It's great news when another movie based on a book becomes number one at the box office. Hollywood, take notice!!! books are the way to get original idea nowadays. Instead of remakes or reboots, find your ideas in great storytelling. The fault in our stars is an original work and as you can see the masses loved it. I just hope that a producer or studio out there would take a chance at reading an indie author's work.
I truly believe there are great original stories out there in the indie publishing arena. It'll take just one producer/studio to make a bold move and if he/she does so I know (with all my being) that the movie (and the book) would become a success or perhaps a phenomenon. I don't believe every best-selling novel would translate into a block-buster movie. What makes a block-buster movie is how original the story is and whether a certain demographic would be interested in its originality. Most of the books that hollywood had adapted into movies were clones of either Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter. To truly find the next big thing, you have to look into the indie-publishing world. Dig into stories that are great but the masses haven't gotten a chance to notice its greatness yet. Someday I believe such a situation would come by. Someone out there would find an indie book and turned that book into a movie. But for now I'll just be happy to see any book-based film become number one at the box office. Hopefully "The Giver"would be number one as well. "The Hundred Foot Journey" should also be number one.
Take care and I hope you all are enjoying summer so far. Keep visting my blog, tell someone about it as well. I'm blessed to have such fantastic fans!!! Have fun but not too much fun. Don't forget to read a book as well( preferrably my novels of course:):):) but yeah you can read other books i guess) Bye for now!
P.S. Here's the second trailer of "The Giver", I hope you enjoy it. It's in black and white folks, so they're sticking to the source material which is great.
The trailer for "The Giver" is finally here!!! It's been a long time coming. I'm just so happy that this book is being turned into a movie. I hope that it really does well in theaters. This book is such a YA classic. It's the book that spawned other YA Dystopian novels such as The City of Ember, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and DIvergent series. Without "The Giver" such book wouldn't have exist. This book truly is amazing in every sense of the word. I can't wait for August 15, 2014!!! I hope you all would check it out in theater as well. For that haven't read the book then you're in for a treat when you see it in the big screen. The gripping tale of Jonas would make you want to read the book. As always thanks for visiting my blog, and i do hope you check it out to see other latest news.
P.S. The other Youtube video is a book reviewer who is also interested in reading "The Giver" ( fastforward to 2:06 on youtube clip), and she spoke about how her college friend read "The Giver" and it changed her life (That's how GREAT this book is and i totally agree with her college friend). Also she mentioned my book "House Trap" which she found interested and read the book's blurb to her fans (fastforward to 4:12 on youtube clip). Hopefully, in the near future, i'd post a trailer to my book House Trap for you all to see:) so take care and enjoy THE GIVER trailer once again( I certainly did, i watched it like ten times and never grew tried of it.)
As i stated in my previous post I said that I would mention the next novel I'm writing about and so this is the debut of the title. But before i get to the name i just want to say that I'm glad that J.K. Rowling wrote another adult novel (If you guys read my review of The Casual Vacancy, i hope that she would write another adult novel. After the review weren't so favorable by critics i assume that she might've gone back to writing for children.). The Cuckoo's Calling rose in ranks as soon as everyone knew she wrote it. I'm currently reading it along with other novels. So far I like it. It's good that she didn't write multi-characters this time around and there's a mystery swarming around each chapter. She stated that there would be a sequel to this book as well(which i'm glad to hear because it looks like it would be a great series, perhaps this might be seven books as well:). I can't wait to write my review on this book because reading it so far this young celebrity she's writing about reminds me of a certain celebrity , even the way this character died looks similar to this real-life celebrity. I can't wait to discuss this on my review on Goodreads but for now i will keep it a secret.
Summer is soon coming to a close. It came just as quickly as it's about to leave. I hope you all enjoyed watching those summer movies and I hope you check out those movies that were based on books. And then read the books as well:) If you miss these book-based movies then don't forget to purchase them on they come out on DVD because they're usually really good to keep anyways. You can also compare the books to the movies as well. I know the Fall movies(book related) are looking really fantastic!! i mean have you seen the second trailer to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?That looks really good (even though i wasn't too impress with the book-version. You can read my review of it on Goodreads.) I still want to watch the movie and see what changes they made in the movie from the book.
Okay here is the moment that i've been waiting for....The next new book i'm working on. The next YA thriller/suspense novel that would please your reading mind. The YA book that i'm currently writing....the title is called.....DRUM ROLL!!!....................
I'm so excited to release this title for the world to see. I'm telling you this book would knock your socks off. If you think House Trap, Fiery Trap, or Stained were something then you haven't seen nothing yet. This book is an excellent YA thriller/suspense novel that's different from your other YA novel. This one would keep you guessing till the jaw-dropping end. So I hope you keep checking this blog for more informtion of Chockstone Cabin. I hope you tell others about my blog and my novels because i'll greatly appreciate this from each and everyone of you. Thanks to my fans as always. Keep reading and have a blessed week:)
Comic con 2013 has arrived and everyone is presenting their respectful film. Here are the movies based on books that would be presented this year: Divergent, Ender's Game, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2, Kick-Ass 2(although this really is a graphic novel), Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Seventh Son, I, Frankenstein (again, really more of a graphic novel than a book) and last but definitely not least The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Great to see these book being made into movies and I hope more book would be present in next year's comic con. Alot of interesting clips were shown this year and as always can't wait to see these movies.
I've already finished Divergent and hopefully i would read the second book soon ( I'm currently reading another book). I just want to congratulate the author, Veronica Roth and I really hope this movie become a big success. It must really be surreal for her to be at comic con presenting a movie that she created. I too hope and pray that this would be in the near future for me as well:) It's really an accomplishment for her book to be love by the masses and even more so to be made into a feature movie. I recently saw the clip of the cast of Divergent along with the director and Ms. Veronica Roth. it's really great stuff, i hope you enjoy watching it.
Don't forget to mark it on your calander (if you already have a 2014 one available) because the movie would be out March 21, 2014, and it would probably be awesome to check it out on IMAX. Every movie looks awesome in IMAX:) Enjoy the clip!!
P.S. I have a special announcement regarding to what i've been currently writing. I've been trying to fit in another book on my hectic life this year. Hopefully you would be as excited as i am about it. This new novel i'm writing is really something:) I'd just say that if you thought HOUSE TRAP and the sequel FIERY TRAP was intensely scary, then you haven't seen nothing yet. This story would give you the ULIMATE( a little hint on the blurb) chill. So I hope you're having a happy read with your other books. Check out my books as well (tell others if they don't know about it as well) and I hope you come back here to know more about this new novel i'm writing. PEACE OUT:)
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 Straub
7. What is your favorite book adaptation film? And why?
“The Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King
8. 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.
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