The Book vs the Movie: Carrie (TV Movie)

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Book written by Stephen King, 1974
Movie directed by David Carson, 2002

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

 

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Picture Source: IMDB.com

Picture Source: IMDB.com

 

This year I decided to compare the Carrie novel to the three film adaptations. To refresh my memory, I listened to the audio book, which is read by Sissy Spacek (who plays Carrie in the original movie). I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Carrie or audio books. I have already compared the original movie to the book. Now I am comparing the TV movie that was made in 2002.

 

Which I Viewed First: The book and original movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More info about Carrie’s life and the aftermath, Case study notes were interesting (reactions to the event).

Things the Movie Did Better: In a way, I liked this movie just a little more than the original movie because it was closer to the book.  I didn’t care for the actresses who played Carrie and her mother as much, though. The ending is a lot more different because there were plans of a TV show for Carrie that never went through.

Verdict?:  I enjoyed both quite a lot, though if I had to choose, I’d go with the book. But I also highly recommend the movie.

Should the movie be re-made?: It already has been. I’ll give my final verdict on whether or not Carrie itself should be re-made again after comparing the latest movie, though I think we have plenty of adaptations.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

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Book Review–Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen

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This is the 55th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen
Published September 9th 2014 by ECW Press

 

A cross between Jane Austen’s Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker!

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt-but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “MatchMaven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One.

Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her secret life catch up with her?

In this debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.

 

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I won a copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. Many thanks to the publisher/author for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

To be perfectly honest, I had a shaky start with this book. While the synopsis sounded really interesting and I loved the cover, the beginning wasn’t doing much for me. The story started off kind of slow, the baseball stuff confused/annoyed me, and then there was the character of Raina (Rain), who was unlikable at first. Which I guess is ironic considering how Raina believes others feel about her during the course of the book. I guess about halfway in, I was in love with this book and the characters–including Rain.

I’ve never seen a book like this before. I know little about Jewish culture, but the entire matchmaking was fascinating. I loved the direction that the matchmaking went in this book and felt the author did a great job presenting the pros and cons of the services Rain provided.

While the story itself is interesting and flies by pretty quickly, it’s the characters that really make my heart feel warm and fuzzy inside. I loved the relationships between Rain and her sister, other family members (especially Bubby), her clients, her principal, and the old professor (who reminds me of Arthur Abbott from The Holiday). Rain also has some pretty awesome character development. She really grows during the course of the book, which makes this into a sort of coming-of-age book as well.

It was also refreshing to see a book about romance without the main character being involved in actual romance. The dates were fun to read about, too.

In fact, the entire book was light-hearted and quirky yet also had its emotional moments. I’m really happy that I got the chance to read this one, and can’t wait to see what else Suri Rosen has written/will write. I’d love to see more books like this. Loved it and definitely recommend.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

 

 

 

 

5stars

 

 

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Book Recommendation: The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

 

A few weeks ago, I recommended Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. I also recommend the second book, The Haunted Mask II.  In a way, I kind of enjoyed it more than the original. If you liked the first, you’ll probably enjoy this one, too.

 

Intrigued?

 

Just call him prune face!
Steve Boswell will never forget Carly Beth’s Halloween mask. It was so gross. So terrifying.
But this year Steve wants to have the scariest costume on the block. So he gets a mask from the same store where Carly Beth got hers. It looks like a creepy old man. With stringy hair. A wrinkled face. And spiders crawling out of the ears!
Steve’s definitely got the scariest mask around. Too bad he’s starting to feel so old. And so tired. And so evil . . . .

 

 

 

 

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Book Review–What Janie Found (Janie Johnson #4) by Caroline B. Cooney

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This is the 54th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

What Janie Found (Janie Johnson #4) by Caroline B. Cooney
Published January 1st, 2000 by Laurel Leaf Library

 

Janie’s two families appear to have made peace. Life seems almost normal. She’s even decided to speak to her former boyfriend, Reeve, again. But then Janie’s Connecticut father suffers a sudden stroke, and this tragedy leaves her mother reeling. Janie must step in to manage family finances and to support her mother emotionally.

While handling her father’s business matters, Janie discovers the one undeniable fact that could destroy both of her beloved families. And she alone must decide what to do.

 

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I really enjoyed the last three, which were favorites from my childhood. After refreshing my memory with audiobooks on the last books, I was ready to start this one, for whatever reason I never read.

I was looking forward to learning more about Hannah, but ended up being disappointed. I like that the relationships between Janie, Reeve, and her brothers became stronger, but other than that it felt like this book was unnecessary.

If you are expecting revelations like in the first three, you will be disappointed. I suppose it’s worth a read if you enjoy the series but try not to get your hopes up.

 

 

2stars

 

 

 

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What I’m Working On: October 2014

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Hey guys, hope your October is going well. I’m still struggling with loss, but feeling better with each day. I have  started a spooky short story just to write something. The letters to my fur babies are finished so I will post them at a later date, when the time feels right.

So, what’s the short story about?
Here’s the teaser cover:
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A small rural town is devastated when the local newspaper begins to mysteriously report dark secrets about some of its most respected citizens.

Even after the paper has been proofread and monitored, the stories continue appearing.

It’s an idea I’ve had rolling around in my head for a while, somewhat based on my own hometown. Seemed like a perfect story to start on during the month of October.

I’ve also been trying to decide what to write for NaNoWriMo and I think I’ve decided to return to Our Reasons, a romance story about a depressed, suicidal girl and the guy who finds a draft of her suicide note. I tried writing it for Camp NaNo a few years back but only got a small portion done because I tried to do both Camp NaNo sessions, which turned out to be a big mistake.
 
Other than that, I haven’t been doing too much writing-wise. I’m still trying to decide what to write for NaNo and have unfortunately had to push back my Whispertown querying due to real life. Hopefully I can get back to that during December.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review–Fading Amber (The Cambion Chronicles #3) by Jaime Reed

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Hey guys, it’s been a crazy week so I am going to skip the Book vs Movie post until next week. Many apologies!

This is the 53rd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Fading Amber (The Cambion Chronicles #3) by Jaime Reed
Published December 24th 2012 by K-Teen/Dafina

 

After falling for a Cambion and then turning into one herself, Samara never thought her senior year could get any more complicated. The gaps in her memory, the mysterious deaths and the constant danger that threaten her once quiet town have a common thread: Tobias, a demon with a lot of enemies. He’s also Samara’s other soul mate and he’s suddenly disappeared. But Samara isn’t the only one who wants to find Tobias. His enemies are getting closer and their plans for retribution could mean deadly consequences for Samara and her true soul mate, Caleb.

 

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I won a copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. Many thanks to the publisher/author for giving me the chance to read and review this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

I really enjoyed the first book and liked the second well enough. The third book was amazing. I fell in love with this one.

I loved how Caleb and Sam’s relationship progressed and all of the complications that came with it. The overall storyline was interesting and it was great to see more of the minor characters getting involved. Sam also has to deal with her own inner demons–literally.

And as always, I love Sam and her snarky dialogue and thoughts. They really bring her character, as well as the book, to life. She’s probably one of my favorite YA female characters.

If you liked the first book, definitely keep going. The final book does not disappoint.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.

 

 

 

4halfstars

 

 

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Book Review–Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

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This is the 52nd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
Published November 13th 2012 by Penguin

 

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

 

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After listening to the first two books on audiobook to refresh my memory (I haven’t read them since they first came out), I was excited to find out how the series would end. I liked Matched pretty well and while I liked Crossed, it was also a really slow book.

Overall I liked Reached fairly well. Not as well as the first book but better than the second. Things went in a completely different direction than I was expecting. While the beginning drags some, when things began moving, the plot got way more exciting.

I think what I like most about these books is how the characters feel about choices, freedom, and art (visual, written word, songs, etc). The three POVs were interesting though at times I felt one would have sufficed. Though I guess it was nice to see more into different areas that we otherwise wouldn’t have seen.

The love triangle has gotten old, though. Actually, it got old in the last book, too. While I don’t really feel too strongly one way or another at this point, I was just ready for it to finally end. I figured Cassia would end up with the person she did at the end. At least unlike other series, the guy left behind also found someone to love though the relationship didn’t have as much development as I would have liked.

I liked how the first and second books were tied into this one and how things didn’t end up perfect at the end. It was realistic. Though I have to admit that I was pretty sad about Indie’s fate. She’s one character I found very interesting.

I’d probably give this one a 3.5, putting it between my rating of book one and two. Overall I enjoy the series and would probably re-read it again in the future.

 

 

3halfstars

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

Picture Source: Goodreads.com

 

Pet Sematary is a nightmare for all those who love and own animals. A great read that also has a pretty good film adaptation to go with it. A story you will never forget.

 

Intrigued?

 

Sometimes dead is better….When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review–Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

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This is the 51st book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Published March 1st, 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books

 

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.(

 

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Dear Killer sounded like a book that I would like. I’m very much into the horror genre and have always been intrigued with reading from the murderer’s POV. I figured this would be similar to the Dexter series. While it was somewhat similar, this book was also very different.

Kit is an interesting character, but hard to connect to. Half the time I didn’t quite understand what was going on with her or got annoyed with too much telling, not enough showing. I do like that her character develops over the course of the novel, especially with her conflicting thoughts concerning what she does.

The only other characters I liked were Alex and Maggie. Kit’s mother is even more of a mystery than Kit herself. I think things with Micheal could have been interesting if his storyline had went in another direction.

I liked the letter aspects of this, though I found the method in which Kit collects them to be somewhat unrealistic. It would have been interesting to know how it had all started.

The story itself was slow moving and didn’t interest me nearly as much as I thought it would. The climax was pretty good, but the rest of the book was lukewarm.

Overall, this book had potential but just didn’t meet it. It’s okay, but I wouldn’t pick it up again nor would I recommend it. Disappointing!

 

 

2halfstars

 

 

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The Book vs the Movie: Carrie (Original)

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Book written by Stephen King, 1974
Movie directed by Brian De Palma, 1976

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.

 

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This year I decided to compare the Carrie novel to the three film adaptations. To refresh my memory, I listened to the audio book, which is read by Sissy Spacek (who plays Carrie in the original movie). I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Carrie or audio books.

 

Which I Viewed First: Not sure–I think the book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Difficult decision, but Book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More info about Carrie’s life and the aftermath, Case study notes were interesting (reactions to the event), enjoyed the ending better.

Things the Movie Did Better: Superb casting, liked that the gym teacher was more of a mentor to Carrie than in the book, liked the scene with Carrie and her mother near the end better than in the book.

Verdict?:  I enjoyed both quite a lot, though if I had to choose, I’d go with the book. But I also highly recommend the movie.

Why?: Just more enjoyable for me personally as a film.

Should the movie be re-made?: It already has been. I’ll give my final verdict on whether or not Carrie itself should be re-made again after comparing the latest movie, though I think we have plenty of adaptations.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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