Monday, February 20, 2012

“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.”

I know I talk a lot about The Hobbit adaptation coming out far far away down the line (it feels that way at least) but now I would like to take the time to talk about the Warm Bodies film coming out a year from this month (it was pushed back).

If anyone remembers, I have talked about Isaac Marion's novel before back when it was about ready to come out on shelves. I've known for a while that it was being made into a movie but I was waiting for the proper moment to talk about it.

Nicholas Hoult will definitely be playing R and as you can see, there are already stills of him in full on zombie makeup. If you watch The Walking Dead (like I do every Sunday) then what these zombies look like is a shock. When I think zombies, I think ugly decaying faces with the possibility of missing body parts.

But I actually like this new interpretation. Because while zombies are for all intents and purposes dead, they still are (in a way) alive (something has to make them rise and it ain't David Guetta's new CD). And these zombies look dead but without the advanced decomposition.

How R's thoughts will translate from page to screen when he can't actually talk is through voiceover. I'm excited about this because it's such a cool way to still hear R's voice. It reminds me of the novel since we're inside his head and we see his thought process even though he is unable to physically express what he thinks.

What I'm not liking is how this film, before it's even been released, is already being compared to Twilight. I think we should watch the film and make our own opinions, independent of Stephenie Meyer's novels and the films based off of them. My point is it's too early to tell what this film will be like so the comparison is a bit forward and unfair though inevitable. A lot gets compared to Twilight based on little to no similarities these days.

The movie looks interesting and the cast is pretty cool so I might go to see it when it comes out on February 1st, 2013.

EXTRA: Interview with the author about the book and the film.

(title quote from Craig Ferguson)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”

Awwww yeah, people. I have been waiting for months to talk about this book and now that I can, I cannot seem to contain my excitement and love for Cameron Dokey's fairy tales.

I have been reading the Once upon a Time series since it first popped up in 2002 and even own a few (all of them with the original cover artwork by Kinuko Y. Craft). They're so hard to find now and it's a shame to think that so many will miss out on these awesome stories because of that.

But there's always a glimmer of hope. Once by Cameron Dokey contains three of her stories from the series in one book: Wild Orchid (a retelling of Mulan), Golden (a retelling of Rapunzel) and Before Midnight (a retelling of Cinderella).

All of them are awesome stories that I've read over and over again and really adore. So I hope with this re-release, new readers will discover the series and Dokey's work and go looking for more.

(title quote from Audrey Hepburn)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered Am I..."

Bewitching by Alex Flinn: Kendra Hilferty may be an immortal witch but that doesn't mean that everything always goes right for her. Transforming Kyle Kingsbury from a beast into a real prince is just one of her stories. One of the only ones that went right.

After 300 years of hardly getting anything right, Kendra is a bit jaded. So when she meets a girl she believes needs her help, how is she not supposed to get involved?

You had to know that I would be talking about this book at some point down the road. I'm such a huge fan of Alex Flinn and glad for any excuse to talk about her or her novels. Really, I'm quite predictable.

Anyway, I'm real excited for this book and have been since I heard about it. I've wondered about Kendra since I read Beastly but did not get my hopes up on there ever being more involving her beyond Kyle Kingsbury's story. I have been burned by hopes before!

But I'm so glad that Alex Flinn is bringing back the character and giving us a chance to really get to know Kendra. I feel like there's a lot tell and I'll be waiting chin on hands for it by the window of my tower.

Bewitching by Alex Flinn comes out February 14th in hardcover. That's right, Valentine's day! So whether you celebrate the day of lurve or the day of forever aloneness, you now have a reason to be excited for it if you didn't already have one.

(title quote from the song Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Ella Fitzgerald)