So, the BBC and FX have made a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This one isn’t like the rest though. It’s by the guy who did Peaky Blinders and has Guy Pearce playing the youngest looking Scrooge ever seen on-screen (probably, I can’t be bothered to fact check). And it has Andy Serkis playing the ghost of Christmas Past. Although, no matter how stylised or different the story might look, every adaptation of A Christmas Carol is the same as the last. I mean the story never changes and there are only so many new ways to interpret it. Yes, I think it is an apt tale for modern times when the gulf between the rich and poor is bigger than it has been in decades (again, probably, I’m neither an economist or a sociologist). But I do have to ask “do we NEED another one?” And I say that as someone who bloody loves the book. Also, I’m not alone. I read a story that suggested Andy Serkis said the exact same thing when he was offered the role. I’m sure it’ll be a great adaptation but, no matter how many times people say it’s the most original adaptation we’ve ever seen, I’m still not convinced it’ll be that groundbreaking. And I should know. I’ve watched a lot of adaptations in the past few weeks in preparation for this list. I’m still nowhere near seeing all of the various ones but I’ve got a good idea of what’s out there. And, it’s safe to say, I’m bloody bored of hearing the same lines over and over again. Well, until I watch the new one on 22nd December.
I’ll be honest, when I picked this up I knew it wasn’t going to be the greatest thing I ever read. I mean, a YA detective story based on the pre-Eleven life of Detective Hopper from Stranger Things. It was an absolute cash-grab. Something that is instantly confirmed by the price. This book cost me £20 and there is nothing about it that looks worth it. It’s not got a very good cover nor does it feel like super great quality. It’s just plastered the faces of familiar characters on the front, used the Stranger Things logo, and made it an official novel. Then let the die-hard fas shell out their money without a second thought. I say that knowing full well I bought it but, in my defence, I had a book token so I don’t really count it. I didn’t spend my hard-earned cash on it. It was essentially a present. And I was a little intrigued by this. I’ve never had a great time with the novelisations of films or television shows. I want to love them but, more often than not, I just think it’s cringe. Can it ever not come across as fan fiction? Anything written as part of an expanded universe that doesn’t come first-hand from the original creators will always feel weird and desperate. Let’s not forget the curse of The Cursed Child.
Unlike last week, this rundown won’t be preceded by a horrible rant against some poor stranger on social media. Yep, I’ve managed to make it a whole 7 days without being irritated by someone I’ve never met. So, you could say I’ve had a successful week. But, in terms of reading, you’d be wrong. It’s far too hot to do anything at the moment. I know all you melanin heavy folks are loving walking around in the sun but spare a thought for me. I’m so hot and itchy. I can’t go out unless I’m covered in a healthy layer of factor 1000 sun cream. And I swear it’s been so hot at work that I got heat rash just from being in the kitchen all day. Summer fucking sucks. When is it Winter again?
As I started typing this last night I’d literally just finished watching the second season of the Netflix original show 13 Reasons Why. The first series was based on the popular YA novel by Jay Asher. It showed us the aftermath of a teenage girls suicide and the discover of thirteen tapes she recorded before she died. On them, Hannah outlined all of the reasons she had for killing herself and demanded that they be passed between all of the people mentioned on the tapes. I wasn’t a fan of the first season but mostly because i thought it was just badly made. It was way too long and self-indulgent. On top of that, I think it failed to do what it was trying to. The message it was trying to tell got lost because it was too quick to make entertainment out of sexual assault and suicide. There were far too many depictions of rape on-screen especially considering the audience it was targeted for. It seemed more interested in making headlines than in actually helping people. But mostly it was just boring and bad. Everything was dragged out way too long. What it did have was a complete story. We had reached the end of Hannah’s story
I feel better writing this rundown than I have writing the past two. I spent a lovely day with my family and it’s been really good for me. I feel better to be starting the week than I have in a long time. Which is good because I reckon it’s going to be tough this week. But let’s not ruin this positive mental state. After all, I have a reason to celebrate tonight. I actually read a few chapters in the past 7 days. I’m still not up to my normal speed but I’ve managed to get some pre-bed reading in a few nights this week. I won’t be so bold as to say I’m out of my slump but I’m getting somewhere. I’m excited about my posts this week and will, hopefully, be able to keep ahead of myself. I’ve got to get through just over a week of work and I’ll be away for a few days. It’s my friend’s birthday so I’m going to see her. It’s going to be one of the few things that keeps me going this week.
Seriously not in a mood to write this today so I’ve left it to the last minute again. It’s safe to say this won’t be the most comprehensive rundown ever but sometimes life just gets in the way. So, without further ado.
Boy, has it been hot this week. Don’t get me wrong, after all the miserable weather we’ve had lately it’s been nice to see the sun. My only issue is that it’s bloody hot in the kitchen. I’d forgotten how tough it can be when it gets warmer. It just makes me look forward to Summer even less that I already do. On the plus side, I embraced my inner photographer and took a buttload of pictures after work one day. I’m irritating all of my friends and coworkers by posting them to my personal Instagram account one at a time but I don’t know what else to do with them. It seems silly to have them and not share them. And it seems too late to post them all in one go. We’ll see. Also, on a surprisingly positive note, I’ve finally finished one of the books I’m currently reading and have already made more progress in the other. It’s like I’m a new woman… it won’t last.
Turns out, the combination of no sleep the night before and feasting on a huge Easter Sunday roast dinner was enough to make me forget about posting my weekly rundown. I just fell straight to sleep last night and it wasn’t until this morning that I realised. I feel a little stupid that after a month of managing to be able to write an additional post every day it’s now that I miss my schedule. Still, better late than never. And what a week it’s been. Finishing off my blog project, finally putting my 30th birthday behind me. And some exciting book news.. Also, I’m unveiling my new graphic for this series. I always find it sad that this gets posted every week without a picture attached so I created one. Unfortunately, on its first week it will read the wrong day but i’m okay with that. Just this once. At least it adds some colour to proceedings.
My 10 days holiday came to an end this week and on Thursday I had to go back to work. The 3 days that I was there were a mixed bag. Day 1 was pretty okay but day 2 was one of my dark days and my mood was all over the place. By day 3 I was over it and just counting down the minutes til I could leave. I love the people I work with but it’s time for a change. It’s getting more difficult to summon up the passion for something I’ve reached the end of my road with. I love food but catering isn’t for me. So I’ve been approaching job applications with more gusto today. I sent out 2 applications that I’m crossing my fingers for. One of them in particular sounds like it’s exactly what I’m looking for. History tells me it’s not dangerous to get my hopes up but I really tried to put myself out there. Someday I’m sure someone will see what an awesome human being I am… right? At least I can distract myself with my daily posts at the moment. I’m incredibly proud that I’m over halfway through March and I haven’t missed a day yet. It’s getting so much easier to write my posts now that I’m so accustomed to sitting down every day. I should have done this years ago.
So, it’s 11 days into March and, so far, I’ve posted a letter every day for my 30 Books For My 30th project. Some of them have been lower quality than the others but that either comes from time constraints or failing to re-familiarise myself with the book. I should, really, have planned this better but when have I ever planned anything for this blog? My tagline should really read “winging it 4 days a week” or something. Still, I’m hopeful I can get to the end of the month without breaking my streak. It’s actually be quite fun. Talking of fun (she says in the worst segue ever), last night my friends and I went out for my birthday and it was awesome. I’d found an escape room that was themed around The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. We basically had to solve clues to save Narnia from the evil queen. We just about managed to do it. We ended up with 85 seconds to spare so it got super intense. Much more intense than it should have been. It made me want to reread the books again. It’s been such a long time and, I’m pretty sure, that I never actually read them all. But, as we’re seeing within my letters, I don’t have the most reliable memory.