Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #86

Welcome to the Feature & Follow

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View 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!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) 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!

What sets this Hop apart from others, is our Feature. Each week we will showcase a Featured Blogger, from all different genres and areas. Who is our Feature today? Find out below. Just remember it is required, if you participate, to follow our Features and you must follow the hosts (Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) as a courtesy. How do you follow someone? Well, if you have a preference, state it in your #FF post. A lot of blogs are transitioning to Wordpress in which they do not have the luxury of GFC, so an RSS subscription is appreciated or if you choose an email subscription. If you don't have GFC please state in your post how you would like to be followed.

Our Feature -Owl Tell You About It

Owl Tell You About It

Laura Ashlee is twenty-three years old and hails from small town Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She currently works full-time at Robins & Morton, a Birmingham-based general contractor that specializes in healthcare facilities. She is currently studying for her GRE so she can go to grad school next year. Aside from reading and blogging, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and awesome boyfriend.

I wasn't into reading as much when I was in high school and when I first started college. I had too much required reading to find the time. After I finished all my English and reading courses in college I started reading again. I read Wuthering Heights and a couple of Jane Austen books and fell in love. Then, I picked up The Hunger Games, and fell in love with YA books. Now, I read all kinds of different genres, but I still have a huge place in my heart for YA and classics.

Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

Hmmm...I'd love to see books/series like Anna and the French Kiss; Lola and the Boy Next Door; Vampire Academy; Iron Fey; and The Mortal Instruments made into a movie or TV show (TMI is scheduled to be made, at least). I'm excited that Beautiful Creatures is going to be made into a movie. And definitely excited about The Hunger Games.

But ultimately, I don't know that I want any of them made into a movie. Movies have a way of screwing up a book. Even the best movies. The Harry Potter movies got it almost right, but not quite all the way there. The Twilight movies have all sorts of issues, although I love them anyway. Then there's the disaster of Philip Pullmans' The Golden Compass movie. As much as I'd like to see my favorite stories on screen, I think I'd prefer them to stay on the page.

Now for the Follow Fun!

With GFC going the way of the dodo bird for many bloggers, there is no better time to start following blogs via RSS feed. If you use a reader, it would be great if you followed my RSS directly.

We have a new button, so update your blogs if you are used to doing this meme!

Gain New Blog Followers

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  1. The Golden Compass!?!?! Do not get me started on that film. Though I 'Loved' it, it was bad. Chris Weitz did the best with the material New Line allowed him to use, but still....ugh. I'm still waiting for the extra 20 mins they promised us, that was in the trailer, but not the film. And I agree, TV series adaptions ala Game of Thrones are always better... Harry Potter = Ahmazing!!


  2. Anna and The French Kiss would be such a great movie :) I would love to see that come true!!

  3. Just wanted to say ... HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!!! :)

  4. Yes to Stephanie Perkin books.

  5. I love when my favorite books are made into movies, but I consider them completely separate from each other. You can't compare a movie to a book, it never lives up to expectations. Great question!

  6. Anna was my answer too! I'm so so excited for the Hunger Games. I agree with you on the adaptations falling a bit flat though. I've watched the Golden Compass film and even though I haven't read the books, I know how much they butchered that film! It's always a bit disheartening!

  7. Anna and Lola are already getting a lot of love and it's not even 10:00 yet! I usually don't worry too much about movies ruining things for me. I can deal with changes, though there have been a few that have made me mad before.

    Thanks for hosting me!

  8. I am also excited about Beautiful Creatures. The Mortal Instruments and Iron Fey I would love to see in the movies too.

    old follower.

    my ff

  9. Agreed! I hate to see favorite books destroyed by movies! I am excited about TMI, though!

    Here's our FF


  10. It IS a big risk making the leap from page to screen. There are just so many things that can go wrong, and there's no way a movie is going to live up to ALL its readers expectations. Still, I usually get excited when movie adaptations are announced. :)

  11. I loved Anna And The French Kiss and Lola and The Boy Next Door. I'd totally watch them as movies. I'd love to watch Vampire Academy as a Television series too. Interesting choices.

    Here's my FF:

  12. I'm already following you via RSS. The Iron Fey would be awesome. I totally forgot about that one! I'm very excited a lot of the teen books are being optioned. They may never be produced, but it's cool and exciting for well as readers :)

  13. I sort of agree with you that books should stay on the page but the excitement of it becoming a movie and what you experienced while reading it coming to life on screen is still awesome. But I do agree that sometimes the movie is made all that well. Also I am so excited for the Hunger games also. =]
    Here is My Follow Friday

  14. They never do live up to the books do they? That's the beauty of books, they are exactly what you make them, great answer =D
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

  15. You're right - movies do have a way of screwing up books. I just sometimes have a need to see things made that way, you know? Like a book is so good, you want to see it in real life, I don't know.

    Anyway, happy first Friday of March!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  16. I didn't read any of the contemporary books but you're right about movies making a mess of books, although I actually liked the Golden Compass movie.

    My F&F

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  17. Anna & the French Kiss seems to be very Popular!!!

  18. Yeah, I think Harry Potter is one of the only book to movies that got it nearly right! Haven't read and seen all of the other book to movies that have been made! Can't wait for Vampire Academy--that's in the works I believe!

    Also Shiver, Wicked Lovely, Firelight...quite a few YA books are in the process!

    Here's my Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  19. I agree. I'd rather re-read my favorite books than see the movie that ruins it. Although I am excited about Thirteen Reason's Why being made into a movie.

    Old follower.

    >Here's my link

  20. I'm new to this feature and I just love this week's question!
    I also chose Vampire Academy in my answers, I think it would make an amazing movie or mini series! I agree with you that movies/tv shows can ruin a great book but in the end I'm always excited to see their adaptations anyway :).

  21. I’ve had my poor little heart broken with having my favorite books turned into movies. Ow ow ow! It’s almost too much to bear!

    (Also, it looks like the links to Owl Tell You About It are broken. The picture link is messed up and the title text link sends us to an old page that directs us to the new Wordpress blog page.)

  22. I already follow you but have signed up again this week. It seems to be a weekly meme from what I glean form others. I have answered the Q on my blog post.

  23. A great question.

    here's mine:

  24. I'm always hesitant about books being made into tv shows or movies. It seems like for every Harry Potter there is a Golden Compass. Great answer!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

  25. Yeah, as much as I'd like to see my favorite books come to life on the big screen, "they" do have a tendency to totally mess them up. I'll add to your list of oops movies: Watership Down's HIDEOUS cartoon! Awesome book, arguably the worst book-to-movie ever.

  26. Ooooo yes Anna and the French Kiss! As much as I'd love to see that on the big screen though, it's so hard when you love characters so much and the actors picked just don't seem to suit them. I'm pumped about the Hunger Games, I like the casting for the most part and the trailers look amazing:) Have a great weekend Alison!

  27. I want a Samuel R. Delany novel made into a film!

    Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds).

  28. Yes I agree it's always so difficult to choose because it's never what we expect. But great choice, I think I would be very curious to see it too.

    old follower

    here is mine

  29. Happy Friday Alison! Have a great weekend :)

  30. I'm new to FF! Happy Friday! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My FF

  31. You have a great blog :D Mortal Instruments would be great!

    New follower on all the ones you have.

    Here is my FF :D

  32. I would love to have the time to comment on all your posts - they've been great to read - but there are so many of you!! This is obviously a popular meme - well done. I'll be back for more :-)

  33. I got to thinking about movies and books and I started to think about The Lorax. It turned into a rant. Yeah....sorry about that. :->

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  35. I feel like books into movies lose a bit of their integrity, whereas when it's turned into a miniseries or TV show, it retains a lot of it. Although as a die-hard fan of any book, I have to see the movie, no matter how scared of it I am LOL.
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  36. I don't like my favorites being turned into movies because they always screw them up, like Beastly..gag that was aweful. :(

  37. Yeah, see I regard the movies and the books as two separate things, I mean they should sort of go together. Something like...distant cousins, I guess? lol. A movie has its own charm, it can't rival with the book's, it doesn't, in my opinion. It's just...something in the neighborhood, haha.

    Have a fab weekend!

  38. Anna is quite a popular choice this Friday, isn't it? :D The filmmakers should consider making it in the nearest future!

    Thanks for stopping by! And to answer your question, Danielle Campbell's most notable role so far would be a few episodes in Prison Break. She's relatively new, I guess. :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

  39. I still haven't read TMI, Beautiful Creatures or Iron Fey, they are all on my list. Anna would be a good TV show or Movie.

    It is a shame when they get it wrong, Golden Compass and Eragon are the worst adaptations possible.

  40. Another disaster of a movie was Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It had such potential for a great series of movies and... blah with the first one. It was too bad.

    I'm on board with Vampire Academy, I think that'd make a great set of movies. Even a TV show.

    Thanks for visiting my blog this week!

  41. I would love to see Anna and Lola as well, but I didn't know that The Mortal Instruments was schedule. That would be an awesome movie!


  42. Hi Alison. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :) Yes, I too would so love to see The Iron Fey be made into a movie. That would be wicked cool. Hope you had a nice Friday and have a beautiful weekend.

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  43. Hi fellow FF'ers. I've added my FF link here ... the question is to be answered soon.

  44. I agree about being wary of books being made into movies. I really liked the Blood and Chocolate book, and I absolutely hated the movie version. It was completely different from the book and I hate when hardly anything matches. It's not so bad when you can tell that the movie is based off the book from the similarities between the two, but when there's nothing to connect them but their title it just irritates me. It's completely ruined then (though I do still like the book).

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  46. Vampire academy would be great for a tv show. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like your blog, which I have been following by email. I see you are reading kimi ni todoke, I have seen the anime and I'm thinking of reading the manga.

    Jess@ Jessy's Bookends

  47. I think Vampire Academy would be an excellent choice! New follower here, here's my FF. :)

  48. I think Iron Fey would make a great tv show!


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