Book Review #216

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Hardcover, 368 pages

Published May 22nd 2017 by Hachette Book Group

Original Title
Crazy House
ISBN
0316431311 (ISBN13: 9780316431316

This was not the usual Petterson, still, it was a really good story.

Becca Greenfield was taken from her home. Her twin, Cassie, went out to find her. Except she did not exactly find her, she was kidnapped too, and to her horror, she joined her sister in a prison just for kids, where they had to fight for their survival. Because they were both on the Death Row.

This gloomy version of the future was interesting, and the character were, mostly, fascinating. The story was told alternatively by Cassie, Becca, Nathaniel (another kid from their cell) and Ms Strepp, the prison warden. She was definitely the most intriguing among all the characters, i couldn’t really figure her out. The end, however, answered some questions about her.

And i also liked how the story unfolded. That gradual passage from the normal routine of the everyday life that was changed by Becca disappearance, until we get to that horrors of theat Crazy House!

Now, about the end. That was another interesting thing about this book. I imagined it to be a stand alone YA. But, the end was in fact, just the beginning of the story. I don’t know if there would be a follow up of the story, but i am really curious about it now.

Overall, it was an enjoyable story. Fans of the Hunger Games would certainly love it.

Down to the wire!!!!

OK folks is coming down to the wire. after months and months of reading great books, good books, some books I wish I hadn’t read… i’m down to seven books left in the 2017 100 book challenge… I can’t believe it… stay tuned for an epic post of all 100 books that I have read this year. With me rating each and every one of them. 

Anyways it’s going to be epic so stay tuned. ☺️☺️😁😁😁📖📖📖… 💯Book Challenge 

39 Movies That Are, In Fact, Better Than The Book…Part 1

Sorry, Stephen King.

1. Psycho (1960)

Directed by: Alfred HitchcockWritten by: Joseph StefanoBased on: Psycho (1959) by Robert BlochWhy it’s better: The film subverts audience expectations by starting with the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) instead of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), making her death a surprise and upping the suspense that has made Psycho a classic. Plus, Norman is a more complex and ultimately sympathetic character in the film.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Written by: Joseph Stefano

Based on: Psycho (1959) by Robert Bloch

Why it’s better: The film subverts audience expectations by starting with the story of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) instead of Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), making her death a surprise and upping the suspense that has made Psycho a classic. Plus, Norman is a more complex and ultimately sympathetic character in the film.

2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

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Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George

Based on: Red Alert (1958) by Peter George

Why it’s better: Stanley Kubrick makes multiple appearances on this list, because his adaptations tended to be distinctive works of art. In this case, he took a straightforward thriller about nuclear war and turned it into a satire that left a much more lasting impression as social commentary.

3. The Graduate (1967)

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Directed by: Mike Nichols

Written by: Calder Willingham and Buck Henry

Based on: The Graduate (1963) by Charles Webb

Why it’s better: While the film doesn’t deviate too much from the novella it’s based on, the casting of Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and Anne Bancroft as his seducer Mrs. Robinson — along with the iconic Simon and Garfunkel score — have made it the more definitive version of the story.

4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

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Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Written by: Stanley Kubrick

Based on: A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess

Why it’s better: Again, Kubrick’s unique aesthetic makes this version of the story more effective than the novel. He also wisely adapted the American edition of the book, which scrapped Burgess’s ending of the U.K. version and saw Alex (Malcolm McDowell) find redemption and turn his life around. Kubrick’s darker conclusion just makes more sense.

5. The Godfather (1972)

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Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Written by: Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola

Based on: The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

Why it’s better: The Godfather is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. Mario Puzo’s pulpy novel is definitely fun, but Francis Ford Coppola elevated it to a breathtaking cinematic accomplishment. It’s also a more streamlined story, with Puzo’s history of Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) incorporated in The Godfather Part II.

6. Jaws (1975)

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Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Written by: Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb

Based on: Jaws (1974) by Peter Benchley

Why it’s better: While the novel Jaws was a fairly standard thriller, the film held back on violence — a serendipitous consequence of a low budget and a malfunctioning mechanical shark. The non-shark characters were also fleshed out and rendered more likable, helping the audience root for them.

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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Directed by: Miloš Forman

Written by: Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman

Based on: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey

Why it’s better: As portrayed by Jack Nicholson, McMurphy is an enduring cinematic antihero. The film shifted perspective from Chief (Will Sampson), who narrates the novel, to McMurphy, thereby making the central conflict between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) all the more dynamic.

8. The Shining (1980)

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Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Written by: Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson

Based on: The Shining (1977) by Stephen King

Why it’s better: Stephen King was famously unhappy with Kubrick’s adaptation of his novel, largely for the way it diminishes the supernatural elements. But while Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) isn’t possessed in the movie, he’s far more frightening than he was in the book, because the horror is more grounded and familiar.

Also, has anyone been curious about this scene?? I know what their doing, but what’s the significance? Seems random.  

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9. Blade Runner (1982)

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Directed by: Ridley Scott

Written by: Hampton Fancher and David Peoples

Based on: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

Why it’s better: Blade Runner is a loose adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, which is a sci-fi classic in its own right. But the movie works better as a dark vision of humanity’s future, and the ambiguity over whether or not Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a replicant was a smart addition to the film.

10. Stand By Me (1986)

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Directed by: Rob Reiner

Written by: Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon

Based on: The Body (1982) by Stephen King

Why it’s better: Another Stephen King adaptation, Stand By Me isn’t vastly different from The Body, a novella originally included in the King collection Different Seasons. But director Rob Reiner better captured the bittersweet childhood nostalgia and dark humor of the story, making the movie a beloved classic.

 

Good Morning!!

So male supermodel Matthew Noszka is reading his date book here. OK. But there are books beside him just waiting to be read. He’ll get to them, right? Just as soon as he checks his sched for the day. Did you know that Matt was discovered and launched his fire-hot modeling career right here on Instagram? Not hard to see why he’s so popular… on the runway, in print, and… anywhere you find him. 

8 Things You Should Probably Know About Pennywise from ‘It’!

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Below are 8 basic facts about Pennywise that you should know before going to see the new film, which will be released this September. I’ve tried to keep it as light on spoilers as possible (spider climax aside), so many of these facts will be known by seasoned veterans of the novel or even the 1990 ABC miniseries, but newbies may find a few things pretty interesting.

1. It originated before the universe itself in an alternate dimension known as the “Deadlights.”

Not much is known about the Deadlights, but that is where Pennywise claims to be from, sometimes going so far as to claim that he is the Deadlights. Anyone who sees the Deadlights goes instantly insane, and only one person has ever seen them and survived (those who have read the novel or seen the 1990 mini-series will know who that is).

2. It’s true form exists solely in the “Deadlights.”

No one has ever seen Pennywise’s true form. While the giant pregnant female spider that appears in the climax of the novel is considered as close a representation to its true form as anyone will ever see,  as it the Deadlights is a realm beyond the physical and thus unable to be contemplated by the human mind.

3. It terrorizes the town of Derry, Maine every three decades(ish).

It came to Earth in an asteroid during prehistory but didn’t wake up until the year 1715. From there, it hibernates for roughly 30 years (the shortest hibernation being 24 years) and wakes up again to feed on the fear of the citizens of Derry. It’s awakening is usually spurred by an act of extreme violence in the town.

4. It takes the shape of the thing its victim fears most.

What better way to feed on fear than to actually scare your victim? The miniseries played with this idea a bit, but Stephen King’s novel takes it a lot further. Pennywise actually takes the form of the shark from Jaws in one memorable scene. This is one aspect of the novel that I really hope the filmmakers behind the remake really take advantage of.

5. However, It must surrender the the laws of whatever shape It takes.

Pennywise’s strength is also his weakness. For example, if he were to take the shape of a werewolf (as he does in the novel), silver bullets would harm him

6. It can be invisible to whoever It doesn’t want to see It.

Most of the time it’s just the kids who are able to see Pennywise and no one else. It only shows itself to the person (or persons) it is targeting. So while one person in a crowded room may be able to see It, no one else will. It’s enough to drive you crazy!

7. It prefers killing children because they are easier to fill with terror.

This one is an no-brainer. If It lives off of the fear of humans, who better to scare than those of us who are most easily scared?

8. It’s weaknesses are courage and heart.

For the sake of spoilers, I won’t go too much into the Ritual of Chüd, but suffice it to say that if you want to defeat It, you’ve got to have the two traits listed above