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Paper Towns: Coming to a Theatre Near You!

I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

“I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.”

Greetings Fellow BookNerds!

Have you read and/or seen the Fault In Our Stars by John Green? If not, then make that priority number one.

Have you read Paper Towns, also by John Green? If not, I would also suggest that you do so as soon as possible.

Okay, have you done both of those things? Great, now you can read the remainder of John Green’s books, because by this point you’re likely hooked ^_^

I’ve already said this many times before, but John Green is my favourite modern teen fiction writer. He writes the kind of romance stories that you don’t have to be a teenager, or even a teen romance lover, to enjoy. It’s original, creative, and without any of that unnecessary cheesiness you get with other romance stories like, dare I say Twilight??? I apologize to all of those who have remained loyal fans to the vampire-human-werewolf love triangle, but at the same time I cannot help but throw this thought out there; if those books can get published, then I suppose anything is possible.

Okay, that’s enough of the Twilight bashing, especially since I could go on for hours. As you can see based on the title of todays post, I want to share my thoughts on the trailer for the upcoming movie based on one of my favourite novels of all time; Paper Towns. What I loved most about this story is that you really didn’t know how things were going to end up between Margo Roth Spiegleman and Quentin Jacobson. There’s nothing worse than a book with an obvious ending, as it only serves to leave you feeling disappointed in the end. Spiegleman was one of those unpredictable characters who lives life at her own pace, and just when both you, the reader, and Jacobson think they’ve got her figured out, they realize how very wrong they were. She really is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. I also enjoy Jacobon’s character, who to me is the living embodiment of the yearning that exists in all of us to break free from normalcy and seek out the strange and the unknown… and, you know, follow the person we’re head over heels for.

I’m always hesitant to watch movies that are based on books, especially when those books are very dear and near to my heart. After what they did to Eragon and some of the Harry Potter movies, my hesitancy has only grown more intense. I mean, how hard is it to slap a pair of elf ears on a girl, or pop a few creatures into a maze? And let’s not forget my disappointment from not being able to see what a Blast Ended Skrewt actually looks like. Those feelings aside, I finally convinced myself after half a year of it coming to theaters to watch The Fault in Our Stars, and you know what? I was absolutely delighted. I’m not saying it was perfect, but it was damn near close to how I had envisioned it looking in my head. The cast was great, the script was pure gold, and even though I don’t usually cry over watching a movie, I won’t deny that there was a tear or two threatening to role out of my tear duct.

Now, let’s cross our fingers that the same magic will be worked on this next movie, based on one of the first John Green books I owned – the first one being Will Greyson, Will Greyson, which I’m also looking forward to seeing a movie rendition of in the future. Any who, based on what I’ve seen from the trailer, thee movie does seem to show some promise, but I figure you guys should watch it and decide for yourselves. Will it be a hit? A miss? Are we looking at the new age of teen romance in the film industry? Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments, or if you’ve already seen it… well, you can leave your thoughts in the comments before anyone else does. Enjoy ^_^

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Look forward to a year of epic movies, and epic books of course, and as always, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

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Star Wars: Making A Comeback

I read to live and I live to read. That's my circle of life.

“I read to live and I live to read. That’s my circle of life.”

Greetings Fellow BookNerds,

The end of my final semester of university is fast approaching, which means the end of my life of academia and the beginning of what I hope to be a fruitful career in journalism, and perhaps one day, as a bestselling author. It is both exciting and terrifying, a typical feeling experienced by university graduates who have to come to terms with entering the real world.

With impending exams and job applications, the free time I was once able to spend with a warm mug of hot chocolate, a fluffy comforter and one of the over a hundred books on my shelf has become nearly non existent. A sad truth, but necessary to ensure that I have time to read more books in the future, and hopefully finish writing at least one of the twenty books I’ve started since grade six.

I may lack time for reading, but I still manage to get out every now and then to see those movies I have waited all year to see. I am one of those individuals who are very selective about what they will pay money to see in theaters, taking into account whether I would find it just as enjoyable if I were to watch it on DVD, if I recognize any of the actors in it, whether it looks like something that has been redone over and over again or if it is genuinely unique and original, and for those that are adapted from books, whether it looks like they have portrayed the story well or if they butchered it like what happened with Eragon or the fourth Harry Potter movie.

Very rarely will I decide to go see a movie based solely on the trailer, but this just so happens to be one of those rare occurrences after seeing the trailer for the new Star Wars movie coming out next year. Why? Well, after the disappointment of the latest three star wars movies, admittedly I felt my love of the franchise wane somewhat. After watching this trailer, I felt my love was reignited, and the reason for that is two words: Millennium Falcon.

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There is no guarantee that this movie won’t be a disappointment, but based on this trailer alone, I can’t help but wait in anticipation for the next year to pass so I can find out whether J.J. Abrams was able to revive this classic masterpiece, just like he did with Star Trek.

As soon as I get back into reading, I can guarantee that the first book to make contact with my hands will be the second book of the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy. In the meantime, I encourage you to share recent books you’ve read in the comments below, and what your thoughts are on the new Star Wars movie. Until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd 

The Fault in Our Stars Movie update: Ansel Elgort as Potential Gus

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

Just want to give all of you lovely followers a heads up that I will be making some changes – yet again – to my blog’s appearance and layout. This means that there may not be any posts for a little while, or they will simply appear with less frequency than usual. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but look on the bright side; this will leave you with more time to sink your teeth into a really good book. One of my goals in life, after all, is to ensure that future generations are still keen about reading, even in the midst of all the shiny gadgets and gizmos. 

That being said, let’s move on to today’s topic…

A most recent update concerning the potential movie adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel “The Fault in Our Stars” reveals that Mr. Ansel Elgort may be taking on the role of Augustus Waters, the love interest of the story. Although he has yet to make his major debut, Elgort is no stranger to the big screen, and judging by his picture, I feel he could fit into the part quite well.

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(Ansel Elgort, 1994 ~ present)

Very soon, we shall witness his acting potential in the upcoming remake of the horror flick Carrie, followed by his appearance in next years book-to-movie adaptation of the young adult sensation Divergent. It has not been made official, but if young Elgort does take on the role, then The Fault in Our Stars will have its two lead actors, increasing the odds of this movie actually becoming a reality.

I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on any upcoming developments with the film. I love to hear what you think about having Ansel Elgort playing the role of Gus, or if you have someone else in mind you would love playing that role. Leave your thoughts in the comments, and until next time, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

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Book-To-Movie Adaptations: Ender’s Game

nerdfighters rules Hello Fellow BookNerds!

I just wanted to address a couple of things that are on my mind at the moment:

xjodi-arias-guilty.jpg.pagespeed.ic.dZ3iZ3VwHp According to ABC News, Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first degree murder, and today the court will determine whether to sentence her to life imprisonment or go straight to the death penalty. It has been a long four months, and Arias has to wait yet again to find out her ultimate fate …

comicon2013 On another, slightly more cheery note, tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for: COMICCON! I hope you all have your tickets and costumes at the ready, because they have one heck of a lineup this year, both literally and guest-wise. There are still a limited number of regular passes for Friday and Sunday available, in case you have been undecided up to this point about whether you wanted to go or not.

Now, on to the main event!

November 1st, 2013 marks the upcoming release date of the cinematic portrayal of the 1985 novel Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

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This science fiction novel, like most others of this genre, is set in Earth’s distant future in the midst of a struggle against an alien race bent on human kind’s demise. In order to keep the enemy hostiles at bay, the government has taken it upon themselves to start up special training program in order to breed the perfect soldiers: child geniuses. In order to lead those soldiers, they also must locate a child suitable to be their general, the qualities of which may be found in the young and fearless Andrew Ender Wiggin.

Starring in this movie is non other than big time actor Harrison Ford, who has the task of training the new recruits in the hopes that they will be able to put an end to a war which has been going on for over a hundred years…

Like all book-to-movie adaptations, pre-reviews of this movie have been a mix of excitement and dread, for who knows if the movie will be able to live up to their expectations. I myself have not yet read the novel, although it is on my to-read list, but at least I will not be plagued with preconceived bias which comes from judging films based on our knowledge of the book. Let me know what yours thoughts are on the upcoming Ender’s Game movie in the comments, and by selecting one of the responses in the poll below. I look forward to hearing from you all, and the next time you’ll be hearing from me is tomorrow on my way to Comiccon! So until then, happy reading!

Cheers,

BookNerd

The Hobbit: Lived Up to the Novel

Hello All!

Three days home, and I have had little chance to actually sit down for more than five minutes! I imagine many of you are just as busy, whether it be with work, attending parties, or perhaps just finishing up those last few preparations for the Holidays. Either way, I hope you all have a chance to see The Hobbit!

SPOILER ALERT!!! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE HOBBIT, DO NOT READ! THERE WILL BE REFERENCES MADE TO SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE FILM!

I saw it just before coming home for the holidays. It was the best way to unwind after having written four exams, an essay and then working to rid myself of a nasty cold before taking the train home. I was absolutely exhausted, but as soon as I started watching this movie, all fatigue was gone, and I was brought back to my grade four English class where I had read The Hobbit for the first time. It felt like I was reliving the experience, nearly jumping out of my seat when I saw the familiar three trolls arguing about how to cook the dwarves, or the eagles that came to their rescue. My childhood came to life before me, and it was just as amazing as I remembered.

Okay, so nothing can be perfect, and this movie is no exception to that rule. However, the imperfections were so subtle compared to the magnificence of the film, that they are almost not worth mentioning. In fact, if you have never read the book, then you wouldn’t notice any of the changed or added details. Either way, fantastic movie, amazing effects, and Martin Freeman did an excellent job at portraying Mr. Bilbo Baggins.

My favourite part of the film was with the Brown Wizard, and how he rode a sled pulled by a pack of rather large rabbits. I do not recall whether or not that was a part from the book, but either way, it was the most entertaining. I also love how they did the fight scene between the dwarves and the goblins. It’s no easy feat to have so many computer generated creatures fighting against dressed up actors, and have someone co-ordinate it well enough so that it looks believable!

I am already anxiously awaiting the release of the second Hobbit movie. Until then, it’s back to the books!

Cheers 🙂