Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Books. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 Books That Were Adapted Into Incredible Films

When it comes to adapting a novel into a movie, there are a lot of things that come into play. Although the storyline is epic already, it is key to project that story to the big screen without the story losing it's meaning. Here are 10 great books that were adapted into incredible films.

1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Published in 1969, this crime novel fiction is the reason why The Godfather (1972) is ranked as one of the greatest movies of al time. This book interprets the realistic drama of mafia war.

2. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Published in 1964, this children's book is not only one of my favorite books, but lead into one of my favorite movies ever Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971). The story executes rags to riches and teaches you about appreciating what you have, as a young boy's life is changed forever after he meets an eccentric chocolatier.

3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Published in 2002, this literary fiction book tells a moving story which involves a teenage girl who after being raped and murdered watches her family in the afterlife which brought us The Lovely Bones (2009). This story is definitely one of the greatest that exists in the world as we know it.

4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Published in 1982, this epistolary story is the reason why The Color Purple (1985) became one of the greatest dramas to hit the big screen. The story is simply about women of color living in the south during the 1930s.

5. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Published in 1971, this horror novel is the reason why The Exorcist (1973) became one of the greatest horror films of all time. The book tells a story about a 12 year old girl who deals with demonic possession and how it effects her family.

6. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Published in 1956, this story brought us one of the greatest movies of all time, Old Yeller (1957). The story is about a family who falls in love with a dog. The dog later becomes infected with rabies and eventually they have to kill the dog. Very sad.

7. Cool Hand Luke by Donn Pearce. Published in 1965, this dramatic prison story brought Cool Hand Luke (1967). This first-person novel tells a story about the life prisoners have to endure on a daily basis back in that era.

8. The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris. Published in 1988, this epic horror thriller is what brought The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) to the big screen. This thriller covers the psychological profile of a cannibalistic serial killer.

9. Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. Published in 1986, this 21st century novel dramedy is the reason why Forrest Gump (1994) is one of the greatest films to date. Although the film is different than the novel, it would not exist without it.

10. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. Published in 2002, this crime and mystery fiction story is proof that the Mystic River (2003) is one of the best films this century. The book tells a story about three friends growing up in Boston to later become enemies.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Questions and Answers about The Illiad...

1) The marriage of Peleus and Thetis--how is it involved in the run-up to the war? Who is their son? - Thetis left Peleus after Peleus interrupted the process of making Achilles immortal. An Oracle predicted that Achilles would fight in the Trojan war and later on, Achilles went on to fight in the war. Peleus and Thetis’s son is Achilles.

2) The Judgment of Paris: Again, who is/are involved? Why does it happen? What does it have to do with the war and its progress? - Zeus held a formal meal that was basically an ancient America’s Next Top Model amongst goddesses. Although Zeus was expected to judge the three goddesses (since he held the affair) on who is fairest and brightest, as well as, most beautiful, he invited Paris, a Phrygian mortal, to attend and judge these women. Of course Paris consented his invitation. As time ensued and the goddesses attempted to manipulate and dictate Paris into choosing them, his eyes were drawn to “Helen of Sparta” who was the wife of Greek King Menelaus, who was the king of Sparta at that time. Helen was beautiful, but Helen was also a pushover. Helen was sublimely unhappy with Menelaus because he was radically insecure and a bit timid in a fearful sense, which led to physical, mental, and emotional abuse. Helen was scared of Menelaus because he had also made threats on her life and although she loved him, she didn’t want to cross him in fear he would reciprocate. Helen was charming and that was certain, however; because Paris was vulnerable and has fell for women before, he had a different feeling about Helen. After a secretive affair between Helen of Sparta and Paris, he decided to sneak her out of Menelaus’s palace and onto a boat with the Trojans back to Troy. Once Menelaus discovered Helen was gone, he questioned several individuals who were surrounding the territory, later to find out that Helen left with Paris to Troy. Menelaus became enraged with anger and proposed an agenda that would seek revenge. Although Hector was a warrior who fought as the leader for the Trojan’s, he was smart enough to realize what Paris has done. Keep in mind that Paris cannot fight to save his life, let alone handle the situation he created. Hector loved his brother and that was certain, so it was quite finalized that “Helen of Sparta” was now “Helen of Troy” and there really wasn’t anything he could do. After many years of attempting to make peace with Menelaus and his people, Hector knew that a possible war would fuel. Despite Menelaus’s insanity, Sparta had many allies. Menelaus contacted his brother Agamemnon who was even more nuts than his brother Menelaus because he wanted to help his brother more on the glory of destroying Troy rather than doing the ethical thing. He actually persuaded that a war is the only way for him to get Helen back in which Menelaus accepted. He, then, gathered other kingdoms to help the Spartans in the war which included the Argos and the Mycenaes. He also manipulated Achilles into fighting for his side in an effort to win the war, but he and Achilles did not get along. In fact, Achilles knew his agenda and that was the only thing that stopped him from fighting this war. Anyways, as time proceeded, so did the war. There were thousands upon thousands of boats from all over the world that supported the Spartans, without knowledge of the reality of why the war actually existed. It was then that “Helen of Sparta” who later became “Helen of Troy” was known as “The face that launched a thousand ships”.

3) The abduction/seduction of Helen "of Troy"--the basic story of its connection to Paris's "judgment," who is/are involved, what it has to do with preparation for the war. - When Paris first met Helen, she was “Helen of Sparta”. Helen was married to Menelaus, who was King of Sparta. Menelaus’s family had a history of crime and severe mental illness, which lead to Menelaus acting overly controlling with Helen. Not just this, but he was abusive towards her that sometimes he would lock her up. She was on watch 24/7 by misc. guards because he was paranoid. Paris was invited by Zeus to judge three goddesses and although Paris found these women beautiful, in the eye of his beholder, none of them even compared to Helen. Helen was gorgeous, but she was humble and had an aura that was more sex appeal than beauty, although she was stunning. Kind of like an ancient Angelina Jolie or Monica Bellucci. Anyways, Paris was notorious for being vulnerable and Hector recognized this immediately. When Paris said that he loved Helen, Hector immediately attempted to correct him by saying he was brainwashed and knew absolutely nothing about love. Hector knew immediately that although peace was finally made with the Spartans, that the entire situation would create outmoded anguish among all parties in which a war would definitely have be to fought. It was then that this would later to become certain and a war would actual exist.

4) The sacrifice of Iphigenia/Iphigenia--who is/are involved? How is it related to the war? - In order to appease Artemis, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Theorists believe that Artemis punished Agamemnon for killing a deer in which Agamemnon would later sacrifice his daughter for this crime. Artemis propelled a divergent wind, which held the Greek flotilla in the bay of Aulis. This was where it had amassed before sailing to Troy. The spiritualist Calchas divined that the daughter of Agamemnon would have to be sacrificed to importune and concur for the encroachment. Agamemnon then mustered Iphigenia from home under the ploy that she was to be married to Achilles, who would later fight in the Trojan war.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top 5 Nook Color Apps

Nook Color.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar)
The Nook Color has started a revolution in e-reading. Introduced to society by American book retailer Barnes & Noble in 2010, this amazing e-reader proves why it is one of the most popular e-readers in the world today. There are numerous applications that can be used with this wonderful device, so I have narrowed down the many apps to the top 5 Nook Color apps of 2011.

5. Boingo Wi-Finder. It is a well known fact that the Nook Color e-reader uses only Wi-Fi to connect. What a better way you can enjoy easy internet access with your Nook Color than the Boingo Wi-Finder application. The Boingo Wi-Finder allows you to discover Wi-Fi access near you. This is a Nook Color exclusive, so it is only available to Nook Color users. This is a free app. If you want to know more information about the Boingo Wi-Finder app, simply visit today. This is one of my favorite apps simply because it makes finding Wi-Fi extremely easy.

4. Seesmic. After trying a wide-range, variety of applications for Nook Color I have discovered that Seesmic is one of the best for 2011. You have access to full amalgamation of every social network you belong to, making it incredibly easy for you to administer. This app is free. For more information about the Seesmic app, simply visit right now. There are thousands upon thousands of social networks on the world wide web. This application truly allows you to manage them, with little to no effort.

3. GoodReads. Some of the best kept secrets are exposed and with the GoodReads app, this proves be true. If you are searching for a great Nook Color app that allows you to not only review and rate books, but garner only the best recommendations based on your favorites, you will love GoodReads. For more information about GoodReads, simply visit today. Some of the best books I have ever read were by recommendations and this app truly demonstrates why it is one of the best Nook Color apps of 2011.

2. Evernote. If you are looking for a great app which allows you to take notes, you cannot go wrong with the Evernote app. Not only can the notes be in text, but you can also create an array of image notes. You can also manage your notes from an array of other mediums and platforms. It is extremely easy to use and out of the numerous apps I have used for my Nook Color, it is one of the least complex I have used. I like to use this app as part of my blogging backup. This is a free app. For more information about Evernote, simply visit right now. You cannot go wrong with this Nook Color application.

-- and the number one Nook Color app of 2011 is --

*drum roll*

1. Pulse News. The number one Nook Color app of 2011 is definitely Pulse News. Pulse News not only gives you the most recent news, it also connects you to every social network under the sun. You can also personalize your news, as well as, look up just about everything under the sun. I absolutely love this app and can admit that it is on my Nook Color. This app is free. For more information about the Pulse News app, simply visit today. Looking to discover only the latest news, let the number one Nook Color app of 2011 guide you through and lead the way.  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I love my Nook...

Contemplating and debating what book to read next. Anyone have any good recommendations?