Monthly Archives: November 2012

PRC Morning Tea!

Many thanks and congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls who attended our PRC 2012 morning tea. Those who completed the Challenge were presented with their certificate and a lovely spread of goodies to celebrate their reading achievement.

Many of our girls read far more than the required 15 books and it’s fantastic to see so many students getting into the wonder and fun of reading. Congratulations again girls and may there be many happy years of reading for pleasure ahead of you!

The spread! Lots of yummy goodies!!


New Book-to-Film Releases: to watch or not to watch?

It seems that every second film that gets released these days is an adaptation of a novel.  The problem with making a film out of the book is that often, it never does the original text justice in terms of detail and character development.  Making a film of a very well-known book is even worse; readers become very attached to their characters and have very strong opinions about how they should look and behave. Here are some of the latest book-to-film offerings that are set for release in the next few months:

Anna Karenina (originally written by Leo Tolstoy)

Pros: A star studded cast including a great performance by Keira Knightly, and lavish sets and costumes.

Cons: Many have criticised the adaptation for lacking substance and not delving into the more meaty themes of the original text.

Cloud Atlas (originally written by David Mitchell

Pros: Another big budget film with a stellar cast, it has been described as a ‘thinking person’s film’ and has generated a lot of Oscar buzz for its complexity and passion.  Quite an epic movie!

Cons: Apparently the movie is a little confusing for those who haven’t read the book, and the film has been criticised for its portrayal of Asian characters; many of whom are Caucasian actors with prosthetics and CGI used to make them appear Asian. A bit un-PC, and a slap in the face for all those fantastic Asian actors out there!!

The Great Gatsby (originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Pros: Baz Luhrman’s direction. Expect manic scenes full of colour and movement, with wonderful acting and an awesome soundtrack.

Con: Baz Luhrman’s direction. If you aren’t a fan of his style, then you probably won’t like his adaptation – it’s a bit of an acquired taste.

If you go along and see any of these film, or have read the book and have high expectations of the film, feel free to leave a comment below!!

Happy reading! Ms White 🙂

Book Review: Shift

As promised, here is my review of the Gold Inky Award winning novel, Shift, by Em Bailey. Sometimes, when a book has been hyped up so much before you read it, it’s often a bit of a letdown.  Shift was certainly not a letdown – in fact, I’ve not really read anything like it before!

Olive Corbett’s life has changed dramatically since the ‘incident’. Before, she used to be one of the queen bees, best friends with Katie and generally ruling the school. Now, she hangs out with her new best friend Ami, keeps quiet, stays on her meds and tries not to rock the boat.

When the creepy new girl, Miranda, arrives at the school and latches on to Katie, Olive can see that the two girls are more than best friends.  Something about this friendship is sinister; Katie is becoming more lacklustre and more unrecognisable.  Olive has a theory about who and what Miranda is, but who would believe the one girl that everyone thinks is crazy?

This book is dead creepy. Initially, it began in a rather vague fashion.  This  was deliberate, and I found it both annoying and compelling.  Once Bailey has her characters and scenario set amid an appropriate cloud of mystery, the fun begins.  Nothing is as it seems, especially when you have a narrator who is, by her own admission, prone to hallucinations.  The unreliability of Olive’s narration keeps the reader guessing right until the end, and it’s only when Miranda starts to become close to Olive that we start to separate ourselves from her and see the bigger picture. Bailey has created a truly terrifying character in Miranda and while her character is woven into the realms of fantasy, it’s the reality of the concept that is most frightening – many of us are well aware of the power of peer pressure.

I really enjoyed reading Shift and would recommend it to all Senior School students. The girls who have read it so far have all enjoyed it immensely!

Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂