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.
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.
(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
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
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
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.
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.
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 Clubby 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 Ringsseries by J.R.R. Tokien- Books are a classic but I loveeed these gorgeous movies!
4. The Shiningby Stephen King- One of those times where the movie is completely different from the book BUT equally are wonderful to read/watch!
5. Holesby 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 Eyreby 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 Brideby William Goldman- Loved this movie so much! The book is great as well!
8. The Bourne Identityby Robert Ludlum- Great series and I really enjoyed the movie adaptations as well.
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
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
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
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.
friendship of Q, Radar & Ben and how they all got each others
back and help each other, no matter what happens
complex Margo is and her adventures
you can form friendships with people you never know you would
there’s so much more behind a person’s appearance
the clues, piecing them together
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.
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.
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
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.
she loved mysteries so much that she became one.”
can see her almost perfectly in this cracked darkness.”
a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
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.”
town was paper, but the memories were not.”
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.
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.)
“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.