YA books Made Into Movies

So I came up with this discussion idea after the ladies of Epic Reads discussed it on their weekly show called Tea Time this past Wednesday. I love, LOVE books as evidenced by me having a book blog and talking incessantly about books. I am also a major movie buff. There has been an influx of YA books being turned into movies over the past 5-10 years. Some of them have been amazing and some of them have sucked the big one.

I cannot mention YA books & movies without mentioning the 8 Harry Potter movies. Some of them were better than others and one of them I actually enjoyed more than the book (No I didn’t love all seven books the same)  There was another one where I adored the book but the movie adaptation of it was terrible. Which depressed the crap outta me.

Twilight, now I read the books once and now looking back, I am embarrassed that I read them. Totally cannot believe that I enjoyed them. However I went to go see Twilight when it came out in theaters and basically hated it. Kristen Stewart just cannot act to save her life. So I got New Moon on Netflix later on and could only make it through about 45 minutes before I had to turn it off. I have yet to see Eclipse or Part 1 & 2 of Breaking Dawn. The idea of a werewolf imprinting on a baby just… BARF!

Now The Hunger Games was a pretty decent movie adaptation. Yes there were changes that people had to accept. However it’s successor Catching Fire basically knocked it out of the park in terms of adapting the book to the movie. They had kept so many of the lines from the book and that thrilled me. The casting for Catching Fire was fantastic (RIP PSH) I even ended up loving Sam Claflin as Finnick though I was initially nervous about as he was my favorite male character in Catching Fire. Jena Malone was PERFECTION as Johanna Mason. They could not have cast that one better.

I have not read Vampire Academy but I saw the premiere for the film and I could not understand the hype. If the books are anything like the previews for the movie, I think I’ll pass. Yikes. It just looks totally cringe-worthy.

Now I am excited about Divergent even though I am still not 100% sold on Theo James as Four (Yes I know I’m crazy) I love that they were able to get some big names into the film (Kate Winslet & Ashley Judd) I really hope that the movie is as good as the previews made it look. I think I’ll be really upset if it ends up not being good.

Now onto the books that I would hate to see made into a movie. The Splintered series by A.G.Howard. I have absolutely adored the first two books but I would be terrified that the movies would be trash. They would have to get just the right director to do it (I would say Tim Burton but he’s already directed Alice in Wonderland and I don’t think he’d do this one.) The special effects would be dynamite, that much I am sure of. So movie people, if you are, by some miracle, reading this, please don’t make Splintered & Unhinged & Ensnared into movies.

My other YA movie don’t is The Program & The Treatment by Suzanne Young. Again, I absolutely LOVED this duology  but please movie people bypass this duology. I am absolutely terrified to think what would happen to this series if a director got their hands on it. First off, the books are long so lots would be cut which I would not be happy about. Secondly, I’d be worried about the casting of the key players (James, Sloane & Realm) among others. Amazing books that need to just stay books.

So what books would you hate to see be turned into movies?

Top Ten Secondary Characters

Thank you to some blogger buddies of mine who gave me this idea.Jamie, Christina and Gillian, you guys rock. Like I said in my comments to the other posts that covered the same topic,my list will be essentially made up of 2 fandoms (yes I said the word fandom) It will also include a random as well,but as he was on many people’s lists,he’s not that random.

1. Severus Snape- Harry Potter
To this day, Severus Snape remains my absolute favorite character in any book. He was far more complicated than anyone would give him credit for. He carried with him burdens that no one would have ever guessed that he possessed.

2. Remus Lupin- Harry Potter
Remus Lupin remains really the only werewolf character that I have ever liked (yup not a big Jacob Black fan) He was another tortured soul. He dealt with job insecurity, being very poor and not having anyone to love him. He lost many of his friends in the first war against Voldemort. He also remains the best Defense Against the Dark Arts professor that Harry ever had (though Snape came close)
3. Sirius Black- Harry Potter
The one thing Harry really wanted and needed was a parental figure. The Dursleys were certainly not filling that role. However Sirius did. He was Harry’s godfather and he was just as reckless as he had been in school. Yet he did his absolute best to protect Harry while he could.

4. Nymphadora Tonks- Harry Potter
One of my all time favorite female characters. She was everything that female characters should be. Strong, confident and kind. I wish we had seen more of her but I think the end of the sixth book is really my favorite part. That’s when the reason for her strange behavior came to light.

5. Luna Lovegood-Harry Potter
Quirky,smart and loyal. Three words that come to my mind instantly when someone talks about Luna. Yes she was a little strange but she was also a loyal friend and she was unfailingly kind to everyone.
6. Finnick Odair- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
There are not enough words to describe how much I love Finnick. He is the main reason that I loved the 2nd installment of The Hunger Games so very much. He ended up being so much more complicated than we ever guessed.

7. Cinna- The Hunger Games & Catching Fire (books 1&2 of The Hunger Games series)
Cinna was one of my favorite characters in the first Hunger Games book. Actually he was my favorite secondary character. He cared about Katniss and although he was essentially a employer of President Snow,his loyalty was clearly with Katniss and all she did to overthrow President Snow.
8. Johanna Mason- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
Loved her to death. She was a total badass and honestly I grew to like her more than I did Katniss. Other than Finnick, she was my favorite of the existing previous victors.
9. Annie Cresta- Catching Fire & Mockingjay (books 2&3 of The Hunger Games series)
Oh Annie.She wasn’t really a secondary character but I put her in here anyway. I loved her even though The Games had done a number on her mind. I loved the love story between her and Finnick and how Finnick worked so hard to protect her. She clearly loved Finnick despite how crazy the Games had made her.
10. Kenji- Shatter Me & Unravel Me (books 1&2 of Shatter Me series) 
The one character in here that ISN’T a part of the two fandoms that I fangirl over. Loved Kenji. He totally said everything to Juliette that I was begging someone to. He seemed to have perfect timing for everything. He managed to balance the art of being kind to Juliette while not sugarcoating things for her. If he needed to say something,he would.

My A-Z Bookish Survey

I came across Jamie’s A-Z bookish survey and since I needed a post for today, I jumped at the chance to do my own A-Z bookish survey. It ended up being really fun and I loved doing it. So thanks to Jamie for the idea.

Author you’ve read the most books from: James Patterson. I used to have an entire bookshelf just for his books.I recently had to downsize, so I had to either get rid of or box up and put in the garage, most of his books.

Best Sequel Ever: I’m going to assume that this means I have to pick the second book in a series.In that case I have to go with Catching Fire.The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy was the strongest overall and it brought with it some awesome characters. Finnick & Johanna to start with.

Currently Reading: Burn (Book three in the Breathless trilogy) by Maya Banks. I got a signed ARC of it about a month ago and I finally have the time to read it.

Drink of Choice While Reading: Usually coffee but also these really awesome zero calorie Ice drinks. Flavored carbonated water.

E-reader or physical book: I love them both but lately I’ve fallen back in love with the smell of physical books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School: This one is easy peasy, I gotta go with Ezra from Waiting for the Storm. Ezra was swoon-worthy and I kinda fell in love with him.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance: Replica by Jenna Black. I got it from a blogger friend without even asking for it and I ended up absolutely loving it.

Hidden Gem Book: Poor Little Dead Girls. I requested this one on a whim from Netgalley. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was freaking awesome.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life: When my mother bought me a set of the Anne of Green Gables series when I was ten.Ever since then,my love for reading has only grown.

Just Finished: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu.

Kind of Books You Wont Read: Anything to do with religion or politics.

Longest Book You’ve Read: I’m pretty sure that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the longest book I’ve read.

Major Book Hangover Because of: I think I’m gonna have to go with Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend. That book kept me guessing all the way through.

Number of Bookcases You Own: Well I recently had to downsize so instead of five bookcases I now have three.

One Book You’ve Read Multiple Times: Can I put in more than one answer? I’ve read the Potter series multiple times,I’ve read The Hunger Games & The Lord of the Rings trilogies multiple times.

Preferred Place to Read: Either in an antique chair given to my mom by a friend of hers or in my bed with pillows and blankets around me.

Quote that Inspires You:
“Trust me,the more you get to know these people,the more you realize that they’re really not untouchable at all. They are just as screwed up as the rest of us. They just have better costumes than the rest of us.” Jessica from Poor Little Dead Girls

I loved this quote. It reminded me that no one is perfect even if they appear to be perfect. It also reminded me that judging people based off of what you see in front of you may not be accurate.

Reading Regret: Lord of the Flies. Worst book I have ever read. I had to read that for a college class and I hated it.

Series you started and need to finish: None. I finish books that are in a series.

Three of your all time favorite books: I’m a Potterhead so they will all be from that amazing series. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Unapologetic Fangirl for: Harry Potter.

Very Excited for This Release More Than All the Others: Either Allegiant (book 3 in the Divergent series) or Ignite Me (3rd book in the Shatter Me series)

Worst Bookish Habit: I don’t have any.

X Marks the Spot. Start at the left side of the bookshelf and pick the 27th book: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Your Latest Book Purchase: E-book of Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu.

Zzz-Snatcher book (the book that kept you up too late): Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
This was so much fun. Comment on the post and let me know if you identify with anything I said or if you did your own bookish survey.

Friday Musings #7

This week I decided to focus on my top five favorite quotes in books.I have a lot so for me it was really hard to narrow it down to 5 but I did the best I could. So here are my top five favorite book quotes.

“After all this time?” Albus Dumbledore
“Always” Severus Snape
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-
Yes I am well aware that it’s two quotes but I couldn’t do one without the other. I won’t spoil anything about this quote but I will tell you that is smack dab in the middle of one of the most emotional chapters in the Harry Potter series.

“Albus Severus,you were named for two headmasters at Hogwarts.One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.” Harry Potter
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-

This quote was yet again another extremely emotional quote for me and probably for many other people as well.Six years later I still get choked up when reading this part.

“I wish it wasn’t true, but it is. No matter how many times you break my heart, you’re still my girl, for as long as you want to be.” Paul

This quote speaks to me for a million different reasons. Paul and Alma’s on again off again relationship reminds me so much of my on again off again relationship with a guy.I could see my on again off again guy saying these exact words to me so reading it in a book is very emotional.

“President Snow used to…sell me…my body, that is…I wasn’t the only one.If a victor is considered desirable,the president gives them as a reward or allows people to buy them for an exorbitant amount of money.If you refuse,he kills someone you love. So you do it.” Finnick Odair
-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-

This was a significant point in the book. Up until this time,Katniss saw him as a “pretty boy” who was in love with a mad girl from his district. Up until now,she never realized that Finnick was multi-layered and a much more complicated person. As a reader,things fell into place for me. Finnick’s actions of bedding many women made sense to me. He was simply trying to keep Annie safe.

“No you’re my father.I have a dad and right now Benji needs his. Not a lecture.Not fixing because he is not broken. Just your attention and your patience and your time.Just you.” Emaline

-The Moon & More-
This was another one that struck me on a personal level. Emaline does not have a great relationship with her father but she is pushing him to be a better father to her half brother than he ever was to her. That was gutsy of her. She was also super protective of her ten year old brother.She didn’t want her brother to have the same lousy relationship with their dad, that she had.