Thursday Thoughts: A Monster Calls Teaser Trailer

Okay, I know this teaser trailer has been out for like 5 months, but I just recently rewatched it and got all emotional and I just wanted to share it with you guys in case you hadn’t seen it.

A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay (you HAVE to read the one with the illustrations; they completely make the book for me) is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The story is short and takes no time at all to read, but man, if it isn’t worth it. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, and it’s one you’ll want to reread. At least for me. Let’s look at the teaser trailer, okay?

Okay, that’s freaking Liam Neeson as the monster/narrator and I’m so freaking excited with that casting. His voice is perfect. If you’ve read the book, you’ll also notice how similar the scene outside Connor’s window looks to the illustrations in the book. Beautiful.

I’m definitely nervous though. Like, I know book to movie adaptations are hardly ever done correctly, but I just want them to do this story justice. The teaser, while short, does look like it’s going to do a pretty good job. And, I mean, they’ve got Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and the director of The Orphanage, J.A. Bayona, so it’s got to be at least halfway decent. 😉

Find out more about the movie on IMDB. And check out the book on Goodreads.

Have you read A MONSTER CALLS? Are you excited about the movie?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Book to Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

Here are ten of the 2016 book to movie adaptations I am most excited about in release date order. Book covers from Goodreads and movie posters from IMDB. Descriptions are also from IMDB.

THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey

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What it’s about: Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

When’s it out? January 15

Watch the trailer & find out more on IMDB.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES by Seth Grahame-Smith

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What it’s about: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

When’s it out? February 5

Watch the trailer & find out more on IMDB.

DEADPOOL, created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

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What it’s about: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

When’s it out? February 12

Watch the trailer & find out more on IMDB.

BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, based on several comics

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What it’s about: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

When’s it out? March 25

Watch the trailer & find out more on IMDB.

SUICIDE SQUAD, based on the organization in DC Comics

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What it’s about: A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

When’s it out? August 5

Watch the trailer & find out more on IMDB.

A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

What it’s about: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness.

When’s it out? October 14

Find out more on IMDB.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by J.K. Rowling

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What it’s about: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

When’s it out? November 18

Find out more on IMDB.

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs

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What it’s about: Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.

When’s it out? December 25

Find out more on IMDB.

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

What it’s about: A teenage girl misses her flight at JFK Airport and meets a young British guy who may turn out to be her true love.

When’s it out? 2016

Find out more on IMDB.

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

Looking for Alaska

What it’s about: A new arrival at a boarding school falls in love with a beguiling female student.

When’s it out? 2016

Find out more on IMDB.

Which book to movie adaptations are you looking forward to seeing?

Book Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

I know I’m not the only person who was attracted to this book by the trailer for the movie. It’s funny and mean and it’s got Mae Whitman (who I love) and the gorgeous Robbie Amell. I had to read the book before I saw the movie. It was a lot more fun than I was expecting.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Title: The DUFF

Author:  Kody Keplinger

Genre: Young adult, contemporary

Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown)

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

277 pages, paperback

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

I won’t lie to you. This book is super clichéd and very predictable, but MAN, if it wasn’t entertaining! I flew through this book in one day at work. It’s definitely fast-paced and it’s got a clear, feel-good message.

We’ve got to talk about Bianca. She’s our MC and the “DUFF” in the title. (Btw, Duff stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend). I loved her right away. She’s sarcastic and witty, a bit of a bitch (sorry for the language!), and independent. When Wesley (think John Tucker) tells her she’s the DUFF of her friend group, she’s pissed. As she should be. But throughout the book, she discovers that she’s not the only girl who feels like the DUFF sometimes. All girls feel like the DUFF sometimes. I’ve felt like the DUFF and so have you. Don’t get mad at me for telling you that she comes to accept herself, because it’s obvious what this book is trying to do. It’s not a spoiler. I was rooting for Bianca to accept herself the whole time. She’s so realistic, so likeable despite her attitude, so relatable. When she decides to distract herself by hooking up with Wesley (who she hates), I understood her. Which was a little weird, because I’d never do something like that, but that’s how real Bianca felt.

The message behind this book – that you should accept yourself no matter what anyone thinks – is so important. Yes, it’s mixed in with a lot of teenage drama and friend fights and all that, but that’s what being a teenager is like these days. This book felt like an honest portrayal of what it’s like to grow up in our society, to constantly be told you must look a certain way to fit in.

We all know that’s a bunch of bullshit (again, sorry for the language). Be you. Dress how you want to. Be with who you like. Don’t let others dictate the way you look, dress, act, love.

The bottom line: The DUFF may be a quick, somewhat light read, but it’s got a great message and a seriously cool and hilarious MC. Yeah, it’s got lots of clichés and we all know what’s going to happen before we even start, but it’s seriously fun to read. If you are even remotely interested in the movie, I’d definitely recommend reading this.

Rating: 7 – Pretty good

Check out the trailer below! I’m going to see it on Friday, so expect a book-to-movie review this weekend!

Summer Blogger Promo Tour – Dana Square

It’s Summer Blogger Promo Tour Sunday again! Today I’ve got Dana from Dana Square. Both of us really love movies, especially book to movie adaptations (well, the good ones at least). So today she’s going to be discussing her favorite and least favorite book to movie adaptations! Make sure you go check her out on her blog and on Twitter. 🙂

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Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2: I love the Harry Potter Series and the movies that were made were perfect. There were many changes to the movies, but they captured the essence of the series. Never did anything they left out feel that missed and never did any additions ever feel wrong. I think that is when you know that the movies were amazing. The last two in particular were exceptional. These adaptations stayed true to the characters, the world, and the fans. I absolutely adore these movies and I don’t think I can watch them without crying, it is just not physically possible.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: This movie will always have a place in my heart. This book really impacted me and I think this movie was so great because the author had such a huge role in its production. The casting was perfect and the movie never tried to hide the dark themes of the novel. The music was excellent. I think this is a movie that will always be relevant and I hope there are more contemporary books brought to life as well done as this one.

Honorable Mentions:

Pride & Prejudice (2005) – Keira Knightly will always be Elizabeth Bennet in my head.

Jane Eyre (2011) – I love how they told the story out of sequence. Michael Fastbender as Edward Rochester, I just can’t deal.

Catching Fire – This movie was literally perfect. It was almost in my top two.

Here are a few that weren’t amazing, but I loved them anyway. Regardless of what anyone says about these adaptations, I enjoyed them and thought they were fun. There are some YA books that can’t be taken too seriously.

Vampire Academy – I think this was really a problem of marketing. This movie was funny and action packed. It wasn’t a serious book and definitely not the best of the series. I think for the most part the casting was good, but the script could have been a bit better.

The Mortal Instruments – I personally wasn’t a fan of some of the actors casted. I enjoyed the movie though. The music choices were good, but just didn’t fit in places. I think it would have done a lot better if they hadn’t completely changed the ending.

Twilight Movies – I admit I was a twihard. I was obsessed. The first movie was horrible, but they slowly redeemed themselves. Breaking Dawn Part 2 was really a great movie.

Least Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations:

Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief: It is funny that one Logan Lerman movie is a part of the favorites and one is in the least favorites. I was a huge fan of the cast for this movie, but the script was absolutely horrible. They changed things so much that I didn’t want them to make a sequel. The sequel was okay but they needed to stop changing the story. We liked it as it was.

Beautiful Creatures: I only read the first book, but this movie was very different than the book. The special effects were really cool and the casting was okay. It just didn’t make for that great of a movie.

 

The problem with books

In which I lament the problems of being a HUGE book nerd

Picture from @BookNerdProblems

Picture from @BookNerdProblems

I don’t know about you, but for the most part (pretty much every part) of being a book nerd is a wholly fulfilling, inspiring, and lifelong obsession that I never, and will never, have a problem with. But every once in a while something happens that just makes you go, “Why do I do this again?!” I enjoy lists (and even numbers), so I figured I’d detail ten of the problems I occasionally deal with in my bookish life. Do you relate to any of these?

In no particular order (I think organizing it into a list is probably order enough). Please know that this is an, at times, exaggerated, sarcastic, and generally not-always-serious post.

  1. You want to lend the books you love to all of your friends, but you can’t because you know they’d ruin them: one of your friends is a spine breaker, another is too messy and will spill something on it, yet another will probably lose it and/or never give it back. How do you share your love of a book with someone who will DESTROY it like that asteroid who killed all the dinosaurs?
  2. Your new book boyfriend has completely ruined all other boys for you: you know that swoon worthy boy who serenades you with his words, stares deep into your soul, and changes you forever? Yeah, he’s not real.
  3. You are completely unable to walk into a bookstore (or any freaking store with books!) without buying one: Did you walk into Target with a specific thing to buy, like a pair of jeans or some deodorant? Sorry, but you’ll be leaving with four new books and neither of the things you actually need.
  4. You get crazy looks from people when you cry and/or laugh in the middle of a public place and there’s no one around you: Remember when you were on the train home and you broke down into intense sobs while reading The Fault In Our Stars and thought you did a good job covering it up by pretending you had allergies? Yeah, no one bought that. Sorry.
  5. You’re in constant danger: you are constantly shelling out more cash in order to fit your never ending piles of books rather than risk the potential avalanche that would totally kill you.
  6. You’re a liar: “Sorry, I can’t go. I already have plans.” Yeah, that was a lie. You just have a good book that you’d rather spend all night buried in instead of feeling uncomfortable and wishing you could leave all night. The guilt of lying to your friends haunts you, but honestly, you’re probably happier.
  7. You’ve got BPS: Book Pain Syndrome. Dude, it’s a legitimate thing. You are constantly trying to find the perfect position in which to read. Your back is spasming, you’ve got aches and pains all over the place, and one of your legs is asleep.
  8. You’re broke: Work, you know that thing that means you can keep buying books? Yeah, it gets in the way of actually reading the books. It’s a necessary evil though.
  9. You yell at movies: Seeing trailers for book to movie adaptations literally makes your heart race. Sometimes because they look amazing and sometimes they don’t. But no matter what, you know they’ve changed it. You know it. They removed your favorite scene or added dialogue that just doesn’t make sense. It’s different, and you’ll be disappointed.
  10. Your TBR: it will never end. You will constantly add more books to it and you know you’ll never get to all of them. This is the most soul crushing realization in the entire world. You will never have enough time to read it all.

These are some intense problems, but you know what? None of them will ever outweigh the pure joy, inspiration, and solace you can find by diving into a book and losing yourself. It doesn’t matter that people stare at you or you’d rather spend time with your book boyfriend than going to a party. You not only make friends in the books, but you make friends with other bookish people because they understand you on a fundamental level that can bind you for life. Never stop reading.

What are some of the bookish problems you have? 

Revisiting John Green’s Novel The Fault in Our Stars

This was originally posted on WatchPlayRead, for which I am a contributor. You should definitely check out the site, because it is awesome! See my other posts on the site HERE.

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With the upcoming release of The Fault in Our Stars movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, I think we should have a little revisit of the 2012 novel it’s based on. You know, to refresh readers and prepare them for the ugly crying they’ll be doing in the theater. I mean, I teared up just watching the trailer.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

PUBLISHER: Dutton Books

RELEASE DATE: January 2012

GENRE: YA

LENGTH: 318 pages (Hardcover)

John Green’s prose is gorgeous: it’s smart, quirky, charming, devastating, and everything you could ever want in a YA novel. It’s full of profound thoughts on the human condition, but it is also really funny and sweet. It will pull at your heartstrings one second and make you cackle with laughter the next. There wasn’t a single character or sentence that was unnecessary, each word carefully placed to pull you in and never let you go.

Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16 and she has terminal cancer. At 12 years old, she was ready to die, but a medical miracle saves her life. She’s alive but clinically depressed, so her doctor sends her to a kids-with-cancer support group. Here, she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor. They are both highly mature, intelligent, charming; they’re kindred spirits. And of course, they fall in love. Together they face life head-on, and the result is both beautiful and devastating.

As you can probably guess from a novel about two kids who fall in love and who both, sadly, have cancer, this novel will make you cry. But it will also make you laugh and I fell in love with these characters just as they were falling in love with each other. Hazel Grace and Gus are two of the most mature characters in a YA novel that I’ve ever read. Some people didn’t like them because they don’t act like normal teenagers, but I think it’s safe to say that being 16 and fighting cancer makes you officially NOT normal. These characters are real, like you-could-meet-them-in-real-life real, and this is part of the reason this novel is just so hard to read at times (Make sure you have at least one box of tissues with you when you start reading). I thought the way they confronted the questions of the human condition (Will I be remembered? Does my life have meaning?) to be both genuine and relatable. I’ve definitely contemplated these questions, but I can’t say I’ve ever faced death while doing so. I will never forget this book for reminding me to never give up, to live my life to the fullest, and to love like I was dying. This is a story that deserves to be read, and I am so glad I did (every time).

If you haven’t read TFiOS, please do it. For me. For yourself. For Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. And then get prepared: buy some boxes of tissues and get ready to ugly cry with the rest of us on June 6. Okay? Okay.

 

Three other titles TFiOS is similar to:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

You can buy The Fault in Our Stars from a variety of vendors on Penguin’s website: http://www.penguin.com/book/the-fault-in-our-stars-by-john-green/9780142424179

Also, check out the trailer for the movie adaptation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ItBvH5J6ss

(Cover design by Rodrigo Corral)