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! 🙂

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  isn’t always one that keeps closest to the original story, but one that maintains  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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Top 5 Thursday: Books with plot twists

I love plot twists, don’t you? I love it when a book manages to surprise me with something unpredictable that  I never saw coming and leave me in awe for hours (maybe even days) after I’ve finished it, wracking my brains to figure out how I could have possibly missed something so vital. So today, I’m going to be listing my top 5 books with plot twists that have blown my mind! But no worries, I’m not gonna reveal any of the actual plot twists themselves, so you cant totally read on even if you haven’t read the books.

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Crown of Midnight

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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My thoughts:

You all know how much love I have for this series and its characters. Throne of Glass was an exciting read but Crown of Midnight truly exceeded all my expectations and that was partly because of the plot twist at the end. Now I have to admit that I did catch the plot twist pretty early (in the middle of the first book actually) but that didn’t make it any less brilliant. This whole series is full of twists and turns actually, so it’s totally worth reading and I recommend this to lovers of high fantasy wholeheartedly!

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The Kiss of Deception

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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Top 5 Thursday: Favorite Covers

Happy World Book Day everyone! I’m spending today reading, as it’s fitting for this day. And writing bookish blog posts, of course. For this week’s Top 5 Thursday I’m going for favorite covers! I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, actually. It’s the content that really matters, in my opinion. However, I have to admit that when I’m on a book shopping spree covers play an important factor in my decisions and beautiful books are more likely to end up on my shelves rather than the ones I don’t find as attractive. So here are some of my favorite book covers ever:

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Clockwork Princess

Goodreads summary: Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

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My thoughts: Starting off with my favorite trilogy ever. The cover of Clockwork Princess has always been one of my absolute favorites, which is why it’s always facing forward on my bookshelf. I like the covers of Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince too, but this is the best of the three in my opinion. And come on, she’s holding an open book! What more do I need to say?

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Top 5 Thursday: Books in my TBB

It’s Thursday again! And it’s a particulary good Thursday for me because yesterday was the last day of my college exams, which means I now have a two week break that I can devote to reading. Yay! But let’s get to business. A couple of weeks back I wrote a blog post about the top 5 books in my TBR. So today, I’m going to be listing the top 5 books I want to buy the most. I will only use books that are already out because otherwise the list would be way too long for this year.

Truthwitch

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Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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My thoughts: This sounds like a very promising start to an exciting new series. I never say no to witches and exploring magical worlds. Especially if these magical worlds go with strong female characters. And I’ve also heard some amazing things about the world building and magic system in this one. So I’m really excited to read it and it’s definitely going to be one of the books I’ll be ordering next month!

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Top 5 Thursday: Book Couples

Valentine’s Day is almost here so I figured it would be fitting to list my top favorite couples for this week’s Top 5 Thursday. I had such a hard time choosing only five, and there are still plenty of others that I could mention, but I decided to go with these:

Will and Tessa

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“Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can.”

You saw this coming, didn’t you? What can I say? Will Herondale has stolen my heart. And as much as I love Jem (and I do love him plenty), I just couldn’t see Tessa with anybody else but Will, at least not in The Infernal Devices (City of Heavenly Fire was an entirely diferent matter). Even though their relationship wasn’t without its ups and downs (in fact, we Wessa fans had to wait until Clockwork Princess to be truly satisfied), I loved reading about their most romantic and honest moments and I couldn’t help but grin like an idiot when I read the part when Will proposed to Tessa towards the end of Clockwork Princess.

“Marry me. Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.”

Doesn’t that just make your heart melt? And that epilogue broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes but it was also one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read to date. Also, I just have to mention Will’s letter to Tessa. It made me love him even more, if that’s even possible, and Cassandra’s flawless writing in all three books of The Infernal Devices never fails to amaze me.

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Top 5 Thursday: Books I want to reread

Hello fellow bookaholics! It’s time for another Top 5 Thursday! For my last post I did the Burn, Rewrite or Reread Tag (you can check it here), which was extremely fun and it got me thinking about some of my favorite books that I really want to reread. So I figured it would be a perfect theme for this week’s Top 5 Thursday and here we are! I’m sure that all of you have read books that you thought were absolutely mind blowing and you wouldn’t mind rereading even the minute you closed them. Harry Potter aside of course, these five are those books for me:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads summary: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

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My thoughts: I still get overwhelmed by feels when I think of this book and its sequesl. Even years after reading it, The Infernal Devices remains – and probably will always remain – my favorite trilogy ever. I have yet to find a male book character that has topped Will Herondale (many have come close but in the end its always Will) and I can’t even begin to expess my love for this trilogy and all of its characters in general. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the relationships formed between the characters. Jem’s and Will’s devotion to each other never fails to impress me and these two have stolen my heart forever. Also, Tessa is one of the few female characters that didn’t annoy me that much while I was reading the books and I could totally relate to her character and love of reading. Cassandra has also given us some brilliant quotes in this and Will’s snarky comments are always enough to make my day. For not mentioning that heartbreaking but beautiful ending! I can honestly say that I loved it a lot more than The Mortal Instruments and I believe that the story goes much deeper and sends some great messages about loyalty, true love and sacrifice. And of course I need to reread the whole trilogy soon, so I can insert myself into the brilliant world of the Shadowhunters of Victorian London once more.

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Top 5 Thursday: Books in my TBR

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of those, so yay for Top 5 Thursdays! Recently I made a post about tbr lists and how they tend to grow and grow and never become smaller. Right now I have about twenty books on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, and fifty more I want to buy. One thing I’ve noticed, however, is that no matter how big the tbr list becomes, there are always some books I want to read more than others. So, this post is dedicated to the five books on my shelf that I want to read the most and should probably get to soon.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Goodreads summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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My thoughts: This one has been sitting on my shelves since the summer and I really, really need to get around to reading it. I was particularly intirgued by the summary when I first read it on Goodreads and I know this is a favorite for many so I’m dying to find out if I’m gonna love it as much myself. I’ve also heard some great things about Laini Taylor’s writing skills so I have no idea why it hasn’t happened sooner. Especially considering that I went ahead and bought the whole trilogy in hardback. I couldn’t resist. These books were just sooo beautiful!

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Top 5 Thursday: Scary Books

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Since Halloween is only two days away – and since I absolutely love it even though we don’t celebrate it here 😦 – I decided that this week’s Top 5 Thursday had to be something Halloweenish (yes, I just invented a word). And what’s more Halloweenish than scary stuff? Nothing. Since, apart from being obsessed with Halloween, I’m also a horror junky – I love horror movies and books in general – I thoroughly enjoyed coming up with the books for this blog post. And I actually had to include six instead of five books in this because they were too good to leave out. So, without further ado, here they are!

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Goodreads synopsis: Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

My thoughts: This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I bought this book on a whim because I found it on sale at my local bookstore and it was the hardcover edition too, so I thought why not? But I didn’t really have the intention to read it at the time until I actually started reading it and found it really really interesting. I wouldn’t exactly call it a horror story but it is a creepy book since it is practically about ghost hunting. I only managed to read until the hundredth or so page of this book, mainly because I was in a horrible reading slump at the time and wasn’t really in the mood for something like this. But I really enjoyed those hundred pages and I found Micheline an extremely interesting and badass character so I will be picking this up again as soon as possible because I really, really want to finish it. And also that cover! it’s so creepy isn’t it? I wouldn’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and see it staring back at me. 

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Top 5 Thursday: Harry Potter Spells

I am an undeniably obsessed Potterhead and I’ve a already admitted it plenty of times. I love everything about J. K. Rowling’s world and I’ve always found it extremely interesting to read about the lives of young witches and wizards and all the stuff they learn at  Hogwarts throughout the years. My two favourite classes have to be Defense Against the Darkk Arts and Charms. And what do these two have in common? Spells of course. Spells are everything for a wizard and are an important part of every Harry Potter book. I can’t even begin to count all the spells used or mentioned by our favourite characters throughout all seven books but I think we can all agree that some have been much more memorable than others. So here are my top five favourite spells, spells that I’m sure I will always remember no matter what! (Note: unforgivable curses are not included)

1. Expelliarmus

The Disarming Charm lies at the heart of a good dueling technique. It allows the duelist to rebound an opponent’s spell in the hope that the rebounded spell will strike the opponent and leave him or her vulnerable to further attack.

Probably the most used spell in all Harry Potter books and a personal favourite of mine, the Disarming Charm, also known as the Expelliarmus Spell or Disarming Spell is a defensive charm which forces the victim to release whatever they are holding at the time. It is common to see this spell used in duels, to make an opponent release their wand.

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Top 5 Thursday: Dystopian Books

Dystopian fantasy is a genre that has become extremely popular nowadays. The earliest example of dystopian fiction I can think of is probably Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, that is set in a future English society with a subculture of extreme violence. However, it wasn’t until young adult authors started covering this theme as well, that dystopian books rose that much in popularity becoming the new trend after the wave of vampire fiction that began with Twilight. Starting with The Hunger Games in 2008 (and especially since the movie came out and became a worldwide success) hundreds of young adult dystopian novels have filled the shelves of every single bookstore and have sold millions of copies to younger and older readers all over the world. I, myself, am a huge fan of dystopian fiction and never miss the opportunity to read a good book set in a dystopian society in the near or far future. So here are my top five favorite dystopian young adult books:

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Author: Marissa Meyer

Rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5

My rating: 5/5

Summary: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My thoughts: There’s not much left to say about this book that I haven’t said already. Cinder was amazing, brilliant, unputdownable (I had to use that world!). I loved everything about this book! From the characters to the story line to the world building. Easily of the best books I’ve read this year and if you haven’t picked up this book yet you should waste no more time in doing so!

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