Book vs. Movie: The Dressmaker

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It’s book vs. movie time. This time I took a look at Rosalie Ham’s and the 2015 adaptation starring Kate Winslet!


The Plot:
Tilly returns to her home in the Australian outback after 25 years. She’s an entirely different person than she was when she left. However, the only thing that’s changed about the town is her mother being ill. Tilly still struggles with a dramatic event that occurred in her youth and wonders whether she might have been cursed since then.
While she tries to figure out her past, dressmaker Tilly will certainly bring some fresh wind to this dusty bit of world.


Book vs. Movie:
I usually read the book first, but in this case I stumbled upon this flick on TV and only found out later that there actually is a novel. So today, I’m gonna kick off with the film!
First of all, Kate Winslet is absolutely wonderful. We all know that she certainly knows what she’s doing and doesn’t fail us with this performance. She has some great additional cast, but Kate is the shining star here.
Let me warn you. This movie might not be what you expect. It has some dark moments but also some rather weird humor. It’s the kind of thing you either love or hate as it can be somewhat irritating. However, it’s exactly down my alley.¬† Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Insurgent

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It’s time for another book vs. movie post. You may have read my last one, which was about Divergent, the first installment in Veronica Roth’s series. So let’s check out Insurgent, the second part!


The Plot:
Right after the events of Divergent, Tris and her friends continue the fight against Erudite. They try to unite with the Factionless where Four runs into some familiar faces. After an encounter with the Candor, the final battle against Janine and the Erudite begins – with some unexpected results…


Book vs. Movie:
Well, those of you who read my last post know that I was no exactly thrilled. However, as the series was so popular, I decided to give it another shot.
I’ll kick off with the novel. Veronica Roth’s idea for a dystopian world seemed interesting and I had expected some development, but the world she created is just as shallow as all of the characters. There is not much added in comparison to the first novel and honestly, you could have cut most of Insurgent anyways. In fact, the whole system seems to make less sense with every page you read. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Divergent

Hey guys!
It’s book vs. movie time. This is the first of three posts dealing with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and its adaptations. So let’s get down to business!


The Plot:
Living in a post apocalyptic Chicago, Tris is a member of the Abnegation, one of the five faction society compromises of. Well the Abnegation are selfless, Amity are peaceful, Candor honest, Dauntless brave and Erudite intellectual. However, Tris’ life is about to change drastically as on choosing day she will leave Abnegation to become Dauntless. But will she fit in there?


Book vs. Movie:
I’ll kick it off with some thoughts on the novel. The Divergent series was one of the big YA hits of the last years, but I didn’t enjoy it exactly as much as apparently everybody else.
To be honest, I didn’t like any of the characters. Most of the time Tris is an annoying brat – either complaining or whining. Four is quite stereotypical and the whole love-story between them is absolutely unnecessary.
You get the picture, it’s definitely not my favorite book. Continue reading