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Follow My Book Blog Friday is hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View. The point is to follow as many book blog as you can and make new friends! As part of the adventure, she gives a weekly question. Here is this week's question:

How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?


I usually only average one real book a week. At times, if the book is a quick read, I'll get through two a week. Sadly, audio books have a tendency to put me to sleep. I think it comes from years of my mother reading to me before bed.


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"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"


Well, that is a hard question. For the most part, I absolutely hate movie adaptations of books. However, if I had to choose one, I think Peter Jackson did a fairly good job of following LoTR. That is an extremely dense series, and he tried to stay true to the books. My main problems revolved around the feeling I got from the books that were not duplicated in the movies. However, there was no way he could have done it. Ha-ha. my hubby and I often thought that Stanly Kubrick should have filmed the scene in Moria to give it the right feeling. The Shining proved that he had a gift for making the audience feel the passing time. That was needed in Moria.

I suppose, if I'm honest with myself, The Watchmen was not a terrible adaptation of the graphic novel. Granted, the whole story-within-a-story contained within the comic the guy reads was left out. However, I'm not necessarily sure how that could have been added and still work. Also, in the graphic novel, after finding out who Rorschach is, you realize that you have seen him constantly throughout the story. I didn't get the same feeling from the movie. In addition, there is a whole section that deals with the reason Rorschach actually choose his mask and the fabric he uses. I felt that was pretty important to the story, but that wasn't included in the movie. All in all, it was pretty fair. Plus, the soundtrack kicked ass ^_~

As far as movie adaptations a hated, the one that tops my list is Battlefield Earth. It was a 1,000+ page book that maybe had one or two pages randomly selected from each episode int he book all pasted into the script. For a Scientologist, you would think Travolta would want to do Hubbard a little justice in the movie. Honestly, that movie was a horrible, horrible insult. If you've read the book, I don't need to explain. If you haven't, read it! While the book is corny, it is an amazing work of sci-fi that shouldn't be missed. Plus, it is awesome knowing that the Last Battle took place at USAFA, especially when you've visited there a number of times ^_~

Sinn

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my FF today! I love your blog, I am following you *new follower* I just manually added your site into my dashboard. I haven’t tried audio books before, but I plan to start over summer.
    Book Savvy Babe

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  2. Oh how could I forget Lord of the Rings! I've only read the first book in that series and I found it rather slow, so it's funny that I should think that I actually like the movie better than the books (which is normally opposite for me)! lol

    Since I don't know if you'll see my reply to your comment on my post, I'll post it here:

    Yeah, for Twilight, it seems like hit or miss with people. I personally really liked the books. But they also hold a special place for me because they were what really got me reading. Before Twilight I was *gasp* a reading hater. I know, it's sad. But, those books helped me to realize that I didn't hate reading, I hated what I was trying to read! So as long as you can find your genre, then almost anyone can love to read. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog hop/follow friday as well!

    ♥ Sarah

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  3. Thanks for stepping by!! LotR all the way!!! :P
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I think there are some problems with the following thing, because I don't see you amongst my followers and yours are not appearing, so I can't follow you back O_o

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  5. New follower - thanks for following me! Battlefield Earth was bad, very bad. I think for me I'd have to say - Inkheart. It was the closest to a book I've ever seen. Bridget Jones was also very good. As for the worst - I'd have to say I was really disappointed with Eragon and The Golden Compass. Beastly was also so off base, it might have been a good movie on it's own, but the changes in the storyline distracted me from even giving it a chance.

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

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  6. I haven't read LoTR yet, which is a sad statement sinc eI love fantasy books, but I really enjoyed the movies. :)

    I think the only way I could do an audiobook would be to read the book then listen to the audio version. :)

    Orchid
    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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  7. Hi! Your blog is very cool!! Congrats!!

    A big YAY for the "real" books!!

    I'm a new follower, hope you'll follow me back! :)

    xo
    Silvia
    http://darkestsins.blogspot.com/

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  8. Awesome post & Awesome blog overall. Thanks for the comment on my blog, dear! It's great to know that someone else only reads one book a week, as you said!! New follower :) Xo. - Cary.

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  9. I haven't finished LoTR yet, but I do love the movies. However, as I've read the books, I realize how different they actually are and it has caused me some anxiety while reading them, lol.

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  10. Hi! I found your blog through FF. I've added it to my favorites as GFC seems to be having issues.
    I think LOTR is probably my favorite book to movie adaptation. It is one of the few movies that I really enjoyed (compared to the book).
    LLM - A Book Geek
    http://abookgeek-llm.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi hopping back through, thanks for the follow. I am now following you :) ~Rebecca
    www.bendingthespine.blogspot.com

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  12. I loved the LOTR movies, too, and thought they stayed fairly true to the FEELING of the books, if not the actual content.

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

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  13. Stopping by from the blog hop.

    Stop by my blog if you like...I usually prefer books to the movie version.

    Elizabeth

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  14. I completely agree with you about LOTR! And I don't listen to audiobooks for the exact same reason! Zzzz... I'm out like a light or I just lose concentration and start doing something else.

    And you're right about Blood and Chocolate, there was no connection between the book and movie besides 'werewolves and forbidden love.' ;)

    ~Loren

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  15. I'm so glad to find someone else who reads at the same pace! Like you said, all the people who read 4+ books made me feel like I was falling down on the job haha. I'm usually busy with writing and don't have endless hours to spend reading, but even if I did, I'd still probably only get a couple books read each week, which sucks - so many books I want to read but it seems to take me forever to get through my list!

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  16. Oh, I always fall asleep while listening to audiobooks too! It's just if I'm walking I can do it, lol. It's very annoying when you have a good audiobook and wants to continue when coming back inside, lol. I guess I'll just have to continue walking, haha.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

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  17. I didn't think of the Watchmen. They did do a good job of portraying the graphic novel on screen. And it is a fabulous book!!!

    Angie
    New follower
    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

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  18. Hey! Thanks for following my blog, stopping by to share the love

    Louise
    www.book-bliss.com

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  19. Haven't seen Battlefield Earth or Watchmen...but did hear that people who actually read the graphic novel were disappointed with it! Love your header!

    xo,
    Lah

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