TV Tuesday | Sleeping with the Enemy

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation

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Sleeping with the Enemy was an infamous movie starring Julia Roberts, known for surpassing Nancy Prince’s original novel in greatness. The story follows Laura Burney, a woman who appears to have everything, but has secretly endured the brutality of her husband’s domestic abuse. That is until she fakes her death and flees – with a new name and appearance – to a small town where she’s a stranger to everyone. During this time she finds herself…sorta. This was a favorite of my aunt’s, therefore, I’ve seen it an ungodly amount of times. There’s nothing impactful about the movie despite the strong plot/subject matter, but it’s watchable.


TV Tuesday | The Election

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)

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Clearly you can guess the inspiration for this week of TV Tuesday. The 2016 presidential election is today, so what better way to show my support of the two individuals that’ll be ruining this country come tonight! The Election is a dark comedy, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. The movie is very funny, with Witherspoons crazy antics and warped thinking that makes her do anything to become her high school’s President. After learning about Tracy’s unethical voting tactics, Broderick enlists a dumb, yet popular, jock to run against her so that she cannot become president. The entire movie is Broderick trying to uproot Witherspoon, and Witherspoon doing something crazy for votes and revenge against Broderick. Overall the movie is fun, dark, and oddly uncomfortable to watch, but captures (from what I’ve read) the essences of the novel Election by Tom Perotta quite well. God Bless America…we’re gonna need it.



TV Tuesday | Nerve

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation



Nerve  is a mystery thriller, novel by Jeanne Ryan that focuses on two players teamed together to play a daring game called Nerve. It begins exhilarating and adventurous, but slowly begins to take a dark and twisted turn when they’re suddenly forbidden from quitting – or risk losing their lives. Overall, It has a very ominous summary, but the movie trailer is what peaked my interest in the novel. However, the reviews for the book aren’t the best, it’s actually the opposite, but I still might give it the old college try (what am I 50?!). I think it’s important to note that I haven’t seen the movie, it just looks like something I’d be into for fun.


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Review

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The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes


Illuminae has a massive overload of reviews, so my input won’t be something that someone hasn’t already stated, but I read it so why not review it.

Cons:
  • Format – The format of Illuminae while ambitious and entertaining, didn’t leave a considerable amount of potential to build an attachment to the characters or storyline. Since the entire novel is broken up into IM’s, articles, transcribed audio and video footage, data records, and recorded codes and information from A.I.D.A.N. While the storyline wasn’t difficult to follow, it just felt weird at times.
  • Characters – This can be reflected back to the format. Because of the way Illuminae is formatted it’s hard to be connected to the characters. Kady and Ezra were funny and their love was fun and heartfelt, but I just wasn’t invested in them.

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The Martian by Andy Weir | Review

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.


Let me begin by commending the adaptation of this novel to the big screen! The Martian (movie) was one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen – it was wonderfully done.

Now onto the review.

The Martian is a charming book.

Unlike some science fiction novels, The Martian has a great balance of humor to scientific mumbo jumbo. Although there is a great amount of science-talk and mathematical calculations  that can be distracting at first, it gets easier as the novel progresses.

Since it’s easy for a novel centered around a singular character alone on a desolate planet to be quite boring and dreadfully detailed (like A Princess of Mars), it really surprised me how entertaining this story was. However, if I’m being honest, this is largely due to Mark Watney, our protagonist, who is hilarious!

“I am smiling a great smile. The smile of a man who fucked with his car a didn’t break it.” – Mark Watney, The Martian

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TV Tuesday | John Carter

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

John Carter, while not held in high-esteem for its, “uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization,” (Rotten Tomatoes) it cannot be easily dismissed. There’s adventure and exploration on our neighboring Red Planet, Mars, with clarity and distinction (although inaccurate). John Carter is simply a fun movie with an extreme variety of creatures, customs, and cultures directly originated from the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the Barsoom series. It’s because of the lackluster feel of the film adaptation, John Carter, that I decided to read the novel. Figuring that the novel would provide more clarity and sustenance – along with a proper ending – I ventured into the world of written Barsoom and realized (rather quickly) that the movie worked off of what it was given as an original. My review will be up soon.



 

TV Tuesday

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Movie that prompted you to read a book?

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is one of those novels you shouldn’t go your life without ever reading, however I didn’t read it until after I saw the movie. It’s a story overflowing with adventure, childlike humor and amazement in the eyes of Bilbo Baggins of Bag-End. There’s trolls, dwarfs, hobbits, goblins, and other fantastical elements that engender an extremely vivid picture that’s so magical. This novel is a wonderful bedtime story (trust me – I’ve done it on more than one occasion), and the audiobook is very fun to listen.

New Release|Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel) by Chuck Palahniuk

This is unexpected. Fight Club was originally published in 1996 and the movie adapted in 99′. Fight Club 2 is the sequel to Fight Club 20 years later(!), however, unlike it’s predecessor, Fight Club 2 will be in form of a graphic novel. It’ll be released on June 28, 2016, but it’s currently available for pre-order. Although I wasn’t impressed by the first Fight Club novel, I’m excited about this graphic novel and believe that it’s got some serious potential. 


Some imaginary friends never go away . . .

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life.The time has arrived . . .Rize or Die.

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TV Tuesday Meme

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these four:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie that prompted you to read a book?
  • A movie you thought was a book
  • Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation

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Fight Club was one of those movies that alter you perception of incredible cinema. With an outstanding cast, director, and overall plot, Fight Club was essentially a masterpiece of epic proportions. It’s psychological mind twister and showcases a gritty, dirty, post-apocalyptic-like setting that you get lost in. This terrible world that’s so messed up….just watch it!

 

Summary:

A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.
Trailer:

 

Horrible trailer for a wonderful movie.

TV Tuesday Meme

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these four:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie that prompted you to read a book?
  • A movie you thought was a book
  • Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

 

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I’d actually never heard of Douglas Adams or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy until I happened across this movie. Best decision ever!