Although, transitioning from the author's written vision to a director's visual storytelling can be difficult for some readers (and authors), it becomes unacceptable if the essence of the story is missing. In fact, there are some movie versions that are so different from the book that they are nearly unrecognizable. Sometimes what’s unclear from those who pan the movie is whether it’s actually a bad movie or is it more of a bad adaptation of the book? Books provide lots of details and back stories with interesting characters. Unfortunately, movies have to cut many of these things out for the sake of time and budget. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the final visual version is bad, just different. Here are a few books to movies that transitioned well.
As Vera shares her life story with Janine, the two women form an unusual bond and begin a journey that changes both of their lives forever. Reluctantly, they each confront their own past and, in the process, discover the true meaning of sacrifice, family and love. Although to truly move forward in their lives, they must fast the most difficult challenge of all – forgiving themselves.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?
But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.
The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.
And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Age Group: YA
Reviewed By: Kelli
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
I love Gail Carriger, and I was so excited to read Etiquette and Espionage. Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series is a favorite of mine, and I was so hoping the Finishing School series would be the same. I really enjoyed Etiquette and Espionage after the story took off.
Carriger takes us back to the world of the Parasol Protectorate---actually a little bit before Alexia Maccon's time---with one of the most enigmatic characters from the Parasol Protectorate appearing in Etiquette and Espionage as a child. It was the addition of this particular character that helped me realize this series takes place before the Parasol Protectorate series. I hope that there is more character crossover in future books, because I'd love to see some of my favorite characters from the Parasol Protectorate series again.
Sophronia was an easy character to like. She's spunky, smart, and full of purposeful energy. I loved her pragmatic attitude and her fearlessness. She reminded me a lot of Alexia in that way. The characters in this book were well-developed and their personalities just jumped off of the page. I've always loved Carriger's character development, and she certainly didn't disappoint on that account.
There was quite a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor in this story, and I loved that. The steampunk setting made this book a lot of fun to read. There were so many things I liked about Etiquette and Espionage.
The world-building in Etiquette and Espionage reminded me of the deliberate pacing of book one of the Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless. I liked Soulless but thought it was slow to start, and I felt the same way about this book. Once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it, but there were times that I almost stopped reading due to the lack of action. About two-thirds of the way in, the story took off and that's when it became a really fun read for me.
Overall, I enjoyed Etiquette and Espionage. Now that the world-building is complete, I think book two will be excellent, and I can't wait to continue reading this fun, imaginative series!
(1) The Blacklist- I just love to hate yet try to figure out Red. Is he a bad guy or a good guy? Is he Lizzy’s father? Ah! The questions just keep coming. And, really what’s up with her husband?
(2) The Big Bang Theory- This is the smartest comedy on TV. Just about every episode has me laughing until tears are streaming down my face. No wonder they get paid a whopping $1 million per episode!
(3) The Biggest Loser- This show makes me cry in a different way. It makes me want to use my elliptical again instead of using it as a place to dry clothes. It makes me want to lose the weight I gained from my kids and be healthier. This is my feel good show.
(4) Scandal- Trash TV at its best. Nothing says trash TV better than marital affairs, murder and politics. And, the cherry on top is that the acting is great! This is the kind of show where you pop the popcorn and stare at the tv for an hour.
(5) Parenthood- I’m tearing up as I write this, not because of the topics, even though two seasons ago I cried every episode, remember Christina’s cancer?? But, I am tearing up because it is the last season of Parenthood. I am going to SO miss the Braverman Family!!
She has little time, but with help from her friends Grace and Eve she finds a book of magic that will hopefully reverse the spell. Will it work, and will April’s newfound magic save the day?
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all.
Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
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Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family tries to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…
My two complaints about Prime Deception was that the story was quite heavy on the emotions of both main characters (I got a little tired of hearing just how much Charles missed Lorna) and that the pace was slow until the end of the book. There was a lot of build up, which was great, but it made for slow reading for much of the story. Part of this feeling could be that I'm used to the faster pace and quicker payoff of YA literature.
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