Monthly Archives: February, 2014

The Hunger Games: Books vs Movies?

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A popular question for any book series that has been recreated into a movie, is whether it’s worth reading the book, when you could watch the movie in a shorter amount of time.

Personally, I have only once seen a movie that has been better than the book, which was a very rare occurrence. I would always recommend to read the book and watch the movie, because it is two similar, yet different experience’s. When looking at the hunger game series, there are many differences between the book and movie, which in my eyes make the book better. The main difference is that in the book the point of view is from Katniss, and in the movie the point of view jumps from person to person. Having the point of view from one main character makes the story much more focused, and detailed. There are many other details throughout the book that are different from the movie. I really did love the movie as well, but I think it would be worth it to read both!  

I also do recognize that everyone is different in how they use media. Some people are visual learners, and enjoy the experience of watching a movie over reading the book. Others are read-write learners and get a better experience reading the book.

I would recommend to do both, if you think you would enjoy both ways like myself.

Let me know in the comments if you prefer books over movies!

Sources:

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

http://www.secretlivesofobjects.com/lost-in-translation/

The Lord of the Rings Vs. The Hobbit

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There has been debates over whether J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings, books were “better.” Personally, I think they are both brilliant books, and it really all depends what type of books you like to read.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are very detailed, and long books. They focus a lot of the books on small details, and it can get a bit repetitive. It has a well thought out storyline, but it takes a while to get through the details to finish it. The Hobbit is much more focused on the story, and does not repeat itself as much. It also has a variety of characters including many dwarves, and a dragon. It is more fast paced then The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and also has a good storyline.

I prefer The Hobbit book over The Lord of the Rings, because it was more to the point, and exciting. I also enjoyed the trilogy, it’s a refreshing book to read while travelling. I would highly recommend to give both a read! If you have not read either, I would suggest to read The Hobbit first, since it was written before The Lord of the Rings.

 

What book do you prefer? Leave a comment explaining why!

Sources:

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. Print.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967. Print.

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/tolkien-book-store/000628.htm

 

18 Books!

I realize this is the third time I’ve made a blog post about John Green, but I think what he talks about fits well with my interests! He recently posted a video on a YouTube channel he shares with his brother Hank Green, called vlogbrothers. The video is named, “18 Great Books You Probably Haven’t Read.” In the video he names of 18 books that aren’t famous or best sellers, but he thinks deserve more attention. John finds books from many different genres including fiction, sports, and comedy.

I think more people should make blog posts or videos also sharing their favourite books. I want to encourage everyone reading this to do this themselves, so we can spread books that we might not think of reading otherwise. Next week I am going to get a list together to share on this blog!

If you’d like make a blog post, or comment some of your favourite books that you think everyone should read!

Trust Me, I’m Lying

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About a week ago, in one of my university classes, we had the opportunity to Skype call with Ryan Holiday.  He is the author of the book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.  This book is split into two different parts. In the first part of the book he talks about how he exploits the media by setting up a hoax that was spread through blogs.  The second part of the book is a closer look at media exploitation. The book was super interesting, and I enjoyed hearing Holiday talk about this topic. It was pretty exciting and I found myself agreeing with his perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It brings awareness to people who question everything they read in the media. He also has many other books that I hope to read in the future!

Sources: 

Holiday, Ryan. Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. New York: Portfolio, 2012. Print.

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Interview With Ryan Holiday

Why I will not finish 50 Shades of Grey

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A few days ago it was valentines day, so i figured I should talk about a romantic themed book. I am not the romantic type, so I have never been able to actually finish a romantic or exotic book, including 50 shades of grey, by E. L James. A friend recommended it to me, so I decided it was worth a read, unfortunately I was unable to make it past the first two chapters. These chapters basically talk about how the main character Ana, fills in for a important interview for her friend Kate who had come down with the flu. Ana goes to the interview, and is instantly attracted to Christian Grey (shocker). I stopped reading at this point because I had a feeling the book will be extremely predictable, repetitive, and I really hated the character Christian Grey. He is controlling, and shows many signs women should look for in abusive relationship, and if you have been in a abusive relationship, I would advise to not pick up this book.

Along with the fact I cannot stand Christian Grey’s character, this book is a fanfiction of Twilight, and needless to say probably has the same disappointing story line. The Twilight books and 50 Shades of Grey seem to share the same predictable story development, and sloppy grammar, which is why I would not recommend to waste your time reading either.

If you have a point that shows this book is worth reading, comment below!

Sources:

http://50shadesofbullshit.tumblr.com/

James, E. L. Fifty Shades of Grey. New York: Vintage, 2012. Print

The Shack

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I recently read a book by Wm. Paul Young called, The Shackit is about a father named Mackenzie, or “Mac” for short. After his daughter passes away while camping, Mac finds himself depressed, and doesn’t know what to do. Further in the book he finds a shack, and a African American women cooking in the shack, which seems odd and out of place for Mac. This book takes Mac through a emotional and spiritually journey.

This book overall is extremely interesting to read, and definitely worth reading. The only critique I have of the book is that it can be a bit confusing at times, and it may not be suited for someone who is against religion. Rather than that I would highly recommend it!

Sources:

Young, Paul, Wm. The Shack. Newbury Park: Windblow Media, 2007. Print.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-controversy-of-the-shack

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

Instead of posting about books, I decided to talk about a trailer of a movie coming out in summer that has caught my attention. My second post in this blog was written about a book called, “The Fault In Our Stars”, by John Green, and I briefly mentioned it was being made into a movie. About a week ago the trailer was released for the movie, and I’ve watched it about 3 dozen times. It is amazing how powerful the few minute trailer is, and I’m going to post it above so you can watch it for yourself.

I am extremely excited for this movie to come out, and I would encourage everyone and anyone to go out and watch it. It is supposed to be released in the United States on June 6th 2014, but I am not sure when for other countries, so keep an eye out for those dates!

The Hobbit

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The Hobbit, is a fantasy book that was originally a tale for children, but  J.R.R. Tolkien transformed the tale into an exciting adventure for a much wider audience. This book was written long before the, “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, and is set in a fantasy world filled with elves, dragons and wizards. The book takes the reader on many adventures with the main character Bilbo Baggins. The well thought out story has was published in 1937, and has remained a popular read.

They split up the book into 3 movies, so they could get in the whole story, and all the action! The first two have been released, and they are working on the third one now. The second movie got more negative reviews, since it did not stick as closely to the book as the first one. I personally think they worked the story well into the movie and both films are extremely successful. If you ever get the opportunity to read the book, or watch the movies, I would recommend doing both!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

Sources:

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. Print.

http://www.literarylane.com/2012/05/book-review-hobbit-by-jrr-tolkien.html

 

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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One of my favourite books ever has to be The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne. I’ve read this book over and over and it never fails to bring me to tears, even though I know exactly what is going to happen. The book is set during World War II where a young boy named Bruno moves to a new house for his dads work, who is a Commander for the Nazi’s. Bruno does not quite understand what is going on at the time, and gets curious when he spots a concentration camp in the distance of his backyard. He decides to feed his curiosity and go explore the camp. He finds himself meeting a boy on the other side of the camp fence named Shmuel, and they become good friends. There has been some critiques on the book that not all the historical references are correct, but I do not think it affected the quality of the book.

This book has really changed my outlook on life, and has a very powerful story. It has been made into a movie, and is also very moving. This book is a must read!

Sources:

Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. New York: David Fickling Books, 2006. Print.

http://450hololitspring12.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/boyne-the-boy-in-the-striped-pajamas/