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


WATCH: The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

the-fault-in-our-stars-book-cover1fault-our-stars-movie-posterIf you know me, you know I love buzz. When I was living with my grandparents last year, I came home one day to find my aunt and cousins hanging out in the kitchen (not uncommon). My cousin had a book with her; she said they were reading it in school. “They’re making you read that in school? Isn’t it sad?” said my aunt. So naturally, I picked it up and skimmed the jacket as I do with most books I find in people’s possession. It definitely sounded sad. But when she was done with it, my cousin said it was amazing, so I vowed to give it a shot eventually. Months passed. Then I started seeing news floating around that it was going to be a movie, which instantly moved it to the top of my list. I rarely ever see a movie based on a book without reading the book first. Then it went head-to-head with Harry Potter in EW’s Best YA Novel of All Time bracket in November. It lost, obviously, but second place meant it must be pretty damn good. It even beat the girl on fire! Continue reading