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Mockingjay Book VS Movie

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Mockingjay, the third and final book in the Hunger Games series came out published by Scholastic in 2010.  As I looked back on my review of this book I had to laugh as I reviewed it three days after it was released…. hmmmm…. anxious to see how it all was going to end?

The Book…

As I mentioned I read the book over 4 years ago.  I did enjoy the book but openly admit it was my least favorite of the three books, mainly due to all the politics that were involved in this final installment.  I am not a fan of politics.That said, I did still enjoy the book very much – author Suzanne Collins does not take mercy on any character and all are dispensable… it was truly a powerful read that left me thinking about it well beyond that final page.

 

The Movie…

I was very excited to watch the movie.  My son had warned me that it wasn’t the most exciting of movies as it is a lot of information that is necessary to prepare us for the part 2 of this movie that will come out in 2015.  I have to say I disagree with my son (sorry Justin).  I did find the movie engaging and perhaps even came to feel more real and explained better to me than the book came through.  I think Jennifer Lawrence plays the part of Katniss perfectly.  On screen she shows such emotion she brings me to tears for the cause.  If you are a fan of the series, definitely take time to see the movie – all the movies.

Bonus note – in the movie Katniss sings a song that is haunting.  Jennifer Lawrence sings the song and I looked it up when I came home and found out Susanne Collins wrote the song.  (WOW!)  I have now heard the song by another artist but prefer Lawrence’s.  Here it is:

Book vs, movie… the winner of this dynamic duel is….

 

The Movie.

While this is a close battle, I think because of my personal struggle with the politics of Mockingjay the visual of the movie worked better for me.  I will definitely be owning this one.

 

Have you seen the movie yet?  Have you read the book?  Do you plan to?  If so do you have a preference of book or movie?

If I Stay Book vs. Movie

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Synopsis:  Mia Hall is a gifted cellist.  She is quite possibly on her way to Julliard and is making hard decision with her boyfriend Adam who plays in a successful band.  Stay or go seem to be the decisions that Mia struggles with.  She has wonderful loving parents and a little brother she adores… there is so much to stay for.  Then one snow day her family takes a drive and is in a terrible accident that leaves Mia in a coma.  Mia has an out of body experience as she sees herself in the hospital.  As everything crumbles around her Mia and only Mia can make the decision if she should stay or if she should go.

 

The Book

I reviewed this book on my birthday in 2011.  Side note.. my reviews are kind of funny then… for myself I rated the book an average read.  It was good and I liked it but it was not over the top WOW.  We reviewed this as a group for my book club and we actually had a wonderful discussion over it, which I talk about in the review.

 

The Movie

I recently watched the movie of If I Stay that came out this year.  I did not think it would be “theater worthy” so I waited for it to come out for rental.  I have to admit I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the movie.  Mia played by Chloe Grace Moretz was wonderful.  I teared up several times during the scenes where she experiencing the pain of seeing what is happening around her.  Adam, played by Jamie Blackley was also exceptional.  Maybe I was just in the right mood for this kind of movie but whatever it was it really touched my heart.

Knowing that time and distance from the reading of the book may have to do with my decision her today I am going to have to say the winner of this Book vs Movie is…

 

Movie.

See it… read it… but if you are going to choose one or the other I think the movie came off as more powerful and emotional.  Dang… it was GOOD.

Gone Girl – Book VS. Movie

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Woo hoo!  Finally, 10 days after the opening of the movie, I made it to see Gone Girl!  The movie made from the book whose spoiler page has become by far my all time most popular post on Book Journey.  Seriously, here are the stats since I wrote the post in 2012:

Months and Years

Oct Nov Dec Total
2012 6,028 5,790 6,922 23,741
2013 2,993 2,578 2,299 40,138
2014 140,912 264,276

 

* I eliminated most of the months as this graph was just too big to fit into the post. 

So lets discuss the book.  I read Gone Girl in July of 2012.  It was my first Gillian Flynn and it blew me away with all of its twists and turns.  I LOVED it, and I had a lot to say about it, which is why I wrote the spoiler page.  Gone Girl is a book that had me thinking one way, and then I was wrong, and then I thought another way… and I was wrong again.  I gushed in my review of the book!  I was so impressed with Gillian’s talent to write characters that can drive you nuts!

 

The Movie…

As a disclaimer, I must say that I read the book in July 2012, and seen the movie on October 13th, 2014.  I had hoped to read the book again before the movie but there just was no time to get it done.  That said, I cautiously approached the movie that sat at 2 hours and 35 minutes long.  That, on the front end, seemed longer than necessary, as it turns out after seeing the movie, there is nothing I would cut out out to make it shorter.

Gone Girl the movie starred a well played Ben Affleck as Nick, and Rosamund Pike made for a perfect Amy.  Honestly, the movie played out extremely well and had a nice running compatibility with the book.  I went to the movie with two friends, one who had read the book and one who has not.  The one who had not was a lot of fun to watch as she was shocked by what was happening on the screen.  I found myself chuckling softly to the game playing between Nick and Amy and hung on to the ending credits.  Then we were the last ones in the theater as we sat and discussed the movie.

 

The Verdict of Book Vs. Movie….  (possible spoilers)

 

The book.  The book is so filled with high energy twisty turns that I feel it comes across better to be read and get the initial buzz through the pages.  The movie missed a couple of “what I felt to be important” points:

1.  Nick’s dad, and when found wondering around from his retirement home in the book is quite verbal about his negative feelings towards Amy, thus giving you the impression that he may be involved in her disappearance.  In the movie, while the dad is found wondering away from his home, shows no emotion about Amy one way or another… this making his appearance in the movie feel a little useless.

2.  In the book, it is explained well how Amy’s parents have used her for the books her mom wrote, Amazing Amy and you fully understand the pressures that Amy had on her to live up to an animated character of herself.  While the movie mentions these pressures a little… I am not sure if it is enough for the watcher to get the full picture of what that type of perfection caused.

Now, I would by no means rule the movie out.  The movie was actually very good and I would definitely watch it again and will probably own the movie.  See it.  Even if you have no intentions of reading the book, I think you will find the movie to be just a fun crazy insane ride!

 

Update:  The spoiler page for the book is picking up a pot of movie discussion so I am going to open up a spoiler page here for the movie.  This page will be for those who have seen the movie and open for discussion if you have read the book or not.  Enter below!

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This Is Where I Leave You….Book VS. Movie

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By now you have probably heard the hype…Jonathan Tropper’s book This Is Where I Leave You was made into a movie!

I love it when books are made into movies!  I love to see the director’s vision of the story compared to mine… honestly, I think in recent years the movies made from books are pretty good.  So lets begin with looking at my thoughts on this book… and then the movie.

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Recently I read and reviewed This Is Where I Leave You.  When I heard the movie was coming out, I knew I had to read the book first.  (1 point for movie, as that is why I read the book).  I really enjoyed the book.  It was witty and laugh out loud funny at times.  The opening scene of Judd finding his wife on her birthday…. seriously, horribly funny… I could not wait to see that scene in the movie, I knew it was just going to be fantastic!

Book received 5 shiny points for being a page turning-laugh out loud-tell your friends about it-kind of read.  That’s right, a page turning-laugh out loud-tell your friends about it-kind of read.  I loved it, I gushed about it, I passed it to a friend and she gushed too.

Then, me and my gushing invited girls from my book club to go and see the movie… and…

 

The movie starring the funny Jason Bateman as Judd, and also funny Tina Fey as Wendy his sister AND Jane Fonda as the mom looked to be a great line up.  I had my popcorn and I was ready to laugh and laugh…

and I really didn’t laugh too much at all.

That opening scene I could not wait for, was there and it wasn’t.  The funniest part of that whole scene was not in the movie.  Then, the movie felt forced.  I found myself thinking how the acting did not seem natural, it felt like they were acting – which I know, I know, they are… but usually you can fall right into the movie and feel like it happened.  This one – not so much.  (I take away 1 shiny point from the movie for not keeping to the opening scene).

Overall, the movie was ok, but not great.  The book club gals that were with me all agreed.  The movie fell flat.  I may have been a bit critical because I had just finished reading the book, but I think it is more than that.  Watching it kind of felt like this:

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and afterwards I felt like this:

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The winner of this battle is….

The Book.

Read the book.  If you want to see the movie, wait until you can pick it up at Redbox.  You will thank me for saving you the box office price, the annoying person talking on their phone in the row behind you and the popcorn kernel that will no doubt get stuck to the roof of your mouth and distract you from really paying attention anyway.

 

Have you read the book?  Have you seen the movie?  What are your thoughts?

The Chocolate War Book VS. Movie

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Jerry Renault is sent to a Catholic school after his mom has died.  The school is very strict and has a yearly chocolate sale that all students are EXPECTED to participate in.  Brother Leon gets it in his heard that the school can bring in a lot more money if they double what they sold the previous year making it 50 boxes of chocolates sold by each student. 

Jerry finds himself mixed up in an encounter with the schools “gang” called the Vigils and he is instructed not to sell chocolates for the first ten days of the sale.  Jerry complies and creates a very annoyed Brother Leon when Jerry does not do his part.

The real kicker is that after the ten days, Jerry decides he has had enough of people telling him what to do and when to do it so he continues to refuse to sell the chocolates on principle.  It should be a choice to sell.  Not an order.  By doing this Jerry creates an uproar in the school of support that angers the Vigils who feel this is like a slap in the face to their control of the school.  As time passes the Vigils work hard to gain control pushing kids to sell their chocolates making Jerry an outcast and eventually leading to what is referred to as the chocolate war.

 

I read this book this last October for banned book week.  The book was banned due to the strong content, language, and deemed unsuitable for the age group it was written for.  Of course, I loved it. There is a powerful message within The Chocolate War.

The movie, made in 1988, was well done.  Ilan Mitchell-Smith does a good job of portraying Jerry, a boy who appears meek on the outside but has a strong sense of right and wrong on the inside. The head honcho for the Vigils, Archie (played by Wallace Langham, now on CSI) was also very good at his role.  I felt the same emotions watching the movie as I had reading the book.  I felt unsettled and angry at times.  And in the end, neither the book or movie leave you with a feel good “all is well” feeling… you know.. that there is more to be done, and in this case, that is an ok and appropriate feeling.

I would say I enjoyed them both just about equally.  The book was one I have wanted to read for a while and I was glad I finally got to it.  The movie, was the big finale for me, to see it after reading it was perfect.  I feel I can talk about The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier with some knowledge and opinion.

If you get the opportunity, I recommend reading The Chocolate War and then treating yourself to the movie.  Perhaps maybe, for this next Octobers banned book week?

The Painted Veil (Movie Vs. Book)

As the story goes… Kitty (Naomi Watts) has found herself to be quite choosy on who she will choose as a husband.  It certainly it is not from lack of effort on the men’s part, yet Kitty knows she is beautiful and really feels that a woman does not need to have a man in her life to feel complete.  Her parents disagree.

One day, after a particular awkward argument at home when her mother flat-out asks Kitty how much longer she plans to count on her father to support her – Kitty takes a walk and finds herself in the company of a fairly new acquaintance, Walter (Edward Norton).  When out of the blue, Walter proposes, Kitty is taken aback and laughs telling him that she hardly knows him and surely he does not expect an answer.  Upon returning home, she overheard her mother on the phone gushing over Kitty’s sister new proposal and saying that of course Kitty will probably never get married.  Kitty quickly returns to Walter with a “yes, she will marry him.”

As expected, Kitty soon finds that her lack on knowing Walter is a problem.  He in quite introverted, used to accompanying himself only and honestly she finds him boring.  When they attend a party together and she is introduced to Charles Townsend, Kitty finds herself drawn to this man who is exciting, adventurous,outgoing, and really everything that Walter is not.

An affair is soon taking place between Kitty and Charles, never mind that Charles too is married and Kitty is sure that if they could only dump their current spouses that life would be a fairy tale of happily ever after.

When Walter inevitably finds out, he offers Kitty a divorce if only Charles will marry her.  Kitty soon finds herself in a rude awakening that carries her sullen and broken to where Walter is taking her, to a small Chinese village where Walter is to help with the cholera outbreak that is taking the lives of everyone in contact with it.  Kitty is sure that Walter is trying to kill her… but soon finds herself taken in with her surroundings of the poor and the abandoned, and grows into someone she never knew was in her. 

I recently read and reviewed The Painted Veil by  W Somerset Maugham and I was surprised how much I fell in love with this story.  As mentioned in my review, Kitty annoyed me to no end.  She was selfish and stuck on herself.  Even in the end when I thought there may be a turning point in the story – Kitty again let me down.  I can say by the end of the read, I understood Kitty and her weaknesses, but I sure did not need to accept them or like them. 

As per my habit, I have found that I enjoy reading books and then if movies are available to actively search them out.  That is what I did in this case, and added to my Netflix Que this movie. 

Having now seen the movie I have to say, no matter what you thought of the book, the movie is worth seeing.  First of all, you never have to twist my arm too bad to have me watch anything with Edward Norton in it.  I think he is a brilliant actor and he came through again in Painted Veil. 

Book and movie are not the same.  I wish, the book would have been written as the movie was.  Yes, I just said that.  I found the story more heart wrenching the way the movie came together – and I found that in the end, Kitty was someone who truly had grown and became a woman I was impressed with.  She truly found herself literally and figuratively in a monastery for orphans.  And to see how both she and Walter deal with the affair is very realistic.  Truly, Walter is a more likable character too – as the movie gives him more heart and depth than the book did.

I was touched deeply by this movie and encourage you if you have not seen it to really treat yourself to an amazing story.

Lightning Thief Book Vs. Lightning Thief Movie by Rick Riordan


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Know that if you read any further you are going to see spoilers to the book and to the movie Lightning Thief.  That being said – read on at your own risk.  🙂


So – for starters I have to say – what the…?  I was shocked at how different the book was from the movie.  I have seen differences before between books and movies but nothing like this before.  After seeing the movie and then continuing on with the book I was amazed what they left out of the movie, or blatantly changed…. and I mean blatantly.

I am going to start a list here and feel free to add to as I know I can not possibly remember everything:  (oh and in no particular order as I am just putting these in as I think of them…)


1.  Medusa’s death.  Hellooooooo?  In the book Percy ships it to the Olympians.  In the movie it goes along with them and actually helps them in their quest.


2.  The little pearls that they need to stomp on to get out of Hade’s safely.  In the book they get them towards the end of their quest.  In the movie they are part of the actual quest and they start out by going places to find them.


3.  The god Ares plays a HUGE part in the book.  After all, he is the god of war and turns out – he is also our bad guy.  In the movie?  He’s not there.  A total change.  Can you say AWKWARD????


4.   The Lotus Casino – the movie part of this was cooler than the book.  I loved the eating of the Lotus Cookie (was it a cookie?) and causing a drug like state that would not let them leave…..  in the book I am not really sure what it was that drugged them.  The air?


5.  The whole escape from Vegas scene.  Cool car in the movie….. illegal animal hauling in the book.  That actually was said in the book.  I hate animal abuse.


6.  The three fates (beginning of the book).  I thought that was cool….. in the movie?  Nope.  Not there.  No time.  They didn’t make the casting call….


7.  The ending with Lucas – in the book Percy is bitten by a scorpion (that evil Luke’s doing!) but in the movie that’s not how it goes at all.


Anyway – I know there are tons more but those are top of my peeves right now.  I haven’t read any other reports on this online yet but I would think the internet has to be saturated with posts on the differences.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the book. the movie, or both here.  I will comment back to all responses.

Best Audio Book of 2014 Blog Hop!

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When Felicity at The Geeky Bloggers Book Blog mentioned she was helping to host an audio book hop, I had to get involved.  If you read my here – you know I love me some audio!  Of course, then I went ona 17 day trip to Australia and New Zealand and forgot all about it. 😳

My bad and I am late posting this.

Here are a few of my favorites of 2014 AND at the end of this post… a giveaway as well as info to the other blogs participating.

 

1Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Listening Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes

High school student Jam Gallahue is still recovering from the tragic loss of her boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield, the adorable exchange student from Britain. It has been over a year since Reeve died and Jam is still stuck in her thoughts of kissing him in the library, or watching a funny movie together.  Her depression and inability to move on is so deep, her parents feel they have no choice when they send her to The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont for youth of similar struggles.

Jam is selected along with four other students to be in a class called Special Topics.  An English class that turns out to be all about the works of Sylvia Plath.  When the teacher hands each of the students a beautiful leather bond journal and encourages them to try to write something in them once or twice a week, Jam is certain that she will NOT be writing in a journal.

Yet one evening, Jam does decide to try to write a few lines in the book and when she does she finds herself whisked away, back to a time when she is with Reeve once again.  While she fears she may be dreaming, his arms around her are all to real and when she comes back to the present, she finds she has written 5 pages in the journal.  What is even more odd, Jam discovers that the other students in the Special Topics class had similar experiences, each going back to a time when things were right before their personal tragedy happened; and each coming back to find that 5 pages in their journal have been filled.

As the group begins to meet outside of class time to discuss their secret; they all wonder what will happen when they get to the end of the journal… and will that close the door to the past even if they are not ready to let go?

Gush Thoughts:  It is YA meets a little magical “what if” and toss in Sylvia Plath for a mix of fun and mystery and well… LOVED IT!

 

 

 

1The Martian by Andy Weir

Listening Length:  10 hours and 53 minutes

Mark Watney was part of an epic win for mankind.  He was one of a group of astronauts that were the first to land on the planet Mars.  Congratulations were short-lived when a dust storm comes up flinging the crew about like sheets of paper.  Mark was struck hard by debris and the team makes an emergency evacuation of Mars feeling certain that Mark is dead.

But Mark is not dead.

He is however left on a planet with no way to communicate to earth that he is alive, and left with a hab that will possibly keep him alive for a month or so, a tent that was left behind, a land rover that may or may nor work and no plans for another team to come to Mars for about 4 years.

Mark is screwed.

For his own sanity he starts a log of what he is doing with his time and how he is making do with what he has for someone many years from now to find and hopefully learn from…. or at least know how Mark lived his last days… or how he died…

whatever.

Gush thoughts:  This one had me from the first sentence.  Loved the narration and Mark’s “Macgyver” type dealings with his unique situation.  If you missed this one you will want to go back and listen!  Trust me 🙂

 

 

 

1We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Listening Length:  6 hours and 27 minutes

Tall, blond Cadance Sinclair Eastman is the apple of her grandfather Harris’ eye as the oldest granddaughter. The Sinclair family come from money and each summer the Aunts (Cadance’s mother and her two sisters) gather with their children off a private Island in Massachusetts owned by Harris.  The children, or really teens (all around 15) fondly refer to themselves as “The Liars” and consist of Cadance, Johnny, Mirren, and Gat, who is a friend of the family. 

During that 15th summer, Cadance finds she has a crush of Gat; and really – he on her as well.  It is a summer of new love until an accident leave Cadance with a concussion and no memory as to what happened.  She misses the next summer at the Island but returns her 17th year still knowing little of what happened.  Her cousins had not responded to her emails over the past year, and even Gat seems to have been avoiding her; no one wanting to tell her the details of what happened those two summers ago as her doctor has said it was best if she remembered on her own. 

As Cadance slowly begins to remember snippets of what happened she starts to piece together a horrible truth.

Gush thoughts:  OOH!  Twisty turny and honestly blew my mind in the end (yes that is a good thing!)

 

 

 

1Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Listening Length:  12 hours and 58 minutes

Billie Breslin is excited when she lands a job at Delicious, the cream of the crop magazine of New York.  She is young and feels unqualified to be playing in the big league, but Billie has something that is rare, she has a refined palate that can identify even the toughest of ingredients within a dish. While Billie loves to be a part of the behind the scenes of the magazine, even with much prompting she has no desire to actually cook for reasons she chooses not to say.  Then suddenly, while it looks as though all of Billie’s dreams are coming true, the magazine is shut down, leaving long-term employees stunned and Billie in shock as her dreams seem to tumble broken to the ground.

When Billie is asked to stay on as the sole employee of Delicious to continue to respond to letters to uphold the Delicious guarantee (if any recipe is not to your satisfaction you will be refunded the cost of your ingredients), she reluctantly agrees as she has no other immediate plans.  While exploring the abandoned Delicious library before it goes on the market, she discovers a series of letters hidden in a secret room off the buildings library.  These letters dating back to WWII, written by Lucy Swan, an intelligent 12-year-old open up a part of Billie that she did not know existed, and may finally help her to release the secret she has held on to tightly for way too long.

Gush thoughts:  Oh my!  This story is BRILLIANT!  I also learned after seeing Ruth Reichl in New York this past June that it is not all fiction.  Good stuff!  Seriously try this audio!!!

 

 

1The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Listening Length:  11 hours and 39 minutes

Riley MacPherson was only two years only when her older teenage sister Lisa committed suicide.  Although Riley was too young to really remember Lisa, who was on her way to Julliard as a very gifted musician, Riley does know this was about the time her family fell apart.  Her mother battled with depression and eventually cancer takes her from them.  Her father acts as though nothing has happened at all and refuses to discuss it.  Riley’s older brother Danny begins to pull away from the family and continues to be estranged even into his adult life.

Riley, now in her 20’s returns to her childhood home after her father’s passing to take care of the family properties.  Through encounters with different local people and finding in her father’s home – evidence leads to the fact that Lisa may not have committed suicide after all…

and if that is true….

What happened?  And where is she now?  Is she alive?

Gush thoughts:  What an amazing listen!  What an amazing author!  This audio sent me on a binge of other audio by this author.  Fantastic!!!

 

These are the 5 audio books I am putting forward for this post.  If you love audio these are do not miss listens.  If you are new to audio or skeptical… these listens can turn you into an audio book listener.  AND before you non audio peeps tell me how you can not focus or do not have time for audio let me give you a few suggestions of when is a great time to listen:

  • while cooking or cleaning
  • while scrapbooking or working on other projects (painting, knitting, crocheting)
  • while mowing the lawn
  • while in your car

 

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For my giveaway – I am giving away an Audiobook of your choice from Audible or a $15 Amazon gift card that I hope you will use towards an audio book 🙂

To enter – leave a comment here telling me either of an audio book you have really enjoyed and would recommend, or tell me which of these audio books appeals most to you. 

For an additional entry, please sign up to receive my posts by email (link is on right sidebar).  If you already receive my posts by email let me know in a comment and it will be a free entry. 

I will choose a winner using random.org and announce the winner on Tuesday January 27th

 

Trips and projects can be much more enjoyable when listening to audio. Here is a list of others on this hop for more great audio and giveaways:

1. Hot Listens 20. Ashley @ Wholly Books
2. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho 21. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks
3. The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog 22. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun
4. Book Journey 23. Kym @ Tea and a Book
5. Kathryn – Book Date 24. Eargasms Audiobook Reviews
6. Marcela aka The Bookaholic Cat 25. Urban Girl Reader
7. Jonetta (Ejaygirl) 26. Kate @ MidnightBookGirl
8. Holly @ ListenUp Audiobooks 27. Bookswagger
9. The Reading Date 28. Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss
10. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings 29. Lisa @ Captivated Reader
11. Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines 30. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
12. Mary Matthews 31. LilyElement
13. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict 32. Angy
14. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed 33. The Ladies @ CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
15. Rainy Day Ramblings 34. Nice Girls Don’t Read Naughty Books
16. Diana @ Book of Secrets 35. Grace @ My Book Snack
17. Judy @ Musings and Ramblings 36. Holly @ ListenUp Audiobooks
18. Tabitha @ Not Yet Read 37. Liza @ Classy Cat Books
19. Literate Houswife

Spoiler Page for Gone Girl Movie

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Ok, the movie Gone Girl has been out for weeks now.  My spoiler page for the book is starting to pick up traffic regarding the movie which is excellent… unless you have not seen the movie yet and want to discuss the book.  SO – here it is.  The spoiler page for the Gone Girl Movie.  This discussion page is for those who have seen the movie and want to talk about it.  You may or may not have read the book, if you have, you may also chat about book/movie comparisons here.

As I mention in my book vs. movie post – here are two big differences that I seen from the book to the movie that I felt could have easily been better played out:

 

1.  Nick’s dad, and when found wandering around from his retirement home in the book is quite verbal about his negative feelings towards Amy, thus giving you the impression that he may be involved in her disappearance.  In the movie, while the dad is found wandering away from his home, shows no emotion about Amy one way or another… this making his appearance in the movie feel a little useless.

2.  In the book, it is explained well how Amy’s parents have used her for the books her mom wrote, Amazing Amy and you fully understand the pressures that Amy had on her to live up to an animated character of herself.  While the movie mentions these pressures a little… I am not sure if it is enough for the watcher to get the full picture of what that type of perfection caused.

 

Alright people – game on!  Comment away 🙂

Labor Day Movie Review

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Earlier today I posted about the Bookies getting together this week and going to see the Labor Day movie together.  It really was a lot of fun.  Thirteen of us who had read the book gathered for a chance to see the movie.  This review is my thoughts on the movie.

 

Kate Winslet is wonderful in the role of Adele, a single mom who has been scarred deeply by love.  When she meets Frank, an escaped convict, while making a rare trip to the store for supplies, he leaves her little choice but to take him with her.

Frank (Josh Brolin), is just looking for an escape from a crime that he says was an accident.  While he comes off as frightening at times, he is really just looking to start living again, and soon it is apparent that this life may be with Adele and her 13-year-old son Henry.

What starts out as what appears to be a hostile take over of Adele’s home, turns out into something very different indeed as both Frank and Adele find comfort in each others inability to be a part of the bigger world outside the front door.

 

 

 

I am pleased to say I really enjoyed Labor Day.  I was a little uncertain as I struggled with Adele’s passiveness in the book – but found her to be a stronger woman in the movie and a little more protective of her son.  Both book and movie (IMO) move along a little quickly for a 5 day storyline.  I would also say that some of the flashbacks in the movie are a bit confusing, even though I had read the book and knew what they were about.  I imagine it would be even harder to follow if you had not read the book. 

Labor Day is still a movie I would recommend.  There is some inner depth and hurt in both the main characters that is revealed in such a way that you suddenly understand that this is not a scary movie, but a love story unfolding. There are some wonderful elements to the movie and it is a story line I have not seen done before which is almost always refreshing.

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Book VS Movie

Both book and movie were very close and I liked that.  As I had just recently finished the book, it was still fresh in my mind to pick up on any differences, the differences I noticed were few and in some cases added to my enjoyment of the movie.

What I liked:

Adele comes off as stronger in the movie than in the book.  Not too strong but enough to know that if she had to she would do what she could to defend her son. I preferred movie Adele.

Henry, as I shared in my book review has a bit of a teenage boy obsession with girls and sex. I just didn’t want to read all those details.  I was happy to see that in the movie while they do show he thinks about girls…we did not have to see anything beyond his thinking about them.

What I didn’t like

Frank has more of a frightening presence in the movie at times.  It almost made me wonder if in the end…how innocent was he?

Missing character.  There is a grandmother in the book that plays a short but significant role.  She is not in the movie.

There are subtle differences in the end results, nothing big… nothing disappointing, but tiny tweaks. 

My Labor Day Book Review