Book Club (2018)

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Book Club came out in May of 2018, so of course, I am just now getting around to watching it.

This movie is hilarious!

A few times I had to pause the DVD because I was laughing so hard, I couldn’t hear what the characters were saying anymore.

The leads in this film are all “young seniors” who have been best friends for their entire adult lives. It was awesome to see their examples of supporting female relationships, and how that was fundamental to the film.

Even though I am in my twenties,  I was still able to relate to their characters and think that women of all ages will enjoy watching this movie (though it is definitely not appropriate for children)!

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This is my favourite movie so far in 2019. I highly recommend it and it is great to watch alone, or with a group of friends.

You can watch the trailer here.

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Fifty Shades Darker

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Well I went to see the new Fifty Shades today! I went to the “Stars and Strollers” matinee edition with three friends and two sweet little babes … that will be some story to tell them when they are older, that their first movie was Fifty Shades Darker!

I was surprised and very happy to discover that the movie was SO much better than the first! All four of us adults agreed. It still isn’t something that the actors will win an Oscar for, but the acting and pacing of the film were both better. Jamie Dornan, was much sexier in this movie, without that goofy haircut from the first film, and the actors seemed more comfortable with each other and the inherent sexuality unfolding on-screen.

It helped that I went with the girls I did, and that we were expecting a light-hearted movie that wasn’t too deep. We were there to bond, snuggle babies, and share some laughs.

And that is exactly what we did.

The actress who played Leila, Bella Heathcote, did a fantastic job entering the series. And I have always loved Max Martini as Taylor. I seriously hope that his role is expanded in the final film.

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Fifty Shades is the type of movie that you can’t take too seriously. It isn’t about abuse or the subjugation of women. It isn’t a high-class movie, with witty commentary, high stakes car chases or deep meaning. It is what it is and I am happy to report that we all had a great afternoon out.

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If you liked the books, you will probably enjoy this movie. If you hated the books and all they “stood for” then you will hate the movie equally.

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Dirty Billionaire – a review

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I did not have high hopes for the Dirty Billionaire romance series. I stumbled across it online and decided to give it a try as I had nothing else to read, but it was a pleasant surprise.

An aspiring female country artist has a one night stand with some guy she met in a bar, a billionaire CEO roughly a decade her senior, then slips out before he awakens. He decides that he is going to marry her and launches a public appeal to try to find her. They meet up again a week later and decide to elope in a marriage of convenience, each for their own reasons.

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Creighton immediately starts falling for his new bride, but remains so focused on his career and needs that he makes some pretty obvious and stupid mistakes. Likewise, Holly is utterly convinced that he could never have feelings for her, and is in this relationship for physical attraction only. She has been let down constantly in her life and is terrified of putting herself out there. In fact, although she is slowly falling for Creighton just as hard, she convinces herself otherwise.

It is interesting to watch them learn about each other and work out how to be in a committed relationship while juggling two very busy careers and the travel requirements of Holly’s tour. Add in sudden appearances from estranged family members and vicious exes, and the story gets even more entertaining.

While the author’s writing isn’t the best, the story is entertaining and that is all that really matters when reading. Her story reminds me of those in Fifty Shades, and particularly in the Crossfire series, although the sexual content is not so extreme. I am looking forward to the final book, which was released earlier this month.

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Since when is a million not enough

Like seriously?!

When I first started getting into romance novels, in the early 2000s, the typical male protagonist was millionaire-rich. I remember seeing ridiculous titles like ‘the millionaire rancher’ all the time. It seemed like it was a prerequisite that for the exquisite woman on the cover to fall in love with you, you had to be a millionaire on a rancher/soldier/cop/doctor’s salary.

Now, we seem to have made a bit of a jump from millionaire to BILLIONAIRE. That’s kind of huge. But I guess it sounds a little chunky to title something ‘pregnant with the tens of millionaire’s baby’ or ‘the hundred millionaire’s secret submissive’.

I still wonder though, what does it say about our society if every romance novel features a ‘genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist’, to quote Tony Stark. There is nothing wrong with marrying into money, or even with wanting to marry into money. There is something wrong if that is the basis of every book I browse online.

Just listen to some of these book/series titles I picked at random off goodreads

“Marriage to a Billionaire”

“Maid for the Billionaire”

“The Billionaire wins the Game”

Dear Lord.

I was day-dreaming in the car a bit ago, wondering where all this started. It is true that a million doesn’t go nearly so far today as it did twenty years ago. Then you had the rise of billionaire businessman hero types, especially after Fifty Shades hit it big. A lot of really great authors picked up on E.L. James’ success and wrote popular series perpetuating this subgenre, in particular Sylvia Day. And of course, the incredibly annoying yet catching and honest tune, ‘I want to be a billionaire’ by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars came out.

Do you remember it?

‘I want to be a billionaire so freaking bad,

and buy all of the things I never had.

I want to be on the cover of

Forbes Magazine

smiling next to Oprah and the Queen’.

Admit it, it’s true. You’d like to be a billionaire too. And of course, Marvel hit it huge with the first three Iron Man movies, featuring the aforementioned Tony Stark. And I may not be American, but I remember hearing about that crazy Powerball lottery last year where some guy won half a billion.

I’m not saying I’d turn down the money if it was me. But I still wonder just when authors felt compelled to make every character a billionaire in order to make them attractive. And hey, why can’t some of those peeps be genius, billionaire, playgirl philanthropists.