They Say the Best Love Is Insane

Chui and I watched TFiOS on its first day, as what my movie ticket shows. *throws confetti* Heaven knows how long I waited for that and at first I was afraid that I might be disappointed of it being made into a film. Thank God it’s close to perfection.

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The movie was insanely good. Two years had passed and the book still gave me that same feeling I experienced when I first read it — perpetual sadness. It’s mind-blowingly awesome and definitely one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I have seen. I’m not even overplaying everything I’m saying here. It’s really good. The casts, the  music, almost everything. Shailene and Ansel were perfect for the roles. There was no trace of the Prior siblings, trust me. AND Ed Sheeran’s song as one of the official soundtracks? God must have favored the Nerdfighters when the whole production team was working on it.

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How about a selfie from us?

Our eyes were still kind of puffy after crying so hard during the movie. We even waited for the credits to finish before we get out of the theatre. Chui was kidding that maybe there’s a part two. Haha! We both had a good cry. It’s not like we planned on bringing the Nile River there. It’s just that we just found ourselves swimming in the pool of our own tears. We watched at SM BF and tried their 32-seat theatre, which they call the Director’s Club. Their La-Z Boy leather couches were overly comfortable. How I wished I had those pampering sofas at home.

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There were a few dialogues that were changed and several scenes that were cut, as per usual. It’s totally understandable to do that since it’s quite a long book. But what I can’t comprehend is the fact that John’s cameo made it to the cutting department. That just made me sad. I was waiting for him to appear on screen and wow. I got nothing. Again, it’s sad. But it didn’t make the movie less of a great movie that it was.

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I think it’s plain disappointing that majority of the people I know who have read the book only focused on that cigarette metaphor that Augustus never failed to point out. What about water? I see it’s not given enough emphasis. I truly believe that John Green is some sort of a genius to be that amazing. Two drowning teens in a drowning city. Perfectly crafted.

 Okay. ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

PS: Dear best friend, okay? Okay.

The title of this blog post is from Coldplay’s What You Wanted.

032014: We are whatever we choose to be.

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i wasn’t informed that i should have mimicked theo’s pose lmao

Our movie date was supposedly today but because of some reasons, we pushed it through yesterday. It was timely, given that it was the first day of showing and my mind, body and soul were more than ready to be thoroughly and irretrievably damaged by the movie. Thankfully, the movie did the book justice. Of course there were some essential parts that they got rid of, but I guess that’s  simply inevitable. If they’d put every gory detail into action, I can’t imagine what date we would be leaving the cinema. And yey! I watched it with my dauntless friend. Have I mentioned it before how this book/movie has become a big part of our friendship? I guess not.. yet? Okay. I read this book almost two years ago in the midst of an upcoming major exam. I bought Divergent on impulse, after reading the intriguing reviews at the back. And oh, plus the pretty cover. I’m not even sorry to say this but I got a low score on my Accounting quiz because of not reviewing and spending the whole night nosing the book. IT WAS AWESOME. Fast forward to December that year when this friend, who happened to be Chui, was having a rough month because of some people. So I did give her my very own copy of the book because I know she’s capable of so much more, that she’s dauntless. And she proved me right. I guess if there’s a book that signifies our friendship, it’s Divergent. While watching, I couldn’t help but see myself in Christina’s character and Chui’s in Tris’. Candor and Abnegation to Dauntless. Reader, I hope you do get me.

It felt weird seeing Miles Teller acting as Peter when a few months back I was just watching Spectacular Now. Oh well, Shailene, Ansel and Miles really are in demand. I don’t know if there’s a shortage of actors these days. Then on August I would be seeing Shailene and Ansel as Hazel and Gus. Not that I’m against it, but thank God I still have a few months more to get over this image of them being the Prior siblings. LOL. AND BY THE WAY, VERONICA ROTH’S CAMEO WAS PERFECT.

Forget about labels. Candor, Erudite, Amity, Abnegation or Dauntless, we are whatever we choose to be.

Until next time, reader! DFTBA.

I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different. — Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))

February 9, 2014: Lang Leav in Manila

Book signings never fail to make me feel like I’m the happiest human being in the planet. And today I got to meet Miss Lang Leav. I am more into reading prose rather than poems. It is very rare for me to get really hooked with a book filled with stanzas and rhythms.  I only read Sylvia’s works and a little of Pablo Neruda’s. But when I finally got to have a hold of Lang’s book, Love and Misadventures, her words seemed to grow on me. I had been dreading to get myself a copy of that even before Christmas but since there were more important things to spend my money with, I temporarily deprived myself of it. LMAO. When Fullybooked posted an announcement on their Facebook page that Lang’s coming, I had to keep myself from running around the house. I was too excited that I even texted my best friend right away. To my disappointment though, she kind of ditched me the day before the event. And it’s okay. It always is. I believe she had more important things to mind rather than attending this event with me. I don’t sound bitter, do I? Anyway, I can’t stay mad at her for so long so I might as well get over it. Tina accompanied me, though. I APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH.

I was the 17th person to have my book signed! Early bird, eh?

Lang read a few of her poems requested by fans. Thank God somebody raised a hand and asked if she could read Lost Things for everyone. THAT’S MY FAVORITE. Anyway, I took a video of her reading the poems. She read it with so much feels. I felt like she’s reading it just for me. After every piece there was always a comfortable silence surrounding the room and then you’ll just hear people letting out a heavy sigh. Amazing.

I also got to see one of my high school friends, Jhed. And to top it all off, I made friends with someone. She’s Jackie. I didn’t get to ask her full name, though. Now I can’t find her on twitter. Too bad.

I had a great time. This was my favorite book signing event I’ve attended so far. I JUST LOVE THIS DAY. I hope the next time Lang comes back, Michael’s already with her. They make an unbelievably awesome couple. Jelly mee.

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with the super adorable Miss Angel of FullyBooked

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Lang answering a fan’s question

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candid

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Lang reading poetry to her fans

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Lang signing my book *why am i so awkward*

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loads of people came

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everybody calm down lmao

with Jhed

with Jhed

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with Jackie

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with Tina

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my faveeee yay

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*fangirl mode*

And oh! I’d like to thank Tina for always being there. Yikes. I want you to know that I very much appreciate you being there for me when nobody else was. I admire your being able to put up with my likes. Even though you’re not into attending events like this, you still did just for me. Thank you for sticking up even though at times I know I’m overly talkative and I think you’re starting to adopt that attitude of mine. WAHAHA. Thank you. I hope you did have a great day because I really did.

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. — Bernard Meltzer

January 18, 2014: Gayle Forman in Manila

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Apparently the title says it all.  New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay and Where She Went, Gayle Forman, had booked a flight here for two days to promote the second book of her second series, Just One Year. The events were scheduled January 18-19. So yesterday my best friend and I had the chance to meet her and had our books signed. It’s already our second time attending an event like that and just like last year, we were ecstatic about the whole thing. Some things never changed, like I still went with my best friend, we felt like it’s our first time, and how we went there even though we’re not done with all of Gayle’s books yet.

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sup 118 and 119

The registration started at exactly 10 AM, the moment the bookstore opened its doors for us bookworms. And we arrived at 10 AM just to get numbers 118 and 119. Oh my. We didn’t expect that. Last year, when we went to Tahereh and Ransom’s book signing, we got numbers 20 and 21. What does that mean? Haha. Anyway, we considered ourselves lucky compared to a friend of ours who unfortunately was given 292.

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me, jhedi and chui

The friend I was referring to was Jhed. She’s an old friend from high school, but we still have this constant contact to each other. And oh, she was with me during the MIBF last year. Hopefully we can hang out more often, if our schedules permit.

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candid shot, eh? chui reading a children’s book she got from a nearby shelf

For several hours the registration table seemed to have this never-ending line of awesome bookish people — both teens and adults. We roamed around the mall, window shopped, talk about the most random things, and laugh about the most stupid jokes while waiting for the event proper.

ImageWe spent most of our waiting time sitting on the carpet with our backs against the bookshelves. We talked, read, and listened to music to kill time. We sat with our eyes directly seeing Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. And then I remembered Beatrice and how Lemony (or should I say, Daniel) wrote all these books for her with these wrenching dedication pages that made our hearts melt. It’s painful.

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At 30 past four Gayle finally arrived. I didn’t expect her to be that.. hyper, I guess? She basically had this 101% of energy while going to the stage, and the next minute I couldn’t hear my voice while I tried talking to Chui. The crowd got overly excited and they, including me, had a hard time setting down. Before she even let the interviewer talk, Gayle asked everyone to wave their books so she could take a selfie with us in the background. She’s adorable.

That same old woman who interviewed Tahereh and Ransom last year was also the one who had the chance to interview Gayle. I’m sorry to say this, but I think the event planners could have gotten a better one. Hearing the other people inside the room comment about her punctuated it all. Oh well, what could we do? Maybe next time she might consider avoiding looking at her cue card every time she talks.

Gayle talked about her books, how this transition from being a journalist to being a YA writer happened, and how she painstakingly wrote If I Stay after something really tragic happened to someone she knew. There were three people in the room who asked her things about her writing and an advice she could give for all the aspiring young writers. She’s amazing and hilarious.  The forum lasted for almost an hour and the moment everyone was waiting for, the signing of books, had began.

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more like a pandemonium

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they said foods and drinks are not allowed inside the bookstore; we said it’s allowed LMAO

Reader, you can’t blame us for eating inside the venue. My stomach’s been rumbling for what seemed like forever and Chui gave me my favorite. Huhu. Seriously, reader. I think I fell in love with Kripy Kreme even more. And oh! Remember we’re 118 and 119. It took us more than an hour after the forum to have our turn.

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oh i love her hair

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Miss Gayle Forman with yours truly (excuse my face)

On another note, what I love the most about Miss Gayle is that she’s a frustrated singer like me. 🙂

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Miss Gayle and Chui

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\#AllTheFeelsPhilippines

She gave everyone this cutesy bookmark she had printed the night before her events. Such a sweetie.

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Yahooooo

Another memorable day to document, isn’t it? Aside from meeting one of my favorite authors, what’s so important to me is being reunited with my best friend. Everything last year seemed to be on a roller coaster that only goes down (TFiOS alert lmao). I missed her and I know we’re both trying to make it up to each other. Finally we choose to look behind the cracks. Remember last time I was with her when Tahereh and Ransom went here? Yayy me too. Haha. By the way, she’s my fave doughnut buddy in the entire universe. I’m grateful that we’re okay now, (well, okay is an understatement) and I’m looking forward to attend more book signings with her. I know you’re happy for me, reader. DFTBA!

I was now in a situation where I didn’t have to prove myself, because the one person that fully accepted me, my best friend, was now a permanent fixture in my life. — Jamie McGuire, Walking Disaster