Super Six Sunday (5)

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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 Most Original World Building!

Ahh world building.  This can make or break a book, especially in the dystopian and fantasy worlds.  There are a lot that do it right, but here are six of my favorites.

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These Broken Stars

One of my favorite parts of this book was how the authors made the world come to life.  I’m not exactly a visual person, but I was able to see everything about the world they created.  And I LOVED it.

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The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices

I am so intrigued by the world Cassandra Clare created.  It’s both separate from and interwoven in our world.  It is fascinating, which is why I LOVE that she has created separate series within the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

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The world created in this series starts out pretty small: a spaceship headed to a new world.  But Beth Revis really creates something fantastic with her world and it continues to grow and expand with each book.  This is just a completely amazing series and the world has a lot to do with that.

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The Hunger Games

This is a world I NEVER want to live in.  But, it was well-crafted and that made the books that much better.

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Divergent

The world of Divergent is relatively small — old Chicago.  But the society set up, combined with the new world/old world comparison help construct the world in my mind.  And while we have NO idea what is coming in Allegiant, I know the fleshing of the rest of the world building will be JUST as amazing.

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Harry Potter (series)

DUH!  Harry Potter has some of the best of everything: writing, plot, characters, and of course, world-building.  This series is just plain perfection.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday (11)

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

Top Ten Books Books Set In The Future

I love books about the future.  Especially space.  I love seeing what things stick and what things evolve.  I love seeing how our customs/ideas get twisted and changed over the years.  It makes me think of what we think about the past now and what really happened.  Like in the future what will historians say about ipods?  Will they be mind control devices or something the ancient people used to plug in with others… You get the idea.  Whether it is pretty or a totalitarian society, I love that little glimpse into what could be. I actually have 13 this week, because there were so many good choices.  SO, without further ado, here are my

Top Ten Thirteen Books Set In The Future

 

1. These Broken Stars

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Two strangers from two different worlds… The daughter of a rich space pioneer and a poor solider deserted on an unknown planet.  The two have to learn to work together, survive, and figure out the mysteries of the world they crashed into.

2. Delirium

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In a world where love is a disease, will you take the cure or become infected?

3. The Hunger Games

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To atone for the sin of trying to overthrow a government, the society sends 12 boys and 12 girls to sacrifice each year.  Only one can survive.

4. Across the Universe

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A young boy who will one day lead a ship of people and a young girl woken after 300 years of sleep.  The two will come together to unlock the mysteries of their current home (a spaceship) and their future home (a new, undiscovered planet).

5. Shatter Me

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A young girl with the power to kill with one touch.  She will change the world.

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go

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A young boy in a society of men who hear every thought.  What happens when he finds someone whose thoughts he can’t hear… And who is a girl?

7. Uglies

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In a world where pretty means perfection, would you choose to be who you are, even if it meant staying ugly forever?

8. Inside Out

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In a world inside, can there every really be a way out? And what will we find when we do?

9. Unwind

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In a world where the young can be unwound, what lengths would you go to so you could stay in one piece?

10. Matched

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If the government could pick your entire life, how far would you go to make your own choices?

11. Enclave

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There is no world above.  Underground is the only safe place… Or is it?

12. Divergent

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Faction before blood… Selflessness, Peace, Intelligence, Bravery, or Honesty — which do you choose?

13. Verita/Concisus

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They sent us here to colonize a new planet… They gave us the knowledge we needed to prepare the planet, but what else are they putting in our minds that we didn’t ask for?

So, that’s it.  What about you?  What setting did you pick this week?

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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.

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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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