Moana (2016) film Summary & Review

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Moana is the very latest Disney movie that is released on 23rd of November 2016 (U.S), and 1st of December 2016, my place.

On Monday, 26th of December 2016, I went to see the movie with my family. I have to say that Moana really captured my interest and it was beyond my expectations.

Being accustomed to the usual Disney princess movies, we are bound to have our very own ideas and expectations, which involve the movie being heterosexual love-themed and having the princess-vibe. It is not foreign if I were to use the term ‘the damsel in distress’, and ‘the knight in shining armour’ when it comes to the typical Disney princess movies that we grew up with.

But Moana is different. It is more similar to Brave than anything else.

However, it is totally different than Brave. In Brave, Princess Emilda is a princess (obviously) but Moana in the other hand, is the daughter of the chief.

“You’re wearing a dress and you have an animal sidekick. You’re a princess,” 

Quote Maui. Well, he did have a point. However, apart from not being a princess, Moana is more about restoring the ‘humanity’ rather than saving her family (Brave) or being saved from the evil witch. Although in this case, Moana did somehow save her island, along with her family.

Let me sum up the whole story for you, so that you won’t get confused.

Moana is the daughter of the chief, who lives on the island of Motunui. She is also the heir of her family crown. The people of Motunui, led by Moana’s father, were detained or prohibited from crossing or going ‘beyond the reef’ (you’ll hear this term countless of times when watching the movie). This means, the people of Motunui worked and carried their responsibility only on the island itself which involved, mainly, the plantation of coconut trees, extractions of coconut fruits, and fishing (never beyond the reef, only around the island).
Image result for moanaIt is a tradition, I presumed, for a storyteller to provide the smaller children with an ancient tale. In this movie, the storyteller is Moana’s own grandmother, Gramma Tala Waialiki, the self-proclaimed crazy lady of the island. She showed the same interest in the ocean, just like her granddaughter, Moana.

The movie starts off with the tale about a demigod named, Maui.

Long ago, there lived a goddess, called Te Fiti, who provided lives to the nature. And Maui was said to have stolen the heart of Te Fiti, and caused the darkness to be unleashed. The darkness had consumed all living things (plants) of most islands, and Motunui was one of those that were left in peace, which explains the existence of its inhabitants.

During his malevolent escape, with the stolen stone, Maui was confronted by a demon named Te Ka. This confrontation had caused Maui to lose his magic hook, along with the stone. Unless the heart of Te Fiti was restored, the darkness would continue to creep onto the remaining islands and engulf the living souls within.

In the process of story-telling, Gramma Tala Waialiki showed the pictures of the named demons to the kids of the island, including Moana, which caused them to scream and recoil in fear – one even fainted. But unlike the other kids, Moana seemed to be fascinated, rather than scared, by the story. 

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Since she was small, Moana had showed a keen interest in rather odd things, particularly the ocean. I’m not saying the ocean is odd, but living on the island of Motunui, an interest in the ocean is somehow peculiar.

 I believe it is fine to say that this movie is somewhat fast-paced, owing to the fact the heart of Te Fiti was discovered in about 25 minutes into the film. The ocean itself brought the heart of Te Fiti towards little Moana when she wandered to the beach alone. And devastated as I was, it was let go by Moana and once again seemed to be missing. But behold, you never know what happens next unless you continue watching, or in this case, reading.

As the year went by, Moana grew up into a beautiful young lady. Sophisticated, bright, outgoing and wise – everything that it takes to be the next leader of the village. However, even though she had grown up, her interest in the ocean had never changed over time. Moana even followed her grandmother’s ocean-dancing ritual. 

One day, the villagers faced some strange obstacles. The food supply on the island of Motunui seemed to decrease – the coconut flesh were rotten, and there weren’t any fish left around the island. Moana, being the heir, suggested some helpful comments that had gained her the villagers’ respect.

However, Moana’s latest suggestion had been misinterpreted by her father, causing them to argue. This, eventually, leads to Moana’s mother telling her about her father’s fear. He had once tried to sail beyond the reef, and by doing so, he lost his best friend (they went together and while the boat was caught between the big waves, his best friend drowned. He didn’t get to save him on time.) 

Later, Moana started singing the theme song ‘How Far I’ll Go – Auli’i Cravalho‘ and she got caught up within the lyrics. Eventually, Moana went into the ocean and for once, beyond the reef. It was as bad as it could be. The waves were big and strong, slamming onto the sides of the boat, causing it to lose it balance. The impact caused Moana and her animal sidekicks to be thrown off the boat and into the ocean.

In contrast to her father, Moana actually did manage to save her ‘best friends’ from the raging sea and she safely led them all back to the shore.

This is where the real story starts. When she was back, soaking wet with seawater, Moana met her grandmother and asked her not to tell her father anything. In reply, her grandmother made a humorous remark, “I’m his mother, I don’t have to tell him anything.”

And the story goes on until Moana met her grandmother one fine night, and her grandmother told her everything. She gave Moana the heart of Te Fiti – the stone – that she’d kept inside the locket of her necklace since the day Moana dropped the stone.

“The ocean chose you,” said Grandma Tala Waialiki.

She also told Moana that their ancestors were once voyagers. Well, not technically. She asked Moana to go into the cave and see for herself. Anyway, it was that, that made it clear for Moana. She knew what she needed to do.

She went to her father and told him about their ancestors. Her father was outraged at her telling – it was against their norms anyway. Moana’s father tossed the stone away as they walked down the alley, bickering.

Moana found her grandmother’s walking stick inside the forest when she went to retrieve the stone. Her grandmother was dying.

Let me just get it straight to the point.

It was that moment that shaped Moana into the person she was. Her grandmother told her to go, to achieve her dream, to restore the heart of Te Fiti. After urging her, she did go. 

Her grandmother died as soon as Moana went on the boat and was sailing on the sea. However, her grandmother would still be around, since her spirit had formed itself in the form of a stingray (like the tattoo she had).

Moana is a great story, because it shows how you can actually achieve your dream, and why  you should do so. It also promotes positivity. 

During the way, Moana did give up, as she was dumped by Maui (caused by their failure during the first attempt of restoring the stone, but Maui came back guys dont worry).

 What really inspiring about this film is that, Moana’s determination didn’t seem to waver or decrease at all. Well, being a human, of course, we all have our breaking points and so did Moana, but she didn’t let it consume her – her emotion. Her perseverance is really strong, which earned her the rights to be a role model, or someone we don’t mind our children to look up to.

This film shows how important it is to keep going, how crucial it is to say no the hands that pull us back to our starting points. We should never give up, especially when we’re so close to the finishing line. 

That is exactly what Moana did. She kept going (with the persuasion and advises from her ancestors’ and grandmother’s spirits). 

Following 2013 Frozen film, Moana is another Disney original animation princess that does not need a knight-in-a-shining-armour to save her. Instead, she went to find the man (Maui). And in this case, Maui was more of her companion than a ‘boyfriend’ or a ‘husband-to-be’.

Maui gave her hard times, and also, knowledge, for at first, she didn’t even know how to sail. But with the help of Maui (after much persuasion and threats), he taught her stuff she needed to know.

The journey of these two is both intriguing and entertaining, especially with the presence of Moana’s peculiar pet chicken.

Image result for moana's chickenI guess that is all I’ve got to say about Moana (2016) film. I would totally recommend this motivating film to anyone who will listen. 

I’d rate this film 4.9 stars.

An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (review)

  

 Actual rating: 4.97 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

(This review may or may not have spoilers)

To start my review, I just want to say that this book is a hell of a book. The world in this book is so cruel. It gives a perfect example of what might happen if the world falls into the hands of humans who are lack of humanity.

The storyline of this book is great. The plot is fast-paced, which is really good. Every page of this book is filled with new informations, new events, new incidents, new skills and ideas. Not a single page of it means nothing.

And the ending makes me want to buy the sequel right here right now!

As for the characters,

I have to admit,that throughout this book, I realized that Elias did fall for the girls’ appearances more than other values. Someone who is quite famous here had mentioned it before.

However, I quite understand why Elias fell for their appearances more than anything else. Their appearances are the most appealing factors on the girls. Both Helene and Laia are good-looking. It’s hard not to see something that is so obvious.

Plus, Elias had been living in Blackcliff his whole life. That alone explained his needs and inappropriate thoughts. And unlike the other male students in the academy, Elias never slept with any slaves or any prostitutes at all. 
I think I can quite understand his reasons. However, that doesn’t justify his action. He shouldn’t have any inappropriate thoughts abt his own best friend.

As for his other values, Elias was a strong young man. And he was nice, really nice. He was different than the other people of his kind. The Martials. Maybe it was due to the fact that he was raised by the Tribe people. Nevertheless, Elias really did have respect for women and mercy for fellow humans, regardless of races and factions.

And then we have Laia. Unlike any other lead female characters that we’re accustomed to, Laia appeared to be slightly weak. Don’t get me wrong. The characters in this book are very strong and vivid. They all felt real. But as for the personality, Laia just wasn’t courages or brave enough. 

But that is only in the beginning. 

As the story goes, Laia started to build up her courage, she appeared to be stronger than she first started. Laia survived the torturous mission only to be betrayed. 

Laia had a strong faith in people and that’s good and bad at the same time. Sometimes it was naïve. At the end of the book, we can see that Laia had succeeded in convincing us that she really was her mother’s daughter. 

Helene. Helene was a strong woman. Brave, charismatic, admirable, beautiful. A total contrast to Laia, which appeared to be fearful in the beginning. Helene was the only female student in Blackcliff and she could beat majority of the guys with her bare hands. Such an admirable tough woman. Sometimes I have the feeling that she and the Commandant were somehow related.

However, Helene was bound to follow the Empire’s ruthless rules which, had cost her to lose some credits.

Then, we have Keenan. I need more of Keenan. He is a mysterious young lad. Who doesnt love a mysterious, all quiet, cold as stone warm as honey young man? The way he held and looked at Laia made me want to swoon and cry at the same time. His concern was really heartwarming.

As for Izzi. Izzi was a loyal friend. Despite the consequences that might cost her her life, she was still determined to help Laia. A very admirable trait, I must say.

Helene and Elias’ friendship is also very interesting. I wish I could have one. They love and protect each other. 

To sum it all up, every character in this book – those I’ve mentioned or haven’t- plays their own roles. They are all important. They make the storyline better. Their roles are important and have successfully made the storyline wonder. The characters are vivid and strong.

I would totally recommend this book to my friends.

 

Harry Potter: The Loss

So people, I’ve read Harry Potter and I’m currently at the last book. Honestly, I never have thought that I would be a Potterhead in the end.

Harry Potter. I liked it when I was a kid, the moment my mom introduced the movies and of course, the books(in my native language) to me. But I wasn’t obsessed with it nor was I a Potterhead. I didn’t even really know about the storyline.

Now that I’ve read it that I understand. Now I’m having hard time to accept the fact that it is almost over. I feel sad, truly sad. 

By reading Harry Potter, I learned that things change as we grow up. For instance, back in the first three books, Harry and everyone didn’t really have real problems. 

I mean, of course,there were Professor Quirell,  the chamber of secrets, Peter Pettigrew and the misunderstanding with Sirius Black but at least there was no deaths (Quirell is exceptional).

Starting from the fourth book, which is The Goblet Of Fire, there was one death, and then another in The Order of Phoenix, and then another (Half-Blood Prince) and for the last book, there were two in the beginning.

Every each one of them brought tears to my eyes and a hollow feeling in my chest.

The Goblet Of Fire: Cedric Diggory. It was truly shocking. But it didn’t really hurt me much though, because I knew it would happen. But when Dumbledore, and Harry spoke of his death, aa that made me cry.

As for The Order Of Phoenix: Sirius Black. I still haven’t gotten over it yet. Sirius Black was probably my most favorite. His relationship with Harry was incredible. His friendship with Lupin was very great too. I remember when in the third book, Lupin finally learned that Sirius didn’t do the thing he was accused to do, he pulled him into a hug, how Lupin was so glad to have his best friend back (im about to cry now im serious).

And I remember when Harry asked them both about his father, the way Lupin and Sirius talked about it. It was so sweet. And the way Sirius was very concerned about Harry. Sirius was the closest thing he had to a parent. I cried a lot during which Sirius had died. Especially after reading what Harry felt about it. I couldn’t stop crying. It was really bad.

He was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange. I liked her, probably still do because she’s really pretty. But I hate what she did to Sirius. I’m still really sad about it. 

The Half-Blood Prince: Dumbledore. I probably didnt cry as much as I did for Sirius but Dumbledore loved Harry and Harry too. It was really heart-breaking to witness what Snape had done. I’m pretty sure there was a reason behind it but it was really, really… REALLY FRUSTRATING!

The Deathly Hallows: Hedwig and Mad Eye Moody. Two in the first few chapters. How crazy is that? It was really heartbreaking and sad and everything else. Hedwig, she ignored Harry before she died how sad is that? As for Mad Eye, it was all because of Mundungus. Mad Eye, probably one of the strongest, the next person they could count on to after Dumbledore’s death but he was gone. It was really sad.

As Harry said in one of the chapters:

 “Well, if you could bring people back.. we could have Sirius.. Mad Eye.. Dumbledore.. My parents,” 

Well I think that’s all for today. Toodles.

Unboxing: Harry Potter Series (30/09/2015)

On the thirtieth of September 2015, I had received a huge parcel of Harry Potter books which I ordered online a few days before. This series I own is the newest one which was published in 2014. 

Let’s take a look before I pursue my description about it.        Aren’t they beautiful?

So, when I was a kid, I grew up watching Harry Potter movies. My Mom is a big fan of Harry Potter. Every time she brought the dvds back, I’d watch them with her and my dad.

Unfortunately, the fact that I was a kid made it hard for me to really understand and remember the storyline back then. 

Now that I’m so fond of books, I decided to buy a whole series for myself (my parents paid half of the price, btw). My mom has a series in our native language but I refuse to read hers because they’re pretty weird.

When my parents were home on that day (30/09/2015) I was eager to get the parcel from them(the parcel was sent to my mom’s work place). Mom asked me to go get it by myself at the back of the car so I did.

The parcel was indeed huge and heavy. However, it didn’t stop me from screaming excitedly as I carried it to the living room. There, I screamed again, making my mom jump.

And of course I unboxed it. 

The books were beautifully arranged inside the parcel. They were wrapped with two to three pieces of bubble wrappers. 

When the parcel was fully opened, I couldn’t help myself but scream some more out of excitement.

I like Hogwarts since then. I love Harry Potter since I was a kid. To be able to read the books and be at Hogwarts again? I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Let’s talk about the condition of the books. 

They’re all so beautiful. The new cover illustrations were designed by Jonny Duddle and the books were published by Bloomsbury

I ordered this series on MPH Online and they did a good job in making sure that everything is good. The delivery process is not that long. They took about 3 days to arrive at your doorstep. Maybe that’s because I live nearby.

MPH ONLINE does international delivery too. Maybe you guys want to take a look on the website first before placing an order.

This is my second time placing an order and I am satisfied. 

 
This is what the inside looks like. And yes Im currently reading the fourth book and Im 3 and a half books away from the last one: which I will be leaving Hogwarts by then.
It’s pretty depressing, really.

So yeah,that’s all for today. Thanks for reading! If there anything you wanna ask about this new series then leave a comment below and I’ll respond to you ASAP! 🙂

Your body is precious, don’t harm it.

To my friend. You know who you are, and I love you to be still standing behind you and making sure you’re alright.

Self-harm is a something you do to yourself, to release the pain by adding some more pain into it. At least that is what I think it is. Just note that self-harm is wrong.

I do not stand up for self-harm, nor do I go against it. All I want to say is that it’s wrong. Self-harm is wrong, that’s all. I think I made my point clear here.

I’m not saying that I am not an ignorant nor am I saying that I am an ignorant. I am neutral. Saying that self-harm is wrong doesn’t mean that I am an ignorant or someone who doesn’t care. I do care, and that is what I’m doing here. To make you realize that someone, somewhere, cares for you.

Let me share my own story here.

I am a carefree girl. You can say that if you’re closed to me and always be around me during the day. A very carefree girl. I like to laugh – I tend to laugh at small things. I can be easily amused. I am happy – you can tell that by looking at me. I’m happy go lucky. I am that ever since I was in primary school. But honey, that doesn’t mean that I never get sad or hurt.

I’m a human too, I do get hurt. I tend to get hurt, but I don’t let the emotions consume me. Sometimes I do, but only sometimes, when I can’t contain it anymore. What I’m trying to say here is, if I can, then you can do it too!

If I, as a human, as a girl, as a young woman, as a very sensitive lady, can prevent the emotions from consuming me, then so do you.

Don’t let the emotions get to you.

Don’t let them overwhelm you.

Honey, you’re so precious – very precious, indeed – to hurt yourself because of something. Something that is so stupid.

Well, here’s some tips:

  • Your crush doesn’t like you back? Screw him/her.
  • Your crush makes you jealous? Screw him/her.
  • Your partner hurts you? Screw him/her.
  • Your partner leaves you? Screw him/her.
  • Your friend distants himself from you? Screw him/her.
  • Your bestfriend betrays you? Screw him/her.
  • Your enemy disturbs you? Screw him/her.
  • Your schoolmate mentally bullies you? Screw him/her.
  • Someone calls you ugly? Screw him/her.
  • Someone calls you fat? Screw him/her.
  • Screw them. Screw them.

Let it go.

Easier said than done.

I know, but it is worth a try. It’s your life anyway – not theirs. Bear that in mind.

I never do self-harm. Maybe it’s because I am afraid of blood and yeah, I am paranoid – very. I’m not saying that I am so good that I never do such a thing, but I, as a human, never do it, then you shouldn’t too.
If you’re doing self-harm because of love, then honey, you’re too precious to be worrying about that. I used to worry too, I still do sometimes, but that doesn’t matter.

Don’t find the love, let the love find you.

Don’t worry if your partner leaves you, you’ll find someone better. At least that is what people say but whatever. Maybe not now, but someday, you’ll eventually find someone.

Oh and I do understand the feeling when you are so hurt that if you hurt yourself some more, if you cut yourself, you’ll feel better. I don’t know how to describe that feeling but I did feel it back then. But I somehow, fought it.

If you never do such a thing, then do not try to start on doing it. Because if you do, then it will be hard to stop.

Remember how precious you are to be hurting yourself just because someone hurts you. Do you want to give them the satisfaction to know that you hurt yourself because of them? Do you want to give them the pride and satisfaction? Do you want to see them satisfied? No, right? Then don’t hurt yourself.

Don’t hurt anyone for that matter.

But instead, show them that you are way better than you were when you were with them. Show them that you are strong. Show them that they are not worth it. Show them that you are happy without them, even if you are not.

Remember,

“Living a good life really is the best revenge. Once they acknowledge they cannot ruin your happiness, they lose their power.”

So honey, if you’re involved in self-harming, I plead you to stop, for the sake of your family, your friends who still care, and most importantly, for the sake of yourself. Stop.
STOP SELF-HARMING.

p/s: ive been insulted too before so, I know exactly how it feels.

Introduction

Hi, so this is my first time using wordpress. I think I love it now that I know how to use it. I’d like to make this blog, or whatever you guys call it to mainly be about books and of course, literature.

Since this is my first post, I’d like to do an introduction instead of a real post.

I’d like to keep my identity private so here, I’m known as Bella Belle. I have a wattpad account under the name Bella Belle. I write stories. For now, it’s about love but I’m currently working on a new story which is mainly about friendship. I’m still waiting for the right time to publish it.

I’m 16 years old. English is not my native language.

I’m fond of reading since I was a kid but back then, I read books that were in my native language. To read an English book was not that interesting back then. I could barely finish an English book.

I develop love for English literature when I was 14 – two years back. I started to read the Dork Diaries series.

Now, I prefer Young Adult genre.

The first young adult book that I read was The Perks of Being A Wallflower. I won’t lie, It was a good book. I fell in love with Charlie. I fell in love with the book.

I fell in love with books.

And then I started to find more English books. And more, and more, and more.

Now I have a lot of books and Im happy about it. I spend my time and money buying books and reading them.

Then, my best friend introduced me to Wattpad about a year ago. I signed in and wrote a book with her name as the main character as an honor, but I unpublished the story a few hours ago. Maybe I’d publish it again later.

She insisted me to create a wattpad account because I wrote a story for her using whatsapp and she was amazed. Well, I was amazed myself. That is my hidden talent.

The reason I write was because I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell(I dont write fanfic, however). Cath inspired me to write. Rainbow Rowell inspired me to write.

So yeah, I think thats all you need to know about me. Will update more soon x

Bella xoxo