Follow Friday: Spirit of Giving

Q: Keeping with the Spirit of Giving this season, what book do you think EVERYONE should read and if you could, you would buy it for all of your family and friends?

I would definitely give out a copy of Anna and the French Kiss to all of my friends. I guess to keep up with the Christmas season, I’d also have to give out some of my favorite holiday reads like, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares! I would also buy copies of the Harry Potter series for those who have not yet read them and the Outlander series for those friends that can handle it.

Also, I’d probably give out copies of recent favorites such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Ilsa Bick’s Ashes, and David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy.

Books are the perfect gifts!

Q: Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Let’s just stick to Harry Potter films as a whole when tackling this question. Hands down, I feel like the last two films were the best adaptation of the book. Arguably, it is better just solely on the point that the filmmakers had a lot more time to work with. They didn’t have to cram a 800-page book into two and a half hours. They got about double that. But if you look past the time constraint, the movie-making of the last two novels were just better. The cinematography was beautiful. It’s evident if you watch the movies one after the other.

On the other hand, the worst adaptation had to be the sixth, Half-Blood Prince. All the excess romance was just silly and it really made me want to pull my hair out. I unfortunately found it extremely cheesey and I feel like the director put the emphasis on the wrong themes. I would have loved to see a more effective use of flashback – especially because it was incredibly important to the book. Less kissing, more dark themes next time.


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