Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Briar Rose
by Jane Yolen

Summary: A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale finds Briar Rose living in forests patrolled by the German army during World War II in a dark tale of the Holocaust.

Ever since she was a child, Becca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Becca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.
I'm not sure what to think of this book really. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't particularly great either...it didn't get under my skin the way it should have and it felt like something was missing.

I think the problem was that the most interesting part of the story was weighed down by all this other stuff. Gemma was the interesting character, her story was interesting...but we didn't really get to that until the last 50-70 or so pages of the book (and even then, barely any of it was actually about her, she just appeared as a side character in someone else's story).

Becca (Gemma's granddaughter and the main character of the story) was really dull, I didn't dislike her, I just didn't care at all about her life. She was supposed to be a journalist, and yet things that should've been blatantly obvious--or at the very least, something she considered--she either took forever to figure out or had to have them spelled out to her by someone else...not very convincing as a journalist. Her relationship with Stan was really bland too and, again, I didn't care about it.

I just found the story boring and frustrating mostly. For such a short book it really dragged, anytime I thought it was picking up pace it would start dragging again. And something about one of the people Becca meets just seemed way too convenient.

I would've probably loved the book had it just been Gemma's story, or Gemma narrating her own story, because having Becca trying to figure it out and then us having to hear the story secondhand dulled the impact that a story like that should've had. Even the flashbacks of Gemma telling the Sleeping Beauty story were ruined by being so disjointed--little bits of it scattered randomly throughout the book, and even those bits were annoyingly interrupted by Becca and her sisters.

So...yeah. It's not a bad book, just more forgettable than a book with this sort of subject matter should be. Most of the story was uninteresting to me and the parts that should have been interesting weren't as hard-hitting as they should've been (either because of the way they were told, or because they were overshadowed by all the other stuff).

I'd rate the book 2.5 out of 5 stars, but maybe you'll have more luck with it than I did.

Later.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Book Haul (169)

Lanna:
For once I didn't wait months before posting one of these again, but I got some books I'm really excited to read in the past week.

For review

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - I am ridiculously excited for this one.
Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman - Don't really know much about this one, hopefully it'll be awesome.

Bought

Hostage Three by Nick Lake - I started reading another Nick Lake book last year and I loved the writing, but the story didn't hook me. The story of this one sounds more appealing so I've been dying to read it for quite a while.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes - Do ever have those books that you keep hearing awesome things about and you're so on the fence about reading them and you nearly buy them so many times because you keep seeing them everywhere? This is one of those books for me, I finally caved and got it.

Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland - I really can't remember where I heard about this one or what it's about, but yeah, I'm guessing it's high fantasy? I need to read more of that...

What've you guys been reading? :)

Later.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Back Door of Midnight by Elizabeth Chandler

Note: This is the fifth in the Dark Secrets series, but the books are more companion novels that are linked by being set in the same town. The characters, the plots, the stories--they're all different, you could read them in any order. So, this summary/review won't spoil the others.

The Back Door of Midnight
by Elizabeth Chandler

Summary: Psychic...or psychotic?

Anna knows her family is crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle’s charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. Her erratic aunt’s “psychic” abilities are exaggerated by her grief, and have become borderline violent. Alone in an unfamiliar town, Anna struggles to pick up the pieces and establish any sense of normalcy. She desperately wants to trust Zack, the cute boy next door, but even he might know more about the incident than he is letting on.

But when Anna starts feeling an inexplicable pull to the site of her uncle’s murder, she begins to believe that her family’s supernatural gifts are real after all. Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Anna is certain of only one thing: she must discover who killed her uncle or she could be next....
There are certain types of books that I can always come back to. Books that I can read no matter what mood I'm in or how bad my reading slump is. The Back Door of Midnight (and the whole Dark Secrets series) is one of these types of books.

I've realised that books in this series are always just enough. Like the romance, it's present but it's not the focus...it's just enough to keep me interested. And each book makes me care just enough about the story and about the characters to want to finish it, but doesn't make me feel so invested in the story that it'll feel like my emotions have been put through a shredder by the end of it. And the books are predictable, but there's just enough mystery to stop them from being boring.

The thing about this series is, if you've read one book then you'll be able to predict how all the others are going to play out because they all follow the same formula. It becomes easy to spot the bad guys and the red herrings pretty early, and you know there'll be a Scooby Doo scene where there's a confrontation with the bad guy, and you know how the romance is going to play out because it's pretty much the same each time... and yet, five books in, I'm still not bored of it.

So it's the perfect kind of book for me to read between heavier books or when I'm in a reading slump and just want something quick and simple to entertain me. They're fast reads, and I can happily sit down and read them in one go without ever feeling bored.

And this review isn't very specific about this book, it's more about the series in general. But basically, I really enjoyed the book and I really recommend it if you want to read some YA murder mystery type books that aren't too long or emotionally draining.

Later.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews 

Summary: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
I didn't really have any desire to read this book until I saw a bunch of booktubers gushing about it, saying it was awesome and they loved it. Well, I didn't love it. It really didn't live up to the hype for me at all.

It wasn't a bad book, far from it. I read it pretty quickly and while I didn't like it, I didn't hate it either...it was just kind of - average.

I will give it credit for managing to talk about cancer without ever becoming one of those Cancer Books (you know the ones--the ones that get very Lifetime movie). But, I think that may have been part of my issue? I mean...I liked that it didn't go there, but it did that by making me really not like or care about any of the characters and by trying way too hard to be funny. Some books go OTT and try to make you care too much, this one went too far in the other direction.

Seriously, I didn't like the main character at all. He was whiny and annoying and self-absorbed and just...I didn't like him. I can see how some people might end up liking him or his sense of humour, but I just didn't. There was so much of the book that felt like it was supposed to be funny but it didn't even manage to make me crack a smile--maybe if I'd clicked with the humour in the book I would've liked it more (I think I only sort of laughed once).

Anyway, because we see the world through his eyes, it's hard to give a damn about any of the other characters either. Told differently, I think maybe Earl and Rachel would've been pretty good characters and their friendship was more interesting to me than the one either had with the main character but we barely get to see that (I'd probably have loved the book that was simply "Earl and the Dying Girl").

The writing style was distinctive, but I didn't really enjoy it much. And the plot...well, it was really dull, it didn't feel like much was going on and even the ending felt very flat. Like, "That's it?" and I get it, I get that it was probably intentional, to avoid the sappy Lifetime movie cancer story trap, but at the same time it just made it seem like a story not worth telling, a book not worth reading.

I'll probably have forgotten I even read this within a few days and will only remember it when the movie adaptation is released. It just tried too hard (to be funny, to be different, to avoid cancer book tropes, etc.).

So...yeah. I'd rate it 2.5 stars out of 5. It was just an okay read to me. But, don't let that put you off, because like I said, the reason I read it was because so many other people said how great it was, so you might enjoy it as much as they did.

Later.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer
Emery Lord
Walker Children's
[April 15, 2014]


After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

Oh Open Road Summer, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways, though they are as numerous as the stars. 

In all seriousness, Emery Lord kind of killed me with the perfection that is her debut and I'm equal parts terrified and stoked for what her next book will do. Like, this was I-must-send-gushy-fanmail levels of love for this book. I swear, this summer is THE GREATEST for perfect contemporary YA.

I've talked before about the fact that I sang for most of my K-12 years. 8 years of choir, 3 solo competitions, 1 road trip to compete as a choir. This all started because when I was super young, I wanted to be a country-ish singer. The first song I ever memorized that wasn't a nursery rhyme was a Shania Twain song and I would sing it whenever I was asked to. But I was also a huge Britney Spears fan, so I didn't want to be TOTALLY country. This is why I got angry when Hannah Montana became a thing because man did I want to be that exact kind of artist. And now Taylor Swift exists and it's like these other people just STOLE my childhood dream.

...Anyway, the point is that country and singing are strong in my roots. And when I was reading Open Road Summer was one of the first really nice spring days, which is always a huge listen-to-country-walk-barefoot kind of thing for me when I'm at my parents'. So, I was a little mournful of not having singing in my life anymore and not being at my parents' to celebrate spring properly. Then I started reading Open Road Summer and cried twice within thirty pages. I had THAT much of an emotional connection to this book from the very beginning. It wasn't even sad, I just immediately bonded with Dee and Reagan.

And Reagan. Oh Reagan. She was just a three dimensional character. I worried a bit that she was going to be the stereotypical snarky "bad" girl, but nope. No way. She was so much more than that. She had dreams that she was striving toward and a past she was trying to forget and family problems and friend problems and I could identify with her in so many ways. The way she grew and changed and began to grasp what her life was was so familiar to me and it was incredible to watch her flourish into someone who was so solid and ready to go with life. She was so very real.

And Dee. Oh, Dee. I had that personal bond with her, but otherwise, her position was so difficult and seemed so much more mature than any high schooler should be dealing with, but she was. And she was just so good and didn't deserve any of it. It hurt my heart every time something else went wrong with her. 

The friendship between Reagan and Dee was phenomenal. A lot of friendships seem to run smoothly for years, then suddenly the problems erupt and this was the summer for them to hash things out. And it hurt but it was so good. I had like this secondhand emotional release watching them push out all the issues they've been having. They're so much better than I ever have been with my friends.

Now, it's time. It's time to talk about Matt Finch. I think there's almost this universal understanding that musicians? They do things for girls. I'm sure they don't for some of you, but it seems like they do for a LOT of girls. And you know what else? Bad boys can be fun every once and a while, but I'd MUCH rather have your genuinely nice guys (not Nice GuysTM, thanks) and your nerds and geeks. Bring me the genuine and the sweet with some backbone! And Matt Finch is a nice boy and a musician and a songwriter and he also has plenty of backbone. He could give just as good as Reagan could and tease her and fight back and be charming. And I love him so much that he has to always be called Matt Finch, not just Matt. Matt's not good enough for him. 

Since so many of my friends had already claimed Matt Finch and Emery has promised me a nerd for the next book, I went ahead and claimed this future-unnamed-nerd-boy. Because I have zero doubt that all the boys Emery Lord writes are going to be as wonderful and perfect as Matt Finch.

All this and I haven't even talked about the story or the writing which are equally incredible. Emery's writing is beautiful and confident and it's full of Reagan's voice. The story is a road trip and also about musicians and friends and family and relationships and it covers so much in this relatively average sized book without letting anything fall behind. It's such a fantastic balance and twisty and turny and romantic and hard and real, so very real for a lifestyle most of us will never experience.

I loved every. Single. Thing. about this book. I can't think of a SINGLE bad thing in it and I've gotten remarkably good at finding flaws in books since I took up this whole editing thing. Please, please go buy this. Today. Now. Tomorrow. Sometime this week. And talk about this book and push it on your friends. I believe in this book SO MUCH as evidenced by my never ending review. Just, seriously, if you don't like it, you can tell me and I will probably shun you for a little bit. So don't even tell me. Just go read it and love it and make others read it.

--Julie

Monday, 14 April 2014

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie Laurens

Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue
by Stephanie Laurens

Summary: Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London's staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.

But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal-and straight into danger when a mysterious enemy seizes her, bundles her into a coach, and conveys her out of London.

Now it's up to the notorious Breckenridge to prove himself the hero she's been searching for all along...
Let's start this review with some numbers.

Number of times I gave up reading this before forcing myself to pick it up again (I'm stubborn): 3
Numer of times I threw the book across the room: 2
Number of times I fell asleep trying to read it: Lost count.
Number of weeks it took me to finish it: 6/7
Number of things I like about the book: 0

Basically, this was one of the worst books I've read in a long time. The thing is, there wasn't really anything about it that was inherently bad, it was just really, really, really, mind numbingly, infuriatingly boring. So, so boring. I almost cried because it was so boring. Reading one chapter felt like ten and it didn't matter what the scene was--be it an argument or romantic scene or something else--it droned on and on in the same monotonous manner.

There were a few things I didn't like (beyond being boring). Like the POV changes--not just because I'm not the biggest fan of that in general, but because it was done so clumsily with no real transition between one to the next. And I thought the first 2/3 of the book were bad, but the last 100 or so pages were torture to get through--they literally had the same conversation over and over again, to the point where it went beyond the characters being stubborn and crossed into complete idiocy.

Also, I didn't like that certain things were left unexplained. Now, there's a lot of books in the Cynster series (15, I think? Plus a few spin off series), the reason I started with this one was because it was described as the first in a trilogy that could be read on its own (I think the characters in this were perhaps minor ones in the main series?). I assumed, being the first in a trilogy, that it could be read on its own. And to an extent, it can be, but we're barely given any back story for the characters and there are things implied about Breckenridge and about their past that are never really explained.

This is probably because it's explained in the other Cynster books and the author assumed that anyone reading this would read them, but it should have been properly explained in this book too--it would've literally only taken a page or two to explain, but she doesn't bother and it made it feel like I'd jumped into the middle of a series instead of the start of a trilogy.

I'm still quite new to the world of historical romance but I think this is the first of the genre I've actually hated. I think maybe I'll stick to the Sarah Maclean and Eloisa James kind of books whenever I'm in the mood for some regency romance.

I'd cross her off my reading list right now if I didn't already own two of her other books (a duology, also about the Cynster family). I got them assuming I was going to like this book because I'm very easy to please when it comes to this kind of story. I should have liked it--it had all the elements that appealed to me, it had the regency setting, it had a kidnap plot, it had romance...but the execution was so dull (and this is coming from someone who actually enjoyed The Old Man and the Sea--literally a book about an old dude in a boat trying to catch a fish).

I hate writing negative reviews, but I wanted to review this one because this was the book that sparked this discussion post. I'd rate the book 0.5 stars out of 5. But, even if it didn't work for me, you might have more luck with it than I did.

Later.

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie
by Jaclyn Moriarty

Summary: Bindy Mackenzie believes herself to be the smartest, kindest girl at Ashbury High. Unfortunately, she is alone in that belief.

To prove her likeability, Bindy decides to document her life in transcripts, essays, and e-mails. What this reveals is a girl who's funny, passionate, hilariously self-righteous...and in danger.

Someone wants to kill Bindy Mackenzie. The clues are in the documents. The detectives are the very students who hate her most. And time is running out.
I loved the first two books in this series, but for some reason I've been really reluctant to read this one. I don't know if it was because I didn't like the character much (based on the small glimpse we got of her in the second book) or if it was the plot that just didn't sound appealing to me...but yeah, I didn't want to read it.

I only read it now because I want to read the next book--they're more companion novels than an actual series, I think maybe they could be read as standalones but I still thought it would be best to read them all in chronological order.

And I'm really glad I decided that, because I enjoyed it way more than I thought I was going to. I didn't think I was going to like it, but it totally proved me wrong.

Bindy is one of the least likeable characters I've read in a long time...she's so infuriating. She's snooty and pretentious and judges everyone like they're less than her. And yet, by the end of the book, I kind of did actually like her. She grows as a character without becoming completely different, and she grows on the reader too and it's so subtle that you don't realise it until you're near the end and realise that you actually do give a damn what happens to her.

It's quite impressive that Jaclyn Moriarty can write a character who starts out so horrible but still manages to make you like her. Also, some characters from the first two books were in this one and she reminded me all over again why I adored them.

The plot was a bit more ridiculous than the previous two books, but it wasn't bad. It kept me guessing and I'd be convinced I had figured out what was going to happen only to be thoroughly proven wrong. The story did feel kind of long, but by the end it all felt necessary and stuff I thought could've been cut actually turned out to be important.

Jaclyn Moriarty is a really great author. Stories like this...when you read the summary or even read a few chapters, you'd think it would be one of those books that are just cute/fun without much depth to them, but she manages to make them more than that. So much more. I'd pretty much read anything she writes at this point.

And that's enough rambling. I'd rate the book 4 stars out of 5 (maybe 3.5? I'm not sure...I didn't enjoy it as much as the first two, so it's being measured against them, but it's really good in its own right).

Later.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Book Haul (168)

Well then...it's been a while since I've done a book haul (I think the last one was in February?). So yeah, here are all the books I've gotten since then. What've you guys been reading? :)

Bought:

Much Ado About Nothing and Measure For Measure - because I want to read more Shakespeare. I got these ones since I don't hear as much about them (at least, I don't hear much about Measure for Measure). I have the complete works, but it's not a very practical reading copy.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Dukes Heart by Sarah MacLean (I took a photo of the first book by mistake instead of this one, oops)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (already reviewed--actually read last year but I wanted the UK paperback)
Red Leaves by Paullina Simons (already reviewed)
Closer by Patrick Marber (already reviewed)

E-books:
My Lover, His Brother & Me by Janey Woodall (already reviewed)
You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher (for review from NetGalley)

Other:
I showed some novels that my step-dad found in the attic and gave to me before, but he also found loads of books about movies and old Hollywood actors and he's given me some of them too. I think most of these are from like the 70's or something (I'm not going to hunt down the goodreads links for them all, but they should be easy enough to find if any look interesting to you).


 And I think that's all. :)

Later.

Friday, 4 April 2014

My Lover, His Brother & Me... by Janey Woodall

My Lover, His Brother & Me...
by Janey Woodall

Summary: When Sebastian Thomas - tall, blond and extremely handsome - suddenly appears in Isobel's life she can't quite believe her luck. But, although Seb is attentive and great fun, Izzy has to admit that it doesn't look as though it's going anywhere which is why it's a shock when he asks her to spend Christmas with him and his family in Derbyshire.
Faced with the prospect of an uncomfortable Christmas with her nightmare mother in France or the opportunity to get to know Seb a LOT better, Izzy is happy to agree.
But back home, Seb seems to have something on his mind and then there's his family to deal with: his forceful mother and frail father, sister Marianne and big brother Quinn. Christmas cheer seems in short supply for Isobel and it's not necessarily the season to be jolly...
I stumbled across this book on Amazon one day and forgot I bought it until I was clearing stuff off my Kindle last night. It's been a while since I've read a book in one sitting (it's been a while since I've managed to even finish a book at all actually), but something about this one just clicked for me and I couldn't put it down until I'd read it cover to cover.

I wasn't expecting to love the book. I wasn't expecting much at all really--I thought it would just be one of those cute/entertaining but forgettable books, but it pleasantly surprised me.

The book was cute and funny (I laughed out loud quite a few times) and while it had some predictable plot twists, there were some things that I didn't see coming (which I appreciate in romance novels--I accept that the plots are often predictable, it comes with the genre a lot of the time, but I really like it when the author still finds ways to surprise me).

Isobel...she was a good main character, I liked her (although she did have a few annoying moments). I liked most of the characters really--even my least favourite ones weren't awful. Like Seb, he was really selfish and self-absorbed most of the time, but he never felt like just a cardboard cut out character, he was fleshed out, and it's difficult to hate even characters like him when they're complex and we're shown their good sides too.

The romance...well, in the beginning I did want to scream at the main character to stop being an idiot but given the title I knew she'd see sense eventually so I stuck with it. As soon as Quinn came into the picture, the romance was really great and I really loved their scenes together. Granted, the relationship issues were so ridiculous and easily sorted most of the time but that's kind of to be expected with these stories--things drawn out by miscommunication and assumptions that could be solved by simple honesty (but then, real life is like that too sometimes).

There was only really one thing about the book that I hated (assault scenes that felt kind of trivialised and dialogue where a guy implies if the girl hadn't said yes he wouldn't have been able to stop himself from forcing her...which might have been intended as a joke, but it still wasn't cool). But, those parts happened later in the story when I was already hooked and already loved the story and, while I still have an issue with those scenes, it wasn't enough to ruin my overall opinion of the book.

Moving on...I was really surprised to see that the book was self published too. I didn't even find that out until I finished reading (the cover should've tipped me off, but I didn't even notice that). There were a few typos in the story (a few more than I'd expect in a traditionally published book), but beyond that, it was really good. Not that I'm implying self-published books can't be good because they can be. It's just that I've had some bad experiences with self-published books in the past and most don't measure up to traditionally published books (not because the authors lack talent, but because the editing usually seems way less thorough).

But yeah...that was my rambling way of saying that this is one of the good ones and, typos aside, it's definitely as good as traditionally published books (better than some I've read actually). Next time I'm buying books, I'll probably buy a paperback version of this one too just to have it on my shelf.

I'd rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Later.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Closer by Patrick Marber

Closer
by Patrick Marber

Summary: In Closer, Patrick Marber has created a brilliant exploration into the brutal anatomy of modern romance, where a quartet of strangers meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and betrayal. 
So, I don't normally review plays on here (I think A Midsummer Night's Dream has been the only one?) but I wanted to review this one. Partly because I've not posted a review in a few weeks, and partly because I just really like this play.

I saw the movie adaptation first and I've been meaning to read the play for ages. I'm really glad I finally got round to it. The  movie is great and it is a very faithful adaptation--most of the dialogue is word for word, they don't change much at all.

But, there's a few scenes in the play that were left out of the movie and a couple that have altered slightly (for
example, I think there was a scene in the play that happened between Alice and Anna near the end but in the movie it happens earlier, between Alice and Dan). The ending of the movie is slightly different too--more optimistic, I guess but not necessarily different, it's more...leaving it up to the viewer to decide what happens next.

These changes didn't make it bad, but reading the play definitely makes you understand the characters a little more and their relationships--particularly Alice and Larry (both as individuals and their relationship with each other).

So far this review has been more of a comparison between the play and the movie, so I'll get onto why I like the play:
  • None of the characters are particularly likeable. They're all incredibly flawed, their relationships are unhealthy and destructive...they all have their issues. And that may sound like an odd reason to like it, but it was interesting.
  • I particularly like that it didn't become a story about redemption or them learning from their mistakes. In stories like this, that's usually the path it takes--the characters growing, getting better, but this one didn't try to do that. It was more...revealing their flaws, instead of trying to fix them (which would've maybe been frustrating to read in a novel, but because it was a play it worked well).
  • I really loved the language. There's some lines, some conversations, that I just adore. Like these ones:



    And, there's some lines from the play that have been used in songs too:
  • "He tastes like you, only sweeter." (used by Fall Out Boy in Thnks fr the Mmrs)
  • "I love everything about you that hurts." (used by Fall Out Boy in G.I.N.A.S.F.S)
  • Panic! At the Disco used "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off" and "But it's better if you do" as titles for two of their songs:

Anyway, if you like the movie, I suggest reading the play. If you've not seen the movie, then go watch it and then read the play (I really recommend watching the movie first, because the ending is more satisfying that way). Even if plays aren't normally your sort of thing, maybe give this a chance, I'm not really a reader of plays but it worked for me. I'd rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Later.

From Page to Screen (8)

So... Hi. I've been a very crappy blogger recently (it feels like that's what always sparks these posts...). Anyway, I decided to do a book to movie post seeing as I've not posted a review in a few weeks.

Before I get to the updates:

Have any of you seen the Divergent movie yet? Or Vampire Academy? What'd you think?

Trailers, stills, etc.:
  • The first trailer for The Giver by Lois Lowry was released. I think some stills were released too:

  • The trailer for The Maze Runner was released (and there's been a bunch of stills, you'll probably find those here):

  • A new featurette type thing for The Fault in Our Stars was released and it includes some new footage:

Casting news, rights sold, and other stuff:
  • Paper Towns is being made into a movie (hopefully this means the Looking for Alaska one will get made too). Nat Wolff will be starring as Quentin (I approve so hard, he's awesome). John Green will be an executive producer this time and it's the same team that made the TFiOS movie.
  • Melina Marchetta talked a little bit about the Jellicoe Road movie on her blog (seeing as it's one of my favourite books, this makes me ridiculously happy). She talks about differences and similarities between the script and the book and she shares ten facts about the script (I adore this quote from the script that is new and not from the book: "My dad says ghosts only reveal themselves when they’re waiting for someone to join them.")
  • Lionsgate has bought the rights to The Outliers (the first in a fantasy trilogy that will be released in 2015). Reese Witherspoons production company is one of the ones producing.
  • Sofia Coppola may be directing a live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.
  • Warner Brothers are making a movie based on the Peter Pan story. Garrett Hedlund is playing Captain Hook with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard (love those choices). Rooney Mara is in negotiations to play Tiger Lilly which I'm really not cool with considering the character should be Native American.
  • This one is pretty old news, but I'm one of the books more recent fangirls, so... Paullina Simons talked about the movie adaptation of The Bronze Horseman on her blog (post from last year) and she also did an interview more recently with a Henry Cavill fansite where she talked about the movie a bit.
  • And, older news but still, Felicity Jones might be starring in the adaptation of Rebecca Serle's When You Were Mine.
TV adaptations:
  • The 100 just started last week. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews of it, but I actually enjoyed the first episode (it helped that they cast a couple of actors from an Australian soap opera I used to watch). I didn't realise it was based on a book, but apparently it is (and Julie has reviewed it).
  • Black Sails - So the first season of this is already finished (it's only 6 episodes) and it's not a really faithful adaptation, but it's inspired by Treasure Island. Well, it's intended as a sort of prequel. Anyway, I really like it.
There's probably a lot that I've missed, if you can think of anything let me know (and tell me your thoughts on any of the updates).

Later.

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