From Screen To Page : Movies That Should Be Books

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We spend a lot of time thinking about what the next book to be adapted to the big screen will be, and then even longer still talking about everything that’s wrong with the adaptation, from casting choices to the scenes included in the movie. Of course, it’s not always completely bad but, I think all of it doesn’t really allow us to think of the other end of the spectrum ! There are  so many great movies that would make even better books, and it’s disappointing to see that this process isn’t really used at all (copyright and all that, I know !).

So, here is my personal selection of movies that should be turned into books !

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Quarterly Box Fail

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Originally, I wanted to make a beautiful ‘Unboxing’ post, but that didn’t quite work out as I hoped it would …

Back in the distant time of July 2015, I decided to subscribe to Book Riot’s Quarterly Box. Why, you ask ? Well, it was for a bunch of different reasons. First, I was only a few months into the book-bogging business  (you can tell how really optimistic I was, so naive, so hopeful about my abilities to commit to what I start). It was very out-of-character coming from me, and the point is, I should have known. So, that was the first reason. The second reason was that I decided this in freaking July ! I was on vacation, I was far away from Paris, and I had plenty of time on my hands. The idea of a bunch of new books seemed a good idea, and yes, I did forget that September rhymes with school and homework and so-little-time. The third reason, which is the best reason of the lot, was that I wanted to boost up my reading, as well as diversifying it a little. Of course, I couldn’t be sure it would be diversified, but 1) let’s be real, this is Book Riot and 2) it still meant that the books I would receive, by not being on my TBR, would already serve as a broadening of my horizons.

In case you don’t know, Book Riot is a wonderful bookish website in which a lot of wonderful bookish people write wonderful bookish articles. It’s one of my favourite websites, and my number one to-go source when it comes to bookish goodness. Also, they have a wonderful bookish surprise Quarterly Box, which they ship every 3 months, and is filled with wonderful bookish goodies : books most of all, but also cool bookish gadgets and gizmos. I wanted one for a while and, back in July, I decided to take a leap of faith, which was a big step for me since I hate surprises and I hate to feel like I’m wasting my money, and I hate finding out that I don’t like a book (hence why my book-bying process is a very thorough one).

But it turns out, it wasn’t meant to be. Officially 6 weeks after my package was shipped and I’m still waiting. Well, not waiting exactly, since the folks at Quarterly Box confirmed that, at this point, it was probably lost. I’m getting a refund, no problem on that front, but I’m still disappointed (who knew Paris was so difficult to find ?!!!). So, why this post ? To share my frustration, first and foremost, but also to give you a word of caution. US shipping should be alright, I guess, but International shipping takes them a while, and I insist on them because I’ve ordered things from the US before and I never had to wait more than 3 weeks tops. It also doesn’t help that you can’t track your package with International shipping *eternal sigh*.

I don’t know if I’ll repeat the experience, especially since the shipping cost is almost more expensive than the Box itself and it all depends on the theme of the next Box, but as a first experience, it’s really broken the trust that I could have in them.

ARC Review : Pop Sonnets

24869805Title : Pop Sonnets, Shakespearean Spins of Your Favourite Songs
Author : Erik Didriksen
Published : October 6th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books)

The Bard meets the Backstreet Boys in Pop Sonnets, a collection of 100 classic pop songs reimagined as Shakespearean sonnets. All of your favorite artists are represented in these pages—from Bon Jovi and Green Day to Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, and beyond. Already a smash sensation on the Internet—the Tumblr page has 20,000+ followers—Pop Sonnets has been featured by the A.V. Club, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair, among many others. More than half of these pop sonnets are exclusive to this collection and have never been published in any form.

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Shakespeare would approve

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REVIEW : Gnomon

25765861Title : Gnomon
Author : Luchia Dertien
Published : September 1st 2015

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Emile Delaurier is a beautiful militant revolutionary, a living beacon of righteous justice for the world. For Renaire, an artist in a constant battle against the demons in the bottle, it was obsession at first sight. His devotion led to two years of homicidal partnership as Renaire followed Delaurier in his ruthless quest for equality through the death of the corrupt […].
Then Delaurier breaks his pattern, leading Renaire into Russia to kill a reporter with no immoral background, and gives no explanation for his actions.
When Interpol contacts Renaire, he already has enough problems—keeping Delaurier alive, dealing with the shift in their relationship, and surviving the broken past that still haunts him. But when he learns what Interpol wants from him, Renaire must face the truth about Delaurier: that a noble man isn’t always a good one.

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As much as i like the original, this version needs more

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Review : American Gods

american godsTitle : American Gods
Author : Neil Gaiman
Published : 2001 (first publication)

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Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

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Magical and gritty and deep, all at the same time

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That time I went to the Harry Potter exhibition

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The worldwide exhibition dropped its suitcases in Paris back in April, but of course, being the lazy ass that I am, even when it comes to stuff that I want to do, I had to wait until there was almost no time left before finally going to see what they had to offer.

There was a lot to see and, at the same time, not enough, but it was enchanting nonetheless and, for those who think that the Warner Bros studios are just too far away, it proved to be a good alternative.

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Review : The Institute

24340711Title : The Institute
Author : Kayla Howarth
Published : January 7th 2015

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(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown [and] to Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute.
Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her?
Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

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COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, but it’s got potential

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