“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my time working with children, if I could whittle those years down to a single revelation, it’s this: They are extraordinarily resilient. They can withstand neglect; they can survive abuse; they can endure, even thrive, where adults would collapse like umbrellas.” Written by A.J. Finn and published […]
(Written for Filmoria) Last month began my monthly feature, You Should Be Reading, with the end of what 2016 had to offer in terms of book adaptations. Now it’s time to step into the new year, and to take a look at what adaptations are being released in January 2017.
(Written for Filmoria) This month sees the introduction of my new monthly feature for Filmoria, You Should Be Reading, which looks at what book adaptations are being released as films over the following month. If you love reading just as much as you do watching, then this feature will tell you everything you need to know […]
“I’d love to tell you the story of this evening, the night you’re conceived, but the right time to do that would be when you’re ready to have children of your own, and we’ll never get that chance.” Story of Your Life is a science fiction short story written by author Ted Chiang, which is […]
“There are still more days to travel in this life. And he knows that the man who makes the journey has been shaped by every day and every person along the way. Scars are just another kind of memory. Isabel is part of him, wherever she is, just like the war and the light and […]
“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.” Written by British author Paula Hawkins, and quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling novels in history after […]
“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.” Written by M.R. Carey, based on his Edgar Award-winning short story, Iphigenia […]
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” The debut novel by Ransom Riggs, originally published in 2011, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a young adult book that combines a collection of vintage photographs with a […]
“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” Jojo Moyes‘ 2012 best-selling book, Me Before You, tells the story of a 26-year-old girl from a small English town, Lou Clarke, who has just lost her job in the […]
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it […]
“We told the stories of our lives before the Arrival. We cried openly over the ones we lost. We wept secretly for our smartphones, our cars, our microwave ovens, and the Internet.” Written by Rick Yancey and originally published in 2013, The 5th Wave is a young adult dystopia and the first in a trilogy […]
“In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time… In Room, me and Ma had time for everything. I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter over all the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there’s only a little smear of time on each […]
Happy 2016! Earlier this week I wrote about 100 films that we have to look forward to this year, but now I want to look at which of these films are being adapted from novels. I always love to read a book before it is adapted into a film, so if you do too, then […]
“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of novels, The Hunger Games, is one of the most popular young adult franchises, with the film adaptations being some of the best films over the past couple of years. Now the time has come […]
“When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.” […]
“He didn’t care about the others anymore. The chaos around him seemed to siphon away his humanity, turn him into an animal. All he wanted was to survive, make it to that building, get inside. Live. Gain another day.” The second book in James Dashner‘s The Maze Runner trilogy, The Scorch Trials follows Thomas and […]
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” The second book in Veronica Roth‘s young adult dystopian Divergent series, Insurgent picks up as Tris and Four, now fugitives, are on the run, hunted by the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite, Jeanine. In a search for […]
“Are they changed because they want to go back to their old life, or is it because they’re so depressed at realising their old life was no better than what we have now?” We’ve all been impressed by the recently popular young adult dystopian franchises of the past few years including the likes of The […]
“The question I’ve asked more often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I supposed these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?” It may have […]
Yes, you should be reading The Hobbit …or at least the final 85 pages of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy story, that is.
From the author of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, and with the same crew behind their film adaptations, the final instalment in a trilogy of adaptations, The Battle of the Five Armies, is set to be released on 12th December.