The Book vs the Movie: The DUFF

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Book written by Kody Keplinger, 2011
Movie directed by Ari Sandel, 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was pretty good (but a lot different).

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: This comparison is a little difficult because the book and the movie just felt like different stories to me. While the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a concept in both, the book seemed to be darker at times, more focused on Bianca’s relationship with Wes, and didn’t go into a lot into the whole DUFF thing like the movie did. But I believe the plot in the book worked better for that medium and I found it more interesting than the movie. I also felt more connected to the characters.

Things the Movie Did Better:  I like that the movie seems to be a little fluffier overall, despite the bullying aspect (which isn’t in the book). I felt the bullying was an interesting story change but it did make it a lot more different than the book. It kind of had a chick flick, Mean Girls kind of vibe, but that worked well for movie format. I did like the whole uplifting “DUFF” thing near the end, though.

Verdict?: The book.

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.

 

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Reading Goals 2016 Check: TBR

At the beginning of the year, I made some reading goals for myself. Since we’re almost through the middle of the year, I thought it would be interesting to see how those goals are going.

 
16 Books I Want to Read in 2016 

1. Finders Keepers by Stephen King
2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
6. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
7. The 100 by Kass Morgan
8. Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
11. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
12. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
13. Beastly by Alex Finn
14. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
15. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
16. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I’m halfway, so I feel I’m progressing nicely. I have a feeling I won’t get to all of these, but if I can get to most of them, I’ll be happy.

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16 Books on My Shelf that I Want to Read in 2016

1. Broken China by Lori Aurelia Williams
2. The Sharp Time by Mary O’ Connell
3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
4. Dust Lands (Dust Lands #2) by Moira Young
5. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
9. The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
10. Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
11. I Know It’s Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
12. Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
13. The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
14. Kiss by Ted Dekker
15. Smashed: The Story of Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas
16. The Witches by Roald Dahl

I’m almost halfway through this list so I feel my progress is going well.

 

Overall, I’m happy with the way my goals are looking. If I can get at least 3/4 of these books read, I’ll be ecstatic.

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Reading Goals 2016 Check: Series & Classics

At the beginning of the year, I made some reading goals for myself. Since we’re almost through the middle of the year, I thought it would be interesting to see how those goals are going.

 

6 Series in 2016

Below are 6 series that I wanted to attempt to finish in 2016. Here’s how I’m doing with them:

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Source: harpercollins.com

1. Divergent series by Veronica Roth

I read Divergent a while back (twice), Insurgent in March, just finished Allegiant today. I may also read Four, though it will depend on if my library carries it and if I have time. I still consider the original trilogy to be the complete series, though–short stories just seem like an extra. So I feel that I can check this one off my list.

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Source: cinderfaith.blogspot.com

2. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I’ve re-read The Selection this year, plan to read The Elite this month, and The One later on this year. I probably won’t read the short story collection, The Heir, or The Crown until next year, though. So that will probably be halfway complete.

Source: bittenbythefantasybug.wordpress.com
Source: bittenbythefantasybug.wordpress.com

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I re-read Cinder in February and am about to begin Scarlet. I plan to read Cress, Fairest, and Winter later on this year. I probably won’t have time for Stars Above, but since it’s a short story collection, I consider it an extra and will probably get to it next year.

 

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Source: bookarrows.wordpress.com

4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I haven’t started this trilogy yet but I plan to try and read them this Fall.

 

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Source: ebay

5. Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay

I read the first four over the last couple of years and read the fifth one last month. I plan to read the next three before the end of the year.

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Source: http://www.liljas-library.com

6. Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King

I read Mr. Mercedes last year, Finders Keepers in February, and End of Watch last week. Another series down! Hoorah!

I’ll probably have a few more series completed this year just because I got into the mood to read them. I’ve already finished The Fifth Wave and the Burn for Burn trilogy this year because I had to find out what happened after the first book.

So I’ve completed two series out of the six I planned and have read two I didn’t plan on reading.

 

I also challenged myself to read a classic book each month. So far I have done that and I haven’t found any I didn’t like yet. Here’s my list:
1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
7. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
11. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Halfway there! So far my top three are: Jane Eyre, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

 

My next update post will feature the rest of the books I hope to get to this year as well as my numeric reading goal. Have you made any reading goals this year? If so, how are you doing with them? Best of luck!

 

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Books in June 2016

For 2016, I have challenged myself to read 100 books. In June, I read ten!

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Favorite: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
Classic: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Least Liked: The Last Wave (Fifth Wave #3) by Rick Yancey


I also loved Dexter is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay (my favorite Dexter book yet), Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts, Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan, Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson, and the third One Piece manga.

I also really liked Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the illustrated edition by Anna Bonds (available at the Patrick Beaver Library, by the way!) is gorgeous!

The Brocaded Slipper was a childhood favorite and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did then, it was still interesting and entertaining.

Ashes with Ashes was good for the most part but the ending wasn’t good. I was disappointed in that conclusion for the series. But that is nothing compared to how betrayed The Last Star made me feel.

 

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My favorite read for April 2016.

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My classic read for April 2016.

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This was a really close one regarding favorites.

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

 

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June Writing & Reading Goals Check (July 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 JUNE
Read Alice in Wonderland for my classic book

✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
Read at least 8 books

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✓ do book pictures for the month

 

I accomplished most of my goals for the month. I’ve been finding it difficult to get inspired to edit and when I was ready, of course my computer had to be sent off to the Apple store. I’ve started editing though and I have plans to do book pictures before the end of the week. So I’m not too behind on my goals. I also read ten books this month so I’m doing pretty well with my yearly reading challenge.

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

 

GOALS FOR JULY

✓ Read The Martian Chronicles for my classic book
✓ Finish editing the second part of Creeper
✓ Read at least 8 books
✓ Read End of Watch for my TBR
✓ Read The Witches for my TBR
✓ do book pictures for the month

 

I’m almost finished with End of Watch so I don’t think that will be a problem!

 

Wish me luck!

 

I’ve also uploaded a few of my works onto Wattpad. You’ll need an account to read and comment (and please star it if you enjoy what you’re reading) but here are the direct links to each story:

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The Book vs the Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird

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Book written by Harper Lee, 1960
Movie directed by Robert Mulligan, 1962

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: More story details, enjoyed Scout’s voice and POV more, better pacing than the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better:  While I did enjoy the movie and Gregory Peck did a great job as Atticus, it seemed to be lacking something that the book had. The pacing also seemed a bit off in places. I also liked the actress who played Scout.

Verdict?: The book.

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