#bookaday – Day 9: Film or TV tie-in

Not quite sure how to answer this one. Do I own them? Yes. Are they talking about books that came before movies, movies that came before books and have products based on them, or books that came before movies that I then bought the movie cover versions for?

Maybe I’ll just answer all those questions to cover my bases…

Book with a movie cover that I bought: Maurice by E.M. Forster. I love the book and wanted my own copy, and it was the only one I found – ever – at the Book Barn, so I bought it. Now of course there is another cover for the book that’s snazzy, but I like my cover just fine.

Movie with book tie-ins: Transformers. I bought all the books for the movies as they came out: the prequel to the film and the novel version of the film. Why? Bumblebee, duh.

Book that became a movie that I own the original cover of the book for and not the movie tie-in cover: Cloud Atlas. The book and the movie are SO DIFFERENT in how they’re told. Bawled my eyes out through the film.

Also Warm Bodies. The movie is okay but the book is SO, SO FAR SUPERIOR. It’s so different, too. Very different endings and the book is NOT meant for teens like the movie sort of is. I wish the film had followed the book more closely. It’s hysterically amazing with such a great ending. And the father really gets what’s coming to him in the book…

The Year In Review! Movies

I don’t go out to the movies very often, but when I do, I make sure it’s awesome.

This year, I actually only went twice. The first time was at the beginning of the year to see Warm Bodies. I had gotten free advanced preview tickets from a friend of mine and took my two sisters with me. I’d read the book first, and then saw the movie. While they were both different, I loved them both. The movie was fun and definitely geared towards teens whereas the book was for adults. I did prefer the end of the book more, though, but I guess it would have been hard to pull off on the big screen. At least, in a way that made sense. You can see my review of it here.

 

 

Every Thanksgiving my family eats dinner together and then goes to see a movie. This year, despite my wanting to see Thor, my family chose Frozen, and I’m glad they did. I’ve reviewed it here. I liked it so much I went and bought the soundtrack the next day and have all of the songs memorized already! My little sister even got me a Frozen poster for Christmas. Haha, grow up? Never! But it really is a great movie and a great way to end the year. Disney is going to have a hard time topping this one, at least in my books.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

The new zombie film Warm Bodies isn’t officially out until February 1st, however, because my friend is a Stubs member at AMC, I was able to get free advance screening passes for this past Wednesday.

For those who haven’t heard of the film, it is based on the book of the same title by Isaac Marion. After a former student shared a trailer for the film, I knew I had to see it. I didn’t know it was a book. When I stumbled upon the book at the store, I bought it and devoured it in a night. It was fantastic! (See my review here.)

When my friend mentioned she had the tickets, I jumped at the chance and was able to bring my two sisters, who also enjoyed the film.

If you’ve read the book and are expecting it to be the same, stop. It’s very different. However, despite the differences, I thought the film was just as good as the book, just in a different way. I loved the portrayal of R, and while I was annoyed that the actress chosen for Nora was not black (like she is in the book), I thought the actress was decent in the role.

But it’s R that really shines. The actor that plays him is fantastic. There’s very little dialogue from him. At least, words that come out of his mouth. Most of what we hear from him comes from his thoughts. And let me tell you, between him and M, I was laughing a lot. The whole theater was.

The film is well done, too. When R starts to change, it is subtle at first, but if viewers pay attention, you can definitely see as he starts to speak a little more clearly, becomes a little less pale, and walks a little more like a human.

Any fan of zombie films should check it out. Yes, it’s a romance, but it’s also a comedy. Check it out when it comes to theaters on February 1st!

Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, noidentity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and stragely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

I had originally purchased this book thinking my students would enjoy it. I teach the seventh grade. However, this book is most definitely not appropriate for students or younger readers. Despite some reviews I’ve seen, it’s not for young adults. I also should state that I should not have purchased any books that day, and I limited myself to just the one, but it was well worth the purchase and it will be reread.

I did enjoy reading the novel. In fact, I fell in love with the zombie, R. This is the second zombie novel I’ve read for adults, and I enjoyed the perspective of the zombie. It’s very different from other zombie related novels, and for that I was grateful.

The change R makes as he starts to regain his humanity is fascinating. I enjoyed the world Marion built, and how the world of the zombies mirrored the world of the humans. And while R regains his humanity, Julie’s father loses his. It makes the reader begin to question what exactly makes one human, and what makes one a monster.

I did see the film (more on that in another post) and it is very different from the book.

Fans of the novel Breathers by S.G. Browne should love this novel. It is available in multiple formats at bookstores everywhere, including Amazon.