Monthly Archives: January 2015

Random Fridays: Wintery Book Covers

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Hosted by Awkwordly Emma

This Friday’s theme is Wintery Book covers, so I’ll be sharing my favourite book covers reminiscent of Winter. As usual clicking on the cover image will take you to the corresponding Goodreads page. Without further ado:

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Movie Adaptions

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is a day late, but there we are. This week is a freebie, so I decided to do my ten favourite book (and a few fairytales)-to-movie adaptions. Rarely is a film as good as the book it was based on, but sometimes they can do very well. It was pretty hard to put these in order, but I did eventually:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)

This series is pretty flipping epic. 😀 I’m pretty sure most of us have seen this by now, so I won’t go into it much (also I can’t really sum them up XD) I’ll mention The Hobbit films (which I’ve left of the list for length reasons) here as well, although they weren’t quite as good.

2. Ever After (1998)

I’ve included a couple of fairytale adaptions since they were just too awesome to leave off. Ever After is a wonderful Cinderella adaption, telling the story in  a more ‘realistic’ manner. Oh, and it’s so delightfully swoony. :3 And funny. And the COSTUMES flails uselessly. Anyway…

3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

I can’t believe it’s been almost a decade since I went to see this in the cinema! This film actually started a deep love of Narnia, and books in general, in me. 🙂 It may well be the film I’ve watched second most out of any film. (the one I’ve seen most being Help I’m a Fish, which we watched every day for about a month for some absurd reason) The other two films so far were good as well, but the first is still my favourite. 🙂

4. Mirror Mirror (2012)

I’m sure you can guess which fairytale this is an adaption of. The visuals for this film are absolutely sumptuous, and the film itself is fantastic as well.

5. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

They changed the story a lot from the books (which I didn’t read till after the film), but I personally like the film better. The books are good, but the film is amazing.

6. Little Women (1994)

This film is every bit as sweet as the book itself (which is another of my favourites). I also think the casting was excellent. 🙂

7. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I’ve seen two different adaptions of P&P (the other being the 1995 BBC version), and I think I like this one better. For one thing it isn’t as long, XD. Also I just like the feel of it more. My sister and I can watch this over and over. She says Mr. Darcy is adorable in this version (probably not the word I would have used, but there we are)

8. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

I’ve loved and obsessed over the Anne books, and this adaption is great. The sequel is good too, although the third one was far too little like the books for my liking.

9. The Hunger Games (2012)

Umm yeah. It’s pretty much exactly like the book, so that’s always fun.

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Another one I watched before reading the books, and I’m glad I did. I abandoned the book series about eight books in. It’s just too depressing for me. I think this fitted the slightly dark quirkiness of the books, but it keeps a sense of optimism throughout.

So, those are my favourite book-movie adaptions. Which adaptions did you enjoy?

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Dragon Appreciation Day!

Bookwyrm by chromamancer at deviantart

So, yesterday was Dragon Appreciation Day, which is an annual celebration of dragons started in 2004 by Christian fantasy author, Donita K. Paul. This post was supposed to be written yesterday, but I was ill so I’m posting it today instead. To celebrate Dragon Appreciation day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dragons.

Smaug and Bilbo by yinyuming on Deviantart

Smaug from The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

It must be said, Smaug is pretty awesome. (and a great villain at that) I had been planning on reading The Hobbit yesterday, but I couldn’t find our copy so I ended up reading Donita K. Paul’s Dragonquest instead.

Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon films

Toothless somehow manages to be severely cool and absolutely adorable at the same time. If you’ve been following my blog you already know how much I adore the HTTYD films (If you haven’t: It’s a LOT) and Toothless is probably one of the best parts. 😀 I’m also going to put in a word for book Toothless, who has a tendency to be irritating but can still be kinda sweet.

Dibl from The Dragon Keeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul

I couldn’t get hold of any pictures of Dibl himself, so… Book cover! 😀 Couldn’t very well leave out the creator of Dragon Appreciation Day, now could I? I love pretty much every dragon in this series, but Dibl is probably my favorite. It’s a pretty close run thing though.

Feniul the Dragon by BlackWidowVenom at Deviantart

Feniul from the Dragon Slippers Trilogy by Jessica Day George

Again, I love almost all the dragons in this series, but I love Feniul especially. His adorable awkwardness, his funniness (wow, who knew that was actually a word?), the fact he collects dogs. The list goes on and on X3

Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

The Brony in me would not allow this list to end without at least mentioning Spike. He’s just so cute and funny 🙂

Did you celebrate Dragon Appreciation Day? If so, how? Any dragon related books, films, etc. you think I should try?

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Writing Music

Since I haven’t posted anything for a while, I thought I’d write a bit about the kind of music I like to listen to while I’m writing. I don’t know about you, but I find listening to music usually makes it so much easier to write. Mostly I use movie soundtracks from animated films, but I also listen to other things. Anyway, here are some of my favorite things to listen to when I’m writing:

How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2

Like I said in my last post, the soundtracks for these are absolutely amazing. I have both of these on CD and they get listened to over and over again. I find them especially helpful for when I want to get a lot of writing done, since they somehow make me write faster (usually). Once I listened to the soundtrack for the first one about three times in a row (I wasn’t writing the whole time. I do have other things to do with my time) without getting bored of it. Now I should move on or I’ll just fill the whole post rambling about how good these are.

Kung Fu Panda 2

This was the first soundtrack I bought for use when writing. I don’t listen to it as much as I used to, but I still find it helpful now and then for action scenes.

BrunuhVille

I discovered this guys music via some writerly internet friends of mine who like his music, and I must say I agree with them. He has loads of fantasy music which is great for writing, well, fantasy.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey’s music is fantastic. Her music videos are amazing as well, which can be a bit of a problem when I’m trying to write 😛 But if I can keep my eyes away for long enough her music does wonders for my writing speed. (sometime I’ll have to buy some of her CDs so I don’t get distracted XD) I particularly like her various video game covers, especially Halo. Which leads us to:

Halo 4

I was watching one of my brothers playing Halo 4 a while ago and all of a sudden ideas for my latest book idea (a super-hero-ish fantasy thing) came flying into my head. A quick search later and the soundtrack became what I generally listen to when working on that book. Not exactly the best for Dark of War though.

Frozen

This is the first movie soundtrack I bought, back before I got seriously into writing. I don’t use it very often for writing, but I’ll listen to it sometimes when I want something lighthearted or emotional. Not the songs though – then I just end up singing along and it all gets rather pointless.

So that’s the music I use. What music do you like to listen to when you’re writing? Anything you think I should try?

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