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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The benefits of reviewing

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I’ve read that reviews are some of the least liked posts in the book-blogosphere. I’m not terribly surprised, after all, I’m following a few blogs and the reviews are, statistically, the posts I skip the most, but it’s not because I don’t like them, it’s simply because I’m less interested in reading a review of a book I don’t know, or a book I have no intention of reading. So, maybe that’s what people mean when they say they don’t like reviews. In the end, which reviews do I read ? Reviews of books I’ve already read to know what the blogger thought about it (and how their views may differ from my own) and reviews of books I plan on reading (although I generally skim through the review to avoid spoilers).

But despite this general consensus, I still think reviews are really important.

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I’m not a fast reader, and that’s okay !

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“Do I read enough ?”

I have this thought every year and every year the obvious answer is ‘No’, but, when I look at my book total, there’s also another obvious answer which is ‘I could have read less than that’. And by thinking that, I allow myself to put things into perspective. I tend to get a bit overwhelmed with my day-to-day life, and by the end of the day, I often find myself completely exhausted : physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Maybe the term “fast reader” isn’t quite appropriate here, because when I am reading, I read at a normal speed, I’m not spending ten minutes to finish a page, and once I’m into the story and know that I have time, I can totally read one hundred, two hundred pages without realizing what happened. My problem is time.

So, I know that some people manage to do all that (and then more) and still keep up a good reading rhythm, but for some reason, I find this completely impossible to do, or at least, impossible to keep up regularly. I’ll have bouts of reading fever, but I know I can also spend months without opening a book.

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Falling in love with fictional characters : a guide

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(And if you knew who the fictional love of my life is, the title of this article would make you cackle hysterically)

I think one of the most common problems that book-lovers face is getting too attached to a story, and therefore, its characters. We get lost in the pages, and somehow, we fall into the stories, and start to feel like we know the characters intimately, like no one else could know or understand them, like no one has ever done before. And just like that, you’re connected.

It’s all terribly pointless, caring about fictional characters, people who don’t even exist, but I think it shows just how strong human empathy can be (and a little bit how crazy we all are).

So here is a little list of things you might relate to if you get attached to fictional characters too quickly, and if you’re forever angry that you’ll never get to meet them.

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Why I avoid book-romance like the plague, or why “insta-love” is a concept that should just die already

97213_1236447236In my Goodreads description, in the part about my favorite books, I wrote this (among other things) :

« books with little to no romance plot, because I’m a mean human being who hates love (I’m basically the Grinch). »

In truth, it’s not that I don’t like love (I love love), but it’s because I’ve learned the hard way that romance in books is, more often than not, something completely unbearable for me.

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The torture of living far away from your books

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A little over a year and a half ago, I moved out of my mother’s house, who lives in the south of France, and moved to Paris, where I now live in a teeny-tiny apartment.

I may have a lot of mixed feelings concerning this apartment, but it’s my first one, and no matter how much I hate it sometimes, it’s still a bit special in my heart – like a captor is special in the heart of the person they abducted, as that person starts to sympathise with them. Erm, anyway …

That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s tiny and, in an effort not to crowd my apartment too much, I decided not to buy a huge bookshelf, and left almost all my books back at my mom’s place. Miles and miles away from me.

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I can’t read in public transports

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Every day I go to work/class and suffer through at least 30 minutes of public transports to get there. While I’m waiting, with my music blasting in my earphones, I often see fellow commuters with a book opened in their laps.

Essays. Crime novels. French classics. Books in English. Books in Spanigh. Adults reading Harry Potter. Or – god forbid – Fifty Shades of Grey. You see all sorts when you’re on the bus or the subway. People willing to spend their way to and from work catching up on their reading.

Well, I’m not one of them.

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Extraordinary characters

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I’m not just talking about characters who, as the story goes along, become The Chosen One (although there is nothing wrong with those, they have a bit of magic of their own), but characters with actual extraordinary abilities.

Being part of the generation that has actually grown-up with Harry Potter (admittedly, I started reading the books because of the movies – I was 11 when the first one came out, and what a disappointment it was to realize that, despite being the right age, I didn’t receive my Hogwarts letter – in French first, and then I devoured them again, in English, when I started college), I can say that it definitely gave me a taste and a fascination for the extraordinary, the unusual and, generally, characters who are more than just your average guy (and not just because of their remarkable personality). Movies and TV have also greatly helped in my discovery of the science-fiction and fantasy genres, but books manage to take me a step further. Maybe because books are not telling me “This is what it looks like”, but rather let me a bit of space in which my own imagination can kick in.

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