Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Movies and Books

So I don't have TV, I only watch 4 shows during the school year on Hulu, but mostly I just read. The downfall is I miss movie previews. The book Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl has been on my to-read shelf on Goodreads for awhile now. I somehow stumbled on the trailer of the movie that comes out in less than a month.

Oh, geez where I have been?? (stalking the movie news of Divergent, that's where!!)

So I decided to read it, the trailer looked good and it seems to be a pretty popular book. I read the book and you can see my review of it on Goodreads here:

Now, today I am here to talk about books being turned into movies. This is what I am feeling with Beautiful Creatures. I liked the book, though, to me it wasn't anything amazing. Now I have a feeling what will happen to me is what I call the Twilight affect.

I read Twilight about 6ish months before the first movie came out. I know I was a bit behind and EVERYONE raved about this book. After reading it I was I wasn't really too impressed. I thought there were many aspects that were weak sauce. So I never read the rest of the series. On a cold winter night after the first movie had been out for a few weeks I went with my friends to see it. The theater was pretty empty but what happened. I LOVED the movie. Yep, the movie die hard Twilight fans hated I loved. Weird Right!?! I quickly went home and read the next three books in less than a week.

So I have a large feeling that I will not be reading the rest of the Caster Chronicles until I see the movie. Because I bet I love it.

So lets have a discussion, tell me what books you loved that were turned into movies and which ones you hated. Here is my list.

I think sometimes books are just written knowing that they will be blockbuster romantic comedies/heartfelt tragedies that are released during the month of February *cough* Nicholas Sparks *cough* and I find that a little overdone. But, on that note I will say A Walk to Remember is one of my favorite movies. And I don't like the book. The book is set in the 1950s, yeah it's a little different. And on that same note I loved Spark's Message in a Bottle, the book but hated the movie. I guess I should preface that I don't like actors with the name Kevin (Kevin Bacon, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Costner) so it already had one strike but the movie took away a lot of the emotion the book had.

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud: While I was in high school (2005?) I was at the dollar store one day and I found this book tucked away behind some book weird cooking book, I grabbed it read the back and said hey why not, its a dollar! Who would have thought I would love this book so much. I love any book that deals with the ocean, living in landlocked Idaho, I have a thing for the ocean. And this story was brilliant. A love story with twists and turns. This book stayed with me for a while and years later (2010??) I was sitting in the theater with D when the trailer for this came on. I had no idea it was being turned into  a movie. With a gasp, I grabbed D by the arm with a huge smile on my face. D was confused, I mean it was just Zac Efron on the screen and he was pretty sure I wasn't a 17 year old fan girl. I told him it was a book I loved! And The movie was pretty great.

I could go on and on about many different movies and books. Which I hope to due in the comments!
So let me know, what have movies have you loved or hated that are books?? And what books do you hope to see turned into movies??


  1. My Sister's Keeper. Loved the book, not the movie.

  2. Lovely Bones... book was ok/good, but I hated the movie!
    Hunger Games... loved both!!!


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