30 Day Book Challenge Day 19

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 19: Favorite Book Turned Into a Movie

This question was a bit difficult as I found that I had already talked about several options that comes to mind. Then I remembered a favorite movie of mine, soon to one of my favorite novels.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

I saw the movie when I was six years old and my obsession for dinosaurs was born. I learned everything I could about them and watched anything dinosaur related to feed my need. (The Land Before Time series thenceforth became one of my favorites of all time). My secret desire was to see a dinosaur (not a raptor of course, as they were my biggest fear).

Thirteen years later it came to my knowledge that the movie Jurassic Park was actually based on a novel penned by Michael Crichton. If you love books like I do, which a good many of you do, you could just imagine the scene that took place when I discovered this amazing fact.

I hurriedly obtained a copy of this novel and read it within a day. I LOVED it. I loved the way Michael Crichton not only made the science believable but interesting as well. As somebody that doodled their way through biology I can honestly say Crichton does an excellent job of mixing scientific information into the novel. After reading it I watched the movie again ready to look at it with a different perspective and I am happy to say that my opinion of the movie did not change, I was still just as wide-eyed about dinosaurs as I was before the novel.

Steven Spielberg did a fantastic job of translating the story from paper to film and it will always remain as one of my favorite movie adaptations.

What is your favorite book turned into a movie? What is one that is your least favorite? Share it below and happy reading!

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tessa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Friday Favorites #3: Favorite Bad Book/Movie Adaptations

I think that most of us are familiar with that feeling that comes with the announcement that one of your favorite books will be made for the big screen.Your heart starts to pound a little, you start taking short breaths as your mind starts moving at a frightening speed.

A dozen things are running through your mind: will it translate well, what if it’s like [blank] where it was absolutely horrible on film, but then again it could be like [blank] where it was really well done…(and then the most important question of all comes to you) BUT WHO ON EARTH ARE THEY GOING TO CAST?!!!

For me, there’s always more excitement than fear when I hear that a book will be made into a movie because I have a deep respect for cinematography. But I’ve seen some bad adaptations that left me walking out of the theater thinking “Why?” Everyone hates it when the movie completely ruins the book and everyone loves it when ‘the movie people’ (yes, that’s what I call them) get it right and bring the book to a new level.

But what about in between? What about movies that strayed from their novel companions but turned out to be great movies? How can it be some of you might be asking, well let give you my two favorite examples.

Ella Enchanted

The book version is a charming fairy tale. It was one of the first books in which I fan girled over a fiction character; the fiction character being Prince Char. He was so…so….so good at giving girls that feeling in their stomach. And the adventures Ella went on in this novel were so fun to watch: the boarding school, the ogres and of course her cinderella like ending. I was convinced that if ‘the movie people’ strayed from this story line then it wouldn’t be a movie worth seeing.

Well, ‘the movie people’ certainly did stray from the story line completely changing how the ending worked out and even had the audacity to add musical numbers. At first I was so angry. The book was so good and could have made a great movie so why did they stray? Then I watched the movie again and found myself actually liking it. It wasn’t the fairy tale I had come to love but it was a cute movie, full of funny scenes and although Char wasn’t quite the same he was certainly cute to look at. I came to value the movie for what it was, separate from the book and was all the happier for it.

Prince Caspian

I saw the movie before reading the book so granted my opinion might be a little biased. When I first saw the movie I thought it was good, but I assumed the book must be even better. Well I just recently read the book and I can’t believe how boring it was; literally no character development, no mystical journeys and no epic battle scenes. It was a huge disappointment which is a shame because the book had the potential to be something great.

After finishing the book I brought the movie out and watched it again and was amazed at how much better it was than it’s book companion. ‘The movie people’ made the story more realistic. If a new and an old king meet there is going to be some internal conflict no doubt. The movie included everything the novel left out; substance. From now on when someone wants to know the story of Prince Caspian, I recommend the movie not the book (something that could get me expelled from the book lovers club).

So those are my two favorite bad book/movie adaptations. What about you? Are there book/movie adaptations that were bad that you actually liked? Let me know so I won’t feel alone and happy reading!

 

Deserted Island Interview

islandI had the weirdest dream last night and so of course, my first instinct was to share it with all of you (I hope you feel loved).

In my dream I was being interviewed (why, I don’t know, dreams are not supposed to make sense) and one of the questions asked was, “If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what five books would you bring and why?” As you can imagine this lead to a long ordeal of which it would be better to show you rather than explain to you.

*Entering dream* (Bear with me).

Interviewer: “Well Lindsey, that about wraps  it up today but we can’t let you go without asking the question our viewers want to hear. If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what five books would you bring with you and why?”

Me: [Blank stare] “Five books? As in JUST five books?”

Interviewer: “Correct, five books.”

Me: “As in ‘The Five Little Piggies’ song, that’s the number five we are talking about?”

Interviewer: “Yes.”

Me: “Well can a series count as one of the five slots?”

Interviewer: “No, I’m afraid not. One book per slot and I am afraid you are going to have to answer soon–“

Me: “ONE book per slot? But– my– the Harry Potter series has seven books, I won’t survive without them.”

Interviewer: “I would like to remind you that you are pressed for time and please take into consideration that your survival is not literally at stake–“

Me: “Okay, okay I’m thinking!!!” [Starts to sweat nervously] “Okay, I’ll take Harry Potter #3, 4 and 7.”

Interviewer: “So that leaves two slots open.”

Me: “Aaaaahhhh! That’s not enough– uhmmm… [looks at the clock and cringes] “Wait– I’m thinking!!!”

Interviewer: “Lindsey we really can’t wait that much longer and it really isn’t that big–“

Me: “I GOT IT! Okay, Pride and Prejudice, Night Circus, and Harry Potter #3,4, and 7.”

Interviewer: “Interesting choices. Thank you for participating–“

Me: “What do you mean by interesting?”

Interviewer: “Nothing I–“

Me: “No, you’re right, those weren’t good choices.”

Interviewer: “They were fine choices…”

Me: “WAIT! I-take-that-back-I-changed-my-mind!!! I want to take out Night Circus–“

Interviewer: “We are really running out of–“

Me: “–and exchange that with The Fault in Our Stars!”

Interviewer: “Fantastic. It’s been a pleasure–“

Me: “No, that’s not right either! I GOT IT!!!”

Interviewer: “I’m sorry Lindsey, we’ve run out–“

Me: “What I would do is–“

Interviewer: “We simply don’t have any more–“

Me: “I would bring Harry Potter #3,4, and 7–“

Interviewer: “Lindsey! We don’t have–“

Me: “Pride and Prejudice–“

Interviewer: [Turns to camera] “Cut! Now–“

Me: “–and my mom’s E-Reader!” [Smiles triumphantly] “Now I can read all the Harry Potter books.”

Interviewer: [Blank stare] “Thank you for your time.”

Me: “My pleasure!”

So that was my dream, I woke up breathing fast, as if I had to really choose five books to read for the rest of my life. Are you glad I shared? What five books would you choose?