Books to Movies ~ Fifty Shades of Grey

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Let me start by saying that this is a book to movie comparison. If you haven’t read the book, there WILL BE SPOILERS!! Also, if you don’t want to know what changes, additions and such there are in the movie, then by all means don’t read this post.

However, if you’re just interested in my humble opinion, or if you’re just wanting to know how it matched up, then this is for you!

OVERALL, I was quite pleased with the movie. I felt like a lot of the key elements I was looking for were there. There were very few changes, but I was happy with them. I especially loved the contract negotiation scene, which takes place at his business rather than the restaurant. It was a fun scene, though, and still kept with the heart of what was going on between them. Now of course, tons of scenes were deleted or shortened, but with the movie already being 2 hours that was understandable. I would have happily sat through 2 more hours, though! I even had to look at the time when I got out of the theater because it felt like I’d only been in there an hour. Time just flew by as I was absorbing every detail.

Well, almost every detail. I could have done with a little bit less of Dakota’s tits. That’s my personal opinion, though. I wanted the sex scenes in there, but I would have preferred not too have to see so much of her body up close and personal. I felt like I knew her body as well as Jamie does now. Again, personally speaking, I would have preferred scenes that were more along the lines of the previews – enough to know what’s happening without seeing it happen. I’m one of those that doesn’t mind reading about it, but that doesn’t mean I want to SEE the acts up close and personal. I’d say it’s as graphic as possible without going from an R rating to a XXX rating. I do think there are a lot of fans that won’t mind this a bit. I’m not complaining. I knew it was a possibility going in.

Speaking of Dakota, I was thoroughly impressed! I wasn’t crazy about her in the previews, but she completely won me over! She made the movie! I’d even say there were times when she carried the movie. I’ve seen some reviews dogging Jamie, and I couldn’t by any means go that far. I definitely thought he was good enough. Could he have been better? Yes. But, he was good enough that I was still very pleased with the movie, and I expect even better things from Jamie as the future movies are made.

Another thing I loved was all of the lines pulled directly from the book. I was able to finish a few sentences as they were being said as if I’d already seen the movie tons of times. LOVED that ~ although I’m not sure if the dude sitting next to me appreciated it.

Oh, and if there was one scene I could have added, it would have been after the graduation when Christian walks up on Ana with Ethan, Kate’s brother. I love when Christian puts his hand out saying, “Ana, baby,” calling her to him. I was sad not to get that little display of dominance.

And finally, I have to say I loved the way they ended the movie. I didn’t think I’d like it ending on the cliffhanger, but I thought it was good. When Ana’s leaving him for the final good-bye, it closes with him seeing her at the elevator the same as when she leaves his office that first time they meet. Same words. “Anastasia.” “Christian.”

Things are currently a little up in the air concerning the filming of Fifty Shades Darker, though, as James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson reportedly didn’t get along during the filming with different views as to how it should play out on screen. It’s been stated that James was looking for more sex scenes. My. My. I’m going to have to admit that I’m glad there weren’t. LOL! But, I fell in love with the back story (so to speak) of Fifty Shades. Not, that the sex scenes weren’t completely HOT, but I just wasn’t looking for a porn. I wanted the story behind it.

So, did I get that story? Yes. You just get the sex, too. Nonetheless, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next film!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Book to Movie Review ~ Confessions of a Shopaholic

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She’s a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money.
She spends her leisure time … shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can’t. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something – just a little something…

Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?

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My Review

This will be a book & movie review/comparision combined. I give the book 3.5 stars and the movie 4 stars. Some will find this SPOILERISH!! Be forewarned! I don’t give specifics, though.

Starting with the book, I enjoyed the writing style. It was a fast-paced read. I just had a problem with Becky. I kept looking for some redeeming qualities. I wanted to like her sooo much. Now, there were some funny parts, and she did do some things that were honorable. Those things were just few and far between. I’m not sure that any real lessons were ever learned. A fellow friend that read it alongside me actually suggested the girl has a real mental illness. I wouldn’t go that far, but she definitely has issues that I couldn’t see past. It’s definitely not one I’d recommend to a young lady when trying to teach responsibility. So, I just couldn’t fall in love with it like I know so many others have. However, if her personality wouldn’t bother you, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to pick it up. As I mentioned, I enjoyed the writing, just not the moral of the story so to speak. Having not read the rest of the series, I can’t speak as to if she ever really learns anything.

Now to the movie. I enjoyed it a WHOLE lot more. There are redeeming qualities and lessons learned. Becky still starts out the same way as in the book. But, you see a gradual change. You root for her and aren’t disappointed at the outcome. Obviously it deviates greatly from the book. Most of the time this drives me absolutely batty. In this case, I was thrilled. It’s definitely a fun chick flick to catch with your girls! Not to mention, there’s a nice romance thrown in.

To sum it up, I recommend the movie over the book. *GASP* I know, I know. That hardly EVER happens. It did this time, though. I’d be curious to hear from any fans of the series. Does she ever have a real turning point?

Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #10

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Stacking my shelves was super easy this week! My birthday is tomorrow, but my hubby gave me my gift a little early because he’ll be working a 24 hr shift on my bday. What did he get me????

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of the few hard-core readers out there that hasn’t read Harry Potter. But, I’m wanting to rectify that! So, the hubs got me started with the first 4 books! I haven’t read The Book Thief either, but I want to before I see the movie. I’ve read the whole Divergent series and own Insurgent and Allegiant. I just didn’t have a copy of Divergent and wanted to rectify that. Emma is my favorite Jane Austen novel, however, I only had it in ebook format.

But that’s not all! He also purchased me a couple movies. I love books to movies! So….

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I went with my bff’s to see Divergent in the theater, but I didn’t have a copy yet. I’m just now listening to The Fault in Our Stars audio book. As soon as I’m done, I’ll be checking out the movie!!

You can also check out my Mailbox Monday post to see what I got in the mail this last week. I’ve gotten more in the mail since Monday, but I’ll save those for my next mailbox posting.

How did you stack your shelves this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ The Giver ~ Books to Movies

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So, I went with my besties last night to see The Giver. Only two of us had read the book as far as comparisons go. Needless to say, we all really enjoyed it. While there were some differences, I think they managed to stay true to the message in the story. I’d highly recommend it to all fans of the book and to those that haven’t read it. There’s a short war scene with violence, but if your children can handle that then you’ll find it family friendly. Personally, I was the most grossed out seeing the fast, short clip of a zebra giving birth and watching the placenta fall out.

Watch the Trailer

Read the Book!!

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Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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In conclusion, while I give the book 5 stars, the movie doesn’t fall far behind for me ~ 4.5 stars. Go see it and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Books To Movies ~ The Host / Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Host

So, last night I watched The Host for the very first time. I didn’t run to the theatres to see this one. I honestly was a little uneasy about seeing it. I thought for sure it would be butchered as I felt Twilight was. No offense to those of you who didn’t feel the same – just my personal opinion. Truthfully, though, I didn’t enjoy this book from Stephenie near as much as the Twilight series. But, I LOVED the Twilight series. I’m sure if I hadn’t read the series before the movies came out, then I wouldn’t feel the same, though. Nonetheless, I really didn’t like the The Host half as much. I’d give the book 4 stars still. I better add here that if you haven’t read the book, you probably won’t want to read this post because it will definitely contain spoilers for you – or at least scroll down to my Hunger Games: Catching Fire section.

Going into the movie I was really afraid that they were going to butcher Ian and Wanda’s story. I saw one other movie where a human fell in love with an alien, and well, it was just weird. Now, I definitely have to say that it was weird in the book, too. However, you got it. I thought Stephenie did a great job writing about it and making it believable. Now to the movie…let’s say I was pleasantly surprised with the job they did with Ian and Wanda – especially in the short period of time they had to accomplish it.

The movie wasn’t all good for me, though. I think I most had a problem with Melanie’s voice inside of Wanda. I know, that’s a weird thing to have a problem with. It bothered me, though. I can’t say for sure what it was that bugged me – maybe an echo to it or the vibration in the tone? I seriously couldn’t say, but it was the actual sound of her voice that sounded too unnatural to me, and it bugged me throughout the whole movie. This probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I watched Cold Mountain afterwards and found that I loved the way Nicole Kidman’s voice sounded when they were just sharing her thoughts. It sounded natural. Melanie’s just didn’t. Now off on a completely different side note. I discovered for the first time that the movie Cold Mountain was based on a book. I’m definitely going to have to look into that. I love that movie (with the exception of a couple scenes). It’s one of those that I have watched over and over.

Besides the voice driving me crazy. It also felt like the movie seriously dragged at the beginning. I think maybe some more action would have helped. There was more action in the book, so I don’t know why they wouldn’t have included more of that. That’s all that really bothered me, though. I still got some enjoyment out of the movie, but I wouldn’t rate it higher than 3 stars. It’s not something that I’d go around recommending to everyone.
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Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Now onto a different book to movie topic. I went this Monday to the theatres to see Iron Man 3, and low and behold – the new Hunger Games trailer was out. YEA!!! Yes, I’m a MAJOR Hunger Games fan. So, what did I think of the trailer? Well, what stuck out the most to me was what I liked the least – surprise, surprise. Isn’t that how it always is? First I didn’t see any connection being made between Katniss & Peeta. This is what bugged me most about the first movie. Second, I didn’t like how they changed up the whipping scene. Oh, well, you will still find me at the theatres to see this one. Although, there were things that bugged me about the first one, I still love it.

Here’s the trailer, for you’re own viewing pleasure:

Happy Reading ( or viewing),

Alison

Happy Mother’s Day ~ Books to Movies

I wanted to wish all you mom’s out there a big Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you all are enjoying a great day! My kids got me a movie I’ve been wanting.

http://www.amazon.com/Safe-Haven-Blu-ray-DVD-Combo/dp/B00BN3ECTS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368391755&sr=8-1&keywords=safe+haven+blu+ray

I read the book just before the movie was released but have yet to see it. At first I thought the story was just another Sleeping With the Enemy, but there was a big twist at the end that I never saw coming. It was an easy 4 stars for me. I’m looking forward to relaxing with my hubby tonight and watching it. I’ve always loved watching movies of books I’ve liked. Sometimes it can be scary, though, because it isn’t done well. Sometimes, though, it’s amazing. Here are a couple of my absolute favorites:
http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Eyre-Blu-ray-Mia-Wasikowska/dp/B0053Q9DQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1368392090&sr=1-1&keywords=jane+eyre+blue+ray

and

http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Blu-ray-Keira-Knightley/dp/B002VWNICW/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1368392631&sr=1-1&keywords=pride+and+prejudice

So, how are you enjoying your Mother’s Day & what books to movies do you love?

Happy Reading,

Alison