Book to Movie Adaptations

Hey bookies! Last week we talked about some of my favourite book to T.V. show adaptations so this week I thought it was only fair to discuss some of the best book to movie adaptations! I decided to omit classics because almost all of them have been made into a movie at one time or another and there are multiple versions of them. I’m strictly going to mention modern books today. Also, I didn’t realize this until I created the list but they are all series… Well, let’s get started.

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy  –  Suzanne Collins 

Hunger Games.jpgThe Hunger Games trilogy was the hottest series at the time of its release and in my opinion, is one of the best book to movie adaptations of the times. In case you have been living under a rock for the best 10 years, the hunger games is a dystopian young adult trilogy that focuses on a teenager named Katniss.

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The world has been separated into 13 districts with each one being responsible for a different economic resource. Every year, the children between the age of 12-18 get their names put into a raffle and a boy and a girl from each district to play in the Hunger Games; a tournament of survival where the last person standing wins enough money to feed their family for the next generation.

They brought this book to life so well that I was as excited to watch the movies as I was reading the books. I have yet to watch an adaptation as good as this, especially Catching Fire.

2. Harry Potter Series  –  J.K. Rowling

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Harry-potter-films.pngI don’t think its possible that harry potter to not be on this list. This series has gotten to the point where it is so filled with nostalgic feelings that most people don’t even think about when adding it to their favourites list. While growing up, it was such a prominent part of my life and that includes the movies as well.

I really don’t need to give you a summary of the series, do I…? No? Phew, I was worried for a second there.

I think after the third movie, the films started to change a lot of more but that is probably due to the lengths of books increasing with each sequel. Even then, I think that these movies were very well done and left a lasting impression on anyone who watched them. As with The Hunger Games, my favourite movie and book are the same: Prisoner of Azkaban.

3. Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer

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Twilight. Ah, remember those good old days? You were either a diehard fan and showed that off loud and proud or you were a fan who was kind of embarrassed for liking something so cheesy… either way, you were a fan right?

Twilight took the world by storm and really started the 21st-century craze for vampires. It paved the way for success for the shows that followed it like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

It follows a normal girl named Bella when she moves in with her dad in a small town which unbeknownst to its residents, is harbouring vampires. Edward and his family are trying to live as normal a life as possible, keeping low and out of sight until Bella attracts Edward’s attention. A love story ensues with drama and trauma. My favourite of the four books and five films is Eclipse.

4. Divergent – Veronica Roth

divergentDivergent was one of those series that had so much potential to be great. The books were riveting and the concept at the time was new and exciting. When they announced that they were going to make this series into a movie, I was really excited, I thought maybe this could be a new Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to it… except for the first movie.

Divergent follows a teenage girl in a futuristic dystopian type world where everyone is separated into factions based on the results of a simulation test when they turn sixteen. Of course, you are allowed divergent movieto choose a faction of your own if you believe the own chosen for you doesn’t match your persona, however, if you should fail the initiation tests, you will be exiled from all factions and live in poverty amongst the factionless. Our main character finds herself in Dauntless, the faction for the daring and brave at heart, and it’s there that she falls in love and learns that there might be something fishier going on than she thought.

I think the first movie was done really well and honoured the book. When Insurgent came out I was very disappointed, they changed so much from the second book and I’m not the only one who agrees. The third movie didn’t even make it to theatres! That being said, I still think the first movie was so good that I had to include it on the list.

5. The Maze Runner Trilogy – James Dashner

maze-runner-booksThis is the most recent series added to my list since the last movie, The Death Cure, just released earlier this year. I am, however, sad to say that I have only read the first book in the series and as a comparison, I can only fully judge The Maze Runner movie. 

The Maze Runner is a futuristic, post-Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 11.02.22 PM.pngapocalyptic dystopian type of book. We follow Thomas and his trials when he suddenly finds himself stuck in a maze with a bunch of other boys without their memory. The next day, a girl appears in the maze as well, something that has never happened before. Together, Thomas, Theresa and the other Gladers, learn that the only way to truly be free of the maze is to find a way through it, but what’s waiting on the other side may be worse than the maze itself. 

I think the first movie played homage to the book really well and I was excited to continue watching the movies to see how it all played out. I never continued with the series though so I’d love to know from someone who did if the second and third movie was any good in comparison! 

These are really the only movies that I wanted to share as a part of my list but I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my most anticipated book to movie adaptations releasing in 2018! 

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda I actually just watched recently and absolutely loved! Ready Player One comes out TODAY and I can’t wait to see it! We will have to wait a little longer for The Darkest Minds and The Crimes of Grindelwald though. Who else is excited about these movies?

Thank you so much for reading this far! I’ll see you next week, and to anyone who celebrates the ressurection of Christ, Happy Easter! 🐰🐇

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

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Book Playlist

Hey bookies! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far. This week I’ve compiled a little playlist for you. I pulled out ten of my favourite series and found a song that reminded me of that book/series or gives me the same feeling the book did. I tried to keep the music varied in styles and genre so hopefully, there is something for everyone to like.

Let’s get started!

1. Falling Kingdoms Series – Morgan Rhodes 

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🎵 Warriors – Greg Hulme

This song is action-packed and badass, much like the series itself. It always keeps you on your toes with the different tempos and I feel it accurately represents the feeling I got when I read Falling Kingdoms for the first time; you never know if someone is going to die in the next scene.

2. The Infernal Devices Trilogy – Cassandra Clare

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🎵 Shatter Me – Lindsey Sterling & Lzzy Hale

I tried to find a song that had an intense yet soothing kind of sound. I realized that Lindsey Sterling’s style with a classical instrument was perfect for this. Lzzy Hale’s vocals added just the right amount of edginess that reminded me of the Infernal Devices and steampunk type of style.

3. The Lunar Chronicles – Merissa Meyer

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🎵 Kara Remembers – Bear McCreary

This song gives off the perfect amount of danger meets space vibes. It really portrays the life or death situations that Cinder and her friends get themselves into. Originally I was trying to find a Star Wars meets Cinderella song but then a friend made me realize that this song would be perfect! Battlestar Galactica fans approve I’m sure.

4. The Darkest Powers Trilogy – Kelley Armstrong 

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🎵 Find Me – Sigma ft. Birdy

I love this song! When I heard it for the first time I was totally enthralled and it gave me such Kelley Armstrong feels! It is quick paced with lots of emotions. This series is fun and engaging even though it handles rather dark and potentially scary themes, it doesn’t come across that way at all which I love.

5. Geekerella – Ashley Poston 

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🎵 Arms – Christina Perri

This song is super catchy and it’s got this feeling that I can’t really explain other than melancholy? It is definite Geekerella vibes, plus its a love song. It’s both upbeat yet sad at the same time which reminds me of the main character here.

6. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling 

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🎵 Audiomachine – Fate’s Compass

This song is perfect for Harry Potter! I can imagine hearing it as he’s exploring Hogwarts or running in the Forbidden Forest. it has the little twinkling sounds that are very reminiscent of the movie soundtracks, however, it is also very intense and screams FANTASY.

7. Illuminae Trilogy – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman 

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🎵 Dark Skies – Robert Slump

This song is so intense and it is filled with cool sounds that seem perfect for a space-themed book. the build-up is awesome and suspenseful much like this series. [Spoilers] I can imagine this paying as our favourite characters try to escape from the zombie-like illness that plagues the first book.

8. Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo 

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🎵 Youth – Daughter

This song reminded me so much of the minds of the heist crew in Six of Crows. It almost felt like the song of their souls. It has so much power but it has a range of tempos that can also represent the range of emotions I felt while reading this series. It especially reminded me of the relationship between Matthias and Nina; the up and down they have yet they’re unwavering loyalty to each other.

9. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys 

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🎵 Ashes of Eden – Breaking Benjamin

This book broke my heart. I couldn’t believe that people had to suffer through something so terrible, and worse is that most people don’t even know that it happened. When I read this for the first time I was filled with such grief that I couldn’t stop crying. when I first heard this song I was on my way home from and this song came on through my car speakers and suddenly without reason I found myself crying. It reminded me so much of Salt to the Sea that I couldn’t NOT pick this one.

10. The Raven Cycle Quartet – Maggie Stiefvater The-Raven-Cycle-Series.png

🎵 Uninvited – Alanis Morissette

Maggie Stiefvater has a weird atmospheric feeling to all her books that it really hard for me to relate to music, however, I think Morissette’s eerie vibe from this song can fit that feeling I got when I read The Raven Cycle. It’s definitely there.

 

There you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed my little book playlist that I made. I’ll admit that it was quite difficult and all together probably took me 4 hours to do. Until next week!

Sincerely,

B ❤

My Fictional Bucket List

Hey Bookies! Don’t you ever wish you could meet your favourite fictional characters in real life? Not only meet them but actually get to hang out with them!? Well, me too. So today I would like to share my fictional bucket list with you guys; just some activities I wish I could do with some of my favourite characters from YA literature. Let’s get started! >>>>>

(These are not in any particular order)

Create a book club with Hermione Granger, Tessa Gray and Becca Hatcher

 

Wouldn’t these be the best book club ever? I mean I can’t wait to discuss! 

Go to Comic-Con with Simon Lewis and Ella Wittimer 

 

These two together. I’m a big nerd but I don’t think even I could keep up with them! It would be so much fun though! 

Flying around with Jace Herondale (on a vampire motorcycle) and Superman/Clark Kent 

 

Wow… I can’t even imagine how thrilling this would be (insert heart eyes emoji here). Can this be real!?

A Classical Concert with Jem Carstairs 

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The Infernal Devices is my favourite series and Jem Carstairs is my favourite character in the series. Therefore, it is only fitting that on my fictional bucket list, we get to hang out alone… I think that’s fair xD I think a nice classical concert or opera type thing would be right up his style. Maybe we’d even crash it and Jem could perform for ME ❤

 

Pod Racing with R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Poe Dameron 

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Although it is pretty obvious that Poe would win… I mean he is the “best damn pilot the resistance has ever seen” but it would still be awesome to fly around on pod racers right!?? 

Study magic with Magnus Bane, Sirius Black and Nina Zenik  

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If I took pointers from these amazing magic users I think I could be the greatest of all time. Don’t you think? 

Hack into some top secret files with Kady Grant and Linh Cinder 

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With Cinder’s robotic enhancements and Kady’s brains, we could probably get ourselves into a lot of trouble! This would be some serious girl power besides, they would have a lot of experience running away from any government officials… right?

 

Doing any of these activities would be awesome! I would love to know if you guys have anything on your fictional bucket list. Even if it’s just going out for coffee with someone, I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll be back next Thursday!! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

Recommendations Based on Your Hogwarts House!

I think it’s fair to assume that everyone knows about Harry Potter by now. I mean seriously, it’s 2018 already! Even if you have never read the books (which you should), you’ve probably still heard about the Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin and maybe even taken the Pottermore test to find out which house you belong to. If not, well you can do it right here.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. 

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Done? Great, now that you know your house, let’s continue.

Each house at Hogwarts has a different set of traits that everyone in that specific house values over everything else. These values define the kind of person you are on the inside, even if you appear to be something else on the outside. For example, Neville is very loyal and hardworking which are traits of a Hufflepuff, however, what he values is bravery so he is sorted into Gryffindor. One person can have traits that describe all four houses but it is what the person values most that ultimately places them in their proper house.

That being said, I decided it would be interesting to recommend books based on what your Hogwarts house is. A way for everyone to see themselves in a main character of a YA novel. Let’s get into it!

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Values: bravery, daring, nerve and chivalry.
Animal: lion
Element: fire
Motto: “Do what is right.”
Quote: 
“Where dwell the brave at heart,
their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”

 

Books:

These books are fast-paced, intense, action-packed adventures with main characters who are always looking to be the hero of their story. Red Queen is a high fantasy world with a dystopian arc/revolution. Percy Jackson is a middle-grade mythology story with the main character finding out he’s the son of Poseidon. Lastly, The Winner’s Curse reads like an urban fantasy which takes place in the middle of a war. Members of Gryffindor are sure to find their next favourite book in one of these. 

Ravenclaw crest

 

Values: intelligence, knowledge, wit
and creativity
Animal: eagle
Element: air
Motto: “Do what is wise.”
Quote: “Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”

Books: 

I am a little biased to Ravenclaws because I am one so maybe these are just my favourites? Lucky in Love is a cute contemporary that follows a quirky girl who is super smart and determined to make her way to university. Rebel Belle is a superheroine tale where our main character is at the top of her school but one day discovers she’s meant to save the world. Finally, Illuminae is a science fiction novel written in an innovative format following a super genius technology nerd. Ravenclaws are sure to relate. 

Hufflepuff crest

 

Values: hard work, dedication, patience and loyalty
Animal: badger
Element: earth
Motto: 
“Do what is nice.”
Quote: “You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.”

 

Books: 

These books are very different from each other but they each demonstrate an important aspect of Hufflepuff. Truthwitch is a high fantasy that follows two best friends who are so incredibly loyal to each other it’s almost a bad thing. The Raven Boys is an eerie, paranormal read with a group of boys and one girl looking for “treasure”. Gansey is the most Hufflepuff of them all, so loyal to his search and patience in the years it takes him to get there. Last but not least, A Book of Spirits and Thieves is an urban fantasy/high fantasy novel following two sisters who are doing everything in their power to find their way back to each other. Stand back because these Hufflepuffs are badass. 

Slytherin Crest

 

Values: cunning, pride, resourcefulness, ambition
Animal: serpent
Element: water
Motto: “Do what is necessary.”
Quote: “Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”

 

Books: 

These books are so captivating and I love that they feature some great Slytherin characters that are NOT evil! Alive is a science fiction young adult novel following a group of teenagers who wake up without any knowledge of who they are. Em is relentless and becomes a natural leader for the group, always doing what is necessary to survive. Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy which includes an overly ambitious prince with excess pride. Finally, Rook is a post-apocalyptic story which kind of reads like an urban fantasy portraying a character who is conniving and scheming, making you always second guess his intentions.  Slytherins are sure to get a bite out of these.

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And that’s all I have for this week! Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices or if you have recommendations of your own for the Hogwarts houses! I would love to know your thoughts. (Remember, these books and their characters may have aspects of all four houses, this is entirely my own opinion)

Thanks for reading and until next week, keep reading bookies!

Sincerely,

B ❤

P.S. Oh, and if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet… what are you waiting for!?