books to movies

Books to Movies: Sea of Monsters

I was so excited to see Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters when it came out and I needed to wait a little while to calm down before I could write up a review of the adaptation. I think that almost everybody who loves books knows about the Percy Jackson series by now. It’s a series geared toward kids, yeah, but what great kids book can’t be enjoyed by people of all ages? The Percy in my head is awesome, sarcastic, maybe a little in need of the help his friends give him. He’s a lot younger than Logan Lerman, who plays him in the movie (even if Logan is very, very attractive). But the first movie . . . well . . nobody ever wants to talk about it. Because it was just that bad.

I don’t think it was a bad movie, per say, just an incredibly horrible adaptation. As in they took a few character names and forgot that the book even really existed. But Sea of Monsters was supposed to fix that! Annabeth is kind of blond, Clarisse is actually there, Thalia will be mentioned . . .

Really, I was just setting myself up for disappointment.

    Sea of Monsters is in my opinion much worse than the first movie, mostly in part due to the expectations the filmmakers built up within the fanbase and subsequently crushed horribly. While there were some parts of the movie I enjoyed, some things I’d wanted to see visually, it was so skewed from the book that it was impossible not to have my fangirl heart ache a little. Every time Tyson said something completely articulate or Annabeth looked up ancient Greek mythology on her iPad or major portions of the plot were skipped over . . I was sad. Scenes I thought would make for a great part in the movie were skipped over entirely.

Stanley Tucci as Mr. D and Nathan Fillion as Hermes were wonderful casting choices! I’ll definitely have to give them that. And I’ve never watched Firefly before but I definitely understood that reference. A+ for that. Unfortunately, for the most part in the rest of it, the dialogue was poorly written and then I couldn’t exactly judge the delivery. Don’t make the audience feel awkward because your writing sounds so forced and unnatural.

I think now’s about the time where I give up, hope they won’t make another movie, and that maybe they can try to start this up all over again in the future. This series just had so much potential. With great writing like that, I don’t understand how the book can be ignored, characters completely changes. I understand that things need to be changed for a movie and I’ve liked adaptations before. But this one is one I’d rather just forget about.

If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series, you should probably skip this movie. If you haven’t read the books, you might enjoy the film, but read the books afterward and see what you missed out on!

Did you like the movie? Did you dislike it? Comment below and let me know!

5 stars · fiction · young adult

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Pages: [hardcover] 213

Memorable Quote: And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

Favorite Character: Charlie

Summary:

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Review:

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, and since banned books week was this past week, I decided it was as good a time as ever to pick it up. I’m so glad I did-and happened to spot it on display at the library-because this is really a novel that gives you something to think about. Although it might contain some things people deem offensive, or talk about things not often mentioned it literature, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely a great read.

Charlie is a shy and awkward person, and he’s had to deal with some horrible things in his life. And he’s trying to get his life together, though he doesn’t know exactly how to do that. I know everyone feels that on some level, they don’t fit in with everyone else, but with him it’s more evident than it usually is. With a leading character like this, the other characters managed to shine, too: Sam, Patrick, even Bill and Brad.

Some parts of the book made me laugh aloud. Others left me shocked, and still more made me want to cry. This novel was a roller coaster of emotions, and I loved all of it. Even the points where I was tempted to put it down, because I was afraid of where it would go on from there. And yet, I’m so glad I kept with it, because this is a novel that will be sticking with me for a while.

I know that The Perks of being a Wallflower is being made into a movie, set to be released in 2012. I can’t wait to see that! After reading the book and falling in love with it, and knowing the cast has my favorite actor, Logan Lerman, staring as Charlie, and actress, Emma Watson, as Sam, has definitely raised my expectations. Here’s hoping it’s worth seeing!

I give this book 5/5 stars. Don’t be turned away by the controversy it’s caused. Read it, and decide for yourself. I hope you’ll find out you liked it as much as I did.

Fantasy · fiction · young adult

“The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan

“The Sea of Monsters”
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: [paperback] 279
Available in hardcover and paperback
Second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Here are the reviews for book one, three,  four, and five.
It’s back to school once again for Percy Jackson. He’s survived another year, a year that has been surprisingly empty of monster attacks. He’s even made a new friend named Tyson. But this is all about to change, because the barriers protecting Camp Half-Blood are fading.
Thalia’s tree is dying.
It’s a race against time as Percy must team up with a number of allies to find the mythical Golden Fleece, restore Thalia’s tree to its regular magical slendor, and save Camp Half-Blood, the only safe haven for half-human, half-god children.
Will Percy succeed in saving the Camp and in turn his friends?
This sequel did not disappoint. Percy and his friends were as brave and witty as ever, and I could quote this book all the time, the lines were so funny. It made me smile, wince, gasp, and laugh-every page had a different emotion, and the whole book was as addicting as the first, if not more.
I would recommend this for any fans of the first book. If you haven’t read The Lightning Thief, read it. Now. 
If you thought the ending to the first one was a shocker, wait till you read this! It’s one you’ll never see coming.
“The Sea of Monsters” gets 5/5 stars.