Bad Book Adaptations That Are Actually Good


Vendor sites like directv lancaster talk about tons of movie channels and I was actually looking at one of these recently. One of the most remarkable things about the entertainment industry is how much they rely on books. People like to say how books are antiquated forms of entertainment and vastly inferior to the visual medium, but if the latest batch of Hollywood releases are any indication, then a lot of movie-goers wouldn't have much to look at were it not for books.

It all comes down to marquee value when there is talk of a book adaptation. It's much easier for a suit to convince a room of other suits to invest in a film if he/she can cite a best-seller as the source. Of course, things change in development and you have the "bad" book adaptations. However, these are actually rather good - at least for the author.

Why?

Ever hear the saying "no such thing as bad publicity?"

It applies to the written word as well. People see horrendously bad book adaptations like Starship Troopers and they think "wow, this was based on a book...how bad was the book?" It draws attention to the source material which is how these authors and their classics get rediscovered.

Three Film Adaptations That Are Better Than the Books


Most times, a novel is far richer than the movie based on it. Now and again, however, there's a movie that improves upon the original.

Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind may have garmered a Pulitzer for its author, but critically speaking, it is a very flawed first novel. It's overly long and has organizational problems. Its characters are inconsistently drawn and its dialogue frequently silly. With plot tightened by judicious editing, the movie, splendidly produced, directed and cast, remains the highest grossing film ever.

Robert Bloch's tight but unprepossessing thriller about a woman en route to meet her lover on a stormy night who books a room in an out-of-the-way rundown motel was turned into the best psychological horror movie of all time. In the hands of Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is a very scary film. Is there anyone who hasn't thought about Janet Leigh at least once when home alone and in the shower?

What Anthony Hopkins and Jodi Foster made of Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs was something that no reader of the novel could have ever anticipated. Harris may have created Hannibal Lecter but Hopkins brought him chillingly to life.

Feeling Sentimental: Three Excellent Romantic Novels


There's nothing like a good, solid romance story to curl up with by the pool or on the beach. Get your hankies out before you start any of these bestsellers. Nicholas Sparks has a string of romantic novels that have pleased millions of fans. At First Sight is his newest release: if you loved True Believer, you'll want to put his new book on your summer reading list. Two characters from True Believer continue their love story in this new release. Sweeping saga doesn't even begin to cover it! Fans of Jennifer Crusie know she never disappoints. This helps explain it more. In case you missed her first novel, try feasting your eyes on Bet Me. It is as romantic as they come, but it's also laugh out loud funny. Luanne Rice fans get a special summer treat this year with the release of The Lemon Orchard. Advance reviews promise her 31st novel lives up to its predecessors: it is sexy, sweet and romantic! Rice is a master romance novelist: you'll probably need two hankies or a full box of tissues for this one.

From “Dracula” to “Twilight”: Understanding the Appeal of Vampires


Vampires are an extremely useful literary trope, making it possible for the writer to manifest some intangible aspect of human nature in a character. In Bram Stoker's Dracula the character of Dracula is supposed to be an examination of evil. In the old days, so Stoker writes, Dracula was a warlord, going forth spreading blood and violence. Now Dracula is a count: elegant, refined, but still malicious. Possibly his point was this: evil has changed. We don't have to worry about barbarian hordes, but now we have the smiling lawyer to deal with. Today we have Twilight.The whole story can be found at http://mbtimetraveler.com/2013/02/11/was-dracula-an-irishman/ What do these vampires say? Now they're friendly in a way, albeit dangerous. Perhaps we are now trying to make friends with our darker side, embrace it while recognizing the risk that involves. Or perhaps we are trying to tame our natures instead, as Bella tries to tame Edward, in her way. Whatever the case, we love vampires because they allow us to examine our darkness safely, from a distance. They are part of us, trapped in ink and on screen: available for us to study. So long as humans have less than pleasant aspects, vampires will be around.

Why Adults Are in Love With Young Adult Novels


Young adult fiction has made a massive splash in recent years. "Harry Potter" got the ball rolling and "Hunger Games" and "Twilight" followed in its footsteps. But, each of these series garnered an unlikely fan base; adults. Many have been left to wonder why adults like young adult fiction so much. The answer seems to fall into one of two categories.

For some young adult books are simply a way to connect with their children. Parents with children who read young adult fiction are more likely to read the books as well. It is a great way to jump start conversations and connect with kids who are just beginning to form opinions and think critically.In fact, this is a great way to foster the love of reading in children.

For the child-free group the reading of young adult books and the fanatic status that sometimes follows serves as an escape. Young adult fiction is heavily based on plots and the creation of mythical and descriptive worlds. The focus is not on "sending a message", the focus is rarely a commentary on the social injustices of the world. Some people simply enjoy a good story and many adult fiction books currently on the market today try way too hard to be the barer of bad news. Escaping into the world of young adult fiction, for some readers, is a welcome relief from the stressors of the day.

While the reasons people choose to like the books they like differ the desire to read and enjoy young adult fiction, specifically the science fiction or fantasy variety, seems to fall into one of two categories; it is either truly relaxing and enjoyable or it is a means to an end for parents looking to connect with their children. Whatever the reason people are falling in love with reading once again and that is never a bad thing.

Beyond “The Da Vinci Code”: The Best New Thrillers


"The Da Vinci Code" was able to achieve a degree of commercial success that is rarely seen with a published thriller. Reader who are new to the genre may be interested to know where they can find other books that will offer them the same enjoyment. With plenty of published works in the past, and more on the way they should have no shortage of options to choose from.

Branching out to explore the works that cross over into other writing styles may give readers an even larger selection of works to choose from. From age old classics and Noir thrillers that have offer readers a chance to experience the past to the latest science fiction techno-thrillers, there are plenty of books that can offer readers the chance to find the excitement, enjoyment and escape they have been in search of.You can find a quick rundown here Exploring the worlds that can be found in the pages of these books can be countless hours of fun and enjoyment.

Recommendations, reading lists and book groups can all offer you a way to find the best books. Making use of them will give you greater insight and an expanded selection to make use of. Finding the best read is well worth your time and effort.

The Three Best Novels That You Have Never Read


Popular books are often very fun and entertaining to read. However, there are many books that are excellent, but do not receive the attention they deserve. For readers who are looking for new reading material, there are three relatively unknown books that shouldn't be missed.


"Wraeththu" by Storm Constantine is a novel that blends fantasy and science fiction, and takes a look into the future of humanity. The story is epic, spanning several decades. The book asks questions about the human race, gender, love and the bonds of friendship.


"Puff" by Bob Flaherty follows two young men as they navigate through the Boston blizzard of 1978. The book is full of both comedy and drama and will leave readers laughing. Although it is funny, the story is also very entertaining and touching.


"The Body of Christopher Creed" by Carol Plum-Ucci is a teen book that adult readers will enjoy as well. This story follows a young boy who is deeply affected by the disappearance of a boy he barely knew. During his search for answer, the boy experiences many changes in his thinking and his life. Although his friends start to drift away from him, he is determined to uncover the true story.



Fantasy Novels That Will Appeal to Non Fantasy Readers


Readers who love fantasy books know that the genre they enjoy is filled with wonderful stories and exciting characters. However, people who have never read fantasy before may find it difficult to become interested in the genre. Luckily, there are some fantastic fantasy books that will appeal to non-fantasy readers.


"War for the Oaks" by Emma Bull follows a young woman in a rock band. Her life is normal until she meets a few fairies and other paranormal creatures. The magical society gives the story a fantasy feel, while the music aspect grounds the book in a familiar subject.


"The Last Light of the Sun" by Guy Gavriel Kay is a novel set in a non-existent world, where magic and fairies, as well as other strange happenings, are relatively commonplace. However, the story has a decidedly historic feel, and follows much of the history of the Vikings. This book will appeal to both historic fiction and fantasy fans.


"Luck in the Shadows" by Lynn Flewelling takes place in a fantasy setting, where politics and magic often mix. However, the story follows Seregil and Alec, two professional thieves and political spies. Their adventures are tinged with both mystery and magic, making the story accessible to non-fantasy readers.



Three Must-Read Science Fiction Novels for Book Lovers


Although many people think that science fiction is a form of escapism, nothing could be further from the truth. Here's a quick look at three books that will stimulate and delight any book lover. Dune by Frank Herbert Set in the far future, this sprawling novel has so much to offer any reader. Thematically, it encompasses deeply serious analysis of politics, philosophy, religion, the environment and more. Oh, yes, there's also a very enjoyable and exciting plot to go along with all that speculation, too. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams This series of books by British author Adams is bursting with invention and comedic flair. There are five books in this trilogy, for example. The author has no problem in sending up the conventions of the genre in side-splitting fashion. The Embedding by Ian Watson Whilst this may not appeal to all tastes, anyone with an interest in language and linguistics will devour this minor masterpiece. With its other themes of environmentalism, anthropology and social control, this profoundly serious book asks some highly relevant questions that we all need to dace in today's world.