14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

14 Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

This is a link to a list of 14 books that are going to be made into movies, and it’s quite possible I screamed like a little girl when I read some of them and figured you guys might enjoy the suspense with me! So I’m just going to list my top 5 favorites out of the 14, let me know which ones you guys are most excited for! 🙂

1) “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green
I literally screamed when I got to this one. Like, loudly. I absolutely LOVE all of John Green’s works, TFIOS being my favorite. If you haven’t read it before, get prepared for the waterworks. It is a cancer story that is a self-proclaimed not-cancer story, thrown in with a little bit of romance and an ending that will make you want to throw the book at a wall, repeatedly. So basically it’s an emotional roller-coaster. And it’s being made into a MOVIE. The release date isn’t out yet; heck, there aren’t any promo-pics yet either! But still, I would keep your eyes out for this one. And if you haven’t read it yet, go buy it. Right now.

2) “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
So if you haven’t heard, there seems to be a theme among YA book-lovers nowadays, and that theme is DYSTOPIAN NOVELS! Dystopian novels have been around for a while, but ever since “The Hunger Games” it seems like every YA lover can’t get enough of it! “Divergent” is about a dystopian society set in Chicago, USA where everyone is separated into five factions. There is, of course, a heroine and a love interest but the themes lying underneath are much more intense, such as the difficulties of choosing what’s best for you even if it means distancing yourself from the ones you love, selflessness, bravery, society’s definition of the two previous, and the double-edged sword called CONTROL. This is actually a series, the second is “Insurgent” and the third book “Allegiant” will be released this October. However, there are a lot of people and history going on in these books and I think it would be best if you read “Divergent” before going to see it.

3) “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card
Ok, I was totally confused when I saw that “Ender’s Game” was becoming a movie mainly because, you know, it was published in 1985. But still, it is a really good book that focuses on kids kicking some alien butt. It’s a quick read, but trust me you will be engrossed in it. I’m a little nervous to see how they put it into movie-form though, mainly because the trailer looked kind of over-the-top-effects if you get what I mean. If you haven’t read the book though, you definitely should, even if you don’t see the movie.

4) “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
So this is, yet again, another dystopian society! Yay! Basically these boys are all thrown into this maze. There is no way out but to go through the maze which holds giant monster creatures that will (and did) eat them. They have no memory of anything besides that moment when they are thrown into the maze, too, so they have literally no clue what is going on. This is also a series of three books, plus one prequel that was released in August of last year. I’ve only recently read “The Maze Runner” but I am very excited to continue this series and I highly recommend you read the book and see the movie.

5) “The Book Theif” by Markus Zusak
I just want to preface this by saying that I absolutely LOVE “The Book Theif” and I’ve read it about five times and the margins are all scribbled in and you will be sucked into this historical fiction. Okay, now that I got some of my fan-girling out, TBT is a book about a young girl named Liesel in Nazi Germany. Do not be deceived by the young heroine, though. This is not a book for little kids. The story is told through the perspective of Death–yes, Death–and it is an amusing book for a little, with the strange dynamics between Liesel and her foster parents and the other children on the street, but it also deals with themes such as abandonment, love, orphans of war, and loss. I recommend this book to just about anyone I meet that will listen to me. I am a bit scared to see how they incorporate Death into the movie, seeing as it takes on an almost human-like persona as it narrates Liesel’s story, but nevertheless I think it would be a great movie.

So that’s my top 5! Of course there are 9 other books on the list that are very good, but these five were the ones that have me bouncing-in-my-seat-about-to-explode-from-apprehension-excited. So go to the link above and let me know which ones you’re most excited for! 🙂

–Fictionista

I Want ADVENTURE.

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 Everyone knows the story. A girl has big dreams of adventure and finding a place where she can fit in. That all changed, though, when she met a Beast. They fell in love, conquered over evil, and with her undying love she turned him back into a gorgeous human being with flowing red locks once more. And then…nothing.

Nada. Zilch. Zero.

They just get married, and it’s all done. No adventures for the beautiful girl—just a big castle and a hunky ginger husband and thousands upon thousands of servants.

Now don’t get me wrong, this was my favorite story growing up. I remember watching it on my television and singing (loudly) to every song, but there was one point where I wouldn’t—I was too engrossed and awed. It was when she just turned down that conceited man, and she’s singing about all her dreams. I know every song by heart by now, but it was these thirty-so seconds that really blew me away.

“I want adventure in the great, wide, somewhere!”

I’m not sure why this simple sentence resonated with me so much, but it did. She just sounds so…hopeful. Determined. Like nothing will get in the way of her dreams. Not that self-centered man, not the little town she lived in, not her well-meaning father’s somewhat shaky reputation. No, she was going to go places, see the world, read to her heart’s content! It didn’t matter where—heck, I doubt if she even had a clue where to start.

But the real killer in this age-old story is TIME. (See what I did there? “Tale as Old as Time”? Anyone?) Over time she began to love that Beast, and, as they always say, time heals all wounds. Even dead dreams.

I loved her. She was my idol, with her giant imagination and vigor for reading. But now that I’m older, I find myself resenting her. I want to know if she actually did make it out. I want to know if she went over the world, met all sorts of people, maybe wrote a book or two.

I know that her life doesn’t necessarily suck. I mean, she did find that special someone who understood her; heck, he gave her a freaking library! But that seems to be the only one of her dreams that came true. Did she and her beastly-hubby go out and see the world? Did they travel to unknown places just because they could? Did they fall even more in love with each other every day?

Someone once said to me that you can never have both a fulfilling life and a satisfied heart. My initial reaction was, “Watch me,” but then I realized that they were right in a sense. There is no perfect. There is no way that your life will be sunshine and rainbows all the time.

So maybe if I follow my dreams and my heart it will be hard, but the way I look at it is if you want something to last, you fight for it. If things get broken don’t just throw it out; fix it. Work on it, improve it, breathe life into it again.

So yes, she may have found her dream guy, but she got a bit sidetracked along the way. Maybe she did wake up every day, wondering how different her life would be if she never came to that castle.

I decided that I will try and do what that beauty didn’t. Maybe I’ll fail miserably.

But then again…maybe I won’t.

 

 

 

-Fictionista

 

 

PS: Yes, I used the Disney-version of Beauty and the Beast for this post.

PPS: Paige O’Hara is amazing.

The Guilty Pleasure of a FICTIONISTA During the Summer

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So don’t get me wrong, I love the classics–AKA: “Jane Eyre” which I have read about twelve times, “The Great Gatsby” yes, I saw the movie and yes, that will be a separate post entirely, or my personal favorite “Brave New World”. But like everyone else, I have guilty pleasures and mine are sappy, predictable, star-crossed-lovers-style summer romance novels. I don’t know what it is, maybe something in the air that just makes me squeal as I read about the late nights of Auden and Eli or want to die at the horrid situation of Samantha and Jase. But, nonetheless, I find myself addicted.
So I just bought some books for the summer a few weeks ago that I find fit the summer-romance category without making me want to puke, and I figured I’d share with you some of my favorites so far.

 

First up is quite possibly the QUEEN of summer romance novels, the lovely Sarah Dessen! She currently has 11 books, her newest one being “The Moon and More” which I don’t have yet but believe me, this will change very soon. I would recommend basically any of her books (so far I’ve read 5 of them) but since this is a summer-romance-post, I would recommend you read either “Along for the Ride” or “The Truth About Forever”.

“Along for the Ride” is about the summer one girl, Auden, spends with her father and new step-mom and her baby step-sister. She’s totally against going, but she decides to head down for the summer because of, basically, pure boredom but let me tell you, between insomniacs and jealous-ex-girlfriends and a sort of wayward-yet-adorably-happy-go-lucky brother, you will not be bored.

“The Truth About Forever” is a bit more serious, dealing with harsh themes such as the father of the main heroine, Macy, dying suddenly before the start of the novel. Although it is a summer-romance novel featuring a beautiful star-crossed-lovers-dilema, I find the family problems that are discussed just as interesting, giving the novel a sort of second-story than just two teenage kids in love.

But basically anything by Sarah Dessen is a safe choice. I find her books not only a quick read for the beach but captivating and, yes, the love-stories are always good. Except for “Dreamland”, that is one depressing as hell story, so if you’re looking for sappy romances, I say those two are her best yet

 

And then there’s “The Summer of No Regrets” by Katherine Grace Bond. I’ve never read her before, but this book surprised me. I expected a cute romance of a couple who emerged when the girl just decided to let go and the boy gave her an opportunity for love and adventure. But no. Instead, the themes I noticed most  while reading was spirituality, the conflict of opposing religions, loss, and the different effects of depression. No joke. Sure, there’s the cute boy who moved in next door who looks a little bit too much like a movie-hottie who gets this thing for the heroine when she saved him from a cougar (ah, there you are you slightly-predictable-yet-unbearably-addictive-romance storyline!) But seriously, this book is a breath of fresh air while supplying the much-desired summer romance that we all hate to love.

 

And finally (for now) is “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick. If you want a summer-romance-to-the-extreme sort of novel, this is just perfect for you. It’s the classic girl-meets-boy-next-door situation but there’s a twist that even the Fictionista in me had screaming at Mr. Fitzpatrick for his evilness. It’s a bit of a longer read than I imagined it would be, but it was still a good book and I would strongly recommend it for a lazy beach day or rainy night.

 

 

Well, that’s it for now, once I read some more I’ll post them. I hope you guys enjoy!!

–A Fictionista

~SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT~

How’s summer where you are? Here it’s either unbearably hot or, like today, sweatshirt-and-jean weather! What are some of your favorite summer-romance novels? Do you already have some summer-books lined up? Let me know in the comments below(: