I had recently read listen to on audio and reviewed the book WILD by Cheryl Strayed. I had mentioned at the time the draw that I have always had to do something like this – just escape and be with me… whoever I am at that particular time in my life and try to really get to know…
I am fascinated with those who do it.
After finishing the audio book I rented the movie. I usually appreciate a movie version to a book – I like to see the creative vision the directors come up with and how they bring an authors work to the screen. Here, are my thoughts…
What I liked:
Reese Witherspoon rocked this role playing Cheryl Strayed. I enjoyed her performance very much and I like that Cheryl is a Minnesota native. I also, as I did in the book, liked that while much of the time Cheryl was alone hiking the trail – she met interesting people when she crossed into towns. For the most part I found her very brave to rely on help from a stranger… and of course there is one part where I find her super cool but also crazy to hike the trail alone and have already decided if I ever did something like this I would have to have a friend along… or several friends who switch out throughout the process…. alone can be dangerous.
What I did not like:
I mentioned in the book that I was not too thrilled with her (Cheryl’s) problems with being faithful to her husband and the talk of her sex life with multiple men. For some reason I thought someone had told me that was not the case in the movie but CLEARLY I got that part wrong as the sex was even more prominent in the movie. Thank you to Stacy who warned me in a comment to skip the movie, by the time I read the comment I had finished watching the movie. 😉
My take away –
Yes, I think the book is worth reading. It is inspiring to see how Cheryl hits rock bottom in her life and how she turns herself around through this almost cleansing process of the 3 months hike. 3 months is a pretty impressive endeavor! The movie was good, but if the sex stuff bugs you like it does me… be satisfied with the book. At least in the book it is not so graphic and you skip those parts if you choose.
Jonah lives in a society of contentment. Emotions are a thing of the past and words like love, and emotions like tears do not exist. Memories of the past do not exist.
When Jonah reaches the age of 16 he and his classmates now graduate and receive their positions in society – not like the sorting hat in Harry Potter (darn!) ( a little like what happens in Divergent except in The Giver they do not have a say as to where they will wind up). Jonah is given the rare position of the Receiver, a highly regarded position only held by one person at a time and he becomes the holder of all the memories.
When Jonah experiences for the first time feelings and emotion and memories of what the past was like with happiness and love and dancing he is confused. Why would this ever be blocked? As the Receiver, we is having the memories passed to him by (you guessed it…) The Giver.
The more Jonah sees what is missing from life the more dissatisfied he becomes with the ways things are. He learns there is a boundary that surrounds the community that keeps everyone form their memories. If Jonah can just get beyond the boundary with the memories he can release them back to everyone. Of course, the powers that be do not want that to happen and will do everything they can to make sure it doesn’t.
I read the book, The Giver, for banned book week in 2012. I enjoyed the book and I enjoyed the movie. Its a scary scenario to think of a society that represses all memories and emotions for the sale of feeling well…
Sorry but if pain is the price to pay to also feel happiness…
James Dashner’s book, The Maze Runner became a movie this year. Way to go James!
All Thomas knows is that he wakes up in a world he is unfamiliar with. He is surrounded by other male teens and is welcomed to the Glade.
The Glade, as he learns is a walled in community that protects the group from the Maze. The Maze is a world of walls and changing routes and creatures that come after anyone who dares to go into the Maze. Thomas learns that a box appears every 30 days with a male teen in it, Thomas is the latest arrival. A few, called runners, go into the Maze during the daylight hours (safer than nightfall), looking for a way out of wherever they are.
As Thomas becomes familiar with the surroundings and engages with the other boys, things in the Maze start to change. Some blame Thomas, saying he is not like them … and Thomas has no idea what that means, he knows as much as they do about The Glade and that is not much.
Then… another person arrives in The Glade. The box is early… it has not been 30 days and this time it is not a male teen…
it is a girl.
And with her is a note, “This is the last one”.
I read The Maze Runner a couple of years ago after I met James Dashner in New York and found him to be delightfully funny. I enjoyed the book very much, yet for some reason I never continued on with the series. Now, after watching this movie, I will be pursuing the rest of the books… I am hungry to know more.
The Maze Runner movie is done very well. I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed it. Definitely recommend the book, the movie… and the author. 😉
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?
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.
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….
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.