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

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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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Book vs. TV Show: Secret Diary of a Call Girl

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After watching (and rewatching) Secret Diary of a Call Girl a while ago, I finally decided to pick up the supposedly real diary the show was based on. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Belle couldn’t find a job after University. Her impressive degree was not paying her rent or buying her food. But after a fantastic threesome with a very rich couple who gave her a ton of money, Belle realized that she could earn more than anyone she knew–by becoming a call girl. The rest is history. Belle became a 20-something London working girl–and had the audacity to write about it–anonymously. The shockingly candid and explicit diary she put on the Internet became a London sensation. She shares her entire journey inside the world of high-priced escorts, including fascinating and explicit insights about her job and her clients, her various boyfriends, and a taboo lifestyle that has to be read to be believed. The witty observations, shocking revelations, and hilarious scenarios deliver like the very best fiction and make for a titillating reading experience unlike any other.

Book vs. TV Show:

So, I’ll begin with my thoughts on the show since I saw that before reading the book.

To keep it short, there wasn’t much that I didn’t like about the show. Billie Piper was marvelous in the leading role. She’s charming, she’s funny, she’s witty. Nailed it.

Throughout the four seasons, we also get a bunch of famous guest stars which is intriguing but certainly not the main thing that kept me interested in the show.

What fascinated me was the approach towards the topic. The honesty with which her life was presented. It’s nothing dirty or shameful, it’s her job. It’s simply interesting to get to peek behind a curtain you usually wouldn’t. So, when I picked up the book, that’s what I expected more of.

Well, Belle and I had some trouble getting started.
The real Belle’s vibe was somewhat different than the one Billie Piper had on the show. That was a little irritating and it took me a while to get used to that.

While Belle is certainly a smart woman she didn’t exude the same charm as in the show and I had trouble warming up to her. Her humor also comes across differently, but after a few chapters, I got into that.

There was, however, one thing I couldn’t get into. For my taste, Belle kept complaining too much about her private relationships. That was not only annoying but at times a little delusional.

In all honesty, Belle isn’t the kind of person I would want to be friends with. I had trouble relating to anything she said and kept rolling my eyes for a good portion of the book.

By the way, as the title says, this is a dairy. So don’t expect any coherence or narration. It’s just weird bits and pieces of her life. Just in case you were expecting something different, you were warned.

While I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show I had lukewarm feelings for the book at best. It was boring at times, annoying at others, only occasionally exceedingly funny or witty. The show is definitely better than the book it’s based on.

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

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Book vs. Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

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Today I bring you a movie I’ve seen several times already and hold dear to my heart. It is nigh time that I explore the book it is based on!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Book vs. Movie:

It is so much how much alike yet completely different book and movie are! I usually being with my thoughts on the novel but since I am more familiar with the film and only picked the book after revisiting that for the umpteenth time, today I’ll start with the adaptation.

If you followed my Studio Ghibli review series last year (to be continued this April), you already know that I love the film and consider it to be among the Studio’s top productions. Let’s recap real quick why that is the case.

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