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 (#21): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’ll be doing the Harry Potter books and movies individually as too much went on in each book/movie to put it in one post.

The Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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I probably took way too long to actually get into the book part of the Harry Potter series but once I entered those wonderful magical gates though, there was no turning back. The moment I read that first sentence: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’, I knew I was in for a ride filled with conflicting emotions and departing on this adventure I’d never want to look away from. I’ve probably only read this book twice- maybe one and a half times- but that feeling of home doesn’t go away. I feel like I’m being wrapped up in a warm blanket. I can’t fully explain it but as much as the movie shows the magic…the books makes me feel it.

The Movie

Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stone posterHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in some countries as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)[3] is a 2001 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first instalment in the long-running Harry Potter film series, and was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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I remember watching The Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time (I say ‘Sorcerer’s Stone because when I got the books they were the US publications and I just got used to saying it). My uncle gave me the DVD randomly one night and since I wasn’t allowed to watch anything related to witchcraft, obviously I was drawn to this from the get go. I knew absolutely nothing about Harry Potter but I fell in love with it immediately. I had nothing to base the movie off off so I wasn’t concerned if anything was changed or left out. All I know is that 10 year old Caron desperately wanted to be a part of this magical world. I still do to be honest. I’d gladly take Madam Pince’s position as the Hogwarts Librarian. When I finally managed to read the book and then re-watch the movie, I was able to compare the two better.

The Decision

When I first started this post I was so sure that I was going to choose the movie over the book but now that it’s time for me to make a decision I’m finding myself leaning towards the book. It’s all explained above. Imagination is a powerful thing. It’s so broad and unlimited and with these books, anything is possible. The mere idea of a magical world is just so astounding, it’s almost unfathomable. It’s books like these that further cements my love for fantasy as a favourite genre.

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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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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#17): The Twilight Saga

I’ve been putting this off because of reasons. Come on, it’s Twilight. It started many, if not most, bookworms love for reading but it’s still like that one weird cousin we’d rather avoid. That reminds me…I should really get to that reread I promised myself I’d do.

The Books

Twilight (Twilight, #1) New Moon (Twilight, #2) Eclipse (Twilight, #3) Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. Released annually from 2005 through 2008, the four books chart the later teen years of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

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I remember jumping on the Twilight band wagon just when the movie was announced and I proceeded to read all the books because 13 year old me thought ‘it was cool’. I ended up falling in love with the series and by the end of Twilight I was certain that Edward Cullen was going to be who I’d marry one day…till I met werewolf Jacob Black in New Moon. I haven’t read these books as an adult so I don’t know how I’d feel about them now but I do remember thinking that these were the best books on the market and it kick started my vampire obsession. The only reason I ended up hating this saga is because it was so mainstream and it was what everybody was into at the time so it stopped being something I loved. Part of it was the strange acting in the movies but we’ll get to that. I would definitely reread this series but I prefer Twilight Reimagined to the original books.

The Movies

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The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts and consists, to date, of five motion pictures.

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I remember screaming when Edward walked into the cafeteria. I remember my boyfriend probably contemplating breaking up with me when I fawned over Jacob removing his shirt after Bella’s motorcycle accident. Basically I remember falling so in love with this saga as a whole. Sometimes I get the urge to binge-watch it just because. As much as I loved to say that I despise this series- I don’t anymore- I can’t deny that it was a huge part of my teenage years. The first movie was released when I started 8th grade and the last soon after I started my senior year. I like knowing that I was a part of all the craziness that happened. It brings back silly memories that I’m quite fond of. (Even though I had already moved on to The Vampire Diaries while this Twilight craze was still strong- going against the stream there, Caron)

The Decision

I have a separate decision for each. For Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I’d definitely go with the books. I’ve probably read Breaking Dawn about twice or thrice and can remember getting into trouble for bringing it to school (ridiculous really). For Twilight and New Moon I prefer the movies because I enjoyed them a lot better than I did the books. I didn’t like really like the first movie but as the series went on I realised that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. The book for New Moon was just crazy. I ended up losing my copy and I was never in a hurry to replace it. The movie was just yes! I do plan to reread the entire series in the future and see how I feel about it as an adult.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#16): The Hunger Games

The Book

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games is a 2008 dystopian novel by the American writer Suzanne Collins. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, exercises political control over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

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I received this book as a birthday gift from a friend after a brief argument debate about the fact that I hadn’t read the book nor watched the movie (Catching Fire was already out by this point) so he bought me the book as a hint to get on with the program. I enjoyed the it a lot! It probably took me a day or two to finish and I quickly fell in love with the characters. I’m absolutely sure that this is not a world I’d want to live in. No thank you.

The Movie

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The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series and was produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, with a screenplay by Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray.

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I’ve probably watched The Hunger Games twice since it came out, the first time was on purpose and the second was random background noise while I was reading or something. I liked the movie well enough to complete it that first time but I had many bones to pick and pick them I did. I do think the cast was amazing (albeit a bit old) so that’s okay I guess. President Snow though…no redemption for that a** to be honest.

The Decision

Oh, definitely the book! I remember it clearly. *cue flashback* Hunger Games was the first book that I compared to a movie. I watched the movie a few minutes after I finished the book and I came out feeling so angry. They changed so many things. I was even mad at the shade of green Katniss’ shirt on the train was. The movie is watchable but it wasn’t the best.

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Beauty and the Beast: My Favourite Fairytale

‘Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar-woman came to the castle, and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away, to reveal a beautiful Enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the Beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return, by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a Beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?’

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Beauty and the Beast has been one of my favourite fairytales for as long as I can remember. I don’t know what first drew me to it but I do know what caused me to stay and grow to love it more and more each time I experienced the story.

I was probably about five or six when I first watched the Disney movie and I was so engrossed in the story, the narration, the characters and the amazing plot. I remember falling in love with Belle and being scared of the Beast. I remember drooling over Gaston and thinking LeFou was so silly. When the Beast opened the doors to the library I was so enamoured because I had never seen so many books before. Bookworm dream come true to be honest.

I think it officially became my all time favourite once I myself became a lover of books. It had been years since I watched the movie, the last time being just before I graduated high school, but I decided to watch it again a little bit ago and man! I have forgotten how great it actually is. I love books so much and seeing a character who loves books just as much, who wants to do nothing but read all day…did anybody say spirit animal? Uh, spirit person?

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Gaston on the other hand…while I think that yes, as a specimen he is intimidating, and no one’s neck could ever be as thick his, nor could anyone be as quick as he but…dude’s an a-hole. My heart basically leaped out of my chest when he just grabbed the book out of Belle’s hand and chucked it in the mud! If your conceitedness wasn’t a major factor in Belle not accepting your proposal, that stunt would’ve certainly turned her away. What a horrible thing to do. I have nothing against people who don’t like to read but there’s something to be said about people who think that reading is this…this abominable crime.

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The Beast though! It was meant for us to be afraid of him. I think that was part of the point of the curse. Not just that he wasn’t ‘attractive’ but that he was completely unsightly. People wouldn’t want to look at something that scares them so the enchantress achieved the desired effect. 

Apart from the point that books are important and should be treated as precious gems, what Beauty and the Beast also teaches us is that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. It could be ratty and torn and even though people don’t want those damaged books, those could be the very ones that have hearts of gold. We judge people based on our perception of them and everyone views a person the way they want to but it’s up to us to decide whether we want to shun them because they don’t look like us and/or do things that we consider the norm or if we’ll take them for what they are without trying to change them and mold them to our image. Basically what I’m saying is: Beauty and the Beast teaches us not tolerance, but acceptance and I think that’s extremely important for everyone.

That was my take on Beauty and the Beast and why I love it so much. I’ll definitely be watching a lot more often and of course the new movie! Come on! I thought this post fit right in this week as of course the live action premiered and everyone’s excitement is all over the place. Mine included.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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