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Book – Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

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Major spoiler alert! Don’t read on if you haven’t read the book or at least seen the movie!!!

So I found out that there was a book after I had already watched the Disney version of the movie. I hate it when that happens. Anyway, I finally sat down and read the book and it is so very different from the movie! Names are the same and general ideas are the same, but a lot was different. I was prepared for a story identical to the movie and instead I get thinks like  Charlie had a twin that died at birth and he hears his twins voice in his head, instead of an older brother having gone off to college.  Olivia is writing letters to her dad in prison and takes the whole band to meet them. Stella plays the ukelele and her family is all different.  Mo is way more clingy in the book to the Mudslide Crush boy, and poor Wen has a major crush on his step mother to be in the book. The songs are all different, but overall it is the same story as the movie.

I know I’ve probably given a lot away, but if you are someone who needs to read the book first before seeing the movie I have to say I preferred the movie, but I liked the book. Which is so odd coming from me, but go figure.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I’d heard all the buzz about it, and then the movie came out and I thought I should really read that book. And so here I am a year later, and may I just say that reading this book was quite the experience. There were so many times throughout this book where I would read a line, put the book down, think about my life, pick the book back up, read the line again, put it back down, maybe cry a little bit, etc. Some of the stuff just hit my soul, y’know? And it may be just the fact that I’m a moody teenager like so many others out there, but… you have to read this book if you haven’t. And maybe you should read it again if you already have. It just puts a lot of things in perspective. Charlie is probably one of the most awkward characters I’ve ever read about and along with, but I’m glad I did. I’m still a bit confused about some things, but I plan on having a discussion with someone. Now, I’m going to watch the movie [insert cringe] hopefully it isn’t that bad.

Book – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender is a  young boy unlike any other. He is the one who was made to save the world from the Buggers (giant cockroach like creatures that invaded Earth a long while back). In Battle School on a Space Station orbiting Earth Ender must face his demons and become the leader everyone wants him to be.

This is a great story. I’m glad its getting turned into a movie. I just hope the movie will compare to the excellence that is the book. The only thing I have to say about this is that Ender’s Shadow is even better!

 

Tomorrow, When the War Began – book into movie

For those of you who know me you will know that I loved this book and have been dying to see the movie that came out in Australia LAST YEAR,  but was not released here (don’t ask me why it wasn’t)!!!!

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So the movie was finally able to be purchased by those of us who live in the US and the library got a copy. Guess who was # 1 on the hold list? That would be me!!! YEAAAA!!! Loved it and unlike the Hunger Games they did not hold back so it got rated R. My apologies to anyone who can’t watch it for this reason.

If you haven’t read the series I highly recommend it! But the movie follows most of the first book so if you watch the movie you will have a good idea of what happens in book 1.

This is the Hunger Games of my generation!

Avengers Movie!

Directed by Joss Wheedon!

The Avengers is a superhero movie for all to enjoy!

Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!

Do not read on unless you don’t care if I spoil parts of the movie for you!

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I have to say I loved the movies of Captain America and Thor when they came out and disliked the Hulk movie (wishing for the hours of my life back, still); however, in this joint superhero endeavor I think the Hulk is my favorite character. I think the actor switch was a great idea for the Hulk character! I liked how they stayed to their original character mannerisms (even Iron Man) and made this movie rock with all the comedy mixed in with the drama of saving the world from invasion. The inside jokes only complemented the movie and the fact that 2 of the superheroes could never understand half of what the others were saying (one because he is a man out of time and the other because he is from another planet) just made the movie even funnier. There are too many favorite moments for me to choose only one, but if I had to pick the one I like the best it would have to be when the Hulk tosses Loki around like a rag doll!

 

Loved the movie! Would love to see it again!

Hunger Games Movie

 

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I went to see the Hunger Games movie last night and I’m not entirely sure what I think about it yet. I went with someone who had only read the first few chapters of the book so I got an interesting perspective on it. There were parts that I was waiting for that never happened in the movie and there are others that I thought that they were okay for leaving out, but mostly it was a really great movie.

I think to grasp the entirety of the plot you really had to read the book first. I stated re reading the book before seeing the movie and only got about half way into the book when I went to the movie. I noticed that there were a few major things left out and that kind of upset me because it sets the scene. I know its a movie and they have to leave stuff out but they left a lot of the relationship stuff out between the 2 main characters and they kind of sobered Haymitch a bit too much. Plus Haymitch’s part seamed played down to me. They cut out a lot of his talks with Katniss and Peeta that really help the reader understand them better.

I dunno maybe it’s just me. What did you think of the movie?

 

The Lorax

I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees! ~The Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

So it’s day 4 of my challenge and I just saw The Lorax in 3D!

Granted there were only 3 other adults in the theatre without a small child, but I stand by this movie. The forest animals were adorable and had me laughing. If you have never read the picture book then you need to and if you like funny cartoon movies then this is one movie you should see. Dr. Seuss’ books always have double meanings to them. See if you can tell what this one was all about.

The Hunger Games Movie

So I am super excited about the Hunger Games movie coming out. Not just because it has <3 Josh Hutcherson&Liam Hemsworth<3 in it ;) but also because it’s due to release on March 23, 2012, the day of my BIRTHDAY!!!!!! SO SIKED!!! Think I’ll just “take a day off” from school so I can see the movie. My dad’s excited about it too. I got him hooked on the trilogy :) Team Peeta<3

I am Number Four: Book vs Movie

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I finished the book I am Number Four yesterday at 7:30pm and went to the 7:45pm showing of the movie the same night. By the time that John Smith got to his locker at school I counted over 25 differences from the book. This was only about the first 10 – 15 mins of the movie. I stopped counting differences when I hit 50, only a few mins later and tried to watch as if I had not read the book. I’m sorry to say I failed. I loved the book!  I thought it was a great young Superman discovering his powers novel with chase scenes and a romance thrown in. The movie kept the gist of what happened in the book, but left out so much that people who see it that didn’t read the book are most likely going to feel something is missing and people who did read the book are probably going to be upset that so much was changed. (Like Blood & Chocolate or the Lightning Thief).  I thought some of the changes where good, but not complete. I think the actors did a good job, even though it seemed like some of them (and the writers) failed to read the book prior to filming.

I’d love to hear from everyone else on this as I have mixed feelings about the movie.

Movie – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

OK, I know this is not the movie poster, but it is the cover of book 2.  I went to the midnight showing of this movie on Thursday and I have to say this movie is one that speaks to everyone in the Nintendo Generation (my generation) all the way to today’s Generation.  There are so many great lines from this movie that it will be hard to pick a favorite to be my new ring tone.  It kept me laughing and smiling for 2 hours! 

It’s about a 23 year old guy named Scott Pilgrim whose ex-girlfriend did a number on him.  Now that he’s gotten over the major trauma of the relationship he is dating a high school girl named Knives.  He is happy with his life: being between jobs, living with a roommate who owns everything in the apartment (and makes sure that Scott knows it), and rocking with his band everyday.  Then one day a girl with pink hair starts rollerblading through his dreams.  When he starts seeing her at parties and at the library he must talk to her.  And so the stalking begins!  Ramona Flowers is a delivery girl with 7 evil exes that have ganged up to kill Scott so that Ramona will get back with Gideon.  And it is thus that starts off the battles. 

This movie was very Mario Brothers meets Mortal Kombat, meets (lets face it) every awsome nintendo game ever!