Paperback, 318 pages
The Fault In Our Stars Film Adaptation
As you may have noticed, my first post in the Books in the Media series was Philomena and not The Returned. I had to move things around a bit because it has taken me longer than expected to watch the eight episodes of Resurrection. I hope this unexpected twist does not disappoint! You can find my review of the book Philomena here or by scrolling down to the post below.
The Bibliophile Next Door
My rating: C+
Philomena Film Adaption
Released 27 November 2013
Directed by Stephen Frears
Starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
My rating: A+
This title might seem familiar to most because it was recently made into a Oscar nominated film starring Dame Judi Dench. The film was a heartwarming yet heart wrenching take on the real life story of Philomena Lee. This film focuses on Philomena’s search for her lost son, aided by the sardonic reporter Martin Sixsmith.
My new series on books in the media officially starts next week with my review of The Returned by Jason Mott and the TV series Resurrection! However, I thought I would kick off the series with a bonus review! Check it out in the post below (or by clicking here)!
I thought I would also give you a sneak peak of what else you can look forward to in the series.
The week after next you can look forward to reading about Philomena: the true story of a woman and the son she had to give away and theAcademy Award nominated adaption Philomena (2013) starring Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench.
Later in the series you might see:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, and The Maze Runner by James Dashner!
Keep checking back for more reviews and updates!
Also, if there are any good books with upcoming or recent film/TV adaptations that you would like to read about here, let me know!
Happy Reading (and watching)!
Your friendly neighbourhood bibliophile
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
This story continues where the recent Veronica Mars movie left off. It is ten years after the end of the TV series, and Veronica has returned to Neptune to help her ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls beat murder charges.
Now, after she found the real killer, she has been sticking around Neptune to help her father get back on his feet after his attack. She, with the help of Wallace and Mac, have been keeping up with his cases at Mars Investigations, trying to keep the business afloat.
It’s Spring break season, and hoards of college students have descended upon the hotels, bars, and beaches of Neptune. The scene is rife with alcohol-infused debauchery…and thus the perfect breeding ground for foul play.
When a young co-ed goes missing, Neptune makes the headlines. Some may say no publicity is bad publicity, but when a second girl goes missing as well, suddenly the hotels, bars, and beaches of Neptune have cleared out. Businesses are losing money because Neptune has been deemed unsafe. As the corrupt sheriff’s department scrambles to find the girls, not all in Neptune are satisfied with their efforts. Soon, Veronica Mars is enlisted, and she will follow every lead to find those girls. No matter how dangerous or how close to home it hits.
Fans of Veronica Mars will (likely) enjoy this book! It has all Veronica’s trademark sass and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very excited to find out that it was going to be the first in a two book series.
With Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas, in the byline, it shows that the books are officially accepted as a continuance of the Veronica Mars universe after the movie. Although I really enjoyed this book, Veronica Mars enthusiasts might have a few complaints.
First of all, unlike the TV series and the movie, the narrator of the book is not Veronica herself. The story is told in a third-person narrative that I found did not detract from the quality of the story. However, like I said, enthusiasts might take issue with this because Veronica’s narration is a trademark element of the show. It provides a window into the sassy and complex mind of our heroine. Without it, some might find that the novel is lacking.
Second, a certain brooding love interest is surprisingly absent throughout the novel.
Many Marshmallows (fans) are members of team LoVe (Logan and Veronica) and will likely be very disappointed by this. While Veronica and Logan are indeed together in this story, Logan spends the entirety of the book off being a navy pilot. I didn’t find this a huge issue because I was a) just glad they were together, b) glad that Logan got his life together, and c) appreciative of the realism that exists in this distance.
Third, the characters that played such an important role in Veronica’s life—Mac, Wallace, and, most notably, Keith Mars—experience very little character development and/or very little actual attention in the novel. While the novel does a decent job bringing Veronica to life, it falls short where these other characters are concerned.
All that being said, if you’re not a nit-picky enthusiast, and are just looking for the same kind of entertainment the series brought you, this book should do the trick. I absolutely loved it. I wish the book series was going to involve more than two novels, but I am really glad they’re happening at all! If you are not a V. Mars fan, I’m not sure you will like this book. A lot of its appeal lies in its attention to V. Mars loyalists. There will be many things others might not understand or pick up on. However, if you’re not a V. Mars fan, I’m not sure why you would be interested in this book anyway. Also, I’m pretty sure this goes without saying, but if you haven’t seen the movie, you should not read this book. The book continues where the movie left off. So, watch the movie first.
All in all, this is a solid read and I would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed the TV series and movie.
So… I was looking into the TV series The Returned for my upcoming post about the book by the same title. I recently posted a confused rant about it (refer to said rant here). However, I got things a little mixed up. The French TV series The Returned is based on a French film, called They Came Back, and it (the French show) premiered in 2012. It just came to the US last year, and an American adaptation is currently in the works. It is the French show that is critically acclaimed.
This is all very interesting (and confusing) but doesn’t really have much bearing on my upcoming series. Although the book and this show share the same name, the show based on the book is called something else (this is discussed in my previous post). My first entry in the series of Books in the Media is going to be on the book The Returned and the show Resurrection.
Your friendly neighbourhood bibliophile
I am trying to up the ante on my blog, if you know what I mean. I am trying to post more interesting content and get more readers to my page. I have just added a new feature! To the right of the posts there is now an option to subscribe to my blog via RSS and via email! Please do so and up my reader count ! 🙂
Also, my first post in the Books in the Media series should be out next week! Look forward to hearing about the book The Returned by Jason Mott, and the show Resurrection that’s based on it! Keep checking back for more info!
Your friendly neighbourhood bibliophile
I just recently read the book The Returned by Jason Mott. I knew it had been made into a TV show because the back of the book jacket said so, and because I had seen ads for it on TV. However, upon looking into it, I got a little confused. I looked up “the returned tv series” and found two different options. One was a French TV series, and the other was an American remake of that TV series. However, the American remake is onto season two, and premiered in 2012. This was especially confusing for two reasons: 1) the whole remake of a French TV series thing, and 2) the book The Returned didn’t come out until August 2013.
Upon looking into it, I thought that it just had to be something different. Maybe they called the TV series based on the book a different thing. But it was strange because the synopsis for the TV series titled The Returned was strikingly similar to that premise of the book (with differences in character and specifics). It’s very weird because this TV show is apparently quite popular and an Emmy award winner. It turns out the new TV series based upon the book by Jason Mott is called Resurrection and first aired in March.
I am startled by the similarities in premise. However, the actual plot does have its differences (which it must, otherwise that would be straight up plagiarism, would it not?). I had planned on adding this book to my upcoming series of reviews on books coming to the screen. Now, however, it has been given a new twist. I am going to have to watch both of these shows and compare! The review of the book itself will be coming soon, with commentary on the shows to follow.
Have any of you guys watched either show? What do you think?
Happy reading (and watching)