Friday, 31 March 2017

Books To Movies

Welcome Back Bookworms

It's been quite some time since I posted and that is because I just haven't felt like reading in a while now. GASP! I know it's crazy isn't it; not reading despite running a book blog. But I was starting to feel bad for not updating this blog so I came up with a post idea and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

Books are often transformed from words on a page into visuals on the big screen. The transition from book to movie can either enhance a story or leave the things you enjoyed about it out of the picture. It's always a difficult decision about going to see a movie for a book you absolutely loved. So that poses the next question:

Do you see the movie before or after reading the novel?
I've gone both ways with this one and I'm still undecided as to which way is better. Let me break it down a little bit as to why that is. 

There are series I've read, such as The Hunger Games or Divergent, where I knew the story before seeing the directors depiction of said stories. In the first case, that of The Hunger Games, I was glad to have read the novels first because I had a greater understanding of the dynamics of the Districts and the Capitol; I felt as though I knew it was going on, which is something I wouldn't have achieved if I'd see the movies first. However, in the second case, that of the Divergent series, I was left at a loss because of changes to the original plot. In most cases they were minor details, but they were still deviations from what I was expecting, which made watching the movies more painful than enjoyable.

On the flip side, I've watched movies that I really enjoyed that I later discovered were based on books, so I of course went back and read them. One example of that is If I Stay which I absolutely loved, despite some people saying it was too cheesy or it moved at too quick of a pace initially with the development of their relationship. After watching the movie, I knew I needed to go back and read the original story, as well as the sequel. I loved falling in love with the characters again, but this time through words on a page and not pictures on a screen. I don't know if it would have gone so well the other way around. I also recently just watched Me Before You, a movie that I haven't yet read the book for (though it had been on my list to read). Having watched the movie now, which I thought was adorable, I'm not sure I want to read the book because the movie seemed so perfect. 

The Final Dilemma? 
Reading a book before the movie means you have more insight into what the author thinks about the characters or the plot, but this means you have higher expectations of the movie and become disappointed by mistakes. Watching the movie before reading the book means you have clear images of what the characters and places look like, but it can become frustrating if you later discovering something wasn't replicated correctly which ultimately ruins both the book AND the movie. 
So, I pose the following to you: which do you do first?

Friday, 3 March 2017

This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours (Book Tag)

Happy Friday Bookworms
I came across this book tag while scrolling through Instagram. I saw Carolyne from Bookish Queen Blog post about doing this tag and thought it sounded interesting! I know I wasn't formally tagged but I like the questions. I tag anyone reading this to post their responses and definitely let me know if you do because I love reading everyone's answers!

The tag was made by TheTattooedBookGeek 

 1. What’s your favorite genre?

My go-to genre will forever and always be Fantasy/Dystopian 

2. Who’s your favorite author from the genre?

I honestly don't know if I can pinpoint just one author out of the bunch! But a few of the names that pop into my mind are... 

Ally Condie - Matched/Crossed/Reached

Jessica Verday - Hollow/Haunted/Hidden

Maggie Stiefvater - Shiver/Linger/Forever

3. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

 I think for me it's because the books always have the same familiar vibe which makes them feel all connected somehow. It's also nice to pick up a new book knowing that there's going to be something recognizable about it, despite it being new. Also, it doesn't hurt to get lost in another world for a couple hours at a time! 

4. What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

It wasn't just one book that started my love for Fantasy novels, but instead of was a series of seven novels: Harry Potter. I think for most people, the world of fantasy and exploring unique universes with mystical beasts began with those books. It was so unlike anything I had ever read before or had read to me that it made me want to devour more far-off worlds that I hoped could be real one day (without the destructive portions mind you). 

5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

 I would recommend Ally Condie's series that I mentioned above. That trilogy consumed my mind and I couldn't put them down! I gave both Matched and Crossed 5 stars when I read them back in the summer of 2014. Reached I gave a little under 5 stars but only by a small margin. All three had me wanting more from the series - to this day, I still want them to make it into a movie! It was said that Disney bought the rights to the first book before it was released but that was several years ago unfortunately.

  6. Why do you read?

I do so for many reasons. I read because it's a distraction if my mind is running a mile a minute, worrying about things I'm supposed to be doing. I read because it's a great use of time and gives my eyes a break from my computer screen. I read because it helps me sleep at night; the fantasy world gives my mind something to think about besides my endless to-do list. I read because it's a universal, timeless thing that I think everyone should do and keep alive.


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