Cover to Cover

Cover To Cover | Paper Towns by John Green

Cover To Cover is basically an excuse for me to swoon over the many beautiful covers for the same book! At the end there’ll be a verdict as to which my favourite cover is. Check out the first Cover to Cover here

With all the buzz going on about the Paper Towns movie I decided to take a chance and look at all the various beautiful covers of this book out there. So let’s get started

The original English cover

It’s obviously a very symbolic cover in relation to the book and paper towns. The red pin is very catchy and I just like the look of the cover. Simple but effective

The American Cover?

Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe this is the American version. I personally don’t like humans on covers because it changes the way I visualise my characters.

Another English cover

So apparently this cover exists. Again very symbolic of paper towns but it gives me too many middle-grade, comic book vibes.

The Spanish Cover

This one doesn’t strike me as much to be honest. The silhouette of the building could’ve been much sharper and yeah nothing specially intriguing about this cover

Another English cover

I love this cover. It’s very quirky and cartoon-esque. The font is very catchy and again, very simple but very appealing.

The German Cover

I’m really feeling the “mysterious disappearance” vibe from this cover. It is thrilling yet wouldn’t catch my eye at a bookstore.

The Dutch Cover

A very interesting take from he original cover. I feel like it’s more bleaker but it does work. I like it

The Greek Cover

This cover seems to take all aspects of the book and put it on the cover. There’s the map, the towns, the cars. I think it works well

The Verdict

I have an obvious favourite for this one and it is this English cover

I always find myself eyeing it at the bookstore and yeah, the colours, the font, the cutesy drawing of the car, it’s just so coherent. I loves it.

BONUS COVER

I didn’t want to put this in the competition because it wouldn’t be fair game. The movie cover of Paper Towns featuring the glorious faces of Cara Delevigne and Nat Wolff..

AH I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE!

What is your favourite Paper Towns Cover?

Which book should be featured in the next Cover To Cover?

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NOTE: All covers taken from Goodreads

Film review

Film Review | Insurgent

Title: Insurgent 

Director: Robert Schwentke

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James

Synopsis: 

Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

 

Finally 500 years after the movie came out I watched it and here’s what I thought

Keep in mind that I haven’t read the book since last year so this is really just what I thought of the movie on its own and not particularly as an adaptation.

Insurgent was, as expected, highly action packed and one word to just sum this whole movie up would be “badass”. Tris was badass, her boyfriend was badass, there was adrenaline in literally every scene and I loved it.

The whole idea of the box and the message from the founders simplified things and didn’t over complicate the plot. The whole depiction of the Factionless, Candor and Amity was on point, no complains there.

The movie did a really great job in projecting Tris’ internal struggle. I mean she just lost her parents, killed her best friends and we could see that trauma, we could see her struggle in trying to forgive herself. And when she does in the end, it’s so satisfying. But in doing that, the movie seemed to focus almost too much on Tris,  I mean we didn’t see as much of her relationship with Four or Christina which is obviously crucial.

As far as the book goes, I believe the movie covered all major events. The special effects were impressive but the ending was a bit too happily every after. I was beginning to wonder if there would actually be a third movie and the last cut rolls around and I can see that yes, there will be room for a third movie, hopefully they call it Allegiant, hopefully it’s not as bad as the book.

I really really liked Insurgent and I’m sure you will too, once you’ve watched Divergent of course, which I reviewed here. I might even like Insurgent better than the first one actually.

Rating

5

 

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Book news

The 5th wave movie: Casting

The film adaptation of Rick Yancey’s best-selling novel The 5th Wave is making high progress.

Filming has already begun and most of the main characters have been cast so I decided, why not share the cast of 5th Wave and bring you up to date!

NOTE: I’m not familiar with most of these actors so sorry if I come across as ignorant.

Teacup 

Initially I thought she looked a bit mature to play Teacup then I thought right, this is Teacup: the meanest seven year old. I’m excited to see if she can pull it off.

Lisa Sullivan 

Judging by the Facebook comments on The 5th Wave page this actress is more well known as Tara. Now I’m not a television person so I have no clue but all I remember  Cassie’s mum doing is being sick so not sure how big her role will be in the movie.

Oliver Sullivan 

Not much to say here except he is close to the all American dad I imagined Cassie to have.

Dumbo

Oh my God, look how perfect he is! the first thing I noticed was his ears cuz get it?Dumbo? I believe he can play the role of the fierce medic quite well.

Sammy

Isn’t that the cutest thing! not gonna lie I imagined Sammy as this chubby five year old but for movie purposes I guess they want him to look older. Appearance wise, he does resemble our Cassie a tad bit so they can pass off as siblings.

Vosch

Initial reaction: Holy moly this is the stuff of my nightmares. It feels like they literally scanned my brain and then created this dude to look exactly like how I imagined Vosch . The 5th Wave has some of the most promising cast I swear.

Ringer

Another scan of my brain I’m guessing? this is so ON POINT. That fierce, sharp, kickass girl I pictured now has an immensely similar face as to my imagination. Although I do hope they give her dark hair because I’m particular like that

For those who’ve read The Infinite Sea, remember Ringer’s name is Marika and this actress is called Maika, weird right? good weird.

Ben Parrish

I’m not too sure about this one, he seems a bit young and I imagined Ben to look like the stereotypical blond footballer. Guess we’ll just wait for the movie.

Evan Walker

Oh Gods of hotness! behold this fine specimen readers because he is PERFECTION. In my eyes, they couldn’t have done a better job casting Evan “claps excitedly”. Brb, just gonna swoon in the corner by myself,

“drumroll”

Cassie Sullivan

My Queen just got cast as Cassie Sullivan HELL YES.  I had this argument with my friend because she thinks Chloe should just stick to doing the emotional/dramatic roles that she currently does and I was like NO.  if there is anyone that can pull off the badass, coming of age character that Cassie is, It’s Chloe. Super excited to see her in a different dynamic eek!

The 5th wave is set to release sometime in 2016 and I can’t wait to receive more news from the sets and everything.

Which cast member seems the most promising to you? anyone you’re surprised or unfazed by? comment away

All picture credits go to: https://www.facebook.com/5thWaveMovie

~infinityreads

 

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Gone Girl ending controversy

Read a NO SPOILERS review of Gone Girl, the book or the movie

Obviously this post contains MAJOR SPOILERS concerning the book and the movie Gone Girl so read ahead at your own risk.

Every time I’ve received recommendations for this book it has been accompanied by the statement: The ending is really disappointing 

But surprise surprise the ending, in my opinion is fantastic! I seriously don’t understand the people that wish for a “better” ending and in this post I’m going to convince you why the original ending is perfect. (or close to perfection)

So assuming everyone’s familiar with the story we know that Amazing Amy get’s the last say as always by getting pregnant with Nick’s frozen sperm (sicko) and therefore, Nick is morally forbidden to reveal the truth about Amy ever.

Initially, I was a little skeptical about this and just wanted Amy to die and leave Nick alone but careful thought and reasoning led me to these conclusions:

1. It fits! (that’s what she said)

Sorry I just had to make that joke but the ending fits the story and the characters well. I mean Amy’s character is the kind that never gets caught, never makes a mistake and she’s the kind of psycho bitch that always gets her psycho way so it’s only reasonable if she after all keeps controlling the game instead of sitting in jail or something.

Just as Nick is about to press the reveal button on Amy and possibly create a best-selling novel in the process Amy plays another card and Voila! Nick is back to square one. I find this demonically funny

2. The irony

The truth is that at the end of the day ironically, Nick and Amy deserve each other. There is no one else that would be able to put up with that much manipulation. Their whole relationship is based upon playing mind games, pretending to be okay or happy or in love or whatever. It’s twisted but it’s their way.

3. It’s open to interpretation

The ending is certainly not an opening for a sequel but it’s open to interpretation. On a lazy day I’ve often found myself wondering, what happened to the baby? can you imagine the screwed up upbringing it would have? or what if Amy had a miscarriage, that would be some Karma. There’s many other questions revolving around Nick’s future.

If Amy had just gone to jail we would assume Nick was living peacefully with Amy confined in a box.

If Amy died there would be the question of who would do the killing? certainly not Nick and it’s just not her nature to suicide I decided way from the start, she’s way too selfish to end herself for the sake of other’s peace.

Thus concludes me arguing my case of why I like the ending of Gone Girl. Did you like it? If not, why? I’m curious.

~Infinityreads

Film review

Movie review: Gone Girl

I assure you, this is safe territory and there are NO SPOILERS in this post 🙂

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

Genre: Mystery, drama

To start off, this movie adaptation of Gone Girl did not disappoint. The themes in cooperated into the film stayed true to the book and the plot successfully managed to be intense and engrossing simultaneously.

The author

If you aren’t aware already, Gillian Flyyn, the author of the book herself wrote the screenplay. I believe this was a crucial and very intelligent decision. The author knows exactly which events are crucial in developing the plot and what exactly stuck with the readers about Gone Girl that would also stick with the viewers. Hence, the movie contained the perfect representation of events that are important in creating that drama and thrill.

The plot

When it comes to plot twists books have it easy because it’s easier to conceal however, with movies it’s harder because everything is there, in front of you. (hope that makes sense?). I was expecting this movie to follow the plot twists road but I’m glad it didn’t because that would’ve been a mess. Instead it was just cleverly sequenced.

Unfortunately, this also meant that the book has more of a thrill factor and the movie didn’t take me by surprise obviously because I knew what was coming. Don’t get me wrong though, the intensity was there alright. Some of the scenes were unexpectedly graphic to the point where I was considering closing my eyes and I love that the movie managed to do that.

The characters

I was expecting nothing but the best performance from Ben Affleck which he managed to deliver no doubt. But quite surprisingly Rosamund Pike did a brilliant job of playing the role of Amy. Amy is quite a difficult character to play because you’ve got to execute her psycho side well and ah this woman better win an Oscar for this performance.

Gone Girl is a very serious, very intense movie which adapted the book quite cleverly in my opinion. I feel like the book and the movie compliment each other so no matter if you read the book first or watch the movie they still both manage to be good. I highly recommend you do at least one of those

Rating

4

~Infinityreads

Film review

Divergent- Film review

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Divergent (2014)

Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Genre: Sci-fi, adventure, romance

Synopsis: In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Note: This isn’t a proper film review. I’m just discussing my thoughts on the movie in relation to the book.

The eagerly awaited Divergent movie is finally out! Divergent is a book to movie adaptation based on Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I highly recommend reading the books before watching the movie since they are the best.

Neil Burger has succeeded   in delivering one of the best book to movie adaptations in recent years. The movie stayed true to the book and there were no drastic changes. Of course the movie has its flaws but I am able to overlook them as all the important events in the book were present.

Pros

  • The opening shot introduces us to dystopian Chicago and the society of Divergent with its many factions, the introduction to this world wasn’t done in the most creative manner however it serves its purpose of informing people who haven’t read the book.
  • Moving on to the characters, Shailene Woodley did a brilliant job of portraying the protagonist- Tris. Her acting was very realistic and you were able to empathize with her in grim moments but also feel the thrill when she was being a bad ass. Theo James, who played the role of Four did a thorough job of portraying the sarcastic and strong man.
  • The movie captured the relationship between Tris and Four in all its entirety, they have great chemistry and the romance it gave me so many feels!
  • Divergent was fast paced and there was never a dull moment. I was always on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I got the same exciting thrill I experienced in the book. My favourite scene would have to be when Tris was zip lining, the adrenaline and the high oh bless!
  • The action shots in the movie were performed brilliantly. It wasn’t gruesome but you still felt the shocking impact that comes when a character is getting beaten up.
  • The score/soundtrack was beautiful absolutely genius oh my god, it made me feel all the roller coaster of emotions so profoundly and complimented the movie nicely.

Cons

  • However, the movie does lack character development. The reason I fell in love with the book was because of how Tris went from this unsure girl to this strong protagonist, and the movie sadly did not do the best job of capturing the transitions Tris experiences.
  • A lot of the other characters from the book were left out but the ones that did make it into the movie did not receive enough screen time. I would have loved to see friendships and rivalries develop as thoroughly as they did in the books but oh well.
  • I’m also disappointed that they cut some scenes short such as the ferris wheel scene for those of you who have read the book and know what I’m talking about.
  • Another thing that got on my nerves was ,get this, in the books Tris is afraid of intimacy and it is such a huge part of her character however, in the movie they decided to change intimacy into submission, so suddenly Tris is afraid of being raped I mean wut? Being afraid of intimacy is very different from being afraid of rape.
  • Also the simulation scenes where they showed Tris’ fears, it wasn’t very clear what exactly her fears were. Part of the reason I guess we don’t understand the simulation scenes well is because they were cut so short.

 

The movie Divergent did a great job of capturing the main themes and events in the book. Sure, there were little things amiss here and there but I’m satisfied with the end result. I would recommend watching the movie you won’t regret it and read the books too if you have time.

Have a great day/night

~Infinityreads