• Kayla is a 25 year old recent university & college graduate and now a working girl, with a love for books, is a self proclaimed coffee snob, and a slob. She works in law and is a part-time barista! This is her blog to rant, give some reviews, and hopefully connect with others!

               
  • #LoveAThon- Mix & Match

    February 20th, 2016 | Posted in : Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

    Mini-challenge #1: Mix and Match
    We all love books, but there are other things we’re passionate about too! Mash-up a non-bookish hobby/passion/talent/fandom with your bookish life. Do it through photos, art, videos, etc. Get as creative as you’d like!

    Movies and Books: Adaptations

    So one of my favorite hobbies is movies. Seriously, I grew up watching movies. Family time with my parents and brother is usually watching a movie, we fight over what movie to watch, my brother and I do Harry Potter Marathons, etc. So I’m compiling my list of my favorite adaptions from books to film. BUT I always find that the book is better than the movie. There is many reasons for this but still.

    Harry Potter Series

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    How can I not start with Harry Potter? So this series is basically my favorite in terms of portrayals from novel to film. These films do the stories justice in almost all aspects. I say almost cause my biggest problem lies with The Order of the Phoenix at the Ministry of Magic. I felt as though they stuck pretty true to everything throughout the course of the novels and did not try and change too much with the length of the movies versus the books.

     

    The Time Traveler’s Wife

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    I read this book probably a month before the movie came out since I really like reading the novels beforehand. I really enjoyed the differences between these two adaptations, since the film really stuck with the point of the novel. Although there are some differences, which I cannot recall right now (it’s on my re-read list!), it was still a beautiful love story whichever way you decide to read/watch for this story! Definitely a read/watch.

     

    The Help

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    I actually watched the film adaptation of this first before reading the novel. I absolutely loved this film. It brought to light so many issues that are still so relevant today, and shows us where we came from with history especially in terms of racism and acceptance of other cultures. I went out and bought the novel shortly after, and I’m so glad I did. This will be a re-read in the future even though I have already re-read this novel quite a few times.

     

    The Host

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    Everyone was obsessed with Twilight when it came out. Including myself, I must admit. Yes, shame, I know. However, when I found out Meyer was writing another novel and it too was being adapted into a film, I had to read it. At first, The Host threw me off. I’m not a huge sci-fi with aliens girl when it comes to novels or movies. However, I found myself getting intrigued with this novel, and the movie did a wonderful job in portraying the thought process of the two individuals beautifully. Plus, who’s not a sucker for loves hoping to be reunited?! This ‘war’ was peacefully done with a love story added that I quite enjoyed! Plus I just re-watched this movie with the boyfriend last night and he even enjoyed it! 10 points!

     

    Extra Honorable Mention: Bitten
    Not film but TV show adaptation

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    Bitten is actually an Otherworld series novel. This series does not get enough credit. It’s actually pretty amazing. Each novel is for a different character with other characters from the series throughout. It allows you to delve in to different characters with each novel, but allowing for the characters to remain mostly the same. The TV show is based off of the one character, from the introduction novel, Elena Michaels. Although this series is on its third and final season, I loved how they adapted it. I dislike the direction that it is somewhat going into for the third season, and wish there were more to follow, but that is TV land. Giving you what you love and then stripping it away from you!

    What do you think?

  • I’ve only read the first three books of the Harry Potter series, but I agree that the movie adaptations are some of the best ones I’ve ever seen. Though the ending to the third book is soooo different from the third movie, but they’re still awesome.
    And The Time Traveler’s Wife was a beautiful film. I keep meaning to read the book, I just haven’t gotten to it yet!

    • Kayla says:

      I HIGHLY suggest you try and read later on in the series.. it only gets better from there on out! I also think you should read the Time Traveler’s Wife! Especially if you loved the movie!

  • I havenʻt gotten around to reading The Time Travelerʻs Wife yet, but I remember the moving making me feel all sorts of feelings so Iʻm definitely going to have to pick that one up soon! I also want to reread and re-watch The Host. I remember enjoying both the book and the movie, but itʻs been a while since Iʻve thought about either.

  • Alice says:

    I LOVE the Harry Potter series, of course 🙂 I also loved reading The Host, but I missed the movie somehow, I should definitely catch up. The name of you blog is awesome!

  • Alexa S. says:

    Yay adaptations! Good or bad, it’s always interesting to me to see books adapted into film or television form. I personally really love both versions of Harry Potter. I also really liked The Host as a book and as a film. They did a great job with that one! And I have yet to read The Help or see it, but I definitely would like to!

  • Cee says:

    I AM SO INTO THE BITTEN SERIES. Probably because I’m so into the dude who plays Nick. Ha. I know the current season is the last one, but I want to see if Lucas Cortez appears. Because of reasons. ;))))

    • Kayla says:

      OMG BITTEN IN GENERAL. Yes, Nick, drool. I’m really hoping Lucas is in it too! I don’t know if that is their direction though 🙁 and it is the last season! We’ll just have to collaborate on who would make a good Lucas!

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