Examiner.com is gone!

Apparently, Examiner.com, the site that was holding on to my book and movie reviews for years was bought by another company in 2014. However, links to my reviews still worked, which was how I was deceived.  In mid-July 2016, without my knowledge, the Examiner shut down completely and with it, all my work and webpages were deleted.  I am really disturbed by the fact that there is now no proof that I ever published anything for them. They may have gotten their comeuppance — I hope some extorted writer like myself sued their asses off and won — but my work is 100% gone.  I saved my book reviews before to my book review blog, “Around the Bend of the Book,” but links to the originals don’t work. My movie reviews, on the other hand, are completely gone.  Damn you, Examiner — as a former contributor, I should have been contacted about the decision to erase my publications!

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