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Throwdown Thursdays: Single vs Alternating vs Multiple POV

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

In January, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all publish our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!


Single POV vs Alternating POV vs Multiple POV

 

I was inspired to make this duel thanks to the earlier Throwdown Thursday topic of First Person POV vs Third Person POV. I’ve never really gave this much conscious thought besides the little factoid I fill in when I do reviews on my blog–meaning it isn’t criteria that I use when picking what book to read next. A majority of the time, I don’t even know if the book is in third or first person, let alone how many POV I get.

I know when I posted the topic for this month’s Throwdown, I didn’t add “Multiple” but since I create this meme every month, I figured I have the creative licence to do so. I’m also forgoing my usually rounds, and instead have listed my pros and cons of each POV type.

POV 1: Single Character

  • PROS:
    • usually stronger character development of protagonist
    • other characters & their motives remain a mystery
    • fosters a stronger connection to the main character
  • CONS:
    • can dampen other characters’ development
    • hard to make connections with other characters due to “lens” of narrator
    • if you find the narrator annoying or boring, you’re stuck with them!
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • mysteries / suspense novels
    • when there are mysterious love interests
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Single POV  |  Third Person, Single POV

POV2: Alternating Characters

  • PROS:
    • usually stronger character development of love interests
    • get both sides of the story / different perspectives
    • faster plot lines; more interesting
    • if you don’t like one character/narrator, you might like the other
  • CONS:
    • can lose sense of mystery
    • one character may seem more developed than other
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • romances
    • stories with antagonists
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Alternating POV  |  Third Person, Alternating POV

POV 3: Multiple Characters

  • PROS:
    • get both sides of the story / different perspectives
    • faster plot lines; more interesting
    • if you don’t like one character/narrator, you might like the other
    • better world-building
  • CONS:
    • can be overwhelming
    • may not like majority of character
    • can get bored with other characters’ storylines
  • IDEAL STORY TYPE:
    • fantasy novels
    • suspense novels
    • historical romances
  • FAVOURITE SINGLE POV STORIES:

Find More: First Person, Multiple POV  |  Third Person, Alternating POV

Ultimate Winner: Depends on the Genre

Final Comments: For me, it all comes down to the story type. I’ve noticed recently that it is weird for my to read New Adult romances that only have one character’s POV–I’m so used to get both love interests perspectives (alternating POVs) that it is weird not to at times. I also love a lot of things happening in my stories and often that requires multiple POVs. Then again, sometimes wish I was a left a little in the dark when it comes to certain characters and their “secrets”–not everything needs to be revealed right from the get-go.

What are your thoughts?

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Next Time: Werewolves vs Vampires

Throwdown Thursday: New Adult vs Young Adult Genre

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

In January, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all publish our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!


New Adult Genre vs Young Adult Genre

I pretty much rotate my reads between 2 genres: New Adult and Young Adult. I suppose part of the reason is that I am close to approaching my mid-twenties and both genres have certain appeals to me now that I am trapped in the middle. That’s why I find it so hard to classify my blog as one or the other (unfortunately, “series” never seems to be a category for me to choose).

But if asked: if you could only read New Adult (NA) or Young Adult (YA) novels for the rest of our life, what would you pick? I would be a little torn but I’m going to try and break it down now….

Round 1: The Drama

College Drama vs High School Drama

What matters when you’re 16 probably won’t when you are 22!

The reason I don’t read a lot of YA contemporary but seem to devour NA contemporaries is mainly because of the character’s ages. I don’t want to read about what I consider to be petty high school drama. It’s not my idea of a good time to read about a girl who desperately needs a boyfriend at the age of 16 because her life wouldn’t be complete without one (spoiler alert: it will be complete) or a character who is angsty just for the sake of being angsty/a teenager.

I’m not saying that these aren’t valid concerns for YA readers. I remember what it was like to 16 (yikes! that statement makes me sounds so old) so I get the source. But I didn’t enjoy that drama when I was 16 and I sure don’t find it entertaining to read about now.

Which is why I think NA contemporaries appeal to me more. Because I’ve recently experienced the college lifestyle, I understand the problems those characters face a lot more. Like trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life, dealing with big family changes and balancing your romantic life with real life.

Winner: New Adult. This is mostly because I am closer in age to these characters and understand their struggles.

New Adult: 1 | Young Adult: 0

Round 2: Sub-Genres Available

Contemporaries vs Every Genre Possible

Limited choices vs unlimited choices

 

When is comes to New Adult novels, the market is predominately contemporary romances. Which is great if you enjoy that type of thing. I find these novels are great books to read in between paranormal or science fiction series because they provide a change of pace and can be “lighter” reads when you need them to be. But if you are looking for something in the science fiction genre, you might have a harder time finding it.

Part of the problem I see, is that NA is a seemingly “new” genre. I think it has always been here but is now gaining recognition. It’s a new, emerging market that is definitely picking up steam. And with that comes new opportunities to branch out into the many different genres out there like Steampunk or Supernatural. It’s just taking awhile.

Whereas YA is an established market. It’s easily recognizable and so you have a lot more at your disposal. There are novels for every genre and then some. It’s HUGE and so there is a lot of books out there to suit every reader’s taste.

Winner: Young Adult. While its market might be saturated in whatever the current trend is, you can’t beat the number of options currently out there!

New Adult: 1 | Young Adult: 1

Round 3: Character Depth

Often Complex Backstories vs Whatever Works for the Story

Do you feel closer or further away from the characters?

 

Part of this relates back to Round 1 with the drama but the majority of this relates to Round 2 more.

I feel like in NA contemporaries you get stronger character development because what else is there really to the stories? Most of the time you are trying to figure out what happened in the past to make this character jaded or afraid to love. While not all stories are rooted in tragic pasts, a majority are and I find these help shape characters into fuller, often complex, people.

Perhaps it is simply because I don’t read a lot of YA contemporaries and mostly stick to dystopian or paranormal, but I often feel like I know less about a character in these reads. Developing the character to the point where you get to know everything about them often isn’t a priority because the bigger focus is on the grand scheme of the plot. Which is totally ok! Chances are you want to read that novel because of the political situation or the promise of lots of action so it’s ok if the characters are super-duper developed.

Winner: New Adult. I feel like a lot of characters fit into neat little molds of their genre in YA and we are happy with that. And that isn’t to say that it doesn’t happen in NA because there are definitely stereotypical tropes throughout that genre as well. I just like the little dash of variety we seem to get in NA when we explore characters personalities and personas more.

New Adult: 2 | Young Adult: 1

Ultimate Winner: New Adult

Final Comments: This one was SUPER tough for me! It took me a really long time to come up with a Round 3 because this topic is so broad and there are always exceptions. But I feel that as I get older, I’m starting to step away from YA reads a little bit more each year and exploring the exciting world of New Adult.

What are your thoughts?

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Next Time: Single Character POV vs Alternating POV

Throwdown Thursday: First Person POV vs Third Person POV

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

In January, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all publish our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!

First Person POV vs Third Person POV

I have friends who will only read books that use the “I” narrative while others are equal opportunists. What do I prefer? Time to find out!

Round 1: Reading Flow

One Person’s Thoughts at a Time vs Observer Narration

Which is easier to follow as a reader?

I could write a long, rambling post but I’m going to keep it simple: First Person POVs are way easier for me to follow. When a person is narrating their own actions, it is so much easier to figure who is who and get the scene created in your mind. Rarely are you left trying to figure out who the “he” or “she” is in the description.

Third Person POVs often leave me a little confused. You get too many pronouns out there and it just becomes a mess.

Winner: First Person. Keep it simple is what I say.

First Person POV: 1 | Third Person POV: 0

Round 2: Mystery

Inside Their Mind vs Outsider Looking In

Some stories are told better than others.

I’m going to use two examples to help explain my point that sometimes, a little mystery is a good thing.

In Black Iris, (first person POV), having the narrator leave out certain bits and pieces made it hard to follow what was happening at times. I felt like she was being purposely deceptive because we were in her “mind”–so to speak–but she didn’t want to reveal the big “twist”. Which is totally fair, I just found it hard to be essentially “lied” to for most of the book–but c’est la vie with unreliable narrators.

Whereas in the Rook (third person POV), the external narrator kept the mystery alive. Because you aren’t seeing directly into the thoughts of the character as they tell their story, you don’t get the full details. Ignorance is bliss in this case and for some stories it is a great asset.

Winner: Third Person POV. There is a difference between purposely leaving information out and not having it available which is why I prefer the third person POV when it comes to mystery.

First Person POV: 1 | Third Person POV: 1

Round 3: Connection to the Characters

 Seeing it Through Their Eyes vs Watching From Afar

Do you feel closer or further away from the characters?

In the same breath, the mystery the Third Person POV provides can be detrimental when it comes to connecting with the characters. The only way I can think to describe it is that it is like watching a movie. You see the characters go through the motions instead of “experiencing” it and all the emotions that come with it for yourself.

That isn’t to say you can’t connect with the characters (the movie Inside Out is basically my life story so I easily connect with it) but I think it is easier to connect with characters when their every thought or feeling is conveyed to your through their own personal narration as you read.

Winner: First Person POV. When I read the “I” narration, I can easily put myself in their shoes than when I read a third person narration.

First Person POV: 2 | Third Person POV: 1

Ultimate Winner: First Person

Final Comments: As a whole, I feel a lot more comfortable with First Person narrations than I do third person. I suppose it is just a result of the genres I mostly read (NA contemporary and YA) and their preferred method. I’m definitely not opposed to Third Person POV but they seem like such an oddity in my everyday reads.

I know that it is a big deal for lots of readers which is why I list the narration style in all my reviews and tag my posts accordingly.

What are your thoughts?

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Next Time: Young Adult Genre vs New Adult Genre

Throwdown Thursday Meme Begins Today! Paperbacks vs Hardcovers

Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Late last month, I announced that I was taking Throwdown Thursdays–an original feature on my blog–to the meme-leagues by making it a monthly meme others could join in on.  The idea is I select two combatants and the blogger is the one who decides who wins. This can be done through a series of three rounds or my listing the pros/cons or however they see fit. Then, we all post our posts on the last Thursday of the month and see what everyone else selected as the winner.

If you participated, please add your link to the linky below!

Paperbacks vs Hardcovers

Round 1: Durability

Flimsy, Glossy Paper vs Reinforced Cardboard

Which holds up better against the elements of reading?

I’m the type of person who HATES when her books get ruined. I have nothing against a well loved book–I get that a cracked spine and a fraying cover show that has been read many times–but there is nothing better than a book in its pristine condition; especially when it is on your bookshelf.

I also tote my books everywhere when I am reading them. I shove them in my purse or backpack so that I can pull them out whenever I get the chance. So it is inevitable that they get jostled around and it never fails to show–specifically on my paperbacks. They look like my dog chewed them or a small child took a bite out of the delectable cover. Yuck!

Winner: Hardcover. I love slipping off that dust cover and letting that hard cardboard protect my precious pages as I proceed to carry the book all over the city.

Paperback: 0 | Hardcover: 1

Round 2: hold-ability

Lighter, Bendable Cover vs Heavier, Ridged Cover

What’s a girl with small hands to do?

My hands are freakishly small. It’s actually a struggle because I have to wear gloves on a regular basis because I work with bio-hazardous material in the lab on an everyday basis. I have the palm size of a medium and a finger length of a small glove–ugh.

Regardless, I find it really hard to read hardcover books because my hands just can’t hold them up. It doesn’t help that I am so use to my eReader and can hold it easily in one hand either. They dwarf my hands and tire my arms. Tough I would love to simultaneously get an arm workout while I read, when you read for hours on end like I do, it gets to be a little painful.

Winner: Paperback. Their lighter covers that I can easily bend to get that perfect grip are ideal. While I hate the idea of bending a book, sometimes, for the sake of comfort, a sacrifice needs to be made.

Paperback: 1 | Hardcover: 1

Round 3: overall APPEARANCE

 Glossy vs Dust Cover

What looks better on your shelf?

I don’t buy many physical books any more, I’m almost entirely an eReader now, but when I do, I have to say I am partial to hardcovers. When completing my collections, I usually opt for the slightly more expensive hardcovers because I like how they look on my bookshelf. It also goes two-fold with the durability as well. I don’t want to ruin these books I own as I read them and tote them around.

HOWEVER, paperbacks are slightly winning me over. Have you seen the re-branding of the Mortal Instruments Series? The spine art for those books is AMAZING! I was totally set on buying the hardcovers for my collection but these guys have me reevaluating that!

Winner: Hardcover. This one is a close one and I think it maybe one that changes over the next few years as book marketing becomes even bigger!

Paperback: 1 | Hardcover: 2

Ultimate Winner: Hardcovers

Final Comments: While they may not be my favourite to read with, they are my favourite to look at and I like that it takes a lot to wreck them. I suppose I am a little vain like that.

What are your thoughts? Do you want to participate?

Leave a comment below!

Next Time: First Person POV vs Third Person POV

Throwdown Thursdays to Become Monthly Meme! Join the Fun!

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As some of you may or may not know, I used to have a monthly feature on my blog called Throwdown Thursdays. The idea was that once a month I would put two similar things together to see who would win after three rounds. I thought this year I might try to do it as a seasonal feature but then inspiration struck during a Blog Hop Party (BHPChat) on Twitter at the end of January.

The question was:

And my response was:

I always thought it would be cool if this feature become something other people joined in on, but I honestly never thought about doing anything about it. But the beautiful thing I have learned from the internet is: build it and they will may come.

So we’ll see how this goes!

My Vision:

What is it?

No matter what happens, similar things are always compared–Pepsi or Coke, limes or lemons– but EVERYONE has a preference and I want to know what yours is!

How does it Work?

Each month, there will be two pre-selected combatants of sorts who will have to battle it out. They will be general themes–like two books series or two blogging themes or two genres–but anything goes really. I give you the topic but you decide how a winner will be chosen through a series of 3 rounds to be determined by you. What those rounds are can be anything from characters to plot twists to how the books smell–anything goes! In short:

I pick the 2 Opponents prior to the posting date YOU pick the 3 Rounds and choose your winner

Post and Link back to my monthly post

If you are confused or need some inspiration, check out my previous posts. You can honestly set them up however you want to. I’ve also added some tips on my meme homepage here.

When is this?

I want this to be a MONTHLY meme. Weekly memes are so hard to keep up with I think and what I envision for this feature requires a lot more writing than putting a few covers together or the like. I think by giving everyone a month, they can create amazing posts and really have time to think about what they want to write. Posts would go up on the last Thursday of every month.

Where do I find out the topics and the posting dates?

I have dedicated a whole page to this feature so you can write your posts well in advance. You can find it here!

When is the first Posting?

Right now, I would love to have posts go live on Thursday, February 5th, 2016 for the topic: Paperbacks vs Hardcovers.

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Is this something you would be interested in? I would love for you to join in on the fun!

You can check out my blog page for future topics and for more information. I’d love to hear any comments/feedback/suggestions so please drop me a comment below!

Throwdown Thursdays: Book Series VS Standalones

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Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Throwdown Thursdays: On the first Thursday of every month I play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather” with books that are inevitably compared to each other. After 3 rounds, I pick my winner. Feel free to join in by commenting, making your own response (just link back) or vote in my poll! Here is this month’s match:

Book Series vs Standalones

Why not end the year off with a big bang? I’m sure it is fairly obvious which of the two book types I will pick (SPOILER ALERT: it is in my web URL!) but even I enjoy the occasional standalone. I actually think I read more standalone novels than ever this past year and I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed them!

Like I did for my eReading vs Physical Books Throwdown, I’m going to forgo my usual format of rounds and list my pros and cons for each type. I’m not going to assign scores so I would LOVE to get your thoughts about your preferred format!

Contestant 1: Book Series

What I Love About Book Series:
  • lots of characters to love
  • multiple plot lines (I like lots of things happening at once)
  • great world-building
  • complex stories (ie multiple layers)
  • get to watch characters develop over a larger time-span
What I Dislike About Book Series:
  • waiting for the sequel 🙁
    • I can never remember what happened
  • Plot lines that get stretched out
    • just because you can make a sequel doesn’t mean you have to!
  • too many character names
    • again, I have a crappy memory!

Contestant 2: Standalone

WHAT I Love ABOUT Standalones:
  • no dragged out plot lines over multiple books
    • I get a quick resolution (vs waiting a year for the next book)
  • more character focused/driven stories
  • can have complex plot lines
  • rarely are there cliffhangers
WHAT I DISLIKE ABOUT standalones:
  • sometimes I just want more from their stories!
    • basically, I want a sequel

Ultimate Winner:

 IT’S UP TO YOU TO DECIDE!

What type of books do you prefer to read?

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Next Time: Science Fiction vs Dystopian

NOTE: In the new year (2016) I will be making this a seasonal feature instead of a monthly one in order to accommodate more book reviews. So you can expect to see the next Throwdown sometime before the end of Winter.

Throwdown Thursday: TV vs Movie Adapations

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Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Throwdown Thursdays: On the first Thursday of every month I play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather” with books that are inevitably compared to each other. After 3 rounds, I pick my winner. Feel free to join in by commenting, making your own response (just link back) or vote in my poll! Here is this month’s match:

TV ADAPTIONS VS MOVIE ADAPTIONS

There is nothing greater than hearing your favourite series has been greenlight to come to life. But which is better: a TV series or a Movie Adaption?

Like I did for my eBook vs Physical Book Throwdown, I’ve modified my traditional Throwdown Thursday post as there are so many variables when it comes to picking a winner. Some series are just meant to be shown on TV while others are meant to be on the big screen (movies). So, instead, I’ve thrown together 3 “Considerations” that I think are important for deciding whether you want your favourite series to be a TV Series or a Movie Series. I’ve also thrown in some of my thoughts on recent adaptions and failures that I think highlight my main ideas.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment at the end of this post and vote in my poll!

Consideration 1: Length

One Hour a Week vs One Hour a Year

Character Development vs Plot Development

In the grand scheme of things, I feel like TV shows care more about character development and progression more than they do about a getting to the nitty gritty of the story. That’s because they have the time on a weekly basis to slowly unwind the plot. They want to you get attached to these characters so that you come back week after week to see what is going to happen to them next. And the little bits of a plot you get at a time keep you coming back because you never saw those twists coming…and they have more of an impact because you love these characters.

Movie on the other hand only have a set limit of time to develop both the characters and the plot. Usually, they condense one book into 2 hours–unless they are following that awful trend of splitting the last book into 2 movies (a la Hunger Games and Twilight)–which means they only have so much time to get you to like these characters and learn everything that is happening plot wise. For some novels/series, this format is better; especially if they are high actions ones that would benefit from the visuals and lack the character development in their novels.

CASE AND POINT:

  1. The Mortal Instruments Movie
    • The movie was a surprisingly huge flop but the recent development of a TV series has me super excited. This book series has always been about the characters for me and there are so many interesting parts to this world that a TV series seems like the perfect way to fully explore all of these fascinating bits without leaving anything out.
  2. Game of Thrones TV Series
    • The sheer size of these books terrify me! I have yet to read them, but feedback from friends who have lead me to believe that a TV series is the best route for this series. There are just so many interesting characters with dynamic and complicated plots that it makes that the length of a TV episode is much more effective than the length of a movie.

 

Consideration 2: Budget

Smaller Budget vs Larger Budget

Smaller risk and reward vs a big investment and little return

TV series come and go. At the start of the fall season there are always a bunch of fresh faces hoping to be that freshman show that breaks out into the big leagues and not a freshmen flop. But I feel as though the pitch to make a book into a TV show is one that is much more cost effective. Well, that is my opinion as someone who knows absolutely nothing about the entertainment business. I’m just going off the knowledge that there have been quite a few series that have had pilots filmed and then nothing ever happens to them.

To me, movies seem to be the hard sell because we are talking millions upon millions of dollars in profits and cost. It takes years for anything to be green-lit because no one wants to be associated with a box office flop. High risk, high reward but even higher losses. There are numerous series that I know have been optioned for films yet nothing ever happens. It also explains why movies about once popular series are released years later.

CASE AND POINT:

  1. Delirium Series TV Pilot
    • A few years ago, a TV pilot was filmed for this series with Emma Roberts and apparently, it was awful. I have to agree because I’ve watched a portion of the pilot and I can see why nothing ever became of it. I think this was one of those cases where the budget really wasn’t there in order to get the right writers and actors to get on board.
  2. Twilight the Movie
    • Say what you will about Twilight but the movies are absolute pop culture marvels. The movies came out right in the height of Twilight-fandom and one company capitalized on it. This is one of those cases where the risk was high and the reward was even higher. The first Twilight film cost an estimate $37 million and reaped in close to $400 million at the box office. New Moon cost an estimated $50 million, returned $709 million and the rest of the series follows similar results: and increased budget and even higher return.

Consideration 3: Faithfulness to Novel/Series

You’ll see that I don’t have a creative subheading for this one because this consideration can be all over the place. Some movie adaptions are spot on faithful to their book origins while others are all over the place. The same can be said about some TV Series.

I think the general feeling but all fans is that they love their original stories and they seriously dislike unnecessary modifications. I say “unnecessary” because I think even the most zealot of fans understand that some changes need to be made. I don’t like change, but sometimes I think change is for the better. There are a few movie/tv adaptions that I think capture the essence of the novel better than the novel does! (You can catch those thoughts in my various Movie Monday, Throwdown Thursday or Series review posts).

CASE AND POINT:

  1. Fight Club Movie
    • I’ve only read Fight Club (never watched the movie) for an English class in university but from that study, I know that Chuck Palahniuk (the author) actually prefers the movie adaption of his own novel over his novel! He feels it better captured the essence of what he was trying to say. Or at least, that’s what they say…we all know the first rule about Fight Club 😉
  2. The Vampire Diaries TV Series
    • After reading the books, I really enjoyed how the series added more to these basic characters. The TV series has more action, more romance and more substance to it overall. The changes they made were necessary in order to get the appeal of the next generation and to make it an interesting TV series. The essence of the show is the same: good vs evil with the hope that good will always win but the TV show makes that battle so much fun to watch.

Final Thoughts:

Like I said at the start, it really depends on the story that needs to be told. Some book series would make better TV shows than they do movies–that’s just the way it is. In general, I take the stand that series that focus more on character relationships and character development are better suited for TV because they have the time to develop that all. But series that are usually trilogies that focus more on the action or world are better suited for the movies.

Here are a few of my wishlist Adaptions:

My TV Adaption Wishlist:

My Movie Adaption Wishlist:

What are your thoughts: on book adaptations? Which novels or series are on your adaption wishlist Leave a comment below!

Next Time: Book Series vs Standalones

Throwdown Thursday: Gossip Girl Books vs TV

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Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Throwdown Thursdays: On the first Thursday of every month I play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather” with books that are inevitably compared to each other. After 3 rounds, I pick my winner. Feel free to join in by commenting, making your own response (just link back) or vote in my poll! Here is this month’s match:

ggbVSggtv

Gossip Girl Book Series  Gossip Girl TV Series

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Also please note that I did not finish the book or TV series in their entirety! The following is simply based on my opinion after reading 5 books and watching 5 seasons of the show.

Round 1: The Characters

Over the top Upper East Side New Yorkers vs Spoiled Upper East Side New Yorkers

Is there actually a difference–YES!

When I started the Gossip Girl book series, the characters were exactly what I expected. They are your cliché spoiled rich kids who have the world revolve around them and do everything they aren’t supposed to. I never found any of them to be likeable, especially in the later books where they just dive of the cliff into weirdo land (in my humble opinion). That’s why I stopped reading the books: they were just getting too ridiculous and over dramatic for my liking.

The TV show on the other hand has characters you love to hate; characters that have that slightly softer side to them that makes you like them or at least appreciate the character. They’re dramatic but you see multiple dimensions to them. Perhaps it’s just the media of TV that allows this presentation when compared to print; but by actually seeing characters interact and visually watching their body language really helps your impression of a character form…they become more than just ink on a page.

Now that isn’t to say the show didn’t have it’s extreme characters. Case and point Jenny Humphrey:

She became a bit of a mess later on in the show but she had to work up to that point and when it became too much, she was written off. But for the most part, I feel like the TV Show characters were much more rounded.

Winner: The SHOW! The characters just had so much more substance to them!

Gossip Girl Books: 0 | Gossip Girl TV Series: 1

Round 2: Chuck Bass

Flamboyant Monkey Owner vs Powerful Bad Boy

I originally had this Chuck Bass bit in the previous round but decided to give him his own Round because I think the contrast in his character presentation is important to highlight.

See in the books, Chuck Bass is one of the most bizarre characters I have ever had to read. He has a pet monkey, dresses in an overly flamboyant way and contributes nothing to the plot of the series.

But in the show, while his choice in suits can be labelled as somewhere on the flamboyant spectrum (albeit much, much lower than in the books), he is one of the driving forces of the plot. He keeps things interesting and who doesn’t love a sad bad boy who just wants to be loved? I had a major crush on Chuck Bass for YEARS while watching this show!

Winner: the SHOW! Chuck Bass played with my heart like he did with Blaire’s for years…and I wouldn’t change a single minute of it!

Gossip Girl Books: 0 | Gossip Girl TV Series: 2

Round 3: The Romances

Love Triangles Galore vs Love Triangles Galore

I feel like this small cast of characters slept with everyone else at some point or another…

The show followed the initial romances of the books for at least the first season. As I said before, making Chuck Bass a more relevant character in the show changed that up a bit as did the Humphrey family situation. In the books I never would have put Blair and Chuck together but on the show it just worked!

The relationships in the book started and ended in the blink of an eye it seemed. They also had the ultimate love triangle situations, complete with full-fledged drama and angst.

Because I found it difficult to like the characters in the books, I had a hard time rooting for their relationships as well. Nobody seemed to match up well and after a point I just stopped caring.

Winner: the TV show. The relationships, while dramatic, weren’t as quick as the books.

Gossip Girl Books: 0 | Gossip Girl TV Series: 3

Ultimate Winner: The TV series

Final Comments: Can you tell that I enjoyed the TV series a lot more? There is only so much you can do in a book compared to a TV show. TV just allows for better character development I find and most shows attempt to make the characters have a relateable/flawed side that keeps the audience coming back. For GG, that’s what the book series lacked for me.

What are your thoughts: which one would you rather read/watch? Leave a comment below!

Next Time: TV Adaptations vs Movie Adaptations

**Just a quick note that this next Throwdown Thursday will be posted in November! With the way my review posts are scheduled for October, I just couldn’t fit this one in!

Throwdown Thursday: The Infernal Devices vs The Mortal Instruments

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Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Throwdown Thursdays: On the first Thursday of every month I play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather” with books that are inevitably compared to each other. After 3 rounds, I pick my winner. Feel free to join in by commenting, making your own response (just link back) or vote in my poll! Here is this month’s match:

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The Infernal Devices Review Here | The Mortal Instruments Review Here

Boy, did I procrastinate on this one! Pitting two of my favourite series against each other was harder than I expected! I had no idea where to start and definitely changed the Rounds a few times before I finally settle on what you see before you. I also want to be clear that is has been YEARS since I read any of these books, so this post is really based on my lasting impressions of each series. Hope you enjoy!

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Round 1: The World

Steampunk Victorian vs Modern Day

Mechanical robots and corsets or hidden worlds and leather?

It was the whole Shadowhunter world that first prompted me to pick up the Mortal Instruments Trilogy (it was a “trilogy” when I first read it, not 6 books long). I loved the idea of a parallel world that sat on top of ours with creatures that regular humans couldn’t see. Creatures like demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves. Then there are the Shadowhunters themselves. Kick-ass fighters who have swords with special names and have runes covering their bodies. I was just as enamoured with the world and all its parts as I was with Jace 😉 (joking/notjoking)

But when I found out that there was going to be a prequel series set in a Victorian times that would explain how the modern world came to be? I didn’t need very much convincing. And when I further discovered it was going to be a STEAMPUNK world–I stalked the release date for Clockwork Angel like it was my sole purpose in life! I love Steampunk novels: I love the grittiness, the science and the action. It’s one of my favourite genres to read but one I rarely get to do. So I knew if Cassandra Clare could create a kickass modern world rich with history; I knew the prequel novel of said history was going to be fantastic–and it was.

Winner: The Infernal Devices gets this one but probably because it has a bias. Reading about a world is great, but reading how the world that you love actually comes together is fantastic. Also, steampunk!

The Infernal Devices : 1 | The Mortal Instruments: 0

Round 2: The Plot

Learning About the Downworlders vs Saving the World from Impending Doom

Book-by-book Plot vs Overarching Plotline

I’m going to be honest, sometimes I get the plot for the Infernal Devices mixed up with another steampunk YA series: The Steampunk Chronicles. And that is probably because the main action plot really doesn’t happen until the end of the book. This series–at least to me–seems to focus more on the characters and their interactions than it does on an action packed plotline. Which I expect in a prequel series. Considering most of these characters are the ancestors to the characters we read about later in the Mortal Instruments, it’s important to see those relationships unfold. The romances are featured more as are the politics of the Shadowhunter world. I enjoyed reading about this because it fuelled my love for the world we see in The Mortal Instruments and I loved seeing all the connections.

I can still remember my reaction to the HUGE twist in the City of Bones (ie who Jace’s father is). That twist rocked my world and had me rushing to the library to get the next book. This series always kept me on the edge of my seat. Whether it was the romances (Alex and Magnus, I’m looking at you) or the bromances (Alex and Jace I’m looking at you) or the actual action, I was so enthralled by it all. Never before had I become so attached to characters and their lives in a book series. I loved reading about these characters as much as I enjoyed reading about the plot. And the plot, I know it gets a lot of flack for being like “other series out there” but I think it shows the talent of an author to be able to weave together a story with so many different elements and twists. I still felt like I was reading a fresh story every time I picked up a Mortal Instruments novel–even when I was reading the last 3 which weren’t of the same calibre as the first three.

Winner: The Mortal Instruments! I loved the plot as much as I loved the drama of these characters’ lives!

The Infernal Devices : 1 | The Mortal Instruments: 1

Round 3: The Heroines

One of a Kind Warlock vs Unknown Shadowhunter Prodigy

Girl searching for her lost brother or girl searching for her abducted mother?

It took me a while to warm up to Tessa Gray because she was such a timid character at the start of Clockwork Angel. But that made it great to watch her progression throughout the series. Did I agree with every action she did–HELLS NO! (I’m looking at the engagement obviously) but, I enjoyed her character growth and eventually liked the person she became.

As for Clary, I never really got on her support train. She is one of those leads that I just tolerated for the sake of the story (and for the sake of reading about the other characters I actually liked **winkwinkAlex&Magnus**). I found her to be really wish-washy in her convictions and a bit of a whiner. Though she does get some sympathy from me because, HELLO, her whole world as she knows it is completely uprooted among other things (like paternity) but at the same time, I didn’t like her character growth as much. After 6 books, I did like the character she became but she doesn’t top any of my favourite heroine lists…though neither does Tessa.

Winner: Tessa gets this one. While I might not support her romantic choices, I did appreciate her attitude when it came to getting things done.

The Infernal Devices : 2 | The Mortal Instruments: 1

Ultimate Winner: The Infernal Devices

Final Comments: It’s really a tough call but the steampunk’d prequel takes the cake! I always rank the Infernal Devices above The Mortal Instruments when I pick my favourite series. I just loved Tessa’s journey and how this series adds to the Mortal Instruments. And did I forget to mention…STEAMPUNK!

What are your thoughts: which one would you rather read? Leave a comment below!

Next Time: Gossip Girl Book Series vs Gossip Girl Tv Series

Throwdown Thursday: eBooks vs Physical Books

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Since the beginning of time, similar things have always been compared to each other: Pepsi or Coke? Lemon or Lime? Boxers or Briefs? And books are no exception!

Throwdown Thursdays: On the first Thursday of every month I play the ultimate game of “Would You Rather” with books that are inevitably compared to each other. After 3 rounds, I pick my winner. Feel free to join in by commenting, making your own response (just link back) or vote in my poll! Here is this month’s match:

eBooks vs Physical Books

So normally, I pit two series against each other but this month, I thought it would be fun to compare how you read those series. I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to reading: I’ll read a book in any format that I can get it in my hands faster. While I mostly have eBooks nowadays, I still read a number of physical books.

It was really hard creating this post because I really wasn’t sure how to execute it. It’s hard to pick three things to compare when eReaders and physical books don’t share very many similarities besides providing a reader with the story. I didn’t want to have rounds that seemed like I had a bias for one form or the other. I also didn’t want a super long post describing my eReading experience because I already have that on my eReading Guide! So chart form it is!

So when I was doing research, I came across this debate on Debate.org that debated (obviously) the idea that “Physical Books are superior to E-books.” You can read the full debate here. I liked a lot of the main arguments and some of them influenced this post. Plus, I felt like these were common arguments people use when discussion this challenge in real life.

My rounds will be based on what it feels like, what you get with each form and how they work at the library. Of course, there are many different arguments and I encourage you to post them below in the comments! I’m also NOT going to be keeping score because I feel like this is a very personal topic and my reasons are based solely on my own reading experience while yours maybe completely different

**Just for clarification purposes, I am writing about my eReading experience using a Kobo Aura eReader unless specified. I will refer to it as “Kobo”.

Round 1: Sensory Experience

eBooks

Physical Books

  • eInk is just like paper
  • built in light with my Kobo
  • light weight and easy to hold
  • can read in practically any position
  • no book smell
  • easy transport
  • printed paper is easy on eyes to read
  • hard to read in the dark
  • 300 page hardcovers are HEAVY
  • limited reading positions
  • paper can smell (good OR bad)
  • can damage books in transport

I like to read laying down on my back in bed and my small hands just struggle to keep a hardcover 300 page book from smacking me in the face.

I know lots of people like to smell their books so that is one reason they enjoy physical books. I personally don’t like to smell my books–they don’t smell like anything really. Sometimes the ones I get from the library smell and not in a good way…

Round 2: What you get

EBOOKS

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  • covers are black and white (on device)
  • no pretty book shelf
  • no need for book shelves (100s of books)
  • easier to read Indie authors
  • FREEBIES
  • exclusive novellas, bonus scenes
  • can’t share your eBooks with friends
  • easier to obtain ARC
  • lots of colourful, printed covers
  • pretty bookshelf
  • easily run out of shelf space
  • harder to find Indie authors’ works
  • have to buy printed copies
  • limited novellas available
  • can share your books
  • challenging to obtain ARC

 I like pretty things and book covers are often very pretty. It’s just not the same when I browse my Kobo desktop and see all the covers–there is just something about holding them in your hands.

At the same time, I have over 800 books on my Kobo (this is excluding the books I have for my Kindle which is probably over 1000) and I wouldn’t have that many books if I had to have the physical copies. Now before you panic, a good percentage of these books are freebies like classic novels or bonus novellas. Will I ever read all of these books? Nope! But free is free and they take up no space besides memory on my device.

The problem with eBook exclusivity is that you can’t lend a copy to your friend without lending your eReader. I get it because you need people to purchase books and not just get them for free (the economy and all). It just really sucks because you can’t share your love of a book and it doubly sucks if you have to lend out your eReader with all your books…

Round 3: Library

EBOOKS

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  • immediate access
  • access anywhere in world
  • books expire on due date
  • not all catalogues offer renewals
  • shorter wait list times
  • no funky smells
  • have to physical pick up book
  • have to go to local branch
  • can keep books past due date, just pay fee
  • can renew easily
  • can have lengthy wait list times
  • can have funky smells & stains

What I like about eBooks is that I can be away at school and still get books from my hometown immediately. Same goes if I’m away on vacation (pending on internet access of course). I find that the wait-lists are shorter for eBooks and they are available on release day (whereas physical books have to be processed once they actually get the book). Also, no late fees when returning eBooks--though they do expire so even if you wanted to pay the late few to finish a book up, you can’t.

Ultimate Winner:

 It’s up to YOU to decide!

What book media do you prefer and why?

What are your thoughts: If you had a choice between an eBook and a physical book for the same story, which one would you choose?

Next Time: The Mortal Instruments vs the Infernal Devices

FYI my original post for this was SUPER long but I decided to condense it into point form for discussion purposes 😛