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Movie Mondays: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky | Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

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The Book:

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Humourous, High School, Bullying

Thoughts:

This is one of my all time favourite books. I read it in a few hours and I laughed so hard during it. Charlie is hilarious and it was one of the first books I can ever remember laughing through.

I also like it because it is relatable and realistic. And even though it was written years ago, it definitely applies to today’s teens as it deals with topics of bullying, coming out and finding yourself.

It should be noted that the book is written as a series of letters from Charlie as he describes his life and daily events to a friend. This format isn’t for everyone but it’s a nice change from other novels.

Conclusion:

This novel definitely isn’t for everyone and if you don’t enjoy books dealing with growing up, I would stay away from this. I think people in high school or in college would enjoy this more than a 30 year old but to each their own. But overall, if you want to try something new definitely read this!

Rating: 5/5
Similar Reads: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

The Movie:

It should be noted that the movie was written, directed and produced by Stephen Chbosky so I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed.

While it didn’t follow the book exactly, you definitely got the main messages and feelings from the book in the movie. I laughed and I cried and I left the movie with that “feel-good” feeling great movies have. The cast was great as well. I especially loved Ezra Miller’s Patrick. He nailed my favourite character perfectly. But I have to give props to the rest of the cast as well.

Overall, fans of the book will not be disappointed and if you liked the movie, you will love the book.

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

In this case, the winner is a TIE . Both are great in their own way and the message and feelings of the novel can be found in the movie. You can’t go wrong here!

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (from Goodreads):
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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Series Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #6
Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Author: Suzanne Collins
# of Books: 3 (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)
Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes
Genre:
Young Adult, Dystopian, Action, Romance, Competition
Heat Rating:
cold
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the Hunger Games movie here! Read my thoughts about the Catching Fire movie here! As well as the Mockingjay Part 1!

Thoughts:

I jumped on the Hunger Games bandwagon just before it got really big (ie. summer 2011) and read all the books within a week. They were super addicting, especially book 1 The Hunger Games. It was hard to put them down and I got sucked into the world Collins created.

One thing that I really liked about this series was Katniss. It had been a long time since I read a book with a strong heroine that I didn’t find annoying and actually liked. She is tough, intelligent, brave and perhaps her best characteristic is that she is independent. Unlike some heroines she didn’t need a boy to complete her and while she does have some romance in her life, it isn’t the focus and she doesn’t let it truly define her.

Book 1, The Hunger Games is by far the best book of the series. It has suspense, action and drama which made the book hard to put down. Book 2 and 3 aren’t as fast-paced as book 1 in my opinion, but they are very good reads in their own right. It’s hard for me to decide which book is better Catching Fire or Mockingjay. Immediately after I had finished reading the series, I would have said Mockingjay just because I was a little let down in Catching Fire. I thought it would be a direct reproduction of The Hunger Games but it had its own little spin that I have learned to appreciate after reading them all. So now, I’d say it’s a toss-up between the two for second place.

Another thing I really love about Collin’s writing is her descriptions of things. You really felt like you were in the Games with Katniss dealing with the heat and water and everything else that is thrown at her. She is descriptive enough to create the world (so you literally read the book and it plays out like a movie in your head) but not so descriptive that you are skipping sentences to get on with the plot. And although Scholastic publishes the books, the writing isn’t juvenile (ahem, *coughcough* Twilight) in any way. Although tweens will have no problem reading the books, adults won’t be turned off by her writing and will also enjoy the story.

I know some people will say, why bother reading the books when the movies are coming out (see my thoughts on the movie here) but if I could just say one thing it would be this: read the books! If you were expecting the movie to be darker, then you will love the books! And while the movies contain a majority of the storyline from the novels, there are something that’s they have changed that make the books a little different (so you aren’t reading a carbon copy of the movie script).

Conclusion:

I really enjoyed this series–so much so that I actually bought the box set after I had finished them (I had borrowed them all from the library) just so I could own them 😛 I also can’t remember how many times I have lent those books out to people (who have all enjoyed them!) so that they could read them. You can’t go wrong with this series in my opinion!

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Trilogy, #1) and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy, #1)

See my movie review here!

Synopsis for The Hunger Games (from Goodreads):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(

Movie Mondays: The Hunger Games

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: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Movie: The Hunger Games (2012)

Which did I read/see first? BOOK

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Competition, Romance, Action

Thoughts:

You can see my review of the series here but I will briefly review the first book, The Hunger Games here.

I read this book in a day. It was very hard to put down and it was (and still is) unlike anything I had ever read. I loved the characters, I loved the world and I loved the story. I like nitty-gritty (often violent) action movies and novels so I really went in with high expectations and I was not disappointed.

I’m not sure what else I can say without spoiling it, but it was a great book and one that I will definitely reread in the future.

Conclusion:

A great start to a series and one of the best dystopian novels I have read.

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

Similar Reads: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Trilogy, #1) and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy, #1)

The Movie:

I followed this movie’s progress as soon as I finished the novels. I read everything about casting, filming locations, etc. I think it’s a given that I had a lot of expectations going into this movie.

First, the casting. It was perfect in my opinion. Jennifer Lawrence (who has become one of my favourite actresses) does a fantastic job as Katniss. I say this because the trailer scene where Katniss volunteers as tribute made me cry in the theatre despite the fact that I had seen it a million times in the trailer (I also credit Willow Shields as Primrose for that as well). I liked Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket were exactly as I pictured them in appearance and in acting. Lenny Kravitz rocked my socks and I adore Stanley Tucci so overall it was perfection.

The director and co. did a fantastic job of bringing the world to life. Suzanne Collins has a very thorough description of the settings in her novels so I had the world set up in my mind and the movie was pretty spot-on. The costumes were great and the Capitol was everything I thought and hoped it would be.

My only complaint about this movie was the camera work. I get that they were going for that grittier, realistic feel with the shaky camera (and to get the rating they want) but it made me a little sick to my stomach at the start. It definitely got better as the movie went on though.

Overall, a solid movie adaption that follows pretty close to the story (just a few tiny details here and there were missing or changed), has great acting and a solid set.

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

In this case, the winner is a tie . This one is a tough one for me. The book was fantastic and definitely should be read but the movie did a great job capturing the characters and the story. Fans of the book will not be disappointed in this movie adaption 🙂

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Hunger Games (from Goodreads):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(

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Series Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for City of Bones (from Goodreads):

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #5; Sad to See Go Series 2014
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
# of Books: 6 (Full List Here)

The Prequel Series is the Infernal Devices Trilogy; There will be a sequel series released in 2016 (The Dark Artifices); There is also a spin-off series, The Bane Chronicles — More Info on all here

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Magic, Romance, Paranormal
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: Third Person, Multiple
Publication Dates: March 2007 – May 2014
Source & Format: Public Library–Hardcover
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the movie here!

thoughts

I had a friend in high school who was really into this series but I didn’t actually decide to read the series until first year university. This worked to my advantage because by this time, the first three books of the series had been released and I didn’t have to wait for them to be released. Which was FANTASTIC because these books are a non-stop train of awesome and you want to stay on board for as long as possible!

No, in all seriousness, I really enjoyed these books and they were hard to put down!

The series was originally supposed to be a trilogy and you can see that in the first three books. There is a definite story arc that builds in City of Bones and City of Ashes and concludes in City of Glass. City of Fallen Angels was intended to be a spin-off of sorts but it actually begins a new arc for all the characters in the previous books. The story isn’t as strong as the first 3 books but by no means is it weak! Clare does a fantastic job of creating a probable storyline using the events of the previous 3 books in the last 3 books so fans will really enjoy books 4-6.

There is literally something for everyone in these books. There are creative and constantly twisting plots that will draw you into this story. Because the POV (though it is 3rd person) shifts amongst multiple characters there are multiple plots going on. However, it is really easy to follow what is going on. However, I recommend that you get as many of the books as possible when you start to read because you will want the next novel ASAP.

The cast of characters in this series is also amazing. There are characters you love and love to hate. There are relationships to cheer for and ones that make you cringe. There are awesome bromances and friendships–so let’s just say the characters really make this series and they a big reason this series is so addicting.

Why people might not like this series?

If you don’t like paranormal creatures (ie. vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc.) you won’t like what is going on here. The characters would also be another reason. As I said before, there are some you love to hate. I don’t particularly like Clary–my like of her fluctuates depending on what she is doing in the novel–but if you find you don’t like a character, that can be a big turn off for a book and I get that. My argument would be that you don’t like everyone in everyday life so you can tolerate those characters and focus on the ones you do like (like Alec :P).

The other argument I see people make is that it takes storylines from other series, therefore it isn’t original. Yes, it has similar stories from other books/movies/etc. but what doesn’t nowadays? When you study major English works you quickly discover that a vast majority use text references to other works–and you know what, there are actually admired and respected for the link! I would love to argue this point but to sum it up it is my opinion that Cassandra Clare has blended various story elements together to create a fantastic world with fascinating characters and plots! This world may not be for everyone but it works for me and I love it!

updates

–August 2, 2014– Book #6: City of Heavenly Fire

I just finished reading the last book of the series, City of Heavenly Fire and what a roller coaster that has been! As a huge fan of this series I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Out of the last three novels in the series, this one was by far the best. It had the perfect blend of a fast, interesting plot but enough “character moments” (basically fan service but not the dirty kind) to satisfy longstanding fans of the series. Overall, I’m really impressed with how this last half of the series concluded and can’t wait for the next spinoff–The Dark Artifices–to begin. (And in case your wondering, we do get to meet the next set of characters for the next series and it really sets up an interesting stage for their time here).

When To Read the Infernal Devices?

I just want to say a quick word about the Infernal Devices Series and when you should read it. I read it right when it came out, which is when the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments had been published and I continued to read them as they came out. This worked out well I would say because the prequel series is directly linked to the events of the last half (3 books) of the Mortal Instruments. So while you can read the Infernal Devices before you even read Mortal Instruments, I would almost wait until you read City of Glass to start it. But definitely read it before the last book, City of Fallen Angels or else you won’t appreciate some of the scenes and events we get because you aren’t familiar with certain characters and stories.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

overall

This is one of the best series I have ever read. While reading I’ve felt every possible emotion. I’ve cried, shrieked for joy and threatened to toss the book across the room throughout this series. I’m so addicted to this series it’s crazy. The only negative thing I have to say is that I hate waiting for the next one 😛 (But if it means that I have to wait for awesomeness then that is what I will do)! Give it a shot if you like paranormal action series, but if you don’t enjoy the first one, City of Bones, you won’t enjoy the rest of the series so it would be my advice for you to stop.

similarreads
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices, #1)
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series, #1)

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