Book to Movie Adaptations: In theaters, In production, In my dreams.

Book to movie adaptations have become a hugely talked about topic among the world of YA readers. So, I thought it only right to share my thoughts on what’s happening now, what’s happening soon, and what will probably never happen, but I’d love it if it did!


In theaters now / in the near future

The Giver

I read the book when I was in elementary school, and while I haven’t reread it since, this trailer is a very poor depiction of the book I remember reading. In my opinion of course. I was happy to hear that they decided to edit it in black and white, but the choice of actors I wasn’t very happy with. Brenton Thwaites is like 25, who is playing an (aged up) 12-year-old character. Oh, and Taylor Swift is in this. While I’m a Swiftie, I’m also a hardcore book person (obviously), and the two just don’t mix. When she appears on screen I’ll immediately start singing one of her songs in my head and asking myself why her lips aren’t red and she’s not with her cats. I still plan to see the movie, but I don’t expect much.

If I Stay

I haven’t read this book, and I’m not sure I plan to. I mentioned before in a different post my disapproval of Chloë Grace Moretz, but also I’m just not sure what to feel about the movie. Seeing as I haven’t read the book this isn’t surprising, but I haven’t rushed out and read the book in order to go see the movie like I did with The Maze Runner, which I’ll talk about next. So, yeah, just meh feelings on this one. Will I see it? Probably not.

The Maze Runner

It’s not often that a movie trailer made me want to read a book. It’s also very unlikely that I want to read a book for the sole reason that there is an actor I especially like in the movie. Except for this one. Dylan O’brien, I owe you one. I recently read the book (REVIEW HERE) in order to prepare myself for the movie. My excitement just keeps growing, and it’s not because I’ll get to see 2 hours straight of Dylan’s perfect face. Okay, well, maybe a little. Anyway… This trailer was freaking awesome, and it was the sole reason I read this book when I did.

Mockingjay, Pt. 1

I’m still a little iffy on why they decided to split this one into two parts, but I must admit, the trailer looks great! I’m really excited to see this one. Although I didn’t like the book, I do want to see how the movie is.


In production / optioned

The 5th Wave

I really enjoyed this book (although I thought it was overhyped), but I don’t know about it being a movie. And I’m not a fan of the cast so far at all. Ugh. Chloë Grace Moretz again. She’s becoming the next Shailene Woodley, but Shailene is awesome and I love her.

Fallen

Image from Page to Premiere

In short: why is this even happening? This was a book that I read a long time ago and I loved it at the time. And looking back now I don’t even like to admit that I loved it. What was my problem? There’s not a single reviewer that I know that has read and enjoyed this book, and I totally get why. What I don’t get is why this is being made into a movie…?

Paper Towns

I haven’t read this book yet, but I know that if it’s anywhere as popular as TFiOS, this movie will be a hit with me, and everyone else!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As the book is already so visual, I think this movie will be a huge success. I read this one recently and I cannot wait to learn more about the movie and it’s cast. I think Tim Burton is directing so if that’s indicating the level of amazing for this movie at all, I don’t know what is!

The Night Circus

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I think that with the right people this book will make a masterpiece on the big screen and will be absolutely magical.

In my dreams

Stolen

I really loved this book when I read it earlier this summer and I could totally see this as being a lifetime movie or something of the sorts.

The Selection

I know what happened. I read that hideous god-awful script of the pilot that was to air on The CW. I was horrified. BUT I do still this that this would make an amazing TV show if the right people did it and kept it to the book. But, with so many failed attempts I don’t think it will ever get a chance.

So, let’s discuss! I want to hear your thoughts on book to movie adaptations. What books do you think would make good movies?

xo, emily

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Week in Review: August 10th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!


What I Did:

Sooo… my reading this week hasn’t been as gusto as I had hoped it could have been. I was at AP Art Camp every day this week from 8 in the morning to 12 noon drawing and believe it or not, it’s really tiring! But I won’t go on and list all of the excuses that I could for why I didn’t read as much as normal during my own read-a-thon. :/

It was my mom’s birthday this week so we went shopping, out to dinner and dessert and had a blast! Other than that there wasn’t much else notable in my week. It just went by so fast, kind of a blur, and it’s hard to remember everything.

Links I Loved:

  • This is an older article, but with all of the If I Stay movie talk at the moment, this article came to my attention. I was thinking about writing a whole post refuting Chloë Grace Moretz’s statement about the YA genre, but I just decided to write about it here in a few words to her. Chloë, that statement didn’t expose the shallow YA books, but rather your shallowness. There are many books like what she describes in the YA genre, sure, but also in Adult, too. It doesn’t mean that the whole genre is like that. Did you wear blinders through The Fault in Our Stars? What about The Hunger Games? Sure, there’s a love triangle, but there’s much more to the story of THG than that. If you can’t see that, than maybe you should be rethinking that statement you made, because clearly you’re the one who is “pathetic,” as you described it.

Forman’s novel might occupy a certain part of the bookstore, but Moretz doesn’t love the “young adult” designation. She thinks it diminishes the book’s value. “What’s interesting about Gayle’s novel is that it’s not really that YA. It deals with issues that are much bigger…it’s much darker than I think most YA is,” says Moretz. “I want people to walk in and feel like they actually felt something, and learned something, and realized something different about life that’s more than just, ‘Oh, I saw this love triangle and it’s super sad because she chose the guy I didn’t like. And then the movie was over.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay, that’s pathetic.’ You want to watch something that actually means something and makes you feel and makes you want to be involved. That’s what I wanted to make and that’s what I strive to make.”

-Entertainment Weekly article

  • Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books is looking for a co-blogger! She runs a fabulous blog so head on over if you think you may be interested. Or, head over just because her blog is awesome! 😉
  • The Delirious Reader shared that she is a mood reader! I totally understand her frustration as I am a TOTAL mood reader. It definitely makes it a little more challenging to be a book reviewer.
  • Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek did a second “Sharing the Bloggy Love” post featuring more bloggers! Go forth and discover new blogs!
  • Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings started a new feature called “Flames to Embers” where she showcases books she requested but then lost interest in reader after a while. I think that’s such a great idea to narrow down the books that she may still want to pick up after other people’s comments!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

*thinks hard* Oh my gosh. I. Did. Not. Get. Any. More. Books. This. Week. AHHH! What an accomplishment! I restrained myself from requesting NetGalley or Edelweiss review copies! YAY! 😀

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I whizzed through Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, finishing it yesterday morning. I then veered away from my TBR for my #DustingofftheShelf read-a-thon to pick up Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Still blowing the dust off of this one as I’ve had it for a while so I’m not cheating, promise! 😉

On My Blog:

A lot less posts this week, but hopefully I’ll be back in full swing next week. Nothing planned so plenty of reading and blogging time! 😀

How was your week?! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, #1
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was not at all what I was expecting, but it was different in a whole other wonderful way. I guess I was expecting it to be a horror book, with all of those creepy pictures. I never really read the full synopsis, which is why I was a little mislead. While these images are creepy alone, reading Ransom Rigg’s amazing story compiled along with the images will make you look at them in a new way.

The story is definitely peculiar – unlike anything else I’ve read before. It was magical, tragic, eerie, and exciting all at once. The paranormal aspects of the story were written perfectly, and like I said before, the images enhanced my vision for what Ransom Riggs was seeing when he wrote the book.

This is the second book in a row that I’ve read that has a male as the sole POV, and I really loved Jacob. He has that dry humor, but is still soft and emotional. I kind of wanted to give him a hug!

The other characters were fun, too. My favorite side character would have to be Emma. She was one of the only other side characters whose past was talked about in more detail. The blossoming romance between Jacob and Emma was definitely cute, but I’m still weirded out a little (you’ll know what I mean if you read the book)…

I liked how the end of the book gave me some closure that should be enough to hold me over until I can read the second book in the series! Overall, Miss Peregrine’s was a book that transported me away to the island with these strange children and took me on an adventure that I cannot wait to continue!

Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon Challenges, TBR & Progress

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Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! 😉

Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.


Challenges

With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!

My TBR

  • Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Read a classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
  • Read a book written before 2010: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Others:
    • Fear by Michael Grant
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Pandemonium Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Progress

Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!

On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!

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Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

There are SO many books that I really want to read this summer so narrowing it down to 10 will be a little tricky… Many of these books are ones that I’ve had sitting on my shelf or eReader for a sad amount of time that I want to read. Also this list is completely random and unordered.

***Prepare for some sass below. I was in a sassy and sarcastic mood when I was writing this post last night.***

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve been meaning to read this one for such a long time! I’ve heard awesome things about it, plus it’s by Ransom Riggs who is also awesome. So obviously the book must be awesome, too.

2. Paper Towns by John Green

I got this one last summer and still haven’t read it. I live in shame.

 

3. Pandemonium & Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I seriously cannot believe I haven’t finished this series. I’m hoping I’ll be re-motivated to binge read these last two after watch the un-released pilot of the TV show when it’s released on Hulu this Friday! I’m SO excited for it, by the way!

4. Fear by Michael Grant

I can always count on these books for some action and entertainment. Michael Grant, you are too good.

5. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

I’ve heard this is kind of a filler book…I’m nervous I won’t be able to get into it. But I shall push through.

6. The One by Kiera Cass (and the novellas)

I really just want to read all the swoon-y kiss-y scenes. I don’t have a preference for guy, I just want to swoon and see who she picks! (Is that shallow of me?)

7. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNER.

 

8. Through the Ever Night & Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Another series I can’t believe I haven’t finished. What is my problem with not finishing series that I LOVED the first book?!

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

While everyone else was freaking out that CoHF came out, I was freaking out that I finally bought my paperback copy of CoLS. Side note: does anyone know the release date for the paperback of Clockwork Princess?

10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Bring on the Peter Pan feels. I’m not ready, but bring ’em.

What books do you have on your summer TBR list? Let me know in the comments!

xo, emily