Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#28): Catching Fire

The Book

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem.

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I read this after I watched the movie…and then re-watched the movie because I couldn’t get enough of this. I don’t think it took me very long to finish book. Suzanne Collins’ writing is friggin’ awesome and the world she created…I wouldn’t want to live in it but I think the idea was amazing and very well executed.

The Movie

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collinsdystopian novel, Catching Fire (2009), the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

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The Catching Fire movie was my introduction into The Hunger Games trilogy. I made a deal with a friend. I’d go watch Catching Fire with him if he watched Thor: The Dark World with me. Obviously the movie franchise is just as popular as it’s novel counterpart and at the time I stayed away from overhyped things, so I was quite reluctant to watch this movie. I came out of the cinema needing to read all the books because I fell in love. Also, out of all the movie adaptations of the trilogy, this one is my favourite because it was almost exactly like the book.

The Decision

Hmm…tough choice to make. I’d go with the movie for this one since that is where my love for this series started.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#27): Divergent

The Book

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent is the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2011. The novel is the first of the Divergent trilogy, a series of young adult dystopian novels set in the Divergent Universe.[1] The novel Divergent features a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and follows Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she explores her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five factions, which removes the threat of anyone exercising independent will and re-threatening the population’s safety.

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I bought the entire box set on a whim because it was a bargain and I’d heard about the series before and I knew it was pretty popular. It was only after that when I’d actually read the reviews and it turns out that there’s a lot of people who don’t like this series. At all. I pushed all those opinions out of my head and went in judge-free. Guys, I loved this book! I actually want to read it again before I get to Insurgent (or maybe after? We’ll see). This book was incredibly fast paced and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

The Movie

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Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series and was produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor.[4] The story takes place in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic Chicago[7] where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues.

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I watched the movie pretty soon after I finished the book (I knew I was going to compare the two) and even though there are a few changes here and there, the movie was really good. It’s one of those movies I’d watch over the weekend as a break to get away from other things. Is it weird that I think there’s not too many places a person can go wrong where Dystopian is concerned? It’s the characters and the plot you have to be worried about. All in all, the movie was fantastic and I’d definitely watch it again.

The Decision

Ah, decision time. I think I’d have to go with the book for this one. I really like Veronica Roth’s writing style and the story is almost addicting. I kept thinking why hadn’t I started this earlier. So yea, book it is.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#26): The Scorch Trials

The Book

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

The Scorch Trials is a 2010 young adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction novel written by American author James Dashner and the second book, fourth chronologically, in the The Maze Runner series. The novel was published on September 18, 2010 by Delacorte Press. It is preceded by The Maze Runner, and followed by The Death Cure. A film adaptation was released on September 18, 2015 by 20th Century Fox.

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After finishing The Maze Runner and not liking it, it took me quite a while to get to The Scorch Trials but I’m glad I decided to read it. This was my favourite in the trilogy and the only one I’d revisit again. This book was extremely fast past and I could barely contain my excitement. Nothing could pull me away from reading and in my mind it practically made up for the disaster I thought The Maze Runner was.

The Movie

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (stylized onscreen simply as The Scorch Trials) is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film based on James Dashner‘s novel The Scorch Trials, the second novel in The Maze Runner book series. The film is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series.


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This is another one of those when you watch the movie and you wonder where they got their information from. I don’t know what book this movie was adapted from but it wasn’t The Scorch Trials. It’s a good thing I don’t get mad at odd book to movie adaptations…anymore. I say ‘odd’ because I don’t want to say bad. That said, I really liked the movie! Am I contradicting myself? Probably, but my opinion remains the same. It’s been a year since I read the book and I had to look up a summary online so I didn’t remember too much. The book and the movie are separate for me. As I said, what happened in the book was not what happened in the movie.

The Decision

There were things I liked in both the book and the movie and I think the movie was really well done. I’ll give this one to the book though because it was the only book in the trilogy that I actually liked. Hmm, that was easier than I thought it’d be.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#24): The Hobbit

The Book

The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children’s fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature.

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I had just finished watching the LOTR trilogy for the first time (by that I mean paying attention) when my sister informed me that there’s a prequel- The Hobbit. She was currently reading it for school and so I went out and bought myself a copy. I probably read the entire book in the span of a weekend and promptly fell in love. I’ve read it twice- I think- since then. One of those times was because I wanted to find out who died at the end and of course, I had to reread the entire book instead of just skip to the end. I’m planning on reading it again once my TBR shrinks down a bit more.

The Movies

Image result for the hobbit an unexpected journey Image result for the hobbit the desolation of smaug poster Image result for the hobbit the battle of the five armies poster The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films. Together they act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The films are subtitled An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).[4]

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Even now, I get excited every time any of The Hobbit movies come on TV. I’m pretty sure I watched all of them in the cinema- the memory is hard to come by now- and these movies…wow! Peter Jackson did a really good job. Duh! It goes without saying. I used to be one of those people who went into a movie already judging because I knew that it couldn’t possibly be anything like the book. I’ve acknowledged over the years that with both The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogies, those changes were magnificent. Come on, Tauriel? Yes please.

The Decision

As great of a job Peter Jackson and the entire cast did with the movies, the book will always come first in my heart. I mean, I live for those extended versions but nothing beats the book in my opinion. The Hobbit is the kind of story I’d read to my kids before bedtime.

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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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