The Book vs the Movie: The Lord of the Flies

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Book written by William Golding, 1954
Movie directed by Harry Hook, 1990

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.

The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie slightly more.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: I feel that the book did better in regards to symbolism as well as the darker elements. I was more horrified by the deaths.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Better pacing, liked the characters even better due to good casting, seeing the setting with my eyes helped. The book’s writing could be somewhat confusing at times.

Verdict?: I enjoyed the movie better but the book made me think more. I think they both did well at getting the point across, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: No, but I’d love to see an all-girl cast like in the book Lost Girls.

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

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

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Books in August 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In August, I read eight books.

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Favorite: Labyrinth (novelization) by Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith, and Brian Fround

Least Liked: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, “J.K. Rowling”, and John Tiffany.

Classic: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

* I also read an e-book called Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek.

 

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I liked everything except for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was just “OK.”

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My favorite read for August 2016.

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My classic read for the month.

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This is the cover of the ebook I read, which was pretty good. My review.

What did you read in August and what were your favorites?

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August Writing & Reading Goals Check (September Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR AUGUST
✓ Read Lord of the Flies for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Start The Infernal Devices trilogy for my TBR
✓ Participate in Pitch Wars
✓ do book pictures for the month

I accomplished most of my goals for the month but I seem to be struggling with the editing of Creeper this year, but I have gotten through at least a third of that part. My main focus for September will be to finally finish it up so I can get to writing the final part for that book.

I also have my book pictures done really early and will be doing a post on that in a few days. At least I seem to be killing my reading goals off well–I started and finished The Infernal Devices so that’s another series to cross off my 2016 TBR!

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER

✓ Read The Little Prince for my classic book
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper (MUST FINISH!)
✓ Read The Raft for my TBR
✓ Read Into the Wild for my TBR
✓ Read Cress for my TBR
✓ Participate in #PitMad
✓ do book pictures for the month

Wish me luck! Do you have any goals this month? How did you do with your goals for August?

jnc

Summer Book Haul 2016

I figured that with summer being so short that I wouldn’t have a problem not acquiring a lot of books. Obviously I was wrong. Somehow, from the end of May to now, I have managed to acquire 67 books! I definitely have a problem. I’ve been using my local library more for books I’m currently reading but that doesn’t seem to deter me from getting more books.

Thankfully I have 20-30 ready to take to the used bookstore, though that will end up being more books. I plan to get rid of more, though (like that second copy of Night Film–I couldn’t pass on the signed one, which I saw after, for $2!) I know summer isn’t technically over yet but my birth month is September so any books acquired during then are going to be counted toward my Birthday Haul! Hopefully I won’t get too carried away over the rest of the year.

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What I Got from BookMooch:

Full Dark No Stars by Stephen King
Beastly by Alex Finn
Fear by R.L. Stine & other authors
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

What I Got from my Library’s Store:

Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter #1) by Jeff Lindsay
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Pretty Little Liars: Toxic by Sara Shepard
The Magician by Lev Grossman
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (Signed)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What I Got from Book Depository:

Summer Days & Summer Nights UK edition edited by Stephanie Perkins

What I Got from Amazon:

Animorphs #21: The Threat by K.A. Applegate
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
My True Love Gave to Me UK edition edited by Stephanie Perkins
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

What I Got from Book Outlet:

Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Falls the Shadow by Stephanie Gaither
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Extra Credit: Missing You (Degrassi the Next Generation #3) by J. Torres
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Little Women (Puffin in Bloom Classics) by Louisa May Alcott
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

What I Got from Ebay:

Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Edition of The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury (not pictured)
A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

What I Got from my local used bookstore:

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Return of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks
The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Mary, Jane by Judith O’Brien
Ruined by Paula Morris
Animorphs #27: The Exposed by K.A. Applegate
Animorphs #29: The Sickness by K.A. Applegate
Animorphs #31: The Conspiracy by K. A. Applegate
Cat Magic by Jonathon Barry & Whitley Strieber
Butterfly (Orphans #1) by V.C. Andrews
Crystal (Orphans #2) by V.C. Andrews
Brooke (Orphans #3) by V.C. Andrews
Raven (Orphans #4) by V.C. Andrews
Misty (Wildflowers #1) by V.C. Andrews
Star (Wildflowers #2) by V.C. Andrews
Jade (Wildflowers #3) by V.C. Andrews
Cat (Wildflowers #4) by V.C. Andrews
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

What I Got from Goodwill:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
Entwined by Heather Dixon

What I Got from Goodreads Giveaways/Publishers/Authors:

Caraval ARC by Stephanie Garber
Gilt Hollow ARC by Lorie Langdon
Escape from Witch Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek (ebook, not pictured)

What I Got from Dollar General:

Color Me Lisa Frank — 3 adult coloring books (not pictured)

What I Got from Nerd Block:

C. Montgomery Burns’ Handbook of World Domination by Matt Groening
What I Got from Family:

In the Name of Love by Ann Rule

 

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Book Adaptation Wishlist Tag

This book tag was created by Booktuber She Might Be Moncia. Click here to check out her video!

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1. Movie: Without Tess by Marcelle Pixley could be really interesting.

2. TV Show: Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga.

3. Cartoon: Sarah Scribbles by Sarah Anderson is an online comic but I think it would be adorable as a cartoon series. So relatable and funny.

4. Graphic Novel or Comic: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’ve only read the first two but I think it would be very cool to see illustrations of the characters and story.

5. Play: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.

6. Musical: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. OK, while the MC can’t actually sing, I still think she could do so internally and it would be really interesting when she has to find other ways to sing along with the cast without actually singing (dancing, gestures, looks, etc). If that makes any sense.

I TAG: Ari @ thequirkybooknerd, Mariella @ mariellahunt.com, Hollie Ohs @ hollieohsbookreviews (who just joined WordPress so go check her out!) & anyone else who would like to do it!

What do you think of my choices? And if you decide to do this tag, leave a link or comments down below so I can see your choices!

 

jnc

Poke’mon GO Book Tag

While I haven’t gotten addicted to this app like most people (probably due to where I live), I’ve been a huge Poke’mon fan since I was younger. I first saw this video on SuperSpaceChick’s Booktube channel. The original creator is credited on her video.

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1. STARTERS: The book(s) that started your love for reading:

I’ve loved books since I could read so it’s hard to say which book for sure started it all, but the Goosebumps series really amped up my love for reading.

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2. PIKACHU: An iconic classic that you’ll always love:

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, even though age has made me not enjoy the sequel as much as I used to.

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3. ZUBAT: A book you lost interest in because it’s literally everywhere!:

I cannot think of anything off the top of my head (seeing a book everywhere doesn’t make me dislike it now)  but back when I was on inkpop.com, I did not want to read Paranormalcy because it was always being advertised in annoying ways on the site. A pity because when I finally gave it a chance, it was pretty good!

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4. DITTO: A book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway:

I don’t tend to like books that remind me too much of another, but Under the Dome by Stephen King felt similar to the Gone series by Michael Grant (though they are really completely different as the book(s) go on). But I feel that the two were different enough overall and the authors seem like they are fans of one another so maybe that helps.

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5. SNORLAX: A book/series you have not started because of sheer size:

Either the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson or Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve read a few intimidating looking books this year so maybe I’ll get over it (Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, etc). I’m not sure how anything can intimidate me after Stephen King’s The Stand and Under the Dome, though!

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6. GENGAR: A book that kept you up at night:

Fear by Michael Grant.

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7. NIDOKING/QUEEN: Your bookish OTP (One True Pairing):

Definitely Heaven Casteel & Troy Tatterton from the Casteel series.

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8. RAPIDASH: A fire-hot, fast-paced read:

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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9. EEVEE: A series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for:

Harry Potter. There’s just so much material and characters to work with.

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10. MAGIKARP: A book/series that was surprisingly awesome:

Vampire Academy series. I hesitated a while before trying them because it seemed so many vampire books were trying to be the new Twilight. This series was actually more like Buffy, if she’d been half-vampire!

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11. LEGENDARY: An overhyped series you’re still excited to read:

Throne of Glass OR A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

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12. MEW & MEWTWO: A collector’s edition you wish you owned:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and Illustrated by Vincent Chong. Seriously, if you loved this one, go check out the illustrations!

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13. POKE-EGG: A debut novel you’re very excited for:

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude.

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14. LURE MODULE: An auto-buy author:

Stephen King.

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15. SERVER’S DOWN: A book release you’ve been waiting on forever:

Okay, not a book per say, but a new YA from Laurie Halse Anderson. I miss her books!

 

This was a pretty fun tag and if you’d like to do it, I TAG you! Please leave a link in the comments because I’d love to see your answers! Also, who’s your favorite poke’mon? Mine is Charmander!

 

jnc

The Book vs the Movie: The Fifth Wave

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Book written by Rick Yancey, 2013
Movie directed by J Blakeson, 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

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

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, creepier atmosphere, believable romance.

Things the Movie Did Better:  It was well cast–Chloe especially did a great job. The only casting I wasn’t thrilled with was Ringer, who was supposed to be Asian.

Verdict?: The book. I was told ahead of time that the movie was terrible but I actually liked it. It stayed pretty true to the book, but as usual it had a lot cut and the atmosphere was less creepy, which I think hurt it.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc