Tuesday Top Ten-Things to Look Forward to in 2013

Happy New Year nerds!!! It’s officially 2013!

Welcome to the first installment of the newly revised Tuesday post. Before I called it the Tuesday Three and it was meant as a post for three things that were on my mind in the nerd week.

And let’s just say that I failed incredibly at it. I don’t even remember the last time I attempted to write a Tuesday Three.

So I amended my blog schedule, viagra which you can see right here, more about and I changed some things around. Thursday is now the Book of the Week instead of Fridays and Tuesday Three was morphed into the Tuesday Top Ten-where I create a top ten list. The list could be virtually anything I want. It could be my top ten favorite books or my top ten favorite weapons or even my top ten outfits. Its whatever I want to write about that Tuesday.

So this Tuesday, cialis 40mg on the very first day of the new year, my Tuesday Top Ten is this:

Things That I’m Excited for in 2013

11. Ironman 3

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Three words: Robert Downey Jr. And Ironman is one of the sexiest superheroes to come out of the Marvel universe in the last year. I have loved the first two Ironman movies very, very much and I am definitely looking forward to checking out this one. Tony Stark is going through a lot more than he was in previous movies, with the aftermath of the attack in the Avengers on his mind. Someone is ruining his personal life and he’s determined to get down to the body of it. Should be pretty badass and I cannot wait to see it. It hits the theaters May 3rd so its coming up quickly.

10. The Moon and More-Sarah Dessen 

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It has been nearly two years since Sarah Dessen hit us with a book, What Happened to Goodbye, and in all honesty, this was not one of my favorites by her. Along for the Ride, the book before that, was wonderful and I loved it so I was slightly disappointed in What Happened to Goodbye. Now that its been two years and Dessen is finally putting out a new book, The Moon and More, I’m hoping that she has written another wonderful novel. In very typical Dessen style, she writes of Emaline (she always chooses such unique names) living in the beach town of Colby and the summer before college and how it transforms her characters. I hope that this one will be fun, and unique to read and not the same story we’ve read before. This book will be out June 4th, 2013.

9. Meeting Cassandra Clare and Lauren Oliver 

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Okay, I’ve already met Cassandra Clare, two years ago with Holly Black. But back then, City of Lost Souls, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess wasn’t out yet! Which means that there are three books of hers that have no personalized autographs from her! This is a travesty! Haha, no, really I’m stoked to see her again. She was fun and insanely nice the first time around and I’m sure she will be the second time around…and I’m dying to show her my Fearless rune tattoo. I’m also looking forward to meeting Lauren Oliver, the author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy. Before I Fall is a wonderfully, fantastic book and the first book in the Delirium trilogy was equally awesome. The second book, Pandemonium, wasn’t as good and I’m hoping the last book, Requiem, makes up for that. Then I can go to her meet-and-greet and throw tons of compliments her way. This will be happening in March.

8. The Sea of Monsters

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Anyway who actually sits down and claims the first Percy Jackson movie to actually be good. It wasn’t the worst movie ever made but it definitely didn’t do the first book of a great series justice. I honestly was completely surprised when I found out they would be doing The Sea of Monsters. Now, I haven’t heard much about it yet; just have seen some pictures. I’m glad Annabeth finally has blonde hair, and I’m pretty into Tyson. This is the movie where the Golden Fleece will be found and, just like any other Percy book, its full of adventures. I am looking forward to this movie because I love the Percy Jackson world but I am sincerely hoping that this movie doesn’t disappoint like the first one did. This hits theaters August 16th.

7. The Last Divergent Book-Veronica Roth

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Okay so this book doesn’t even have a title, let alone an actual release date. There’s literally no information on this book whatsoever. However, the second book in the series, Insurgent, left off on such a cliffhanger, leaving all the fans wanting to smack Ms Roth in the face. I’m just kind of looking forward to seeing how exactly this plays out in the books. The society that was built up, the society that we came to know in the first book, is falling apart and who knows what will happen to it or what will replace it. Its rumored that this will be hitting bookstands in September of 2013 but nothing has been even the slightest bit confirmed. Keep in mind that the image above is fan made, it hasn’t even been confirmed that the title of the book is Convergent.

6. The House of Hades-Rick Riordan

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For anyone who is a Percy fan like me, and a Percabeth shipper like me, The Mark of Athena was SO much fun and insanely heartbreaking. Percy and Annabeth have a fantastic relationship, one that girls should actually pining after, not the relationships of Twilight. And major stuff is going down in this series, the end of the world kind of stuff and only Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Hazel, Frank and Leo can save it. Just when things start to look up, and Annabeth has found the Mark of Athena, the long lost statue of Athena that needs to be returned to Greece, everything goes to HELL, literally! We leave off the Mark of Athena with Percy and Annabeth being dropped into the deepest depths of Tartarus, with a promise from Nico to meet them on the other side. WHAT THE HECK? I was so, so bummed out. Now I can’t wait until The House of Hades comes out this fall, though the exact date has not been announced. Keep in mind, again, that the image above is fan made.

5. Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Lets be honest: in the case of Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games, the books did NOT get better as you read them. The Hunger Games was fantastic, Catching Fire was good, and entertaining and Mockingjay was super disappointing. However, I did enjoy the first Hunger Games movie, though it didn’t do completely justice to the book, and I am hopeful that Catching Fire will be as big as Hunger Games was. The best part of Catching Fire is being able to finally see my favorite Hunger Games character, Finnick Odair, the sexy sexy former tribute from District 4. Sam Claflin wasn’t exactly what I pictured when it came to his character, but I have faith, just as I have faith in Jena Malone as Johanna Edwards, the fiery tribute from District 7. This hits the theaters in November, on the 23rd, too much time away for me to begin to count. Sigh.

4. City of Bones Release

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Obviously I cannot wait for this movie to hit the theaters. I am DYING for it to come out. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite book series of all time (have I mentioned the tattoo…I don’t think I have) and I can’t wait to see the book that started it out on the big screen. I have faith in Lily Collins as Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, though those two were DEFINITELY not the ones that I’d ever thought for the parts. But you also have the awesome Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, the adorable Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood, the sexy Aidan Turner as Luke Garroway, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine Morgenstern and the insanely beautiful Lena Headey as Jocelyn Fray. I am sincerely nervous about it as well, nervous that it’ll either be absolutely horrible and embarrasingly bad, or it’ll be very great and then suddenly everyone in the world will love it. The life of a fangirl. This movie hits theaters August 23rd, 2013.

3. The Desolation of Smaug-The Hobbit Part 2

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The Hobbit was EPIC and this time around, we are going to start to see some major things go down. The dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf are on the back stretch of their journey and they leave off the first movie, believing that the worst is behind them. Oh, those poor dears, how could they possibly think that? The worst is yet to come and the worst includes a face to face encounter with the dreaded dragon himself, Smaug, voiced by Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh yes, and we get to see Aidan Turner as Kili the dwarf again. Its going to be absolutely fantastic, or so I hope and I cannot wait for it. It makes me a little confused on whats going to happen in the third installment since I believe the showdown between Bilbo and the dwarf happens in this movie. Very confusing…but still enough to make this girl very, very excited for this movie to come out. Unfortunately that means I have to wait until December 13th to watch it.

2. Clockwork Princess Release-Cassandra Clare

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Finally, the conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. After the original publication date for this novel was postponed from December 2012 to March 2013, I am ready for this book to finally come out already. There is so much that is left unsolved at the end of Prince and there’s a huge problem between Tessa, Jem and Will (a love triangle that, for some reason, I can actually stand). What is going to happen to everyone? What is the story with Will’s sister, Cecily, suddenly showing up at the Shadowhunter home? What on earth is going on? Will Tessa marry Jem, or change her mind and end up with Will? Will Jem die, after so many years of dealing with his affliction? What is finally going to happen with the Magister and his army of automatons?  There are so many questions to be answered and I cannot wait to read them when this book comes out in March. And perhaps with this release, it means the City of Heavenly Fire and the first Dark Artifices book will come sooner rather than later. This book hits the stores March 19th, 2013.

1. The return of Doctor Who, Series 7  

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Do you how long it has been since I’ve seen a new Doctor Who episode that wasn’t the Christmas special? September! September, when Amy and Rory got caught in the crossfire of the Weeping Angels and retired as the companions to the Doctor. Now, we had a so-so Christmas special that did leave us wondering who the hell Clara Oswin Oswald is and how the Doctor is determined to figure that out. I can’t handle not knowing whats going to happen next. Sometimes I wonder if it was just better off to deal with books, where I could keep reading and no one could really tell me to stop. Now, I’m forced to wait until APRIL for Doctor Who to come back into my life. My two hearts hurt at the thought of it and I’m dying to find out what kind of adventures the Doctor will get involved in next, and I’m excited at the anticipation of a new companion, a mysterious new companion. Why can’t it be April yet?

What things are you most excited for 2013? I’d like to hear about them, because, who knows? Maybe I’ll be excited for them as well! As always, share in the comments!

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The Hobbit: Can We Have Part 2 Already?

I’m going to start off by saying one thing…Peter Jackson is a god. In the words of our Tabitha, ampoule Peter Jackson doesn’t make movies…he makes films. These are so true. Now, I have a respect for Guillermo del Toro, though I’m not a big fan of his movies…but I’m so glad that Peter Jackson was the final director for The Hobbit.

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Now, I headed down to a supper with my darling LADA friends to enjoy some good food and drinks before we headed down to the Universal City Walk to see The Hobbit at midnight. I always have a good time with these guys and this time wasn’t any different. You should have SEEN the awesome cosplay outfits going on…I should’ve taken pictures but, you know, excitement overrode good decisions haha.

But moving on…

This movie was can be describe in one word (though I’ll use way more): EPIC. Epic. This movie will go down in history as a monumental movie. There is no way it won’t. I enjoyed it so thoroughly that not only did I see it Thursday night at midnight but I also saw it again on Saturday night. Its that good.

Now for those of you who are familiar with The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, bear with me for a minute. For those of you who aren’t, or are familiar with LOTR but not the Hobbit, here’s what we have: The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his own adventure. He lives his comfortable home in the Shire, enjoying his wealth and his food before being swept off on an adventure with Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield (the Dwarf prince) and a band of dwarves.

The dwarves hail from Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, where one of the biggest and most thriving kingdoms have existed…that is until it is overtaken by Smaug the dragon. They are driven from their home, and their immense riches, and forced to find a place in their world.

Now it is their time to reclaim their home, and for Thorin to reclaim his place as King Under the Mountain, along with his band of dwarves: Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Gloin, Oin and Ori…along with Gandalf the Grey and Bilbo Baggins.

It’s an adventurous story, more meant for children than the Lord of the Rings series and it does show the moment and circumstances in which Bilbo finds the One Ring.

Now, The Hobbit is being made into three parts: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again. Those who have read the book probably know that there isn’t quite that much to create three whole movies. However, there is so much more information from both the appendices and The Silmarillion to create a more full and exciting story.

The Good or the Bad:

I can’t think of anything bad about this movie. I’ve seen it twice already and I probably will see it again. It was an extremely epic movie and was completely in the style of Peter Jackson.

Now, I’ve read some of the reviews from some critics out there, and I’ve seen the 65% on Rotten Tomatoes and I’ll tell you something: They are all full of crap. Seriously. One of the biggest complaints from most of these ill reviews is the length of the movie and what they feel is the unneccessary additions to the story.

I strongly disagree. I loved the additions from the appendices and The Silmarillion. It created a full story and helped to bridge the gap between Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, and perhaps will show the connection between the two much better. I feel that critics aren’t out there enjoying the movies and stories the way the fans are. The fan reaction to the movie so far? All good, all great. The fans understand and the fans love it. The critics wouldn’t sit through a six hour Harry Potter movie, a seven hour Lord of the Rings movie.

We would. And nearly three hours of The Hobbit almost seemed like not enough…I can’t wait until next December to see the second part.

First off, they put together such a wonderful group of actors to portray these wonder characters. Ian McKellan returning as Gandalf and Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Elijah Wood as Frodo, Ian Holm as older Bilbo, Andy Serkis as Gollum…all wonderful actors that I was so happy to see back in this movie.

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But I was so excited to see Martin Freeman as younger Bilbo. I adore Martin as John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock and he did an absolutely fantastic job as Bilbo. He captures Bilbo’s innocence and heart, and he brought a humor to him as well. Bravo for Martin Freeman.

I enjoyed Richard Armitage as Thorin…he portrayed the prideful, stubborn and vengeful dwarf prince very well.  Thorin is a complicated character, full of pride and determination in his vengeance. Plus, way to go in the effects: Armitage is a tall man and they did a great job making him into a short and stocky dwarf. Sylvestor McCoy was a nice little addition as Radagast the Brown, the wizard.

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Aidan Turner was FANTASTIC as the dwarf, Kili. I spent pretty much the entire movie admiring his acting…and his very good looking face. I mean, his seriously seriously good looking face. My god. I immediately went home and googled him and found out who played him and was pretty excited to find out that Turner will be playing Luke Garroway in the movie adaptation of City of Bones.

There was also a nice appearance by Lee Pace as the elf king of Mirkwood, Benedict Cumberbatch as the necromancer and the dragon, Smaug (the small glance we get of Smaug at the end of the movie looked SO awesome).

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Then there was all the cinematography. The quality of the movie was so clear and real, and it was filmed so well. The landscapes and sets were beautiful: The Shire, Erebor, Dale, Rivendell, the Mines of Moria, the goblin kingdom, and on and on. Every single place that was shown was so beautifully done. When Peter Jackson creates a world, he literally creates a world. Nothing about it felt fake or CGI, it felt so breath-takingly real.

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Then all the battle scenes! All the battle scenes were fabulous and fun to watch, especially the battle scene between the orcs and dwarves at the mines of Moria and the battle out of the goblin caves. They are on such a grand scale but again, done so well. I was on the edge of my seat, watching the dwarves battle their foes.

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The best part of the movie was the scene between Bilbo and Gollum…probably because that is my favorite part in the book. People often assume Gollum is a stupid character, because he is ugly and he’s consumed by the ring but he’s not. He was clever enough to come by the ring and he continues to be clever to survive. The game of riddles is the scene with the least amount of action but with the most tension, as they trade riddles back and forth. I thought they did it wonderful, Martin Freeman had wonderful timing in that scene and Andy Serkis is just brilliant as Gollum.

Lastly, I like where it ended…with the dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf looking out towards the Lonely Mountain, hopeful that they will make it and take back Erebor from Smaug the dragon. Its a hopeful ending, so that it ends on a fairly good note but it also ends with the desire to find out what happens next.

Now, maybe not everyone agrees with me. Maybe some people didn’t like the way the movie was shot, or the length with all the additions to the story or whatever. I , on the other hand, enjoyed it very, very much and most fans that I have talked to enjoyed it as well. I think that’s the most important part. The point of the movie is to tell a story and Peter Jackson did it in a wonderful, fantastic way. The point of adapting a book into a movie is to please the fans of the book…and I think that was accomplished.

I can’t wait til part 2: The Desolation of Smaug comes out.

It hits theaters worldwide December 13, 2013.

What did you think of The Hobbit? As always, share in the comments.

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