Hello there, and happy Wednesday! I’m here today chatting about book-to-movie adaptions. With Netflix and Hulu especially, we can look forward to more (hopefully!) amazing adaptations in the coming years.
Book-to-movie adaptations are hard because usually there’s already an established fanbase of the book. They have certain things that are imperative to following from the books, and some details, unfortunately, have to get left out. Some adaptations are so bad that the author doesn’t even endorse the movie (can anyone say Percy Jackson?).
Today I want to talk about some of the best book-to-movie adaptations that I’ve seen and loved.
Dumplin’ Originally a YA novel by Julie Murphy, this movie hit the small screen on December 7, 2018. Thanks to Netflix, people everywhere (in America at least, I’m unclear about the rights within other countries) were able to see this fantastic movie. This movie follows Willowdean Dickson, the fat daughter of a beauty queen. Grappling with the loss of her aunt, Willowdean goes searching to become the woman her aunt always saw in Willowdean. Willowdean decides to rebel by entering the pageant her mother won all those years ago. Let me tell you, guys, I had so much fun watching this movie! I felt that it was a great one with proper representation. This one is definitely one you want to consider watching over and over again. Be sure to check out the book first! You can add it on Goodreads and read my review of it here.
2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
I was super excited for this book to become a movie. I absolutely adore Jenny Han, and this series means a lot to me. I was not disappointed! Released in late summer, this movie was perfect to wrap up the season and get people back in the mood for that sweet high school romance. This movie is an ode to sisters and makes itself right at home among the classic 80s movies starring Lana Candor and Noah Centineo. This movie also does a great job with representation thanks to Han fighting for the Song Sisters not to be white-washed. Don’t miss out on this movie! (Unfortunately, it’s only available on Netflix as well.) I highly encourage you reading the book first! Add it on Goodreads.
3. The Hate U Give
For some reason, it took me a little bit of time to really read this book, but once I did, it was awesome. This movie was phenomenal. I saw it twice in theaters, and both times I cried. The story follows Starr Carter, a girl who feels caught between her worlds of living in her poor neighborhood and going to a wealthier private school across town. When she witnesses her childhood best friend get shot by a white cop, Starr becomes the key witness on the case. Tensions rise and sides are taken. Make it a double-feature and add the book on Goodreads.
4. Love, Simon
Originally titled Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this movie is the perfect one to watch on your night in. I absolutely loved the book and when I found out it was becoming a movie I think I squealed out loud. Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a not-so-out gay teen in Georgia, when he begins exchanging emails with the elusive Blue, another gay student at his high school. As Blue and Simon get to know each other more, their secrecy is threatened when someone blackmails Simon with the emails. Navigating an increasingly tense friend group and his suddenly uncertain relationship, Simon finds he needs to step out of his comfort zone. I highly recommend you read this book first! It was so good, and I love all of Becky’s novels. Add it on Goodreads and read my review.
What are some of the YA adaptations that you have seen lately? Have you seen any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi there and happy end of January! I can’t believe the first month of the year is already over. It’s crazy to think that we’re already one step closer to the end of the year.
If you remember, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to blog 3 times a week. I’ve already sort of failed at this one, but seriously, college and blogging aren’t always compatible! I actually had wanted to post this yesterday, but it got pushed back to today because I still had a lot to do even though I had the day off yesterday.
Anyway!! Here I am again with a wrap up post for the month! In this post, I’m going to talk about the books I got to read this month (Ahh so many!!), and I will definitely link my reviews if they are live.
This month I managed to read a total of nine books. I’m pretty impressed with that! I had been struggling to read two books in the fall, and I’m even busier this semester.
Something that helped me this semester was getting back into listening to audiobooks. I absolutely adore audiobooks because they let me get other work done while still engaging with a good book. I think my favorite book to listen to was The Wicked King by Holly Black. The narrator is excellent and the book itself is incredible! I can’t wait for Queen of Nothing to come out next year!!
Eleanor & Park was a re-read, and I’m so glad I did. I think that was the third or fourth time I’ve read that book. Every time I read it I remember how much I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I can’t wait for Wayward Son!!
Have you read any of the books I read this month? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. This remember when I said I would make a longer list of books that are coming out this year with Asian characters? Well today is that day! I’ve been looking forward to this day for so long, and I can’t wait to make this compilation for you. I will be including ones that have been or will be released in 2019, so get ready.
1. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | April 2
Described as Chinese Game of Thrones, He’s debut follows Hesina as she’s thrust into her crown when her father, the king, is murdered. As she investigates her father’s death with illicitly retrieved information, Hesina must protect her court and navigate the deception.
Lu and Min are betrayed when their father, the king, names their male cousin the heir to the throne. The sisters descend on two very opposite paths, but both pursue what they believe to be their rightful place in the kingdom: the throne.
K-pop idol Lucky is on a sole mission to find a burger after her performance in Hong Kong, and tabloid writer Jack sneaks into her hotel on assignment. When the two accidentally bump into each other, sparks may catch fire.
4. Hungry Hearts ed. by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond | June 18
This anthology chronicles lives through one of the best parts of culture: food! While it’s not particularly Asian focused, it does include many tales written by Asian authors, and I can’t recommend this enough. I can’t wait to read it myself!
5. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon | May 14
Ashish Patel gets dumped and loses his mojo, so he grudgingly agrees to be set up by his parents. Sweetie Nair, a formidable track and field athlete, is tired of her parents telling her that her fatness makes her lacking. In a turn of events, the two find themselves together and sparks may be flying.
Maia’s dream of becoming the best tailor in the land is suddenly rocketed forward when she answers a summons from her father at the court. Posing as a boy, Maia weaves her way through court intrigue, and will face the ultimate challenge of sewing the gown of the emperor’s bride-to-be.
7. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim | June 11
Returning to her childhood home in San Francisco’s Chinatown upon the news of her mother’s passing, Natalie Tan find the transformation of businesses that were once booming. Natalie also finds that she inherits her grandmother’s restaurant. Facing the choice of helping her community grow and her own harbored resentment toward it, Natalie finds help in unexpected people.
Fashion enthusiast Kimi Nakamura is determined to turn everyday things into her own original projects. As things become a mess at home, she jumps at the chance to visit her grandparents in Kyoto and is swept up in the gorgeous new-to-her city. Unbeknownst to her, Kimi may just find things are closer to her heart and discover more about her mother than she thought she would.
9. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala | April 23
Esha moonlights as the Viper, the top assassin combating the fallout of what she lost in the coup. Kunal has been a trained soldier his whole life, and he has never strayed from his path under the watchful eye of his uncle. When their paths cross, their worlds are blown apart with both vying to be the one on top.
Sora and Daemon seek to set themselves apart in their society and become part of the elite warriors Society of Taigas. During one of their scouting missions, Sora and Daemon encounter a mysterious group of soldiers and decide the best way to help is to infiltrate them.
11. 96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy and Ava Dash | January 15
Raya Liston feels bound to her path with her acceptance to UCLA. When her grandma passes and the opportunity to spend the summer in India with her cousin in the place her grandma spent many of her formative years, Raya jumps at the chance. What surprises her the most is the abundance of love and herself.
With an affinity towards blood, Anastacya Mikhailov has learned that she is a monster. An accident in the middle of the night results in the death of her father, and she is sentenced for his murder, but Ana flees with the truth. On the run, Ana must find allies and uncovers the deadly world that would kill her father to stage a coup.
Aza Wu has been burned by magic before — it has taken her sister from her, and she knows to stay far from it. In the shadow of her sister’s loss, Aza must save the legacy of her family’s teahouse, Wu Teas. Stumbling upon a secret invitation, Aza decides to take a chance and enters an underground casting ring, where the stakes may be higher than what she bargained for.
That was an awfully long list, I know, and that doesn’t even cover half of what I want to read. I’m sure that I will come out with another list once more releases are announced, especially toward the middle of the year. I hope that you make sure to check them all out this year and support this amazing community.
I know, I know. There are just about a bajillion lists like this out there already, but not one from me. I’m going to make more categorical lists in the future, but for now I’m going to stick to a big list overall.
2019 is going to be such a huge year for YA! There are more and more books with #OwnVoices rep coming out every year, and I’m so excited for the ones we have in store, especially the Asian-American ones! I’m going to write one specific list on that bad boy, but for now here are 4 of my highest anticipated ones.
1.Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy — March 5
Gender bent King Arthur? Nonbinary rep? A badass cast of characters? If that’s what you’re looking for check out this lovely novel! I love Cori and Amy Rose, they are my favorite writing duo, and my favorite duo in general. Keep an eye out for this gem come March!
2. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia — February 26
Set in a gorgeous world where people are discriminated against by their proximity to the unlivable conditions near the sea, this book brings political intrigue and mystery to your front door. This book has excellent rep and multiple badass women. Prepare to scream at that cliffhanger! Read my review of it here.
3. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Soloman — January 15
Best friends Peter and Sophie are inseparable, so much so that Sophie gives a kidney to Peter. No, really. Peter has been on the kidney donor list for years, and when Sophie turns out to be a match, she becomes his donor without hesitation. As they navigate their worlds post-surgery, they find that their relationship may not be what the other hopes and thinks. This book is an unrequited love gone bad, and I absolutely love that.
Hi, guys! I hope you all have been having a lovely summer so far. As it winds to a close with the fall equinox rapidly approaching, August has brought to us a wealth of Asian stories. Crazy Rich Asiansby Kevin Kwan and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Beforeby Jenny Han are two very different, very unique stories starring narratives of Asian main characters and both have been released as movies in the same weekend. There have been a series of Tweets recently about why Asian stories don’t matter, and that is plain hurtful. I can’t even begin to explain what I’m feeling because everything is so tightly wound together. So here’s my piece on WHY THEY DO MATTER. BECAUSE ALL REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
With the heady rush to see and support both of these masterful creations, it’s important to stop and think about why these movies (and books) mean so much to the Asian-American community.
While Crazy Rich Asians certainly isn’t exclusively a story about only Asian-Americans (the only Asian-Am character is Rachel Chu), it still stands as a great feat because it stars an all Asian-American cast, the first in 25 years. Why did it take so long for America to produce a movie like this again? The fight for representation reaches to all people of color, and that includes Asian people and culture. This should be done in a respectful manner, not done by white people who think they have an idea of what Asian people would like. And that is something that has happened for far too long. This story follows Asian families and tells an Asian story. It centers around the vast diversity within the Asian community and includes many nuances that are hard to grasp if you’re not born and raised in it.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was originally only a YA contemporary novel written by Jenny Han. It was the first time I clearly remember seeing an Asian girl on a book cover. It was published in 2015. At that point I was already 16 years old. For me to have lived as long as I did without seeing someone who looked like me on something as simple as a book cover is mind blowing. What about all of the people who lived longer without this kind of simple representation? Think of all of the covers with white people on it. There are gobs of them. I want to emphasize that this isn’t terrible, but it’s something to consider when our nation quite frankly is not all white. It has never been solely white people.
TATBILB is not a story about a girl and her Asian-ness. And not every story featuring a person of color has to be that kind of teaching moment. It shouldn’t have to be. People of color shouldn’t have to explain themselves and who they are to be accepted as people. We want to see people who look like us doing things that we do. We go to school, go to work, fall in love, fall out of love, get angry, get into arguments, make amends. We live as normally as anyone else. When this kind of story is missing, it is saying that they are less important than others. It takes away the unique struggles that we face as people of color because of our skin. Not every person of color faces the same challenges either. What matters is that these problems we face get acknowledged. We have been silenced and told our stories don’t matter for so long. We can no longer stand for this. People of color need to raise each other up. Everyone wants a piece of the equality pie, and fighting each other is counterproductive and hypocritical.
That’s all I’ve got for now, folks. Thanks for reading this piece!
Hi there! I know this is coming a bit late for an anticipated releases post, but I do want to talk about all of the amazing books coming out this month. So many came out on March 6, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to get them all.
However, I will get to them eventually! I have a few that I’m really excited to read here with me, and some that I’ve already read that you definitely need to keep your eye on.
Wow, that’s a lot of books. I didn’t realize it until I typed it all out. A few books I want to highlight are The Astonishing Color of After and The Final Six. I got the chance to read those early, and they were amazing. I fell in love with the writing of both authors. Astonishing is full of lyrical, haunting magical realism. The Final Six is a high stakes sci-fi novel that I couldn’t put down!
What’s something you’re looking forward to this month? Have you read any good March releases yet? Tell me in the comments below!
Can you believe it’s already March tomorrow? I feel like the year has just begun, not like it’s already going to be the third one. It’s crazy how fast time flies — I’ll be finishing the last half of my second semester so soon. I think once I get back from spring break it’ll be really quick from there.
I read a lot this month. Like so much. I can’t believe I had so much time to finish these books. To be honest, a lot of what got me staying on track were my audiobooks. I love listening to these as I walk to class or to practice. I use Overdrive through my library, so I save money, too, which is always a plus being a broke college student and all.
I’ve been quite busy with all of the school things going on, too. I promise that in between all of these books I’ve been doing my homework! I wish I had more time to read, I really do.
What am I currently reading?
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Where I’m From by Brenda Rufner
Three Sides of a Heart ed by Natalie C. Parker
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Yeah, I know it’s a little excessive. I’ve hit a bit of a wall with TSOAH, but I’m waiting for the audiobook to finally finish this one. I think it’ll finally push me to finish that one. I’m really making slow progress through The Belles but when I do pick it up, I love the writing! The Final Six is slated to release next Tuesday, and I’m really into the prose so far. Hopefully there will be a review for you this coming Sunday of that!
Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I would say this is a bit of a Hallmark holiday with all of the extra things that go along with it. However, I don’t think it’s wrong to take a day to say a little something extra or special for those you love. Plus I will never say no to an opportunity to eat more chocolate! 😉 Buckle up and pull that blanket over your legs and cozy up with one of these great reads.
For the activist: Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Love, Hate, & Other Filters is an amazing book that tackles Islamophobia in an excellent and beautiful way. Maya is a lovely character that everyone should meet. In addition to the lovely plot line, there is a great element of ~*romance*~ involved 🙂
For the first love: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is a classic love story. I absolutely love Jenny Han’s work and this one is perfect for this time of the year! I am definitely in need of a re-read. Be sure to read Lara Jean’s love debacle as the letters to each of her past loves are mailed out.
For the hopeless romantic: Meet Cute ed. by Jennifer L. Armentrout
What better than this *cute* anthology to get you through this day? I loved these little stories so much! Each piece was excellent and made me swoon every time. From people like Katie Cotugno to Nicola Yoon, you are sure to find a story you love. Be sure to check out my review of this next week!
For the paranormal lover: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
A heartbreaking and beautiful novel, this will take you on a great journey. The writing is lyrical and full of great characters. Dee ‘s world is full of demons and when she sells her heart to make a deal with one she finds herself getting more than what she bargained for.
Take a ride on the Magic Pumpkin as Elle navigates her way through her summer determined to get to ExcelsiCon and win the cosplay contest. Add in a secret love a la A Cinderella Story and you’ve got an epic geek love on your hands.
Do you have a favorite romance novel? Tell me in the comments below!
Today I share the blog with debut author Amanda Stauffer! Amanda is the author of the book Match Made in Manhattan which debuted today, the 23rd! Link to my review of the book in the caption of the cover!
Here’s a little about the book:
After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself
confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.
Giving them each her signature “pants speech”–her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone–she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?
Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.
Get to know Amanda a little bit:
Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an
architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City’s dating scene, Amanda headed to match.com. Her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material for a book or a career in comedy.
Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of this book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book.
Without further ado, here she is with a dream cast!
When Sophie invited me to do a guest post, I sent her a couple ideas for brief essays and thought pieces. As always, she was super kind and wrote back:
I don’t have any particular idea in mind for content, so do what’s most convenient for you or interests you the most. A dream cast is always a good idea too!
Fantasizing about my dream cast for that day when Match Made in Manhattan makes it to the silver screen . . . or the TV screen . . . or the computer screen is pretty much my favorite hobby. So clearly her idea trumped all of my duller, more ponderous ones.
Before you can round out the supporting cast, you need to pick an Alison, as her character is the linchpin to the narrative arc. If you don’t have a multi-dimensional Alison who can relate to each of her colorful and diverse dates in subtly different ways, a major theme—namely how different people can bring out different aspects of our personalities—gets lost. Once upon a time this would have been a great role for Reese Witherspoon or Rachel McAdams – strong, confident ingénues who can make a joke, take a joke, but also convey bouts of vulnerability. One early reviewer actually wrote up her dream cast and picked Emma Stone as Alison. My sister is convinced the role should go to Dove Cameron.
Without further ado, here is my ideal lineup:
Alison: I’d love to see Emelia Clarke as Alison. I think she’d take the role to an interesting depth and profundity, while also expressing patience (a must for Alison on some of these dates) and charm. . . .
Nicole: Anna Kendrick
Cassie: Priyanka Chopra
John: David Lim
Jason: John Boyega
Forrest: Josh Hutcherson
James: Chris Evans
Younger Luke: Armie Hammer
Older Luke: Matthew Morrison
Dan: Ryan Guzman
And if there’s room, it would be awesome if we could work in a cameo for me. . . maybe as Alison’s sister? Or as the metal-welding assistant?
Congratulations to Amanda for such an awesome debut!! I hope you all take a moment to read this delightful book!
Well, it has been quite the year, hasn’t it? Hi there! If you’re new to the blog, welcome, and if you’ve been with us here for a while then thanks for sticking around.
A lot of major changes happened not only in my life, but in the lives of many this year. With the new administration being ushered in during January to the recent wave of women raising their voices together, it was a time of social change and upheaval. This is the time in which we make a difference. I am so excited (and nervous!) to be part of this.
A few things that changed for me…
Well one of them is that I graduated from high school! It was exhilarating and quite the whirlwind. I can’t believe it happened. Senior year was something for sure. It was a whole year full of lasts — last band camp, last band concert, last Model UN conference… I can’t believe all of that happened within the span of nine months. I mean, WHAT?! Mind = blown
Something else new? College! Here are some snapshots
I’m so lucky to have met all of these wonderful people this year, pictured and not. I can’t thank them enough for bringing such happiness to my life. Thank you to those who have stuck by me all of these years. They have been there for me in truly some of the worst times, and I can’t wait for many more years of friendship.
This has been a hard year with a lot of growing pains. I am in disbelief of the turn of world events. It is something that I couldn’t fathom happening in 2016, but I have hope that it will bring better change. It has certainly brought louder voices and more awareness to the injustices of today’s society. I can’t help but appreciate all that has been done thus far.
I read almost 105 books this year! My goal was to read 80, but I finished that in late October, and one does not simply stop reading. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have books to get me through some things. I unfortunately fell really behind on my reviews here, but I am hoping to change that in the new year!
And in 2018…?
I am really looking forward to the change in the calendar year. It will bring the end of my freshman year of college and the start of my sophomore year. I hope to meet so many more new people, and I hope to keep a lot of my old friends.
My reading goal will be set at 100 this time, and I really hope to reach it (again). I want to blog more, and I want to make more time for writing. I feel that it’s something I want to improve upon and sharpen. Who knows, maybe I’ll start writing my own book at some point.
With that, I bid you farewell 2017. Thank you, dear readers, for your continued support. ❤