Posts Categorized: films

What Went Wrong with the Vampire Academy movie?

What Went Wrong with the Vampire Academy movie?

Have you seen the Vampire Academy movie yet? Wendy and Kate saw it on Friday, and we thought it’d be interesting to discuss our feelings about it. We should preface this by saying that we are both huge, huge fans of Richelle Mead’s books. We went into the film with very few expectations: basically, we just hoped it would be fun, and that the characters wouldn’t be ruined. Sadly, we still left feeling pretty let down by what we saw, and incredibly disappointed that this lackluster effort into adapting the book means that it’s doubtful we’ll see any sequels onscreen.     Wendy: Well, this is one of the worst book to film adaptations I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t have imagined this level of fail, we were both literally cringing at some of the scenes. I looked over at you a few times and saw you crouched down trying to… Read more »

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Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

  Hello friends and welcome to our November Favorites Feature! The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire is opening this week,  so we thought it would be interesting for this month’s topic to be our favorite book-into-movie adaptations. We are readers and when we’re told our books are going to be made into film, there is always a mix of excitement, anticipation, and dread. But which have impressed you, surpassed your expectations? Which have not? This is our list. Enjoy!   K.’s Top Books-into-Movies Boy, did this topic shame me or what! Reading the other ladies’ picks, I realized with terrible embarrassment that I have not read-and-watched-book-and-film nearly as much as I should have. And I call myself a book and film fanatic! My pool was shallow indeed. Nevertheless, I do have a list. For myself, not keeping in complete fashion with a book does not mean a bad adaptation…. Read more »

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Bookish 2012 Films & Blogoversary Winners!

Bookish 2012 Films & Blogoversary Winners!

So we’re assuming most of our readers have seen The Hunger Games movie at this point. What did you think? Were you happy with how the filmmakers adapted the story? Were you surprised by any changes that were made? I thought the movie was very entertaining overall and about what I expected. I loved Amanda Stenberg as Rue and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in particular, as well as the little pings of the silver parachutes floating down. I wore my mockingjay pin to the theater, of course! Are there other 2012 bookish films that you’re dying to see? The Hobbit, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or maybe Breaking Dawn Part Two? We couldn’t stop laughing when we saw the trailer and Robert Pattinson says to Kristen Stewart, “We’re the same temperature now.”  Hee hee! The bookish film I’m dying to see above all others this year is Snow White… Read more »

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Recipes & Crafts Inspired by The Hunger Games!

Recipes & Crafts Inspired by The Hunger Games!

Stamped Hunger Games Cookies Ready for more Hunger Games love?  Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite handmade Hunger Games gift ideas. Today, we have a round-up of some great recipes, crafts, and cool stuff inspired by the trilogy. I love the thought and creativity that went into all these projects, which show a real love and appreciation for the books. Perhaps you’ll find some ideas to help you get ready for the big movie day next week! Hunger Games Food & Recipes Fictional Food always writes such tasty and thorough recipes that blend their love for books with their love for culinary delights! Some of the best Hunger Games recipes I’ve seen are linked below. I also liked the Chicken with Creamy Orange Sauce from Katniss’ lunch with Cinna, lthough apparently you should avoid the pale purple melon. Cupcakes on Fire Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts From… Read more »

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Gifts for the Hunger Games Lover in Your Life

Gifts for the Hunger Games Lover in Your Life

What are you doing next Friday, March 23? As if we really need to ask! In celebration of The Hunger Games movie opening next week, here’s a round-up of some amazing products available for purchase. All of them are handmade or designed by independent artisans, so don’t forget that if an item is sold out, you can probably ask the seller to make you another one! These would make such perfect gifts for the Hunger Games lover in your life. Mockingjay pin Hunger Games Custom Military Tag Arrow Pocketwatch necklace I am Not Pretty necklace Team Gale shirt I Love the Boy with the Bread shirt  Cinna Said shirt Cinna is My Homeboy shirt Like Peeta Loves Katniss card Catching Fire pencil set THG Party Invitations May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor messenger bag Rue’s Song bracelet Real or Not real bracelet Stay with Me rings Have you… Read more »

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I Spoke Too Soon

I Spoke Too Soon

Okay, after my initial uncertainty about the casting of Jace Wayland, this post by Cassie Clare, plus the linked interview with Hollywood Crush, make me feel a lot better. A lot. As I thought, he tested incredibly well with Lilly Collins, and CC talks about how she cried when she saw his audition tape. And look at this photo! Much better.

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Jamie Campbell Bower Cast as Jace Wayland

Jamie Campbell Bower Cast as Jace Wayland

So. What do you think of today’s news announcing that Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast as Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments series? Happy with the choice? He’s most well-known for small roles in the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises, so this is a pretty big deal for this young actor. I didn’t really have a horse in this race, but this kind of an unusual choice–he must have tested spectacularly well with Lily Collins, who’s long been confirmed as the lead for Clary. We’ll see how this goes…though I do hope his people get him some better publicity shots to circulate soon!

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