Book vs. Film – Oh the Horror, edition


Yes, it’s almost Halloween and I decided, what better than read a story that’s supposed to chill you to the bone? Yes. this a post you’ll want to read.

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So I have a habit of just flying through a book and then pick up another, and then another, then I take a break and go back for more. A few weeks ago I was in the midst of this cycle and glanced at my calendar: October 14th. According to my simple and sophisticated math skills, it means there’s 17 more days until Halloween and this book, which I had bought the previous year (wanting to read for Halloween but chickened out), was just waiting to be read on my Kindle and was plenty of time. But really, was there? In fact there was…it took me a week but I powered thru this baby.

I have dipped myself in various genres while taking on my love of reading and have only truly stuck with Young Adult as my go-to. While I do experiment other sub-genres within Young Adult, besides my favorite which is contemporary, I step outside of these boxes and explore. My most recent exploration has been The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve never read Stephen King and as big of a film connoisseur that I am, I also have not seen the film. So already I’ve got my work cut out for me.

i went spooky with my filters

 

I’m thinking back and don’t think I’ve done a book vs. film post, I did on another blog I started for eight seconds but not on Sinister Kid’s blog. I attempted to put it on my TBR list earlier this year during Oscar season, but totally failed; and now having read the book and how long it took me I wouldn’t have made it anyway.

So going into this I had never read a lick of passages from the book and of the film I only knew bits and pieces.

There’s a kid who rides a tricycle down a hallway and sees a set of twins—this is courtesy of just moments before the fourth tornado hits a drive-in movie in the movie Twister.

Then I know a pretty famous line delivered by Jack Nicholson where he has an axe (I think) and says “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” and then smashes it into a door and the woman behind the door screams hysterical.

I know one last other snippet that I think I saw flipping channels one rainy weekend but I won’t give that away because it’s semi-vital.

So again I went into this pretty unknown of what the movie plot was, the book, and any artistic differences that had happened while it all came together.
And now, for your enjoyment, my thoughts on book to film adaptation for Stephen King’s The Shining:

DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS POINT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED! I MEAN IT! I’LL SIC CRAZY JACK TORRANCE ON YOU!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss . . . . . . . . and dear God I really hope you didn’t love the movie…so here goes

This film blew. Like big chunks of “ego-I’m-going-to-do-it-my-way” kind of chunks. Stanley Kubrick, just what were you thinking?

The premise of Stephen King’s novel is that a recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance, writer and former teacher needs a new position because he’s just been fired from his old one in New Hampshire, moves to Colorado with his wife, Wendy, and five year old son, Danny. Danny is smart, bright, and pretty friendly. Wendy is super timid, very loving, but can be very strong when it comes to her boy. The family moves to Colorado and Jack is given the position of caretaker for the Winter/Off-Season months to keep it going until doors open up in May. Just before they move in Danny’s imaginary friend, Tony, starts to let Danny see things dealing with the hotel and Jack learns stories from an employee, Watson, on the Overlook Hotel’s somewhat-shady past. After a month or so after moving in things are better with the Torrance’s but just when things go well, the hotel starts revealing it’s true self, plays tricks, and shows what an ugly thing it really is to the point of the destruction of certain characters.

Book vs. Film…why do I feel so strongly?

Because you’ve been given a piece of art that’s not really supposed to be interpreted as YOUR own but the AUTHOR’S own. You’ve read their vision, their story, now it’s time to do readers justice and record it live for all to watch. Make the words dance and come alive on the big screen.

So why does Jack in the movie mention Wendy loves horror movies? She doesn’t.

Why is Stuart Ullman, proud runner of the Overlook Hotel in it’s busy season, all peppy and thinking Jack is great for the job? He doesn’t. In fact, book version Ullman pretty much despises Jack and aires out poor Jack’s dirty laundry in the interview before Jack and his family move in.

Why is Wendy checking the boiler room when it’s Jack’s responsibility at the hotel? JACK IS CARETAKER BUT IN THE FILM JACK ACTUALLY DOES NOTHING BUT SLEEP, HALLUCINATE, YELL AT WENDY, AND PRETENDS TO WRITE A PLAY…WHICH HE ACTUALLY STARTS TO DO IN THE BOOK!

Why does Danny say Tony lives in his mouth? Ummmm idk, and Danny moving his finger up and down, impersonating E.T. is the weirdest thing ever. Tony is just this figment of Danny’s imagination, but Kubrick was apparently on crack and instead of hiring a stand in person for Tony that only Danny can see was clearly just TOO MUCH for them to do.

How does Dick know how to go and search for Danny? Oh because he just randomly has this feeling after watching a weather report IN FLORIDA while naked women’s posters are all over his room….which totally has zero purpose

I can keep this list going but some pretty obvious characteristics of Jack/Danny/Wendy are completely missing in the film:

– Jack doesn’t act like he’s staying sober. He doesn’t wipe his mouth constantly, something he did habitually while drinking, and he also doesn’t chew on his Excedrin like they’re candy three at a time

– They refer to Danny by ‘doc’. Danny’s already had decent screen time and probably 30 mins into the movie when you meet Dick Hallorann do you ever hear Danny called ‘doc’. Never once does Wendy or Jack call him ‘doc’ but it’s like every other line in the novel.

-You don’t even know that Wendy and Jack are married. There’s no real love besides one peck on the cheek and that Jack refers to Wendy as ‘Babe’ right in the beginning. I felt zero chemistry and interest in these two.

….now i’m just going to randomly list things that are completely off from film to book:

– No mentioning of ANY Native American burial grounds
– No wasps….Jack doesn’t do any real maintanence
– No hedge animals
– No roque mentioned…no roque mallets
– Grady’s name is changed to be two different people….he’s definitely sporting the same name throughout the novel
– Jack never discovers the scrapbook and the Overlook’s history
– Dick never discusses Shining in-depth with Danny…Danny like hardly says ANYTHING in the film and he’s so talkative and cheery in the book. He eventually talks about his shine to Dick/Jack/Wendy….but Dick never tells Danny that he wants him to get in contact in case something goes wrong. CB radio doesn’t work.
– Jack never feels like he ever had any contact with the hotel in a previous life
– There’s no hedge maze
– Grady had two girls that weren’t twins (i’m like 99% positive but too lazy to look back in my book)….soooo WHO ARE THESE TWIN GIRLS POPPING UP?
– WHAT THE EFF IS ALL THIS RANDOM RED BLOOD GUSHING EVERYWHERE???
– Wendy doesn’t even fight, she’s constantly running away and book Wendy was a fighter at the end
– Jack doesn’t even get to talk with Danny before everything goes down…Jack just changes and he’s gone
– JACK NEVER MAKES OUT WITH THE WOMAN IN 217 I MEAN WTF!
– Jack actually was writing a novel…he wrote more than “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” …this is true.
– The room is number 217…not 237, which irks me.

OKAYYYYYY that’s all the spoilers I’ll give you…my list is ridiculously epic butttt I’ve shared my piece. Poor Stephen King, you deserved better. Not because I didn’t fall in love with the book, it was creepy and an enjoyable read, but Kubrick’s “masterpiece” is pretty much utter shit. I don’t get the hype. And I’m a movie girl…like for reals.

The only benefit of me reading this and watching is….holy crap, I can’t believe Jack Nicholson ACTUALLY turns me on….

No I mean like what is wrong with me? He’s a dirty old man now. I don’t know why I’m thinking I need to stalk his IMDb and now watch everything he’s ever been in. It’s weird. I’m not okay with this last part. I think it’s actually SK’s fault because Wendy and Jack do it a few times in the book and this one scene…well I mean, it could’ve gone to a better place if Wendy didn’t say something that Jack ultimately hated and cockblocked the whole thing. It’s somewhere around the 57% area in Kindle/e-book versions hahhahahahahahah!

 

ANDDDDDD that’s my review…long. Probably not many will read but it needed to be posted. I put in the time to read and watch so my thoughts had to be jotted down. ** Also, all of the GIFs used within this post can be found here ….they were most helpful and none of these images are my own **

Until next time… Linz aka The Kid xx

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Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle review

Famous in Love (Famous in Love #1)
Author: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Poppy, Hachette Book Group
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Pages: 336 pages, Harback cover
Received Copy: Advanced Copy courtesy of the author
Available for Purchase via Amazon

I had heard of Famous in Love several months ago when a random tweet about upcoming YA novels to look out for Summer and Fall 2014. I had read the description and immediately this book had piqued my interest. Then I attended BookCon (See more here link) where I had met up with a few bloggers/friends who informed me of book drops—one of the books I was getting ready to pick up at said book drop was, you guessed it, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle. When I arrived, the books had literally been put out and then it’s like someone cast a spell and POOF! Gone. But never fear because I was actually able to receive a copy and was so excited to finally get my hands on the book!

Synposis:

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen. 



Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive.

But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

This actually was a really interesting read because…I hate to be cliché and give this comparison because I have a LOT, A LOT of opinions of things of this fandom—and I can say this because I’m still sort of involved in it: Twilight.

I will admit the following: I own two sets of these books, I only all of the movies on DVD, I had several magazines with Rob and Taylor’s faces splattering their covers that I’ve slowly recycled over the years, I’ve read and fed into the drama, I STILL read fanfiction concerning the Twi-verse….let’s just say I’m a veteran of the Twilight fandom.

Soooo, once again, I don’t want to be clichéd, but it was easy for me to understand where the Famous in Love was coming from.

I want you to know this, as a reader and former Twifan, this book is completely stand alone! Books now being adapted into a film franchise, two male leads the female lead has to choose between, two VERY attractive male lead roles, and the phenomena that come with it—these are the only similarities. If you keep going, you’ll realize just where things leave the world you might know and dive into main character Paige Townsen’s in Serle’s world.

Paige just got a golden ticket into the acting business and because there’s unease in her home life, friends who will support but can’t fully understand, Paige is left alone to travel and dive into an unknown realm. Pretty boys and bad boys that grace magazine covers are now her co-workers. No longer are her days spent in school, doing her homework, and working part time at Trinkets and Things but remembering lines, getting into character playing August, and some steamy on-screen (and off) makeout sessions.

During production Paige gets on another level with both her co-stars, Rainer and Jordan, and must choose like the character she’s playing, August who must choose between current boyfriend Ed, and long-time crush Noah. Also, a bonus for those who enjoy reading the book: author in Serle’s book, Parker Witter, wrote the book Locked that’s available for sale in e-book format! This was SUCH a treat as someone who had just finished Famous in Love—the only real-life reference I could think of this was when JK Rowling wrote The Tales of Beedle the Bard and everyone was able to buy it—the book within a book!! WOO HOO!

Things I Liked:

-the Plot…
As someone who loves being a part of fandoms of all kinds, I was able to understand the factors that went into Paige and her role in the novel. She’s been picked as lead, a role EVERY girl would love to play and she’s an unknown. She has a lot riding on her performance not only as an actor but justifying a whole group of fans who have this character on a pedestal. It’s giving me anxiety just thinking about. I also really loved the atmosphere of getting so excited for a book release that you go at midnight to the bookstore to get a copy! As a book nerd, that’s a fantastic feeling!!

-A Healthy Mix…
There are great dilemmas in this book that tugged on my heart strings, her friends moving on while she’s on set in Hawaii filming, trying to establish a better relationship with her parents, especially her mother, and of course her boy dilemma.

-the Other Side…
I love the behind-the-scenes aspect. It’s always fun to imagine what your favorite actors are doing, how they are in everyday life. It seems so stressful but sometimes there can be some major perks…like that number that now shows up in your bank account, but maybe that’s me as a broke adult who thinks that’s the major plus LOL!

-the Boys…
Oh hello. Rainer is like the pretty boy of the book: he’s got the looks, the charm, though a little older than Paige, he seems a little more together. But….Jordan. Oh hi, Jordan 😉 Jordan has the bad boy persona down…who might just surprise you so don’t be fooled by his reputation.

Things I Didn’t Like:

-WHEN CAN I GET BOOK 2???!!!
Haha, so no real disappointment here…it was a fast read for me because I didn’t want to put it down. Famous in Love is out on October 21st so I hope you will show author Rebecca Serle some love and get your copy!! Who will you choose….Team Rainer or Team Jordan? [the real question to pose]
**Make sure you check out Locked as a follow-up to see the real love-triangle of Paige’s character August with Noah and Ed!!

Until next time…
Linz aka The Kid xx