Category: Challenges

2017 Love-A-Thon: Mini-challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

2017 Love-A-Thon: Mini-challenge #1:  Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

The Challenge: To fill out the below whimsical Mad Libs to create our very own fairy-tale! All we have to do is choose a word that fits the provided prompts given. Once that was done and the blanks filled we have our very own story! The Fairy-tale: Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom, there lived a smart thief. She lived alone in a bakery, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful hands, and she was known for her shiny red necklace, the only thing she had left of her parents. Alas, the king of the country became jealous and wanted to own this necklace. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After running around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a hut. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at her with sadness and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my violin back. Here is a magical bean, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You […]

2017 Love-A-Thon: Introduction Post

2017 Love-A-Thon: Introduction Post

What’s your name? Charlotte Where in the world are you blogging from? I’m blogging from the Midlands in the UK Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? I’ve loved reading since I was a little girl. My love for reading started when I was at my grandparents. And I was a bit bored. My Grandma picked up a book that was my mum’s from when she was little. It was the first Famous Five by Enid Blyton. After that I was hooked and for Christmas I received lots and lots to read. How did you get involved in the online book community? How did you come up with your blog name? I started following a friend’s blog back in University and I really slowly started to make plans and ideas and write reviews in my head. I was also too scared to comment on the blog so couldn’t really talk about all the book feels. And so one day I sat down and set up this blog. When I started this blog I wanted to do it as a bit […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Show Boat

Posted February 15, 2017 by Charlotte in Challenges, Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Show Boat

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the first movie for the challenge is Showboat (1936), staring Irene Dunne and Allan Jones. Having watched the 1951 version starring Howard Keele and Kathryn Grayson I was a bit dubious to watch the 1936 version. Even if it is on the top 25 list.  What with is garish colours and choppy story-line. But seen the original I can see how much they changed the story and actually did a poor adaption. Sometimes a classic is better left alone. And this is on of those times. While these songs are not ones that I instantly recognise, or ones that I could sing straight away. But they instantly hit home. Some of my favourites include ‘Ol’ Man River’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ and ‘Make Believe’. Paul Robeson with his booming deep voice makes his scenes a pleasure to watch. And makes the songs he sing sound unique and special. There was one scene that I felt was quite awkward and uncomfortable – when Irene Dunn blacks up to […]

Introducing: Movie Musical Challenge 2017

Introducing: Movie Musical Challenge 2017

Last Year I participated in Bookish Whimsy Movie Musical Challenge. This year I’ve decided to do another Musical Challenge. This time the 25 AFI’s Greatest Musicals of all Times!The Challenge is 25 Musicals in 12 months. Which should be really easy. Fingers crossed. Some of these I have already seen. But in honour of the challenge I am watching them ALL OVER AGAIN. Fingers crossed that this year I can watch a whole load of musicals. The Plan: I’m not going to watch these movies in any particular order, but each one I watch I will review. The plan is to watch at least two a month. Warp up in December where I will reorder the top 25 into my own list of top 25.   The AFI’s Top 25 Movie Musical List: Singin’ in the Rain (1952) West Side Story (1961) The Wizard of Oz (1939) The Sound of Music (1965) Cabaret (1972) Mary Poppins (1964) A Star Is Born (1954) My Fair Lady (1964) An American in Paris (1951) Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) The King and I (1956) Chicago (2002) 42nd Street (1933) All That Jazz (1979) Top Hat (1935) Funny Girl (1968) The Band Wagon […]

Introducing: Movie Musical Challenge!

Introducing: Movie Musical Challenge!

  I love musicals and so what better way, or what better excuse to watch musicals, than to set a challenge for the year, the challenge is run by Bookish Whimsy and anyone can join (follow this link). Over the year I’m aiming to watch the 15 musicals below. I’m not watching them in any particular order but I do plan to review each musical as I watch them. I picked these particular musicals as they are a small selection of the ones I’ve yet to see.  I’m not watching them in any particular order but I do plan to review each musical as I watch them. 1. Oklahoma (1955) 2. South Pacific (1958) 3. Kiss Me Kate (1953) 4. White Christmas (1954) 5. Easter Parade (1948) 6. The Gay Divorcee (1934) 7. High Society (1956) 8. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 9. West Side Story (1961) 10. Chicago (2002) 11. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) 12. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 13. Guys and Dolls (1955) 14. Show Boat (1951) 15. Cabaret (1972) So have you watched any of these Musicals? If so what are your thoughts? Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and […]