I first read If I Stay by Gayle Forman in 2010. I can still say that it was an emotional read. It has a great love story, a tragic tale and the love of music all rolled into one. I saw the movie on opening day, August 22, 2014 and even though it wasn't like the novel (what movie is), it was still awesome to see it come to life on the big screen. I definitely recommend reading the novel and watching the movie, in that order.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is about a teenage girl, Hazel, who has cancer and attends support meetings with other teenagers who share similar stories. One day she meets Augustus, who is in remission. They share a connection that links their lives together.
I was curious to read this novel because on one hand it was being praised so highly, and on the other hand, the realism of the characters was being judged. To top it off, a movie was being released. I’m always a sucker for books that are adapted as movies. As soon as I saw a trailer, I ran to get my hands on the book. Right before the movie came out I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars.
The characters were witty and their humor was dark, but I found it hilarious. Of course their teenagers, and teenagers don’t normally act or discuss things like these two characters, but they are fictitious. Their lives call for them to have matured sooner than your average teen. I loved the novel and had high hopes for the film.
It’s been almost two weeks ago since I’ve seen it, which gave me enough time to get my emotions in check. I came out of that theater with my eyes red and swollen. Even though the movie adaptation was not completely like the novel I was extremely happy with it.
I give The Fault in Our Stars novel and movie 5 out of 5 stars.
When I first heard that they were making a movie of The Giver by Lois Lowry I was really excited. I remember reading this novel in middle school and it was the first book, assigned by a teacher, that I can remember really liking. I even listened to the audio book to see if it was the way I remember it. It's amazing what time can do to a person's perspective, It was like a whole different novel. If you haven't read the novel I definitely recommend doing so before watching the movie. The movie will be out on August 15, 2014.
I devour books in days and dabble at being a writer.