Books We Want to be Made​ Into Movies

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Nowadays most of our favourite YA novels are being or already have been adapted for film including The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner and this Summer’s romance drama ‘Everything Everything’ which I am super excited for as the trailer looked amazing and I am a huge fan of the book. But there’s always that worry that directors and producers aren’t going to stick to the book which occasionally results in a crap movie *cough* Percy Jackson *cough*. Most of the book to movie adaptations I’ve seen recently though have been pretty good and the elements they’ve changed and added I felt have been beneficial. Anyway, this got me thinking about a few of my favourite books and which ones I’d love to see on the big screen, so here’s a few that I hope one day will successfully be made into movies!

The Queen of the Tearling – If you haven’t heard of ‘The Queen of the Tearling’, its a fantasy/sci-fi novel set in the distant future and sees Princess Kelsea battling the evil Red Queen in an attempt to claim her throne. From what I’ve heard this is a Warner Bros project and even has the backing of Emma Watson who apparently loved the book so much that she’s considering tying herself to another franchise for the sake of being involved. And to top it all off Harry Potter producer David Heyman is also on board so I have high hopes for this adaptation!

Shadow and Bone – One of my all time favourite series which follows an orphan girl in a fantasy world discovers her own magical abilities when her best friend is in danger –making her an in-demand monster hunter. The rights were snatched up by DreamWorks back in 2012 and once again Producer David Heyman, the man who saw the potential in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, was attached to produce, along with Jeffrey Clifford of Heymaker Films.

Six of Crows – The Grisha world is definitely one of my favourites so there’s no surprise that another one of Leigh Bardugo’s books is on my list, I need to see this world on the big screen! I tried to look for info on a possible movie but I can’t find anything but I hope if the do decide to make this into a film then please let it be good, this is one of my favorite books, I don’t want them to ruin it with a bad adaptation!

Anna and the French Kiss – I thought I should include a contemporary on my list as the rest of them are all fantasy novels. But this is such a cute story about a girl called Anna who is sent to France for School and it’s here she meets Etienne St Clair who is just wonderful in my eyes!

Throne of Glass – Probably my favourite YA series because Sarah J Maas is such a legend who has a real gift for writing and creating amazing characters. It was announced a while ago that these books were going to be adapted for a TV Show which I have mixed feelings about as I love these books so much I’d want the TV Show to be perfect and I really don’t want it to turn out like Shadowhunters! Anyway, Hulu is developing Queen of Shadows, from the Mark Gordon Company, which will serve as a studio on the project and its series portfolio includes works like Criminal Minds and Grey Anatomy so fingers crossed its good!

I’ve got so many more books that I want to list but this list was getting a bit too long so if you guys enjoyed this then let me know and I’ll make a second post! Plus I’d love to know what books you’d like to see on the big screen, so leave us a comment!

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) – Film Review

Oh man, I can’t believe how emotional this film made me! Jeeze, I was actually an emotional wreck! I have to be honest though this film wasn’t one that I was dying to see, I only really watched it because I was home alone and a little bit bored… I didn’t really know what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it!

I don’t want to describe the plot too much because Amy did a beautiful job in her book review of this story, so if you want to see a more detailed description of the story I will leave the link here, trust me it’s a really good review! But briefly, this story is about an ordinary teenage boy, Greg, who only really has one friend, Earl. However, his mother forces him to hang out with this girl Rachel who has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and they form an unexpected friendship.

The whole film is narrated by Greg, with little annotations, which I assume were chapters in the book? Anyways, I really liked that idea and I felt, as an audience, very included in the story. From what I can gather from Amy’s fab book review the film is pretty true to the book. It was well made in terms it really felt like a real teenager’s point of view (speaking from experience here), although I do have one question… is American high school really like that? It looked like a jungle and much more intense than high school here in England, or was it seriously exaggerated?

From Amy’s description, the characters seem a little different than in the book. Greg seemed pretty similar, just less interested in girls ‘and stuff’ in the film. I did feel as though I could relate to Greg through his self-confidence, I liked that this film showed a guy struggling with confidence issues and not just girls, a breath of fresh air, I liked it. He was also superbly acted by Thomas Mann, actually, all the acting in this film was brilliant, there weren’t many faces that I recognized, except Connie Britton who played Greg’s mum. I loved the actors in the principal roles such as Olivia Cooke who played Rachel and RJ Cyler who played Earl. I actually really liked Earl, I think he must have been played in more of a favorable light than in the book, but I thought he was really honest and funny!

I really liked the humor in this film, although it is technically a ‘Cancer Story’, it really did make me giggle, although sometimes I wasn’t sure whether I should be laughing? Also, another thing I quite liked was that it felt like a (well made) home video, I think this was because Greg was constantly narrating, so it felt like one of his films, which was pretty cool. The only criticism I have, and it is pretty small, is that I didn’t feel as though the continuation was great, I mean it wasn’t bad, but at some points, I felt like I was missing something?

The best thing about this film though is the portrayal of cancer and its effects on the sufferer and the people around them who love them. It was realistic, emotional and very close to home. There was a quote in the film that really resonated with me, I can’t remember it exactly so I’m quoting this from Amy’s book review … you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn’t really hit you, and then when it does, that’s when you feel like shit.” I cannot describe how much I understand this, I have felt exactly the same, cancer affects so many people so I won’t be the only one who understands this. There aren’t many films that can touch me personally but this one certainly did.  

I really enjoyed this film, it was such an emotional roller-coaster, it’s a great book if you’re in the mood for a laugh or a good cry! I’m going to give this 4/5 stars, I really enjoyed it.

The Giver – Film Review

I liked this film, I definitely liked it, but I wouldn’t say I loved it… I really anticipated this film, especially as I didn’t manage to catch it in the cinema, it looked kinda cool and I was really excited to watch it… but I was a tad bit disappointed… once again, I downloaded this film from Sky (I bloody love Sky) and patiently waited until Saturday afternoon when I had got home from work, dad was in the garden and mum was out with her friend (apparently it’s ‘not their type of film…) So after a long wait I was eagerly anticipating this film. But, although I was disappointed, it wasn’t all rubbish, there were aspects that I did enjoy.

The film is based on a book by Lois Lowry where everything in this futuristic community is controlled, your age, your occupation, your children and even your spouse. At the annual ceremony of age, the main protagonist, Jonas, is now old enough to graduate from childhood to adulthood and is given his life’s occupation. But everyone else has been given their occupation and Jonas is still there on his own, his name and occupation was not called out, but this is because he has been given the very prestigious job that is the receiver of memories.

I really, really enjoyed the book that this film was based on so I suppose I went into this with rather high expectations (the killer of all films). In terms of how the book matched the story, it was basically spot on, I didn’t really notice what they changed or took out, it felt just like the book on screen (bearing in mind that I read this book a while ago and have a really bad memory so I might be wrong). From this you would suspect that I really enjoyed the film… but that wasn’t the case… there was just something about the story that just didn’t translate well on screen but in book form was beautiful. It might be because of the acting, but with high profile actors like Meryl Streep, I was expecting the acting to be better… also, I’m sorry but Taylor Swift just cannot act… just no.

However, I can’t write this film off completely, there were some things that I kind of liked. I really liked how the film starts in black and white and colour gets progressively added as the film continues. I felt that this nicely represented what Jonas is actually seeing, as he is the main character. It also portrayed the world in which they live in with absolute honesty and it didn’t really sugar coat things. I’ve said this already (I think) but I did like that it truly reflected the book and all that it stood for in terms of lessons and morals, but, although it is a beautiful story, I just felt that it just didn’t translate effectively.

This film did keep me engaged so I guess it wasn’t all bad… once again this is just my opinion so feel free to disagree, if you loved or hated this film I would love to know your reasons and opinions in the comments. I’m going to rate this a 2 out of 5 stars, not great but not utterly awful.
If you’re interested in the book, I wrote a review for that and I shall link it HERE

The Anomaly – Film Review

Well… this film is certainly one for all SCI FI lovers! I did have my eye on it when it first came out because the trailer did get me interested, but I never managed to see it… so when I saw it ready to download on sky I was all over it. Now I have quite a bit of free time on my hands, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to give it a watch.

The plot line is somewhat confusing… The main protagonist, Ryan, wakes up not knowing where he is or how he got there. He finds himself in the back of a van with a kidnapped boy. Whilst trying to save him, the contents of his jacket makes him realise that he was, in fact, the kidnapper but he has no recognition of doing such a thing. Once he comes to this realisation, he zones out then wakes up in a completely different place with completely different people. He is only himself and in one situation for 9 minutes and 47 seconds and the film is Ryan trying to find out WHY and HOW this is happening. Now you can probably guess by my incapability to write a coherent synopsis that it is really weird and VERY hard to describe…

Set some time in the future, the CGI is quite something, especially the enhanced London; that was wicked! However I found it quite hard to follow, and confusing, I really had to concentrate and rewind a few times just to make sure I understood, so perhaps don’t watch this will chatty people because you will certainly be baffled!

Even now I’m still not entirely sure what the whole point was, I think I have it, but it took a while… Also you’re kind of left in a confused state for about ¾ of the film, so you really have to stick it out if you want to even begin to have some sort of understanding.
But the thing about this film is that it is so gripping, although I was in a state of confusion for the majority of the film, I was desperate to see how it was going to end and what will happen next, and it really was unpredictable because Ryan was always waking up in weird and wacky situations that I could never anticipate.

A thing about this film that I wasn’t crazy about was that there was A LOT of fist fighting and one to one combat. Although at first it was intense and beautifully choreographed, after the 3rd fight, I was bored… However, these fights were well fought by some kick ass actors, Ryan is played by Noel Clark, who I knew from playing Micky in Doctor Who. Also the ‘badie’ (of sorts) is played by Ian Somerhalder who most will know from ‘The Vampire Diaries’, I mean he’s always going to be the perfect ‘badie’ and those bright blue eyes are a force to be reckoned with!

Over all this was a gripping and an interesting film, however it is confusing but if you persevere with it then it will start to make more sense and it actually turns into a very clever and unique story! I’m going to award this a 3 out of 5 stars, I might be being a bit mean as I did enjoy this film but it was just a bit too confusing for my old noggin. Also before you watch this bear in mind that it is rated 15 and does include violent scenes and sex scenes…

I shall link the trailer HERE so you can make your own opinion on this interesting film!

Love, Rosie (2014) – Film Review

I was really interested to watch the film after reading the book only a couple of weeks ago (you can have a look at the book review here if you like), and I would just like to thank my co-blogger for lending me the DVD (thanks bud!). This film was a really nice break from my revision as it was light-hearted, cute and also incredibly funny!

For those of you who don’t know, this film is about two best friends Rosie and Alex who grow up together, it is pretty obvious from the start that they love each other but they’re always being pulled apart for various different reasons.

I did have high expectations for this film after my extensive enjoyment of the book. I was also rather worried that they might ruin it in some way. Although the cast did comfort me somewhat, any film with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin in isn’t exactly going to be bad! The acting in this film was also really good, it must have been difficult to be able to represent an 18-year-old and a 40-year-old in the same film but they seemed to do it with ease! I was also kind of worried about Lily’s English accent…I have certainly heard worse… JUST KIDDING, to be honest,, it was actually very good, I’m sure having two English parents helps! The thing that I really loved about this film is that it was hilariously funny but still managed to be serious about sensitive subjects such as teenage pregnancy. This film really perked me up after a long day of school and two hours of revision on top so I can imagine it would also be perfect for those sofa days or sick days!

It is always inevitable that when they make books into movies that they’re going to change and cut a few things. There are so many beautiful parts to this story that I was really worried that they would change everything and it would no longer be the story that I fell in love with. BUT I was pleasantly surprised, although they did change a few things here and there, it was still the same story and to be honest it made much more sense on screen than if they just used the book word for word (there are some bits in the book that would make a film a little disjointed).

I really, really enjoyed this film! It really cheered me up and it was worth the (long) wait! I’m going to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, why not, it was a fun rom-com and a great story! Although this film is a 15 so please be aware that it does contain strong language and sexual references, so please bear this in mind before you watch this film.

The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancy

I was a huge fan of the first book and I’m still a fan of the series but this book in my eyes wasn’t anything special. The writing, world, and characters were all fantastic, but the story was hard for me to get into, especially in the first 100 pages as i felt it just dragged on and on. But the story did once again leave me on a cliff hanger ending which in some ways I loved but at sometimes it left me thinking Why!!?!

The Infinite Sea picks up not long after The 5th Wave and we join the group in fighting for survival against the alien attack. However my only criticism is that this book dragged on, as we spent half of it in the same hotel fussing over injuries and aliens. Even though so much happened in the hotel i just wished that they would get up and move! Invariably, I was gutted when, something or should i say someone – stopped them and the plot from properly kicking off. The pace, was all over the place.

Several false starts in, many things start to happen. A certain dead dude is resurrected; a new recruit inspires paranoia; whilst one of said survivors, sick and tired of waiting for the hammer to fall, strikes out on her own – Ringer. She is what makes this book and I’m so glad we learn more about her past and her character. Everything about her makes her a loveable character; how badass yet caring she is, the fact we don’t know her name (but we do find out!!) and finally how deep down inside she is really just a young scared girl in the midst of an alien invasion! She’s just so cool!

It’s not only Ringer we learn more about and experience most of the book through as we also briefly learn more about Poundcake. From the first book we all knew Poundcake as just another member of the team who hasn’t died yet but in this book he starts to become a real character.

Overall this book wasn’t the best (well sequels aren’t normally that great!) but this book is filled with action and plot twists always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Character development is really what makes this book and I am defiantly looking forward to both the movie and the next book!! I give this book 3.5/5 and I would certainly recommend this series!

I also did a spoiler free book review on The 5th Wave a few months ago for those of you thinking about reading it!!

if i stay – Gayle Forman

Wow. That is my opinion. Wow. I’m honestly speechless about this book, however I have to somehow string a sentence together that not only makes sense but is cleverly constructed and slightly witty…so this should be fun…hang in there… I’ll get there in the end… 

This book is honestly stunning. Although back in those early book shop days when I first picked up this little paper gem, admittedly I was only really attracted to this book because I knew it was soon to be released into the cinemas as a film, so
of course being the fangirl that I am, I just had to read the book before I saw the film…obviously. Also I had no idea what this book was about which I think added so much more emotion as everything that happened, every twist and turn was a complete surprise, and trust me I was surprised… 

For the people who don’t know this book follows a young 17 year old girl, Mia, who is recounting all the highlights of her life whilst in a coma after a severe car accident. To be honest that’s all i can say without giving too much away… 

Yeah. I don’t know what else to say… read the book. It’s fantastic, you won’t regret it… I wizzed through it in a day…Also, if you can, read it before the film, although the film does come out late this month so i’d be speedy if I were you! 

This book is perfect for everyone but especially for those who live for gorgeous love stories! I am, without a doubt, going to rate this book 5 stars * * * * * . Amazing. Beautiful. Wonderful. Haunting. Stunning.