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My enormous list of things they shouldn’t have missed from the Harry Potter films!

May 8, 2017 Page to Screen, Potty for Potter 0

Recently I re-watched the Harry Potter films, and as usual I ended up reading most of the books again due to the fact that some of my most favourite bookish scenes had been missed. In a moment of madness I decided to write a post about all of these missing scenes (which seemed a great idea until I realised how many there actually were) and share them with the world to see if you guys felt the same way.

Somewhere a long the way I also ended up writing a (thankfully, much smaller) list containing some of the moments in the films, not from the books, that I loved too and you can find these at the end of this VERY long post!

If you are good enough to reach the end, make sure to share you own thoughts and add any additional scenes that you think should have made the films too!

Things from the books that I wish were in the films

Peeves (books 1-7)
So apparently Peeves was originally in the first film but his character was cut last minute. Gutted to say the least, I would have loved to have seen him in the films creating mischief! (I especially love the bit in Order of the Phoenix when he salutes Fred & George!)

Nearly Headless Nicks Death day party ( book 2)
Although I have to admit the first time I read the Death day party scene I was totally creeped out, but it would have been so cool to see this on the screen complete with the table of moldy food and ghostly party games!

The Marauders Map (book 3)
Yes, the map is featured but the film totally missed the entire back story to it and it’s link to Harry’s dad. Even when Lupin ends up with the map Harry never questions how he knows how to use it.

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Page to Screen – Shadowhunters (Season 1)

April 29, 2016 Page to Screen 0

Page to Screen

There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

So, first the facts:

The 6 book Mortal Instruments series was was written by Cassandra Clare and released between 2007-2014. The series is a part of an even larger set of books all set in Clare’s ‘Shadowhunter world’.
In August 2013 a film of the first book City of Bones was released, but due to its poor reception the rest of the series was never made into films. In 2015 production started for the Shadowhunters TV Series which premiered on the 12th January 2016.
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You can check out my review of The Mortal Instruments series here
Shadowhunters on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and TV series.

CHARACTERS

Shadowhunter Character profiles

Clary – She looked the part, but Katherine McNamara just didn’t quite pull of Clary for me. She seemed to lack any kind of deepness in her performance, however I also don;t think that the script helped matters. Clary seemed to go from clueless to I’ve only just found out about this world but I’m better and smarter than all other shadowhunters. Was a bit of an unrealistic jump, and not at all like the Clary in the book.

Jace – I really liked Dominic Sherwood as Jace and I’m really gutted the script writers didn’t put more of his sarcastic comments into this first season. It took a few episodes for Dominic to get the vaulnerable Jace perfect, but once he did he was Jace for me. He has got a lot of issues to deal with through the next series and I cannot wait to see a lot more vulnerable Jace.

Alec – Can we agree now that Matthew Daddario is HOT! He makes a perfect Alec, although it seemed like the directors where only interested in him once his romance story line picked up. I wanted more Alec, especially early on.

IzzyEmeraude Toubia was the perfect choice for Izzy and pulls off all her different moods perfectly! She goes through some great character development through this series and is pretty kick ass throughout. I really wish that we would have got more of her though, and especially more of her cooking!

Magnus – I hated the casting for Magnus in the movie, but Harry Shum Jr. is the PERFECT Magnus. He was literally born to play that part. He is totally believable as an immortal, flirty warlock! I love that he kept his sarcastic personality and I can’t wait to see more of him next season!

Simon – Another one I was worried about because Robert Sheehan was PERFECT in the movie but I was pleasently suprised by Alberto Rosende, he was a good choice. Plays the part well, especially with Simon’s new problems, and I’m interested to see how he does next season when things start to get even tougher for him.

THE RELATIONSHIPS

Jace & Alec (Parabati) – For me there wasn’t nearly enough Jace & Alec time. Their Parabati bond was mentioned a few times but not as much as I wanted. Hopefully when things sort themselves out a bit more in season 2 we will get more of them.

Jace, Alec & Izzy – This trio started off great together, but once Clary came into the picture it just shattered, which yes happens in the book but not this bad! There were definitely more times in the book when it was just the three of them and I would have LOVED some more family time with the three of them. Jace didn’t seem like the brother to them that he was in the book.

Jace & Clary – Things seemed to take ages to happen, and then once they did happen it all happened very quickly (like in one episode!) The actors had great chemistry together and it was believable, but when the ‘big announcement’ was made at the end I wasn’t int he same heartbroken was that I was in the book.

Clary & Simon – They definitely got this one right, it was just as awkward watching as it was reading in the books. Clary ruins it slightly (bad acting again) but Simon is the perfect mix of in love with her and tortured and it makes for a perfect ‘complicated friendship’

Alec & Magnus – Total change to their storyline which I was NOT happy about (random wedding anyone?!), but LOVED these two together. The chemistry was there, Magnus was the perfect amount of flirty, Alec the perfect amount of shy. They were just awesome. Can’t wait to see this one develop.

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THE SHADOWHUNTER WORLD

Ok, so lets start with why the hell are there so many Shadowhunters int he institute?! There are meant to not be enough of them, the institute is mean to be empty, and yet every episode there are tons of Shadowhunters just strolling round.

Also, did anyone else think it seemed a little too modern in there? Jace isn’t meant to know what eBay is, and yet they all have mobile phones and mass loads of computers etc. They are meant to be all about tradition etc, it doesn’t quite fit with the modern look of some parts of the institute.

Otherwise I really liked how they had adapted the world to TV. The various vampires, werewolves, faerie, demon etc were all great and totally looked believable (no glittering vampires or dodgy furry suits for the werewolves. The magic and the history of the world was explained well without taking over and things seem to very much make sense.

THE STORY

There were a few dodgy moments thrown in there but as a whole, in my opinion, the first season went ok. I think when us fans watch these types of adaptations we need to know that they are not going to be exactly like the book that we fell in love with, and accept that and move on.

There were some differences I wasn’t very happy about though, including a certain character getting engaged and a whole wedding episode that was necessary. There was also an episode with an ‘alternative world’ which was fun to watch but in the great scheme of things didn;t add anything to the story line.

One change that I was ok with though was Luke’s career. In the books he owns a bookstore but int he TV show he is a detective. wouldn’t say that I like him more as a cop, but it adds something new to the story which was interesting.

One thing that I do think made this first series suffer slightly was the small amount of episodes that it had. First seasons are always known for being short, but this one at just 13 episodes felt rushed at times as it tried to fit a 448 page book and the introduction of an entire world into it.
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THE SOUNDTRACK

I really liked the music featured in the show, it always matched so well with the action that was happening on screen. I like that they didn’t use chart music either and as such I have discovered some great new artists who I now follow.

Full Soundtrack Here

SO, THE BOOK OR THE TV SHOW?

No doubt about it, the book will always win. But the TV show has managed to do what the film didn’t and that is get it’s own fan base. There is a lot of hype about this series and it was very quickly signed for a second season. As for me, I really enjoyed it, as a separate thing to the books, and will definitely continue to watch it in future.

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What do you think of Shadowhunters? Did you like the changes they made? Did you ever watch the Mortal Instruments film? Which casting do you prefer?

Which is your favourite: book, film or tv show?

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Page to Screen: Allegiant

April 22, 2016 Page to Screen 0

Page to Screen

There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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So, first the facts:

Allegiant (the third and final book in the Divergent series) was published October 22nd 2013 (my birthday!!!). On it’s release day the book sold 500,000 copies worldwide and it’s pre-sales were beating Suzanne Collins ‘Mockingjay’ 5 to 1.

The film of the same name was released on March 10th 2016 and was originally intended to be part 1 in a two part film adaptation of the final book, however after disappointing box office results the fourth film, Ascendant, was changed to be a TV film. In February 2017 Shailene Woodley confirmed that she would not be taking part in the TV film adaptation and now it’s anybodies guess what’s going to happen to the final installment in this film series.
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You can check out my (non-spoiler) review of Allegiant here or my spoiler review here
Allegiant on Goodreads

Allegiant on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and the film.

CHARACTERS

Tris in this film let me down slightly. I want to be clear here and say that it was not Shailene Woodley’s acting. Instead it was the story that the writers/directors gave her. I didn’t like her storyline in this film, it wasn’t what I had expected or wanted. Also, they put her in the most ridiculous white outfits. For a character who I really love, her part in this film was a total let down.

I did however like Four. A discovery in the Bureau makes him question who he is, and the fact that Tris isn’t around much to help him deal with it puts a little strain on their relationship. Theo James played this broody and vulnerable Four perfectly, and although his storyline didn’t exactly follow that in the book I still really liked him.

Jeff Daniels is great as David, mostly because I found myself hating him right from the first moment we meet him! I found it annoying though that they made it so obvious that he was a bad guy, to everyone (the audience and all of the characters) except Tris, which just made her look like an idiot.

We finally got Uriah in the second film but they seemed to have forgotten that he is meant to be a big part of the final films too? In the books something major happens involving him and Four and it changes Four as a person. But it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen, and I’m a little frustrated about it.

Allegiant Character Profiles

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THE WORLD & FACTIONS

I was excited for the film and to see the world outside of Chicago. The “dead mans land” was just as creepy as I had imagined it (with raining blood too – kinda gross) but I have to admit that the Bureau wasn’t quite what I had expected. It just seemed a little too shiny and white.

THE STORY

I’m going to come right out and say it, I had no idea what was happening in this film. It really didn’t stick much to the story of the book. There were some good moments, but I think this film would probably be preferred by people who haven’t read the books so who don’t know the original story line.

The decision to split the final book into 2 films is not a new and has been done previously by both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games franchises and worked well because there was enough in the books to fill 2 films. In the case of Allegiant there really wasn’t enough for 2 films and therefore we end up with all these extra bits and changes in the storyline which there were no need for. It definitely would have been better if they had just stuck to the story and made one film. As it stands I have no idea what is going to happen in the next film.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

If I was judging this as a film not adapted from a book then I would say it was good. But as a lover of the series it’s just a little bit too different for me and there was a lot in there that didn’t need to be in there and just felt like it was filling time. I probably will still go and see the final film, but it’s not something that I’m massively excited about. For a film series that started great it has steadily lost its way and in my opinion moved less and less away from the amazing story that we all fell in love with.

No doubt, I’m choosing the book over the film!

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What did you think of the movie? Did you like the changes?

Was it better or worst then the book?

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Page to Screen: Mockingjay Part 2

December 17, 2015 Page to Screen 0

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There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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Mockingjay was published August 2010 and in it’s first week along had sold over 450,000 copies. As of March 2012 that number had risen to over 9 million copies.
The film, Mockingjay Part 2, was released on November 20th 2015 and in one week (as of 28th December) the film had made more then $372 million worldwide.
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You can check out my review of Mockingjay (book) here
*Please beware that this review features spoilers for the entire book, and therefore the Mockingjay Part 2 film*

Mockingjay on Goodreads
Mockingjay Part 2 on IMDB

Warning: the following post does contain some very small spoilers for both the book and the film.
(If you have read the book but not seen the film then you will be fine!)

I am so sad that this film series is over, but wow what a way to end it! It has been one of my favourite movie adaptation series of all time and the work that has gone into making it just as incredible as the books really shows and is the reason that is has been so well received.

I remember struggling slightly with the pacing of the 2nd half od the Mockingjay book, but this film does not suffer the same affliction and manages to provide

KATNISS

I have loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss throughout this entire series. She was the perfect choice, and not just because of her incredible talent at portraying Katniss but also for her chemistry with the other actors which really shows between the characters in the films. Katniss’ development throughout this series has been amazing to watch and Lawrence does an amazing job at portraying the heroine as she suffers through guilt and PTSD (although it is never official confirmed that she is suffering with this.)

She has to be one of the most reluctant heorines in YA, which is rare now a days, and this final film has a unique and strong sense of morality. Katniss may be broken and has seen more horror then most of the characters in the film but she refuses to fight dirty and sacrifice people to reach her end goal. This is one thing I felt that was done really well in the film, and no matter how lost Katniss was she still had this sense of fairness about her, which was beautiful to see.

PEETA & GALE

This final film gives us the answer we have been waiting for through the entire series: Peeta or Gale (well, for those of you who haven’t read the book already!) The last film was a complete reversal of the previous two with Peeta in the Capitol it was Gale who become the main man in Katniss’ life.

Having to watch Peeta be broken down in the last film was horrible to watch, but having read the book I knew it wasn’t going to be easy for him to come back from that. Under the illusion of tracker jacker venom Peeta is the most dangerous thing to Katniss now, turned into a weapon by the Capitol. But love conquers all, and Peeta is the boy with the biggest heart and starts to come back to us. His struggles in this book are hard to watch, and seeing this beautifully good man have to live through the horrors he is forced to commit was emotional. But John Hutchinson does an incredible job and I couldn’t have imagined it any better.

Gale really found himself in the previous film as he becomes a strong an prominent player in the rebellion. But in this film he starts to loose some of the better parts of himself as the end goal becomes the most important thing and he will do anything in order to get to that point.

It is quite interesting to see the difference between Gale and Peeta at this point. Gale the ‘good guy’ who is happy to do anything to end this war no matter the consequences and Peeta the ‘under the influence bad guy’ who is tortured by the bad things that he is being forced to do.

SUPPORTING CAST

This cast has been incredible and it would take me all day and a lot of world to describe how much I love each and every one of them. So I’m only going to pick a few:

Effie – whoever made the decision to go against the story in the book and include Effie in the past two films having her present in district 13 is a GENIUS! She has developed so much since the first film and putting her in the situation help give her a deepness that she wouldn’t have had otherwise. Plus she provided great comidic releif in some of the worst moments.

Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Hoffman may have died before the final film was finished filming but he still appears in a large amount of it. A mix of real footage and computer generated made sure that he would be in as much as the story as possible and in my opinion it was the best way that they could have done it.

Prim – she has had such a great development through this series, starting as the scared little girl and becoming a confident young woman. I love the role reversal between Prim and Katniss as Prim becomes one of the people Katniss needs to keep her going in this final film.

THE STORY

As mentioned above this entire series does a fantastic job of keeping to the story of the books whilst also adding in some of their own subtle changes which, in my opinion, make it even better. The story of this final film focus’ onthe end of the rebellion, but whereas most other storylines of this theme follow a ‘kill the bad guy and then everything will be perfect again’, the Hunger Games is a lot more clever as it’s characters and therefore it’s audience see the effects of war and how even when it’s over it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to live happily ever after.

It brings up things that are very relevant to our world today, the rules of war and the consequences that follow. When I finished the book I remember talking to my mum about it and saying, it’s like a happily ever after but no one is happy. It’s the reality of war and it was raw and powerful and is the reason, in my opinion, this story is so poinent.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

This is hard, but if I’m honest I have to say the film. The second half of the book is very hard to follow with lots of gaps due to Katniss constantly fainting or blacking out. We miss out on some big moments because she isn’t there to see them, but in the film we get them, and so much more. So yes, for me it’s most definitely the film!

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Page to Screen: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone + GIVEAWAY

July 15, 2015 Page to Screen 2

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There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published 1997 after 6 years of writing by J.K.Rowling. The initial print run by Bloomsbury was for only for 500 copies, 350 of which were given to libraries. This is now one of the seven book series that has sold over 450 million copies worldwide.
The film, of the same name, was first released on November 16th 2001 and made over $90 million (USA) and £16 million (UK) in it’s opening weekend.
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Check out my review of the book. 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Goodreads
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on IMDB

Warning: the following post does contain some very small spoilers for both the book and the film.
(If you have read the book but not seen the film then you will be fine!)

There is so much to talk about with this film that I can tell you now, I am not going to fit it all in. But here it goes…

HARRY, HERMIONE & RON

Fun fact: did you know that Rupert Grint sent in a video of himself rapping about why he should play Ron as his audition tape?

Re-watching this film now you can see just how new to acting these three are, but what is also very apparent right from the start is the chemistry between them and the potential for what they would become. Dan Radcliffe just looks like Harry Potter should do. On top of that he has got the mannerisms, charm, bravery and vulnerability down to a tee. And more then that he is totally believable as a boy full of wonder and amazement as he enters this totally new world full of magic.

Fun fact: On a few occasions they had to stop filming due to the fact that Emma hadn’t just learnt her own lines, but everyone else’s in the scene and could be seen on camera mouthing everyone’s lines.

At times Emma Watson possibly slightly overplays Hermione, but in a totally forgiving way, because the rest of the time she is faultless. She portrays Hermione’s personality to perfection and is a brilliant amount of annoying yet loveable. But Rupert Grint is the one out of the three who, for me, was the best casting decision. His chemistry with Dan and Emma is just perfect (I realise I have said that word a lot!) and his expressions and comic timing is flawless.

Fun fact: Dan was meant to wear green contact lenses so his eyes matched Harry’s in the books. However his eyes reacted badly to them so after only two days he stopped wearing them, therefore Harry in the film has blue eyes. Dan also had bad reactions to the glasses he wore and it was 2 weeks into the filming before Dan’s dad discovered it was due to a nickel allergy.

SUPPORTING CAST

If there was ever an award for casting then the Harry Potter series would win it hands down. Robbie ColtraneMaggie SmithRichard HarrisRichard GriffithsJohn HurtWarwick DavisJulie Walters … the list goes on.

Fun fact: A lot of the older characters cast in this film series were blackmailed by children in their family to take on the role, or they would never speak to their parents/grandparents etc again.

J.K.Rowling was determined to have a British cast and she really did get her wish with the entire series. Sure, there are a couple of other nationalities thrown in there, but it is mostly British and really is a showcase of the talent we have. I can’t write about them all so instead I picked a few of my favourites from this first film.

Robbie Coltrane was actually the first to be cast and was J.K.Rowling’s choice for Hagrid. He captures Hagrid’s heart and personality perfectly. One of my favourite scenes with Hagrid has to be his first scene in which he breaks down the front door and stomps into the room, totally scaring the life out of all the characters there only to say “Sorry ’bout that.” and follows to pick up the door and put it back in place. Makes me laugh every time. Plus, that now very famous line …

Another favourite of mine has got to be Julie Walters, who we only see for a few moments at the beginning of the film, but wow did it make me excited to see her in further films. She was exactly what I imagined Molly would be with her big heart and even bigger family following behind her. And finally, John Hurt as Mr Ollivander was the perfect mix of wondrous and slightly creepy and because of him I will never say the word “curious” in a normal voice ever again.

THE WORLD

How someone even starts to take a fictional world and create it physically is beyond me. It’s not just about the big things like Hogwarts or Platform 9 3/4 but all the little things that make it believable. I bet you never notice the feet on the blackboards or knew that Robbie Coltrane’s body double was a former English Rugby player wearing a massive sculpted ‘Hagrid’ head?

The magic is in the film making and they really do a incredible job, especially due to the fact that the technology that was around in the later films was not for these fist few, so being able to make believable scenes full of magical things was really such a triumph.

Fun fact: the filmmakers originally wanted to use Canterbury Cathedral as a filming location for some of the Hogwarts scenes, but the Dean of Canterbury refused to allow it, saying that it was unfitting for a Christian church to be used to promote pagan imagery.

I have been lucky enough to visit the studio and walk down Diagon Alley and the level of detail that went into that place is just amazing. Apparently when J.K.Rowling came to visit the set in the early days she stood with a tear in her eye, because it was exactly the way she had imagined it when writing the book.

The creatures created for this film are incredible and the amount of work that must have gone into every single one of them in mind boggling. They capture each creatures personality perfectly and there were a few occasions when I was totally freaked out by the scariness of some of the creates. My absolutely favourite had to be the Goblins though, they were just perfect.

And finally, the Great Hall, one of the most important sets for the entire film series. Sure there were CGI additions: the ceiling, floating candles, falling snow, the main point of the Great Hall was making it real, right down to the real York stone floor which although added to the cost, also added to the realism of the set and to every scene that took place in it.

THE STORY

Adapting a 300 page book to a 2 hour film is no easy feat, especially when you are introducing the audience to this magical world that you’ve created on screen. But this one was flawless. Sure there were parts of the book that didn’t make it into the film, but that is expected and made no difference to the feel of the film as a whole.

The mix of perfect casting, incredible sets and a little bit of magic thrown in really made this first film and the introduction to the world of Harry Potter something special, and set the bar especially high for all future HP films.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

With me it all comes down to detail, and for me the book has it in tons. Plus the smell of my Harry Potter books has got to be one of my most favourite smells ever.

GIVEAWAY!

I have another Harry Potter Giveaway, this one for a HP inspired bookmark, which is totally gorgeous and I wish I could keep for myself!

HP Bookmark

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Review: Inside Game of Thrones – C.A.Taylor

May 12, 2015 Book Review, Page to Screen 0

Review: Inside Game of Thrones – C.A.TaylorInside Game of Thrones Seasons 3 & 4 by C.A.Taylor
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Published on: November 11th 2014
Published by: Gollancz
Pages: 192
Format: Hardback

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(summary from Goodreads)

Each episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones draws millions of obsessed viewers who revel in the shocking plot twists, award-winning performances, and gorgeously rendered fantasy world.

This official companion book reveals what it takes to translate George R. R. Martin’s bestselling series into a wildly popular television series. With unprecedented scope and depth, it showcases hundreds of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, and production and costume designs, plus insights from key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from Seasons 3 and 4.

Required reading for the die-hard fan, and the perfect way to catch up on the series before the much-anticipated Season 5 debuts, this special volume offers an exclusive window into cable’s highest-rated show.

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My Thoughts

I’ve never reviewed Non Fiction before so this one was a totally new experience for me. I really love ‘behind the scenes’ books and have spent many many hours reading through my Harry Potter one, so thought I couldn’t go wrong with a Game of Thrones one as I love the TV series so much!

Firstly, this book is gorgeous. When I signed up for a review copy of this book no way did I know I was going to be getting something so beautiful. A stunning hardback with padded and embossed covers this is one book you will be proud to have on your bookshelf! Each page features at least one glossy photo, drawing or diagram that you will gaze at for hours!

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Page to Screen: Insurgent

March 26, 2015 Page to Screen 2

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There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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So, first the facts:

Insurgent (second book in the Divergent series) was published January 1st 2012. As of January 2014 it was reported that 10 million copies of the Divergent Series have been sold worldwide.
The film, of the same name, was first released on March 20th 2015 and made a massive $52.3 million in it’s first weekend in the US box office.
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You can check out my review of Insurgent here
Insurgent on Goodreads

Insurgent on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and the film.

CHARACTERS

I find it really strange how much I can love Ansel Elgort as Gus in TFIOS, but when he becomes Caleb Prior… wow do I hate him! I guess that’s the sign of a good actor. He’s one of those characers that you don’t know how you are meant to feel about because some of the stuff he does and the decisions he makes are wrong, but then Tris loves him, so we feel like we should.

I have to mention Tris‘ haircut here, not many people can pull of the pixie cut, but Shailene Woodley totally rocked it. She also did a good job at portraying Tris’ PTSD, butit felt like the writers didn’t make enough of it in the script and so Tris wasn’t quite at the point that I had hoped she would be at in this film.

Theo James seems to have acquired an even deeper voice in this film, which although makes him sound extremely sexy, I have to admit there were times when his voice was so deep that I couldn’t actually understand what he was saying! But Four seemed to get even more depth in this film as his past comes back to haunt him and Theo pulled this off PERFECTLY for me. (Not enough toplessness though!)

Miles Teller continues an incredible portrayl of Peter and I’m so glad he took the character in the direction he did. I was so unsure in the beginning of the first film about Peter being more humourous then he is in the books, but I really feel that it has brought this whole new side to Peter and we are able to both hate him but guilty pleasure like him at the same time.

We FINALLY get Uriah in this film, wheay! But even though he’s there he is still only a minor character whose name gets mentioned only once. I’m a little worried how this is going to affect the way the audience responds to him in some of his more important scenes in the next film, because at this point no one knows him enough to really care.

One new character who I wasn’t sure about was Evelyn, played by Naomi Watts. I didn’t have a clear picture in my mind of her, but when she appeared on screen, I don’t know, she just seemed far too young for the character she was meant to be playing.

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THE WORLD & FACTIONS

I really liked the Dystopian city of Chicago that had been created for Divergent, and the thing I love about this film is that we get to see so much more of it!!! In Divergent we see Abnegation, Dauntless and a little bit of Erudite but in Insurgent we get to see Amity and Candor as well as the Factionless headquarters too.

Amity – It was just as I imagined it, with the Amity tree and the whole feel of the place. It feels very hippy-ish and I was half expecting to see people playing kumbayah and smoking weed in the background! They seem to have gained a little slogan: “Go with Happiness” which they like to say to everyone, and which Peter has great pleasure in mocking.

Candor – Another one that was exactly how I imagined it. For a faction that is all about honesty and are themed on black and white the Candor building fits perfectly with its professional office feel. The scenes with the truth serum were really well done and, when it came to Tris’ turn, totally heartbreaking.

 

The Factionless – I was really excited about seeing the factionless in this film. They make their entrance during a kick ass fight with Tris, Four and Caleb on a moving train which has to be one of my favourite action sequences of the entire film. Their headquarters are half weapons base, half squatters den and it really fits what the factionless are all about.

There were a few little niggley things that annoyed me though. In the books the factionless don’t have much food and have this really interesting way of sharing by having one spoon of something from a tin and then passing it on to the next person, makes for interesting reading. However in the film there is a scene with Evelyn, Tris, Four and Caleb all sat round a table eating a nice looking meal.

THE STORY

This film has been described as being loosely based on the book, and I think it is VERY important for book lovers to know this going in. As a lover of the books but also an open minded film nut I was able to appreciate the film both as an adaptation but also as a stand alone, away from the book that it is based on. That said, there were still things that bugged me:

The whole box thing – This has got to be the biggest change in the adaptation, and I’m not really very sure why it was necessary. This mystical box that Jeanine thinks is going to be the answer to all her divergent problems but suprise, suprise she needs a divergent to open it! I have to admit, I was curious about the box thing after seeing the trailer, and even though I knew what was going to be in it I was still interested to see how it was all going to unfold. That said I don’t understand why they couldn’t have stuck to the original storyline?

Tris’ PTSD – It was in there, and Shailene did a really good job at portraying it, but I felt like the writers should have put more of it in there. In the book Tris is verging on suicidal, with no thought for her own life it’s Four’s interventions that manage to keep her alive through alot of moments that she otherwise would not have survived. I don’t feel like the writers went deep enough with it and I would have loved to have seen that side of Tris and the effect it had on her and Four’s relationship.

What about the death serum? – One of my more favourite parts of Insurgent (the book) is the time that Tris spends in the Erudite headquarters after she gives herself up and is followed not long after by Four. These chapters in the book were some of the most intense and I don’t feel like Tris’ simulation scenes in the film quite lived up to those tense and heart racing scenes in the book.

So they just changed the ending? – I don’t mind changes, I understand that they have to happen. But when the affect the way the next film is going to start I get a bit worried. I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but it seemed a bit too happy compared to the book ending. I’m curious as to how the Allegiant film is going to star and where our characters are going to be.


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THE SOUNDTRACK

I must admit, I haven’t listened to many of the songs on the soundtrack outside of watching the movie, but I absolutely love Holes in the Sky by M83 and HAIM. I feel like it captures the tone of the film perfectly, as do the rest of the songs that were featured in the film. You know it’s a good soundtrack when it adds to the film but without totally distracting you from the action on screen.
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Insurgent Sountrack on Spotify

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

If I was judging this as a film not adapted from a book then I would give it top marks. But as a lover of the series it’s just a little bit too different for me and some of the changes I just didn’t see necessary. Also I don’t like it when I come out of a film worried about how it is going to affect the next film in the series. I would definitely recommend it, but make sure you go in to it knowing what you are walking into: a loosely based adaptation. This one has gotta be the book!

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What did you think of the movie? Did you like the changes?

Was it better or worst then the book?
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Page to Screen: “Love, Rosie”

February 10, 2015 Page to Screen 0

Page to Screen

There are so many books being turned into Movies or TV Series at the moment. This feature chats about the good bits, the bad bits and is never afraid to ask the ultimate question: Page or Screen?

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Where Rainbows End, written by Cecelia Ahern, was published November 8th 2004. Known for it’s unique narration through letter, emails, texts etc. the book currently holds a 4 star rating on Goodreads.
The film, known as Love, Rosie, was first released in the UK on October 22nd 2014 and is the second of Ahern’s books to be adapted for the screen (the first being P.S. I Love You).
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You can check out my review of Where Rainbows End (book) here

Where Rainbows End on Goodreads
Love, Rosie on IMDB

Warning: the following post does contain some very small spoilers for both the book and the film.
(If you have read the book but not seen the film then you will be fine!)

Ok, so if you are looking for a cute and totally fun RomCom: Great! You found it!
If you are looking for the movie adaptation of the book Where Rainbows End: Eh, this ain’t it.

I knew going in to tis film, like I do with every book-movie adaptation, that it was going to be exactly the same. You expect that, and even more so with this movie, as the entire book is written in the form of emails, letters, texts and basically every form of correspondence out there. Obviously you cant just have a film about a bunch of letters.

But, oh it hurt, because there was just A LOT of differences. And not even little things, there were whole marriages and babies just missed out. Also, instead of the 45 year time period the book is set over, the film just takes place over 12 years, which ok, is kind of understandable because it would be extremely hard to age the actors by 45 years!

ROSIE & ALEX

One thing this film got VERY right was the casting. I absolutely loved Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as Rosie and Alex. They had great chemistry and it really did feel like they had been best friends forever. Also it didn’t hurt that Sam Claflin is one beautiful human being.

I have enjoyed Lily Collins in every film I have seen her in and this one was no different. She managed to pull of Rosie’s personality perfectly and there were times that I was in stitches laughing, or totally heartbroken as Rosie watched her dreams taken away from her. She gave a very realistic performance as an aging character throughout the film, however there were times that even though she played the part, she didn’t quite look it, especially nearer the end of the movie when she has a teenage daughter who she just doesn’t look old enough to be the mother of. However this didn’t ruin the film for me in the slightest, in fact I found myself ignoring it because I was so taken in by the film.

Sam Claflin, oh wow do I love him! Just like Lily in the part of Rosie, he plays Alex perfectly. I loved him as a teenager, he had this perfect amount of awkwardness which just made him all the more loveable. Unlike Lily, he is a character that ages well in both his acting and in his physical appearance. It doesn’t help that his hairstyles and dress sense get better and better over the years! Alex has his fair share of heartbreaking moments in this film and Sam is just so perfect in them I wanted to reach right through the screen and give him a hug! He has these incredible eyes which show everything the character is feeling n that moment and you can’t help but turn your attention straight to him every time he is on the screen.

THE LOVE

At times is was totally agonising the way that they just kept missing each other. Like with the book, there were so many times when I was literally shouting at the characters to just go for it, to fess up, to make the first move and then deal with the consequences afterwards.

The extended hugs, the almost kisses and the looks across crowded rooms made sure my tummy was filled with butterflies the entire film. As I said above Sam and Lily have such great chemistry which make all their interactions just so intense. It’s beautiful and epic but at the same time it’s heartbreaking and agonising. Basically the perfect love story!

SUPPORTING CAST

Although fewer of them in the film then the book, the rest of the cast make a great addition to Rosie & Alex’s story. Jaime Winstone plays a perfect Ruby and had me in stitches the majority of the way through this film. Although the character in the book older I very soon forgot about it because Jamie just took over the screen every time she appeared on it. She was fun and quirky and a great person to have alongside Lily Collins.

One big difference in this film compared to the book is Katy’s dad. The film is correct in that Greg becomes Rosie’s husband, but he is not the same person who Rosie slept with at the school dance and got pregnant with. Even so, I did quite like Christian Cooke as Greg, well the older version (and also a lot hotter version), although the younger inexperienced and totally horny teenage version of Greg did give me a chuckle or two.

And now onto Alex’s ladies: I’m used to seeing Tamsin Egerton in lighter roles. She also seems to play the blonde, fun girl. So it was quite refreshing in this one to see her play Sally, who was a total drama queen and bitch! Suki Waterhouse was another great addition as Bethany. You wanted to hate her becuase she wasn’t meant to be with Alex, but the way in which she portrayed Bethany, you kind of felt a bit sorry for her because you could see how much she loved Alex and so watching her realise his feelings for Rosie had to hurt.

THE STORY

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review this film, although a great film, is not a great adaptation of the book because there is just too much missing for me. Also I’m not too sure how I feel about the difference in the period of time the film takes place over: 12 years instead of the 45 in the book.

My love/hate relationship with the book was always based on the way the story is narrated totally through correspondence. I really missed character interactions when reading the book so I was really looking forward to those in the film, which I got and were perfect. But then for me, the whole keeping in touch by email and letter etc wasn’t in the film as much, especially at the beginning.

It is a really great love story and I loved every minute of it, but as a film totally separate to the book.

 THE SOUNDTRACK

I hadn’t even the soundtrack for this movie before watching it! I really really LOVE the song on the trailer: High Hopes by Kodaline, and I was pleasantly surprised by the soundtrack to the film which features some of the greats and was the perfect accompaniment to Alex and Rosie’s love story.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

The film is great by itself, but when comparing it the book there is no contest. Book all the way!

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