Super Six Sunday (10)

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Super Six Sunday is an original bookish meme created by Bewitched Bookworms and inspired by “Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish .  Today’s topic is:

Super 6 Books that Scared The Bejeebus Out Of Me!

As a kid, I LOVED books (duh!), but I particularly loved books that would scare the hell out of me.  And I paid the price, after reading books like The Shine, It, etc. at like 10 or 11 — I am still a (tiny) bit afraid of the dark.  But, there is something about a book that can scare you — it is a controlled scare, which makes it fun without a lot of risk.  SO, here are six of what may not be the most scary books in the world, but six that definitely scared the bejeebus out of me.

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Top Ten Tuesday (6)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Ahh, yes.  Talk to anyone who loves books and 9 times out of ten you will hear these words out of their mouth: “The book was better.” It might be snobbish, be we bibliophile’s call it like we see ’em.  And yes, we can’t help but rag on the details that the movie producers never quite get right.  There is just an innate magic in a book that can’t always be replicated on the big screen. Or any screen.

So, without further ado…

My Top Ten Favorite/Least Favorite Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Favorite Movie Adaptations

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I actually liked the movie a smidge more than the book *shocked gasps*.  I know, I know, but I don’t feel too bad since Stephen Chbosky was responsible for the movie and made it to complete the story.  I think the movie does a great job of that.

2. The Hunger Games

This movie was brilliant!  It gave me faith in book to movie adaptations.  The things left out, changed, and added were done really well and didn’t leave me feeling short changed.

3. The Shining

The book was so much more creepy, but the movie really did a great job of terrifying me and showing the deconstruction of the father’s mental state.

4. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Part 1 & 2)

I have to admit some of the movies in this series weren’t the best, but these last two were quite magical.  My favorite is the last and I could watch it over and over.

5. The Lord of the Rings

This series was so well done! Brilliance doesn’t begin to cover it.

6. Pride and Prejudice

Sigh, dreamy.  This is my all time favorite movie.

7. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

I loved the characters, how close it was to the original story, and how Narnia was brought to life.

8. The Virgin Suicides

Disturbing, yes.  Brilliant, also yes.

9. The Secret Garden

This was my favorite movie as a kid!  I remember this and The Little Princess were two of my favorite books, so I was really excited when the movie came out.

10. Never Let Me Go

This book tore my heart to shreds.  And while the movie is different, and many people probably won’t like it, I thought the complexities of the relationships and the minute details made it just as impactful as the book.

Honorable Mention because it is technically a television series

11. Sherlock

Bloody brilliant.  If you haven’t watched this show yet, you are truly missing out.

Top Five Least Favorite Movie Adaptations

1. Twilight

Yeah, this movie was not good. Not good at all.

2. Beautiful Creatures

This one kind of breaks my heart, because the casting was actually really great and it would be on the top part of this list if it weren’t for the horrible hack job of the end.  Seriously, WHY did they change it so much?

3. My Sister’s Keeper

Another change to the ending that just totally reduced the point of the book.  I was incredibly disappointed in that decision.

4. The Cat in the Hat

No.  Just no.

5.  The Lovely Bones

This book is one of my favorites: it is horrible, beautiful, magical, and brilliant.  The movie fell short. Way short.

Honorable Mention:

6. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

 

I know, I know!  I just didn’t like this movie.  I don’t know why.  I actually fell asleep the first time we watched it at home.  I just don’t think it lived up to the book.  But luckily, things got better in movie 3 and kept raising the bar each time.

And…

Here’s three books I can’t wait to see turned into film!

So, that’s it.  What about you?  What are YOUR favorite and least favorite movie adaptations?

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Top Ten Tuesday (5)

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Intimidating Books

So, without further ado…

My Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

1. The Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Why: Anything by Ayn Rand is totally intimidating.  The length, the words, the content: all of it.

2. War and Peace (or War, what is it good for for all you Seinfeld fans!) & Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Why: I am pretty sure at least one of these books are on 80% of lists today. Russian books with 1300+ pages doesn’t sound like a light read.

3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Why: I tried to read this in high school after Rory Gilmore talked about how she read it as a young girl.  But, I couldn’t do it.

4. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Why: This book is supposed to be terrifying and I haven’t gotten the guts to read it yet.

5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Why: The content matter *blushes*

6. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Why: I read Abaslom, Absalom this year and learned just how much Faulkner likes words.  I’m still not over the experience, so I don’t think I’ll be reading this one anytime soon.

7. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Why: After I read Hunger Games, I was scouring the internet for something to read that was similar. This popped up and here I am three years later having not read it.  I don’t think it is the size so much as the fact that it is translated from Japanese and I know it will not be an easy read.  This is one I definitely do plan to read someday.

8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Why: I have no real reason other than it isn’t an easy read.  Sometimes these kind of books get pushed aside until I’m assigned to read them.

9. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Why: Umm, one of the most blushworthy books.  Even if I may not understand half the words, I know they are!

10. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, & Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Why: Okay, so I have to admit something.  As a kid, I devoured books just as much as I do now.  My dad would take me to the library, get me as many books as I could check out and make me swear not to read them before the week was over.  I would get books taken away as punishment, and my mom would have to hide them from me because I would stay up all night reading under the covers.

So, as a young girl, I read books like Jurassic Park, It, The Shining, Mary Higgins Clark, and other terrifying books for kids.  And because of that, I developed an over-active imagination.  So, it has taken several years for me to start reading and watching scary movies, books, tv shows.  I am getting better, but these three books are three I probably will never read.  As good as they are, I know I wouldn’t sleep for weeks!

So, that’s it!  A tough list for sure.  What are some of your most intimating reads?  Have you overcome any of them?

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