Well Summer is here!! so here are movies available that are based on books.
The Great Gatsby- follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (out, but limited release) — This story of a Pakistani Wall Streeter is based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Liev Shrieber.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) — I hesitate to include this — it’s a black-and-white modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare play helmed by Joss Whedon, of The Avengers fame. Huh?
Tiger Eyes (June 7) —Lawrence Blume adapted his mother Judy’s 1981 novel about a teen coping with her father’s death in a car accident.
World War Z (June 21) — Perhaps, other than Gatsby, the most-anticipated bookish film of the summer. Brad Pitt stars in this $170 million zombie thriller, based on the super-popular novel by Max Brooks.
Copperhead (June 28) — For you Civil War buffs, this story of how the war destroyed a family is based on the novel by the late 19th century novelist Harold Frederic (also penned The Damnation of Theron Ware)). The movie is directed by the same director, Ronald Maxwell, who brought Jeff Shaara’s novel Gods and Generals to the screen.
R.I.P.D. (July 19) — Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges star in this film based on the graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. Entertainment Weekly describes the plot as like a “lost dream sequence from the stoner classic The Big Lebowski.”
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 7) — The second movie based on Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” young adult fantasy novels, the movie stars Logan Lerman as Percy. Stanley Tucci also makes an appearance as Dionysus.
Austenland (Aug. 16) — About a group of women at a Jane Austen fan camp, the movie, based on the novel by Shannon Hale, stars Keri Russell. Stephenie Meyer, oddly enough, is a producer on the film. What?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug 23.) —Movies based on young adult fantasy series are certainly hot this year (Remember, Catching Fire is out Nov. 22). This movie is based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Protagonist Clary Fray is played by British actress Lily Collins
So check them out (especially Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!!!!!!) before or after you read the book. You guys have fun reading and watching the movie. Don't forget to check out my novels as well, read the excerpts first and tell others that might like my stories as well. Remember to spend your summer wisely as well as blissfully.
I would first like to thank Mr. Barnett for taking the time to answer these interview questions.
1. Could you give a brief summary about When Earthlings Weep is about?
The protagonist is Mickey, who is average in many ways, but suffers from horrible nightmares, where he visits strange worlds with hideous creatures. Mickey has no knowledge of an experiment he volunteered for, years before, while he was in the military. This lost time is the key to discovering some horrible dark secret, which will soon affect Mickey in a profound way. Secret military Black-Ops teams and aliens from other worlds are also in on Mickey’s secrets, and wish to take them at any cost; even if it leads to the destruction of worlds. 2. How did you get the idea of When Earthlings Weep?
I have always loved the underdog, and loved the idea of making such a person into a super-human, against his will. What if a person gained such power, but at a terrible cost?3. What is your favorite book and author?
This is a toss-up between, “The Stand” by Stephen King, and “Servant of the Bones” by Anne Rice, for different reasons.4. What was the first book you ever completed?
The first book I ever read was “Tom Sawyer”, by Mark Twain.5. How did you come up with the title When Earthlings Weep?
In the story, there are the major themes of good versus evil, and innocence versus aggression. There is also a hidden theme about greed and obsession, which destroys people and everything, which gets in the way. I based the title on a poem I wrote, which is in the book. The poem describes the aftermath of an apocalypse.6. What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading “Black House” by Stephen King and Peter Straub7. What is your favorite book adaptation film? And why?
“The Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King8. On When Earthlings Weep, did you know how it would end, before you started writing the novel or did you go along and eventually figure it out?
When I write, I have real good idea how I will start the book, and a pretty good idea about story and characters for the middle. I usually have no idea at all how my stories will end, until the story whispers it to me.9. Do you have any upcoming novel you'd like to talk about and in what genre?
I have another Sci-Fi I am currently writing, which I am about half-finished. Unlike ‘When Earthlings Weep’, full of action and craziness from the start, my next will have just a handful of characters, slower paced…but very intense.10. Where can those interested in When Earthlings Weep get it at?
Thanks again to Mr. Barnett for taking the time to do this and I hope everyone of you would check out his novel soon because it sounds really interesting. Take care and I hope you have a great day and a happy read of course.
"Chins up Smile on"
"Chins up Smile on," Why???? because the teaser to catching fire is finally here:)
Here is the plot line from wikipedia:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
I have to say the teaser of catching fire was much better than the teaser of the first movie. I remember the first movie being extremely short and pointless. This one, catching fire, showed alot more although leaving alot away as well. i like that they showed the prime characters from film one and not the new casts of catching fire. I bet they are leaving the introduction of the new casts or rather the former victors for a longer, grander trailer (which i hope would be release sooner, perhaps in late May, early June). It looks like Catching Fire is following the same style from The Hunger Games which is a good thing and a bad thing depending on how the entire movie would turn out. Good thing being that it's sticking with the gritty, reality of the world. It has a familar feel to what we're used to from the first movie. However what i meant by "Bad thing" is that it might become boring to see the same style of filming. if it has the same filming style and has nothing new to the table then it would become tedious (for lack of a bettter word). I thought the brilliant point in the teaser was the conversation between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee. I hope you enjoy the teaser, and i can't wait to see the full trailer.
Man November seems so far away but as we all know time flies. Before you know it the movie would be here.
P.S. My interview with the author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett would be posted on April 23. I hope you check that out!!!
I'm glad that Hollywood decided to make the sequel to the Percy Jackson Movie. I know the first one didn't following the plot of the book but I enjoyed it however. I heard this sequel followed closely to the book( they even went as far as to change Alexanderia Daddario's hair to blonde like the character in the book) so that's good news there. So I posted the trailer on my blog because I like it and i really hope that it wouldn't be a flop. I really hope it does better than the first movie as well. So check it out and go see it in theaters, make this one a success folks!!!
P.S. I have an upcoming interview with author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett. So please check out this inteview on my blog in the near future. Thanks as always and keep reading and have a great day:)
I heard so much about this movie yet I haven't seen it. I will watch it one day( i have the DVD) and write my review here. But I just wanted to blog about this in advance. I believe the movie is one that everyone should watch and i will watch it one day. So keep checking my blog for update on this and other stuff that i usually write about. It looks like a unique and fresh film to watch (not too hollywood-ish or unoriginal). So it got my interest there. Here is a TV spot of the movie:
"You're my friend, kind of."
If you've seen the movie then you'll know when Hushpuppy said this quote. It was also my favorite scene in the movie( I love how she came face to face with the Aurochs). I think Quvenzhané Wallis did an excellent job and I could see why the movie got the recognition. She narrated the story quite beautifully. You can't help but be involved in the journey that she took till the very end of the movie. When the movie ended, I wondered what would happen to Hushpuppy, what she would grow up to be, and (SPOILER ALERT, don't read the next sentence) how she dealt with her father's death afterward or even how her life would change without him in her life.
Overall it was a well-told story and although I didn't agree with her father staying to ride the storm, I still think that his decision made for an intriguing story( but in real life please don't stay if there's a great storm coming to your town to flood it. Leave and leave sooner rather than later.) I love how the community Hushpuppy lived in celebrate and look out for each other ( I wish more neighborhoods could be like this). They cared for one another despite their situations. I thought their care for each other was captured wonderfully or rather magically at the beginning and end of the movie. The movie is shot in a documentary-style and might not be for everyone because of that (also a few scenes may be disturbing for young/adult viewers alike) but it's something new, an original story-telling experience, and above all a noteworthy look into a life of a little girl from southern Louisiana bayou....
P.S. Beasts of The Southern Wild is based on a short story by Doris Betts. The full title of the book is called Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories. It was written in 1973. The collection was nominated for a 1974 National Book Award.... I hope more books would be made into movies....perhaps and hopefully House Trap:).....I'm just saying:) anyways thanks for reading my review on Beast of the southern wild. I hope you keep coming here to read what i have to write next. Take Care!!!
P.S.S. Just wanted to add that I love the theme song of this movie. It fitted the mood and the situation quite well.
Like I've mentioned numerous times I like to check out movies based on books because I either read the book first then watch the movie or vice versa. So I'm quite pleased to see Warm Bodies, a novel by Isaac Marion, be number one at the box office. Here is the summary of warm bodies from the book jacket.
'R' is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows - warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can't understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won't be changed without a fight...
This is a unique take to a zombie tale just like my YA novel, Stained is a unique take for a zombie tale as well. If you love warm bodies and want to experience another different take to a zombie tale( especially one with a YA feel) then check out my novel STAINED. The movie has been getting positive review and i'm not too surprised by this ( since it's based on a book). So it's quite fitting for Hollywood to make more adaptations from novels( hopefully my novels would be one of them in the near future, I hope to the Lord this will be so). So check out Warm Bodies (both movie and book), check out STAINED if you are thirsty for more zombie story, and keep checking my blog as always or else what's the use of being online in the first place:)
Let the Confetti fall!!!!!! because, not only it's the new year (yes i'm still celebrating the new year and i will continue till the end of January), but, and this is a big BUT, get ready for this............ Fiery Trap is finally here for your reading pleasure:) If you want to start reading it now it's available at smashwords.com. You can go to smashwords and get your copy now. As for amazon, it would be available in a couple of hours. I hope you all are having a great new year so far. I hope changes are coming to you as well (Good changes of course). I'm just excited to release Fiery Trap to the world. Sequels are alway tricky to write. You have to match the original yet bring something new to the table. I feel i've done that with Fiery Trap. I believe my fans will be thrilled and be surprised by the end of the story. This is a YA thriller/Suspense book that would have you talking and hopefully telling others about it:). I don't want to spoil anything for you but if you want to read the excerpt please click on Fiery Trap tab above. But first it would be wise to read the first book because the second book starts where the first ended. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope to see you again. 2013 is looking good so far:)
Hey you guys, I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year. 2012 is gone and we all made it to 2013. Hopefully we've all learned both from ourselves and others to bring growth or awareness to ourselves this new year. May your goals and wishes be fulfilled and if you've already accomplished what you want in 2012 it doesn't hurt to have another goal or perhaps aid someone in accomplishing theirs for 2013. So stay safe, be gracious, and be thankful for both the little and big things. May 2013 be your year, and my year as well. Ciao and i hope to see you soon on my blog:)
I just want to say Merry Christmas to all my readers around the world and I hope you're having a wonderful season. Take care of yourself and I hope everything goes well. Thank you for visiting my blog as always and thank you for sharing my blog and my novels with other people. It truly means alot to me:) May peace and love always be with you all. Until next time:)
Rachel is now in college, she has found love and her life as a college student is typical till someone emerged to turn it upside down. Someone is leaving clues to her past or is she just imagining it? Rachel had gone through a roller coaster of terror in the Hausefalle's house, now the terror shadows her every step in the world.
This is a hint that Fiery Trap would be available sooner than you think:) I hope you check out my blog for the release date. And of course please read book one first before reading this one to get a better understanding.