Time again for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week, we have an adaptation from novel to screen freebie. It’s easy to say the book is better and in many cases it is. But there are times when the screen adaptation ends up being more enjoyable than the source material. Here are a few:
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Given the iconic status of the movie version, it’d be easy to assume the book is awesome too. After all, Puzo did adapt his novel for the silver screen. And yet, reading the book, I wasn’t overly impressed with it in quite the same way as I was with the movie.
- Jaws by Peter Benchley. Another iconic film that you’d assume the source material is awesome. The screen versions hones the book down to its essentials and it’s much better for it. The book has so many unlikeable characters that by about halfway through it, I was rooting for the shark to just eat everyone already and be done with it.
- Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. If you love the movie, avoid this book at all costs. Forrest goes to outer space, is lost on a deserted island, and becomes good friends with a space chimp. Oh, and the reason Jenny loves him in the book has less to do with the size of his heart and more the size of something else…
- The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming. Even Fleming knew this was a terrible book. When he sold the screen rights to the Bond books, one of his demands was that while they could use the title from this book, the book itself couldn’t be adapted. And it’s a good thing since this one is a first-person narrated story by a woman, trapped in a hotel with some killers until Bond shows up in the last few pages to save the day.
- Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle. The movie takes the basic premise and runs with it in an entirely different direction. Thank heavens. This one tries hard to have a twist, but it’s so silly.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R..R. Tolkien. Before Fellowship of the Ring hit theaters, I joined a Barnes and Nobel on-line read-a-long of the books, hoping this was the time I could slog through them all. I left the group when some participants were posting long diatribes that the movies were leaving out small details from the books and, thus, ruining them. Again, this was BEFORE the movies came out. I’ve tried hard to enjoy the books but find them a bit of a slog. The movies eliminate page upon page of walking around and simply get us there.
Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by Tenacious Reader to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.
I “discovered” Stephen King in my teens, starting with Firestarter. While that one didn’t do much for me, I quickly moved onto Cujo and that one scared the fool out of me. From that point onward, I was hooked and I’ve been an avid fan of King ever since.
Somewhere along the way, I read Pet Sematary. Like Cujo, it unnerved me while reading it and parts of it have stuck with me to this day. I think King has never tapped into fear more than in the scene when Louis tries to keep his toddler son, Gage, from running into the road. It unnerved me then and it unnerves me today.
I’m re-reading the book via audiobook and finding that it’s still as intense and riveting as when I first read it. I just got to the sequence in question when Gage dies and it’s still unnerving as all get out. And I’ll admit that part of me finds irony in the fact that a lot of my listening is during runs, pushing Shortcake in her stroller. We run on the sidewalk on a busy road and I’m a bit worried at times when I can see the large percentage of people paying more attention to their cellular devices than watching the road.
In his new introduction to the book, King admits that this novel is one that scares even him and that he wasn’t planning to publish it. But he had to fulfill a contract and so he took it out of his desk drawer and published it.
I’ve seen the original movie version and, quite frankly, it didn’t bother me nearly as much as the novel did. I’m intrigued to see the new movie, even though they made some changes, and see if it can capture the blood-chilling nature of the book. I’ve seen articles that call the book unfilmable and I have to admit part of me thinks this may be true.
Trying to get back into the swing of book blogging and I thought I’d participate in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is inspiring quotes from books. I may not get to to ten, but here are a few I like.
- “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” –Neil Gaiman, Coraline
- “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. — Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
- “IT IS IMPORTANT, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.” — Mark Lawrence, Red Sister
- “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” — Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- “Only children tell the whole truth, you know. That’s what makes them children.” — Stephen King, Pet Sematary
- “Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.” — Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
For the second Top Ten Tuesday of 2019, we’re asked to look ahead to things on our radar for 2019. I’m going to make this one that includes all of pop-culture.
- Cemetery Road by Greg Isles
- Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice
- The Iron Codex by David Mack
- The Passage
- Good Omens
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: End Game
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us which television series we consider binge worthy. I’m going to break this up into two lists — shows I want to binge and shows that I’d recommend you watch (whether or not you binge, is entirely up to you).
Shows I Want to Watch/Binge
- Stranger Things
- Jack Ryan
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Castle Rock
- The Man in the High Castle
- Bosch (seasons 2 onward)
- Altered Carbon
- Lost in Space (new version)
- Sense 8
- Supergirl (season two onward)
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (season two onward)
- Arrow (seasons five and six)
- Game of Thrones (season four to present)
- Sharp Objects
- The Expanse
Shows I Recommend For Watching/Binging
- Breaking Bad
- Star Trek
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Doctor Who
- Arrested Development
- Battlestar Galactica
- The Flash
- Better Call Saul
- Mad Men
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Needless to say, my list of shows I’d like to binge/watch is as long as my TBR pile. Part of why I don’t get as much time to binge as I’d like when it comes to the series offered on streaming services is that I’m not sure if or how much adult content is in there. With Shortcake repeating a lot of what she hears said, I don’t necessarily want her to learn certain words from Daddy watching something. So, I tend to wait until she’s asleep to try and consider watching them, but then end up watching other things instead or sleeping while she sleeps.
Jumping back into the Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) meme with the books I’d love to read now, but haven’t been published yet.
Here are a couple of books I’m looking forward to reading this year:
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
- Vengeful by V.E. Schwaub
- Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick
- Star Trek: Discovery: Fear Itself by James Swallow
- 84K by Claire Noth
Happy first day of Spring!
To celebrate, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks what books are on the Spring To-Be-Read list. I’ve got a couple of books I’m looking forward to reading this spring and there are probably some from my Winter TBR list that I haven’t read yet but need to get around to reading!
- Sunburn by Laura Lippman
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
This week’s focus for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is our favorite quotes. Here are a few that have stood out to me over the years. Continue reading
Time for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). This week’s topic is the books we could read multiple times.
I’m going to include some old favorites and some new ones that I love reading to Shortcake. Continue reading
Love is in the air for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week is a “love freebie.”
My top ten this week centers on pop culture couples I’ve enjoyed.
- The Taylors on Friday Night Lights. The initial hook of the show was about football in a small town. But what kept me hooked for five seasons was the characters and the relationships. And the centerpiece of that was Coach Eric Taylor and Tami Taylor. They had their ups, their downs and everything in between. And it always felt authentic. If you haven’t checked out Friday Night Lights yet, please add it to your “to be watched” list.
- Buffy and Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While many fans hold up season three as the pinnacle of Buffy greatness, this fan prefers season two. At the center of that was the relationship of Buffy and Angel. Over the course of 22 episodes, the two get together, consummate the relationship, and then have it all go to hell, ending with Buffy having to sacrifice Angel to save the world. I love season two and the roller coaster ride that is Buffy and Angel that year.
- Sheridan and Delenn on Babylon Five. One of the best sci-fi romances out there. If you haven’t watched Babylon Five, consider it a must-see.
- Bill Adama and Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica. Another sci-fi show that gets the romance angle right. The slow burn between Adama and Roslin is just part of what makes this one of the best shows ever made.
- Sam and Diane on Cheers. Cheers is a master’s course on how to do comedy — and how to do a romantic comedy. I’ve been visiting the series again and I’m pleased with how well it all holds up, especially Sam and Diane.
- Lois and Clark on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The first season is a screwball comedy delight and season three when Lois figures out that Clark Kent equals Superman has some high points. The series really jumped the shark when they had the five-part wedding storyline that ended with the characters not married and Lois suffering amnesia and falling in love with her therapist (but I’m not still bitter…noooooo, not at all!) But even when the series got completely off the rails, the chemistry of Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher made this show.
- Hildy and Walter from His Girl Friday. The perfect screwball comedy, this one is a joy to watch. I love the chemistry between the two divorced reporters and how we know from the first scene they share that they’re going to get back together. If you haven’t seen it, consider this one the second add to your watch list recommendation from this list.
- Posey and John from Bless Her Heart by Sally Kilpatrick. Hard to pick just one couple from Sally Kilpatrick’s romance novels, but this one was the most recent and freshest in my memory. Part of it may be that Posey and John are both flawed characters with unique pasts but can still fall in love. It’s not a smooth road and the ending doesn’t wrap it all up with a nice bow. It leaves our lovers in a place that feels authentic and that there’s potential for a great future together.
- Rory and Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Notice that I don’t put Rose and the Doctor here. I won’t spend eighteen hundred words going into why I didn’t care for their “romance.” Instead, I prefer Amy and Rory from the (superior) Moffat-era of the show. While it’s not perfect and the two have their ups and downs, I couldn’t help but enjoy their relationship.