Featured Tuesday: Illuminae

Time for another Featured Tuesday! It’s been a while since I did one of those! Today’s post will be focusing on Illuminae! With Gemina’s release date so close, I couldn’t help but pick up this book again! Illuminae is probably the most gorgeous book I’ve ever read so I figured it deserved its own Featured Tuesday! I know some people might be reluctant to read this because of the different format but the different format is exactly what made this book so much better! Illuminae was a mind blowing book that gave me the most unique reading experience ever and I can’t wait to get my hands on its sequel which I’m sure is going to be equally amazing! Take a look at some pictures of Illuminae I took the other day and if they don’t convince you to pick this book up then I don’t know what will!

You can also read my full review of Illuminae here!

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Be Room Cliff

Happy Monday blogosphere! How’s everyone doing today? I’m having a quite boring evening, so I decided to write this blog post and play a game with you before I go to bed!

A few months back I did a similar post where I played Kiss Marry Kill, and I absolutely loved doing it! Be Room Cliff is practically the same thing, but in this case you have to decide who you’d like to be, who you’d want as your roommate and who you’d push off a cliff. Fun right? Although, in my opinion this game should be called Laughter and Desperation, because even though I laughed to tears while doing it, I also got pretty desperate in some cases because it was simply impossible for me to choose!

This time I used a random picker and included both male and female characters to make things crazier! So, let’s play!

Round 1

Lissa Dragomir (Vampire Academy)

Sebastian Morgenstern (The Mortal Instruments)

Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices)

Starting off quite nicely! I’d definitely be Lissa and share a room with Julian! Because who wouldn’t want to share a room with Julian! He’s probably one of my top book boyfriends and the fact he’s an artist doesn’t exactly help the situation! I’d definitely love to watch him paint! And as much as I love Sebastian as a villain, let’s face it. He has to die.

Round 2Β 

Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone)

Manon Blackbeak (Throne of Glass)

Maven (Red Queen)

This one was also quite easy. I’d totally be Manon – weird and bloodthirsty as she is – and I’d share a room with Maven. Honestly, I think they’re both amazingly controversial characters and that they’d do great together! Plus, I found Manon’s character extremely interesting in Queen of Shadows and she does ride a wyvern so I think it would be exciting Β being her! And yeah, even though I do like Alina, she also annoyed me a lot in Shadow and Bone, so I definitely wouldn’t want to be her! Unless I could marry The Darkling! πŸ˜›

Round 3

Kady Grant (Illuminae)

Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy)

Tris Prior (Divergent)

Oh wow! Girls round! That should be easier but I’m actually having a hard time! Okay, okay, I think I got it! I’d like to be Kady Grant, because I loved her character in Illuminae and I thought she was very strong and a total badass! Rose is also strong and a badass so I’d definitely live with her, so we could kick ass together! And Tris also annoyed me terribly in the Divergent trilogy so she has to go. Sorry, Divergent fans!

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Top 5 Thursday: Book-to-movie adaptations

Happy September everyone! I’m so happy to announce that I’m finally back to posting regularly and that Top 5 Thursdays are finally back! I missed writing these blog posts! Today’s theme is one I’ve been going over in my head for a while and I really enjoyed finally writing it! Hope you’ll enjoy it as well! πŸ™‚

Over the course of a hundred years, thousands of widely known (and not so widely known) books have found their way to the big screen. However, only a few of them have managed to follow the success of the books and even fewer turn out to be accurate interpretetions of the stories they portrait. As a full time reader, I get very excited when I find out one of my favorite books is going to become a movie and look forward to seeing my favorite story and characters come to life. So when that doesn’t happen, and the movie turns out to be nothing like the book, of course I’m disappointed. I’m talking about major changes here, not just the small ones that need to be made in order for a book to be adapted into a screenplay. I don’t mind the smaller changes, I don’t even mind it when they change the plot a bit, but I do mind it when they mess up the plot or the continuation of the story completely. And don’t even get me started about characters that look and act nothing like their counterparts in the books.

But what does actually determine whether a movie based on a book is good? In my opinion, a good book-to-movie adaptation Β isn’t always one that keeps closest to the original story, but one that maintains Β the theme and emotions of the novel along with the major plot points, while at the same time being entertaining to watch. So here are my top five book-to-movie adaptations up to this day:

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games was one of those movies I watched before reading the book. I loved the movie, so naturally I had to read the book as soon as possible. And I was very surprised at how similar the two were. One of the things I love the most about these adaptations, is how accurately the characters and world are portrayed. All the actors did such a great job with bringing their characters to life and I really appreciated the fact the director kept true to the theme and story of the book. The Hunger Games is a fact paced, action packed movie with a unique storyline every science fiction fan out there would enjoy, but for the readers of the books the movie was a chance to see some of their favorite characters come to life and that’s exactly what they got. I was very worried that the sequels would not be as good as the first one (as it has happened with other trilogies like Divergent) but I loved Catching Fire even more and I thought the Mockingjay Part 2 movie was an epic conclusion to the franchise! Hands up to Suzanne Collins for writing such an amazing story and to the actors, director and screenwriter who made sure it would be just as amazing on the big screen!

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