Review of “Island” (2011)

I think I first heard about the new production of Island because I was a devoted neophyte-fan of the British TV show Merlin.  When the lead star of a favorite show pursues an indie movie production role, you’re bound to hear about it.  My reaction to Colin Morgan being cast as Calum was a bit…different.  For one thing, I pursued the novel first instead of the movie itself.  After all, at that time Island was completely unavailable in my “neighborhood,” so watching the film and then reading the book it was based on was out of the question for me.  So I used the only tool available to me: my vast imagination.  And the text of the original work by Jane Rogers.

A brief summary of my experience: for the first time, I sampled adult fiction and decided I wanted a deeper taste.  I was prepared for everything and nothing.  I took a great plunge…and I was surprised.  True, I despised the exorbitant profanity that Nikki (the main character) used, but I actually delved hard into the themes of Island and found things in the story that I…liked.  Amazing as that can sound once you read the plot synopsis of the book.  I officially reviewed Island for the Examiner with relish and felt a twinge of triumph over having conquered my fear of the adult novel.

Next, I wanted to see the movie adaptation.  Obviously, to complete my experience.  I was also curious about how certain parts of the story would be handled visually in the film:

  • the island itself
  • Nikki and Calum’s incestuous relationship
  • the murder scene
  • the fairy tales
  • Nikki’s flashbacks and her fear of the lonely darkness

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My brief agenda

  1. Read (and review!) A City of Broken Glass by Rebecca Cantrell and The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter at least a month before their official release.
  2. Review the 2011 film Island, which I’ve finally managed to watch after longing to for so long.  And after reading the original novel it’s based on and wanting to see if the movie adaptation captured certain…moments.  Oh, and I got to see Colin Morgan!  Again.
  3. Concentrate on my writing.  More.  Much more.
  4. Find strength inside myself, not in others.
  5. Hold on to all those stories…and poems…
  6. Remember what makes me who I am and what I am.  Never forget this.  No matter what.  No matter who.

Till next time’s written journey…

Natalie Gorna

Now we’re on track

I’ve been meticulously scanning over my past blog entries, some of which are irritably short and more like from a military logbook than a personal journal of thought.  I’ve also noticed that I’ve stopped mentioning any of my current writing projects or reads thanks to the very psychotic Goodreads.  This needs to be rectified immediately.  Now.  Here.  After all, I’m way overdue for an up-close and personal entry.  Let’s get up-to-date!

Brief Examiner.com update (we don’t want to give them more attention than they deserve, now do we?): More changes to the site have been implemented.  The Examiner seems to never get enough of changes.  My review quota is now 330 book reviews and 212 movie reviews in total.

According to Goodreads, I read approximately 30 books in 2011, all of varying length.  I finally finished the Twilight series, the Harry Potter series…I read many classics and young adult books…I also took adult fiction seriously for the first time.  Island by Jane Rogers was an ear-bleeding challenge that was worth it in the end.  I fell in love (or close to it) with Rebecca Cantrell’s Hannah Vogel series after reading the author’s dream casting of her main characters (especially Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic Lars), which in turn led me to reading volume #3 (A Game of Lies) right after volume #1 (A Trace of Smoke).  Now all I have to do is read volume #2 (A Night of Long Knives) and I’ll be prepared for volume #4 (A City of Broken Glass), which comes out this July.  However, now I’m set on reading some recommended books, one of which is Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle (thank you Bookshop Talk and Romola Garai!).  I have big plans for my reading list, because several new series are on it.  The order in which I will read them is, thanks again to Goodreads, the only unpredictable thing left.  Signing up for a delightful site called NetGalley is one of the few benefits of my book reviews for the Examiner.  For once, I just may be able to review e-book ARCs before the books are released to the public.  Hopefully.

Next.

My last blog entry outlined some of my troubles that have recurred in 2012 already.  Now I’m going to add to the list.  It seems that despite previous warnings, the Fresno Police Department and its Gestapo members will not desist in their constant harrassment of me and my mom.  They won’t leave us in peace.  Why, last Sunday (Jan. 29) at 11:30 p.m., we were bothered yet again by another swaggering and rude Nazi in uniform who tried to interrogate us out of turn and threaten us.  The same “procedure” repeated a few days later at night (Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m.) and during broad daylight.  Yes, broad daylight.  This all makes me wonder if living in Europe during World War II was as terrifying and dangerous as living in Fresno now.  After all, during those times the world was in a state of war, but now we’re supposedly in a state of PEACE.  Yeah right.

Back to the drawing board from my reality check-list: what am I watching these days?  Well, I got to watch series 4 of the British TV show Merlin at the same time as the British, and since October 2011, I’ve been faithfully following season 1 of Once Upon a Time, an American TV show that is creative, original, and very appreciative of fairy tales.  I like them.  All too much.  Conclusion: I’m attached to Merlin, Once Upon a Time…and Colin Morgan.  Ahem.

Anyway…the horror of being in my shoes and the glaring lack of change for the better in my life is only adding more loads to my heavy bundle of pessimism.  Or couldn’t you tell?  Congratulations, loyal reader.  Together, we’re now on top of the events in my life so far in 2012.

Natalie Gorna