Showing posts from January, 2016

Reels & Reads: Divergent

Hello Book Nerds! Welcome to January's installment of Reels and Reads. What is Reels and Reads? It's a (hopefully) monthly post where I try to compare movies to their books without being too nitpicky (SPOILERS, obviously). After all, we all know that the book is almost always better.
January is all about Divergent.
Let's start with the littlechange that bothered me in a BIG way: It was supposed to be CHEESE!
In the book, when Tris has her first simulation test she has to choose between a knife or cheese. In the movie, the choice is a knife or a chunk of meat. I can hear you all saying, "Brittany, that's an insignificant change!" No it's really not. Let me tell you why. I like to put myself into the story and imagine what I would do. Given the choice of a knife or cheese, I would choose cheese. But, given the choice of a knife or meat, I would choose the knife. That completely changes my faction! Ugh.
And about the characters...
Who Didn't Make the Cut: I…

Reels & Reads: An Introduction

As book nerds, we all know that Hollywood's interpretation and visualization of a book doesn't always quite match our own. With that in mind, I'm starting a new monthly post called Reels & Reads.  On the last Friday of every month (hopefully!) I'll be discussing a book and Hollywood's attempt to bring it to life. I won't be nitpicking every single little detail that is different. I'm sure you can find that elsewhere if that is what you want to read. I will be writing about how the characters and setting appear in my head (and yours) vs. how they're portrayed on screen and whether the spirit of the movie matches that of the book. And, okay, I'll probably pick a tiny difference that bothers me WAY more than it should. 
Do you have a fave (or least fave) adaptation that you want to discuss? I'd LOVE for you to be a guest on the blog! Just send me an e-mail and we'll schedule something.
In no particular order, here are some books/movies that I…

Challenge Check

Happy 2016 book nerds! This time last year I was signing up for reading challenges. I chose three reading challenges for 2015...and I failed every single one of them. Let's take a look:

The challenge I came closest to completing: Goodreads Actually, I probably did technically complete this one. I listened to a couple of the Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat and I don't include rereads (or re-listens?) on Goodreads.
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The challenge I was most excited about: The Fairy Tale Challenge This one is hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy. My goal was to reach the "Magic Mirror" level by reading 5-9 fairy tale retellings. I got so close.... 1) The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson (review). This one was a retelling of Snow White. 2) The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (I thought I wrote a review of this one, but apparently I didn't. I'll work on that). Hale's tell is remarkably close to the original story. 3) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (review to come). This is a…