Saturday, 17 March 2018

Blogger Book Nook: Books to screen

I'm glad that I am very much into books a lot more this year as reading is my favourite pass time.. I'm sure this is something you would have noticed if you read my blog regularly. 

For starters I set up my own book group on Facebook: Hooked on books with Joanna Victoria as well as that I also have set up my own hooked on books guest series and started a monthly post on the books I've been reading.  On top of that I've been joining in with other book groups Bookish Mamas, Book bloggers library  and blogger book nook.

The blogger book nook is definitely a good one with many threads, Q&A's, A long with a monthly book prompt which I'm joining in with for the first time.

1. What’s your favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?

I actually have a few. I really enjoyed The hunger games trilogy. I wasn't too sure what to expect from the films but I love them just as much as the books.

Room is also a favourite of mine. I read the book before the film hit the cinema's and its definitely one of my favourite books. When I knew it was going to be made into a film I made a date with the hubby so that we could go and see it. 


2. What’s your least favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?

I've found that there is quite a few actually. First of all Harry Potter I loved the books when growing up but I've not loved the films at all. Twilight is another I read when growing up and again I just couldn't get on with the films at all. Last of all I have to mention my sister's keeper. It had the potential to be a great film however I was hugely disappointed.


3. What book would you most like to see on screen that hasn’t been adapted yet?

This is a tough one as there are so many great reads out there. I definitely think more of Jodi Picoult's books have the potential to do well, if done much better than my sister's keeper. 

4. Do you always read the book before watching the adaption?

Yes. Well I try to, there have been a few times when I’ve watched a film without knowing it is an adaptation. So I'd say 9 times out if 10 I read the book first. I definitely prefer to read books first as most adaptions don't always go by the book completely. Plus I like to imagine the characters and places myself before seeing them on the screen.

5. Does seeing your favourite characters on screen ruin how they appear in your imagination?

Sometimes, I think it depends on who plays the character/s. I do find quite a few times that the characters on screen don't turn out how I imagine them to be.



Mini review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.  

I found it to be a gripiping read it does feature murder, domestic violence and sexual assaul.  Obviously they are series themes, however the book also has light heartedness too. The book follows 3 women Madeleine, Celeste and Jane and focuses on their lives. They all have children that are in kindergarden in the same year and each of their lives are very different however they are connected in ways they don't realise at first. The book flicks between each characters lives in the lead  up until the murder on triva night where someone is murdered. 

I really enjoyed the book the characters are believeable and the book is written well. I've only just started watching the series as I've wanted to make sure I read the book first. 
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31 comments

  1. Good to see another Harry Potter fan. Have to agree with you the screen adaptation was amazing from those books!

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  2. I am a big lover of books and often will read the book after seeing the movie to compare. Some adaptations can be great and others just don't feel right, I think it really depends on how much of the plot they fiddle with and how attached the reader is to the original.

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  3. I love reading too. It's nice to read a little more about your favourite books and adaptations.

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  4. I definitely prefer to read the books first, too! I actually love the Harry Potter adaptations though - they're missing a lot compared to the books but I just see them as two aspects of the same stories and I love them both :)
    I really love reading, I need to make more time to do it.

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  5. Oh yes good shout for turning Jodi Picoult's books into screen versions....actually can't believe nobody has done this yet?!

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  6. I'm feeling so guilty I haven't been reading much / at all at the moment. I need to get back in to it. I am probably the only person in the universe who hasn't watched the Harry Potter films or read the books!

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  7. Its wonderful that you have now set-up a nice little community of book lovers on facebook. Reading is such a great habit and many people are not spending enough time doing it.

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  8. Oh what a fab interview! I haven't seen Big little lies yet but I have read the book!

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  9. Adapting books to films can be really tricky can't it? I find if I have read the book first, often I don't enjoy the film so much! :D

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  10. I've not heard of the blogger book nook before but what a fab idea. I am with you on sometimes it definitely ruins your take on how you think they should look when a book is made into a film.

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  11. Books to Screen movies are a hit or miss. Sometimes it's really all about how the director would interpret the book as well. I think the HP series was done nicely. And I'm also sad about My Sister's Keeper.

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  12. I have to agree with you that The Hunger Games Trilogy was a great book to film adaptation!

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  13. I watched the series of Big Little Lies on the plane to Florida and loved it. I didn't realise there was a book too

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  14. I love reading too. I will check out Big Little Lies. It sounds great.

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  15. I prefer reading the books before I see the film where possible, but I tend to usually find the books better. I've just finished Ready Player One in advance of the movie x

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  16. What a great way to connect with other reading lovers by setting up your own group, well done you :) i tend to not read the book which accompanies a film just encase it ruins it if it was amazing, maybe i should change this as i seem to be missing out x

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  17. I have not sat a read a book from start to finish in years. I keep starting one then forgetting to go back to it. It is something I would really like to get into doing again. I could do with starting with a story like this one :)

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  18. I am terrible for watching the films before reading a book. Maybe I should start reading more.

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  19. I have seen my sister's keeper but didn't really enjoy it. Another movie that I think it was a bad adaptation of the book is PS I love you. The book is so powerful whilst the movie skips entire chapters and even changes the characters!

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  20. I haven't read the big little lies book however I've watched the whole of the first series and it was amazing from start to finish. Also agree with the bit about my sisters keeper had high hopes which sadly weren't met.

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  21. I love The Hunger Games! Good book choice, I don't read enough though

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  22. We’d like to see Caraval go from book to screen and agree with you about the Harry Potter adaptations x

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  23. Angela Ricardo Bethea21 March 2018 at 05:40

    I do really love books it makes me feel so happy and relieve my stress. and this looks interesting to read. I will surely give this a try.

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  24. I really want to read and what Big Little Lies. I've heard so many good things about it. I so agree with you about Harry Potter and Twilight not being as good as the books. I do still love both sets of films, but definitely wish they'd did them a little bit better. x

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  25. Some great book choices. Room is one of my favourite books .

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  26. Good shout on The Hunger Games. I'd say Harry Potter myself. I love it when a film does the book justice xxx

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  27. I loved the HP films and think that they tranferred well from the books too.

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  28. I cant remember the last time I picked up a book, maybe this time last year but I do want to read and watch big lie little lies.

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  29. I am surprised you didn't enjoy the Harry Potter films as much as the books. Although I know they did miss out a lot of the story line in the films.

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  30. My husband says that the hunger games was a goof adaptation too. I haven't seen or read it myself.

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  31. I'm one of those people who isn't a fan of books been turned into films. I don't know what it is - maybe the fact that they end up missing loads out or changing too much of the plot? Some are OK (like Harry Potter) but others are god damn awful. I could have sobbed when I saw Confessions of a Shopaholic. They totally ruined Becky's character!

    Louise x

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