June 23, 2018

June 19, 2018

I am a HUGE fan of book to movie adaptations.

Sure, there's always the chance of a terrible adaptation, but I still get really excited when I hear a favorite book is being made into a movie. (And sometimes, the book getting a movie deal is what finally pushes me to read it -- before the movie releases, of course.)

The process of turning a book into a movie fascinates me. Everything from costume to storyboarding to casting to script writing. But my favorite thing is figuring out why the writers make the changes they did. (Sometimes the answers are obvious and practical. Sometimes they're baffling.)

That is why I've started "Read the Book", a new video series on my BookTube channel that will discuss a different book/movie pair in each episode. From YA contemporary to high fantasy, I look forward to rereading and rewatching old favorites, as well as discovering new faves.

This month, I'll be discussing Howl's Moving Castle. Next month... Well, that's a surprise, isn't it? You'll have to watch tomorrow's episode if you're curious (it's not what you would expect). I'll also be announcing the next month's book on my Twitter and Instagram. You are welcome to join in on my read/watch-a-long. If you have a copy of the book or movie handy (or both, both is good) there's still time to tackle them before the weekend to catch-up.

If you want to know more, be sure to check out the first episode:

And that brings us to why we're here: I need your help.

There are so many books that have been made into movies, it's a little overwhelming, so I'd love some input about I should go next. As I've already mentioned, July's combo is already decided, but I'm taking suggestions for August and beyond. I want y'all's opinion on what books to read first, so please drop down in the comments and let me know what your favorite book-to-movie journey is.

A couple of quick guidelines:
1. It has to be out on DVD, so no movies from this year. (Don't worry, I'll be getting to those next year.)

2. If it's a book I've already read this year, I won't be rereading it again in 2018. You can look at my Goodreads if you want to double check.

3. There are certain genres and authors I won't be touching. Erotica squicks me out, so I won't be covering any books/movies from that genre. I'm also staying away from any authors accused of sexual assault (Jay Asher, Daniel Handler, Sherman Alexie, etc.) until such a time that they are either proved innocent or they show a genuine effort to change.

Pretty much everything else is game. So, please, suggest away.

And thank you. I always appreciate y'all's presence on my blog.

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