Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half)

July 9: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half)

I nearly always prefer the book to the movie. And when possible I aim to read the novel before watching the film – although I don’t always get there. There are times when I don’t even realize that the theatrical version was original based on a book (like Under the Dome… had no clue that was originally a Stephen King novel).

This week I’ll be splitting my list – Best Five and Worst Five movie adaptations. I recognized that some of these books have multiple movie adaptations so I’m only talking about the film that I’ve linked.
(clicking on the book cover will take you to the book’s goodreads page. Clicking on the movie poster will take you to the film’s IMDB page)

BEST:

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – I loved how this film added so much more detail to the story with regards to Noah and Allie’s younger selves.

The Notebook  The Notebook (2004) Poster

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – The novel is a little erratic and whilst I enjoyed reading it, I preferred how the novel progressed and ended.

Fight Club  Fight Club (1999) Poster

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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PS. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern – It’s a cute story. And amazingly enough (taking my dislike of Hilary Swank as an actress and the fact they transplanted this novel from Ireland to the US, I really liked how they did the movie)

PS, I Love You  P.S. I Love You (2007) Poster

The Godfather by Mario Puzo – I love this series of movies. They make the book better. And if you haven’t read the book… well they’re still an amazing series of films!

The Godfather  The Godfather (1972) Poster

Bridget Jones Diary + Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding – I love Bridget Jones. I thought the books were great but the movies… oh my. It’s the combination of a great Jane Austen modern interpretation mixed with the best cast a chick flick has seen in forever. Love.

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)  Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Poster

The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones, #2)  Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) Poster

WORST:

Avalon High by Meg Cabot – I’m not usually a fan of changing the ending when you go from book to film. And this is one of those cases. And Will Wagner’s accent really irritated me.

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – They changed the ending! And and… well… I just wasn’t a fan of the casting either.

My Sister's Keeper  My Sister's Keeper (2009) Poster

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss – This movie didn’t really resemble the book. Maybe I’d lost my childish spirit when I watched this movie but Mike Myers really grated on me.

The Cat in the Hat  Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003) Poster

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – mostly because I couldn’t stand Eric Bana’s accent but also because this is a fairly difficult one to follow time line wise and the film just… missed a lot. A lot with regards to the main characters lives but practically erased the secondary characters.

The Time Traveler's Wife  The Time Traveller's Wife (2009) Poster

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella – It just… didn’t work for me. Becky although a little ditzy in the book just felt more brainless in the film adaptation. Although, I didn’t mind Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)  Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) Poster

I can’t wait to see what film adaptations people loved or hated this week! I often love Book to TV series more than book to film. But these are just for films.

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Cover Reveal: Pendomus by Carissa Andrews

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Title: Pendomus (Pendomus Chronicles #1)
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication Date: October 10, 2013
Genre: YA, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, paranormal romance
Synopsis (goodreads):

Humanity has colonized on a tidally locked planet known as Pendomus, a planet of extremes. Half eternal scorching desert and half perpetual arctic night. Surviving along the temperate band between the two, we’ve set up home in a complex known as the Helix. Within the Helix lies a highly sophisticated, highly technological society that seems to function solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose. That purpose is determined and nurtured through a person’s natural aptitudes, as read by their daily brain scans. Eating, sleeping, even procreation is handled by professionals. These basic concepts, no longer a part of society’s every day norm.

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem longs to be more than part of the Helix machine. Her life inside is anything but fulfilling. She feels disconnected, and longs to be more than society dictates. Inside, no one socializes, no one interacts in a meaningful way. It’s never set right with Runa. She would love nothing more than to reach out to her family, but not even her own mother can show any semblance of love for her. Instead, Runa has found solace in the ancient woods nearby, despite being strictly forbidden.

Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem longs to be more than part of the Helix machine. Her life inside is anything but fulfilling. She feels disconnected, and longs to be more than society dictates. Inside, no one socializes, no one interacts in a meaningful way. It’s never set right with Runa. She would love nothing more than to reach out to her family, but not even her own mother can show any semblance of love for her. Instead, Runa has found solace in the ancient woods nearby, despite being strictly forbidden.

Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked, and left for dead in those woods near the Helix. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived. Fueled by a yearning to belong, and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa wants desperately to make a new life. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet and the forces controlling her from afar.

What she needs is some answers.

 
About the Author:
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Born and raised in central MN, Carissa Andrews has always loved books. She started her career at 15 in a bookstore, just to be able to afford her book fetish. By 19, she worked for a magazine publisher. At 22, she was working for printers to learn their trade. At 27, she went back to school for graphic design, and became an award winning designer. Little did she know all of her experiences would lead her to becoming a self-publishing power house. At 31, a magical world on a planet far away, invaded her mind. At 34, she’s learned what she needs to make her work successful.
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Stacking the Shelves!

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

This is a meme that I love to read but rarely participate in because I don’t often get or buy many books in a week. But this week I went to the Gold Coast Lifeline Bookfest. The Lifeline bookfest is a giant second-hand book sale with the proceeds going to the Lifeline charity.

This is a look at my haul of ten books that I got for under $15 (I also bought a novel in Italian for my dad!)

All links lead to goodreads 😀

Bookfest Haul!

Bookfest Haul!

Finding Cassie Crazy by Jaclyn Morriaty (which I was absolutely delighted to read after loving Feeling Sorry For Celia a few weeks ago)

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (a book I adore but didn’t have a copy of in my personal library)

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (I watched Oprah religiously during that little scandal and can’t wait to read it)

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (I love this book. The next two books in the trilogy not so much but this first one – one of my favourite Meg Cabot novels)

Faking It by Jennifer Cruise

Mister Monday by Garth Nix (I’ve never read a Garth Nix book but aim to change that very soon!)

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Evernight, Stargazer and Hourglass by Claudia Gray (and Hourglass is signed by the author!)

 

So that’s my haul. Now I need to find some space on my shelves to stack them!

 

Book Review: I Wolf by Matt Boyd

Title: I Wolf
Author: Matt Boyd
Genre: Supernatural, action 
Publisher: ABC Books
Publication Date: 1 June 2013 
Pages: 279
Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Romy suffers from a disease that will send him mad…and ultimately kill him. His last hope is to travel to an isolated castle in Austria, where a cure is promised. But the treatment is drastic. Romy is turned into a werewolf.

When Romy meets Antonia, beautiful, headstrong and a natural-born werewolf, he slowly starts to come to terms with life as a lycanthrope. But then a spate of grisly night-time murders are reported and wild animals are suspected. What has Romy become?

My Review:

Matt Boyd’s debut novel, I Wolf, is an exciting tale featuring one of my favourite supernatural creatures – werewolves! Romy (aka. Romulus) is a sixteen year old who has been facing a death sentence since before he could remember. He’s had a terminal illness hanging over his head and no sign of a cure… until now. Romy’s father has found a secretive, exclusive and somewhat mysterious program in Austria who might be able to save Romy. Not completely sure what the treatment entails, Romy and his family set off from Australia and travel to Europe in hopes that the program may save his sanity where everything else has failed before.

I Wolf features a fantastic breed of werewolves. The account of the shifters history and just what it means to be a wolf in this universe is strong. Romy’s feelings whilst running in his beast form was one of my favourite parts of the novel to read – it was rich with thoughts and feelings. The romance angle between Romy and Antonia felt a little off-putting and awkward – adding nothing to the overall plot as it didn’t feel natural for the characters. The secondary characters of Nat and Dimitri added a lot to the story and brought out Romy’s humanity – which I felt was a little lacking even before the treatment.

This story is a little raw in terms of emotion. I thought that Romy was an accurate narrator with regards to the werewolf lessons and action but he was a little lacking when it came to emotion and feeling. There are some rather terrible and dramatic things that happen to him after arriving in Austria but he doesn’t let the emotions rise to the surface and rather moves on with the next course of action.

I thought that the flow of this novel at a little disconcerting at times with there not being a solid direction of just what the characters were doing. But there were other times when I was there with Romy and his pack as they went on their adventures.

Overall, I found this book to be a great quick read and I loved how Matt Boyd created his particular breed of werewolves. I feel like this book would be devoured by younger readers as it lacked a little depth and emotion for me personally but I think I’d have loved this book back when I was 12 or so.

Thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley for the digital review copy.

Purchase the novel from:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc)

For me there are two top reasons why I find them intimidating – length and hype.

If a book is super long, I often find that I’m a little nervous that I’ll never get through it. And if a book is hyped up and people tell me HOW AMAZING it is… I often feel like it’s just not going to live up to my expectations based on hype and I tend to put those books off reading too.

Intimidating by Size:

Les MisérablesAtlas ShruggedGlass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – I love the musical. And the recent movie was pretty good too. But every time I complain about how much I dislike the character of Cosette, my brother urges me to read the book. Apparently she’s a lot more rounded in the novel. It’s just so long! And there are no pictures…

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – I carry a copy of this book everywhere. I had it in my school bag, the car, beside my bed… I’ve taken it everywhere (even overseas) for the past ten years. And I still can’t finish it!

The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine (this series has SO many books… or at least it feels like that… I have read some of the early books and I own the three most recent… I know I’ll get there eventually.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I’ve watched the movies… I really need to read the books!

Intimidating by Hype:

Twisted perfection (Perfection, #1)Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)The AlchemistAngelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)The Casual Vacancy

Abbi Glines – I’ve not read anything by her. Nor have I bought any books by her. But so many books of hers have been recommended to me on goodreads with dozens of !!!!’s and ZOMGS! and I just… need to work myself up to reading a book of hers.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzgerald – I have this series on my shelves but I’m afraid I’ll end up disappointed… and I have a new policy that if I don’t like a book I donate it. I’m not ready to part with my pretty box set just in case…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – It’s my friends favourite book. There’s a lot of pressure right there!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – okay so maybe the only hype for this one is my own. As a very proud Harry Potter fan, I know I shouldn’t compare this book with her other series but it’s there in my mind and I think the colours of the cover always remind me of my dislike of vegemite… it’s very intimidating!

Intimidating by Hype and Length:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices series both by Cassandra Clare – I’ll admit it. I’m a BAD TMI fan. I’ve only read City of Bones. Which I really liked. But this series and then the pre-series… it’s a huge mountain of work! And when you have a somewhat short attention span… it’s a huge undertaking. Add to that the fact that so many people love and rave and live and breathe these books… I’m so hesitant to pick up City of Ashes and make my way though them all.

Anyone intimidated by any of these books? Should I stopped being afraid of any of these? Any I should add? Feel free to leave a comment. Hope you have a great week and thanks for visiting 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new novel – Origin! Origin is the 4th book in the Lux series and I for one can’t wait to find out what happens next for Katy and Daemon!

Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Title: Origin (Lux #4)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: 27th August 2013 (I won’t forget! That’s my sister’s birthday!)

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Blurb (link to goodreads):

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer L. Armentrout author photo

 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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