Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feature & Follow Friday #65

Current Giveaway on Alison Can Read 


Welcome to Feature & Follow Friday (err Thursday) on Parajunkee.com



If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

*Thanks so much to Rachel for allowing me to be part of the Follow Friday fun. Parajunkee is one of the best blogs out there and FF is a highlight of the blogging community. The FF has been one of my favorite parts of my week for over a year and I'm so excited to help my fellow book bloggers get to know each other better.

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger.

If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the link here for Follow Friday Feature or go to Parajunkee and click the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list!

It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.



Our Feature - Starcrossed




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I started blogging years ago, but just for personal use. My days as a book blogger started just last month. I've always been a huge reader (and writer). I started getting into book blogs mainly because of all the giveaways. Then I started thinking about all the books I read. I read them, then put them back on the shelf. If the book effected me strongly, all I could do was tell a couple friends or coworkers about it and recommend it to them. But it seemed like such a waste for the books. I felt like...if a book was THAT good, then why not share with as many people as possible and help it get a following?


Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?



Finally a question that I can't use either Twilight or Harry Potter as answers!

Part of me doesn't want to see any of my favorite books made into movies. Because with rare exceptions, the movie screws up the essence of the book. But there is always something enticing about seeing something you live portrayed visually.

Books I'd love to see made in movies:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Plus Where She Went): Don't know who I'd cast. Originally, this book was tied to Catherine Hardwick, the director of the first book. It's what initially led me to read the book.

Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith: I'd love to see the Vampire Empire series made into films. They're dark and romantic. Could be an incredible movie. Or a really bad one.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I think this would make as good a TV show as it would a movie.

If I think of more, I'll edit this post and add them.




Now for the Follow Fun!














RULES To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:



  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - We Fancy Books & The Little Book Blog
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you're new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!




Happy Follow Friday! Follow it up with your twitter address if you want to get that one out!


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72 comments:

  1. I didn't even think of If I Stay/Where She Went until I read your answer! I am usually not a fan of book-movie adaptations so this was a really hard question for me!

    My FF post: http://www.handsandhome.ca/2011/09/the-sweetest-thing-by-elizabeth-musser.html

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  2. Great answer Allison! I have only read the first Vampire Academy book, but I think it would be more successful as a TV series.

    ~V

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  3. Vampire Academy for the win! That was one of my answers, too. :P Hehe.. I don't know who I'd really cast for it, though, to be honest. I don't really have a problem with books being made into movies. Maybe I'm weird for that? But I see them as two different forms as entertainment and try not to compare. True, I always love the books so much better and the movies usually never portray the book quite to my expectations-- however, I find the interpretations interesting and I like to see the differences and different forms. *shrugs*

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

    <3
    Pixie

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  4. I agree that Vampire Academy would make a great set of movies! Although, I'd be scared they'd mess it up - the fear I always have when they turn books I love into movies lol I have no idea who I would cast in which characters though, which is why I didn't name this one for my own choice LOL

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

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  5. If I Stay would make a really good movie!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to see If I Stay & Where She Went as movies! They both make up one of the most beautiful and tear-jerking stories I've ever read -- I still cry every time I pick them up! x)

    I think VA would make a much better TV show than movie because there's just too much to fit into a two-hour movie (or multiple two-hour movies)! But it would be SO cool to see how they'd do that! :)

    Here's my Follow Friday! And you can still enter my 300 Followers Giveaway if you haven't already!

    I hope you have an amazing weekend, Alison! :)

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  7. Hi Alison! Long time no see... I agree with you, actually our answers kind of match, I don't want to see my favorite book turned into a movie, they never get it right!
    Have a great weekend!

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  8. VA as a TV show would be really cool. I think that it would fit a TV show far better then it would a movie because it is pretty character driven and the pace of the book would fit TV better then the big screen. Great choice!

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  9. I agree with you not wanting to see the movie. If I Stay would definitely make a great movie. and It would be so awesome if VA as a Tv show. Great choice and answer:)

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  10. Good and interesting choices. Stopping here first as I go through the hop. Also going to the others as soon as I get the chance. Never thought of Vampire Academy as something that i would cast, even though I loved the series. I picked Mercy Thompson. Come visit me as well.

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  11. Thanks for hosting the blog hop each week.

    When you have time, hop over to my blog and enter my two giveaways.

    http://ramblingsofacoffeeaddictedwrter.blogspot.com/2011/09/90-miles-to-freedom-review-and-bookmark.html

    http://ramblingsofacoffeeaddictedwrter.blogspot.com/2011/09/night-circus-review-giveaway.html

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  12. If I Stay/Where She Went would be an amazing duo of movies - as long as I remembered my box of kleenex!

    VA as a movie or TV show scares me so much. I just want it to be perfect!

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  13. Thank you for hosting the Blog Hop. I am new to the blogging community and appreciate the chance to get to know other bloggers. BTW, I am now a follower.

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  14. I have been wanting to read If I stay (and Where She Went) but don't have time right now. I've heard they are amazing!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  15. I completely agree with you on The Greyfriar! It would make an awesome movie, or HBO TV series...

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  16. I'd love to see VA as a movie too!

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  17. I would love to see Vampire Academy on the big screen Your right it would make a great show or movie

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  18. The Vampire Academy would make excellent movies if they didn't completely ruin them. Also would If I Stay and Where She Went...if they didn't ruin them :)

    Grace @ Books Like Breathing

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  19. Hi Alison
    What order you read the Saint Germain books is up to you. Some characters reappear from time to time, but the way the stories are written it is not vital you know their back story for the most part. You could read them randomly, or in order published, or in chronological order with regards to the stories since they are not published in order of historical period. Check out Yarbro's site below to see the books in both published and chronological order. Maybe start with the one where the historical period interests you the most! ;)
    http://www.chelseaquinnyarbro.net/saint-germain.html

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  20. Hi Alison!

    I haven't read those books but they're on my TBR! I would like to see VA in the big screen too! Great pick! The series are waiting for me to be read, they're on my shelf looking at me everyday! lol

    Happy Friday Hops

    April @ Books4Juliet

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  21. Hi Alison, I'm new to the follow Friday concept, so hopefully I've done this right!

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  22. Hi! I'm partcipating in this weekly meme for the first time. I'm quite confused of what I'm supposed to do so I'm sorry if I do it the wrong way. Here's the link to my Follow Friday:

    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-1.html

    And thank you so much for hosting this wonderful weekly meme! I'm still struggling with followers and I hope my blog will be as good as yours! Friday is one of my favourite days of the week!

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  23. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for hosting. I havent read vampire academy yet (yea i'm late, but for what it's worth, my little sister has!) I have heard good things about it though and if it became a movie, I'd definitely watch it!

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  24. Pretty sure Vampire Academy is already in the making for a movie. I thought I heard that at least. There was some talk about it earlier this year from Richelle, it's being optioned at least!!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  25. Vampire Academy would make a great show! Thank you for hosting.

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  26. Oh, yes! Vampire Academy could definitely make an interesting appearance on the big screen! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Rebecca
    Kindle Fever

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  27. Hi there, new to the blog hop. Thanks for hosting.
    I wouldn't want any (more) of my favorite books turned into movies. I am always so disappointed afterward.
    Thanks again and have a great weekend! :)

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  28. If I Stay is a good one. I'm hoping they still are able to do that one. Happy Follow Friday! ^_^

    (PS: Sloppy Firsts is the first book in the Jessica Darling series)

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  29. I haven't read If I Stay but I have heard a lot about it. I suppose I need to check it out!

    My Follow Friday!

    ~Kristin

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  30. Yay Greyfriar!!! How cool would it be to see all the steampunk elements on screen along with the darkness of this world. It would be amazing, awesome pick Alison!

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  31. This was a hard one! I would love to see so many books into movies but also do not want them changed.
    http://www.alaskanbookcafe.com/

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  32. Thank you so much for featuring us! We couldn't be more excited!

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  33. I haven't read a lot of those books, but I do think VA (based on the first one since it's the only one I've gotten to so far) would make a great movie/TV series!

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  34. If I Stay would probably have me bawling after first three minutes. I love it so much. I think VA would be better as a show (a Vampire Diaries addict speaking) :D

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  35. I haven't read any of those books but I do have the Vampire Academy on my wish list and I do think it would make for an interesting movie/tv show.

    Thanks for stopping by. =)

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

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  36. Hi there, Alison. I'm new to Follow Friday; I think it's a great idea. I've signed on as a follower of your blog. If you can spare a minute, check out The Overnight Bestseller at http://michaeljmccannsblog.blogspot.com/. All the best!

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  37. I agree with you - there are so many times that books don't translate well into movies. While I loved If I Stay, I wonder how that would work with all of its flashbacks. I would love to see it though!

    Hope you have a great weekend :)

    My FF

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  38. Haha yeah! I can't use them as answers either!

    I actually have't read the books you chose. I chose the Faeriewalker series.

    Amber
    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

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  39. VA has been optioned so it might happen. I think it would make a good film too. There are some series I would be worried about because I'm not sure it would work out but I can see VA being ok. I'm remaining hopeful for if it does ;)

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  40. Vampire Academy would be great to see on film, and I agree that a series might be the right fit for it. I think I would be most concerned that they would get Dmitri right. When I read the series, I kept picturing Roy Dupuis as Dmitri.. he played Michael in the original LaFemme Nikita TV series back in the late 90s. He is probably too old to play Dmitri now, but I think his younger self would have been perfect.

    Have a great weekend!
    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka
    www.pedanticphooka.com

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  41. Why don't you follow me, I am new to blogger. angelscanread.blogspot.com

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  42. I agree with Vampire Diaries. I think it would make an incredibly good television series, not sure about movies of the books though.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  43. I've been meaning to read Vampire Academy for ages. I have the first book, but have always skipped it for some reason. I really need to get going on it especially after seeing such great info about it!

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  44. I hadn't thought of 'If I Stay/Where She Went'! THAT would be my answer if I thought more. Adam and Mia's story NEEDS to be told to a bigger audience, those that don't have the patience to read.

    Have a great week!
    Teresa
    The Duchess Mommy Reads

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  45. Hi I'm new to this so I hope I'm doing this right!:P Thanks for hosting this! It's a fantastic idea since I'm a new blogger and I'm still finding my way around.

    I agree with you about Vampire Academy... still haven't read it, but it seems like it'll do nicely as a CW show.

    jenn | my FF

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  46. I agree that sometimes movies ruin the essence of the book, especially if they aren't done right. Have a great weekend!

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  47. Same here. I couldn't answer Harry Potter so I had to think hard for my answer.
    Kero @ Kero's Book Blog

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  48. I completely agree that I don't always want my favorites on the big screen. I haven't read the ones you mentioned but I'm sure they are awesome :)

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  49. Hi Alison and Happy Friday!

    Books I love being made in to movies makes me nervous.

    Although, I would love to see VA made into a movie or TV series :) I have If I Stay on my TBR pile.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Sharon @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

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  50. I LOVE If I Stay, and Vampire Academy was my first thought when I read the question! I hear that fans are trying to get it to the big screen ;)

    Nice choice!

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  51. Although I haven't read the series, I sure would love to see The Vampire Academy books made into films! I've heard so much about them, and read so many positive reviews of them, that I think I would definitely enjoy them on the silver screen. Now all I have to do is read them! Lol.

    I'm intrigued by this series you've mentioned -- the Vampire Empire series. Gotta go check those out!! They sure sound like my kind of read!!

    Thanks for sharing!! : )

    Maria @ http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/

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  52. The Vampire Academy would be awesome as a movie. It would be epic.

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  53. When you get the chance you have to read Leviathan, Its definitely worth the love of its fans. I wouldn't mind seeing Vampire Academy made into a movie it was definitely a favourite series and those two other books you mentioned are hight on the TBR :)

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  54. Were you interested in Catherine Hardwicke because of the Twilight movie? I'm just wondering. I had never heard of her until Twilight. I know she's done other movies too, but I don't think I've seen any of them.

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  55. Nice one. and you are right its good enough to finally get something other than Harry Potter, Twilight, Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games, Vampire Academy...

    SO check out my FF here - http://le-grande-codex.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-6.html

    Cheers
    Old Follower

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  56. A lot of people have been saying VA this week! I have to admit I agree, but someone said they think it would be better as a TV show. That would be way better than a movie! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  57. AH... YES, Vampire Academy would be wonderful:D

    So many books would be great in film adaptation as long as they did it right!

    I thought Twilight book and Twilight movie were almost 2 different things...why oh why did they leave chapter 5 Where Bella faints with the blood in class out of Twilight movie to this day amazes me. Liquid fertiliser on field trip or a scene that is so ironic to the story...quite amazing.

    MIchelle

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  58. Hello,

    Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

    I agree with the Vampire Academy!

    Petra

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  59. Oh If I stay would be an amazing movie!!!

    I think its so awesome how you guys do the FF each week! thank you!

    - Kylie @ The Talking Teacup

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  60. I need to read the Vampire academy series...so lost! lol

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  61. Hey hon! I hope you are having a lovely weekend! Love your choice! Thank you for sharing and for stopping by!

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  62. Ooooh I really want to read If I Stay. I've heard it's awesome! Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

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  63. Thanks for popping by! Happy Follow Friday! :)

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  64. I haven't read any of those, but I have 'If I Stay' and the 'Vampire Academy' on my TBR list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  65. Agreed on making VA a show instead of a movie! I don't think I've found a movie adaptation ever as good as a book. Thanks for stopping by!

    A Written Rhapsody

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  66. Hey Alison! Sorry this is late, I've been working all day. I hope you have a great weekend :)

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  67. The Greyfriar would be a great choice. It has it all....steampunk, war, vampires, a princess plus a little romance.

    Have a great weekend!!

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  68. I haven't read any of the books in your answer, but I really want to. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Hope you have a great weekend!

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  69. If I Stay/Where She Went would make really awesome movies! I would definitely want to see those. :)

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  70. I'm one who always loves to see things visually after reading. I love to watch movie adaptations. Still, I'm wary of If I Stay/Where She Went movies. Reading those was like a religious experience for me and I would never want a movie to ruin that about them.

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  71. Haha, I've been answering 'Harry Potter' a lot as well ;)

    Once Upon A Time

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  72. Thanks for hosting Alsion. I totally agree about movies often missing the mark or diluting the books message.

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