8/26/14

The Book-To-Movie Phenomenon

by Kristin
Every bookworm has a thing or two (or twelve) to say about books being made into movies. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad, but every bibliophile would agree that the book is always better. With that fact aside, there is one undeniable fact about books turned into movies. They get read.


I only fully realized this fact when I was searching for a copy of The Giver a few weeks ago to read before seeing the film (The only reason that I even had to buy it was because there was a waiting list a mile long at my local library) ((sidenote: After seeing the trailer, and with the book fresh in my mind, my desire to even actually see the movie is waning quickly)). It took a few different stores before I found one that had it in stock. This led me to the (incredibly obvious but often over-looked) conclusion that people read books that are made into movies. It may not be the greatest reason to pick up the book and read it, but the point is that they do.




It turns out that making a book into a movie suddenly makes it that much more appealing to potential readers. Maybe it's the idea that it must be good if they're making a movie out of it, I don't know. As someone who reads books simply because they're books, the reasoning behind it all goes over my head and is beside the point. The fact that our high-tech world is inadvertently encouraging people to read books is just wonderful to me. Even if the movie turns out to be nothing like the book (Case in point: The Giver, as mentioned earlier) people are reading the actual book and perhaps falling in love for the first time. If for no other reason, this makes me whole-heartedly in favor of making books into movies.

8/21/14

5 Reasons to Read the Contaminated Series

1. It takes a unique spin on the word "zombie."

The zombies in the series are just similar enough to the ones who crave brains that we all know and love that those of you who love paranormal books will feel right at home. But the zombies are also unique, have characteristics that are more human than most, which will appeal to those of you who shy away from rotting flesh.

2. It's delightfully creepy.

This is definitely not a book you want to read if you're looking for an early bedtime. I remember one scene in particular where the main character comes across a long-dead man in an abandoned house. She then proceeds to go to the basement, which leads to more terror and nail-biting. I won't give everything away so you can discover the spine-tingling scenes yourself.

3. The series is evenly paced.

The second book lived up to the high expectations set by its predecessor, which doesn't happen very often in a series, especially a dystopian one. But in this case, book #2 might've been even better than the first!


4. It has a small cast of characters.

This is something I really appreciate. I hate having 20+ characters whose names and roles to the book I can't remember. Between the first and the second book, there were maybe a dozen characters. This also gave me a chance to get to know all of them better, rather than vaguely remember a few.
 
5. The main character is not trying to take over the government.

This is probably the biggest thing the author could do to make her series stand out. In most dystopian series, the main character ends up getting sucked in to a revolution or is forced to become an icon for the rebels. Velvet doesn't do any of that. Instead, she keeps her head down and does what's best for her family, which makes for an appealing, unique premise and doesn't wear out all the old storylines.

Have you read the Contaminated series? What are your thoughts on it?

8/15/14

5 YA Contemporary Authors Whose Books You Should Eat

by Cait

I'm not the biggest contemporary fan in the world, but I do love a fabulous story that will make me, a) laugh, b) admire the writing, and c) feel squishy inside. Or cry. Crying is okay too.


1. Rainbow Rowell
I've read two of her books so far, but I plan to sneak over to the adult side (gasp) and try out those too, because she's an amazing writer! Her words are beautiful. And she leaves ambiguous endings, which, I won't deny, I love so much.

What do I love most about her writing? Well, she writes wonderfully relatable characters that I honestly want to pop off the page because I could be BFFs with them. (Particularly Cath.)

I wasn't blown away by Eleanor And Park like I expected to be, but Fangirl is on my best-of-ever shelf. I loved the way Rainbow Rowell wrote introverts. And also that she admitted you could live on peanut butter alone for several weeks. Of course you can. My mother doesn't believe me.

Books by Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor And Park || Fangirl || Landline || Attachments


2. Matthew Quick
I've yet to read his adult books, but his YA ones are astounding and both kind of stole my heart.

What do I love most about his writing? He doesn't write about easy, safe topics. He usually deals with mental illnesses and he writes it so well.

I love books where I can learn things, especially if it's about people and how they think. Books that deal with mental illness have to do it really well (and preferably not make any doozy mistakes) and Matthew Quick pulls it off. Plus! One of his books (The Silver Lining Playbook) was made into a movie and it was so, so incredible. I recommend it, by the way.

Books by Matthew Quick: The Silver Linings Playbook || Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock || The Good Luck of Right Now || Boy21


3. Lucy Christopher
I've only read two of her books so far, but I've been very intrigued by both. Plus, she's grew up in Australia! Yaaaay for my deadly sunburnt land.

What do I love most about her writing? I like that her contemporaries aren't conventional. They always have a huge suspense element in them. They can get a little scary.

I particularly liked the whodunnit element of The Killing Woods. And it had quite the shocking reveal at the end. WOAH. I honestly needed a hug after that trauma.

Books by Lucy Christopher: The Killing Woods || Stolen || Flyaway




4. Stephanie Perkins
I wasn't sure I'd like her books when I first picked them up. They looked like pure chick-flicks, which is fine! Don't get me wrong! But I personally prefer something chewy with my flicks. And, actually, Stephanie Perkins writes insanely well. I love that.

What do I love most about her writing? She writes complex characters with emotional turmoil that's makes my feels ache. And her couples are seriously cute.

I can't even pick a favourite between the two of her books I've read! I ship the couples pretty dang hard. Oh. And can I say France?! I love France and any book that has to do with Paris (and the incredible food it holds) I want in.

Books by Stephanie Perkins: Anna and the French Kiss || Lola and the Boy Next Door || Isla and the Happily Ever After


5. John Green
Of course I have to put John Green on this list! He's probably the top name in YA at the moment. (Particularly since The Fault in Our Stars movie was a screaming success...and Paper Towns is coming out soon and DID I MENTION Looking for Alaska is now in the makings too?! Can we just say screaming success a few times?!!) This dude is amazing.

What do I love most about his writing? He always talk to his readers like they're intelligent humans.

I appreciate that! I'm a smart little being. I like to learn from books and I like them to have the occasional difficult concept or incorporate maths or science or theories or metaphors. (In Gus' case, a lot of metaphors.)

Books by John Green: The Fault in Our Stars || Looking for Alaska || Paper Towns || Let It Snow ||

Yes, it is Gus. I appreciate them.

John Green is one of my all-time favourite authors. I really really hope he writes another book.



What about you?!
I want to hear about your top favourite contemporary authors, so shout 'em out in the comments!