Surviving `After` The Movie

It´s been an hour since I walked out of the movie theater. I am spent. Not because of the movie itself ( more about that below ) but because I´m trying to understand how it´s possible to like a movie more than the book.

Yes, I read `After` by Anna Todd ( REVIEW- After Series (book #1-#5) by Anna Todd ).

And yes, I did enjoy the first book a lot because it was a good story. I think, somewhere in my collective review for all the books, I mentioned that I believed the story could have been great with a solid ending on its own. A standalone, if you will. Sadly though, book #1 ends with a cliffy and everything else goes downhill from there on. All books in total have earned 1 star from me. But I enjoyed book #1.

Then word had it `After`was going to be turned in to a movie.

Actual reaction from then and now

God forbid- We can´t have a bestseller stay a simple bestseller. We have to turn it into a movie so every fanfic fanatic and D1 fan can go nuts all over again. One does not feed the  obsessive herd. One leaves ´em alone. Personally, I would have been able to die a happy woman without another book to movie adaptation. But noooo.

With time ditzy old me completely forgot about the disaster of the `After` saga, including the threat of a movie. Then came the trailer.

To be honest- The trailer looked like many things but not like the story I had read.

 

Judging by the trailer I was sure to get a rated PG – 13 version of 50 Shades of Grey.

Being the good book blogger I am I called my friend and forced her mark her calendar. We were going to watch `After`.

The Verdict

I was pleasantly surprised. I actually liked the movie more than the book. Ha! Who´d have thought. I´d even go so far and say that this book to movie adaptation is the first I approve of.

The 50 Shades of Grey movies were catastrophes. The acting felt forced, the dialogue was horrific and the sex scenes were so meeh. Look- If you´re going to do something then do it  right or don´t do it at all. Include the sex and make it the porn it truly is.

 

General mood after watching the 50 Shades of Grey movies

With `After ` everything was different. Aside from the ( I´m sorry, I just can´t help myself ) horrible lead actor. Just because you have a resting asshole face, a leather jacket and have random tattoos  doesn´t mean you´re a bad boy. Where are we? In the 90´s?

 

Hardin Scott- The After bad boy. 

With that being said- I felt the story came pretty close to the book in a positive way.

The focus was on the relationship. There was a nice gradual story development and the peak was actually better than in the book.

Heavens, I don´t know if I should be happy about this or not. With years of hating on book to movie adaptations this one has definitely thrown me off the hate wagon. I seriously don´t know what to do with myself now.

 

 

As for my friend… she hasn´t read the books and even she thought it was a decent romance. Her final comment on the movie: “Don´t tell me we have to wait a fucking year for the next one.” 

Aah, Marlene. My guess is that we´ll have to do just that. With 3 more books we´ll probably have to wait 3 more years to find out more. This means we´ll be 40 years old by the time movie #4 is out.

Even if I know book #2, #3, #4 ( I didn´t bother reading book #5 because it´s just a book on the Hero´s past. Sorry, not interested in that ) was NOT my cup of tea ( you´re welcome to read my reasons for that here )  I still think I should give the movies a go. Who knows… Maybe they´ll be great. Maybe the movie industry will change the story a little. Maybe I´ll like the changes… The possibilities are endless! One can only hope for a miracle.

 

So yes. I liked `After` the movie.

 


 

♥Have you seen the movie? Do you want to see it? Have you run into a book to movie adaption you liked? Let´s chat. ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Someone! Please! ANYONE! Give me a medal because I have read and survived `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green.

I´m serious. For years ( !! ) I´ve avoided this book like the plague. At first I avoided the book because of the hype. Dear sweet baby Jesus… I just dislike when someone ( or a million people ) try to shove books down my throat. The greater the hype, the less I´m interested.

Then I found out the book was a tool to make women sob uncontrollably. To put readers in a never-ending, bottomless pit of depression because the book is THAT sad.

Who wakes up in the morning and decides they want to have a good crying in the evening? Certainly not me.

But before I go ahead and tell you how I survived `The Fault In Our Stars` I think it would be wise to mention that I have seen the movie before I read the book. By accident. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. It wasn´t my fault.

You see, I like to watch TV before I hit the sack. I flip through channels and end up watching whatever until the ass crack of dawn. Well, I somehow managed to land on a channel and noticed I was watching something that clearly started a few minutes earlier without me. Okay, all was good.

Then, for whatever reason, I heard some catch phrases I remembered reading online. Catch phrases that struck a chord…. Before I knew it I was a so angry and a sobbing mess. I remember my husband coming out of the bedroom at 4 a.m. asking if someone in the family died. I remember him standing in the livingroom wearing his medieval PJ´s ( they´re truly ugly ) with a helpless look on his face. He asked if there was anything he could do. He asked why I didn´t just change the channel.

To be honest? That was the last thing on my mind in that moment. All I could do was cry. It was awful. I felt awful. The next day the husbutt brought flowers and chocolate and told me I needed help.

Never in my life did I cry as much as I did while watching a movie. Bah. It wasn´t a beautiful sad type of story. It was just brutally sad. I don´t like sad. I don´t do sad. I´m a happy person. WHY was the universe such a bitch that night?

Okay, fast forward a few years….

A friend of mine came over and gushed her undivided love for a book she read. I listened, curiously ( of course ) and then it hit me. `The Fault In Our Stars`. So, the universe truly hated me.

“Did you read it?” She asked with excitement. The fault in our stars

“Nope. And I won´t read it. Not now, not ever.”

“But it´s a brilliant story.” She said.

“Brilliant? The fact that we have electricity… that´s brilliant. How water can turn to ice… That´s brilliant. That book…. It´s not entering this house.”

So…. to make a long story short…. We made a pact.  She promised to read `Thoughtless` a book I´ve been trying to get her to read for ages and in return I promised I´d read `The Fault In Our Stars`.  My friend had a point when she said the story couldn´t create more damage than it already had…. so….

For those who have no flipping clue about the book… Here´s the synopsis and after that I´ll willingly give my thoughts on the book.



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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

Remember that this is a case of  I – saw – the – movie – before – I – read – the – book. And my final thoughts on the story?  I should have stuck to my guns. I should have kept avoiding this story at all costs.

I expected a little more. More of what, I have no idea. But when you read a book and then watch the movie it´s always a case of  the – book – is – better.

The books always have more depth and transfers emotions on a deeper level. For some odd reason, I didn´t feel the book was better ( or worse ) than the movie.

The book felt a little flat. A little too mushy for my taste.

Of course, the book was sad but I wasn´t the emotional mess I was after watching the movie. I wasn´t touched, as I should have been. Maybe it´s because I went against the natural book – then – movie order. Maybe maybe maybe….

All this doesn´t really matter because I´m still not convinced. The movie was sad and I´m not a fan of sad. The book wasn´t that sad.

Do you wanna know why I think the book wasn´t as sad?

The characters ruined the book. I struggled. Maybe it´s because I´ve long lost the mindset of a 16-year-old or maybe it was because the protagonist wasn´t my cup of tea. Whatever the reason, I just couldn´t. There was no character background for me to build a somewhat relationship with her. It´s true that I had no character background from the movie, either, but there hardly ever is a background story in movies.  What a reader gets is also a truck load of über witty one liners that are supposed to show how Hazel deals with her life with thyroid cancer.  Uuhm… I´ll pass. How do you connect with a character if you don´t know anything about her?

Enter Augustus. The boy Hazel falls for ( because one tragedy isn´t enough ). This character didn´t sit well with me, either.

As far as characters who suffer a great deal go, these were probably the worst, most pretentious beings that ever existed on paper. Very shallow, very unlikable.

This was a clear book problem. The characters in the movie were a lot more dramatic.

The writing, I must say, wasn´t for me, either. This was my first John Green read and I can´t say that I was blown out of my socks.

Overall, I wasn´t impressed with the book and the movie was awfully emotional.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I´m sure there are people dying to have a proper cry evening at home, and I would recommend this read to those people. Everyone else? Nope.

Would I reread this book? No. It´s a miracle I even read it in the first place.



 

The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is actually the type I prefer to see. Very eye catchy )

The Story – 2 stars ( The core of the story isn´t too bad. It might not be what I would ever pick for an evening read but it´s okay. Add the characters and it´s not okay anymore )

The Characters – 1 star ( Not going there. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.

I´m giving `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars



 

This book is available in paperback and ebook format online and in bookstores near you.


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Review- The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Fine. Watching the movie before reading the book wasn´t one of my brightest ideas, I´ll admit to that. I should have known that movie-to-book doesn´t work. I´ve learned that lesson after watching The Horse Whisperer first and then reading the book. But hey- Can you blame me for making the same mistake twice? There was a huge possibility that my experience would have been different, right? * hangs head in defeat * Wrong. The little voice inside my head warned me not to read `The Devil Wears Prada` after I watched the movie. I still did it.

Book Description

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day-and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul

My Thoughts

We´ve all seen the movie, right? So, there´s no need to explain the story. I loved the movie. It was so entertaining and I just loved Meryl Streep. That woman played her awesome roll so well. The book? The original root?

Let me put it mildly: This book wasn´t entertaining. It wasn´t the movie.

I also don´t believe I would have liked this book anymore if I hadn´t seen the movie. The writing was acceptable but not engaging enough. The story also took ( what felt like ) a million years to take off. And when that point arrived….I still wasn´t happy. I kept thinking that something was way off.

It wasn´t until I was 2/3 into the story when it dawned on me that the characters were the problem. Call me picky….but these characters didn´t have their own voices. I mean….if an author creates a character….surely they imagine them a certain way. What happened? What went when wrong? The characters were ( at times ) dull. You always see characters change or grow in stories, but not in this book. I disliked almost every character. They were either snobby, bitchy, or they were constantly feeling sorry for themselves. COME ON! If you´re not happy with your job and you´re making others miserable… New York is huge. Go and find something else!

It´s mucho hard not to notice the New York Times Bestselling bit on the cover. Why this book reached that status is beyond me. Surely, there must have been a mistake because the story wasn´t that good.

It took me forever to start and finish. It takes me about 3 nights to read a 400 and something page book. And The Devil Wears Prada took me weeks. I just can´t see why everyone was making such a fuss about this book. Seriously, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to go ape-shit. The story is flat and couldn´t hold my attention for longer periods of time. 

The author had an idea and she put it on paper. Write a beginning, write the middle section, and end the story. Hmm….THIS WAS A 400 + PAGE BOOK! Where was the build up, where was Andrea´s passion? I´m not kidding…..I had my hopes set up really high for this one and all it brought me was agony, anger, and frustration. I blame everything on the movie.


Before you ask….yes. I did finish this book. Was the end satisfying? Yes and no. The end confused me but I was a happy camper about the fact that I didn´t have to continue the story. Because, I won´t. There´s a book #2 out there called `Revenge Wears Prada` which I won´t dive into because I literally have no enegery left for more. 

The only thing I liked about this book was the fashion bits. And I´m not fashionable nor do I understand trends and the fashion market ( I love my sweats with holes in them. If I could I´d wear them 24/7 ) but I really enjoyed the fashion bits in this book.

If you ask me….with the way this book was, it isn´t worth it. It kind of felt like I wasted my time. Hours and hours no one will ever give me back. The only thing that is keeping me from giving this book to my neighbor is the cover. It just looks too pretty to give away.

Would I recommend this book?
– No. I wouldn´t. BUT I recommend you watch the movie. That´s definitely entertaining and alot cheaper. Plus you get a story and get to look at beautiful people.

Would I re-read this book?
– uuuuh…no.

The Cover- 5 stars ( Flashy. Fancy. I like, I like.)

The Story – 2 stars ( great idea, horribly told. )

The Characters – 2 stars ( Dull. 2 dimensional. Nope.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Disappointed.

I´m giving `The Devil Wears Prada` ( The Devil Wears Prada #1) by Lauren Weisberger 2 out of 5 generous stars.the-devil-wears-prada