So I’ve been thinking lately about all the books I’ve read and a lot of them have been adapted into films. In most cases I try to read the books first but sometimes I get stubborn and I’m not inclined to read until I’ve seen and enjoyed the film.
There are so many different connotations, good and bad, surrounding books being turned into movies. I even came across a quote on Pinterest that read, “Don’t judge a book by its movie.” While it may seem a bit extreme, I think that a movie adaption of a very well received book is the type of thing that can make or break a franchise. There is always a lot of pressure to make the film as amazing as possible when the book has cultivated such a huge fan base. Sometimes Hollywood gets it very right, but sadly there have been times when they didn’t do as well as everyone had hoped.
Some movie adaptions I think have done particularly well are Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Hunger Games franchise – these movies always have me on the edge of my seat, Harry Potter of course, The Great Gatsby (the 1974 version), Something Borrowed (in my opinion the movie was much better than the book), and of course The Fault in our Stars. I have left out Twilight for one reason; while I enjoyed the books very much during the height of their popularity, and I religiously dragged my family to the midnight movie premiers, I have grown to question a lot of the reasons I liked the books. Yes, I’m definitely a sucker for romance and Edward seemed like the perfect man at the time, but now that I am older and a bit more experienced in the romance department, I realize just how strange the relationships between the characters are. I recognize that Twilight was a huge phenomenon and may still have a large fan base so I will not discount its success. I will simply say that it is no longer high up on my list of amazing adaptions.
It is so hard to pick a favorite among so many fantastic stories, but I think the one that resonates with me the most is The Fault in our Stars. I’ve ranted about how much I love this book before so I won’t go too far into it, but in my opinion at least, this movie stayed so true to the book and the chemistry between the actors was so real and beautiful. I don’t think I could have cried any harder in the theater if I’d tried. I just really enjoyed this story the most. Call me sappy!
Anyway, I’d love to hear everyone else’s favorites, so if you read my little blog please feel free to comment. Let’s get a discussion going! 🙂
Becca Fitzpatrick wrote a saga of books titled Hush, Hush, Crescendo, Silence, and Finale. The series’ focus is on fallen angels and nephilim, and the relationship between the two main characters Nora and Patch. I read these books a while ago and my experience with this series is one that has stuck with me for a number of reasons. I decided to read Hush, Hush because I’ve always been very interested in the story of the fallen angels and prior to this book I read Fallen, a novel by Lauren Kate. I enjoyed the overall plot-line of Fallen, but it was a bit of a slow read for me so I went to the book store in search of a similar story with a more engaging plot. In this instant, I’m guilty of the very thing we are told not to do as children – I judged the book by its cover – because the covers are all beautiful – and took Hush, Hush to the register.
While reading the book, I fell in love not only with the romance between Nora and Patch, but with the bigger picture of the story, and the way that Fitzpatrick took something biblical and made it her own. according to the Bible, Nephilim are a race of hybrids, children of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men.” Angels giving into temptation and having relations with mortals is what caused them to be rejected from heaven and stripped of their wings. Hush, Hush delves into that story and incorporates the struggles of true love as well. I also found playlists for each book on Spotify and all of the songs are so good and relate very well to the story. I’ve always thought that listening to music that relates to the story heightens the reading and writing experience, especially when it’s a story with a lot of depth.
As I got farther into the story, I decided to do some research on the lore of the fallen angels and I was so inspired by everything that I wrote a poem. But even with all of the interesting things I discovered and as much as I enjoyed reading the books, my imagination seemed to have gotten the better of me in the process. Some of the fallen angel stories are very dark and creepy and I definitely scared myself a bit. I even had a few nightmares.
While my experience with this saga was a bit scary at times, I enjoyed all four books very, very much and I plan to re-read them when I get the free time. In my opinion, Becca Fitzpatrick has written an amazing story with so many different twists and turns. It was romantic and heartbreaking and suspenseful! Anyone who is into supernatural romance will certainly be pulled into this amazing story.
For more information on the Hush, Hush saga visit Becca Fitzpatrick’s website, and if you decide to read the saga here are the playlists so you can listen while you read, for maximum enjoyment.
The Distance Between Us is a Young Adult novel by Kasie West. The novel is about a pair of star-crossed teens, Xander Spence and Caymen Meyers, who meet and become fast friends, despite their social and economic differences. Xander is the rich heir to a huge hotel franchise, while Caymen is the daughter of a poor and jaded single mother who owns a failing doll shop.
My impression of Caymen is that she is the most judgmental character I’ve ever come across. Her mother’s views of the lifestyles of the rich and famous become her own without even a second thought. However when she meets Xander, she finds her mindset wavering and despite looking for every flaw he might possess, she falls for him anyway.
Xander seems to be different than other rich boys. He isn’t spoiled, he rebels against his father like normal teenage boys, and he likes Caymen even though she’s poor. While Caymen spends the entire book worrying about what her mother will think about Xander, and making judgments that his parents will think shes too poor for him, Xander is all for meeting the parents and is completely unashamed.
Even though Caymen annoyed me at times, I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Young Adult romance.
For more information on Kasie West and her novels visit her website.
What I Love About You is a contemporary romance novel by author Rachel Gibson. The book, which was released in August, 2014, is the 21st on Gibson’s list of novels.
The book centers around a recovering alcoholic and ex Navy Seal, Blake, and divorced single mother, Natalie. Blake moves next door to Natalie and her daughter Charlotte and eventually becomes a “friend.” Blake and Natalie become interested in each other but Natalie tries her best to stay away from the abrasive military man, which becomes harder when Natalie’s ex-con ex-husband returns home from jail.
I wont give any spoilers, but if you’re a fan of Rachel Gibson then you know where the story is headed. As usual the language and tone of the book is very romantic. It’s slightly predictable for those who are familiar with Gibson, but it’s still a good read. Being that I’m no longer the romantic I used to be, some of the phrases made me roll my eyes a bit and at one point I gave an audible “Ugghh!” Don’t get me wrong, Gibson is one of my favorite authors and I have all but two of her books, but it’s a very “lovey dovey” story. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre and I would definitely read it again myself. Overall, I’ll give it 3.5 stars. See Jane Score will forever be my favorite book by Rachel Gibson, and the book to which all the other will be compared.
For a full list of books by Rachel Gibson, here is the link to her website.