Showing posts with label the princess diaries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the princess diaries. Show all posts

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The 5 Shittiest YA Book-To-Movie Adaptations Of All Time





I'm always over the moon happy when I hear about one of my favorite books being optioned for TV or even a movie. But yeah, as the naturally critical person that I am, I almost always end up absolutely hating what they did to my poor fictional friends. Here are some of the worst book-to-movie adaptations I've ever seen. 


 
vampire-academy-posterVampire Academy: Blood Sisters [2014]
(based on VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead)
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky

I do love the idea behind all this and on it's own it's a great and entertaining film - BUT HAVE YOU READ THE BOOKS? The movie is a teen comedy whereas the novels are dramatic, full of angst, and indeed sometimes hilarious. 
I wish they hadn't focused on the hilarity part. The movie is a try-hard slapstick comedy that's really okay, but nothing like the book. They did follow the plot sort-of-closely, but the outcome is just nothing but a teen flick. It's not a bad film, but it's a godawful book-to-movie adaptation. 

The main couple, Rose and Dimitri, Romitri - they have maybe 2 scenes together before they confess their undying love to each other. Why, just why? At least the casting was alright.

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City of Bones [2013]
(based on CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare)
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Lena Headey

For fans of the book, this adaptation was like a slap in the face. Starting with terrible casting and two lead actors who have the chemistry of two wet noodles, it just wasn't meant to be. 

The book is insanely complicated and trying to cram this into a decent length novel was just bound to end in failure. Even more so, because whoever wrote this catastrophic script decided to spoil story lines from the sequels along the way. Simply because they could. Ugh. 


The-Host-Movie-Poster-LargeThe Host [2013]
(based on THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer) 
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Krüger

I absolutely loved the book but I hated the movie. There was so much unintentional situational comedy in this that I couldn't help but cringe the entire time. The book has a special atmosphere to it and is really a unique read, but in the movie everything was just a mess. 

No chemistry, catastrophical casting and more of a love story than a sci-fi book exploring the unique bond between an alien and a human, forced to share a body. 

Hollywood was like: "HEY there's a love triangle let's just cast two hot hunks and the script will write itself!!"


6a00e55007a31488340105368f2b56970bInkheart [2008]
(based on INKHEART by Cornelia Funke)
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany

I think we can all just universally agree that this is the most epic fail of book-to-movie adaptations within the last few years. INKHEART was one of my favorites growing up and I don't even want to get started listing all the things that is wrong with this because it's just too painful to remember. 
But hey, at least they got Brendan Fraser to play Mo, Funke actually wrote the part for him, so that's nice. Thank god there won't be any movie sequels in the near future of this atrocity. 



large_cskYMkrtf7F8IpceWicxQdBkTT5The Princess Diaries [2001]
(based on THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot)
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Mandy Moore

The biggest and most awful epic fail in terms of book-to-movie adaptation to me. Hear me out - THE PRINCESS DIARIES is my favorite book forever and always. If you've actually read it, you do know that pretty girl Anna Hathaway has absolutely nothing in common with Mia Thermopolis. 

Of course the movie on its own is entertaining and even good, but if you know the insanely good book, the hilarity of Mia, the wonderful creepiness of her Grandmère and the brilliance of her father's terrible awkwardness, you would think the same way. With the movie I got cheated out of almost all the things I loved about the book. 

With the movie, we got a mediocre easily forgettable hollywood romcom that could have been so much more. The book is not about romance, it's so not just the journey of an ugly duckling becoming a swan. I'm just insanely frustrated with this.  


What do you think is the worst book-to-movie adaptation of all time?

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A-Z Bookish TAG

I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. 

Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog



Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or commit to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.

Best Sequel Ever: 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.

Currently Reading:
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Drink of Choice While Reading: 
Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.


E-reader or Physical Book? 
Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: 
Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.


Hidden Gem Book: 
Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: 
Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.

Just Finished: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.


Major book hangover because of: 
Great world building

Number of Bookcases You Own: 
1 1/2


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.

Preferred Place To Read: 
Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.

Reading Regret: 
Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.

Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Unapologetic Fangirl For: 
Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.

X Marks The Spot: 
Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.

Your latest book purchase: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.



Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

Leave your link in the comments if you decide to do the tag, please!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

[Review] Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries #2) - Meg Cabot

In PRINCESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT, Mia Thermapolis doesn't only have to deal with the public attention that's linked to being the sole heir to the Genovian throne; her mother is pregnant - by Mia's math teacher! Above all, she also has a secret admirer and is dying to find out who's in love with her.
What intrigued me: I love the first one!

Super short read

The first time I've read this I finished it in about a day. The novel is on the shorter side and very easy and quick to read without even rushing through the whole thing. However, I wasn't as thrilled with the second as I was with the first. 

The story picks up right where it left off in THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Just like in the first novel, Mia tells about her day in chapters of varying lengths. The main focus is on the upcoming wedding of her mother and her math teacher Frank Gianini. That's about all that happens in the book. Everyone's busy making plans for the wedding.

Mia seems very lost in this one, hurrying from left to right to please everyone and being constantly looked over. The charm of the first novel doesn't really translate to the second and I don't think I will be rereading this as many times as I reread the first. The character voice is on spot and it just amazes me how Cabot is able to look into the head of a 14-year-old so well that it's actually scaring me.


Unique and Hilarious Writing

Cabot keeps the story extremely witty. There are times when I just laughed out loud or rolled my eyes at the thing her characters say. The humor is just something that's unique to this series and that I haven't encountered in any of Cabot's other novels. The characters are absolutely captivating and interesting and as a fan of the first novel you just need to know what happens next. I've grown to love every single character in the series and even the new characters (Mia's maternal grandparents and her cousin) are absolutely hilarious. 

There's a lot of wasted potential though, because Mia doesn't get a real storyline on her own and is just awkwardly hovering around the action. I'm guessing that she'll get her own story in the next novel again and fall in love and the like, but I'm seriously missing the teenage drama! 




Rating:

★★

 

Overall: Do I Recommend?

It's insane how Cabot is able to see right into the head of a fourteen year old teenager. Back when I was Mia's age and even younger I remember being very impressed and wondering how it's possible to write so relatably. I just adore her writing and would recommend this series!

Additional Info


Published: February 1st, 2002.
Pages: 249
Genre: YA / General
ISBN: 9783570125793

Synopsis:
"No one ever said being a princess was easy.

Just when Mia thought she had the whole princess thing under control, things get out of hand, fast. First there's an unexpected announcement from her mother. Then Grandmère arranges a national primetime interview for the brand-new crown princess of Genovia. On top of that, intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer begin to arrive.

Before she even has the chance to wonder who those letters are from, Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.
"



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Monday, December 22, 2014

Recommendation: The Princess Diaries (#1) by Meg Cabot





In THE PRINCESS DIARIES, Mia Thermopolis finds out that her father is the prince of Genovia, a small European country that nobody has ever heard of. And because her father can't have kids anymore, this in turn makes her the only heir to the throne of Genovia.  


Essentially teen

No matter what age you are, I guarantee you, you will suffer with Mia. Mia is your typical teenager with typical teenage problems - unrequited crushes, terrible self-image and a weird family. The way Cabot portrays her had me back when I was the same age as Mia and I could identify with her character a lot. Cabot is just great at writing teenagers and the character voice is insanely unique. 

While we do have a lot of cliché characters, Cabot somehow gives the whole thing a twist: the mean cheerleader Lana and her hot boyfriend that Mia is crushing on could be such shallow characters, but they are not cardboard cutouts. Every character in the novel just feels real and you can tell that a lot of character building went into this. I especially loved Mia's best friend Lily with her nerdiness and her therapist parents. Their relationship is the base of this novel to be honest and Cabot cleverly uses Lily as a possibility to give Mia (and the reader) advice without pushing it.

Character growth and entertainment de luxe

Another gem in this novel is Mia's grandmother. Mia goes through so much character development by trying to defy her grandmother and learning to do whatever she wants instead of trying to please everyone. I think that's the main reason why I have and still love this novel so much - because throughout the course of the novel she grows so much in character. When I was her age, I worried about the same things, I identified with basically all of her problems and the way she deals with them helped me a lot and I can imagine that it's the same for other teenagers out there.

I rooted for Mia to get with Josh and the resolution made my heart ache while still being happy that she made the right choice. 

Of course it's a cliché storyline, 
Of course it's your typical high school novel and yeah I'm being subjective and a little big nostalgic when I wholeheartedly recommend this to you guys. 

It's easy to get lost in this novel, even when you're not fourteen anymore, because the writing is just on point. This book has everything: great characters, superb writing and an easy plot that isn't too complicated. Did I mention massive character growth? If you haven't read it yet or simply seen the movie, you should try it. You're not going to regret it, trust me.


Rating:

★★★★




Additional Info

Published: June 26th 2001
Pages: 283
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9780613371650

Synopsis:
"She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom…

NEWS FLASH: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

DOWNER: Dad can't have any more kids. (So there's no heir to the throne.)

SHOCK OF THE CENTURY: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

THE WORST PART: Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmère, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal–blue in the face about her princessly duty—no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind.

But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?
 "(Source: Goodreads)


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