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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