DIVERGENT TRAILER!!!! (Fangirl Time)

OMG!!  I don’t know how I haven’t seen this yet but it made me remember why I love this series so much.  Think about it, it’s all about figuring out who you are in a world where you’re not only supposed to know but conform to a certain group identity.  And for those of us who don’t… Ugh, I feel like this is my life.  Veronica Roth is a Goddess, more than…thank you forever.  If Harry Potter was the book series and character I needed for my childhood Tris and DIVERGENT is definitely the one for my coming into adulthood and life.

Okay, enough yapping, here it is…

Also, DIVERGENT is a great example of romance in YA that enhances the story plot instead of subtracting from it or ruining it as I feel happens way too often.  And Maggie Q and Kate Winslet, genius picks!!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. I think I quote DIVERGENT daily to myself, I mean the quotes about fear in that book are soo good.  Also, this post by Veronica Roth is everything.

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Sea of Monsters was… alright.

I just got back from seeing Sea of Monsters, the film adaptation of the second book in the Percy Jackson series, and I have to say, it wasn’t that spectacular.  On one hand, I loved it, because I loved the books.  Also I like seeing film adaptations, i usually don’t mind creative liberty, as long as it’s still good.  That being said, this time, they might’ve gone too far.

Now, I’m not saying I didn’t love it.  Like I said, I did.  What I’m saying is the creative liberties taken, were too much for me to ignore.  Normally, I’m fine.  The movies of a series shouldn’t be exactly like the books.  I get it, filmmakers are trying to reach a wider audience, there’s more of a production cost, therefore more profits have to be made for a movie to be called a success.  To be honest, I liked the first movie.  However, now that I’ve seen this one, I’m not so sure if that was because I was super excited to see one of my favorite books on the big screen or if it was because it was actually a good movie.

I will say this, the acting…so much better.  Since The Lightning Thief, we’ve seen Logan Lerman in Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I thought he was amazing in.  Maybe, action movies just aren’t his thing.  Also, Grover just needs to stop with the side comments.  It was cute in the first movie, but now, it’s just getting weird & annoying.  As for Annabeth, I feel like she’s almost becoming a weaker, more minor, character.  I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, Hermionie, Katniss, Tris Prior, all the way.   I prefer my women strong.  I’m not saying she needs to be superwoman, but all of the sighing and hugging, and such…come on, girl.  I don’t know what happened, or why Hollywood thinks “girl sidekicks” need to be so dependent, but Annabeth was NOT like this in the books.  She’s the daughter of Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy (among other things)… do better Hollywood.

Back to the plot.

No, just no.  I didn’t like the fact that they aged the characters in the first movie.  You know, like I said, I get wanting to appeal to a wider audience, but people of all ages read Percy Jackson.  And technically it’s Middle Grade.  The aging threw everything off, they changed the prophecy to the child turning 20 not 16, and all these things happen that weren’t supposed to happen until the last book.  No, I’m not kidding at all.  It makes everything less believable.  It didn’t sit right in my head.  It was almost as if instead of a flowing full-fledged movie, there were choppy scenes that individually were great but together, not so much.

It’s sad, because I’m afraid this franchise might not have much of future.  The movie just hit theaters, and the theater I went to is a pretty popular one…it was almost empty.  I think the first thing that needs to happen is directors, producers, etc…need to stop trying to find the next Harry Potter.  Yeah, I said it.  I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.  It.  Was.  My.  Childhood.  You cannot replace it, you will never beat it, not for me, or most of us who grew up with the books/movies.  As a writer, that’s something you learn quick.  Not necessarily just in relation to Harry Potter but with anything.  Stop trying to become another author, another book series.  To each his own.  Percy Jackson needs to be Percy Jackson.  You know what Harry Potter was so damn successful?  It stayed true to its audience.  JK Rowling made sure there were British actors, also it didn’t veer that far from the books.  It was a widely popular series which is why the movies had such a large, even larger, appeal.  It makes sense.  Percy Jackson, for those of us who loved it as a child or love it now, has its own intrinsic appeal.  The people on the team should remember that and give us Percy Jackson, not Harry Potter (I have all of those, I can watch them anytime).  We love the mythology, Rick  Riordan’s stories are so rich, the movie was bland.  The other thing about Percy is he wants to be in both worlds, not just Camp Half Blood, I didn’t like how he was already at camp.  There’s worth in trying to expand your audience, but if the audience it originally attracted doens’t love it then you’ve got a problem.  I know kids love CGI, 3D, and all that stuff.  They might not be as bored with it as I’m getting, but just you wait.  Kids aren’t stupid, it won’t take long.

The Percy Jackson movie adaptations need a revamp, maybe not with a new cast, etc… but with a fresh set of creative ideas.  I know these movies can be so much better, if they’re allowed to be.  Also, give these actors some acting lessons, and some better lines.  That being said, it’s still a great story, a cute, funny, daring one, that says a lot about friendship, family, proving yourself, and ultimately creating for yourself the person you want to be.  So maybe, critiques aside, that’s what’s really important 🙂

Have you seen the movie yet?  What did you think?  Also, what book to movie adaptations are you looking forward to, what are your favorites?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. Tyson was great, (hands down, my favorite) though…I wish they would’ve given that subplot more umph, it, everything was too rushed.

Five reasons Shailene Woodley could make a great Tris in ‘Divergent’

So very, very happy she got this role…so perfect. Honestly, I’m not a fan of Huger Games/Divergent comparisons, because they are two different books, but if we really want to go there, I loved Hunger Games but Divergent is a much stronger book…cannot wait for the movie 🙂 Also I still need to read Insurgent…

2013 Book to Movie Challenge

booktomovieI know reading books before movies can end horribly (in the case of Eragon) or wonderfully in the case of (Harry Potter – I actually thought they were great adaptations & LOTR) nevertheless, a bookworms gotta do what a bookworms gotta do.

I’ve chosen Movie Devotee which means I’m reading 6 books:

  1. Beautiful Creatures – I’ve seen it in bookstores everywhere and now with all of the hype about the movie I figured why not now
  2. Ender’s Game – people seem to say amazing things about it & with a movie cast including Harrison Ford & Abigail Breslin, how can I say no
  3. The Host – I gave up on Meyer after my disappointment with Breaking Dawn & when this book first came out I just wasn’t interested…but the movie seems like it might be good so I suppose I owe the book me trying to read it before watching it on the big screen
  4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Universal Pictures bought worldwide rights to it and with all of the hype from the book, I’m sure it’ll be on the big screen sometime soon aka it is time (for me to read it)
  5. Incarceron – there hasn’t been much talk of this becoming a movie lately (was a lot in 2011) but I’ve been wanting to read the book for a while so what the heck
  6. Delirium – the right’s were bought by Fox 2000, I actually had this book checked out from my local public library for the longest time yet never got around to reading it…well enough dilly dallying, I’m gonna do it!

*Bonus

  • His Mortal Instruments series – trust, yes, I’ve read it, but that was years ago back when I was a Cassandra Claire fan girl.  I only read the first book in the series, loved it, yet never continued.  So as a bonus I’d love to re-read it, at the very least, before seeing the movie (that I am not at all happy about…sorry but Jace should be much hotter).

–Yes, yes, I know re-reading can be even worse than reading it the first time, I didn’t allow myself to re-read any of the HP books before seeing the movies so I wouldn’t get so frustrated about every little detail that was different (maybe that’s why I like them so much).  But it has been years, I honestly only remember the beginning and the end of City of Bones.

Those are my 2013 book to movie to-reads, even if you’re not doing the challenge, what are some of yours?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. If you haven’t read Divergent yet you should, it’s A) amazing, B) (if you’re into comparisons) possibly better than Hunger Games, and C) it’s being made into a movie, so far with Shailene Woodley signed on to play the protagonist, Tris.

Patrice