The Book Blogger Hop is a meme hosted by Crazy For Books in which a question is asked and an answer is given! This week's question/topic is:
"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?
Which have you disliked?"
My Answer: This is such a tough question for me! As a rule, I don't generally love book-to-movie adaptations because they are never as great as the books. I find that when I do like these types of movies, it is typically because I would have liked them even if I had not read the book...
That being said, I suppose an example of one of my favorites would be Ramona and Beezus from 2010. It was cast superbly and the movie was spectacular. Even if I had never read the Beverly Cleary stories, and if I wasn't so attached to Ramona Quimby, I would still love this movie. The little gal who played Ramona was perfect as Ramona.
As far as disliking goes...I think I generally dislike the adaptations just a little bit all across the board, without doing it on purpose. I can't help it. An example of this is Beastly by Alex Flinn. Recently I saw the movie in the theater and I was a little disappointed at how far off from the book it was. For example and most obvious to me, the beast in the book was hairy. In the movie, he was not. In the book, Lindy had red hair. In the movie, she was played by Vanessa Hudgins who kept her dark, dark hair for the role. The book was fun and the movie was not terrible, but the two just are not comparable to me. And the movie tie-in cover for the book...well that's just another topic for another week...
Follow Friday is a weekly event hosted at Parajunkee's View where a question is asked and answered. All the blogs that participate are linked together in one place. It's really cool.
This week, the question is:
How many books do you read in one week?
And in what format do you read them or listen to them?
My Answer: Life around this house is really unpredictable and crazy with three kids and a busy husband, but I read in every spare moment in can! That being said, I usually get about two or three books read in a week. I do not have an eReader! I have just borrowed my first audiobook from the library, and I find that it is really easy to listen to it in the car. And I am currently reading a "big chapter book" out loud to my kids, a little bit at the time. So my life is filled with books and reading, but mostly it is at the rate of 2-3 books per week.
Ginger at GReads! created this fun weekly event called TGIF at GReads! to re-cap the week and ask us fun questions. This week she asked us this:
In 2011 which new/old authors
have you discovered and loved?
1. Philip Pullman: I recently read the first two books in the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. I fell in love with them instantly. I have yet to read the third and final book in the series, The Amber Spyglass. I am holding out because I loved the first two so much and I read them so fast. When I lift my book-buying ban, these will probably be the first books I buy.
2. Stieg Larsson: I also recently read the first two novels in the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire) and was blown away at how thrilling and amazing and awesome they are. The main character, Lisbeth Salander, is one of the most complex and butt-kicking book characters out there. I really want to see these movies, but I want to finish the trilogy first.
3. John Green: One of the first books I read this year was Paper Towns. It was so incredible! I'm still thinking about random capitalization...that's how incredible. I'm having a royal fit to read Looking for Alaska. Plus, there is something super awesome about somebody (in this case, an author) who wants to rid the world of suck. *DFTBA*
**There are a bazillion fantastic authors out there. These are only three of them. I almost feel like I'm doing a disservice to some of my other favorites, but I know that eventually another question will come around when I can talk about them.**Wow! What a great question!