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Movie Mondays: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Series by Ann Brashares | Movie: Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (2005 & 2008)

Which did I read/see first? Books

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Sisterhood or Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Coming of Age, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating (though each book starts with a First Person prologue)

Thoughts:

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series is one of the first Young Adult series I ever read and I credit it with my reading addiction. While they are definite chick lit books, they really do have good messages about friendship and family.

The books have a lot going on because you are essentially reading 4 different girls stories that are linked by them being all friends. Nowadays you would probably get a single book for each girl but I like how they are all combined together. I always found that there was some plotline that was my favourite in each story that made me keep reading even if I wasn’t a fan of one girl’s plotline.

Conclusion:

These books are a lot of fun but also have some more serious moments to them. Young adult chick-lit fans will love these books without a doubt!

Rating: 4.5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!

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The Movies:

I decided to combine book movies into one review instead of making them separate. The first movie, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, is only based on the first book of the series; however the sequel movie combines books 2-4 together with the main focus being on book 4, Forever in Blue.

So, I’ll start with the first movie. I thought it was really well done and I really enjoyed it. The casting was spot on, though I’m not the biggest Alexis Bledel fan so I didn’t overly like her as Lena. But other than that, the rest of the cast was great and even if I don’t like Alexis, she is exactly what I pictured Lena to look like. It captured the heart of the book very well and it was cool to see a favourite book series come to life on the big screen.

I was really surprised when the second movie was announced because my understanding was that the first one didn’t do crazy well at the box office. Regardless, I was super excited to watch it. Again, the cast was great and I had no problems there. Knowing that they were combining the next 3 books into one movie, I think they did a good job. It’s hard to do and I know that things had to get cut but I think they blending everything well. I totally thought that they changed the ending but based on what I read on Wikipedia, I am wrong there 😛

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOKS. While the movies do a good job at capturing the feel of the books, I like the full plotlines we get in the books though I don’t think fans of the books will be disappointed in the movies.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (from Goodreads):
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

Trailer for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants:

Series Review: Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite Series as a Teen
Series: Sisterhood; Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares
# of Books: 5
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Coming of Age, Chick Lit, Contemporary
Heat Rating: cool but gets a little warm
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating (though each book starts with a First Person prologue)
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the movies here!

Thoughts:

I credit this series with starting my reading addiction. I was still in elementary school when this series came out and reading was something I did every once and awhile (basically whenever I got a book as a gift). But I devoured Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants in one weekend–literally all I did was sit on the couch and read this book. It was like nothing I had ever read before (again, keep in mind my book reading was minimal at the time) and I got absorbed in it.

I enjoyed reading these books because there was always a lot going on. The plot never seemed to drag because you are essentially reading 4 separate stories that are linked together: so there is always something you are dying to read. Of course, I had my favourite character plotlines and the ones I didn’t enjoy as much. For example Tibby was a character I didn’t particularly enjoy in the first book but really grew on me as the series progressed. Lena was actually the opposite–I really loved her story and then got a little annoyed with her as time progressed. Bridget was always a favourite and Carmen had her ups and downs. But the truth of the matter is that I loved watching these girls grow up and make their way in the world.

One thing I didn’t really like about the books was that because they were set one year apart, I felt like I never got closure about the last summer’s flings. I like knowing what happens and having everything wrapped in a nice little bow and I found with some plotlines I never got that. It was frustrating initially but I eventually moved past it.

The best book in the series was definitely the first one I think–but the rest were also really good. I didn’t totally love the ending of the series, which when I initially read the books was Forever in Blue, if I can recall correctly. I like nice closed endings and I felt like too much was left open. But, for the most part I did like how everything wrapped up.

So when Sisterhood Everlasting, the eventual true ending to the series, was announced and then published, I was a little nervous. It had been 10 years since the first book had been released (4 years since the last book, Forever in Blue) and I just wasn’t sure where it was going to go. But, I have to say I was thoroughly impressed by this book. Not only did it take a completely different plot than expected, it was so heartfelt and touching–I definitely shed a few tears while reading it! Ms. Brashares did a fantastic job of maturing the characters enough for fans who started reading the series 10 years prior but still making it something a teenager would still want to read if they were just starting the series. It was very well done and a much better ending to the series than the 4th book was so for that I am grateful.

Conclusion:

For readers who like stories featuring drama, romance and emphasize friendship, this is a great series to read. Definitely more for the younger set (teens) but still an enjoyable series nonetheless. Also, totally a chick series!

Rating: 4.5/5

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Synopsis for Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (from Goodreads):
Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.