5 Book To Movie Adaptions That Were Actually Decent.

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We’ve all seen a movie based off of one of our favorite books and have been crushed when you see how terribly it was ruined. (Percy Jackson fans can all testify…) The thing is, when a book to movie adaptation is done well, it’s awesome, but that’s so rare. Despite all the disappointments  over the years, I’ve compiled a list of five adaptations I thought did the book justice!

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

This book was one of those books that was just loved as a child, I read it over and over. I loved every part of it so much, from the story being about three sisters, to the ballet school setting. The on screen adaption with Emma Watson is fantastic. It truly brings the story to life so well, illustrating all the beautiful scenes so well, like turning the house into a boarding house and the Midsummers Night Dream Ballet. Its so  beautiful to see the book come to life like that.

Plot Deviations: The movie follows the book almost exactly, but there are a couple of small changes, I believe all the Fossil sisters are aged slightly, and there is a love triangle between Garnie, Mr. Smith and Theo the dance teacher, which I thought was unnecessary, but didn’t detract from the story too greatly.

 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I loved this book so much, I cried over it at the end, and was eager to see if the movie was an accurate portrayal of the beautiful story. I was so happy, when I found that it was actually very accurate.The casting was literally perfect. Every character was exactly how I imagined them, and all the actors portrayed them very in character and accurately. Overall everything was very spot on and kept the integrity of the story intact.

Plot Deviations: I can’t think of any big plot deviations at all. Some scenes were chopped out or shortened for the sake of timing, but all the integral moments were there.

The Giver by Lois Lane

I feel like this movie got terrible reviews, but I don’t really know why, because it totally did the book justice.  The movie follows the book very closely, the entire community is exactly as I pictured it, and was portrayed accurately. Many of the scenes were nearly word for word from the book. The movie manages to get the deep message across well, which I thought was impressive because the book is very introspective.

Plot Deviations: There are only a few of minor plot deviations. They are all 18 instead of 12, (The Ceremony of Twelve is more of a Graduation). There is a slight romance between Jonas and Fiona, and towards the end Asher plays more of an antagonistic role.

 

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkein

I talk about Lotr all the time, so I will spare you the fangirling. This is one of the best movie adaptions ever. The characters are spot on, the setting is beautiful and perfectly captures Middle Earth, the story is exact. There are so many direct quotations, I love these movies, they are perfect.

Plot Deviations:  Arwen plays a much bigger role in the movie than she does in the book, and there is a whole scene where Aragorn falls off a cliff which never happens in the books. Of course some parts of the book are cut out, but its understandable when the movies are already 3 1/2 hours long.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I really have a love/hate relationship with this book, but I still really wanted to see the movie. I have to say this may be the best adaptation I’ve ever seen. It followed the story exactly and the casting was perfect. Watching the movie was literally the book come to life, can all adaptations be perfect?

Plot Deviations: There were almost no plot deviations except some scenes were cut out or seriously shortened for the sake of timing.

 

When it comes to big screen I’m honestly not that picky. The most important thing to me is that the main message of the book is still there. If there is a minor romance put in, or the characters are a couple of years older I don’t mind too much. What I don’t like is when the story is completed changed or tons of filler is added to add “excitement”. It’s the most important to the integrity of the story is kept and the characters are portrayed correctly and well cast, if a movie has all those elements, I’m a happy camper.

What are some book to movie adaptions you loved? What are some you hated?

What do you look for in on screen adaptions?

 

Song Of The Week: Grace Got You by MercyMe

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MercyMe just came out with their new album and I’m officially obsessed. I love how much their last two albums have focused on the freedom and joy in Christ. One of my favorite tracks off their new album “Lifer”, Grace Got You is such a reminder of the awesome freedom Jesus gives us.

Mercy Me Lifer

Smile like you just got away with something
Why? ‘Cause you just got away with something
Ever since, ever since grace got you

This song is relaxed and yet so happy, plus it has a jazzy little rap in the middle, which is pretty cool.

Listen to it here: Grace Got You by MercyMe

Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

General Age Recommendation: 15+

Genre: Sci- Fi, Action, YA

Hello Everyone,

Well, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for awhile, sorry about that. I think I needed a little break. Thankfully, I finally sat down and planned my next month of blog posts and I’m feeling really excited about blogging again! My first thing I want to share with you all after my mini hiatus is a review for a book I read recently and LOVED, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Summary: Kady Grant and Ezra Mason just broke up, but that morning they have much more pressing things on their minds. Their planet Kerenza is under attack by a mega corporation BeiTech. Citizens manage to escape in three ships, the battle ship The Alexander, The Hypatia and Copernicus. Running for lives from The Lincoln, BeiTech’s battle ship, the military on the three refugee ships organize their under equipped population and train civilians to help the best they can. Ezra is recruited to be a fighter pilot along with many other young people on the Alexander. It quickly becomes clear that the Captains aren’t telling the people everything and then the AI ADAIN starts going crazy, a zombie like virus breaks out. Kady uses her hacker skills to get as much information as possible while on the Hypatia, trying to help her mother, friends, fellow citizens and the boy she loves.

“Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer; What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.”
Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

 

What I liked: I did not expect to like this book nearly much as I did. The format is like reading a file, hence the name, Illuminae Files. The whole story is told through emails, survelliance footage, IM’s and reports. I was afraid the format would make it hard to read, but it just made it all the more interesting. This book was just heart pounding, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, the plot flowed really well, and I just had to keep reading. It is very sci- fi oriented with spaceships, hackers, fighter pilots and zombies, but it was nothing if not interesting. I loved Kady and Ezra they were great characters and I thought they carried the story well. One of the things I loved about the book was despite the intense nature of the story there were a lot of laugh out loud moments. The file format made the book extremely unique and readable. It was just really really good.

 

What I didn’t like:  The book was honestly a little scary, it was very intense and the whole zombie virus was disturbing. I liked the book so much, it didn’t bother me too much, but it was a little more intense than I was used too.

You probably will like this book:

  • You’re a fan of Sci-Fi, Action and suspense
  • You’re looking for a fresh, new read.
  • You like really exciting books that keep you on the edge of your seats

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like really intense books
  • You want a traditional type of book

7 Songs for Easter Weekend

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Easter week is just crazy for me, and I mean that in the very best way. Jesus is seriously the best, and He’s showing me that more and more. I love this time of contemplation and celebration for all He did. The literal Son of God died for me, He took my punishment, He took the weight of my sin and bore it on his own shoulders so I can live in perfect communion with him for eternity. I’m continually humbled and awestruck. It’s Good Friday and I put together a mini playlist with some songs for this weekend. Some are for today, to remember the Cross, some are for Sunday, when we celebrate new life and the joy of our Savior, Jesus.

  1. Royal Blood by Rend Collective

This was won upon the cross
This was written on his scars
This has made us conquerors
Nothing but Your royal blood

2. Blessed Redeemer by Casting Crowns

Blessed Redeemer, precious Redeemer
Seems now I see Him on Calvary’s tree

3. Should’ve Been Me by Citizen Way

Leaves me saying thank God
For this heart you changed
This soul you raised
My God for taking my place

4. How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

You gave Your life
To give me mine
You say that I am free
How can it be

5. Messiah/ You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham

I see You there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now You are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful

6. Drops In The Ocean by Hawk Nelson

If you could count the times I’d say you are forgiven
It’s more than the drops in the ocean

7.  Best News Ever by MercyMe

What if I were the One to tell you
That the work’s already been done
It’s now good news
It’s the best news ever

 

Have an amazing weekend,  celebrating Jesus!

What are some of your favorite Easter songs?

March Wrapup

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Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great month! March was a good month, but at the same time incredibly normal and it was really nice.

This month I have been obsessed with:

Jon Bellion, Hollyn & Colton Dixon: I listen to music almost constantly, when I walk, clean, blog, work, so I love finding new jams. This month Colton Dixon dropped his new album and it took like four seconds listening to it to fall in love, I’m obsessed. I’ve had Colton Dixon, Hollyn’s new album (I gushed about that on Wednesday) and Jon Bellion (everything by him is awesome) on continuous shuffle. I have particularly been loving:

Technicolor by Colton Dixon

Lovely by Hollyn

Luxury by Jon Bellion

Supergirl & Legends of Tomorrow: All the DC TV shows are so awesome and I’ve been watching them all, this month I’ve been binging Supergirl in an attempt to get all caught up. I’m very ensconced in this fandom…

Springtime Aesthetic: I feel like it’s dumb to say I’m obsessed with the weather, but I kind of am. The winter was really cold and wet but now the sun shining and the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, this all makes me very happy.

This month I read:

Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn ( Katie Weldon Series #1): Five Stars

On a Whim by Robin Jones Gunn (Katie Weldon Series #2): Four Stars

Paper Towns by John Green : Four Stars

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: Three Stars

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle: Four Stars

I didn’t read as much as I hoped this month, I noticed how little I had read towards the end of the month, and tried to pick the pace. I try not to stress about how much I read, because I never want it to feel like a chore, but I wished I had read a little more.

This month I bought:

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I just bought one book this month, the final book in the Return Series by Ridley Pearson, Disney at Last. It just came out a couple of days ago and I’m obsessed!

 

This month on the blog:

March TBR

Book Review: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Song of the Week: Maybe IDK by Jon Bellion

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

A Book Recommendation: The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

5 Worst Fictional Villains

Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Song of the Week: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

I didn’t read as much as I would of liked, but I did post really consistently on the blog so I’m really happy!

How did your month go? What are some of your favorites from this month?

Song of the Week: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

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Hollyn just dropped her debut album a little over a month ago and I’M OBSESSED. She did not disappoint, the whole album is amazing, I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much as her EP, but I love it even more. I’m being really gushy about this right now, but it’s sort of been my jam currently.

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I’ve been playing the first track Can’t Live Without You on repeat. I love how Hollyn blends her powerful voice with an awesome hip hop/pop beat, all packed with meaningful, relatable lyrics

I can’t get you outta my head
And I don’t wanna ever forget
You give me what the world could never give
I can’t live without Your love

 

Listen to it HERE: Can’t Live Without You by Hollyn

What has been your jam lately?

Book Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

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I read the whole Selection series and for some reason waited a while to finally pick up The Siren, Kiera Cass’s first novel. I was pretty excited to read this because, I love Kiera Cass, she’s a great author and her books are nothing if not readable, also because Sirens/Mermaids and all that folklore has always fascinated me.

Summary: The Ocean needs to feed herself, which is why she employs five beautiful young women to be Her Sirens. Her Sirens sing about every six months, sinking boats, drowning passengers and leaving no survivors. New Sirens are chosen during these sinkings and are kept in service 100 years, their voices kill so they only speak to each other, despite the fact they integrate with society the rest of the time. Kahlen become a Siren in the 1920’s, now in modern day she only has about 10 years to go. Kahlen has never been like her sister Sirens and struggles with taking innocent lives, even if it is for the Ocean, who treats them like daughters. While they are staying in a college town off the Miami coast, Kahlen meets Akinli, a cute college student with a bright smile. Soon the unimaginable happens, Kahlen  begins to fall in love.

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“Am I talking too much?” He paused, staring into my eyes, genuine worry coloring his face.
I shook my head. No, I thought, I’d listen to you talk about nearly anything. You make phone calls sound like an adventure.”
Kiera Cass, The Siren

What I liked: Kiera Cass has a great style, I was instantly hooked in and wanted to find out what happened next every time I finished a chapter. I am a sucker for love stories and this one didn’t disappoint. Akinli and Kahlen were amazing together, they had a very natural chemistry and it didn’t seem like insta love at all. I loved them together and separatley, they were both good characters! I really liked The Siren sisterhood, growing up with lots of sisters and being really close with them, I love reading about sisters like that. Overall I loved the romance, the main characters and the writing was engaging.

What I didn’t like: I had a really big problem with the Ocean character. I felt she was supposed to be a sympathetic sort of misunderstood villain, but I wasn’t convinced. I found her extremely controlling, jealous and cruel. She didn’t choose to kill all these people that was just what she had to do to survive, but I felt like that plot was underdeveloped and it just seemed like a bad excuse. I also couldn’t stand the Siren Padma. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have the life she had where she was abused and murdered by her own family, but she literally couldn’t let go of any of her bitterness and the only thing that helped her was to then go and kill them. Like I said, that’s some unimaginable stuff, but I felt like her storyline had a message, that vengance and taking a life for a life will give you peace and resolution to previous darkness and that really bothered me.

“…simply being alive was not enough to be called living”

-Kahlen
Kiera Cass, The Siren

Overall, it was a good read. I was interested and enjoyed reading it, but there were a lot of big plot points I didn’t like at all. I don’t regret reading it, but I don’t see myself wanting to pick it up again anytime soon.

You probably will like this book if:

  • You like Siren/Mermaid folklore and theme
  • You want a cute love story
  • You want something easy to read
  • You want something with a unique setting

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like Sirens (duh)
  • You don’t want to read something with darker themes

 

Have you read this book?

Did you like this book or The Selection better?

 

 

 

 

5 Worst Fictional Villains

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I have a love/hate relationship with good villains, sometimes there is a villain is just written so brilliantly, it just makes my skin crawl. I hate reading about them, but at the same time I can’t help but admire the author for portraying such a character so well. I have compiled a list of the five top villains that just me shiver!

5. Grima Wormtounge from The Lord of Rings

There are a lot of villains in LOTR; Sauron, Saruman, Gollum, Shelob, just to name a few, but out of all of them Grima Wormtounge just gives me the creeps. I know he is one of the less threatening villains in the series, but the spineless, insidious way he whispers lies into to Theodens ear is so disturbing. He continues in the books just being a creepy and awful person, he definitely make the list of worst villains.

4. Sir Devin from The Dragons In Our Midst Series

Sir Devin starts out as the vaguely disturbing high school  principal, then you find he is an ancient Dragon slayer out for Billy and Bonnie’s blood. Not only is he totally blood thirsty and rage filled, the guy never just LEAVES. They defeat him in several battles and somehow he always comes back, crazy as always. He’s such an aggravating villain.

3. BeiTech/The Phobos Virus from Illuminae

Technically you never really meet any of BeiTech, but they release the Phobos Virus which then mutates into the mind altering- zombie like pandemic that kills thousands on the Copernicus and Alexander spaceships. The “villains” in Illuminae are sort of faceless, but all the horror and bloodshed that they cause makes my skin crawl, so they definitely make the list at number three.

2. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield

Literally one of the most disturbing villains ever. Uriah Heep is one of those characters that for a majority of the book never really does anything bad, it’s not until the end of the book that his sketchy dealings are revealed, but the most disturbing thing about Uriah Heep is not what he does, but more who he is. He always rubs his hands together, he has this preening, “humble” appearance that you just know is an act, not to mention he has a weird crush on Agnes and is just all around super creep.

1 . Levana Blackburn from The Lunar Chronicles

Out of all the disturbing villains out there, Levana Blackburn takes the cake. I think she had potential to be a very generic “evil queen” character, but Marissa Meyer wove this horrifying backstory for her, giving her this depth, without taking away from her pure evilness. From brainwashing Everett into marrying her and later killing her niece so she could take the throne, all while convincing herself that she is somehow doing it for her kingdom. It’s so disturbing!

 

What are some villains you can’t stand?

A Book Recommendation: The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

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The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

General Age Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Teen, Romance, Christian, YA

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I’ve been gushing all about these books since the beginning of the year. I just can’t help it, I love them. I picked them up hoping for a really easy, no-brainer read after I had been reading a ton of heavy stuff, but I never expected to love them as much as I did!

Summary: Christy Miller goes to visit her rich Aunt Marti and Uncle Bob for the summer right before her fifteenth birthday.During the long summer in Newport Beach California, Christy makes new friends who all impact her life, specifically the intense surfer Todd. After a tumultuous summer, Christy comes to know on God on a much deeper, discovering what it really means to be loved by Jesus. When the summer is over, she finds out her family is moving from Wisconsin to California and the series follows Christy through highschool, relationships and life.

“[A God-thing is] when something happens in your life, and you look at it and can’t explain how or why it happened, but you know there’s a reason for it. You know that God is doing something in your life, and it changes you. There’s no other way to explain it except to see it as a God thing.”
Robin Jones Gunn, Island Dreamer

Review: This series starts out really cliche, like I was expecting, but what I was not expecting was how much it would touch my heart. Robin Jones Gunn did really amazing job capturing being a teen/young adult and many of the situations were similar to ones that I have gone through. Christy Miller was a very relatable character and I found myself empathizing with a lot of the things she was going through or how she handled situation.I thought the messages in the books would be very cliche and totally Christianese, but while the first couple of books focus on really obvious issues like drugs, eating disorders and Processed with VSCOhanging out with a bad crowd, they dealt with a lot of real life issues as well. As the series moved on I started to enjoy it more and more and I was just so into it! I’m not even going to go into how much I love Todd and Christy, I loved how realistic all the characters are, while Todd is a good Christian guy, he was in no way perfect and it was refreshing. I loved seeing the relationships develop and romance slowly unfold, the series is honestly kind of addicting. It starts really cheesy, but I  found myself reaching for one book after another and now I’m totally obsessed.

 

“And your life,’ Katie said to Christy, ‘is turning into a rather predictable romance. Girl meets boy. Boy is a dork for four years. Girl blossoms into a gorgeous woman. Boy finds his brain. Girl turns into starry-eyed mush head.”
Robin Jones Gunn, In Your Dreams

You probably will like this book if:

  • You want something really light and fun
  • You want to read a relatable teen read
  • You like books with simple and heartfelt messages

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You don’t like books that can be a little cheesy
  • You don’t like books that can be a little preachy sometimes