Gone Girl Movie This Friday!!

Guysguysguys,

If you’re anything like me and read entertainment magazines and blogs etc., you’ve been hearing about the adaptation of Gone Girl for a while. Entertainment Weekly is one that I subscribe to and they have featured Gone Girl on the cover twice! Now that we are nearing opening night (four more sleeps!),  I thought I should put my two cents in!

When the adaptation of Gone Girl was first announced, fans of the book went nuts. When it was announced that Gillian Flynn herself would be writing the screenplay, fans went even more nuts. Then there was that infamous quote from the director and fans went nuts again… but in a negative way: “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by [the screenplay]. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’” 


During a Reddit AMA (ask me anything), Flynn responded to a fan’s disappointment: 

“Tell your girlfriend not to worry — those reports have been greatly exaggerated! Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways — you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room and you just don’t have room for everything. But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact. I’ve been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter. Screenwriting definitely works different parts of your brain than writing a novel. I do love that with novels, you can really sprawl out — it feels quite decadent. With screenwriting, you have to justify every choice. It’s a nice discipline, but definitely not decadent.”

This pacified some fans, but others have remained skeptical. I am somewhere in the middle; while I understand that some things must change when a book is being adapted into a film, I think there is a line that needs to be drawn. Yes, the “mood, tone, and spirit” are important things, but they, to me, are not all that’s important. When it comes to a story where plot is so key, any changes that alter the plot’s trajectory never sit well with me (ex. the film adaptation of My Sister’s Keeper. That was terrible! The book ended so much better!). If the ending of the movie is different (that is, with more than just minor differences), I am going to be disappointed—I won’t care if the “mood, tone, and spirit” are the same. Therefore, on one hand I am out-of-my-mind excited, and on the other I am quite nervous. How about you? Are you a fan of the book? Do you have any reservations about the movie? 
You can find my review of Gone Girl from last year here

Good News! New Tour Date!

Hey guys,

I have some good news! The new tour date for Butternut Summer is October 7th. Mark it in your calendars, everyone! 🙂 While Butternut Summer could stand on its own, I recommend you try to get your hands on Up At Butternut Lake first!

On the topic of book tours, I have two to add! In December I will be hosting a stop on the tours for both Woman with a Gun by Phillip Margolin (15th), and The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde (TBD)! For more info on what’s coming up here at Fuelled by Fiction, check out the Upcoming page, or click here.

Hope you’re having an excellent weekend!

XO

Indian Summer

Hey guys,
It is a beautiful day today! It’s warm, the sun is shining, it’s Saturday, what more could you ask for? American authors have taught me that a day like today– unseasonably warm and sunny– is called an Indian Summer. It feels like summer, but it really isn’t. I think it’s cool that has a name. However, it’s probably racist. Anyway, have an excellent day! I hope it’s sunny wherever you are.
Happy reading!
Xo

“Butternut Summer” Book Tour Postponed

Hey guys,

Unfortunately the Butternut Summer book tour is being postponed to a later date. That date is TBD, so keep a look out for updates! It should be sometime in October. On the plus side, I just recently read the first book in the Butternut Lake series and it was really enjoyable! I am very much looking forward to Butternut Summer! 


While on the topic of book tours, don’t forget about the other two book tours coming up in October! You can look forward to Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely on the 16th, and Olde School by Selah Janel on the 29th! Read more here!


Happy Reading!


XO

MY LIFE IS FOREVER CHANGED

Something amazing and life changing happened to me yesterday while watching YouTube videos from Book Riot. I was introduced to this seriously amazing website called Book Outlet (bookoutlet.com in the US and bookoutlet.ca in Canada). What is Book Outlet, you say? How can a website change your life, you say? Well, let me tell you! Book Outlet is a website that sells bargain books. Bargain books are new, unread books that the publisher sells at a reduced rate. generally publishers do this to get rid of extra stock. This extra stock might be generated because they printed too many copies, or a bookstore bought too many copies so they returned some, or because a book has come out in paperback and they are trying to get rid of the hardcovers. It’s a beautiful thing. I just bought three new books for less than ten dollars! The books were all released within the last year or so, too!

Thank you Book Riot (www.bookriot.com). And thank you Book Outlet.

Xo happy reading (and online shopping!)

From the Page to the Screen: This is Where I Leave You

I had very high expectations for this film. Not only is it based on an excellent book, but the author of that book, Jonathan Tropper, also penned the screenplay! This knowledge gave me hope that the film adaptation would not make any strange deviations from the excellent work of fiction that is This Is Where I Leave You. To top it all off, the film boasts comedic heavyweights such as Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. How could you go wrong? The answer? You couldn’t. I loved it.

For those who are unfamiliar with the novel, the film might have been a bit of a surprise. With the likes of Bateman and Fey, the expectations of many likely leaned towards the lighthearted, comedic side of things. While This is Where I Leave You is certainly funny, it has a very serious tone. The Altman’s are not all happy-go-lucky, and things don’t always work out for them. Life is hard, and life is messy. That is what you see in this film.

Like I had hoped, the film did stay rather true to the novel–there are even direct quotations in some of the characters’ lines. That is something I really appreciated. I also appreciated that the end of the film left me feeling a lot more hopeful than the end of the novel did! Yay optimism!

If you haven’t seen this film or read this book, I encourage you to do both. However, if you are going to see the film, don’t let the cast fool you. Although they do an incredible job, it’s not all fun and games. It’s a family dramedy with lots of both.

You can find my review of the novel here. 🙂

XO
Happy reading and watching!

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Orion


When the head of the Foxman family dies, his last wish is that his family gather together at home and observe the Jewish tradition of sitting shiva. Stuck together in their childhood home for seven days, each member of the Foxman tribe carries their baggage along with them. But no one knows you like family, and blood is thicker than water. 


A dark comedy about family, grief, love, and what holds us together, This is Where I Leave You is a funny but astutely poignant tale of a dysfunctional family, each eccentric member seeking happiness, and none of them managing to achieve it. 



Tropper’s writing is elegant and precise, beautiful in his observations and descriptions. Although it wasn’t always my cup of tea, on the whole I enjoyed this novel—especially the writing. Tropper is a master of the simile, each one more clever than the last. Here’s one of my favourites:


“We knew marriage could be difficult in the same way that we knew there were starving children in Africa. It was a tragic fact but worlds away from our reality.” 

Although I appreciated Tropper’s writing and insight, the storyline often left me feeling hollow. Ultimately it ends happily (sort of), but I couldn’t fully enjoy it because I see things differently. I guess I’m just more optimistic! And Tropper doesn’t sugar coat anything:


“That’s the problem with college kids. I blame Hollywood for skewing their perspective. Life is just a big romantic comedy to them, and if you meet-cute, happily-ever-after is a forgone conclusion.”

I’m looking forward to what the likes of Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver can bring to the story on the big screen. I have faith that they will do Tropper and the hilarious Foxmans (changed to Altmans) justice!