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Page to Screen: Books Becoming 2015 Movies

January 21, 2015 Page to Screen 4

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I LOVE book adaptations, it’s always interesting to see someone else’s take on a book, plus I’m a massive film nerd. There are TONS of books being/that have been made into films for 2015 and here are just a few of the ones that I am excited for…

The Spooks Apprentice/Seventh Son

  

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: February 6th
What it’s about? A young boy, Tom Ward, (the seventh son of a seventh son) is training to become an exorcist under the guidance of a Spook, a man who fights supernatural creatures.
Who’s starring? Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges.

**Yeay! Ben Barnes, I haven’t seen him in a film in AGES!**

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Fifty Shades of Grey

  

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: February 13th (just in time for Valentine’s day!)
What it’s about? In E L James’s sexy bestseller, college student Anastasia meets Christian Grey, a handsome billionaire who turns her world upside down when he approaches her about a sexual relationship.
Who’s starring? Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia, and Jamie Dornan is Christian.

**My dislike of erotica kept me from reading the book and I initially said that I wouldn’t be seeing the film. But I can’t deny that it’s hard to resist Jamie Dornan**

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The DUFF

 

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: February 20th
What it’s about? A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.
Who’s starring? Robbie Amell will play teen heartthrob Wesley alongside Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne.

**Wish that Robbie Amell had been at my high school, maybe he could have brought his cousin (Stephen Amell) to school one day too!**

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Cinderella

 

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: March 13th
What it’s about? A live action Disney retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.
Who’s starring? Lily JamesHelena Bonham CarterCate Blanchett with Richard Madden as our handsome Prince.

**Perfect choice in Lily James in my opinon, she’s such a cutie! And I’m SO HAPPY to have Richard Madden back on our screens again! Also, love the song on this trailer, so so pretty. You can listen to it here**

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Insurgent – Divergent Series

 

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: March 20th
What it’s about? In Roth’s follow-up to Divergent, Tris and Four leave the crumbling Dauntless and seek help to get to the bottom of what’s going on in their dystopian society.
Who’s starring? Most of the cast from Divergent will appear including Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Tobias.

**I’m hoping for a lot more topless Theo James in this film. Ok, so it’s not in the book, but neither is the wierd box thing they seem to have added to this film too! Check out my review of the Divergent film and Insurgent book**

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The Longest Ride

 

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: April 10th
What it’s about? Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation which tells the love stories of two couples — an elderly one and a young one — are intertwined in a North Carolina setting.
Who’s starring? Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson are playing the younger couple.

**Did you say a Nicholas Sparks film? Not, I don’t need to know what it’s about, I’m already there!**

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Paper Towns

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: June 19th
What it’s about? The Fault in Our Stars author John Green tells the story of Q and Margo, childhood friends united by a mystery.
Who’s starring? Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will play Q and Margo

**Nat Wolff just can’t stay away from the John Green adaptations! But thats all good for us because he was awesome in the last one, and at least he will be able to see in this one!**

Me Before You

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: August 21st
What it’s about? In this love story, young Louisa forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help.
Who’s starring? Emilia Clarke is playing Louisa opposite Sam Claflin.

**I want to meet the person in charge of casting just so I can give them a hug. Sam Claflin…YES!**

The Scorch Trials – Maze Runner Series

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: September 18th
What it’s about? The second installment of the Maze Runner series continues as the Gladers and Thomas have escaped the maze, but find themselves in their next test.
Who’s starring? Dylan O’Brien returns as Thomas alongside Thomas Brodie-SangsterKi Hong Lee and Kaya Scodelario (basically all the people who weren’t eaten in the first film!)

**So excited for more Thomas Brodie-Sangster!!! Also check out my review of The Maze Runner film**

Mockingjay Part 2 – Hunger Games Series 

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

Release date: November 20th
What it’s about? After being symbolized as the ‘Mockingjay’ Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol in this final part to The Hunger Games trilogy.
Who’s starring? Jennifer LawrenceJosh HutchersonLiam Hemsworth … oh you know whose in it! There are WAY too many to list!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

What it’s about? It’s a twisted spin on Jane Austen’s classic novel that puts heroine Elizabeth Bennett in the middle of protecting her family and town from the undead.
Who’s starring? Lily James will play Elizabeth Bennett alongside Matt Smith (Mr Collins), Douglas Booth (Mr Bingley) and Sam Riley as Mr Darcy

Frankenstein

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

What it’s about? Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.
Who’s starring? Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor, the hunchback assistant to James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein.

Dark Places

Book (Goodreads) . Film (IMDB)

What it’s about? Libby Day, who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child, is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.
Who’s starring? Charlize Theron as Libby Day, plus Nicholas HoultChristina Hendricks, and Chloë Grace Moretz.

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So there it is, the movies to look forward to this year!

Which are you most excited for?

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Page to Screen – The Maze Runner

January 15, 2015 Page to Screen 4

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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:
The Maze Runner (first book in the Maze Runner series) was published January 1st 2009. As of September 2014 the entire Maze Runner series had sold over 6.5 million copies.
The film, of the same name, was first released in the USA on September 19th 2014 and since then has now been released around the rest of the world and as of December 2014 has made over $338million.
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You can check out my review of The Maze Runner here
The Maze Runner on Goodreads

The Maze Runner on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some very small spoilers for both the book and the film.

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CHARACTERS
I was very excited upon seeing the line up for the cast for this film. One unique thing about this film is that there are no adults in it, just teens and young adults. The other important thing is that there is only one female.

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Thomas – Dylan O’Brien as Thomas was such a great choice. From the moment he was cast he was the only person I could see in the role. He pulls off Thomas very believably, becoming the perfect leading man and someone that I will be very happy to watch for a further two films.
NewtThomas Brodie-Sangster My favourite character in the whole series played by one of my most favourite actors (I have loved him since Love Actually!) He is such an amazing Newt and I think my love for the character has grown even more with Thomas Brodie Sangster playing him.
Chuck – Blake Cooper I had a very specific image for Chuck in my head and Blake Cooper didn’t disappoint. Chuck is this perfect mix of innocence, humour and friendship and for me it had to be done right. In my opinion it was perfect.
Theresa – Kaya Scodelario As the only female in this film Theresa needed to be an extremely strong character and what an excellent choice they made with Kaya. She was exactly what I imagined Theresa to be and I can’t wait to see her character develop more in the next two books.
Other notable mentions have to be
 Will Poulter as Gally, who did an amazing job of showing (at times) a more sympathetic side to Gally, a part of him that really showed how young he was. Ki Hong Lee was a total unknown to me before this film but I absolutely loved him as Minho, he was everything I had hoped for!

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THE WORLD
James Dashner does an amazing job of creating the maze in the book, so much so that I did wonder how the hell that was going to be made for the big screen! But wow was it amazing, and HUGE! One thing I was worried about was that it would look too perfect (you have to remember it’s been there for at least 3 years and has tons of monsters running around it so it can’t look brand new) and it didn’t, in fact it looked more like an elephant graveyard! Mysterious and slightly creepy all at the same time.
The scenes in the maze (especially the night time ones) where so perfectly done that I ended up hiding behind a pillow just incase anything jumped out!

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.THE STORY
There’s always that worry when a book gets turned into a film that the writers/producers/directors are going to completely change the story that we love. The Maze Runner does an excellent job of keeping in the most important bits, but of course there are a few differences between the two:

No Telepathy – I really liked the telepathy angle in the book so was slightly disappointed that it didn’t feature in the film. However after reading an interview with Director Wes Ball he made a very good argument that because of the tone he had given the film it would have been weird having the whole ‘voiceover telepathy’ thing going on. They did a pretty cool thing instead with Thomas and Teresa having these dreams that gave us a lot of the information that in the book the telepathy gives us.

Ben’s exile – I felt like Ben’s exile in the film wasn’t explained very well and to anyone who hasn’t read that book it could look like they are throwing him into the maze because he has been stung. And then the question comes, well why didn’t Alby get thrown back in too when he got stung? This maybe should have been explained better, that it was his attempt to kill Thomas that resulted in his exile and not just the fact he had been stung.

The Language – One thing I really liked about the book was the words they used. ‘Shuck’ being one of my absolute favourites! It made me a little bit sad that they spoke totally normal and only really used the word ‘shuck’ as an insult to each other

A totally heart racer of a film I never took my eyes off the screen for a second.
One of my favourite parts had to be when Teresa wakes up and she just starts throwing rocks at the boys from the top of their tower. The whole situation is just so funny as are the boys reactions.
I also really liked ‘the wall’ and the imagery of scratching peoples names off it. It just seemed so final and sad.

The book made me fall in love with these characters, but I think seeing them as actual people, played by fantastic actors, made me love them all the more. It also made me kind of sad, because knowing how the series is going to end I see a character come onto the screen and start thinking of all the horrible things that happened to them in the next 2 books and potentially their death.

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THE SOUNDTRACK
I really liked the soundtrack that went along with this film. The music just perfectly compliments each scene of the film, and listening to some of the tracks that are features in the scenes when Thomas is trapped in the maze at night scare me even without the film!

I really like the main ‘The Maze Runner’ track, it’s such a grand song and just listening to the music makes you feel the hugeness and the glory of the maze.
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SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?
I really can’t fault the film, with a few differences it actually stuck to the book really well. I do think I will have to pick the book this time though, because I did miss the whole telepathy thing in the film. But if anything, the film reminded me of how much I love this trilogy and the characters in it, and made me love them even more. I’m so excited for the next film!
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What did you think of the movie? Was it better or worst then the book?
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Page to Screen: Mockingjay #1

December 17, 2014 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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.So, first the facts:
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 1, was first released in the USA on November 21st 2014 and since then has now been released around the rest of the world. As of December 15th the film has made more then $611 million worldwide.
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You can check out my review of Mockingjay (book) here
*Please beware that this review feature spoilers for the entire book, and therefore the Mockingjay Part 2 film*

Mockingjay on Goodreads
If I Stay 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 discuss with this film. Firstly I am so glad that they split it into two parts because as one film it would have just been too much and they would have had to sacrifice a lot of the story which would not have made me happy!

This entire film sticks very well to the book and I could only find one thing different in the film: Effie. In the book we don’t get to see her again until the very end, but in this film she is a District 13 with Katniss. I actually had no problem with this little addition because I find Elizabeth Banks brilliant as Effie, and her character allowed us a little bit of comical relief as she tried to adapt to life in District 13 and it’s lack of sequins and bright coloured hair.

KATNISS

I have always loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, but she really goes to a whole new level in this film. Although it is not official confirmed, Katniss suffers with PTSD in this film and is completely broken and Jennifer Lawrence performs this PERFECTLY. She captures both Katniss strong parts and broken pieces and creates exactly the character this film needs.

Katniss has always been an independent character, never wanting to rely on anyone else, and through the past two films in the games we see her soften slightly. In this film, without Peeta, you see her really begin to struggle, and even Prim and Gale, two of the most important people in her life don’t seem to be able to give her what she needs to feel safe: Peeta.

PEETA & GALE

Through the first two films Peeta is very much Katniss’ support. He is there with her in the games, during the tour and is the one person who understands everything she is dealing with. Gale meanwhile has always been the one left behind. Well in this film it’s like a complete role reversal as Peeta is the one missing and Gale becomes her main support.

Peeta, oh Peeta. Having read the book I knew what he was going to be put through in this film and every time he appeared on screen I felt my heart breaking that little bit more. Piece by piece they strip away what makes him Peeta and it was so sad to watch. Josh did an absolutely incredible job of portraying Peeta as he changed in this film. The once happy and jokey boy slowly disintergated before our eyes and I don’t think anyone could have done as good a job as Josh.

Gale is another character who really changes in this film as he finally seems to find his mission in life. Becoming a soldier for the rebellion just seems like such an easy switch for him and it does fit him well. I do feel like every step he takes further in to the rebellion and fighting is one step away from Katniss and although they spend a lot of time together in this film you can’t help but feel them growing apart slightly.

SUPPORTING CAST

This series has always has an amazing supporting cast. Donald Sutherland continues his totally creepy and ruthless portrayal of President Snow. He scares me so much I swear I get goosebumps every time he appears on screen. Big shout out to Philip Seymour Hoffman too, who was featured in a lot more of the film then I thought he would be. I really do love him as Plutarch and I’m glad they managed to get a lot of the filming done before he tragically died.

As I mentioned above, Elizabeth Banks as Effie is just genius and I am so glad they decided to include her in this film. Without all the wigs and make up and in the serious situation of district 13 you get to see more to her character then we previously have. She really is such a smart character and understands a lot more then you would think. Her love and dedicated to Katniss really shows though her supportiveness in this film and it’s relly nice seeing Effie in this light.

I was a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get more of Finnick in this film, but the parts that we did get were just fantastic. His vulnerably in this film due to his worry over Annie is beautiful and it’s really nice to see this different side of him from the slightly cocky guy we saw in the games (who I also totally loved!) His speech about the way in which he was used by President Snow and the Capital was totally heartbreaking, Sam Claffin doing an amazing job.

THE STORY

No more games, it’s all about the rebellion in this film and they really do a fantastic job of it. All the important bits that I loved in the books are all included which made me super happy. As I said previously, I am so glad they have split it into two films and I really like the place they have chosen to split it.

 THE SOUNDTRACK

I know that Lorde was involved in a lot of the soundtrack for this film and I should really be getting excited over her tracks, but the one that I really love and really makes this film is the incredible Hanging Tree song performed by Jennifer Lawrence. It is kind of haunting, but I really love when all the voices join in towards the end, like everyone joining the rebellion. It is pure brilliance.

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

This is hard because this film is only based on one half of the book. I did really like the first half of the book a lot more then the second, and I always think the addition of an amazing soundtrack gives extra points to the film. Along with the amazing cast I do think I am going to pick the film on this one. Hopefully the second part will follow the excellence of part 1 and then will fix the (in my opinion) very disappointing ending of the book to make an incredible series finale.

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Page to Screen: If I Stay

October 10, 2014 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:
If I Stay was published April 2009. As of March 2014 over 25,000 ebook copies had been sold.
The film, of the same name, was first released in the USA on August 22nd 2014 and since then has now been released around the rest of the world. As of October 1st the film has made over $49million.
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You can check out my review of If I Stay (book) here

If I Stay on Goodreads
If I Stay 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 can’t believe how late I am with my review of this film, but better late then never I guess!

This film was so good that it had me breaking the speed limit on the way home so I could finally read the second book which I have put off for WAY too long. I just fell in love with the characters so completely that I just had to know how their story ended!

There were those few moments in this film when you get that ‘why didn’t they stick to how it is in the book?’ thought. It is impossible not to make changes/miss stuff out of film adaptations, it has to be done, and those moments in this film are very few and so easily forgiven.

I have described the book in the past as ‘lacking in the big moments’. Before you get confused and think I’m criticising the book, let me explain. Ok, so take any book: Romance, they build up to some big declaration of love; Dystopian, they build up for a big fight/battle type thing; Horror, builds up to the big ending where the good guys beat the scary bad guy who has been terrorising them the entire time (or all the good guys get killed!)… I could go on. Think about every book you have ever read and it will be building up to something, some big moment. This story, although leading to Mia’s big decision doesn’t have those moments. Instead it was made up of the little ones, the treasured memories which made the whole thing far more heart breaking. I loved these little moments in the book, but seeing them on the screen, they were just perfect, and between the flashback and the present day scenes I definitely loved the flashbacks more.

MIA & ADAM

I LOVED the casting for this film, but especially that for Mia & Adam. Chloe Grace Moretz was perfect. Right from the start she had the character of Mia down perfectly. This classical musician in a house full of rockers who shouldn’t fit in but does, she really was perfect at it. She played an amazing Mia in the flashback scenes, showing all the different parts of Mia’s personality flawlessly, but it was the present day scenes where she really excelled. She captured the emotion perfectly; the pain and the confusion of watching her family die and not knowing what to do. She has no interaction with any of the other characters in these scenes but she makes sure that Mia is still there, still noticed. She was incredible.

Adam, oh Adam. I love this guy. The thing that instantly draws you to the character of Adam in the books is his incredible sweetness. It’s all the little things. He has no need to make big romantic gestures because instead he fills his days doing all the little things. Jamie Blackley was such a good choice for Adam. He manages to put across his confident but also sensitive personality and it doesn’t hurt that he is very good looking, but not in an obvious pretty boy way, in the way that Adam should be. Before seeing this film I read a review of the film by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner in which she said that they had made Adam douche, which I didn’t really understand when I read it, but after seeing the film I totally got it. Adam in the book comes with an explanation, but in the films he doesn’t always get that and so because of this at times he seems like a douche.

THE LOVE

Adam and Mia have a rocky relationship at times, but you know that deep down they totally love each other. Chloe & Jamie pulled this off perfectly. Firstly they just looked cute together, probably because she is so tiny, and in the flashbacks every time he pulled her into a hug or they were snuggled together on a couch it was just swoon worthy. Then there was the chemistry, and boy did they have it. Jamie Blackley has these incredibly intense eyes which gave me butterflies every time he gave Mia one of those intense loving looks.

The love in the hospital scenes was totally heartbreaking. The pain and desperation Adam felt was perfectly portrayed by Jamie and had me tearing up A LOT! I felt a little less love coming from Mia then I did from Adam. He was all heartbroken over the possibility she might die, whereas you felt that Mia wasn’t as scared about that. I guess that was all just part of the character and the decision she had to make, but still, she just didn’t seem as emotional over it as he did.

SUPPORTING CAST

The casting for Mia’s parents casting was amazing. They were perfect and played her parents exactly how I had envisioned them. The moment she found out her mother had died, the flashbacks showing all the little moments and it had me thinking about my mum and thinking about all the same little things we do, and in that moment Mia’s pain became my own.

Teddy’s death also caused a lot of emotion because we see a lot more of it in the film then we do in the book. He is at the same hospital and initially he is conscious. He is someone we don’t need to worry about, and then everything changes and the shock as well as seeing her poor grandparents (also amazing casting) being told again that someone else has been taken from them was just horrific.

THE STORY

So, is this a story about dying or a story about living? For me, it’s neither, or both, but either way thats not the important thing about this book and it’s not what I care about. What I care about are the little moments this book shows us. Just normal everyday memories: washing the dishes with your mum, inviting your boyfriend over to meet your parents. For me it was the flashbacks and the memories that reduced me to tears, they were the powerful part of this story. A young girl looking back on everything that she has lost in her life, and at the same time looking at what she has left and wondering if it is enough.

 THE SOUNDTRACK

OH EM GEE, I knew the soundtrack was going to be amazing based on the fact that all the characters love music, but wow oh wow this soundtrack was even more amazing then the amazing soundtrack I imagined it to be!

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

This is a really tough one as the film really is beautiful. When reading the book I found that I enjoyed the present day hospital scenes more, whereas with the film it was the flashbacks that made it for me. As Mia’s story is centred around her love of music I felt the addition of the soundtrack in the movie really added to the story. Owwwww this is hard…

Film. I’m going with the film. Not because I thought the book was worst then the film, becuase it wasn’t in the slightest. But mostly because of the addition of the soundtrack which just made it perfect.

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Page to Screen: Excited for…

August 1, 2014 Page to Screen, Series Review Video 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?

Normally this feature is all about reviewing the movie/series adaptation of a book, however I thought I would do something slightly different today and instead tell you about all the films we have to look forward to this year and why you should definitely make sure you go check them out!

The Giver – Lois Lowry

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Release date: August 15th
What it’s about? In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
Who’s starring? Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgard

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

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Release date? August 22nd
What it’s about? This story follows a young girl who’s been in a terrible accident. After the trauma, 17-year-old Mia can’t remember what happened, but she slowly tries to put all the pieces together in her mind.
Who’s starring? Chloë Moretz, Mireille Enos and Jamie Blackley

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

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Release date? September 19th
What it’s about?
 The first in a young adult trilogy, the sci-fi book follows a young protagonist, Thomas, as he navigates a fantasy world called the Glade. With a group of other boys, they must solve the mystery of the maze they’re in while dodging monsters and other danger.
Who’s starring? Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Kaya Scodelario.

Where Rainbows End – Cecelia Ahern

(Film Title: Love, Rosie)

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Release date: October 24th
What it’s about?
 Childhood best friends Alex and Rosie are separated as teenagers when Alex’s family moves from Dublin to America. Rosie feels lost and plans to join him in Boston, but a surprise pregnancy keeps her tied to Ireland, and they struggle to navigate true love.
Who’s starring? Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

So there it is, the movies I am looking forward to for the next few months.

Are you looking forward to any of these too?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Page to Screen: The Fault In Our Stars + GIVEAWAY

June 25, 2014 Giveaway, Initial Reaction, Page to Screen, Series Review Video 5

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:
The Fault In Our Stars was published January 10th 2012. As of June 2014 it was reported that 9 million copies of TFIOS have been sold worldwide.
The film, of the same name, was first released on June 4th 2014 and since then has now been released around the rest of the world. As of June 23rd the film has made over $100 million.
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You can check out my review of The Fault In Our Stars (book) here

The Fault In Our Stars on Goodreads
The Fault In Our Stars 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!)

Before leaving home for the cinema I showed my mum the trailer for The Fault In Our Stars. I’m sure that I’ve shown it to her before, but I show her so many things she can never remember what she has and hasn’t seen so I showed her again. Plus I really wanted to watch it again. After watching it she turned to me and said “well I know how this one is going to end.” Those words, so matter of fact. Oh to be naïve and not to have been impacted by John Green yet. It is like that first taste of chocolate, or seeing your baby for the first time. That magic, she hadn’t felt it yet. But wow was she going to, weren’t we both.

The first time I read The Fault In Our Stars I was at a friends house. We had spent the day chilling in her paddling pool, then we had a BBQ and then we created a little bonfire in her garden and sat around it singing along to my friend Chris playing the guitar. (Yes, we are THAT cool.) She had given me the book at the beginning of the day to read, as I forgotten to bring my own, and my day became less about the friends, the food, the bonfire, and became very much about this book. I finished it that night, in the light of the bonfire. I cried like a baby, it was ugly and it was messy. For my friends it was hilarious.

I feel like I had been waiting to see this film since I first read this book. Even though it hadn’t been announced yet I just knew it had to be made. They couldn’t not. I knew what was coming. I had read the book, I had followed he films production, I had suffered through those two weeks when everyone in the USA had gotten to see the film and I was still waiting for it to be released and finally I was in that cinema, big pack of tissues in hand, ready for John Green’s masterpiece to once again turn me into an unstable, emotional mess.

The film is everything I hoped and needed it to be. It sticks to the story perfectly and features every single one of those lines that we love so much. It really does the book justice. This is the type of story that deserves to be told right, and in the case of this film they do a spectacular job.

HAZEL & GUS

Shailene Woodley was the perfect choice for Hazel. Her acting is phenomenal and there were times when I forgot that I was watching a film and instead I was in there, right next to her, watching her through the pain or the heartbreak or the love and I really felt it. Ansel Elgort, again the perfect choice for the role. Before watching TFIOS he was just another actor, but this film lets him shine and shows how special he really is. He was Gus through and through: the funny and the loving, but also the desperation and the pain. There were some extremely emotional moments for Gus in this film and with Ansel you can’t help but feel every single one of them.

THE LOVE

Individually, the two provide us with two very real characters who we immediately fall in love with. But it’s when they are together that the magic happens and I couldn’t think of a better pairing. The two play off each other so well and manage to give us every little bit of Gus and Hazel’s relationship in a real and deeply moving way. This is a love story, and it’s one that could not have be told this phenomenally without Shailene & Ansel.

SUPPORTING CAST

This movie also features an amazing supporting cast. Two of my favourites that I have to mention are Nat Wolff who plays Isaac and William Dafoe who plays Van Houten. I love the character of Isaac, I love what he becomes and how important his place in this story is. His story is full of pain, but also of friendship and love, and the way that he told Isaac’s story was beautiful and heartbreaking. William Dafoe really gave a spectacular performance in this film and at times he impacted me more then the character had done when I was reading the book.

(Mini spoiler) When Hazel & Gus travel to Amsterdam to visit him, a dream of Hazel’s for a very long time, they find him to be a mean and disrespectful drunk. When reading the book this made me angry, but watching the film it just destroyed me. I was so upset for Hazel & Gus, how this man could be so horrific to these two people I loved so much, it was devastating. (Spoiler End)

THE STORY

So, we’re at the end and I’m running out of words to describe this film that rendered me speechless and had me soak through twelve tissues. Yes, it’s a book about cancer and yes, it’s a book about love. But above all of that it’s a book about living. If you haven’t seen this film yet then don’t let the thought of it being “that cancer film with the obvious ending” keep you from watching it. I promise you, it is more then you could have ever imagined and until you have watched it (or read it!) you have no idea how much just one persons life, real or fiction, can impact your own.

 THE SOUNDTRACK

Like with every film I go and see at the cinema I always check out the soundtrack before I go. And every time I find songs that I like, but it’s not until I hear them as a part of the film that I really fall in love with them. There is a beautiful song on this soundtrack by Birdy (Not About Angels) and I have been listening to it for the past few weeks and have really liked it. But then they put it in the film at one of the most emotional moments, and now when I listen to it I can’t help but remember, and wow does it make me cry! I am also a massive fan of Ed Sheeran’s addition to the soundtrack, All of the Stars, is another beautiful song and the lyrics are just, wow.
Absolutely perfect choices for the soundtrack which fit into the film without you even noticing them because they really are meant to be there.

The Fault In Our Stars Sountrack on Spotify

INITIAL REACTION

SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?

This is a really tough one as the film really is beautiful. There is that age old argument that the film is never as good as the book, and normally I agree. But this film really was phenomenal, and made me feel things that I didn’t feel in the book. But then at the same time there were things in the book which weren’t in the film, all those tiny little things, and they make me love the book more.
But for me, the film has no faults at all. It was exactly what Hazel & Gus’ story deserved and was simply beautiful. So I’m calling this one a tie, because I really can’t chose.
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Page to Screen: Divergent

May 7, 2014 Page to Screen 5

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:
Divergent (first book in the Divergent series) was published March 5th 2011. As of January 2014 it was reported that 10 million copies of Divergent have been sold worldwide.
The film, of the same name, was first released in the USA on March 18th 2014 and since then has now been released around the rest of the world. As of May 5th 2014 the film has made $250 million in the worldwide box office.
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You can check out my review of Divergent here
Divergent on Goodreads

Divergent on IMDB
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Warning: the following post does contain some small spoilers for both the book and the film.
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CHARACTERS
On seeing the cast for this movie I was extremely excited. Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Kate Winslet (Joanne), Maggie Q (Tori) were just a few of the actors I couldn’t wait to see taking on the roles of these characters I had fallen in love with.
Woodley does an amazing job as Tris. Showing us perfectly what a fearful yet daring personality looks like when hidden underneath a modest, bookish girl who shouldn’t even like gym class. Woodley, at every turn, lets us feel as if we’re in her shoes, in Tris’ shoes, and we get to feel everything: from her pure exhilaration to her worst fears.
James, as Four, manages to escape the stereotypical teenage girls dream boy and manages to make Four into more of a real grown up man. He makes Four’s transformation from hardass trainer to collaborator seem natural, if inevitable. Plus, Theo James topless…YUM!
Kate Winslett was an amazing choice as Jeanine. She creeped me out and at times scared the hell out of me with her ability to take evil mastermind to a whole new level. I have never seen Winslet in this kind of role before, and I’ve gotta admit I liked it.
Special mention here to Maggie Q, who I love and was so excited to see staring in this movie. She doesn’t have a whole lot of screen time, but within her time she manages to become the exact same person I always imagined Tori being.
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The World
Dystopian seems to be “in” right now, both with books and movies, and a lot of writers and directors face the task of creating a dystopian world that feels real. Roth does this perfectly in the book, which set the task of finding locations for the movie a lot easier. Andy Nicholson (Divergent movie production designer) does an amazing job at creating the Chicago in the film to look like the isolated and slightly decrepit city it has become, whilst still featuring the familiarity of the modern day Chicago.
Notable parts of Chicago mentioned and used include:
Willis Tower (it is know as the Hub in the Divergent world, but Roth also refers to it as the Sears Building which is the name it went by for many years)
The El (Chicago’s elevated train system)
Navy Pier (features the Ferris Wheel that Tris & Four climb during ‘capture the flag’)
John Hancock Building (the building that Tris zip lines from)
Upon watching the film there were parts of dystopian Chicago that I had imagined differently, however the locations in the film all fit very well within the story and the image Roth had created in the book so I was happy to accept them as a part of the Divergent world.
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THE FACTIONS
One of my favourite things about the book is the factions, the idea of splitting society into different groups based on peoples personality traits really intrigued me and was initially the thing that drew me to the book. The factions in the film are presented perfectly, with each getting the time it needs to help explain this new world to the audience. In the book each faction is described as wearing certain colours and I was slightly worried that in the film this was going to look ridiculous, however it was done really well and made spotting each of the factions within the crowds very easy.
As Tris spends most of her movie in Dauntless I couldn’t not mention it. The faction and it’s characters were exactly what I imagined them to be, however I will admit that I imagined the Dauntless compound to be slightly different. All the same the movie did a fantastic job at turning the Divergent society from the book into a very believable community.
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THE STORY
There’s always that worry when a book gets turned into a film that the writers/producers/directors are going to completely change the story that we love. Well no need to worry with this one as the Divergent Movie does an excellent job of sticking to the book and keeping in the most important and popular parts of the book.
However as with any book to movie adaptation, there are a few differences:
Four is Older – In the book he is 18, Theo James was 28 at the time of filming and so the filmakers decided to make Four 24 instead. It doesn’t make too much of a difference, but I felt like to took away from Four’s talent a little as in the book it only takes him two years to rise through the ranks, in the film it would have taken him 8 years. Theo James disagrees however and in an interview says that it gives more believabilty to Four’s position in Dauntless “for him to have that experience as a leader and as someone of high skill that as he is … I think it makes more sense that he’s been there a bit longer.”
Where is Uriah? – Many peoples favourite character, I was kind of gutted that Uriah didn’t make it into the film. His name was on the initiates scoreboard, and I think he may have been present during the zip lining scene, but he is never actually mentioned in the movie. Don’t worry though, filmakers have announced that they will be casting Uriah for the Divergent sequels. Yeay!
I thought Peter was meant to be mean? – In the book Peter is mean to the point of scary. He is violent and extremely unlikable and some of his crimes include trying to kill Tris, stabbing a fellow initiate in the eye and pulling off Tris’ towel when she returns from the shower (this last one doesn’t really seem all that bad compared to the first two, but trust me, in the book it was traumatic!). When Miles Teller was cast as Peter I was intrigued what was going to happen with the character. I love Teller, but he has always brought more of a humoured approach to his characters, which is exactly what he does with Peter. I’m split, because Peter was meant to be evil and I wanted him to be evil, but then at the same time this Peter is kind of mean in a witty way, and having the character like this will probably make it a lot easier for him to redeem himself in our eyes in the following films.
Fear Landscapes – One thing I do wish was that we had gotten more of is Tris’ fear landscapes in the film. We got some, but not all and the ones we did get were slightly altered. One which I was very disappointed in was Tris fear of intimacy. In the book this is just her and Four making out and she is scared to take it any further. In the film it comes across as Four attacking her and for those who haven’t read the book then I worry they are going to get the wrong idea.
The Final Showdown – This was all done really well and I enjoyed it, but at the same time there are differences. In the film Tris injects Joanne with the serum forcing her to shut down the simulation whereas in the book Four and Tris shut it down all by themselves. I like both endings, but think if I had to chose then I would have rather they had stuck with the book. But then there would have been less Kate Winslet, and that would have been a bad thing!
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THE SOUNDTRACK
I checked out the soundtrack before going to the see the film and thought it was ok, but then hearing that songs within the film just makes them all that much more powerful. There is a lot of Ellie Goulding in the soundtrack and I really loved her songs. A must listen to for any fans of the movie.
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Divergent Sountrack on Spotify
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SO, THE BOOK OR THE FILM?
I really can’t fault the film, it stuck to the book very well. The actors were all great and the world created was amazing. It gets all the important moments in and gets across the same message that the book did. However I am a lover of all the little moments that are in the book but aren’t seen as important to make it into the film. Uriah, Will & Christina’s relationship, drunken Four etc. These are the little things that for me make Divergent what it is, and so this time I’m going to have to go with the book.
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What did you think of the movie? Was it better or worst then the book?
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Sunday Funday: Honest Trailers for Bookish Films

March 16, 2014 Page to Screen, Sunday Funday 2

Sunday Funday

The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!
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So this week I started a new job working in a bar. One hour into my training I broke a wine glass (oops!) but otherwise everything went good.
I also went bowling and to the arcade on Friday night, and I had completely forgotten how much fun it could be. Had such a fun time, reliving my childhood with slushie drinks and dance mat competitions 🙂
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Whilst I have got you here I wanted to let you know about a Cover Reveal event I am running for Magic Unfolds, the second book in N.L.Greene’s highly addictive MysticSeeker Series on March 25th. Sign up form below.
We will also be running a Blog Tour closer to the release date in April, so if you wish to be added to our blog tour list please let us know in the comment box on the Cover Reveal Sign Up Form.
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So this week I discovered Honest Trailers on Youtube. For those of you who don’t know what they are, basically they take a blockbuster film and make their own ‘honest’ trailer which are nearly always hilarious! I’ve spent some time finding my favourite trailers for movies that are book adaptations to share with you.
**Just as a warning, some of the trailers do have some small spoilers in them**
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So, I hope that gave you a few giggles, there are tons more on their YouTube page. Go check them out!
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Enjoy your Sunday and have a good week!
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