Top 5 Tuesday: Books I wish had TV Adaptations

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.
Last week we talked about books that should be made into to movies, today it’s all about TV shows. Some story are just so amazing, you cannot squeeze all of that into a single film. So, let’s talk about some TV adapations I wish for!

#1 Skulduggery Pleasant

I’ve talked about Skulduggery Pleasant before (reviews coming later this year!), and I just loved every single book in the series. There is so much going on, it’s impossible to fit each book into one movie. You’d have to leave out so much of the story, I wouldn’t make sense any sense more and just ruin the entire thing. So, instead I’m advocating for a Skulduggery Pleasant TV show. The book includes so many interesting side characters, with enough space (aka in a TV show), you’d even have a chance to explore their background further.

#2 The Guinevere Deception

I’m still waiting for book #3 in this series but as you all know by now, I’m such a sucker for a good story about legends and mythology. I absolutely love the novels that are out so far! Since I’d use every excuse in the book to get more TV shows about legends (has nothing to do with me watching Merlin atm), can I petition for an adapation of this? Please and thank you.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books I wish had Movie Adaptations

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.
It’s almost like this month’s topics were made for me. I get to talk about adaptations all day long! So, to kick that off, let’s begin with some books that need to have movie adaptations!

#1 Fable

Normally, I’d rather have every book just be turned into a TV show instead of a movie, just because timewise it is often impossible to squeeze all the bits of story into a single film. However, Fable has just the right length for a film! With slightly more than 300, I think this would fit neatly into one picture. Also, this book include so much stunning scenery, I was constantly thinking that I would love to see the gorgeous underwater bits on screen. So please, somebody make this into a movie!

#2 The Ravens

While I was reading this book, it reminded me a lot of sorority horror flicks and I was getting slight Scream Queen vibes. So, I think this would make a wonderful movie that fits perfectly in that genre. Even if people aren’t familiar with the novel, I bet they’d enjoy an adaptation!

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Comics vs. TV Show: The Umbrella Academy – Season 2

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I couldn’t help but bingeing The Umbrella Academy’s second season. Additionally, I dove back into the comics to see whether I liked our heroes better on-screen or off!

The Plot of the Show’s Second Season (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right — the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which — spoiler alert! — turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.

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Book vs. Movie: Enola Holmes – The Case of the Missing Marquess

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Enola Holmes was arguable one of Netflix’s biggest releases of 2020. However, before Millie Bobby Brown swooped into my life to take me on a Victorian journey I had never heard of Sherlock’s little sister. What better occasion to check out the novels?

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared—on her 14th birthday nonetheless—she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother’s whereabouts—but not even the last name Holmes can prepare her for what awaits. Suddenly involved in the kidnapping of the young Marquess of Basilwether, Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and perhaps hardest of all, elude her shrewd older brother—all while collecting clues to her mother’s disappearance!

Book vs. Movie:

So, I watched the film immediately when it came out. Then I picked up the novel. Upon finishing that I went to watch the movie a second time just to have some better ground for comparison. So, I’ll start with some thoughts on the film!

When I saw Mills in the trailer I knew this was going to be glorious. Also, Helena Bonham Carter is in this movie, so by rule, this can’t be bad.
Millie Bobby Brown has so much charisma, she’s definitely carrying this entire thing on her shoulders. I loved the dynamic between her and Helena Bonham Carter. Their relationship in the film was amazing!

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Comics vs. TV Show: I am not Okay with This

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If you read the review I wrote on the first season of I am not Okay with This, you’ll know that I absolutely adored it. However, Netflix canceled the promised second season, so I figured I’ll check out the comics the show is based on instead. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Sydney seems like a normal 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother — but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarreness of her father’s death, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times.

Comics vs. TV Show:

I love love loved the show and was sold within the first couple of seconds. I was beyond excited that we’d be getting a second season, so you can imagine my disappointment when it got canceled.

My hopes for high for the comics to provide me with some answers – the first season had ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, so I had questions!
Well, the comics did none of that.

First of all, I didn’t like comic Syd. At all. Her most annoying traits were constantly in the foreground. While in the show, the character had enough depth to be relatable even in her annoying or questionable moments, in the comics we get none of that.

There was nothing really likable about her and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t relate to her. On top of that, the story may have its moments but it feels rushed and lacks depth. It’s as shallow as a puddle on the street while the show was setting us up to gaze into an ocean.

Also, there wasn’t much explanation, only an abrupt and surprising ending, that was rather jarring. I was even more disappointed by that than I was by the cancellation of season 2.

If you were hoping for the comics to tide you over the cliffhanger after the first season, I must disappoint you. The comics did not work for me at all. They had nothing to offer that in any way made them preferable to the show. We don’t even get any interesting additions. Maybe except for the ending, but even that came way to abrupt.

Did you prefer the book or the movie? Let me know in the comments!

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Book vs. Movie: The Hate U Give

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s time for a book and movie comparison. This particular story has been on my radar for a while now. I finally had time to sit down and give it a go. So let’s see what The Hate U Give is all about!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Book vs. Movie:

Let’s see, where do we begin?
I started with the book, so you’ll get my thoughts on that first.

Only two chapters in, I was already crying. This book may not be perfect but it certainly is touching. From the very get-go, you are sucked in and feel deeply for the characters. That’s because we kick things off not with a fizzle but with a bang that hits you right in the feels. When Khalil is murdered I got not only sad but also so extremely angry at the whole world.

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