Adaptations and Disappointments

I have always been so happy when I hear that one of “our” books is being made into a movie. Even the young adult stuff I don’t read any more gets me excited that maybe, just maybe, it will be a success like some of the big ones that came before. Harry Potter. Hunger Games. Even Twilight, love it or hate it, definitely made an impact.

But recently, I have to admit, I have been mostly disappointed in pretty much all of the adaptations I have seen. Honestly, I can’t think of one in the last few years that I walked away from and was not let down in some way. And it isn’t like I go in negative. In fact, I go into them hopeful and excited, just happy to have this world I read about brought to life. Take Shadowhunters, which is based on The Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. For me, that was a huge, huge event. My let down is pretty much based on two things – one is the very high cheese factor, and the other is the sometimes overacting of Clary. Do I watch it? Sure. Would I be heartbroken if it didn’t come back? No.

And now, to top off my recent let-downs, we are being left with unfinished stories. It is still up in the air whether or not the final Divergent movie will ever see the light of day (either on the large or small screen). I can’t see movies like The 5th Wave ever getting a sequel, either, since both commercial and critical response was so very lacking. So what we get is a movie that either feels unfinished or ends with a cliffhanger setting up for the sequel that will never come. Ugh.

The other movie trend lately is the franchise re-boot. It looks like the next one to get a do-over is The Mummy. With Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise?!? How did I not know this was a thing? I remember a while back hearing a rumor, which I completely thought was fake, but I guess I was wrong since the teaser trailer was released today…

So, have you had any luck with any recent adaptations? I still have to try either the print or film version of Game of Thrones or Outlander, so maybe that will turn my luck around, but as of right now it is pretty dismal.


The Huntsman: Winter’s War Trailer

I so didn’t even know that this was a thing. I quite enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman when it came out a couple of years ago, and I had heard rumors that there might be a Kristen Stewart-less sequel in the works, but I had no clue that it was already filmed and has a release date of April 2016. It looks like this one will be just as beautiful to look at as the first one, too.

I snicker as I type this, but is anyone really going to miss Kristen Stewart? She wasn’t bad in the first one, honestly, but she didn’t really stand out, either. For me, she was just sort of…there. I liked everything and everyone else more. So, who will be checking this one out?

New Allegiant Trailer….

As per the usual for book-to-movie adaptations, the third book of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent series will hit the screen in two parts. For something a little different, instead of Allegiant parts 1 and 2, the first part will be called Allegiant, but the second will be renamed Ascendant. There is also rumors that the storyline will somehow be “expanded”. Hm, perhaps change the ending that had so many up in arms? I wonder…

Either way, I just randomly stumbled upon the trailer for Allegiant, and it is reminding me of how little I remember about that book. And things look way, way different than I thought they would.

Where does Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant/Ascendant fall on your book-to-movie scale? I didn’t hate it, didn’t love it, but I didn’t feel the need to rush to the theater to see Insurgent when it came out. I waited and picked it up on blu-ray, and watched it a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t in any rush for it. I guess it is middle of the pack for me.

The 5th Wave Trailer…

Does it constitute spam if I upload two posts in a matter of minutes? Meh, the shiny grabbed my attention and I had to share. A while back, there was mega, mega hype surrounding the release of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I, of course, immediately caved in and bought a copy, and it was…ok? I remember bits and pieces, but it didn’t ultimately stand out for me (book two is still on Mount TBR). In fact, I barely even registered that it was being adapted for the big screen. So you can imagine my surprise when I watched the trailer that was released today, and was completely intrigued. Enough to make we want to go back and do a re-read, for sure. Er, maybe closer to the release date of the final book, though.

Anyone else think this looks like it has potential? What was your take on the book, if you picked it up?

Final Insurgent Trailer…

The final Insurgent trailer came out today, and I find it a bit better than the totally CGI-driven first one. For some reason, as much as I am usually totally excited for adaptation movies, I can’t seem to keep this one in my head. Maybe a re-watch of Divergent will perk me up to get ready for when Insurgent comes out on March 20th.

How much are you looking forward to Insurgent? Do you think the trailer matches up with the feeling of the book?

Insurgent Trailer…

So, that Insurgent trailer is a thing. Either my memory is really wonky, or there are a few changes from Veronica Roth‘s book. I don’t actually mind changes, as long as they make sense, but I am having a bit of a hard time figuring out what the trailer is going for – Matrix type vibe? Love story? I don’t think it looks bad, actually, but it is a bit hard to get a handle on (but it is way more interesting than the teaser trailer that came out earlier).


What do you think? For those who have read the book, do you think it suits the source material, and for those who haven’t read it, does this trailer make you want to?

Insurgent Teaser Trailer…

Ok, I don’t know if it is just me, but I found myself very confused by the Insurgent teaser trailer which recently came out. I know there was some sort of memory-simulation…thingy, but I can’t see why such a small part would be a whole trailer. It looks sort of cool, but it didn’t seem to fit. What do you think?


Do you think they are trying to play up the sci-fi angle to maybe attract a larger audience? That was about the only thing that made it make sense for me. I have to say that it did leave me underwhelmed, and if I hadn’t read the book I wouldn’t know quite what to make of it. Actually, I have read the book and I still don’t know what to make of it.

From Page to Screen…TV Style

Confession time…I don’t watch tv. Nope. If I see a series that I think will interest me, I download the first episode, check it out, and then wait and pick it up on blu-ray and pull a marathon. My shows include Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals (which I haven’t seen even 5 minutes of, but bought anyways), and True Blood. But, it looks like my collection might be soon growing, since there is a whole crop of book adaptations hitting the small screen that I just haven’t gotten to. Yet.

Bitten is what actually made me write this post. I had heard something about Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld books making the jump to tv a few months ago, but it promptly slipped my mind. I only recently started reading (and really liking) the series, so I decided to take the plunge and pick up season one.

From Page…

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

To Screen…

And who hasn’t heard about the Outlander adaptation, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon? This is another series I have been hesitating to pick up – not because of the length of the books, but because I have an iffy relationship with historical romance. It used to be all I read back in my college days, but I find historical with a paranormal bent is really hit or miss for me. However, the buzz I am hearing is so good for this one I just might have to break down and start buying both the show AND the books.

From Page…

outlanderThe year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

To Screen…

Now, to be honest, I hadn’t heard of either the book or the show for this next one until the author, Brian McGreevy, sent over a request for a review. Hemlock Grove is a Netflix original series that already has a couple of seasons under its belt (where have I even been?!?).

From Page…

hemlock groveThe body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

To Screen…

And the final one that comes to mind is Melissa de la Cruz‘s Witches of East End. This is another one that slipped under my radar, for some reason (and here I thought I was more in touch than that). This one is part way into its second season, but I haven’t heard much about it either way.

From Page…

witches of east endThe three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

To Screen…

What is your take on this “new” batch of book-to-tv adaptations? Any fans so far? How faithful have the shows stuck to the source material, and does liking one mean you automatically check out the other? I do know starting the Women of the Otherworld books made me interested in the show, and the good reviews of the Outlander series have made me consider getting the books, but do you do the same?

Moganville Vampires Web Series…

I had absolutely no idea that Rachel Caine‘s Morganville Vampires series was heading to the screen…well, the computer screen. There will be a web series, simply called Morganville, and it will make its debut on YouTube this fall. The trailer made its debut at Comic-Con, but in case you missed it like I did, here it is…

Mockingjay Teaser Trailer

It looks like the footage first shown this weekend at Comic-Con has now been made public, and we can check out the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Mockinjay movie.

How high up on your must-watch list is this one? My memory on the details are a bit fuzzy, which is great heading into the movie. I might even get surprised a bit.