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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Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.
A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there's no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.
When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope--that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.
But when news of Samuel's death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice--forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?
Goddess Born was such a surprisingly awesome read! I loved everything about this book, and found myself sad when it was over.
First of all, Goddess Born is historical fiction, which is my favorite genre. There's just something about going back in time and reading about people living in simpler times, that draws me in. I love picturing the characters in the past. Historical fiction novels always feel deeper and more nuanced to me. I love that. Well, not only was Goddess Born historical fiction, it blended mythology, mystery, and romance into one fantastic read.
I liked Selah right from the start. She's strong, independent and resourceful; and all of those traits made me admire her from the first scenes of the book. What I liked most about Selah is her hidden identity as one of Brigid's daughters. She has to hide who she really is to fit into society. I know how hiding traits about yourself feels, as I hid my chronic illnesses from my friends and acquaintances for years before taking the leap and living more authentically. Unlike me, Selah faces mortal consequences for revealing her true nature: she could be tried as a witch and even hanged for having her healing abilities. She's always trying to balance her abilities by using them to heal people while keeping them secret.
While I love a good, steamy romance as much as the next reader, there's something to be said for a slow-building, clean love story. Goddess Born had exactly that. I love it when an author can impart so much emotion into just a look, or a touch between two characters. The emotions mean more when the romance builds slowly. Henry was an enigma, and I loved getting to know him, and fall in love with him as Selah slowly did. His true identity was such a well-timed shock, and it added another layer of depth and intrigue to the story.
Goddess Born is the perfect blend of love, mystery, and fantasy. It's a beautifully written story that stayed with me for days. This was my first time reading Kari Edgren and I'll definitely be reading her work again. I highly recommend Goddess Born!
Bell teaches literature and writing at Washington International School. She holds degrees from Harvard and Stanford and has lived in Boston, Paris, Brasilia and Nova Scotia, as well as Northern California, where she discovered the germ of this story, and Washington, D.C. Her short stories have appeared most recently in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Sixfold, The Northern Virginia Review (Prose Award 2014), Solstice, and South Carolina Review.
With this first novel, Catherine Bell takes her place among the vanguard of writers reconstructing an American paradigm that is truer, grittier, sadder, and ultimately more satisfying than the myths we've crafted to expunge our history's unsavory passages. The story's unsentimental denouement is uplifting in its honesty. Along the way, Bell makes us think long and hard about how tis nation was built and at what moral cost. A good, deep read, by a steely White woman unafraid to be fair to all parties. Myto! Dr. Darnella Davis, Native American artist (Creek), PhD in Indian education policy.
Washington Writers' Publishing House will publish Rush of Shadows, winner of their 2014 Fiction Prize, in October 2014. WWPH, a nonprofit cooperative press that specializes in poetry and fiction, has published some of the area's best known writers. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor called WWPH "among the most successful recent literary experiments in the country."
Meet Catherine Bell
Catherine Bell grew up in a New England family with a sense of its past as distinguished and its culture superior, as chronicled in many of her short stories. An early reader, she found in fiction that penetrating experience of other people's lives that opens a wider world. The Winsor School, Harvard, and Stanford prepared her to recognize good writing and thinking. She credits work as a gardener, cook, cashier, waitress, and school bus driver with teaching her how to live in that wider world.