Safe Haven – which is better: the movie or the book?

Today I’ll be looking at the 2010 novel Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks and its film adaptation Safe Haven starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel released in 2013.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

The Book:

There is a meme floating around the inter-web which depicts step-by-step instructions on how to write a Nicholas Sparks novel/film:

  • start with two pretty white people
  • include an obstacle that makes love between them seem impossible
  • they fall in love anyway
  • throw in a disaster
  • make the poster 2 white people almost kissing
  • count your money

Safe Haven follows this format to the letter. We have the story of Katie, a mysterious woman who moves to a small town in North Carolina called Southport. Katie meets the handsome shopkeeper, a widower named Alex and his two young children. But Katie has a secret that is haunting her every move, and Alex has a broken heart and just wants his children to have a mother again. Will they find love in a hopeless place? Why yes Rihanna, they will. Continue reading

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The Princess Bride – which is better: the movie or the book?

Today I’ll be looking at the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman and its film adaptation The Princess Bride released in 1987.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

 The Book:

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“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters.
Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders.
Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death.
Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes.
Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”

Therein lies the beauty of The Princess Bride – this book has everything (now go back and read that list like Stefon), and is everything. A satire. A romance. A comedy. A fairy-tale.

The Princess Bride details the course of true love for the beautiful Buttercup and the handsome farm boy Westley, which naturally does not run smooth once Westley is killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts and Buttercup promises never to love again. Her beauty catches the eye of Prince Humperdinck, who needs to find a wife so he can produce a male heir to the throne of Florin. Unbeknownst to her, the Prince is planning her murder on the night of their wedding in order to insight a war with neighbouring Guilder. Throw in a mysterious man in black, a miracle man and the trio of a genius, a master fencer and a giant and we have a classic tale of the ages.

“The Sicilian had a dream: with his guile plus the Turk’s strength plus the Spaniard’s sword, they might become the most effective criminal organization in the civilized world.
Which is precisely what they became.”

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – which is better: the movie or the book?

Today I’ll be looking at the 1999 novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling and its film adaptation Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban released in 2004.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

 The Book:


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There once was a boy named Harry…

After The Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets introduced the magical world to us, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban goes deeper and darker. So dark in fact, it is Seriously Black.

Prisoner of Azkaban once again picks up during Harry’s summer holidays away from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In quick succession Harry receives Continue reading

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Ella Enchanted – which is better: the movie or the book?

Today I’ll be looking at the 1997 novel Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine and its film adaptation Ella Enchanted starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, released in 2004.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

The Book:

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Cinderella really is a tale as old as time. If time started in the 1600s and you ignore the incorrect Disney reference. There have been so many different versions of the popular story: books, movies, operas, ballets, plays, comics, songs, and more. Cinderella has her own sociological complex and even a psychological theory known as the Cinderella effect.  The character of Cinderella has popped up in numerous variations – Julie Andrews, Brandy, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Anna Kendrick, Jerry Lewis, the Disney film version and a male Cinderella in a children’s book that no one seems to remember but me.

One such variation of Cinderella is in the story of Ella Enchanted. But this Ella is not a mere replication of the European folktale, the Grimm Brother’s classic or a Disney character. This Ella is different.
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Catching Fire – which is better: the movie or the book?

Today I’ll be looking at the 2009 novel Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and its film adaptation The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson, released in 2013.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

The Book:

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A sequel can never live up to the first book right? Right? WRONG! Suzanne Collins you have done it again, this was a sequel that I could not put down and which gave me a book hangover from staying up all night reading.

Catching Fire is the first sequel to The Hunger Games, a first-person narrative about 16 year old Katniss Everdeen in a post-apocalyptic North America called Panem. Set in the year following Katniss and Peta’s escape from the 74th Annual Hunger Games (where 24 children have to fight to the death for the amusement of The Capitol), we see the consequences of Katniss’s actions in the games take place in her own life, as well as all throughout the districts and Panem.

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The Great Gatsby – which is better: the book or the movie?

Today I’ll be looking at the 1925 novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and its film adaptation The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann released in 2013.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

The Book:

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In The Great Gatsby we are guided by the narration of Nick Carraway through the summer of 1922 when he lived next door to a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby. As Nick gets to know Gatsby, it is clear that he is not getting the whole story. Soon it is revealed that there is a connection between Nick’s beautiful cousin Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby. Set in the village of West Egg on Long Island, The Great Gatsby is full of extravagant parties, mysterious characters and hints of the changing times.

Whenever someone mentions the novel The Great Gatsby words like Continue reading

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The Green Mile – which is better: the book or the movie?

Today I’ll be looking at the 1996 serial novel The Green Mile by Stephen King and its film adaptation The Green Mile starring Tom Hanks released in 1999.

Which is better – the movie or the book?

The Book:

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In The Green Mile we witness the story of John Coffey’s time on death row at Cold Mountain State Penitentiary in 1932 as it is being written by former block supervisor Paul Edgecombe in 1996. The novel switches between these two perspectives in a six volume series written by horror legend Stephen King, who provides us with Continue reading

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