Anonymous Book Recommendations

Hello everyone! So yesterday I decided to have a little fun and ask people anonymously online what their favorite books were. I frequently use the apps Whisper and Yik Yak to vent or talk to random people. I decided since everything is anonymous people are probably more willing to give book recommendations because if they’re weird no one will know it’s  your favorite. I’m going to list all the book recommendations I got by app and by posting and I will link the amazon page to each one.

Yik Yak

I got a good response on here from my college feed but only two suggestions from my home feed. Since I live off campus and Yik Yak uses your location to determine where you can post, I had two places to ask the question.

Home Feed

L’Etranger  or The Stranger by Albert Camus

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

College Feed

One person said the Dictionary

One person said Facebook

The Culture Series by Iain Banks

Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Perks of Being A Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking For Alaska by John Green

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Anything written by Timothy Zahn (I got no specific book names but they’re all Star Wars books)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

Whisper

Anything by Donna Tartt or Sarah Waters

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Are any of your favorite books on this list? Are you going to try to get book recommendations from anonymous sites?

The Worst Book To Movie Adaptations

Hey everyone! We’ve all been through this. We find a book we absolutely fall in love with and want it to make it to the big screen. Then our dreams come true and we have some regrets. Maybe we should have been more specific in our wishing. Maybe we should have said a good movie. We see the cast list slowly appear and get more and more nervous but push our fears aside because maybe we are being too hasty. We get to the theater and find that our fears have been founded. The movie is a trainwreck. It has strayed so far from the books that you wonder can it even be called an adaptation.

I know this feeling all too well, so I’ve complied a list of the worst adaptations. Your’s might be different or the same but these are the movies that let me down the most.

  1. EragoneragonLiterally the worst movie adaptation I’ve ever seen in my life. This movie is basically just a whole different plot with the same name and characters. The costumes were awful because at one point Eragon is wearing what looks like a white medievalesque top and blue jeans. The acting was appalling.  Everyone seemed so lifeless and the fact that the guy who played Eragon was able to get a job after this film is amazing. Saphira looks totally wrong too. She’s blue and that’s about all that is correct. Honestly, the onlly saving grace of this movie is Jeremy Irons. If I could have this movie remade the only person I would keep would be him. Maybe I’m biased because I love Jeremy Irons. This movie gets a negative ten out of ten.
  2. The Lightning Thief Percy-Jackson-the-Olympians-The-Lightning-Thief-2010.jpegNot as bad as Eragon but still not good. I felt like they took what was an excellent and action filled book and turned it into a boring movie. Everything just felt lack luster to me. The fight scenes were over so fast and without any style. The capture the flag scene was also not good. There just seemed to be a lack of heart that went into this. Also Annabeth is blonde for goodness sakes. I know when they did the second movie of this (which I did not see) they made her blonde but really its too late. Only saving thing of this movie was Nathan Fillion as Hermes.
  3. City of BonesThe-Mortal-Instruments-City-of-Bones-banner.jpgJust bad. I mean I don’t know how else to put it. Horrible casting choices I think was this film’s main issue. It again goes with the lifelessness thing I talked about before. Also no one looked right in my opinion but maybe that’s just me. However, the new Shadowhunters TV show is pretty good. Not 100% like the book but still good. My review of the pilot can be found here.
  4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula443This movie is such an issue for me. There is a lot I like but there’s a lot I hate and ultimately that outweighs the good it does. For the most part I’m a fan of the casting. Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins were fantastic choices as Dracula and Van Helsing. If I could redo this movie they would stay for sure. They embody all the things I enjoyed from each character. Unfortunately, their amazing performances don’t outshine the disasters that are Keanu Reeves and Winona Rider. They are god awful. Keanu Reeves cannot do a British accent to save his life. He sounds like a surfer who happens to live in England so he may have slightly picked up an accent. Winona makes Mina, my favorite character, immensely dull and simpering. I also cannot enjoy the love story with Drac and Mina because it does not exist in the book and I just hate that we have to add this weird romantic, reincarnation plot to a perfectly good story. It’s silly really. The things this movie does right is Lucy’s transformation into a vampire and just Gary Oldman as Dracula. My other issue is the blatant over sexualization of Lucy. Lucy is a flirt but never sexaully explicit. It’s too much and completely out of character.

So those are my four main terrible adaptations. If  you could add to the list what would you put? Any disappointments I missed (or didn’t miss) out on? Let me know down below.

To Watch or Not To Watch: Shadowhunters

  
Hello everyone! So I’m writing this during commercial breaks but I wanted to get up my thoughts in a timely fashion after the premier of Shadowhunters. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series were highly disappointed a few years ago with the City of Bones movie but it looks like Shadowhunters won’t be treating us the same way. 

There are a number of changes made to the plot but I’m really quite impressed with all of them. 

1. They aged up all the characters: Instead of getting older actors and actresses to play younger teenagers we have Clary and everyone at the college age. It seems like this will allow for a darker and edgier production that may seem odd or inappropriate done by younger characters.

2. A more involved Jocelyn: In the novels Jocelyn seemed to be in denial about the past coming back but the TV show Jocelyn is very active in wanting Clary to know. I won’t reveal much but Jocelyn is an utter badass and I look forward to her plot more later.

I’m loving how quickly we’re getting to see the characters develop and their quirks. Isabelle and Alec already have a convincing and realistic sibling relationship with all the teasing and jabs at each other. Jace is being shown as the fearless leader that still has the trademark smartassery readers loved. Simon is utterly adorkable and is probably going to become a fan favorite. Alec is the bookish and rule abiding guy we all love. Clary has much more backbone than the book version in my opinion. She seems to be more willing to fight to save herself and her mother. It looks like TV is getting more badass women which is something I love and hope to see more of.

I’m going to give this pilot an A for a wonderful adaptation and just as a really good pilot. I’m hoping this will get great views not just from fans but everyone. Who knows? Maybe this show will give us more fans of the books we love so much.

Bookish New Year Goals

Happy 2016! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s celebration. Since its that time of year again I figured I’d make some goals but specifically for books. 

The goals are as follows:

1. Read 50 books this year, not including ones for class.

2. Write on this blog at least once a week.

3. Finish all those E-ARCs from Netgalley.

4. Try to write more in general.

These seem pretty simple and really 3 can help reach the goal of 1 and 2. Let’s see how this goes. What are your bookish goals for this year?