Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I Heart YA Carnival #8: You Oughta Be In Pictures

Suze Reese
The I Heart YA Carnival is hosted by Suze Reese, author of the ExtraNormal series. Each Tuesday, a blog prompt will be posted about a topic related to the YA genre. Click the button to learn how to join in!

This week's prompt is: In honor of this week's release of Hunger Games, and the frenzy it has caused, I figured it would be a good time to talk about Books Being Made Into Movies. ... Do you love book remakes? Hate them? Is there one coming up you can't wait to see? Or something you're wishing would be made? Maybe you have one you just want to chat about. The field's wide open this week!

I was able to go see the Hunger Games movie this weekend, and since books-made-into-movies tend to disappoint me, I was a little apprehensive. But I really liked it! Most of the characters looked or at least acted like I had pictured them in my head. I LOVED Cinna, Haymitch, and Caesar. They were EXACTLY how I pictured them. That happens to me so rarely!

The only thing that disappointed me was there wasn't a lot of time spent on the other Tributes; there were a few scenes in training, and then all of a sudden they were in the arena and I still didn't know who was who. I know in the books they weren't all named, but I even had trouble identifying the main Tributes like Clove and Cato. I know things had to be condensed for the movie, but I just needed a little more time to learn who was who before the game started.

I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next movie... I'm ready to go see it right now!

For the most part, I liked the Harry Potter movies too. (I can't remember which movie it was, but there was one where I got VERY frustrated over what I thought were significant
things in the book that were left out, while things that were not in the book and that I thought were insignificant were added in.) The Twilight movies - I wasn't such a fan of those, but then I'm not a big fan of the books anyway.

What I would like to see as a movie is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (I know, I know, I'm bringing up that book again. But really. It's THAT good.) I mean, check this out - and that's only a trailer for the book! I have heard rumors that a movie is in the works, possibly involving Tim Burton's peculiar talents... so we'll see, I suppose. :)


  1. I thought the Hunger Games was fantastic! Generally, I am also disappointed by movie adaptations, but this one did the amazing trilogy justice. I particularly liked casting Senenca Crane younger than he is described in the book (or at least younger than I pictured him), making him the overly zealous career "climber." I also thought the scenes where the Gamemakers were shown manipulating the arena added to the movie. I can't WAIT to see Catching Fire!

    1. YES. Seneca Crane was younger than I pictured him too, but I thought it really worked in the movie. You are so right, he's definitely a climber!

      The scenes with the Gamemakers were pretty awesome. I loved how they were so blase' about creating ways to kill off the Tributes. How very Capitol of them!

  2. Okay, you've sold me. I'm getting Home for Peculiar Children right now. Have to agree with your assessment of Hunger Games and Potter movies. Great post!

    1. Thanks! Haha, I know, I keep bringing that same book up. But I read it last year and it's still sticking out in my mind like I read it yesterday - I love when books do that! :)