Book vs. Movie: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hello, my darling readers!
I’ve talked about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood a while ago – naturally I had to see the film the moment it came out. But guess what, Tarantino decided we aso need a book version of the story. So, let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

RICK DALTON – Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick’s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it?

CLIFF BOOTH – Rick’s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he’s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder. . . .

SHARON TATE – She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream, and found it. Sharon’s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills.

CHARLES MANSON – The ex-con’s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he’s their spiritual leader, but he’d trade it all to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.

HOLLYWOOD 1969 – YOU SHOULDA BEEN THERE

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Book vs. Movie:

I’m gonna keep my thought on the film short, as I have a full-lenght review over here. I enjoyed it a lot (I’ve seen it multiple times) but I completely understand why it doesn’t work at all for some people. Tarantino gave us a film that captures the zeitgeist of the late 60s. If you know a thing or two about Hollywood in that time you’re going to have a field day spotting all the little hints and references. But if you are not familar with that period and it’s MVPs, you’re going to be very bored. The action doesn’t pick up until the last half hour. But it’s a three hour movie so it takes a long time for it to get exciting.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Standalone Books

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re talking about some standalone books I really enjoyed. I tried to maybe not go with the most obvious picks. 😉

#1 Horns – Joe Hill

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Stephen King. But what you might not know is that his son is also an amazing writer. I got one of Joe Hill’s books as a birthday present once and was hooked. Horns was actually the second one of this novels that I picked up! The story is fascinating, dark, weird, twisted. There’s even a pretty decent movie adaptation with Daniel Radcliff!

#2 The Second Coming – John Niven

I read a bunch of John Niven book so far and they all made me laugh so much. One of his most brilliant works is definitely The Second Coming. Just the concept in itself is amazing. I mean, look at the cover! 😀

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Book vs. Movie: Pride and Prejuidice

Hello, my darling readers!
Can you believe that I had never read a single Jane Austen book until very recently? I had also never seen any of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations out there, even though I can across *a lot* of content about them on tumblr. So, I figured it’s high time to give both the novel and its adaptations a shot! Today we’re going to talk about the Keira Knightly movie in comparison to Jane Austen’s book!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

Book vs. Movie:

Let’s start with the book, shall we?
As I mentioned above, this was the first Jane Austen novel I ever picked up. I was hesitant for so long to actually read any of her work because I was sure it just isn’t for me. Pride and Prejudice is often branded as *the* romance novel and that’s not the content I ususally (read: ever) go for. But I kept seing so much content about the novel as well as the movie on tumblr that I got curious. After all it is considered a literally classic and I’ve been meaning to catch up on those anyways!

So there I was, finally reading P&P. And guess what? I loved it! To be frank, I still don’t care much about the romance part of the story, but the characters are amazing. Both Lizzie and Darcy are extremely relatable, for completely different reasons. The story feature so many iconic and hilarious moments, as well as amazing quotes! Nobody was more surprised than I was with how delighted I am with this book!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Outlaws

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we’re talking about some flicks featuring outlaws!

#1 Ned Kelly

The first thing I thought of when I read today’s topic was this film with Heath Ledger. It’s been at least 15 years since I saw this film and literally the only thing I can remember about it is my darling Heath.

#2 Cat Ballou

A classic. Jane Fonda is just brilliant as Cat Ballou – I need to rewatch it soon!

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Book vs. Movie: Rebecca (2020)

Hello, my darling readers!
I recently wrote a post talking about how the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rebecca compares to the Daphne du Maurier book it’s based on. Well, it just so happens that somebody at Netflix thought that what we desperately need is another adaptation of this novel, so here we are. Let’s talk about the 2020 version!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

Book vs. Movie:

Ooof, there are a lot of things wrong with this adaptation. It doesn’t work and I can clearly spot why. While they try to keep close to the story, the changed some little yet integral aspects that just take the wind out of this film’s sails. I won’t do another full review on the book since I already did that in the other post I wrote, but I want to highly several of those tiny yet important moments very the story deviates.

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