FACE-OFF: YA Books VS. Movies

Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 11.20.58 AMAs an avid book lover, it’s quite hard for me to admit that sometimes—sometimes—movies can be better than their literary counterparts. Especially since I grew up insisting the opposite was true. While I do believe that books can bring more depth, detail, and development, there’s just something magical about sitting in a movie theater with ants in your pants, anticipation nearly killing you, as you wait to see a world that has thus far only lived inside your head come to life in loud and vivid color. When done correctly, it intensifies your adoration for those worlds, even the ones that will only ever exist in fantasy. When done badly, you’re forced to defend the essence of the story, because despite sitting through a cringe-inducing train wreck of a film, it’s still one of your favorites. It was incredibly hard to choose only five (which is why my honorable mentions are a mile long), but here are the page-to-screen transitions that I loved, hated, loved to hate, and hated to love. Continue reading

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BREAKING: Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead at 46

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Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead this morning in his New York apartment. Cause is presumed to be a heroin overdose. My mind went immediately to his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games series, the third installment of which is not yet done filming. I next thought of Twister, the first film I ever saw him in, because I loved his character, Dusty. Hoffman also appeared in other favorites such as Patch Adams and Almost Famous. RIP Continue reading