Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Oh, look... a shadow hunter...

So on my birthday Saturday, I had the joy of getting to watch the latest Mortal Instruments film. I can't say I'm an absolute HUGE fan of Mortal Instruments, but I was interested to see how everything on the book played on screen. I was also super reluctant to see it on the other hand, but it got so many mixed reviews. I mean, with a settling 12% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes? Eeyup. That's pretty bad. But people tell me I shouldn't be so analytic based on critic's reviews, so I gave the movie a shot and saw it with my best friend. Maybe this movie is just one of those things you have to read the book to understand it, but there were some parts where even I was confused. I literally felt like Cinema Sins in the theater, because me and my friend were listing all the plot inconsistencies within Mortal Instruments in a whisper (much to the annoyance of the adoring Mortal Instrument fans in the theater...) And there were MANY.

The whole love triangle was done clumsily, Clary was a total Mary Sue, and it's like Mortal Instruments heavily borrowed from almost every big fantasy franchise and mixed it all together to make a brewery of... well, confusing plotlines. Too much for one movie. Safe to say, I didn't like it much and I could probably go on and on... This is a case where the book is really better than the movie.

But that still doesn't discourage me from seeing future book to movie adaptions upcoming 2013 and
2014. OMG.
Here's just a few of the upcoming trailers I found surfing through Youtube, which you should be equally excited for and reading their books too before its release.
1. The Book Thief
What's it about? Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau (summary from Markus Zusak's official website here!)

2. Catching Fire
What's it about? (On a total side note, Catching Fire is the sequel to The Hunger Games.) Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge (summary from via Amazon.)

3. Divergent
What's it about? In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I was overwhelmed. It's just on of those things where can't help but...
Yep. Fangirlgasm.

I know there's so many more book titles coming to the big screen (Dylan O' Brian in the Maze Runner, Shailene Woodley as Hazel in TFiOS...) and I absolutely cannot wait. What book-to-movie adaption are you most excited for?

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