Match Made in Mondays: adapting books to movies or TV series!

Hello, nice last Monday of 2015 for you 😀 Despite the year coming to an end, my participation in my dear friend Audrey’s meme, Match Made in Mondays, keeps on day (cof almost cof) and strong! To see what we have been about on Mondays, check it out the meme’s page at Forwards and Bookwords 😀

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Today’s theme is:

THIS BOOK/SERIES + A MOVIE ADAPTATION/TV SERIES (What book is in need of a movie or TV show adaptation? Assuming that these adaptations are well done, of course!)

This time, besides not saying I don’t know, I’ll go farther: I’m not an enthusiast of books into movies/TV shows. It’s nothing personal, but lately Hollywood hasn’t been giving a shit about proper casting and actor’s characterization into their roles. Don’t know what am I talking about and need some examples?

  1. Maleficent. Aurora and Philip look like they are 12 and I am more beautiful and enchanting than that Aurora. No comments. Angelina Jolie is flawless, though.
  2. 50 shades of Gray. Grey has black hair and blue eyes. Really blue, ice blue. BLUE. I can tell you 5 actors with those characteristics right here, right now: Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder, Misha Collins, Chris Pine and Jared Letto (you know, when he is not being Jesus and all). And tell me, how difficult it is to paint someone’s hair and put on some contacts for the damn movie? No comments, again. I didn’t care enough about Anastacia in the book to analyze the actress chosen for the part, so I won’t be judging her.
  3. Cinderella. Princess Cinderella has BLUE EYES. Her prince has not. Besides, the version of Cinderella that Disney first adapted and then become the live action was Perrault’s one. That said, the movie passes on France, somewhere between centuries 18th and 19th. There were barely black people in France at the time and never ever on royalty as it was the case of that awesome fellow that was the prince’s friend. Nothing personal, I loved that character and that guy, but this is simply history.

I know that I’m particularly boring and exigent, but they do have the necessary money to do it right. They are just more occupied with ego playing than with movie making.

Anyway, sorry for the big rant. If people really need to adapt from books, I prefer when they do TV shows. There are more details, more time and room for accuracy 🙂 And that’s why I would love to see a Percy Jackson remake, but for a TV show. Sorry if you liked them, but the movies flopped hard, haha!

That’s it! Thanks for reading and I’m sorry for the big rant and sorry if I offended anyone, that was not my goal at all! Which books would you like to see turned into movies or tv shows??

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Confessions of a Writer Tag

Hi, there! Saturday is tag day and my dear Jess, from the Mud and Stars, tagged me in the Confessions of a Writer Tag 😀 Thank you, sweeting! Let’s do this!

Confessions of a Writer

1) When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always wanted to do?

Hm, I think I was around 8 or 9. I wrote down plots for Barbies plays with a friend, and I’d summarize the whole story in a page or two, as to not forget it. Later, I’d write stories with princesses and all, and then, with 12 or 13, I started to write fan fictions as well 🙂

2) What genre do you write?

Fan fiction, supernatural, mystery, historical romance, pirates… So far, that’s what I got, haha!

3) Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress? When did you start working on this project?

I have two works in progress. One is in the editing phase and it’s a fanfic about Jack Frost and Elsa, from Frozen. The other one I’m still writing, but it is also fanfic, about Legolas and Aragorn 🙂

4) What was the first piece that you can remember writing? What was it about?

I can’t remember, but I think it was some lame poem about mermaids, haha!

5) What’s the best part about writing?

I think it’s the creativity exercise. You get to take your mind elsewhere and forget about your problems. Plus, sometimes, we can’t find the book that we want to read, so we have to create it, right? 😀

6) What is the worst part about writing?

In my case, it’s finishing stories. I have a closure problem, I don’t want things to end, so I drop my projects before I finish them. Long-term things are tricky for me, but I’m working on it. I have a book and a fanfiction finished to my name, they only need editing (three, if you count Elsa and Jack’s one).

7) What’s the name of your favorite character and why? (This can be from another author or your own work. Book crushes are perfectly acceptable here as well.)

Catherine Lestrange. She is my alter ego, for say. Her name came from Catherine Zeta Jones and Belatrix Lestrange, haha! I invented her when I was seven and she never left me. Curiously, I never wrote a full story including her, haha! I have to work on that.

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Catherine Zeta Jones is awesome ❤

8) How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)? How much time a day/week do you get to write? When is the best time for you to write (morning or night)?

My writing is very sparse, unfortunately. When I’m inspired, I’ll write in literally anything with anything, This can be very troublesome, haha! But I did a lot of writing this year during my Wednesday classes at college, in which both subjects bored me to my bones, haha!

9) Did you go to college for writing? Or if you haven’t been to college yet, do you plan to?

Er, kind of. I’m a graduated Journalist, which makes me a graduated writer in a way, but I never did a specialized course for it, like Creative Writing or something.

10) What bothers you more: spelling errors, punctuation errors or grammar errors?

Grammar errors. Grammar is the minimum that you need to know about the language that you are writing a story on. Spelling errors can be fixed with Word and Punctuation is a major difficulty for almost anyone, but you need to know the grammar.

11) What is the best writing advice that anyone has given you?

To write my problems down, so I could think of them clearly. Thanks, shrink!

12) What advice would you give another writer?

Try to keep a schedule, it’s good to have one. I’m trying to do that now, haha!

13) What are your favorite writing sites or blogs that you turn to for help, tips or encouragements?

I have none because my writing is very amateur, oops!

14) Besides writing, what else do you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies?

Reading, of course, HAHA! Playing The Sims 2, listening to music and watching old cartoons on TV.

15) What is the best book you have read this year?

So far, I’ve read 211 books. I can’t possibly chose one, so a favorite books of the year post is scheduled to December 30th, okay? Haha!

16) What is the best movie you have seen this year?

Ever After, 1998. It’s the best movie of my life and I made a point of watching it several times a year ❤

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17) What is you favorite book or series of all time?

Don’t. Just don’t.

18) Who is your favorite author?

AVA MARCH! (wow, big surprise, haha!)

19) What are your plans for the rest of the year in terms of your writing?

I want to, at least, finish my editing process with Elsa and Jack, haha! But that’s all…

20) Where else can we find you online?

I’m on Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat (as annebollmann616) 😀

That’s it! Thanks for reading 😀 I’m not tagging anyone because I’m not sure who is also a writer here, haha! If you are and want to do this, feel free to say that I nominated you ❤

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Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen, from Anya Valentino

Hi, there! Hope everybody is doing just fine on this wonderful Thursday ❤ I’m happy because I just slayed two of my finals, so the world is looking very nice right now, haha!

Today’s book is Misunderstood: Secrets of a Teen Queen and it has a majestic cover! Sweetie Anya Valentino kindly sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review – thank you again! This is it, the moment finally arrived, let’s go!

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From my Instagram: a little stop for cover appreciation ❤

The Story

 Enya is the epitome of the queen teen stereotype: she is gorgeous, rich, breathes perfection, has tons of friends, the perfect closet, a beautiful boy that would do anything for her. Everybody wants to be Enya Utzon. Or almost everybody.

Despite loving her life, Enya yearns for true love – not camaraderie. She wants a consuming and burning love and James seems the perfect boy for her: popular and beautiful just like her, he had that serious way of making stupid jokes that broke Enya with laughter and gave her butterflies in her stomach. The thing is, James just want to be friends.

Enya feels her perfect world shattering when, besides being refused by the boy she loved, Enya is forced to deal with an old enemy that is threatening to bring her shameful past to light. Would people still admire and envy Enya Uzton knowing what she did?

 

The Analysis

 Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion while reading 🙂

 

At first, I was very excited, because I was connecting with Enya. Sometimes, you have to just wear a mask and pretend that you live the perfect life. You have to be cold on what type of company that you want for yourself, if you really want to do something or if you are only doing because everybody is. Enya had this cold side about her that I really liked, it seemed as if she could separate things. Oh, well. She couldn’t. In the end, she bothered me as hell and she narrates the major part of the book, so I had to stick to her. Maybe If I had read this book when I was a bit younger, I would have liked it more, but I think that my gossip girls time is a little behind now. It was an interesting reading nevertheless, but I expected more from Enya and the plot, that also had so much potential and it turned out to be a bit obvious. Anyway, I liked it, so three stars 🙂

The narrative was a point that bothered me a lot in several moments. The way Valentino voiced her characters voices made all of them to appear superficial and loud. In narrative matters, the characters that seemed more human and real to me were James and Mary Kay. Again, the problem was me: some years ago, like when I entered college (whoa, it’s been 4 years already?!), I would have thought that Enya was my popular twin, as I never liked social status, but loved to play with power. I’m not saying that those things changed, but my perception of people’s essences had. I feel like there’s still a whole side of Enya that it was left off and hidden by Enya himself on this book and I’ll love to see if she can open up to herself on the next book (yes! Anya is working on a sequel! Isn’t this awesome?!!). I will love to see the characters’ growth, as they all are teenagers, as much as they do grown up things. But I’m missing my point. I liked that Valentino changed views during the book, so we could get a fuller picture and left little to imagination in terms of loose ends. I usually am not a fan of first person narratives, but it worked just fine for Misunderstood 🙂

The plot for the book left me on my toes. What is better than a perfect high school queen with juicy secrets from her past? I was dying to know who was threatening Enya and we can’t have any notion until the half of the book, which is awesome. Valentino shows that, despite everything awful that happens to us, life doesn’t stop, you know? Enya is worried about the messages, but she is partying, going to school, having yoga classes: it is important, but she won’t just curl up in bed and wait for it to go away, just like James and his own problems. Just like us, regular people. That was awesome in the plot, really. What made me a little sad is that we can assume who sent the messages since the first moment that the person is mentioned by Enya. Of course, we still don’t know why, as Enya won’t tell us her secret, so we are still left with mystery as why the person is doing that and what the hell Enya did.

I recognize that I am a very skeptical person, so I’m not easily surprised when I’m already expecting something. Like, you tell me that the last Harry Potter movie was AWESOME before I watch it. I will go to the movies with a big smile on my face waiting for it to be AWESOME. Then, it is just a really good movie and I’m like: “meh” (#truestory). Unfortunately I built a big expectative on Enya’s secret and the anti-hero’s motives so, when it all started to surface, I was like: “that’s it?”. Valentino did a great job on leaving her reader second guessing everything and everyone, but I got disappointed on what was the big secret, haha!

Bonus point: part of the book is set on Denmark, Enya’s home country. The descriptions are perfect and you almost feel like you are there with Enya and her girls, just relaxing and enjoying only the best things that Copenhagen can offer ❤

Valentino’s characters made me think of a very important aspect from teenage: sometimes, we desperately want to be something or someone, but we don’t reign in to our wishes, fearful of our “friends” judgment. Moreover, while growing up, this makes perfect sense, as we HAVE TO fit in somewhere – and if this “where” is on the popular’s table, the better. Enya, for example, is a typical teenager in her worries: the guy she likes stops by unannounced and she is worried that she is in sweatpants. James desperately wants to hang out with people with more content than Enya and their group, but doesn’t have the heart to speak up his mind, afraid of losing his position as one of the most popular boys in school. Victoria dates James to get closer to Enya. Brett will do anything for they group to remain intact. This is teen life: the eternal search for the perfect fit and never knowing if you are already there. If you feel like you found your spot, then you grew up, haha 😀

As I said at first, I had everything to be Enya’s best friend If she only admitted how shallow her life could be and how mean she was to make a position at times. There is so not anything wrong with those things! No one lives in paradise, as much as they pretend so. We have good and bad moments, that’s why it is called life and not Disney movie (ps: this is not a critic, I love Disney movies <3). True control only comes with acceptance of the truth about you and who you are. Then, you can create the perfect lie. I’m really excited to read the next book, as Enya life will be at college!

Overall, this book is a good gossip girls styled novel. If you like young adult romances, high school dramas and such, you totally need to read this ❤

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That’s it! Thank you again for sending me Misunderstood, Anya! Great job! And, of course, thanks for reading! Do you like high school set books??

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