Book vs. Movie: Practical Magic

Hello, my darling babes!
It’s August and this month will be another special one! Apart from my regular TMP and T5T posts, I will only be posting book vs. movie reviews.
We kick it off with some thoughts on Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman and the 1998 adaptation. Leave me a comment and tell me what you prefer – book or movie!

The Plot:

The sisters Sally and Gillian couldn’t be more different. However, they have one thing in common: bad lack in terms of love. That’s something they inherited from her ancestors, who were – just like the two women – witches…

Book vs. Movie:

So, I did a review on the book Practical Magic a while ago. If you read that, you’ll know how much I hated the book. The prequel Rules of Magic was adorable and I was excited to pick up Practical Magic. Total fail.

First of all, there was barely any magic in the book. You can’t hand me a novel about witches titled Practical Magic and not do any magic!
Furthermore, the characters were constantly bitching and complaining about everything which got rather tiresome.
What irritated me most, however, is the take Hoffman had on love and sex. The many irritating sex scenes don’t tie in with the overall vibe of the book. Apart from that, we get a stalker who is portrayed to be adorably romantic and a good guy who is exactly that because he only fantasizes about raping somebody but doesn’t go through with it.

You might understand why the book left me rather underwhelmed. So let’s take a look at the adaptation. Maybe we have more luck with that one.

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Book Talk: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Hey guys!
Some of you might have read my review on The Rules of Magic, which is the prequel to Practical Magic. So, after I was over the moon with the prequel, I naturally had to check out the original book. So let’s talk about it!

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)
The Plot:

The Owens sisters Gillian and Sally couldn’t be more different. Whereas Gillian has always been a wanderer, Sally craved steadiness.
However, due to their family history both were bound to encounter troublesome lives. Maria Owens, their ancestor, and a witch cursed those the Owens women fall in love with.
It soon turns out, this will be the least of their problems…

The Rating:

As I mentioned before, the first thing I read was the prequel The Rules of Magic which I really enjoyed. I would have started with Practical Magic but it was not available at the library at the time and now I’m glad I started with the other book. 
Practical Magic was rather disappointing for me and had I read this one first, I wouldn’t even have bothered with the prequel.

The book was turned into a movie in 1998, so I thought I knew what to expect. However, those two are quite different and I’m not sure I like it. (But more on that matter in a book vs. movie post.)

The first third of Alice Hoffman’s novel was lovely and fascinating. I liked the characters and was excited to follow them on their journey. But at some point it all went downhill. 


Well, first of all, the book is titled Practical Magic, so you’d expect some magic in there, wouldn’t you? Some stuff the aunts do is described at the beginning, but after a while, the whole magical topic kind of dies and is never to be seen again. This annoyed me a great deal!

Furthermore, there is so much whining and self-pity going on, I just want to slap the characters in the face. Everybody is so beautiful but oh so unsure about themselves. The sisters (and Sally’s daughters) constantly complain about everything. And Alice Hoffman seems to be a huge fan of lists, so we get endless lamentations of all the things that might not be rainbows and butterflies. To be honest, I couldn’t bring myself to care for any of the characters – they only managed to get me to roll my eyes constantly.

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Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to share my thoughts on the most recent book I read. The Rules of Magic is a prequel to Alice Hoffman’s famous novel Practical Magic (review for that one is coming soon!). So let’s see what it is about!

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Cover from Goodreads)


The Plot: 
Set in the 1960’s in New York, the members of the Owens family battle with love. An ancient curse casted by an ancestors dooms those they fall in love with. Can the Owens children Jet, Franny and Vincent escape the curse? At what cost?
Even being born into a magical family can’t save you from heartbreak…


The Rating:
Oh boy, I am in love with this novel. It’s just about everything I had hoped for.
First of all, I love that it’s set in the 60’s. It’s such a fascinating time and it works extremely well with the whole vibe of the book. The characters are all to die for. There’s not a single one in there that I don’t care about. Hoffman managed to evade warming up stereotypes. Whenever you think you know where it’s going and just what that characters is like, you are surprised. The story itself is crafted wonderfully. The magic seeps out of every page without being too much in your face. Continue reading