Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#42): Speak

The Book

Speak

Speak, published in 1999, is a young adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson that tells the story of high school freshman Melinda Sordino.[1][2] After accidentally busting an end-of-summer party due to an unnamed incident, Melinda is ostracized by her peers because she will not say why she called the police.[1][2] Unable to verbalize what happened, Melinda nearly stops speaking altogether,[1] expressing her voice through the art she produces for Mr. Freeman’s class.[1]

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I read book a few years ago back when I was first getting into Psychological and Mental Health books and this was my first and only Laurie Halse Anderson book I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last. There are many important things that this book discusses and it stresses the importance of speaking out.  This book stays with a person and I can even remember it to this day. I don’t know if I’d want to relive Melinda’s story over again but Anderson has a way of catching your attention and keeping it as well. It didn’t take me too long to finish this book and for a long time I thought of it as my favourite.

The Movie

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Speak is a 2004 American independent drama based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. It stars Kristen Stewart as Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who practically stops talking after a senior student rapes her. The film is told through Melinda’s eyes and is wrought with her sardonic humor and blunt honesty. It was broadcast on Showtime and Lifetime in 2005 after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.[1]

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I recently watched the movie and I think it was a pretty good adaptation. Kirsten Stewart portrayed Melinda very well and even though she didn’t say much, her actions were enough to keep me interested. I’d definitely watch the movie again because I do think that it was great. I didn’t know until nearly a year later that there was even a movie but it came on TV one day and that’s how I found out. There weren’t too many changes from book to movie and that’s always appreciated but I did like the way the movie turned out overall.

The Decision

I’m going with the book for this one and I have no doubt about that. I liked the movie a lot but as I mentioned before, I considered the book my favourite for a long time and that stays with a person. Laurie Halse Anderson is also on my list of favourite authors and I think I’d read anything written by her.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#41): The Lovely Bones

The Book

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical praise and became an instant bestseller.

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I bought this book on a whim when I realised that my sister already owned the Sherlock Holmes book I bought her and exchanged that one for this and I do not regret it at all. I had never heard about this author or book but I was immensely intrigued. At the time of purchase I’d been reading many books that focused on mental health and I wanted a bit of a change. This book was…scary. I don’t know how else to explain how I felt. I liked the fact that it was told from the victim’s POV because well…she was dead. I’ve read books that’s been told from a ‘spirit’s POV but this one really stood out for me. I find books like this to be extremely realistic so I don’t read too many of them.

The Movie

Image result for the lovely bonesThe Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Mark WahlbergRachel WeiszSusan SarandonStanley TucciMichael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. The screenplay by Fran WalshPhilippa Boyens and Jackson was based on the award-winning and bestselling 2002 novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

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I watched this movie quite a while after reading the book but the story is quite unforgettable so the memory was still fresh. I have a bad habit of taking days, sometimes even weeks, to finish watching one movie but The Lovely Bones was so interesting I couldn’t tear myself away. I thought the cast was amazing and the movie was executed really well.

The Decision

As much as I liked the movie, I’m going with the book. I was more affected while reading than I was with watching. Since buying this book I’ve made more ‘on the whim’ purchases so that’s a bonus. I’d probably end up rereading this book one day if I’m being honest.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#40): The Giver

Here’s what Lois Lowry said about a film based on a book in the introduction of The Giver:

“The important thing is that a film doesn’t obliterate a book. The movie is here now. But the book hasn’t gone way. It has simply grown up, grown larger, and begun to glisten in a new way.”


The Book

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives.

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I bought this book instead of buying The Lost Symbol and completing the Robert Langdon series (this was long before Origin came out). Even my friend that worked at the bookstore told me to get the other book but I was adamant that I wanted this one and would you look at that…I finished this one and have yet to start Angels & Demons. This book went ridiculously fast and I found myself never wanting to put it down. The concept was amazing and it really makes you realise that ignorance is in fact bliss. Imagine being the same as everyone else, things are chosen for you and there is no such thing as freedom, because why would you need it?

The Movie

Image result for the giver movieThe Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Jeff BridgesBrenton ThwaitesOdeya RushMeryl StreepAlexander SkarsgårdKatie Holmes and Cameron Monaghan.[3] The film is based on the 1993 novel The Giver by Lois Lowry.


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It took me a while to get to this movie mainly because I was never in the mood to watch it. It requires concentration and my mind wasn’t up for it. I do think that there was some extra information added since the book ends on a ‘what happens next?’ situation and I haven’t read the entire Giver Quartet but I do like the way they went about with the execution. The fact that they actually started the movie out ‘bland’ was amazing and I loved that.

The Decision

This is a tough one for me mainly because I genuinely liked both the book and movie very much. I liked the vibe of the movie and I felt that it’s worth another watch so I’m going with the movie for this one. I don’t know if I’ll read The Giver again but I’m definitely continuing with the quartet.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#39): The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Book

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships.

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I took forever to actually get on this bandwagon for no particular reason. It wasn’t until I signed up for  buddy read that I ordered the book and actually read the book. It was a lot bigger than I thought it’d be but I was up for the challenge. I was hooked from the first page and although it was more ‘adult’ than I imagined, it was an amazing read. I felt crushed and this book really tore at my heartstrings. It had one of those bittersweet endings that I wish ended more happy than not.

The Movie

Image result for the time traveler's wifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 novel of the same name.[2]Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric BanaRachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), who would become his wife.[3]

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The only reason I found out about this story as a whole was because I saw the trailer for the movie on TV back when it first came out. I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to actually watch it…so yes, I waited almost a decade to share in this adventure. I don’t particularly ‘do’ romance but the time travel part got me interested. The movie is not much different than the book and I think the adaptation was done very well. Rachel McAdams is an amazing actress and I feel like she’s perfect for these movies you know. The Notebook, The Vow, The Time Traveler’s Wife…she’s amazing in all of them.

The Decision

What I imagined in my head does not compare to what the movie brought to life so for this one I’m going with the movie. I had to hold back tears near the end. The emotions were so clearly portrayed that many a time I almost forgot I was only watching a movie. Both the book and the movie were fantastic and I think the movie definitely did the book justice.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#38): Mockingjay

The Book

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Mockingjay is a 2010 science fiction novel by American author Suzanne Collins. It is the last installment of The Hunger Games, following 2008’s The Hunger Games and 2009’s Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to unify the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol.

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Mockingjay was by far my favourite book in this trilogy and I’ve reread it over and over again. I was in love with The Hunger Games but what I felt about Mockingjay trumped it’s prior instalments. It was everything I hoped it’d be and sure sacrifices were made but I think it ended the best way it could. As much as I love this book, I’d still refuse to live in this world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Suzanne Collins wrote an exceptional series.

The Movies

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins‘ novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence, with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the fourth and final installment in The Hunger Games film series, and the second of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

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I watched Part 1 in the cinema when it came out and I loved it. I was hoping that it’d live up to my opinion of Catching Fire since I feel they nailed that adaptation perfectly.. I wasn’t disappointed and I found myself anxiously waiting for Part 2. I only managed to watch it recently and my opinion is the same as the first movie. I loved it and I think the job was done pretty well. I did notice a few changes here and there but they were easy to push aside. Watching the movies consecutively really made for a long and enjoyable experience.

The Decision

There is no doubt in my mind about which direction I’m going on this. I choose the book for sure. Reading Mockingjay makes me want to reread the entire series and I love that feeling. I love getting the urge to experience the whole thing from the beginning again.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#37): Inkheart

The Book

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Inkheart (German title: Tintenherz) is a 2003 young adult fantasy novel by Cornelia Funke, and the first book of the Inkheart trilogy. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”[1]

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To me, Cornelia Funke wrote a masterpiece of a book. It’s big and I honestly thought it’d be smaller but I must admit that I like big books and I cannot lie. She basically wrote so many bookworms’ fantasy of bringing book characters to life. Who wouldn’t want that power provided you could control it? I always thought that this was just one book but to find out the story wasn’t over…that more was in store for me was a blessing and a half.

The Movie

Image result for inkheartInkheart is a 2008 British-American-German fantasy adventure film directed by Iain Softley, produced by Cornelia Funke, Dylan Cuva, Sarah Wang, Ute Leonhardt, Toby EmmerichMark OrdeskyIleen Maisel and Andrew Licht, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, music composed by Javier Navarreteand starring Brendan FraserEliza BennettPaul BettanyHelen MirrenAndy SerkisJim Broadbent, and Sienna Guillory. It is based on Cornelia Funke‘s novel of the same name.

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The movie is so much different than the book but it doesn’t take away from the magic of the story as a whole and I love that. I grew up watching this movie and now as an adult and a bibliophile, this movie means so much more to me. Seeing the words brought to life literally was amazing and it’s an experience I want to relive over and over again.

The Decision

This is a tough decision to make, but happen it must. I loved the book, every page but I’d have to go with the movie here. If I’d read the book before I watched the adaptation I have no doubt that I’d choose the book but I can’t resist the magic of the movie and my childhood.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#36): Alice in Wonderland

The Book

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 fantasy novel written by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.[1] It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.[1][2] Its narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential[2] in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.

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I was not a fan of this book when I read it. I got through it pretty quickly and there were a few things I liked, but the overall book is not one of my favourites. I can’t even remember why I didn’t like the book anymore but I’m pretty sure I found Alice a bit annoying…I mean, she is 7 in this book. I loved the writing and it says something that I finished it even though I claim not to have liked the main character. Carroll created this awesome world and I admit to using quite a few expressions that come from these books: ‘Mad as a Hatter’, ‘Grin’s as big as the cheshire cat’s’ and a few others. I don’t dislike the book anymore and I might read it again one day because I was drawn by the fantasy and magical themes that the story contained.

The Movie

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Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Johnny DeppAnne HathawayHelena Bonham CarterCrispin GloverMatt Lucas, and Mia Wasikowska and features the voices of Alan RickmanStephen FryMichael Sheen, and Timothy Spall. Based on Lewis Carroll‘s fantasy novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

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I took forever to watch this movie for the reasons mentioned above. After finally watching I can’t believe I never gave it a chance. There’s a saying ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s movie’ and I think the opposite can be said here. I really loved this movie and I actually started crying when I heard Alan Rickman’s voice. I totally forgot he was the voice of Absolem. The graphics in this movie was amazing and I think this adaptation was awesome but that’s a given…it is a Tim Burton film.

The Decision

Oh, definitely the movie. I’m tempted to watch Through the Looking Glass right now because of how this one went. Will I ever again refuse to watch a movie because I didn’t like the book? Probably, but there are so many other variables to include that I think I’ll think about it a bit more before I make a final decision.

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