Top Tuesdays #8: Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Can’t Wait to See

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Hi everyone,

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is titled “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch”. Since I never end up with ten and they gave us two options, I decided to do both!

Top Book to Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To:

Mockingjay Part II – Nov. 20, 2015

Seriously though. Isn’t everyone excited for this?

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Fantastic Beasts – Nov. 18, 2016

That’s so long to wait! But for another addition to Harry Potter, totally worth it.

Artemis Fowl – TBD

This movie’s still very early in the making, but I’m really excited! This is one of my favorite book series.

Alice Through the Looking Glass – May 27, 2016

I loved the adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, so I hope they do a good job with this one and don’t butcher it.

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Dr. Strange – Nov. 4, 2016

As most of you know already, Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor. That plus a Marvel movie makes this movie the most anticipated one.

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens – Dec. 18, 2015

I’m really excited for this! I just think there are so many ways they could have screwed this up. I hope they didn’t….

Top Book to Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch:

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I watched Divergent but haven’t read the books…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Watson, basically.

The Maze Runner

I heard that this movie wasn’t a very good adaptation though…

Lord of the Rings

Yeah…. Still haven’t seen this.

Honorable mention: The BFG

I loved this book! I didn’t even know they were making it into a movie until very recently. That’s so exciting!

That’s it! Until next time!

Have any movies you’re looking forward to? Comment below!

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Top Tuesdays #7: My Top Classic Disney Movies

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Hi everyone,

It’s Tuesday! And you know what that means… Time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke ad the Bookish. I wasn’t really a fan of their topic for this week, so I decided to go off on my own and list my favorite classic Disney movies. Who doesn’t love Disney, right?

The Aristocats

This was my favorite childhood movie and, even after I’ve watched so many Disney movies, it’s still at the top.

The Little Mermaid

This movie is such a classic. The particular reason it’s one of my favorites is because I’m a swimmer and I love the ocean.

The Great Mouse Detective

This is such an underrated movie. By now, you all must know about my obsession with all things Sherlock Holmes. This is such a cute and well-done adaptation of the classic characters and stories.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

I pretty much love any movie that has a main character who’s completely insane (in a good way). Oh, and I love Keira Knightley. I wasn’t a fan of the other movies, though.

The Rescuers Down Under

This movie is also severely underrated. I watched it over and over as a kid. So much better than the first one. I think the reason I like it so much is because I have this weird obsession with Australia and it’s like my #1 place that I need to visit in my lifetime.

That’s it! Until next time!

Have any better classic Disney movies you feel are underrated? Comment below!

 

Halloween Top Tuesdays (#6): Top Scary Stories that Kept Me Up at Night

Hi everyone,

Just a little intro: Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly prompt hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers pick their top books/stories/authors depending on the weekly topic. This week’s topic is Halloween! Anything Halloween-ish. The actual prompt from The Broke and the Bookish’s calendar is:

“October 27: Halloween themed freebie — your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)”

I chose to do my top scary stories that I’ve read. I know, it’s not very original topic, but its classic.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Even though this book is supposed to be written for kids, it’s honestly the scariest book I’ve ever read. I can’t describe it. You have to read it for yourself.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

I’ve read almost all of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, but this one scared me the most. This one, from what I remember, is about the guy who murdered (smothered him, actually) the old man and checked his heartbeat to make sure he was dead. The police came soon after and he stuffed the body under the floorboards. While he was talking with the police, he “heard” a heartbeat coming from under the floorboards. And the sound never left his head.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I know pretty much everyone has read this book, but I read it when I was 10 or 11. Well, “read” it. I read the children’s abridged version with pictures. I read the real version a few years later, but it scared me so much when I first read it. Especially the scene where the monster kills his bride. I still remember the picture that they had for that scene. I remember closing the book and throwing it across the room and not picking it up again for a week.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

I picked this story for a paper for school and it turned out to be my favorite scary story. It’s about this woman who becomes ill so she gets locked in her bedroom, “doctor’s orders”. That’s probably the worst thing he could do for her mental state. She ends up going crazy because she thinks the figures in the wallpaper are coming to life and trying to get her.

That’s it! Until next time!

Have any better stories to add to my list? Comment below!

Top Tuesdays #5: Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

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Top Ten Tuesdays, for those of you who don’t know, is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the BookishEach week they give out a topic, and this week’s topic is “10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me”. So, basically, ANYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT.

As usual, I’m not going to get to ten, so here are my top five wishes:

I wish that I could go to Hogwarts for a day

Not just visit or tour. I wish I could actually be a student for a day. Go to every class, eat in the Great Hall, watch a quidditch game, and sit in front of the fire in the common room.

 

I wish for a magic library

Where all the books were sorted into genres and whenever I wanted a book it would just appear on the shelf. And when I didn’t like a book, it would just disappear and be replaced with another that the “magic library” thinks I might like (kind of like what Pandora does). And I’d have a glass display case with my absolute favorite books.

 

I wish that Sherlock Holmes could be real

And that I could meet him, possibly go on a few cases. Or, better yet, be his new Dr. Watson (since I didn’t wish that John Watson was real too).

 

I wish for a book journal

Not just any book journal. A book journal that would write down every thought I had for me while I was reading the book. That way I wouldn’t forget anything I thought about and planned to write down after I finished.

 

And, lastly,

I wish that everyone loved to read

So many people won’t even pick up a book because they either think they’re bad at reading or they don’t like reading because of school reading or something else that forced them to read something they didn’t want to. Reading is such a good hobby/skill that almost everyone enjoys at a young age but gets discouraged later on. I wish that didn’t happen.

That’s my list! Until next time!

Have any better ideas? Comment below!

Top Tuesdays #4: Top Author Duo I’d Want to Write a Book Together

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I’m so glad I’ve gotten back on board with my Top Tuesdays posts. For this one, I’m actually following The Broke and The Bookish’s “Top Ten Tuesday” suggestion topic, which is “Top 10 Author Duos You’d LOVE to See Write a Book Together”.

There is absolutely no way I’m coming up with ten author duos, so I’m going to talk about the one that immediately came to my mind.

J.R.R. Tolkien – Lord of the Rings and Christopher Paolini – Eragon

This is obviously never going to happen, but hey, wishful thinking. Both Tolkien and Paolini have created similar yet distinct iconic fantasy worlds. I feel that they have similar writing styles, so collaboration for a book in the fantasy genre wouldn’t be problematic. Also, because their fantasy worlds are similar, a collaboration of ideas might be smoother than two authors of differing interests/preferred genres.

Until next time!

Not really a fan of this duo? Have a better match for one of these authors? Comment below!

Top Tuesdays #3: Top 5 Movies Based on Books That Were a Total Bust

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I don’t think I ever mentioned it before: my Top Tuesdays posts are an adaptation of The Broke and The Bookish‘s original tag. I’ve been trying to make it my own by picking my own topics instead of following their schedule and only doing 5 instead of 10 (mainly because I can’t usually think of 10).

This week’s Top Tuesdays post is about the movies all the book nerds were super excited about but then were utterly disappointed with the movie itself. Yes, we’ve all been there, and I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 I think are the most heart-wrenching.

1. Eragon

This was probably the biggest disappointment of a movie ever. No offense to the directors or anything. This book, especially since I love dragons, was one of my absolute favorites. I was so excited when this movie was coming out and I got it as soon as it came out on DVD. I couldn’t even get through the whole thing. Didn’t follow the book, and it wasn’t well done. 😥

2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This movie was, for me personally, the most disappointing. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the first Harry Potter movie that I was old enough to see in theaters when it came out. I read the book again beforehand, just because I was so excited. Then I went and watched it. Half of the book wasn’t even in the movie. They cut out quidditch entirely. I hated it.

3. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters

I’ve never actually seen this movie, but I heard from a lot of people that the director basically ditched the book and did his own thing. Which is OK, but only if you say it’s NOT based on the book. But he didn’t, and with that, the movie series lost a ton of support from fans. You can’t claim a movie is based off of a book just to make sure people watch it; it doesn’t work.

4. The Golden Compass

I haven’t seen this movie either, but I heard from so many people that it was an absolute disaster. Nothing like the incredibly popular book, with some added religious controversy to boot. Not a good combination if you want your movie to be a hit.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The first movie of the series, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, did pretty well, but the second installment of the series was very unpopular. I personally hadn’t known that they had made this movie until they released “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. Nothing says unpopular like not knowing it exists. Of course, there’s a good reason it wasn’t popular: it was terrible, like all movies that don’t follow the books they’re based off of.

**UPDATE! I just remembered two movies that I saw that I could add to my list. The first is Inkheart, which Life and Other Disasters pointed out to me (thanks!), and A Series of Unfortunate Events. These two books/book series’ are instant classics, and the movies should have been better.**

That’s my list! Until next time!

Have any other lame movies in mind? Comment below!

Top Tuesdays #2: Top 5 Books/Book Series I Need to Reread

Hi everyone,

This is my second post for Top Tuesdays and, to continue on the books topic, this week’s list is on “books I need to reread”. Each of these have a bit of back story behind them, so don’t just read the list!

1. The Artemis Fowl series

This is actually a pretty funny story. I had read the first six books in the series (up to “The Time Paradox”) years ago, before the other two were published. I didn’t realize there would be more, so I was very very disappointed with the “ending” and moved on. It wasn’t until last year that my cousin got the whole series for Christmas and I saw there were two more books there that I had never seen before. I was like “What?!?!”

So now, since I don’t really remember them all that well, I have to reread the whole series before I read the new ones.

I’m in the middle of “The Eternity Code” right now (check out my “Currently reading” icon!).

2. Harry Potter

Well, this one doesn’t really have a back story. I just love Harry Potter (as you can probably tell by my all my previous posts) and those are the books I turn to when I don’t have anything new at hand or I’m just in the mood for an old story.

Who else waited in line at the bookstore to get The Deathly Hallows when it first came out?

3. The Sherlock Holmes stories

This is a stretch, but I MIGHT like Sherlock Holmes more than Harry Potter (gasp!). I know, but ever since I read the books and then started watching the BBC show, my love for the character and stories has increased drastically. I’ve started writing for Sherlock’s Home, a blog about the BBC show, and now I feel obligated to read them again. I haven’t actually read all of them (4 novels and 56 short stories), but I’ve read most, and I want to read them again.

4. The Inheritance Cycle

I love dragons. Books about dragons/involving dragons in any way are my favorite. I read these books when I was much younger, but once I got to Brisingr, I was pretty much lost. Then I got Inheritance for Christmas and never read it. And, of course, I can’t let that happen. So I have to read the whole series so that I actually understand it before I read Inheritance.

5. The Hobbit

In my previous Top Tuesdays post “Top 5 Fandom Books/Book Series I Need to Read”, I said that I wanted to read the LOTR trilogy. I think that before I do that, I should brush up on my knowledge of Middle Earth and reread The Hobbit, just for good measure.

That’s it for this Top Tuesday! Until next time!

Have any books you have been dying to reread? Comment below! Happy reading!

Top Tuesdays: Top 5 Fandom Books/Book Series I Need to Read

Hi everyone,

In honor of September 1st (back to school at Hogwarts), I thought I would start my first weekly posting series. I’m calling it Top Tuesdays, and I’m going to be making “top 5” lists of all sorts of stuff (my top 5 favorite movies/books, my top 5 places to visit, etc.). I can’t guarantee that I’ll write one every week, but I’m going to try. My first one is about the fandom books I haven’t read yet.

This may sound crazy for a fandom addict, but I quite honestly haven’t had time to read these books yet.

1. The Hunger Games trilogy

I know, right? I just posted about the new Mockingjay – Part 2 trailer and now I’m saying I haven’t even read the books! I’m honestly disappointed in myself. This is definitely number one on my list.

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

I’ve read The Hobbit more than once and seen all three movies with Martin Freeman so I can truthfully say I am a J.R.R. Tolkien fan. I actually tried to read the first Lord of the Rings book many many years ago and I couldn’t really understand it. I definitely need to try again now that I’m not 10 years old.

3. The Divergent trilogy

Normally my rule is to always read the book before you see the movie, but I actually broke my rule with this one. I reluctantly watched Divergent with my sister one night, and I really liked it. But I’m definitely going to read the rest of the books before I see the other movies.

4. The Fault in Our Stars

I’m normally not interested in “teen romance” (I guess that’s what you could call it) books; I’m more interested in the sci-fi/fantasy category. But everyone’s been raving about this one for ages so I guess I’ll give it a go. Who knows, maybe I’ll love it!

5. The Maze Runner

I didn’t really think about this one until I saw my brother carrying the book around. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it, and it sounds like my type of book. So why not?

That’s all for this Top Tuesday! Until next time!

Have any other books in mind? Comment below!