eastofthemoon asked:

I have a fun idea, an episode in which Hiccup screws up and gets himself poisoned (might even make him unconscious or extremely feverish). Since he's too sick to move or go anywhere, the other Berk kids have to be the ones to gather the cure and save Hiccup's butt. Just imagined how worried Toothless would be who would probably refuse to leave Hiccup's side.

*glances at the HTTYD book series on my shelf and grins widely*

You have no idea how much I want this. All of this. And throw in some poorly attempted “cures” into the mix alongside his feverish delirium and Toothless’ worry. XD

In the books, many members of the Night’s Watch are genuinely shortsighted and bigoted, just as they are on the show. However, they believe they at least tried to give Jon the benefit of the doubt, and that he forced their hands. So they kill him before he can march south, saying they’re doing it “for the Watch.” It’s a tragic moment — their decision seems likely to be a terrible mistake — but one that feels completely earned.

When it comes to adapting the books, I’m not a purist. I completely expect the TV show to change and simplify things. But it annoys me when the show keeps a shocking moment but strips it of its essence and meaning for the characters involved. Game of Thrones did that here, and what ended up on screen rang hollow.

Overall, it seems the showrunners were too afraid to portray Jon as an oath-breaker. Instead, they wanted to keep him noble, a pure hero betrayed by black-hearted goons who simply couldn’t see the big picture. They preferred to tell us what to think and whom to side with, rather than let us decide for ourselves. The result is that the show’s Jon is a much less interesting character, and that his death scene is much less powerful.

marcelocolin asked:

Will you be on the Ready Player 1 Movie Adaptation? This book gave me a huge nerd boner. And Since I heard the audio-book you are heavily partially responsible for it.

I would love that, very much, but I think it’s incredibly unlikely. RPO is going to be a huge hollywood movie, and it seems like Hollywood (at least the Hollywood that makes big movies) isn’t interested in me as an actor at the moment.

Howard Zinn's "A People's History of American Empire" graphic novel

Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of American Empire is a fantastic comic-book adaptation of Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States

(the best and most important critical history of the life of everyday people in America from 1492 onward), a new edition illustrated by Mike Konopacki and aided by historian Paul Buhle. American Empire focuses on the history of American foreign policy, starting with the policy of conquering America itself, with brutal massacres like Wounded Knee.

Zinn is an uncompromising critic of the imperial history of America, the unilateral deeds of its leaders, the atrocities committed by its military and  its contractors through Asia, Africa, Europe, and around the world. But the book is also part memoir, describing the emotional commitment to democracy and America that led him to join the military and fight in WWII in Europe – a campaign that ended with the first-ever napalm drop on a village in France, roasting surrendered German soldiers waiting to be taken away to a POW camp.

Zinn is a fierce lover of democracy, of justice, and of freedom, and he makes it clear that America is a land divided by dreams of affluence (no matter the global cost) and dreams of liberty for all. As a wise man once said, “All countries fail to live up to their ideals. America fails to live up to better ideals than most.” We can’t forgive or forget the atrocities of Iran-Contra, My Lai, Wounded Knee, or the many other shameful moments in American imperial history, because the price of forgetfulness is fresh horrors, in Abu Ghraib, in Guantanamo, in Afghanistan.

Zinn shows us that loving American means taming her, controlling the plutocrats who assert the unilateral power to crush dissent, act in secret and go to war.

The comic book form is a great way of delivering this message, the spreads mix text, cartoons, reproductions of historical documents and photos, making the whole thing visual, dynamic, and absolutely captivating.

A People’s History of American Empire

“I think you think that sitting at your desk, frowning and smiling somehow makes you think you’re actually living some fascinating life.”

What we know: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, James Ponsoldt

The Circle is the modern day 1984. Big Brother is watching; cameras are everywhere, all online activity is tracked and stored, accessible by anyone with a Circle account. Everything is in ‘the cloud’ and there is nowhere to hide. The Circle threatens to be a totalitarian monopoly under the guise of free access to everyone. Sounds scary, right? But it is one step away from where we are today, an idea the book tries to not-so-subtlety pound into the reader’s head.

What confounds me the most about the information released so far for the adaptation is the casting of Emma Watson as Mae Holland. While promising from the standpoint of Emma’s talent and ability to elevate a film, Dave Eggers writes a largely misogynistic portrayal of women with the characters of Mae Holland, as well as her friend Annie Allerton, that is contradictory of the push toward feminism Emma is fighting for (namely with her #HeForShe campaign). While the object of the novel is to malign today’s culture of overly relying on social media and policing the world through technology, Eggers does nothing to make the female characters likable. Mae repeatedly returns to a lover, a term used loosely, who has proven to be emotionally abusive. When a sex video is released into ‘the cloud’ to be viewed by the world her friend cares more about the idea of the loss of data than the anguish it causes Mae. Even the death of a companion due to Mae’s addiction is not enough to cause her to think twice about her actions. Mae serves as nothing more than a tool in a game being played by the “Big Boys,” and mindlessly follows what the men order and intimidate of her.

While Mae is presented as overly problematic and selfish (an adjective used against her by men on both sides of the issues), the men are shown to the reader through Mae’s rose-colored glasses. She idolizes them for their power and presence telling us to think of them in similar terms. And when it is clear to the reader that she is being easily manipulated and led to think their way, and their way only, it becomes frustrating how incapable Mae is of noticing this herself. The men are the obvious villains, but Mae’s inability to be redeemable leaves the story hopeless and without a protagonist. 

The challenges James Ponsoldt faces when adapting the source material into a screenplay include shaping Mae into a character audiences can connect to and root for while maintaining the underlying fear of a Digital Age takeover, the Completion of The Circle. What is working for Ponsoldt out of the gate is the audiences’ ability to relate to the over saturation of social media, which will translate easily onto screen through visuals and personal experience. Very real are pressures of living in a society where everything is immediately on the internet, where the majority of young adults and older carry a computer in their pockets and document their actions from eating to sleeping, to behave for the cameras, and lack of social media gets you forgotten and left behind. What Ponsoldt must do now is make the audiences care that this is an issue and want to change.

Rating: 🎬🎬🎬/5


let the abbey stones be the envoys sent to seek the king. let the hurtfew beck be the path by which the king shall come. let the fruit from the orchard trees be the handsel the king will recieve. and let the moment of this flame’s death be the time the king shall appear.

Not Catching Fire: 21 YA adaptations that failed to launch franchises

The Golden Compass (2007)

Despite a flawless cast, complicated plotting and controversial subject matter made the His Dark Materials trilogy a non-starter.

The Indian In The Cupboard (1995)

The film captured the wonder of the source material, but it had to face some of the toughest summer box office competition of the ’90s.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)

The film was never going to be able to embody the spirit of the playful words written by Daniel Handler, plus Jim Carrey was oddly miscast.

Holes (2003)

The follow-up novel didn’t focus on Stanley Yelnats or Camp Green Lake, so a movie sequel would’ve been short on recognizable stars from the first film.

Alex Pettyfer

Pettyfer gets a special shout-out as the reigning champ of failed YA franchises, with Alex Rider, I Am Number Four​, and Beastly​ all under his belt.

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dandridgemonroe asked: You’ve prob been asked this before and sorry if you have but what are your fave books that have been adapted into movies and that you recommend reading

I have done this once before, but it has been a really long time. Very happy to do it again! In honor of the Broke and the Bookish, I’m going to do my top ten favorite movie adaptations of books! Let me know what yours are as well- always love looking for more! 

Instead of linking to the book’s Goodreads page, the titles below will take you to the movie trailer on YouTube! 

1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk- love the book and love the movie! I thought they did a great job of keeping it true to the original work! 

2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- Childhood favorite- still love binge watching them! 

3. Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tokien- Books are a classic but I loveeed these gorgeous movies! 

4. The Shining by Stephen King- One of those times where the movie is completely different from the book BUT equally are wonderful to read/watch! 

5. Holes by Louis Sachar -I recently taught this book and was reminded how much of a classic it was. I remember thinking they did a good job with the movie as well! 

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë- I actually haven’t seen the new one, only the old, but I loved seeing this book put on screen! It’s one of my favorites from it’s time period. 

7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman- Loved this movie so much! The book is great as well! 

8. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum- Great series and I really enjoyed the movie adaptations as well.

9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett- Love!

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- My only super recent one. I thought they did a great job of translating this for on the screen! 

So what did you think? What are your favorites? Thank you dandridgemonroe for the question! I hope this list helps you! 


Book Recommendation of Paper Towns by John Green

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…
(summary from Goodreads)

Yes, I enjoyed it very much! I loved that adventurous night they have in the beginning and how complex Margo is. She is a crazy badass who has a lot of creativity when it comes to plot revenge plans and actually has the balls to pull them through. But she is also so much more that she seems to be. I found that refreshing. I liked how Q and his friends befriended with other people regardless of what they thought of them before. And I really liked the clue hunting and mysteriousness.
I didn’t see the plot twist at the end coming but I liked it. I’m not going to say why I liked it so much because I don’t want to spoiler anyone.
What I really like is the message that Paper Towns contains. That you’ll never know how another person truly is like because you’ll never be inside them and know what they actually think and feel like.

What I loved

  • the friendship of Q, Radar & Ben and how they all got each others back and help each other, no matter what happens
  • how complex Margo is and her adventures
  • that you can form friendships with people you never know you would
  • that there’s so much more behind a person’s appearance
  • finding the clues, piecing them together
  • the mysteriousness

I’m a big fan of John Green’s writing. I think that he has the ability to capture the voice of teenager (especially in dialogues) while intertwining that with his trademark use of complicated words. And his sophisticated teenagers who sometimes have weird hobbies. What I didn’t really like was the open end. But that’s just my personal opinion because I’m not a fan of open endings in general.

The pacing was okay besides the slow progression in some part of the second half. The plot was a bit dragging because there weren’t any more clues for them to follow or they couldn’t find the connection. Although that was realistic I wanted more suspense (and I wanted to know if they could solve it). But therefore the ending was full of suspense and well paced.

Character development
I love the character development of Quentin. It’s very subtle but he changes from this person who has everything figured out and sees things/people strictly as they are, to this reckless determined person who questions the things he saw that way and looks beyond the appearance. And realized that there is much more than what meets the eyes.

Like I already said, I enjoyed Paper Towns very much but it wasn’t as heart wrenching like The Fault in Our Stars. The story captured me but in a more curious matter than an emotional matter. I really wanted to piece all the clues together and find out about Margos intentions and whereabouts. But otherwise it didn’t brought me tears or second hand embarrassment. Well, that actually a bit (just saying beer sword). But not awkward puppy love kinda feels. Those kill me.

Famous quotes

“Maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

“I can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness.”

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.”

I highly recommend the book. Not only because I’m a big fan of John Green’s books and his sophisticated characters but also because this book really shows that a person can be much more than what others see and that is important.

I’m rating this book with ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ /5

Where you can buy the book: Amazon, Book Depository

Aaaaaand I am so pumped for the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watch the trailer here: Trailer 1 & Trailer 2 

And here is a site with all the official release dates

So here it is: my first book recommendation. I know it took quite a while but I’m glad that I really did it. So please, participate (only if you want to) and post a quote, your opnion, your favorite lines, a picture of the book (maybe together with yourself :D) and/or anything that contains it with the hashtag #plbnr. I will collect all posts and put them together in a collage. 

The collage of Paper Towns will contain all posts that are posted until July 4th, 2015.

I hope that you enjoyed it (and maybe want to participate. I would really love that.)

Lots of love,


Book-to-film-adaptation: The Hobbit 

“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

David Tennant Joins Steven Yeun, Felicia Day in ‘Chew’ Comic Adaptation

Here’s something to chew on: David Tennant will be joining Steven Yeun (not Moffat—sorry, Doctor Who fans) for an animated movie adaptation of Chew, an award-winning comic book by John Layman and Rob Guillory.

Chew centers on a character named Tony Chu (Yeun), a detective and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent. Chu happens to be a “cibopath”—someone who has the ability to see the life history of everything he eats. That means he can take a bite of anything (except beets, apparently) and then receive a vivid psychic impression. In the world of Chew, bird meats are illegal after the bird flu wiped out millions of Americans.

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