Book quotes that give me the feels

 

 

Book quotes that give me the feels

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” – Stephen King, the Gunslinger

“She was smiling so much, I was worried that someone might hear her.” – Joanna Cannon, The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

“M-O-O-N that spells moon.” – Stephen King, The Stand

“Listen. You can be anything you want to be. Be careful. It’s a spell. It’s magic. Listen to the words. You can be anything, you can do anything, you can be anything, you can do anything. Listen to the magic” – Melvin Burgess, Junk

“My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered.” – Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

“Our hospital was famous and housed many great poets and singers. Did the hospital specialize in poets and singers or was it that poets and singers specialized in madness?” – Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

 

My top Stephen King film adaptations

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I am unbelievably excited that two epic Stephen King films are coming out this year – It and the Dark Tower. As you probably know, there have been so many Stephen King stories made into films: some good, some bad and some just plain ugly. But the good ones are so good that they need to be recognised! Here are my favourites:

Stand By Me

Based on King’s short story ‘The Body’, this is as great a film as the story. Most people I speak to about Stephen King films (which is a lot…) don’t realise that this famous film is actually written by the great King. Stand By Me follows a group of kids (as many great King stories do) who hear that a dead body has been found in the woods by the rail tracks. They go off on an adventure to find the body and bond more than expected on the way. Throw in a bleach blonde Keifer Sutherland as the psychopathic older brother of one of the boys who has it in for them and it’s the perfect film!

The Shawshank Redemption

Another short story of King’s, titled Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, this again is a very famous film that a lot of people are unaware that it came from the extraordinary mind of Stephen King. This story focuses on a wrongfully convicted banker who spends many years in Shawshank prison and makes friends with an old timer who shows him how to survive. It’s a long film so if you’re thinking of watching it make sure you get yourself some snacks and settle in!

The Green Mile

If you haven’t seen this film you absolutely must! It’s one of my favourite films, and Tom Hanks does a great job in this. Another one set in a prison; it follows the story of John Coffey who has been wrongfully sentenced to death for murdering and raping two little girls. Coffey is actually a gentle giant with a special power that allows him to heal things. The film follows the relationship he builds with the prison guards and fellow inmates on death row (known as the green mile). It’s guaranteed to make you ball your eyes out.

The Shining

Probably the best known of all King films, this completely stands up to the hype. It’s the perfect mix of creepy and classic horror, with an amazing performance from Jack Nicholson. The ending to the film is slightly different to the book, however, but I think that it makes sense for the film and the general story remains the same. Trust me, there’s a reason why this film is so iconic!

 

I think I’m going to give al of these a re-watch to keep me going until It and The Dark Tower are released…

Book to Film Adaptations

One of my guilty pleasures is to read a book that has been made into a film, and then immediately watch the film once I have finished the book, ideally within minutes of finishing the last sentence. I like to have the book fresh in my mind so that I can compare every detail of the book and film, and see whether the characters are as I had imagined them. All book lovers will know how frustrating it is when the film version doesn’t live up to the reader’s expectations, so it is an absolute pleasure when you find one that does!

So, with the cinematic releases of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Girl on the Train, I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favourite book to film adaptions!

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  1. Gone Girl – I know that this was a hugely hyped book and film, which might have but some people off, but for me this really was a great adaptation. I felt that the characters were portrayed perfectly and both the film and the book were thoroughly enjoyable – it’s one of the few where I can honestly say I enjoyed the film as much as the book.
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I absolutely adored this book, I completely fell in love with Charlie’s character, I’m a sucker for someone with struggles! The film was everything that I hoped it would be and I felt that the young actors did a great job of bringing the story to life, and I loved Charlie’s character just as much in the film.
  3. The Hunger Games – This has to be up there as one of the best adaptions of all time. The Hunger Games trilogy is one of my favourite YA book series so I was very excited to watch the films. The first two films (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire) were my favourites because they were so visual and I felt that they actually added to the books. Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mockingjay, I didn’t enjoy the films quite so much, but I think this is probably because the first two were so amazing!
  4. The Green Mile – I obviously had to get a Stephen King book in here! So many of his have been made into films, with extremely varying results. I think that The Green Mile is one of the best, and I would thoroughly recommend a read and a watch. I cried just as much during the film as I did reading the book.

Top Reads of 2016 (so far..)

I’ve read some great books so far this year, in fact I don’t think I read a dud! So I thought I’d pick my top three reads so far:

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

What can I say about this one? I loved every page, every word, every second. I’ve seen the film a number of times and loved that too, but I didn’t expect just how much I was going to enjoy the book. I actually read it through twice! I didn’t realise that it was a true story and that made it all the more enjoyable, knowing that these amazing characters are actually real and that Susanna Kaysen lived this experience.

For those of you who don’t know the story, Susanna is an 18 year old who finds herself in a psychiatric hospital after a brief visit to a psychiatrist in 1967. She’s initially sent there to get some rest to deal with depression, but ends up staying there for 2 years with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. She has some clear psychological issues (a previous attempted suicide and self harm by ‘wrist banging’) but overall I could sympathise with a lot of her other ‘symptoms’ – such as apathy and promiscuity. I think that these traits are normal for a lot of 18-year-old girls (and some 29 year olds at that!) It got me to thinking that if I lived in 1967 would I be considered mentally ill? I’m single, not looking for a boyfriend, don’t have a clear career path, pretty much apathetic to most things (apart from fiction, obviously!) and at stages in my life I have been what would have definitely been classed as promiscuous! Her story made me imagine what it would be like to be away from society for years, living with women with a range of issues, from Lisa the self diagnosed sociopath to Daisy who lives off a diet of roast chicken and laxatives. I wonder whether these girls would be much different to the people we spend time with everyday, other than the fact that their issues are laid out in front of us for all to see?

I must confess, the Forensic Psychologist in me might have analysed this text a bit too much, but for the non-psychologists I would still thoroughly recommend this book! It’s very short and can be read in one sitting – consider it for your next train journey!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies is the perfect mixture of comedy, drama with a bit of thrill thrown in. I’m a sucker for book with a strong female lead, and this one gives you three. Madeline is flamboyant, overbearing but good willed. Celeste, Madeline’s best friend, is rich, beautiful whose perfect life might not be as it seems. Jane is a nervous single mother new to the area who is taken under Madeline’s wing.

We know from the beginning that someone has died at a parents evening, but we don’t know who, or how, other than Madeline, Celeste and Jane are probably involved. This book explores the role that secrets play in each of the characters lives, and how these affect themselves and others. I was gripped until the end and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an engrossing page turner – the perfect holiday read (preferably the Bahamas which is where I read it!)

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Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Obviously I had to get a Stephen King book in here! I had actually tried to read Gerald’s Game a number of years ago but couldn’t get into it so I wasn’t 100% looking forward to this one, but I decided to give it a go anyway. And I am so pleased that I did! This book follows the story of Jessie who is in a deadly compromising position. Her and her husband Gerald have gone to their lake house to have kinky sex. Things get out of hand and Jessie accidentally kills Gerald, leaving her handcuffed to the bed alone with only the body of her dead husband and a starving stray dog to keep her company. Or at least that’s what it seems until Jessie suspects something else might be keeping her company. The story follows her physical struggle to release herself from the handcuffs, and her emotion struggle with traumatic memories that come floating back.

This book has the scariest moment of any King book I have read and left me reeling for days. The story is very uncomfortable at times but it is really worth sticking with it if you have the stomach for it. Definitely not one to choose if you are looking for light read!