Thursday, April 12, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #92

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 -Book Briefs

Book Briefs

I'm a law student and a dog lover. I have two dachshunds named Harry and Ron (yes, they are named after Harry Potter characters). Which brings me to my next point- I am a bookworm to the extreme. I love to read anything and everything I can get my hands on. My first journey into the world of internet books was the website Goodreads. I was fascinated by the idea and I spent the better part of a day browsing the site and compiling my virtual library. Then, I started stumbling across some truly impressive blogs that were solely about books!! I was hooked. This was perfect for me. I started writing out my reviews on Goodreads, and I got to know a few bloggers. After working up the courage for months, I finally decided to start my own blog. I wanted to share my enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers. In law school we read dozens of law cases a week. We have to ""brief"" each of these cases as we read them to remember all the important facts. I kept thinking that I would rather be briefing YA books instead. Thus, Book Briefs was born. I ave had a blast with my blog for the past 6 months and I have met the nicest people.

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?


Hmmm...most books actually. It's rare that a movie gets a book right, although it can happen. The best movie to book adaptations, at least in the YA realm, I think are those with a lot of action. It's hard to convey the subtleties of emotion or the beauty of lyrical writing onto the screen.

Books that I think would be particularly bad movies include The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (which would be a good movie, but could never match the book), The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, If I Stay by Gayle Forman...the list goes on.

***A few weeks ago, one of you said that she loved Elizabeth Chadwick's books. Who was that? I want to read one of her books. Which one should I start with? If you'd read Chadwick's books, please let me know which ones you like. Thanks!

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70 comments:

  1. Totally agree!! Night Circus would most likely be a good movie but I can't imagine the director/screenplayer writer sticking with everything that's in the book!

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  2. If I Stay would definitely make for an interesting movie, as long as they didn't mess it up. I would really hate to see it ruined!

    Happy FF!

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  3. Haha. I had a tough time with this question too. Maybe it's because I'm a book aholic, but it's always tough to see books you love into a movie. I know especially in Twilight or Harry Potter, I kept going, 'That's not how it should go!'.

    here's my answer: http://dream-wish-live.blogspot.com/2012/04/follow-friday_12.html

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  4. I'm of the view that movies can never match books. I'm going to stop thinking about how Hollywood will ruin some of the amazing books now.

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  5. The Night Circus is a great pick! I absolutely adored that book and I don't think there is any way they could do it justice.

    My F&F

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  6. I think the Night Circus would either be excitingly visual or incredibly boring as a movie. I don't think a movie will do it.

    TRISH - My FF

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  7. I'd be so scared to see The Night Circus made. I probably wouldn't go see it if they did it. I'm hoping they don't.

    My FF

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  8. I agree with your answer! It is hard for a film to translate well on screen because there's certain nuances.

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  9. Hi there :) just hopping through... It's hard to capture the essence that a book has, where it pulls you into the story and the characters world.

    Here is my choice...

    Feature & Follow

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  10. thx for visiting Alison!! :-)

    I totally agree. Did you see I copied your Captcha comment + link "how to" remove it!! Popular lil' paragraph!! THX!!

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  11. I am going to have to agree with you about Night Circus. I'm not a book to movie watcher either. Here's my FF

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  12. I have to read all the ones you mentioned. They all sound really good. Thanks for sharing. =]
    Here is My FF

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  13. I agree with the books you've chosen. Almost all of them deal with delicate themes and I can see how the movie might not do justice to the book.
    Great choices, Alison! :)

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  14. Happy Friday!!!! That is an awesome question this week! And while I think book to movie adaptations are getting better and better I still think that there are some books that might be just to tough to pull offf...

    Wish you all a wonderful Weekend!

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  15. I agree. Most books wouldn't make great movie adaptations. I still need to read The Night Circus. I have it on my shelf.

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  16. I think If I Stay would make a great movie. Old follower hoping through :)

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  17. Hi & Happy Friday,

    I completely agree!!

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/feature-follow-friday-13th-april.html

    Have a nice weekend, Sharon

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  18. My first Feature & Follow Friday! That's a great question. Movie-adaptations of books are always a hot subject.

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  19. Woooh! This is my first FF!

    http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/feature-follow-1.html

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  20. you're right it's so rare to find a movie as good as a book. It doesn't happen a lot.

    here is mine

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  21. Thanks for stopping by, Alison! Happy Friday :)

    Jamie@Addicted2Heroines

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  22. What a great question! Happy Friday everyone!

    Jessica from Booked Up! :) xxx
    www.bookedupbloggers.blogspot.com

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  23. I haven't read any of the books that you listed :( need to get on that. I do agree that most books would not work.

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  24. I really don't want to see "The Fault In Our Stars" turned into a movie. IN my mind? They'd completely botch the ending!

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  25. I came so close to choosing The Fault in Our Stars

    What I Read Yesterday

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  26. Hi, I am new to FF. I agree that so many books made into movies don't live up to the book version. Haven't read "The Fault In Our Stars." I will have to check that out.

    Thanks,
    Ellen @ Always YA at Heart

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  27. The Fault in Our Stars would be disastrous! Plus I probably would start crying the moment we met Augustus and wouldn't stop until well after the movie was over. Great choices!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/follow-friday-23-and-tgif-12.html

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  28. Ooo this is a fun question! I think I've heard rumor that the Fever series is being made into a movie (or tv show? I can't remember which) and that makes me crazy nervous. I don't know how they could possibly find someone to embody Jericho Barrons, he's so...present I guess? You can just feel him on the page, and I think that will be something difficult to carry onto the screen:) Happy Friday Alison!

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  29. Hi, I am new to follow friday hop and very new to blogging, so I'm probably not doing have the things like html or any of the things you mentioned in your post. Though I do hope to learn. I wil add you to my blog list, i think that's what its called.

    heres my blog address. http://ramblingofayoungoldperson.blogspot.com

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  30. Love this question!
    I'm really glad you said something about the horrible captcha. I hate hopping by a bunch of blogs and wanting to post but I can't understand the squiggles!

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  31. And I follow by email subscription.

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  32. Good answer! Happy Friday.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/feature-follow_13.html

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  33. I never read any of the books you mentioned; however, after seeing what Hollywood has produced, I doubt they would be good movies. I have to admit, I felt Peter Jackson did a pretty good job trying to capture LoTR. There is a lot in the books; however, after watching the director's cut, I was surprised at what he was able to do. Most directors wouldn't be able to do a book justice. Case in point, I refuse to watch Time Traveler's Wife and Water for Elephants!

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

    sinn @ sinnful books

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  34. I'm following. I agree Hollywood just can't get them right, so much is left out and it ends up just bad.

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  35. Hollywood is failing at movie adaptions. Sometimes I enjoy them, sometimes I don't. It's really just hit or miss.

    Thanks for stopping by!!

    Doodle @ Doodle's Book Blog

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  36. I really like this question! I can definitely see how The Fault in Our Stars could be difficult to make into a movie. It sounds like such a beautiful story and it'd be a shame to ruin it! =)

    -Shanon @ Escaping With Fiction

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  37. Thanks for coming by my blog, already follow your wonderful site! When is the book not better than the movie? Our minds carry the expectations higher when we love something than Hollywood ever could dream up!
    Krista
    Book Review Club

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  38. I am a Feature & Follow virgin!! I'm also still trying to figure this whole blog thing out :-) Thanks for hosting...

    http://toughcriticbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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  39. Great answer! I agree with the action being easier, but the ones with emotions being harder. I think The Hunger Games did a great job bringing all the action to the screen but I wasn't particularly happy with how they conveyed Katniss' inner feelings. If I hadn't read the book, it would have been a lot harder to understand what she was thinking. But yeah, I think If I Stay and The Fault in Our Stars would be hard to do right. Although, I recently watched My Sister's Keeper again for the first time since it came out and it had me thinking of TFIOS and I thought "well...maybe". Thanks for always stopping by!

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  40. Awesome answers! It would be hard with the books like If I Stay because it is all in the characters head (thoughts) and in their feelings. I totally agree that action books are more easily made into movies (but the books are still always better). Happy friday!

    My Answer

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  41. I have had Night Circus in my tbr pile since its release *hangs head in shame* I really need to read it!!

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  42. When I stop and think about it, I really do have a long list of books I hope are never made into movies. I do, however, also have a pretty long list of ones that I think would make great movies...

    Here's my FF! Thanks for hosting!

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  43. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm an old follower. :)

    Jenny @ Into The Morning Reads

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  44. Happy Friday Allison! Have a great weekend :)

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  45. I know what you mean - it's seldom an improvement!

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  46. I agree! TFiOS and If I Stay would most likely be dreadful! Have a great weekend!

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  47. Hey!! I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :) If I Stay was SUCH a good books, but I agree... it would probably suck as a movie!

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow!

    -Riya :) The Teen Book Guru

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  48. haha I know what you mean about law school. All the 3Ls are getting ready to graduate and a lot of them don't have any jobs at all. It's pretty scary. I can't believe school is going by so quickly. I only have finals and then one more year to go. Yikes!

    im an old follower :)

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  49. I usually enjoy movie adaptations as long as I accept that they are one person's perspective and that POV might not correspond with my own.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  50. I agree with you that there are only a few good book to movie adaptations out there. It seems like movie writers tends to eliminate the best part in the books which is weird in my opinion. But there are movies that are better than the books though. :) Have great weekend Alison.

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  51. Agree wholeheartedly. Jellicoe Road would make a terrible film!

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  52. I totally agree with you. It's never a good thing to make a movie out of a book. It's always different than the original story and most of the time it will ruined the story.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog :D
    Mariska

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  53. It is rare that a movie gets the book right. And I agree that conveying large emotions is especially difficult to show in the movie. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

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  54. Man, I forgot The Fault in Our Stars. I would be very nervous for that to be made into a movie, could anyone capture John Green's amazing stories on film?

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  55. that's exactly what I think. The movies would be nice. Just that. They would never be as good as the books. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

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  56. I think you are right about the emotions. And much of those emotions are conveyed by the writing. It just doesn't transfer to the screen very well. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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  57. Thank you for dropping by my blog Alison! Your instruction on how to remove the captcha was helpful for me! I didn't even know we could remove it.

    Have a lovely week!

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  58. that's quite the list! ;p Hopping Through!
    The Night Circus has seemed to be the response on more than one blog this Friday.. I haven't picked it up yet but I definitely will! happy weekend! thanks for hopping through!

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  59. Nice answer!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Im an old follower!

    Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

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  60. It is very true that movies get the plot correctly. That's why the books are there. They're always the best!

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    Giselle from booknerd.ca
    Feature and Follow Friday

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  61. Thank you so much for hosting this blog hop! It's exactly what I need to find fellow readers and writers that I will enjoy! Following you now! I hope to see you at my (fledgling but working on becoming awesome) blog, Patch of Sky! http://ninetteswann.com

    Thank you again!

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  62. Hi Alison!!;)

    I agree, Vampire Academy would be a much better tv show than movie!

    Thanks for visiting!! Hope you're weekend has been wonderful! XO

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  63. Hi Alison, Thank you for swinging by my blog. I love that you have a running list of great books that would get murdered as a movie. That's a lovely Bibliophile trait to have!

    Happy Reading

    Mo

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  64. I think a LOT of contemporary books would make bad movies. They remind me of those "pieces of life" movies that air here in my country on Thursday evenings, when nothing else is on tv, lol.

    I'd want to watch TFiOS though. And yes, you should read Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. :> I'd love to read what you think about it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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  65. I agree with you Alison!
    Really? You think the Shiver books will make great movies. I don't know... Maggie's writing is so lyrical and poetic and Grace and Sam's relationship is so intense.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  66. I agree with you about The Night Circus. I was actually contemplating a potential The Night Circus film the other day and how it would work. It was such a magical book but it'd be nigh on impossible to translate the emotional subtlties of the novel into a film.

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  67. I agree, I still need to read If I Stay soon! It's been on my list forever! Thanks for stopping by!

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  68. I have to agree with you the YA are the only ones that seem to come out right.

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