Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Rewind – Top Ten Movie Adaptations

This week I have picked from The Broke and The Bookish rewind list Top Ten Movie Adaptations. However I am not going to write the normal top ten layout I am going to share me favourite and worst adaptations and the couple that sit on the fence.

Favourite Adaptations – For me these are the adaptations that I think kepp well to the books of in the case of the last two are even better than the books.

  • Now is Good 
  • The Chronicles of  Narnia 
  • The Hunger Games 
  • The Hobbit 
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 

Worst Adaptation – For different reasons these are bad adaptations. The first is mostly due to bad actors, the second is because they put too much of the rest of the series in and the last because the completely changed the ending. Although I did still cry the first time I saw it.

  • Twilight 
  • Cirque Du Freak – The Vampires Assistant 
  • My Sister’s Keeper 

Adaptations on the Fence – These films are ones that I do actually really enjoy however they do waver from the book so I can’t say they are my favourite.

  • Harry Potter Series 
  • The Wizard of Oz 

What Are Your Favourite And Worst Movie Adaptations?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Was Also A Fictional Character

After a few weeks of what have been easy topics for me this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish I found quite difficult. I think because a lot of the male characters I read about are seen from a girls point of view and many are the romantic interest in the books so they are written to be crushed one. However I tried to imagine me as a fictional character with all my interests in a boy and how characters compared to that and I do have a list, just not quite of ten.

  • Xander from Matched by Ally Condie Although I appreciated that Cassia was in love with Ky for me Xander would have been the one I think. There was just something about him and the way he thought that drew me to him and I liked that he had made the decision to be part of the rising before anyone else. He was clever and I like clever boys.
  • Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Edward was my very frist fictional crush. I am quite old fashioned and his traditional views on relationships won me over straight away. Don’t get me wrong he frustrated me too but I saw so much of the guy I fancied at the time in him too that I definatly crushed on him when reading the books and I’m sure would if I was in then.
  • Peeta Melark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This is a bit of an odd one to admit if I am honest becuase when I read the books I wasn’t convinced who I liked. When he lost his memory however I realised just how much I like his devotion to Katniss and I missed their romance. Its this devotion and his innocence that would make me fall for him if I was a charcter but it also helps his actor in the film it really cute. 
  • Alex from Angel by LA Weatherly Alex is probably the only real bad boy on my list and he isn’t really that of a bad boy. I just enjoyed reading about him when I read the books. I was furious when Seth was introduced because to me Alex is so lovely and the person I think Willow should be with.
  • Mikey from You Against Me by Jenny Downham Mikey is just a really good guy. He wants the best for his sister but also the truth. I think I could easily fall for him.  
  • Adam from Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I am unsure about putting Adam on my list because I think he is partly here because of the gorgeous actor that plays him in the film. However in the books he is also lovely and I feel like we could help each other through this madness of making decision about uni. 

Which Fictional Characters Do You Have A Crush On?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Romances

 With Valentines day just a couple of days away The Broke and The Bookish have given us a love themed topic for this weeks list. Our Top Ten Favourite Romances.

  • Bella and Edward – Twilight Saga 
  • Tris and Four – Divergent Trilogy
  • Willow and Alex – Angel Trilogy
  • Lena and Alex – Delirium Trilogy
  • Elizabeth and Darcy – Pride and Prejudice
  • Abby and Travis – Beautiful Disaster
  • Maya and Lochan – Forbidden
  • Cammie and Zack – Gallagher Girls Series
  • Mickey and Ellie – You Against Me
  • Kate and Taylor – My Sister’s Keeper

Who Are Your Favourite Romances?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

This week The Broke and The Bookish have given us a great topic, out Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever. I think this is a brilliant topic cause there are some character’s that really drive me crazy.

1. Seb from Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly It really frustrated me when Seb was introduced into this series because I didn’t want anyone getting in the way of Willow and Alex. Throughout the book he seems so sure of himself and how he wants to love willow and I just find it arrogant. I don’t want them to end up together. 

2. Corrine Dollanganger from Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews How any mother could do what she does to her children is beyond me. I don’t know how anyone can not be frustrated be her.

3. Aaron from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness This may give a little bit away about the book if you haven’t read it by Aaron really annoyed me because he just wouldn’t die. He kept coming back and getting in the way at the last minute. 

4. Zack from Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter Zack particularlt annoys me in the latest book of this series because he can’t just admit his feelings for Cammie and let them be together. He even lets her think bad of him and although it is because of his spy training it still infuriates me.

5. Lena from The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl In the second book in this series Lena goes totally off the rails and I just can’t understand her. It seems to go against everything she says in the first book and that annoys me. 

6. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien I don’t know is this counts but the reason Bilbo frustrates me is because he isn’t a likeable character in the book but in the film he is palyed by Martin Freeman who I think it brilliant. 

7. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen How can anyone not find Darcy frustating? He can’t seem to allow himself to accept his feelings for Elizabeth and seems ignorant to the fact he is seem by other as pompus

8. Tally from Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Tally is just one of those main characters that there is nothing to like about her. She can’t make up her mind about what she wants and ends up taking the wrong side and turning into everything she didn’t want to be. 

9. Peeta Mallark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Peeta is only frustrating in the last book in the series and it isn’t really his fault but it frustrates me how he looses his memory. All through the series his love and how he treats Katniss is that of a perfect gentleman and it drives me crazy that he looses all of that.

10. Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer I do mostly like Edward however there are a few things that really frustrate me about him. The first was when he leaves in the second book. I understand why he does it but it really is unnecessary and not only does he put her in more danger but breaks his promise her. The other things are in the last book, one when he wont believe that he hasn’t hurt her after they sleep together and then wont sleep with her again and then again with the way he deals with the pregnancy. 

Which Character’s Really Frustrate You?

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part Two – OMG!

Having finally calmed down enough to work a laptop I feel I need to blog about seeing the final film of The Twilight Saga while I am still at this immense emotional level.

Today I had a few friends over to have a Twilight-a-thon. It all sounds a bit cheesy but whilst a lot of people around my age see Harry Potter as the book of their childhood I didn’t read them till recently and it was the Twilight books I waiter eager for the next book to be published. When the first film was released I went to see it was at least 6 other friends that had read the books (bar 1) and working out we would be at uni by the last film we said we would get together for it. Sadly things didn’t stay as they were but 4 of our original group plus a great new friend got together to enjoy reliving a little part of our childhood and feel relief at the last film being over.

The film was intense right from the very beginning. Before the opening titles even began I had butterflies in my stomach and I think I was shaking through the entire movie. It began with a very different opening sequence to what we have seen on the previous films. A lot more picturesque like a nature show. What I did like though was that it began exactly at the end of the previous film, with Bella’s open eyes. Of course there were errors right from the beginning. Simple things like Bella not feeling nervous about jumping the river and her dress not ripping. However other things like her reacting to Jacob imprinting on Renesmee and Bella and Emmet having their arm wrestle made up for that.

The actors of the other vampires that came to be witness to Renesmee were also good. I particularly liked Benjamin and Alistair was really creepy. Of the original characters Emmet was really good in this film again, with some well placed comic lines. I also felt that Kristin Stewart final made a bit more sense as Bella. Having seen them all now it almost makes sense that as her character didn’t feel right as a human but did as a vampire her acting would similar but it has taken this long to appreciate that this may be the case. Also I final felt that Bella and Edward had a little more chemistry. (Joey from the Friends TV who once said that people on stage only have chemistry when they are not together for real so I think that’s why they didn’t in the other films and as she was cheating on him for a bit recently so that’s why they do in this one).

If you haven’t seen the film yet but have read the book and seen the movie trailer you are probably wondering how and why they have put in a fight scene. I don’t want to give anything away here because you will only get to feel the true power of the experience this film for the first time once so all I am saying is the best decision was made to make the second half of this book into a movie.

It may sound extreme but before going in I really wasn’t expecting too like this movie and I was surprised at other people’s reviews. Now however I understand them. I really think they best decisions were made to turn this book into a film other wise it would have been a bit boring and the mistakes and changes would have annoyed me and made it an awful film. However I think this film will only being so good the first time you see it, as long as you don’t know what going to happen, as it is the decisions made the are unexpected that made it such a good show and you will only get that once.

If you have read the book I really think you should go see this film. I think you will appreciate it.

Please let me know what you think? I would love to chat about it more.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Desert Island

This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Desert Island. This is both a really good and bad topic and there are some great books I would love to take but how to cut them down to only ten!. Here are my choices.

1. The Cay by Theodore Taylor This book is about getting stranded on an island so it would be helpful as well as a good read.

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand — until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.”

2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling I know there are 7 so this is a little be of a cheat answer by a bit of magic to get away from it all would be great.

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The mainstory arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

3. The Owl and The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear This is my favourite book from when I was little and I would love to have it with me.

Edward Lear’s nonsense poem about two unlikely sweethearts–an elegant owl and a beautiful cat

4. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire My favourite book of 2012 and maybe ever…

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer I just love this books

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

6. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma An amazing book to pass a day

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

7. Holes by Louis Sachar Another good books that may be useful

Camp Greenlake is a place for bad boys, where the belief is: “if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” When Stanley Yelnats, accused and found guilty of a crime he did not commit, is sent to Camp Greenlake he really doesn’t think it can be so bad. Stanley and his family try to pretend that he is just going away to camp like the rich kids do, and he promises to write to them every day. But the harsh realities of the camp, and the evil Warden with her lizard-venom impregnated fingernails with her own reasons for making the boys in her charge dig so many holes, sometimes make dying seem like a great idea. When Stanley leaves the camp to go in search of his friend Zero, their journey towards freedom becomes a battle with hunger, thirst and heat in the shadow of Big Thumb–a mountain so entwined in Stanley’s own family history that he knows if they can reach it they will somehow find salvation.

8. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian Yet another childhood favourite I would love to have to pass time

The gruff and surly Mr Thomas Oakley is less than pleased when he is landed with a scrawny little city boy as a guest, but because it is compulsory that each villager takes in an evacuee he reluctantly agrees. It soon becomes obvious to Mister Tom that young Willie Beech is hiding something, and as the pair begin to form an unlikely bond and Willie grows in stature and in confidence he begins to forget the past. But when he has to return to war-torn London to face his mother again he retreats into his shy and awkward ways once more.

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank To remind me to have hope and it could be much worse

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

10. Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking Another cheat but I enjoy this trilogy 

Seventeen-year-old Wendy Everly has always been different, but she never thought she was more than human. However, when she’s thrown into a world unlike any she’s ever imagined, Wendy must uncover her heritage, tap into her powers, and fight against those who want to use her gifts for evil. Enter a world of magic, mystery, and romance in Amanda Hocking’s bestselling young adult series that takes readers to Trylle, a world as beautiful as it is deadly. Torn between worlds, Wendy must decide who she really is and what she wants, between love and duty, in a struggle for her very survival.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten All Time Favourite Characters in Books

I haven’t really been keep up well with Top Ten Tuesday. I was last for a couple of posts and then totally missed a couple but I decided that for last weeks, which was Tips for Book Bloggers, I would just read the other posts to get some idea’s as I haven’t been doing it very long. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten All Time Favourite Characters in Books. It was actually a very difficult one to pick as I have read so many books, so they are in no particular order;

1. ‘Freak’ Fred  from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer. This book was really good because she has already taken a character out of a book to make a new one. I particularly like the character of Fred as he wasn’t part of the violent world that was surrounding them. He used his skill to keep himself to himself and watch what was going on around him. He knew things weren’t right and he could see the Bree had a quite nature like him and wanted to help her. I would love to find out what happened to him.

2. Zach from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. What I liked about Zach was that you couldn’t work him out. Sometimes I was convinced by his affection for Cammi but there was always the secrets he was keeping. Even through the latest book there was till questions over whose side he is really on and it make thing interesting. I do think that I want them to be together in the end though, just like Ron and Hermione. 

3. Mr Crepsley from The Darren Shan Saga and The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan. When you first meet Mr Crepsley in The Darren Shan Saga you don’t know if he is a good character of not. He seems to be nasty and it is obvious he doesn’t approve of what he is doing. However as you continue through the books you grow to love the character as a wise man that has the ability to be more powerful than he is but wants to do things on his own terms. I really respect that about him, as well as his loyalty to the clan and in the end even Darren. I think the new series just about him has made me appreciate his life more, particularly him as a child and how he came to be the man at that entered Darren’s life.

4. Zero (Hector Zeroni) from Holes by Louis Sachar. In both the book and the film Zero is such a lovable character. He is treated with such disrespect being called stupid but he is just misunderstood. When Stanley takes the time to get to know him you realise that all he really wants is to have his mum again and  if someone just gave him the time he could really be someone great. Together the two make both their lives better and Zero gets to be with his mum again

5. Cinna from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Cinna is the one character from the capital that seems to still treat people like equals. He sees something in Katniss that the others don’t and brings it out in her even just through clothes. I love that he embraces her pin and makes her brand, even leaving outfits for her. He is my favourite characters in the book because of his humanity in what is such a messed up society. 

6. Neville Long Bottom in Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Out of all the characters in the books Neville is the one of ones that has no bad moments. He is a clumsy new wizard in the first book but develops into being great at something he loves and will make his parents proud. My favourite thing about him however is his courage and although he often comes across as weak and pathetic he isn’t. In book one he stands up to his friends and in book seven he fights for Harry, if courage and loyalty aren’t worth loving nothing is.

7. Dobby from Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Dobby brings something different to the series and I am really pleased that he became such an important part to the story after book two. I think he was developed very well from a pest to Harry to having his own life in Hogwarts and in the end saving Harry and his friends. It was interesting to have a totally non-human character that you could love so much and he definitely enhanced the story.

8. Alice Tully from Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy. During the book Alice is a character that you want to not like but can’t help feel sorry for. Her story is one of tragedy for no just her but those involved and you can’t help thinking that you shouldn’t be feeling that she deserves more. However she is a well written character and it allows you to look at the situation from a different perspective and realise that everyone should be allowed the chance to be free and a good person.

9. Bella Swan from The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. In the books, particularly the first one, I found that I could relate very well to Bella. She was just a normal clumsy girl and I think the great thing about reading her is that everyone can see themselves in her. It was easy to get caught up in her emotions and wanting to find out the things she did and a good character is what makes a good book.

10. Mister Tom from Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian . At first Tom seems like a typical old man, grumpy and uninterested, but when you learn his story it is easy to understand what mad him that way. I love however that despite of this situation he finds it in himself to deal with this new problem in his life and I think that in the end it allows him to deal with all the issues he has been having. He need someone to help him get motivate and when he opens up and embraces having William you feel so pleased that he can finally move on with his life and fill his home with happiness and love again.

The Short Second Life of Bee Tanner

I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book but I actually really enjoyed it. It added a new perspective to Eclipse and an understanding into how other vampires lived. I did find myself really liking the character of Bree and although I knew her fate was inevitable I still wanted it to end another way.
The story only covers about 3 days in Bree’s life however they are full of insight. She becomes very close to one specific vampire and together they question how they are being taught about their kind. It also adds some new information to Eclipse that was suggested but now confirmed.
I’m sure not everyone will agree with me about this but if you have read the books you should at least give this one a go.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Front Covers

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/features.html) is Top Ten Front covers. They are in no particularly order but I have given some, if poor, reason as to why I like them. ( P.S. I never did last weeks Top Ten as I found it too difficult in to short notice)

1.  Twilight I am ashamed to say that the reason I bought Twilight was because I liked the cover. So for that reason it has to be on here. 

2,3,4,5    The Saga of Darren Shan (trilogies) I like the way that the land on the trilogies joins us, but I also enjoyed speculating who the character in the front was. I guess it is meant to be Darren but it could easily be Mr Crepsly or Des Tiny ??

6,7  Matched and Crossed I love how these covers portray the overall idea of the story. They are very pretty but also symbolic. I hope the third one keeps to the same theme. 

  Switched I read this book before it was published as a paper book and it was the first of those covers it came with, however I love the new cover now she has them out in shops. I don’t know if this should count as two but it’s the same book so tough.

 Forbidden I love this cover, it is so simple but shows just how complicated love can be, it is both strong and dangerous.

10  Private Peaceful I think this cover very respectful portrays that the story is about war without putting of the younger readers it is aimed at. It isn’t the cover on the copy I read but I find this one far nicer. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens

Yesterday I came across a website that provides suggestions for list of ‘Top Ten Books’ in a variety of situations. It looks quite amusing so I am going to give it a go. Although I do worry I may forget about it, or put the same books every week. I’ll try not to. 

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens (or any other natural disaster…you get the drift. ) I know it is now Wednesday but I didn’t have time to finish it yesterday.
I found this really difficult because I love all my books and I wouldn’t know which were more important than the others. However after a lot of thinking, and seeing what others have picked I have managed to narrow it down to ten, so here we go;

1. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter I bought this book on holiday from a very small popular book shop and I have never seen it again so I would like to save as it. Plus it is a really enjoyable and interesting story.

2. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman This book really gets to me as it is a emotional book that grabs your attention and emotions and carries you right to the end. I think it tells a lot of truth about how we lived and in some way stay live and I think it is an important book to save.

3. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian This was one of the first novels I ever read and helped to start my book obsession. I also got it from my friend and consider it worth saving. 

4. Pippy Longstoking  by Astrid Lindgren, Richard Kennedy and Edna Hurup My mum bought me this book when I was a little girl and I haven’t even it finished it yet. I would save it because I want to finish it but also it means a lot to me as my parents said I looked like her when I use to wear my hair in pig tails. 

5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma My reason for saving this one is similar to Noughts & Crosses. I read this book before it was actually released which I love and I really really enjoy reading it. 

6. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank This is a really good book, it tells us about life in a truthful way and makes us realise that we really can’t complain. 

7. The Green Mile by Stephen King I haven’t finished this book, and I love the film so I would save it so I could finally finish it. 

8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer This book started off my obsession with series books, but it is also my most read book as all my friends read my copy so I would save it for its because of that as well as being a good book. 

9. Journey to the Edge of the World by Billy Connolly My boyfriend bought me this book Christmas just passed as I had looked at it every time I seen it and I really like Billy Connolly. 

10. my Kindle It may be cheating but my kindle is really important to me, it helps me save money cause I love to buy books and there are a lot of interesting ones on there you can’t find in shops. I would have to save this cause I have put a lot of time and money into it that I don’t want to lose. 

I am still not convinced that I am happy with my list but it will have to do for now.