To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Movie Edition

 

Well if you have not heard of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before adaptation done by Netflix then you must live under a rock. Twitter had been in a frenzy ever since the August 17th drop of the movie. I had listened to the audiobook in anticipation for the movie release and I finished in within a day. I feel in love with the sister relationship, cute innocence of Lara Jean, the sassiness of Kitty and the cute relationship/not really a relationship moments. I have to say I join in with the twitter frenzy and have already watched the movie multiple times.

I think the casting was done perfectly, Lana & Noah were absolutely amazing as Lara Jean & Peter. This movie is the much needed teen rom com that everyone has been craving. It was more than just the romance and focused on all those things the book makes important as well. There were some things missing from the book that were some of my favorite parts, but I understand its hard to fit everything from a book into a movie time frame.

Overall I thought the adaptation was so well done and I do believe we will get the next book, P.S I Still Love You. I mean how could they not with all the love it is getting on the internet. Even the cast is in full support all over social media! I highly recommend this movie even if you didn’t read the book and have no plans of it. It is cute, funny and will make your heart so happy!

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life | TV Show Review

This may contain spoilers if you have not watched. Proceed with great caution. 

I must say I was definitely one of the hundreds excited when I first heard the announcement that Netflix was going to be doing a revival of Gilmore Girls. I absolutely adore this tv series and have watched it countless number of times. Growing up a felt a connection to Rory. Her love of books was contagious. The wit and sarcasm that the Gilmore girls display really resonates with me. This is a tv series that I could never get enough of no matter how many times I watch it.

After having finished watching the new episodes in their entirety I was left with many emotions and a feeling of incompleteness. I did what I do and I went to the internet. I looked up articles and searched for others opinions. I even texted some friends that had watched it as well to find out what their feelings were. I came to a few conclusions and some completed thoughts about my feelings on this revival.

  1. The comparison between Lorelai and Rory lives                                                                    It is no surprise to me the direction they went with this. The mirrored decisions and life paths that Lorelai and Rory have had was not something that just appeared in this revival. It has been happening all along. Rory was raised by a single mother and has looked up to her mother and confided in her throughout the series. Lorelai is Rory’s best friend. It became even more evident in this revival about how much Rory’s love interests and romantic relationships mirror Lorelai’s. Logan is just like Christopher and Jess is just like his uncle Luke.                                                                   
  2. Full Circle                                                                                                                                          They have brought the show full circle. Rory is starting her life almost at the same point in which Lorelai was when we first met her. She is 32, about to me a single mother.
  3. Left Unfinished                                                                                                                                     With this being said, I am really hoping they plan on continuing the Tv show. The way it ended was so unfulfilling. So many things went unanswered. What is going to happen to Rory? Who is the father? There are just so many questions and I think that was what I was so upset about. I did love that Luke and Lorelai finally got married!
  4. Rory’s Actions and Behavior                                                                                                               The things she does seem horrible and in no way am I saying adultery/cheating is okay, but I am also not surprised it happened. It was also not okay how she was treating Paul. I have to say the whole Paul part could have been left out, but in a way it added to the comedy and character of the Gilmore Girls. It added to the fact that Rory’s life is so crazy right now and she has so much going on that it added to those final words.

 

Did you watch the revival? What were your thoughts and opinions? I would love to chat to others about what they thought and if they think it will be continued! 

Horns | Movie Edition

 

I watched this movie a few months ago and thought it was about time to share my thoughts on it. Let me just say they definitely did one thing right with this movie, it is as strange as the book was.

The thing that I found I liked most about the movie is that it was less confusing at times and helped me to connect somethings I was lost on in the book. On top of being a jumbled mess and losing something being transferred from pages to screen, I also felt that the movie was missing part of the back story on Lee. It played out more like a strange comedy than a creepy horror story.

The movie dragged on a little too long for me and although some people seemed to think Radcliffe did a great job, I did not think he was right for the role. That might be in part as I can only see him as Harry Potter and that is limiting and unfair, but I just do not think this was the right role or film for him. There were also moments during the film that I felt slightly uncomfortable, which is saying a lot for me because it does not happen to easily.

Overall my thoughts on this movie was that it just was not a movie I would ever watch again. It was strange and scattered and did not get that point across that the book led to in my opinion. I watched this with a friend who has never read the book and she was so confused about what we just saw.

I would love to hear what you thought of the book or movie!

Horns Book Review 

Favorite Book To Screen Adaptations

It is amazing how many book have been adapted to the big screen. As an avid reader I find that I struggle with going to see a movie when I know it is based off the book. Although there are sometimes when I let it slide for the most part I am pretty strict about it. ( Someone bought me the Water For Elephants dvd and I still haven’t watched it because I own the book and haven’t read it yet) So I have made a list of some of my favorites from the ones in which I have read the books and watched the movies! These are the ones in which I believe were done really well and I greatly enjoyed (I know at least one a lot of people hated and there were parts of the movie I thought were silly, but for the most part I really thought it captured the book wonderfully!)

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What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptations?

Gone Girl | Movie Edition

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one of my favorite books I read in 2014. I was shocked by the dark vibe and shocking twists that came from the complex, manipulative and slightly psychotic characters. I had heard such amazing things about this movie from friends, but of course they were all people that had not read the book.

I will state first that I really enjoyed the movie and thought it was very true to the book (might have been since Flynn herself worked on the screenplay). Although I enjoyed what they did with the movie and the aspects they incorporated from the book, I still love the book so much more. While watching the movie I was not shocked and surprised by the twists because I had already read the book so I feel like I missed some of that enjoyment. There were also parts that I felt like where missing from the movie. At the end of the movie I didn’t quite get the same feeling and felt like it didn’t convey to the full extent what Flynn did at the end of the book about the future of Nick and Amy. I also did not think that Ben Affleck was the right person for the role of Nick, but that might just be me.

Even though I highly recommend reading this book first because even though the movie was slightly ruined for me by having read the book it would have make the book hard to read if I already knew what happened it the movie. The movie was well written and filmed. I was happy to see what they did and absolutely loved Amy’s character. Rosamund Pike was fantastic. The feel of the movie is also well done and mimics the feels from the book extremely well. It is definitely dark and twisted and is worth the watch in my opinion!

Gone Girl Book Review 

2015 Book to Movie Adaptations

The trend of book to movie adaptations is continuing into 2015. There are so many that there is no possible way I can mention all of them. If you would like to see lists of more I have found some already created lists. There is a list created by Bustle and Buzzfeed. So here are some of the movies I am most excited for and some books you need to read before they appear on the big screen! I should also mention some of these I need to get on top of my game and read the book before it comes out too!

The Duff by Kody Keplinger 

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February 20, 2015

Insurgent by Veronica Roth 

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March 20th 2015

The Longest Ride by Nicolas Sparks 

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April 10th 2015

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner 

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September 18, 2015

Mockingjay (Part 2) by Suzanne Collins 

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November 20, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir 

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November 25, 2015

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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What book to movie adaptations are you most excited for?

The Fault In Our Stars | Movie Edition

So I actually didn’t think I would ever watch this movie. I was not the hugest fan of the book and I do not think that it was a unique enough story that being a movie it wouldn’t stand out or be much different than other movies out there about cancer. TFIOS was truthful, raw and layered with humor.

I will admit that I enjoyed the movie. I found that I liked it more than the book. There were still some issues that I had with the book that carried over to the movie. And of course I teared up, I feel like it is hard not to with a movie that covers such hard life things as loss and cancer. I felt that the movie stayed very true to the book which is always a big concern when watching a book adaptation. I did feel like some of the dialogue was just weird and awkward and the actors looked awkward during it.

Overall I think it was the actors that brought the book to life and gave me something I felt the book was lacking. I am not a huge fan of Shailene and think she did an okay job, but I thought Ansel was perfect!

I would love to hear what you thought of the book or movie!

The Fault in our Stars Book Review 

The Maze Runner | Movie Edition

DYLAN O’BRIEN! I am obsessed with him and the fact that he is in this movie was a driving force for me to go see it in theaters! I was not a huge fan of the book, the concept was really interesting and the story reminded me of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which I loved. I did have some problems and annoyances with the book and was hoping that it would transfer over to film better. It was just one of those stories that has some great components that if well done could be awesome as a book adaptation. I feel like it is hard to talk about my feelings towards the movie because I am clouded by Dylan and think everything he appears in is fantastic because he is just amazing! I will try to break it down and get my thoughts into coherent words.

So my thoughts on the movie…. Overall I thought it was a solid book to movie adaptation (but not as good as Harry Potter or Hunger Games)  It was amazing to see the maze and the glade. It was not how I imagined it while I was reading, but it was huge and awesome and I thought it worked out so well! I read the book about a year ago, but for the most part I felt like the characters were true to the book. I loved the castings and all the actors and actress really did a great job! The movie was packed with action and really brought the book to life. I did feel like the movie moved too fast and felt rushed, even though it covered all the main points in the book. It just felt like it was missing something though. I think there were just somethings in the book (or at least I think I remember it happening) that I wish was in the movie. When reading the book I found I was greatly annoyed with the slang, language and repetition of some event and felt like it was a lot easier to handle in the movie and wasn’t nearly as bad or excessive. Of course it ended on a cliff hanger, making you want more, but I am glad to see they are in the works to continue on with the other books.

So those are just a few of my thoughts! I would love to hear what you thought of the book or movie!

The Maze Runner review 

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Mockingjay Trailers

With the recent releases of two teaser trailers for Mockingjay I thought I would take a moment and comment on my reactions/thoughts! I will start by saying that I do not really remember much of what happens in Mockingjay by Susan Collins. I read it when it was first released and for some reason most of the events have slipped my mind, but that doesn’t mean I am any less excited for the upcoming movie! (I also do plan on re-reading Mockingjay before the movie is out.) If you haven’t already seen the trailers I you can watch them now!

 

Let’s just start with WOW! I love the concept of it being like a broadcast that those living in the capital would see. I like that they are mainly just snow talking. It is very simple put packs a big punch! In the first one Peeta is looking away and than in the second trailer he is staring right at the screen and I think that really foreshadows and adds to the events that take place in the book. I will say one thing that isn’t really trailer related, but I am upset that they are making it into two movies. I am not a fan of the split up of last books for the movie industry to make more money, but I digress.

I have to admit I squealed in the second trailer when Beetee appeared! Those three words are so strong “The Mockingjay Lives!” Also look at Johanna with that sassy hand on the hip! (She is one of my favorites!)

I love the adaptations of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I feel like for what they have to work with and the capabilities of putting words to the big screen, the movies were well done. Like with most things there is always room for improvement, but I highly enjoy them and can’t wait for the movie to come out!

What are your thoughts on the trailers and the movie adaptions in general? I would love to hear other’s thoughts and opinions (or complete fangirling).

Divergent : Movie Edition

I have to say I was happily surprised by this movie. After watching the trailer I was not completely sure if I would be happy with the adaptation. And although there were things that I did not like, overall I thought they did a good job. I know I have already stated it before in one of my previous post, but the soundtrack for this movie was on point. It was absolutely amazing and that was the first thing my friends and I talked about after the movie. Most times the music in movies doesn’t really phase me unless there is a purpose you are suppose to be focusing on the music, but I just wanted to Shazam every single song. Although that was absolutely brilliant, there were a few problems I had with the film.

First, if they plan on continuing with the movies they are going to have to play catch up and introduce characters that should have been introduced this movie because of the relationships that those people have and formed in the first book that carries on through the trilogy. (That seems a little confusing but makes sense in my mind). Being picky about details my second problem was little things that they left out that I though solidified relationships and lead to other problem. No mention of Edward and his eye were mentioned, he appears and has a role in the second book and the thing with his eye started the hysteria of not making it into Dauntless that led to Al joining to try and throw Tris and eventually killing himself. I also felt like they left out a lot of information regarding the fear stimulation. With that comes the situation of Four telling Tris about Erudite and bringing in supplies so that leads to Tris having an idea about what was going on. I understand that there is a time limit and they have to get so much information in a small amount of time. I did think that the world was built beautifully and all the elements of the Factions were represented nicely. I can’t wait to see the next movie although this time I think I will wait to see it after its been in theaters for awhile. I can’t handle the screaming girls and the clapping at the end of movies. But thats it for now check out my review on the book!

See Also: Divergent (book review)

My First Thoughts on the Premiere

My Thoughts on Hunger Games vs. Divergent