Anyone addicted to reading…please stand up

I confess…I am a book addict.  I love to read.  It actually seems that I have developed more of an addiction more recently.  I now am reading 2-3 books at a time.  You may be wondering how are you reading so many at once.  Well, when you have acquired a new taste for audio books and also reading a bo a person  can accumulate books very quickly.

Of all the books I am reading I would say only a portion really leave a memorable print in my psyche.  Some leave with a character you wish you personally knew or feel you already know.  Other stories are so soul searing you can’t get them out of your head.  And yet another sort of story is that of the palate cleansing.  I would say a majority tend to be the palate cleansing variety.  It’s almost like you go through many books to find those who you really attach yourself to.

First of all, off the top of my head I can think of multiple characters who I have grown to love.  JM, Qhuinn and Blay, in the BDB series.  Matthew and Diana in the Discovery of Witches.  Strider and Kaia in the LOTU series.  Theron, Orpheus and Titus in the Eternal Guardians series. Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Katniss and Peeta in Hunger Games trilogy.  Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain.  This is to only name a few.  Yes, this is just a few for me.  But, each of these characters in all of these books have made lasting impressions and I re-read these books just for interaction with these characters.

Some of the characters I mentioned are in the very stories who will stay with me forever.  To Kill A Mockingbird, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Discovery of Witches, The Enemy’s Cradle, Lover Mine, Hunger Games, Cold Mountain and The Guardian.  To name only a few.  These very stories have caused pain, love, wantonness, intrigue and any other cornucopia of emotions.  You will notice that most of these are not ever going to be known as The Great American Novel with the exception of a couple.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same impact.

Finally…my in-between/palate reads.  This could be anything from the chic lit books or good beach books.  This could also be books that look good on the cover but you just trudge through so you can move on to the next book.  This can also be the book you start to take you through a tough part in another book you are also reading.  This can also be a book your reading quickly while you wait for the next in the series you are reading to come out.  I know I am not the only one out there who does this, but I am owning up to it.

I am standing up proudly (not really standing but sitting up straighter) and saying Yes, I am a book addict and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.  So I ask…are you an addict too?  Tell me about your book loves, likes and so-so reads.

Movies vs. TV

I have been away from my blog for a while.  That is partially due to the amount of new books that came out in late March and April and just life in general getting in the way.  So, I figured I would divert a little from books and talk movies and tv.  I have noticed that almost all of the new movies coming out are based on books, comic books or graphic novels.  I wonder where has all the creative innovation has gone.

Don’t get me wrong I like the idea of a lot of books being made into movies or tv shows.  The major problem with that is when I read a book a mini-movie plays in my head.  I create the looks from the description.  I create the voices from the description.  I create the look of the landscape.  But, what I create doesn’t mean the person sitting next to me who is reading the exact same book is watching the same movie in their head.

This is the major problem of adapting books into movies and television series.  I almost cringe whenever I hear about a new adaptation coming out.  Then on the other hand I can sit and drool over who will be cast as the main characters.  But, I think that as patrons of the movies and watchers of television we have such high hopes and even go as far as re-reading the books or reading them for the first time before the movie comes out.

Inevitably though we are caught in some sort of disappointment because producers didn’t put in something you/I thought was an important plot point or the characters don’t look anything like the characters in your/my personal movie.  The biggest travesty is when they change major plot points like True Blood did for Sookie Stackhouse or My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult’s ending which was one of the best parts was completely changed.

So…with all the pluses and minuses with making your favorite book series into movies or tv series I am asking you.  Which book series would you like to see your internal movie up on the big or small screen?

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