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Top Ten Tuesday-Books on the Big (or Small) Screen 9/10/13

toptentuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about TV and film adaptations of books. When compiling this list of titles that we would love to seen on the big screen we can assume that the adaptation will be done in a perfect world and will therefore not suck.

As Seen On TV (Please?):

1. Gone by Michael Grant. Shove on over Under the Dome (and network television), this is how you do horror.

gone

2. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Vampire never go out of style, right? I think this would be a fun series to see on TV.

hearts at stake

3. Ashes by Isla Bick. This woman is giving Michael Grant a run for his money in the freakishly disturbing horror category. This is a new twist on zombies and I can’t wait to see where things go in the final book.

ashes new cover

4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I’d watch those broody boys search for a ley line any day. I am sure the series would provide enough material for a few seasons.

raven boys

5. The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. I don’t want a movie. I want season after season of Halt, Will, Horace, and Tug.

ruins

Runners up:

life as we knew it tell you i love you iron king

Dreaming of the Big Screen:

1. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Can you imagine the special effects for this one?

leviathan

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. There has to be a role for Wil Wheaton in this one.

ready

3. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. I can totally picture this as an animated film. How about it, Pixar?

hero's guide

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Fairy tales are all the rage!

cinder

5. The Diviners by Libba Bray. Actually, maybe not. I might be too afraid to watch!

diviners

Runners up:

mothership fiveflavorsof dumb please ignore vera dietz ship breaker white cat

Dear Hollywood,

There is some AWESOME material here. Don’t ruin it. Please.

Thanks,

Megan

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Mondays With Megan *Insert Catchy Title Here* and What are You Reading?

The creative juices are just not flowing this morning. No catchy title for me, sorry! I had a nice relaxing weekend and got to enjoy what could be the last bit of nice warm weather here in Cleveland. On Friday I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I read the book a couple of years ago and found it to be a bit…much. I mean, I enjoy an “issues” book (except for the cancer ones, those are too hard for me), but this one was overwhelming with the sheer number of issues. But that is not the point here. I liked the movie. I loved Emma Watson and Ezra Miller (what a cutie and great in Beware the Gonzo). The book translated well to the big screen-it was intense and moving and hopeful and I hope that the film’s target audience truly get the point. It does get better. Also, it made me a little nostalgic for the days of mixed tapes. Anyone else remember those?

On to the books! Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

I am mostly still plugging away at the same things I was reading last week…

I was listening to Stay Close by Harlan Coben on Playaway, but about half way through the darn thing malfunctioned so I had to pick something new. I will probably go back and finish it eventually. It was just getting good too! Anyway, my new pick is This Is How by Augusten Burroughs.

I am also rereading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld for my book club this week. I originally listened to this one and Alan Cumming was a brilliant reader, but I am actually liking the book better now that I am reading it myself. I love the illustrations so much.

I also read iZombie volumes 2 and 3 by Chris Roberson. The story has been moving at a snail’s pace, but things have finally picked up and really hooked me. Which means I am now back to waiting for vol. 4. At least I have the newest The Walking Dead waiting for me!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Indentity Crisis! Am I the Messenger or Number Four?

Time for some quick reviews! I recently finished two books with I am in the title and now I will review them both.

First up: I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (a pseudonym for authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes)

Teen John Smith and his “father” Henri have lived a life on the run. John and Henri are two of a handful of  surviving members of the alien race of Loriens. Their planet was attacked and destroyed by the Mogodorians. In the midst of the chaos nine children and their guardians managed to escape. They reached Earth and scattered, secure in the knowledge that they could only be killed in a certain order. Three are dead and John is number four. When they learn of the demise of number three, the pair pack up and hit the road, settling in Paradise, Ohio. John longs for a normal high school experience, complete with a girlfriend, but it’s hard to be normal when killer aliens are after you.

I have been putting this book off for a while, but I needed to read it before I showed the movie at the library. Yes, I am a book snob that way. I need to read the book before I see the movie. Interestingly enough, I am not a book-to-movie snob. I try really hard not to compare the two things. But I digress…

I am kind of conflicted over this one. On the one hand there are gaping holes in the plot (which kind of moves at a snail’s pace for a good portion of the book). On the other hand, it’s about aliens! With superpowers! It’s about a kid who just wants to fit in and a father-type guy who just wants to protect his kid. It’s about secrets, and loyalty, and falling in love. In the end, despite it’s flaws, I bought in and want to know what happens next. I also have to admit that while I was reading it, I couldn’t help but think of how I would feel if I was one of those alien kids who grew up here but had the enormous responsibility of restoring a planet I could barely remember. I wonder if I would even want to go back? Anyway. In short, no literary gem here, but an interesting read.

Other alien reads include Stuck on Earth by David Klass and The Host by Stephenie Meyer (which was also a slow start, but ended up being pretty awesome).

Next: I am Number Four by Markus Zusak

Ed Kennedy is a nineteen-year-old Australian cab driving who lives with a smelly old dog, pines away for his best friend, Audrey, and loves to play cards. He’s an ordinary guy, going nowhere fast, until the day he foils a bank robbery. His glory is short-lived, but shortly after the would-be robber is sentenced, Ed receives an ace of clubs with three addresses written on it. And so begins Ed’s new adventure. Once he visits each address he realizes he is supposed to do something for each person on the list. When he does, more cards and clues arrive, each with a new challenge. The biggest challenge of all, however, is for Ed to decide who he wants to be.

I listened to this one and despite my sister’s warning to not announce this, I am going to admit that it was like having Jesse Spencer drive around with me telling me a story. Kind of awesome.

I really enjoyed this book, and yet I am having a difficult time finding the words to explain why. I liked Ed and his smelly old coffee drinking dog. I liked that Ed was totally game when bizarre things started happening. I liked that the messages were so simple and beautiful. I liked Ed’s damaged and flawed friends. I loved the person Ed becomes. And the writing? It is rich and unsentimental and at times brutal, but every word is important. I wanted them all and more. What I love most about this book is how it made me feel. I felt good listening to this book. And I do enjoy an unlikely hero with a humorous inner monologue!

This book tackles some mature issues, including drinking, sex, and domestic violence, so I recommend it with caution. But recommend it, I do! Give this one to fans of John Green. Read alikes include It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini and How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Staniford.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Hunger Games Movie News and Other Items of Interest

It seems that the buzz keeps alternating between City of Bones movie news and The Hunger Games movie news. While we all wait to hear if Alex Pettyfer is going to play Jace, let’s obsess about The Hunger Games. As you’ve probably heard, Katniss has been cast. Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence for landing this huge role. I haven’t seen any of her performances, but I hear she was great in Winter’s Bone and from what I have read about her she sounds pretty tough (she’s the only girl in a family of boys and she had to learn to skin a squirrel, chop wood and start a fire while filming Winter’s Bone. She should make a great Katniss, as long as she loses the blond tresses.) I know a lot of people were hoping for Hailee Steinfeld or Abigail Breslin, but maybe we’ll see one of them play Rue or Prim? So, now it appears that we are waiting on the men. Who will play Peeta and Gale? Stay tuned.

In other news, that I find equally exciting, I came across the new cover for the next Heist Society book, Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter.

I can’t wait for this book! It is due out June 21, so if you haven’t read Heist Society yet you have plenty of time to catch up. What’s it all about you ask? Well, it’s about fifteen-year-old Kat, who is the daughter of notorious art thieves, and a pretty clever con artist in her own right. All she wants is to get out of the family business and be a normal teen, but when her father is accused of stealing from a powerful mobster it is up to Kat to clear his good name (he he, his good name!). This book has is all-mystery and intrigue, humor, romance, action, and one super sassy female lead. Ally Carter definitely tops my favorites list. I think I am more excited about this than The Hunger Games movie. Both of her series, The Gallagher Girls and Heist Society are perfect for readers who like tough girls like Katniss without all the intensity and gore.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Movie News

Hi, my name is Megan, and I am obsessed with the site stats section of my blog. I don’t think it’s a problem…yet. In fact, my obsession has led me to an interesting discovery. I think people are finding my blog because of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie! Tee hee. Let me explain. I have been noticing over the past few weeks that an old post is getting new attention. Last September I did a little post in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the title space I put the old pirate movie joke…it’s rates arrrrr. Anyway, I finally figured out why people were getting that post-Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides is scheduled for release in May and if you type the words “did you hear about the new pirate movie” the very first hit is my blog! I have not seen any of these movies, but I think I am going to pick the first one up today and get started.

In other movie new, I am Number Four starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron opens next Friday, February 18th. In case you didn’t know this is based on the book with the same title by Pittacus Lore. Pittacus Lore is the pen name of James Frey (“A Million Little Pieces” and “Bright Shiny Morning”) and Jobie Hughes (grew up in Ohio, went to Ohio University). I have not read the book yet and it has been on my TBR pile for ages, but with all the movie hype I’ll probably have to wait. Watch for a second book due out in August called The Power of Six. Alex Pettyfer is also the star of Beastly, scheduled to be released in March. This movie is also based on a YA book of the same name by Alex Flynn. It is a modern retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.” I have read the book (which I enjoyed) and am looking forward to the movie. Young Alex is certainly in high demand these days. He is the fan favorite to play Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. From what I hear he is in discussions about this.

Finally, Universal Studios is making a movie out of Jay Asher’s amazing 2007 novel, Thirteen Reasons Why. Selena Gomez has been pick for the lead role of Hannah, a teen who commits suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes meant for the people who played a role in her death. This project is still in development and supporting roles have not been cast, though Logan Lerman (Lightening Thief, Perks of Being a Wallflower) is rumored to be up for the role of Clay, the shy guy who had a crush on Hannah. I’ll be interested to see how that turns out. In the meantime, get busy reading those books so you can compare the movies.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

I thought I would mention a few last books of 2009 before moving on to things to look forward to in 2010!

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julia Halpern

This is a laugh out loud look at losing friends, finding friends, fitting in, and being cool in high school. I am so happy to have found this gem and I highly recommend it!

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

This is another book about fitting in and friendship, but not as humorous as Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. I was drawn to the book by the funky cover and title. The characters are quirky and the story is kind of sad. I will definitely recommend this to teen readers.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Again, the cool cover made me pick this book up, expecting a light, fun, summer read. Boy was I surprised! Talk about heartbreaking! If you can handle a sad story I highly recommend this one, but don’t worry, it was a happy ending.

Two of those last three favorites of 2009 are real downers, but now I will cheer you up with a few things to look forward to in 2010 (I’m nice that way)!

The list of books that I am looking forward to next year is very long, but the list of books being made into movies is much shorter and I am just as excited about them. Here are the first 3 on that list:

Youth in Revolt starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Justin Long, and Ray Liotta is based on the book Youth in Revolt: the Journals of Nick Twisp by C.D. Payne, opens in theaters January 8, 2010. If you have read the book, you know this movie has to be hilarious!

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: the Lightning Thief starring Logan Lerman, Uma Thurman, and Pierce Brosnan is based on the novel with the same title by Rick Riordan. This action packed movie opens February 12th, 2010 and I for one, plan to be there!

Alice in Wonderland starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, and Anne Hathaway is based on the classic Lewis Carroll book. Director Tim Burton will no doubt deliver a visually stunning and magical film to theaters March 5, 2010.

April-July will bring more books to the movies, but I am not ready to tell about them yet! Check back later.

Happy New Year!

˜Megan