A Monster Calls in Theatre!

So I am an avid fan of Patrick Ness and managed to win a competition run by him and his publishers; it entitled me to a series of prizes, including two free tickets to see A Monster Calls in theatre, which I saw on Saturday.

I have read the book and seen the film but I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the theatre play. The concept of it, in the most spoiler-free way, is that a boy’s mum has cancer and he starts seeing a ‘monster’ who tells him various stories. It’s an amazing story, very emotional. However, it’s easy for the monster to be portrayed in book and film form. In theatre form, I was wondering how they’d do it! They used stilts, ropes, and humans, in various ways — it was very artsy and I loved it.

One negative of it was that in the book and film the mum is an artist but there is absolutely no mention of this in the play. I relate to it a lot because my mum is an artist and a cancer survivor so this disappointed me slightly.

That’s the only negative though. The rest of the play is astounding and the music was brilliant too. In the top right hand corner of the back of the stage, there was a box which opened up, and in it were a few men who made the music. It was really great.

The play had a 4 star performance for me. I was very impressed by the acting, as well as how simple the set-up was yet how beautifully they portrayed the play. It was honestly stunning.

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Questions

When we’re children, we see things for the first time, experience things for the first time, and our reaction is pure. We question the world too, asking stuff that we would never ask again because we’d grow up and develop a narrower mind. It’s true. Our minds are very open when we’re young, and then the experiences start to define us, and we close our minds, so that we don’t have to think about stuff we can’t comprehend.

What makes philosophers great is that they never stop questioning, and their minds become as open as the world around them. Though some of them still have narrow-minded approaches to certain things (*cough*Aristotle*cough*), they still see the world in a way that very few do. They would ask the simple questions that nobody would ever answer. It’s not about receiving the answer, but about letting the question out in the first place. In today’s society, we are still deeply narrow-minded and more selfish than we have ever been in history. We don’t stop to think about why we get scared over trivial things like doing a presentation in class (one of my own fears) when we actually have the advantage of education. Education is supposed to broaden our minds but, in my opinion, it does the opposite. This is simply because we learn stuff to do well in exams and exams are all we ever see in education. We don’t think about the bigger picture. As well as this, we don’t get taught about the bigger picture. We get taught things that will never matter, they’re only for an exam paper. Back in the day, there were philosophy schools, founded by some great philosophers, like Plato. If more schools taught us about philosophy and the questions that really matter, then we wouldn’t worry about our future so much. The future is a very temporary thing, as we are very temporary. We worry about our own tiny lives, without realising that our own lives are very trivial in the grand scheme of things.

Of course, it is a perfectly human trait to worry about yourself, and your own life, but I just like to think about the bigger things sometimes, and that makes me stop worrying, at least temporarily. I think about how our existence is a wonderful thing, yet we continue to abuse it. We are not monsters, but I am sure other species think of us as that. The way we treat the Earth, and the other living beings on it; we were given these minds so that we could use them kindly, but instead we use them like a weapon. Why do we use our minds as a weapon? What are we hiding from? Our minds are tools, and they should be sharpened like other tools, but they should not stab other minds. They should sharpen each other. Then, we’d be able to see the bigger picture, instead of our personal pleasure.

The questions are waiting to be asked. You don’t need to answer them; only ask. Just like when you were a child and you questioned everything. Become like that again.

What questions did you ask when you were children? I asked ones that could be seen as offensive if I wasn’t a child! I was just curious!

Thanks for reading,

Lia

Game of Thrones [TV Show Review]

This is mostly spoiler-free. There are slight glimpses into the show but nothing that reveals a lot about it.

I have been watching Game of Thrones for not that long, but I am already three episodes into season five, because it’s one of the most addicting things I have ever watched. Every episode features several cliffhangers that you might not see the result of for a few more episodes, so you have to watch on, to find out what happens.

 Without including too many spoilers, I will state that there are characters you love and characters you hate, but all play a part in the story, so it is still unpleasant when a horrible character dies; though somewhat satisfying. And characters will die, whether you want them to or not. They will all die. Even characters you thought were safe because they’re such an integral part of the story. Sorry, nope, dead. But new characters are added too and then you become attached to them — and they die as well. It’s just the circle of life, somewhat sped up.

 One of my favourite characters is Tyrion Lannister, whom is often belittled and made to feel worthless because of his smaller stature (due to dwarfism) and because his birth resulted in his mother dying, but he is one of the wisest characters in the series and it is very saddening to see how little some members of his family think of him. Another favourite is Daenerys Targaryan, who, for the majority of her life, was made to feel like nothing more than a little girl that her brother could do with as he pleased.  So she knows what it feels like to feel insignificant as well, yet she becomes a strong female ruler and someone who is worshipped, something that her brother never had. No one ever willingly worshipped him, because they didn’t love him like they do her. And then, following in the pattern of being perceived as lesser of a human, we have Jon Snow, a bastard. He had a loving father and loving siblings, but he was never the Stark that he wanted to be. His step-mother was cold to him because he wasn’t hers, and he would never carry the family name, but he becomes a leader in his own right too. A leader without formality. You don’t need to be a king or a queen to be a leader. Jon Snow is a natural leader. There are a lot more characters that I love, and have loved (before they were ripped away from me), but this post would be very long.

 The storyline is wonderful and I actually haven’t had a favourite season, but perhaps Season One wasn’t so good because you weren’t expecting the deaths. Now, you know what to expect. Back then, it was like WHATNODONTDIE. Season five has been good so far, with another cliffhanger wanting me to watch the next episode tomorrow night.

 Actually, the actor who played Olly was at school with me — in the year below, but I don’t remember him leaving much to go do Game of Thrones, so perhaps he did it in the summer holidays. I didn’t actually know that he was in it at the time, as I didn’t watch it, but my friends did.  He was in my house and became head of my house and then, when I left school, he became head of the year. I just thought he was a smart and popular boy, but he was also in Game of Thrones. That’s quite cool. 

I really love this series now and am sad that it won’t last forever, because I would be willing to watch 2000 seasons of it. I love the intro too; very catchy music, and every episode I notice something new on the map. It is so cool! Just the entire series is really.

Thanks for reading,

Lia

Game Review: Life is Strange

*Slight spoiler warning*

So, this game was such a massive trend amongst the Steam community that I just had to give it a shot. And I was not disappointed!

The first thing I just have to talk about is the sound track — it is so beautiful and wow and everything and I just love it! Honestly, it is the best game soundtrack I have possibly ever heard.

The graphics are pretty nice too, but the main thing I need to get at is how brilliant the story is.

This game is split into five episodes. You play the game as Max, a nerdy, aspiring photographer who’s just a little bit nosy. She finds out she has these crazy rewind powers and the ability to literally change time. It’s more than just some superhero story though; some terrible stuff goes on at Blackwell. A missing girl, a suicide attempt, and later, the discovery of the dark room…

It’s a game where your choices do matter. They can change a lot of the story but, ultimately, you discover that there’s one thing that cannot be changed: destiny. It was such an emotional thing too. Like, when you discover who the real psychopath is. That’s pretty darn shocking.

To be honest, I would love for the company who made this game to make so many more games like this because they are so brilliant. This game was brilliant. It was so moving and the story was the best part.

I wish I had rewind powers, to be honest. That’d be cool.

Do you want more posts like this? Or not? Comment below 🙂

Lia