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Book to Movie: The Giver (Movie Trailer)

Before I got lost with Suzzane Collins’ The Hunger Games series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series I am already enamoured by Dystopian fiction because of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. But I am not aware of Dystopian as a genre at that time. So I classified the book as fiction no more no less. Now, thinking about it, The Giver is one of the first few dystopian novel I have read and definitely one of the best too. It is thought provoking and simply amazing. If anything else the book makes me appreciate my freedom and memories more. So when I found out that the book is adapted for movie I can’t help but get excited to see the story in big screen.

For those who are not aware about the book, the story follows Jonas, who lives in a Utopian society where there is no disease, poverty, money or divorce. Everyone has a role in this society, and everything is controlled, even their emotions. It’s a life of conformity and contentment for Jonas until he’s given the role of The Giver. As The Giver he is the receiver of memory — every information, histories and secrets of the society will be transferred to him. He will be the repository of all information. And as the secrets unfold in Jonas eyes he starts to discover the dark secrets of his world.

The movie adaptation will star Jeff Bridges as The Giver and Brenton Thwaites as Jonas with other great actors like Meryl Streep, and Katie Holmes. The film is coming to theaters in August 15 but before that watch the trailer below.

Have you read the book? What do you think of the trailer? If you haven’t read the book, I urge you to do so. It’s one of the best dystopian novel out there.

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Book to Movie: TFioS Movie Poster

The Fault In Our Stars Movie Poster

The Fault in our Stars is one big movie I am excitedly anticipating! The novel where this film is based is one of my favorite reads and I just love John Green!

As for the movie poster above, I think the film makers or whoever is in charge with that poster nailed it. I like that they make Hazel wear the breathing tube which simply emphasize her sickness without making her look too much  disable. I also like that they didn’t changed the font color (blue and white) of the title which is the same with what the publisher used in the first edition of the book.

On related news, there are fuzz circling online about the movie tagline, “One sick love story” criticizing the film makers or whoever think of the tagline for making joke out of two sick people’s love story, which is a dark topic discussed in the novel where the film is based.  John Green, author of the novel also said his opinion about the tagline through his Tumblr account.

I get it why some find “One sick love story”, tagline as offensive, but mostly because I assume that they haven’t read the book yet. Because if you have read John Green’s novel of the same title where this film is based you know how fitting that tagline is. “One sick love story” is something that characters would say. Possibly something Gus and Hazel would think of as their tagline for their own story. If not, they would certainly approved of it or they would laugh at it if they read the tagline themselves.

The Fault in our Stars  tells an honest and raw story of two cancer patients, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, who find each other in a cancer support group. It is an heartbreaking novel that deals with sickness and death but also a humorous book. Trsut me, it’s so much more than a sad story! Okay? Okay.

As stated from the poster above, the film is due to released on June 6, 2014, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace and Agustus Waters respectively. I’m really excited to see this heartbreaking & heartwarming story on big screen! 

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Book to Movie: Books I Want to Read Before The Movie Comes Out

Last time I posted a list of books that I want to read before the adaptations hits the big screen, I actually accomplished reading four out of five books I listed. Though not all them I read before watching the film, I still manage to enjoy reading all four books. Now that there are more books turning into movies I’m planning to catch-up with my reading once again. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all books before I get to see the film adaptation.

And with so many books turning into films, I’m glad that some of them I already read way back, such as The Mortal Instruments series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Hunger Games series, Divergent series, The Fault in our Stars, If I Stay and Where She Went, Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and others Young Adult books. It just means less books for me to read before the movie adaptations comes out. Anyway, here are the top four books I want to read before their film adaptations comes out.

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Movie release date: Nov. 1, 2013
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford

The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.

Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down . . .

Movie release date: Nov. 15, 2013
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Matthew McConaughey

The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Movie release date: Jan. 17, 2014
Starring: Sophie Nélisse and Geoffrey Rush


The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The first book in the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner is a modern classic, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Movie release date: Feb. 14, 2014
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Patricia Clarkson

There are more books plan to turned into a movie that I want to read but I didn’t include in the above list because they don’t have released date yet or the target released date is too far from now. Some of these books are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (which I actually started reading but haven’t finished yet), Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

What about you, any books you want to read before the movie adaptation comes out? What book are you most excited to see on big screen?

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Book to Movie: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Movie Teaser Trailer)

I’m writing this just after seeing the teaser trailer, which means I am still high right now with all the excitement and goosebumps. So forgive me, If I ramble a bit or much.

As you all know, I love Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments series novels. I’m in love with Cassandra Clare‘s writing and the Shadowhunters world she magically created in The Mortal Instruments. The moment that Cassie announced online that there will be a film adaptation coming I squeal with glee. Just imagining seeing those characters that I love, moving live on screen, quoting some of my favorite lines from the book makes me super excited. But when the final casting was announced, I admit I didn’t much like the list. I am one of those who can’t see Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. Even I approved of his acting & fighting skills, having watched him as the young King Arthur from the Camelot series, I still can’t picture him as the perfect Jace Wayland. Ok. Maybe Jace isn’t perfect, in fact he got real flaws but for me he is always the perfect & the best Shadowhunters in Cassie’s world. It took awhile before I finally accepted the fact that I have no choice but to accept it and just wait and see what will happen.

So now that the teaser trailer is up online, probably spreading fast at the moment I finally see what Cassie means when she say that there is something in Jamie that is so Jace. In that short teaser trailer I see now that Jamie can be Jace. I can’t get enough of his freaking accent alone. He sounded so Jace in my head delivering those lines. You can’t here it on the trailer below but you can watch it from the trailer commentary with Cassandra Clare, posted in mtv.com.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Film Teaser Trailer

More than the stunts and effects that all looks pretty amazing, what really gives me a high is seeing my favorite characters live, moving and in action. This is only a teaser trailer but it already looks so much promising. I can’t wait to see the final trailer, hoping to see Magnus and more of Alec and of course the movie in August next year. It will be a long wait but after seeing this teaser I know I can handle the waiting because it looks so worth it.

What do you think of the teaser trailer?! Are you as excited as me right now for the movie? Have you read the book, what did you think of it? If you haven’t and you are interested in watching the movie, I suggest pick the book first.

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Book to Movie: Warm Bodies (Movie Trailer)

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is one of the few zombie books that I enjoy reading. Well actually, I listened from an audio book but still same results, it is fun and enjoyable novel. So when I found out that there will be a film adaptation coming out next year I can’t help but get excited. The movie is planned to be release next February 1, 2013 and it stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. Basically the story is about a zombie (Nicholas) who rescues a human girl (Teresa) from an attack and ends up falling in love with her.

The film adaptation is directed by Jonathan Levine, the same man behind the movie “50/50“. Which is really an amazing film. I enjoyed it so much even it makes me cry. It is just raw and real and of course it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and any film that has Joseph Gordon-Levitt for me is a must watch. I’m a fan obviously. I can’t help but be amazed with his so many talents, from acting, to singing, composing, writing and directing. Anyway, before I get totally lost and rave more about Joseph Gordon-Levitt let’s go back to Warm Bodies. I’m expecting another fun and heart warming film from Jonathan Levine in this movie. The trailer is already out and I think it is pretty good. It makes me more excited to see the film. You can watch it below.

As for the film poster there are two version that already comes out. The first one comes out early this year and when I first saw it, I honestly didn’t like it because it reminds me of Twilight. Check the poster below so you can see it yourself why it reminds me of Twilight. The second and latest poster, the one with a red background is much preferable than the first one. But it doesn’t tell much about the stories. I’m still hoping that there will be another poster coming out before the film is  release, something that will match with the dark and comedic part of the story.

Warm Bodies Film Trailer

Have you read the book? What do you think of the trailer? Does the new poster make your heart warm? 🙂 If you haven’t read the book, I urge you to do so. You can also join me as I plan to do a re-read before the movie comes out. We still got a couple of months.

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Book to Movie: Books I Want to Read Before The Movie Comes Out

With a lot of books turn to movie I am one of those people who are trying to catch up reading the book first before seeing the film adaptation. Tendency is, if I see the film first I usually end up stalling reading the book, which is a bad thing because most of the time I found the book better than the movie adaptation. I know comparing the two is not fair since they are totally different. They both offer a good entertainment and knowledge but works in different medium. But when a story is adapted from a book to movie or the other way around I can’t help but compare the two.

Obviously, there is no way that a film can capture every detail of a novel in a two or less than three hours. That’s why I enjoy reading a story more than watching it. Reading makes me feel more engaged in the story. It gives me chance to play with my imagination and create a world from words in front of me. When I read I get the chance to play every details in my mind while watching just give me the film makers’ own interpretation of the story. So I try my best to make sure to read the book first before seeing the film.

Here are the list of books I’m aiming to read before the film adaptation hit the big screen:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Synopsis:
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, andThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Release Date: September 20, 2012

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Synopsis:
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

Release Date: October 26, 2012

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel
Synopsis:
Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?
Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.

Release Date: November 21, 2012

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Synopsis:

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

Release Date: December 14, 2012 (first installment)

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Synopsis:

In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean–a man unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective Javert–Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.

Release Date: December 14, 2012

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Book to Movie: Beastly by Alex Flinn

I got the chance to attend the advance movie screening of Beastly before I went for holiday vacation last week. I’ve been aiming to post a comparison of the book and the movie since then, but for some reasons I only got to do it now. Beastly is a modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Neil Patrick Harris. Like with most adaptations, certain elements from the book are lost when adapted to the screen, but the main plot remains the same.


Kyle from the book is a hairy monster with fangs and claws, while in the movie he was being tattooed all over with fresh wounds and scars. This change is actually a good one. It made the beast more relatable and acceptable. I just can’t imagine how a real beast would actually exist in our modern day and most especially in a crowded place like New York city. The movie made him ugly in a deformed way and not supernatural which still brings the point of the story – bringing his real look outside like what he is inside. This was suppose to be the modern version and I think it was a success.

In the book, Kyle was given two years to break the spell by finding someone to kiss him out of love and he should also love her, while in the movie he was given only a year to find someone who should tell him she love him sincerely. I didn’t mind much about the time span differences or the procedure of breaking the spell, these were minor alterations. Though I think the kiss is more romantic than having someone just tell you they love you. And the execution, that is another thing which I will expand more later.

There’s a chat room where the Beast join from time to time to have a conversation with other creatures who were also cursed. That part wasn’t included in the movie. Though it’s just another minor alteration, it would still add more fun to the movie if added. The other fairy tale creatures like the silent mermaid (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Froggie (to be transformed from a kiss) and Grizzlyguy were simply adorable. Their conversation about their fairytale transformations were like little funny snipets.

There is no magical mirror in the movie. In the book the magical mirror is Kyles gateway to the world. He can see anyone he wants to see from the mirror. It was his means of communication with Kendra, his way of getting to know Lindy (not by stalking her). It’ is what stayed with Kyle and Lindy at the end to remind them of their journey. When they took out the mirror they also took away the magic that lies beyond the fairy tale story.

Kyle other name in the book is Adrian which means “dark one”, but the movie changed it to “Hunter”. Between hunter and Adrian I like Adrian better because it has meaning. Kyle choose Adrian because it represents the way he feels after his transformation. Adrian had meaning, while Hunter was random.

Kendra and Magda in the book are actually the same person. Kendra is the witch who punished Kyle and stuck with him as a maid (Magda) in return. In the movie, Kendra and Magda ( actually Zola in the movie) were two different characters with no relation at all.

The movie made Will Fratalli (Neil Patrick Harris) the blind tutor ironic and funny which is a good change from the originally serious and wise. It add humor and entertainment to the film. Neil Patrick Harris lightened the mood without taking away the seriousness of the story.

And the last but not the least is the ending. Technically the book and movie ending were the same, a fairy tale ending of “happily ever after”. The differences is how it was executed. The book done it with more action. Kyle took a risk of exposing himself to the world and has people trying to kill him in order to save Lindy. The movie version, Kyle meet Lindy before she takes her trip somewhere, no action scene at all.

Overall, I enjoy the movie even with all the alterations from the book. I think it succeeds in capturing the spirit and the message of the book which is the most important. If you haven’t read the book yet or see the movie, I suggest you try. Sometimes a familiar story is worth a new journey of adventure.