5 Book To Movie Adaptions That Were Actually Decent.

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Hello Everyone!

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

Hello Everyone!

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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Hello Everyone!

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?

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

Hello Everyone!

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

 

 

My Five Favorite Fictional Couples Pt.2

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Almost exactly a year ago, I did a post 5 Favorite Fictional Couples. Now a whole year has past and I’ve read a bunch more books, and I have found five more amazing fictional couples to gush and fangirl over. I figured it was time to do another list! So here is part two of my favorite fictional couples:

5. John Murphy & Elisa Lindhiem from The Zion Covenant by Bodie Theone

Why I Love Them: They never give up on each other. Through all the horror and peril they face from the Nazis and wartime in general, they always find their way back to each other. It’s  so beautiful ❤

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They are a constant for each other and they both need that. Despite all the darkness around them, they both find solace and home with each other and they love each other so much it makes me melt.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have plenty of amazing moments (their first kiss at Christmas in Vienna) but the moments I loved the most were when they weren’t even together. When they were separated but you saw their thoughts and longing for each other filled my heart!

“There has not been an hour since I last saw you last that I have not turned around, hoping somehow you would be there.”

– John Murphy, Bodie Theone, Zion Covenant

 

4. Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Why I Love Them: Eleanor and Park didn’t go looking for each, they didn’t even really like each at all when they met, but then they fell in love. And it’s so beautiful, they belong with each other. The unexpectedness and intensity of their relationship is just so awesome.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: They get each other. They are both misfits and don’t fit in, but they fit in with each other, they are simply best friends. Any relationship where they spend all day together and leave still wanting to be together makes me all mushy.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: The whole book is one big moment for them, so its really hard to choose! I really love the first time Park holds her hand, then she takes his hand later. All the feels.

“He tried to remember how this happened—how she went from someone he’d never met to the only one who mattered.”
― Park, Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

 

3. Maxon Schreave & America Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why I Love Them: I love those love stories that unfold slowly. As frustrating as it was that America took so long to realize she loved Maxon I loved reading every moment of her realizing how much she did. They went through so much together, their commitment to each other is amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: America is impulsive, Maxon is follows the rules, together they balance each other night. They perfectly complement one another. America makes Maxon feel loved and Maxon makes America feel cherished, together they make me want to cry happy tears…

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: They have so many beautiful moments, but I really really love their first kiss. It’s so unexpected and tender and sweet. They are just perfect.

“Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.”
―Maxon Schreave,  Kiera Cass, The One

 

2. Todd Spencer & Christy Miller from The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn

Why I Love Them: Together they just make each other better. They spent so many of their teen years with each other, but not truly together.I loved seeing their love story unfold when they are older is just amazing.

Why They Are Good For Each Other: Like I said, they make each other better people. Todd encourages Christy closer to God, which is such an awesome thing in a relationship  and Christy is always there for Todd, which he needs. They build each other up in Christ and the closer they get to each other, they get closer to God, I dream of having a relationship like that one day.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs:  There’s this one moment in one of the last few books, they are painting a bookshelf Christy bought. They are reminiscing on their past and teasing each other and hit each other with paint brushes. It’s such a cute, sweet time in their relationship. Also whenever Todd calls Christy “Kilikina” my heart melts.

“I don’t think anyone could ever love another person on this earth as much I as love you”

Todd Spencer, Robin Jones Gunn, Christy Miller Series

  1. Ze’ev “Wolf Kesley & Scarlet Beniot from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why I Love Them:
They have one of those relationships that is just so secure. They know that this is it, they will love each other and protect each other no matter what. #wolfletislife

Why They Are Good For Each Other:  Wolf grew up without love, and Scarlet loves him, he cares about her so deeply, and they both need that.  They have gone through all these terrible things, but at the end of the day they just want to go and live on her farm and just be together, it’s just perfect.

My Favorite Moment of Theirs: Every moment with each other is total perfection, but I love their reunion in Winter. I felt like I had legitimate heart eyes.

“But you’re the only one, Scarlet. You’ll always be the only one.”
― Wolf, Marissa Meyer, Scarlet

 

What are some of your favorite couples?

 

 

March TBR

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Hello Everyone!

I am happy to report that my goal to 100 books this year is going well so far! At the beginning of February I was afraid I was falling into a little reading slump, but I started really good books and thankfully ended it before it began. I only a few books I really have planned to read this month, that way I have room if I want just randomly pick something up. My March TBR includes:

 

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

I’m still very slowly working through this series by Janette Oke. They are really great light reads and I am enjoying picking them up when I have a spare moment!

Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn

I read the Christy Miller series last month and I LOVED them. This book is the first book in the spin off series about her best friend Katie Weldon. I already started it and I’m enjoying it so much, I can’t wait to see how she will keep moving the story along!

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

I used to read a ton of Christian Romance, but in the past years I haven’t read to much. I got this book for Christmas and I’m excited to jump back into the genre.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

This is another recommendation by my sister. It doesn’t seem like something I would typically read, and I don’t really even know what it’s about, but it’s one of  her favorites, so I hope I like it!

 Paper Towns by John Green

Its like, five years late, but I’m finally picking up my first John Green book. I’m actually pretty excited to read it!

 

What’s on your TBR this month?

 

 

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

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One Day by David Nicholls

General Age Recommendation: 16+

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, New Adult

Hello Everyone!

A little while ago, my sister and I were talking about books and trading favorites for the other to read. My sister handed this book to me and told me, “This book was absolutely devastating” she didn’t necessarily mean destructive or damaging, but she meant that it was the kind of book that twisted up all her emotions and when she finished it, she didn’t know what to do with herself. I knew exactly what kind of book she meant and I knew it was a kind of book I would enjoy.

Summary: Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew met on the night of college graduation, despite a (sort of) night together and the initial attraction they don’t explore a romantic relationship after that one night. As they move on and begin life in the adult world, they maintain friendship, growing closer and closer each year that passes, regardless of whether they are in the same country, in other relationships or not. Emma works a myriad of low paying jobs and tries to find what she loves, Dexter stays in the moment and embraces the world, becoming a TV host and enjoying all the industry has to offer. Life takes them through different opportunities, relationships, mistakes and happiness. Each chapter is the same day July 15th- spanning a number of years, giving a snapshot of Em and Dex’s life

 “Call me or I’ll call you, but one of us will call, yes? What I mean is it’s not a competition. You don’t lose if you phone first.”
David Nicholls, One Day

What I Liked: I loved this book. The writing was excellent, it pulled me in instantly and definitely made me feel the full range of  human emotions. It was almost frustrating how realistic the book was, so many times Emma and Dexter’s miscommunication left me seething in frustration, I felt sick when Dexter comes back to his apartment early in the morning coming down from a night of partying and I empathized with both of them as they tried to figure out what they wanted to do in life. I loved how you got see their lives unfold, sometimes together and sometimes apart. The one thing I probably appreciated the most, was that Emma and Dexter were best friends, but they both knew there was potential for more. It wasn’t like they suddenly realized they loved each other and should be together, the thought was always there. It happened at different times for both of them, they definitely weren’t on the same page, or in the same life place, but they both knew there could be more. I really liked that about the book, it wasn’t just another “boy and girl are completely platonic best friends then one falls for the other and life is never the same” kind of book. This book was touching, heart wrenching and absolutely beautiful.

“A moment passed, perhaps half a second when their faces said what they felt, and then Emma was smiling, laughing, her arms around his neck.”
David Nicholls, One Day

What I Didn’t Like: Maybe because I read a lot of YA fiction and this is probably New Adult/Adult fiction, but I found the book to have this vague hopelessness about it. I think it was partly to do with the story and theme of the book, but the book had a sad air around it.

You probably will like this book if:

  • You want a good love story that you can’t put down.
  • You like realistic books that really tug at your emotions.
  • You want a good book to cry over.

You probably won’t like this book if:

  • You want a light, funny book
  • You don’t want something sad
  • You don’t want to read a contemporary love story.

 

Do you like ‘devastating’ books?