The Fault In Our Stars v.3

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this book review I did about The Fault In Our Stars (TFIOS) is this blog’s most viewed entry. I was just so in love with the book at that time, hence I almost wrote the whole content here.

You see, I am constantly searching for books that would touch lives, and TFIOS is definitely one of those stories that did just that. I know that it’s tragic, and I hate tragic stories, but the good things in this book outweighed the tragedy.

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I have been on a roll last week when it comes to updating my blog. I was glad, proud even. And then BAM! I suddenly fell off the face of the earth.

If there is a downside to being a bookworm, then this is it. Whenever I get too engrossed in reading, I forget everything else. I retreat to my own personal bubble.

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After-effect of Catching Fire

I should’ve read the book again.

Not because the movie was bad. It wasn’t. It was actually as close to the story as possible. However, I wasn’t able to connect to it that much. I expected a certain kind of intensity, which unfortunately, I didn’t get to see. But I guess, part of the problem was me.

Books are always better than their movie adaptations, that’s a given. I should know better than focus on the story. I have this annoying tendency to get technical, if not critical. I made this mistake a number of times before, and it cost me time and money— because I had to rewatch the movie in order to actually enjoy it.

Now I fully understand that movies are not meant to play out the exact story for us, but rather, to give us a visual of the story that we fell in love with. Of course there are times that the movie turns out different from what we have imagined for years. Still, it’s always exciting to finally see your favorite characters in action. There are no limits when it comes to our imagination, but sadly, this is not the case when it comes to the actual production.

It’s not too late though. I think I’ll reread the book again while the memory is still fresh.

Just Another Adaptation

So, I just got home from the mall where the boyfriend and I watched the movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I’ve been waiting for ages, even though I’ve already prepared myself not to expect too much. I mean, let’s face it, I haven’t seen any movie adaptation that is actually better than the book itself.

As my former Culture professor once said, “If a story can be perfectly translated into a movie, then it’s not a good story.”

Well, he has a point. Even a book has the tendency to be one-sided, especially those that are narrated in first-person point of view. How much more for a movie where you have to balance the script and the actions in order to keep the audience interested?

Keeping this in mind, I cut the movie some slack and decided to just enjoy every moment of it. I was worried at first, what if it turns out that bad? Like, worse than Twilight kind of bad. I saw one friend’s feedback, he was advising people to spare themselves from watching the movie because it was Twilight-ish. I refused to get affected though, thinking, perhaps he didn’t get to read the book.

It wasn’t bad. I wasn’t great either. I mean, it’s no Harry Potter despite some similarities in the story line. But I’m not a movie critic, I’m just an ordinary person who loves books and movies.

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