think it is suitable for ages 8+ and it is a brilliant read for both children and adults, especially if you like books set in olden times. An essential book for every collection. I give it 5/5.


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