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#MondayBlogs How Television Encouraged Me To Read

6 Jul

Intro:

You all might be familiar with today’s guest blogger—Crazy Beautiful. She has been a HUGE part of www.ShannonAThompson.com, both in the comments section here and all around the web. I highly recommend her book reviews (and overall friendship), and I am very excited to have her on today! In the bookish world, books and TV have always had a debatable relationship. Adaptations are either loved or hated, and it often saddens me to see fans arguing about who is a “bigger” fan because they read the book before the TV show/movie or (insert millions of other debates here). Crazy Beautiful tackled this discussion from another viewpoint I couldn’t ignore: Being inspired to read because of TV. How about you? Have you ever read a novel because you saw the show or movie?

How Television Encouraged Me To Read by Crazy Beautiful

Books to movies often get a lot of slack, but there is also another side that many people don’t discuss—the side where those exact movies encourage those viewers to become new readers. I’ve been in this situation . . . in a different way, of course, but I thought I’d share my story to show how TV and movies can encourage readership. This is how I fell in love with Richelle Mead.

As much as I’d like to say that I’ve come across her books while I was wandering the aisles of a bookstore, this isn’t how it actually happened.

It all had started with this Canadian TV show called Lost Girl. I’m a big fan of the show to be honest. Though the post isn’t about the Lost Girl TV show, I’ll talk a little about it, too – just in case.

Lost Girl is a supernatural drama television series that premiered on September 12, 2010 on Showcase. The show focuses on this really gorgeous and charismatic succubus named Bo (played by the also gorgeous, Anna Silk). It also follows up her life as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. As it is, the show’s at its 5th and, sadly, its final season.

While the show was on its break for the next season, I’ve started to look for some books that treat the same subject as the show I’ve so come to love. That was the moment that brought Richelle Mead up to my attention. I know that most of her fans have started to love her after the worldwide known Vampire Academy book series and spinoffs, but for me, it was another series that made me love her so much.

Photo provided by Crazy Beautiful

Photo provided by Crazy Beautiful

The series in question is Georgina Kincaid, and yes, that was my very first encounter with Richelle’s work. I couldn’t put those books down, not even for a second. I’d even fallen asleep while reading Georgina Kincaid and I don’t regret it at all.

After that series, I knew that I had to read everything that stirs me inside and that’s written by her. She’s clearly gifted, and she really has it going on when it comes to writing books from YA to adult ones.

I can’t really put down in words the way she writes; you have to read her books to find out. I guess I’m a sucker for fantasy and mythology since I can’t possibly get away from this genre.

After finishing the Georgina Kincaid series, I’ve looked up for more of her books and found some that really make their way to my heart and keep me alert. And so, I’ve continued my Richelle Mead book marathon with the next two series that really hooked me up. One of them is Age Of X (yes, I own both of them and I’m dying for the next one) and Dark Swan series. Age Of X series are both done reading, and while waiting on the 3rd book in the series, I began reading Dark Swan and really love this one as much as the others.

Everyone is sad (including me) that Richelle had postponed the writing on the 3rd Age Of X book, which at least has a pretty title for now The Eye Of Andromeda but still no release date – so far. In the meantime, we can enjoy ourselves with her first standalone book called Soundless, which comes out on November 10, 2015.

But…because there always has to be a but. I’ve read on Nicole Hewitt’s blog Feed Your Fiction Addiction a few weeks ago that…Drum roll

  1. The next Gameboard of the Gods book will be coming – probably at the end of this year
  2. She’s still thinking of possibly writing another Dark Swan book eventually. She left the series open-ended, and while she says that she almost never writes anything based on fan feedback, she does think that her fans have a point about this one. She can see that there’s more of the story to tell and might come back to it someday. BUT, for now, the YA stuff is taking precedence and she just can’t write as much now, with two kids, as she did before.
  3. She does have another project coming next year that she wasn’t even supposed to mention existed – but she did, so I will too. It will be a new series!

Bio:

I read and write because it offers me an escape door from the world we live in. A door which allows me to be whomever I want to be, live wherever in this big world, set off on adventures and it brings my imagination back to life from its very, very long sleep. And of course…Because I love to!!

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Want to be a guest blogger? I would love to have you on! I am accepting original posts that focus on reading and writing. A picture and a bio are encouraged. You do not have to be published. If you qualify, please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.

~SAT

2014 Books to Movies

10 Jan

First, I am taking a moment to apologize for my extended absence. I was having unusual difficulties with my normally cooperative technology. But now my internet is fixed, and I’m delighted to return to my every-other-day blog schedule.

Since I was stuck on my phone rather than my laptop the past few days, the only thing I could really do was read up on book related articles, and this one was really popular: 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters This Year. Now I’ve talked about what I think of movie adaptations before, and you can read about that here, but I just want to repeat my opinion in case you’re a newcomer (welcome!)

I look at movie adaptation as sister pieces – rather than something that needs to represent the novel exactly. I normally quite enjoy movie adaptations, even when other readers don’t. This doesn’t really mean anything aside from I love seeing a piece of art being interpreted using another method. So I wanted to share the upcoming movie adaptations and what I think about the book and/or the future movie. The links will take you to IMDB rather than the book. I would also love to hear what you’re looking forward to and what you’re worried about, so comment below so we can talk about it 😀

1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

I am a Kate Winslet fan, and the trailer left me wanting more. I will probably see this, but I have yet to read the 4.2/5 star novel. I will probably wait for the DVD, but it looks like a promising drama that leaves questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

2. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

I must see this. Again, I haven’t read this novel, but I am planning on checking it out a.s.a.p. I love history, and I love art. I plan on seeing this in theaters. It looks worth it to me. I’m also a John Goodman fan, so that helps.

3. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

I’m really on the fence about this one. I wish I could say more, but I honestly don’t know how to elaborate except that I’m afraid the magic will be hard to convey on the screen.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

As much as I’m a young-adult fan, this novel failed to gain my interest, and – like many – I’m a little burnt out on vampires. (Although it is directed by the same director who did Mean Girls. I don’t know if this means anything, considering I’m not a fan of the story, but I hope it does well for the fans!

5. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby 

I don’t think this is my cup of tea, but this doesn’t mean I think the book is bad or anything.

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I think this might be one of the biggest films of the year in terms of young-adult trends. It will be interesting to see how the Chicago setting is done and/or if it fares well with the diehard fans. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If I have the urge to have a cry fest, then, yes, I plan on seeing this emotional tale on the big screen.

8. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Although this is a remarkable tale, the trailer didn’t really interest me enough. I might change my mind, depending on what else it out around this time.

9. The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is one of my favorite novels of all-time, and I’m a HUGE fan of Meryl Streep, but I am worried about their decision to cast Taylor Swift. It makes me feel like they are simply trying to get people to come using big names, rather than finding the right people for the parts, but I still have hopes that Ms. Swift will live up to the high expectations of this classic and prove everyone wrong that she can, in fact, act.

I am wishing for too much, but I think it would be really neat if the first half shows how the world sees in black and white until the color vision begins to develop with the apple and hair through the protagonist. In fact, I made the photo below when thinking it would be really neat to see in black and white for one day. My roommate mentioned The Giver, and I got even more excited for this movie adaptation. I guess you could say this one is the one I look forward to the most.

So this is my black and white photograph inspired by black and white films!

So this is my black and white photograph inspired by black and white films!

10. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I really want to see this dark tale, too. I think it will translate well, and I hope the visuals add to the dramatic and twisted story.

11. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Not sure about this one, but I am not familiar with the novel either.

12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Yes. Yes. and Yes. I will be seeing this. I think that’s all I need to say.

13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wow. Second movie of the year inspired by Gillian Flynn. I’m a fan of Flynn, so I’ll probably see this, but I think I might wait until it’s out of the theater. But congrats to Gillian Flynn on the big year!

But I do have some (sad?) news about this movie adaptation. According to the guardian, the ending has been rewritten by choice of the director. Flynn has supposedly written it, but this mysterious ending is leaving readers wondering why and what will happen.

14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand & 15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

Again, these both sound interesting, but I don’t think they are for me.

16. Serena by Ron Rash

I love Jennifer Lawrence too much to not see this. It’s on my top movies to look out for in 2014. Although I have to admit that I used to not be a huge fan of Bradley Cooper’s, he’s made a huge comeback with me since Silver Linings Playbook, and I adore every movie Lawrence and Cooper have done together. (American Hustle was great!) So I will be seeing this on the big screen if possible! Not that this matters, but Serena is also my favorite name for a girl, so…that’s one more reason, right? :] (Fun fact: Serena is the name of my protagonist in my first, published novel, November Snow.)

So what do you think? Are you looking forward to any of these flicks? Are you worried about any of them? Which novels have you read? Are there any you plan on checking out before you watch it? 

Feel free to elaborate as much as you want to about a specific novel. In fact, I hope you do! I would love to hear more about a story I’m on the fence about from someone who has read it and loved or hated it. Some of my favorite movies were ones I never thought I would see. (I can admit Silver Linings Playbook was actually one of those.) I’m really open-minded, and I love a challenge – meaning, I adore those moments where I have low expectations and the art blows me away. Surprises can be a beautiful thing.

~SAT

P.S. I took Bogart to the vet for his annual checkup, and he’s 18 lbs.! Now, I was worried he was overweight, but it turns out he is part Maine Coon. I thought that was pretty cool – and explains why he’s so HUGE! So I had to share 😀

He’s a little mad at me after the vet, but he’ll come around.

He’s a little mad at me after the vet, but he’ll come around.

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