Making a movie based on a book is nothing new. In fact, in 1924 one of the first film adaptations, Greed was made based on the novel McTeague by Frank Norris. Initially over 9 hours long, the footage was cut and cut some more. Eventually when released, the silent film was a mere two hour remnant of it’s original. So much of the story had been eliminated, the box office version didn’t make sense and flopped. Subsequently, portions of the film have been restored, making the now four hour film, into what some consider one of the greatest films ever made.
Listed below are some of my favorite book series. Their authors created amazing stories, amazing characters all in amazing surroundings! I can only imagine how engaging these stories could be if transferred onto the big screen. Unfortunately, many incredible novels haven’t successfully made the transition from pages to screen. My list of ten book series below, I believe, have potential to manifest into remarkable movies or even television series….I must admit however, I loved these stories so much and I am afraid to risk wishing for a conversion of these scripts from paperback to picture show for fear of their demise.
True Reign by Jennifer Anne Davis
First Aired: October 17, 2013-Season One
Status: 2014-Season Two, 2015-Season Three, 2017-Season Four-Final Season, last episode aired June 16, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
As a dedicated follower to almost all CW shows, I was somewhat excited to see what drama they would create now. I have taken multiple classes in school that have helped me know the actual history of Europe. Although I anticipated the show wouldn’t be exactly right, I was hoping for a somewhat truthful retelling. My hopes were not completely destroyed right off the bat, but as the show progressed, I found more and more inaccuracies that started to irritate me. From the gorgeous dresses, some of which were “highly inappropriate” for the time period being portrayed, to the situations happening between European countries, I was just disenchanted. I am all in favor of dramatics, but I feel if you are making a representation based on a certain time period, you have to completely and accurately capture it to the best of your ability. I feel as though it could have been portrayed much better.
Now, there was good in the series (if you want to look at it that way). The crazy insanity of some characters, like King Henry captured my interest and helped keep me entertained. The interactions between Queen Catherine and King Henry were the reason why I continued pushing through the first season. All of the extra drama is not something that I normally shy away from. I find the added drama creates more laughter because I know the probability of that happening is next to nothing.
All together the first season is acceptable, but I feel that it has started to lose what it was that made it entertaining at the beginning of the premiere season. With the deaths of a couple of key characters, and possible directions the show looks like it may take, it feels as though I am going to find myself more annoyed than being able enjoying Reign. Hopefully as I continue watching, my predictions do not come to life.
Title: The Keatyn Chronicles Book 4-Love Me, Book 5-Adore Me, Book 6-Hate Me, Book 7-Get Me
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles
Release Date: Love Me-8/10/13, Adore Me-11/23/13, Hate Me-3/30/14, Get Me-8/25/14
Pages: 1114-Books 4-7
Book 4-My mom says that you can’t love someone until you learn to love yourself.
So even though Vincent is getting more and more scary. Even though he’s doing a nationwide search for me. I’m going to learn to love myself.
Book 5-I’ve finally become the kind of girl my little sisters could look up to. Except for the lies. Lying to my friends is killing me. And the longer I’m there—the closer we get—the more I feel like I’m being eaten from the inside out. If I go back to Eastbrooke, I’ll end up nothing but a shell. So I’m not going back. I’m going to St. Croix by myself. And for the first time in my life, I’m okay with being alone. Except . . . I don’t actually end up on the island alone.
Book 6-I was told if I went away, he’d forget about me, lose interest, and move on. But he hasn’t. In fact, my being gone has only made things worse. So it’s time for me to take matters into my own hands. It’s time for me to fight back. Hey, Vincent. You ready for a little chaos?
Book 7-Keatyn’s crazy life comes together in one perfect script in the finale to Keatyn’s high school story. Will Keatyn get her life back? And if she does, which life (and boy) will she choose?
In the forth book, Keatyn is still primarily focused on her new life at boarding school. She concentrates on her relationships, the concept of true love, schoolwork, school projects, the school play, social committee, dance team, soccer, and all of the other extra activities she gets involved in doing. The stalker issue gets pushed off to the side for a short while. Just when she is getting daily life into a rhythm, reality punches her in the gut! Murder, gossipy tabloids and a nationwide actress search specifically targeting Keatyn, all hit at once and in a snap she is forced to focus on her stalker, constantly consumed with the safety of anyone associated with her.
For her protection, and maybe a bit of supervision, she is assigned a bodyguard. His cover story is that he is the new soccer coach…but being Keatyn’s soccer coach doesn’t explain any private time they spend together. It forces Keatyn to make up more lies to protect the truth. All of the deception with people she genuinely cares for, heavily weighs her down. Keatyn finally starts to crack under all the pressure and stress. She is much more emotional in the second half of this series. She holds it together just enough to keep up the facade, justifying her lies with the understanding that the truth will only put more people at risk. Honestly, Jillian Dodd wrote Keatyn as a young lady with exceptionally strong spirit, even though she doesn’t realize just how tenacious she has become.
She gets fed up playing only defense. Keatyn’s fears fuel her anger towards her stalker and she starts calling the shots to take some control. She antagonizes her stalker, eventually pushing him over the edge. Book 7, Get Me, is full of action; abduction, more murder, the paparazzi, high speed chases and crashes, explosions and tons of suspense! One of Keatyn’s main goals before she had a stalker, was to bring all of her friends from completely different circles together. This naive dream of hers never came to fruition until ironically, she wasn’t even thinking about the idea any longer. If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know I am a sucker for happy endings…This book didn’t disappoint me. I enjoyed reading the entire series even the second time through. Throughout each of these books, sexual situations are more descriptive so I recommend pre-teen and younger teen audiences should delay delving into Keatyn’s World until they are mature enough to grasp and tolerate more racy scenes. That is the mom in me coming out…All in all, I really did enjoy all seven of these installments in Keatyn’s journey.
Summer is usually a busy time for most families, and this summer has been especially hectic for ours! My husband is starting a new business while restructuring his current one, I have been out of state helping my parents for over a month; honestly between managing businesses and trying to squeeze in time to see family and friends (including our beautiful grandkids YAY!) Audrey & I have totally let our Classic Challenge Blog plummet. Our main purpose for starting this blog was to challenge ourselves by reading and watching classic and celebrated literature and movies. In the past few months conquering the classics has proven to be quite elusive to us! I am posting our Classic Challenge Curriculum that is essentially our ‘To Read’ list….If there are any titles you are passionate about and you think we should add them to our Curriculum, Please leave us a comment. We would love to hear your recommendations!
There seems to be a muddled definition of when and specifically why literature should be deemed as classic or modern classic. For simplicity on this blog, our “Classic Challenge” list will include titles that have already been accepted as classics and also popular, well-written and celebrated works which may or may not be deemed as classics in the future. This month I am determined for us both to finish Dracula! We are also committing ourselves to a new blog post (to include all our categories) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday! So far, over the past few weeks we’ve been on track…Just have to keep it up…Okay we can do this!…
Our Classic Challenge Curriculum, as pictured below, includes titles we have already read. Wendy’s ‘Completed Classics’ are noted with a purple check; Audrey’s ‘Completed Classics’ are noted with a blue check. Please see our Classic Challenge Page for any Classic reviews we have written.
Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die (Book 1)
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 452 (hardcover)
I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy.
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission.
I could lie and say that the reason why I decided to read this book was because I loved Wizard of Oz, or some other made up junk like that. I won’t ever do that. To be perfectly honest, I started reading this book because I love the whole idea of someone trying to kill the classic Dorothy Gale. We all know her to be this fun, loving and caring girl that stole the hearts of the many people of Oz. In my opinion, she is even a little too sweet, but that’s not what I am here to talk about. I’m here to write a review on Dorothy Must Die, and I am pretty excited to share my thoughts on this book.
Following the main character, Amy Gumm, we are immediately thrown into a life that is full of disappointment and neglect. Not only is this important to the story line but vital to the connections Amy makes throughout the book (and later on in the series as well). When she finds herself in Oz, Amy’s reaction is how I imagine any one of us would respond. Immediately, I was amused the direction Danielle Paige decided to take the story was nothing like the classic Wizard of Oz. The innocence is taken out, and a more adult approach is added in, making it appeal to me even more. Though the more adult approach was never over the top, it did incorporate more details to further develop the story.
I am not sure if I even have a complaint about Dorothy Must Die. I know that people could take that as I am giving it a perfect 6/6, but that’s not the case. We are not book reviewers that rate solely based off of the language and “flow of the sentencing.” Don’t get me wrong, as a writer it is always amazing to read well written work. As a reader, I have expectations of enjoyment that I want and need to be met. Even though Dorothy Must Die met most of those, I felt like there is still room for improvement.
>My picks are based from movies and television series<
Superheroes are a common love for many people around the world. These are simply my Top 20 Superheroes. Now, I am not claiming to be an expert on these people. I am just a lover of the different worlds they encapsulate. My top are there because they make me laugh and just bring the enjoyment we all so desire in our lives.
1) Spider-Man (Marvel)
2) The Flash (DC)
3) Deadpool (Marvel)
4) Daredevil (Marvel)
5) Green Arrow (DC)
6) Thor (Marvel)
7) Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel)
8) Hulk (Marvel)
9) Supergirl (DC)
10) Doctor Strange (Marvel)
11) Iron Man (Marvel)
12) Captain America (Marvel)
13) Wonder Woman (DC)
14) Ant Man (Marvel)
15) Black Widow (Marvel)
16) Batman (DC)
17) Superman (DC)
18) Black Panther (Marvel)
19) The Punisher (Marvel)
20) Hawkeye (Marvel)
Title: Serve and Obey
Author: Wattpad Author Sinaidkincaid16
Aleska Maric is a Russian soldier and highly skilled specialist field operative. Her expert knowledge of the vast Amazon jungle and her tactical operational skills has her joining forces with a covert British Special Forces Unit tracking a fearsome and resourceful Cuban drug lord, hiding in the depths of the Amazon Basin; wanted for the murder of a senior British diplomat as well as the murders of several wealthy European businessmen. Aleska had no problem offering her services to the British Special Forces but it was the unbearable and unsufferable Commanding Officer, Colonel Stone Bretton that Aleska had…unresolved issues with.
Serve and Obey turned out to be a fun story with engaging characters. Aleska, the female protagonist, is a Major in the Elite Russian Military. She is smart, skilled, fierce, independent and super tough. On the rare occasion when she lets her guard down, she is comfortably seen as beautiful, feminine and even tender. She receives orders to assist a British Special Operations Team who is currently targeting a drug cartel in the Amazon Jungle. Using her tactical expertise and her prior experience in the Amazon, she temporarily joins this military team.
Vertically landing a helicopter into their camp location, Aleska sets a fearless precedent as her introduction to the covert team. Such a bold entrance may have not been the best first impression with some members of the British team. Slowly, as circumstances arise, Aleska earns the respect and trust of each individual in this specialized unit. Acts of bravery, self sacrifice, providing dependable support and sharing her knowledge help to integrate Aleska with each British Operative.
She struggles internally with her feelings towards the British Commanding officer, who is now her superior. It is clear that Aleska and Stone are familiar with each other, but the extent of their previous interaction is slowly revealed through their thoughts as the story progresses. The tension between the two is a tug-of-war of wills throughout most of the book. A lack of clear communication puts the tentative relationship and future between Aleska and Stone at risk. I’m a sucker for happy endings, and this one delivered!
There are some grammatical errors throughout the book and I found myself rereading sentences sometimes for clarity, but overall, the grammar didn’t take away from the story.