Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#23): The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Book

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky which was first published on February 1, 1999, by Pocket Books. Set in the early 1990s, the novel follows Charlie, an introverted teenager, through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb.

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When word came out that this book was being made into a movie, I definitely jumped on the band wagon. I’ve only ever used the line ‘And in that moment, we were infinite’ maybe once in my life and that was already one too many times for me. I liked the book well enough but I didn’t fall in love with it and it’s not something I’d ever go back to. I did like the plot line and I do think that the story is realistic and relatable enough from the freshman in high school perspective.

The Movie

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age, drama film.[4] An adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name, it was written and directed by the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky.

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The only reason I watched this movie was because of the cast. I was just getting over my grief of the Harry Potter movie franchise ending so naturally I followed Emma Watson into her next movie. Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller were added bonuses for me. I won’t lie and say I didn’t end up liking the movie. I think that it painted a great visual picture and I wouldn’t say no to ever watching it again.

The Decision

I think it’s clear what I chose here. The movie wins for me, hands down. I’ll admit that I’ve only ever read the book and watched the movie once. I had bad history where this story is considered but I’m over it now so I don’t look negatively on it anymore. This book was one of my first introductions into the world of Mental Illness and if I’d discovered it now, knowing what I know, I would have enjoyed it more.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#22): The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Book

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children’s novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900. It has since been reprinted on numerous occasions, most often under the title The Wizard of Oz, which is the title of the popular 1902 Broadway musical as well as the iconic 1939 musical film adaptation.

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I never read The Wizard of Oz as a kid so a couple of months ago I decided to pick up the book since I own 12 out of the entire series. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would! As I read on though…I found out that the shoes were originally silver and not blue but research helped me realise that the red would show up better on technicolour screens. I felt like a kid again as I read this classic. This was a very quick read and it really teaches you so much. I’ve been finding a lot of hidden gems in older books lately. Things my parents taught me and random morals and values I learnt when I was younger.

The Movie

Image result for wonderful wizard of oz movieThe Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy comedy-drama film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.[4] The film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale.

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I watched The Wizard of Oz musical a few times as a kid but it’s been years so I decided to re-watch it so I could have a clearer picture. I feel like this is one of those stories that you can always go back to because it never loses it’s magic. I have a bad habit of watching one movie over 2-3 days but I maybe only paused this movie maybe once. I sang along a few times and for once I was watching a movie to enjoy it and now specifically to compare it to the book. As I was watching though, all I wanted to do when I was done was listen to Straight Outta Oz by Todrick Hall again. I really loved this movie.

The Decision

As much as I enjoyed the book, I’ll have to go with the movie on this one. Besides there are so many other books that follow The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that me choosing the movie over the book for the first one isn’t bad at all. I really liked seeing the story come to life and if you didn’t know already: I kind of have a weaknesses for musicals.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#20): The Princess Diaries

The Book

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

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The Princess Diaries is the first volume of the critically acclaimed, best-selling series of the same name by Meg Cabot. It was released in 2000 by Harper Collins Publishers, and later became a film of the same name starring Anne Hathaway.

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I probably took way too long to get started on this series but I’m glad I did. Most times I can’t even think of the books and movies as part of the same series because of the different vibes they put out. I loved what I’ve read so far (except Mia Goes Fourth. That book doesn’t exist to me) and I don’t think this takes away from the enjoyment no matter what your age. I want to reread this book over and over again. The way Meg Cabot started out this series was really great and I’m glad I get to experience that amazing work that she oh so generously shared with the world.

The Movie

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The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Gina Wendkos, based on Meg Cabot‘s 2000 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway (in her film debut) as Mia Thermopolis, a teenager who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of the fictional Kingdom of Genovia, ruled by her grandmother Queen Dowager Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews).

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I honestly can’t remember how I came to know about this movie. All I know is that whenever that was, I fell in love. The cast, the plot, the soundtrack…everything was just perfect for me. I’d watched The Sound of Music as well as Mary Poppins so I was already familiar with the amazingness that is Julie Andrews and I’ll admit it was the story as a whole that drew me in. She was an added bonus. I still watch this movie whenever I get the chance to this day and there’s nothing I don’t love about it. If it weren’t for Love Actually, The Princess Diaries would definitely be my all time favourite movie.

The Decision

I’m sure it was pretty obvious but I choose the movie. As much as I loved reading the book this movie was adapted from, nothing can take away from the love I feel for this film. I actually feel like re-watching it…again.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#19): Ruby Red

The Book

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)

The Ruby Red Trilogy is a series of three fantasy novels by German writer Kerstin Gier. The three books are: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. The books have been translated into over twenty-seven languages and sold internationally. The series follows the story of Gwyneth Shepherd, a time-traveling girl living in contemporary London. Nobody knows that Gwyneth has the time traveling gene, except for her and her friend Lesley.

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I read Ruby Red years ago as part of a buddy read and it was the first time I had ever heard of the series. While I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t the best I’ve ever read. I was actually thinking of not continuing the series until I heard that the second book was even better. I liked the idea of time-travel and a secret organisation and I do think that Kerstin Gier really made the plot come alive but as this was the first book, it mostly consisted of world building. There was a lot of predictability going on in this book and if I had read this book today I don’t think I would’ve liked it. It seemed a bit…juvenile.

The Movie

Related imageRuby Red (German: Rubinrot) is a 2013 German fantasy film based on the book with the same name by Kerstin Gier.[1] A sequel was produced in 2014 under the title Sapphire Blue (German: Saphirblau), followed in 2016 by Emerald Green (German: Smaragdgrün).

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I finally watched the movie and boy was it an experience. I checked it out to see if I had gotten the German or English dubbed version and ended up watching 15 minutes before I had to pause since I was trying to finish a book at the time. There were a few changes made but I could overlook most of them because I legit thought the movie was good. Have you ever watched an anime/k-drama that was originally supposed to be Japanese or Korean but it was dubbed in English? Sounds wrong. I could ignore the fact that the words and lip movements weren’t synchronised for the most part but my eye still got a bit…twitchy.

The Decision

Oh, the movie. Definitely. I’d re-watch it and start the story from the beginning over and over again. Not to mention, the cast is gorgeous! Charlotte’s hair is just amazing. I couldn’t help but get Clary vibes with that tone of red.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#18): Jane Eyre

The Book

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre /ˈɛər/ (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name “Currer Bell.” The first American edition was published the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

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I read this book for the first time last year and I kept switching between different editions in order to find the one that suited me. I liked the book well enough till I came upon this quote: “He made me love him without looking at me.” and I promptly fell in love. It’s not the part that Jane’s love for Mr. Rochester seems unrequited but something about that quote made me want to catch my breath. To me it was so powerful and captivating that I almost wanted to pity Jane. Another quote that can’t be forgotten: “I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing.” This quote comes before the one where Jane actually stops running and admits what she feels but it was the first one I mentioned that made me deem the book my all time favourite. I took way too long to finish this book but that was before I realised what an amazing piece of work it is. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The Movie

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Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë. The film was released on 11 March 2011 in the United States and 9 September in Great Britain and Ireland.

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I have to be honest and say it was because of the movie that I was even remotely interested in the book. It was a few years ago when Jane Eyre was showing on TV and I passed by and saw Jane literally running for the hills and I thought ‘Hmm, this looks interesting.’. Because it’s taken me so long to get into Classics, I held off reading the book and thank the heavens for that because I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the story as much. I watched the movie recently and I have to say that I liked it a lot. I did notice a few changes here and there but they weren’t too major so it wasn’t a big deal. One thing I will always find ironic: Michael Fassbender cast as a man described to have absolutely no handsome features at all. I mean come on! It’s Michael Fassbender. When he asked Jane if she thought he was handsome and she said no, I had to add my own commentary and say ‘Liar.’ That too doesn’t bother me, I just find it funny is all.

The Decision

As much as I liked the movie- I found it way too funny than the story was intended to be- but the book will always win over my heart. It’s my favourite so I can’t not choose it. I am glad though, that an adaptation of my favourite book just so happens to be an amazing piece of visual art.

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Beauty and the Beast: Animation vs. Live-Action

Once upon a time, in a faraway land…

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I finally managed to watch the Live-Action remake of Beauty and the Beast and in all honesty…I thought it was great. If I had to give it a rating out of ten, I’d give it an easy eight.

As I mentioned in a post a while ago, I re-watched the animation so I could refresh my memory and to better put the two side by side.

I had high hopes going in this movie and I wasn’t disappointed. I did notice a few changes here and there and for the most part, I welcomed them. What first got me was the female narration -done by Hattie Morahan- in the prologue. I have no problem with it being a female’s voice (duh, I am one) but I was so used to it being a male’s that I was thrown for a second. By the time we got to the end of it I felt like she was a pretty good fit. It’ll probably take some time for me to get used to but I’m not about to make a mountain out of a molehill.

I think the cast was excellent and I’m so glad that they managed to capture a story that’s been a part of so many of our childhoods.

Tale as old as time…

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Actually putting the two movies side by side was almost like a fun game I was playing in the cinema. Every time I’d see a familiar scene I’d go: ‘Oh, that’s just like the animation!’ I practically held my breath throughout this entire movie because I was hoping it was going to live up to the hype and live up it did!

The music, the cast, the acting, the storyline, the added humour that wasn’t featured in the animation was amazing! I’d read somewhere that LeFou was going to be slightly more humorous in the live-action and I can’t remember if it was supposed to make the plot lighter or what. I did laugh quite a few times and I’m glad that it wasn’t overdone.

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Don’t leave. I love you.

Reader, I cried. I’m telling you now. I cried real baby tears. They made the near-ending so much more emotional and I don’t think it’s ever had that kind of effect on me before. This was one of the things I especially loved about the movie. Another difference I liked between the two is how the live-action seemed to offer more to the plot. I can’t really put it into words but I felt like they went into more detail and a bigger picture was painted for us.

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Overall, I loved this movie quite a bit! I’ll always love the original more because that’s where all of this started for me but I’m glad that the live-action exceeded my expectations. I can only hope that the other live-actions Disney’s planning come even a little bit close.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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