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Nothing to Envy

26 Dec

Nothing to Envy – Ordinary Lives in North Korea by: Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy

Because it’s an eye-opening look into a modern country that’s been plunged into the Dark Ages.

Because you can’t appreciate what democracy is until you see what it isn’t.

Because it’s very relevant considering Kim Jong Il’s death.

Because it’s non-fiction and you’ll feel much smarter for reading it.

Because as disturbing as this video is, after reading the book you’ll find it even more disturbing:

Hungry for The Hunger Games?

14 Nov

The Hunger GamesSpeaking of books becoming movies, here’s another one: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

The trilogy is set in a post-apocalyptic future where children from different districts of the former U.S. compete in a fight-to-the-death, while the rest of the country watches.

Welcome to the future of reality television.

The books are great – the idea is original, the writing is good, and the story is moving. I suggest reading the books before the movie comes out.

Unlike with One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, I was really excited when I found out that The Hunger Games was becoming a movie. Maybe because I think it’ll translate better on the big screen. Maybe because the cast seems more suitable.

Either way, I can’t wait for it to be released, but for now I’ll settle for the trailer:

Are you excited for The Hunger Games movie?

When Books Become Movies

12 Nov

It’s always a little nerve-wracking when books become movies.

You read this book, you think it’s awesome, you draw similarities between it and your own life, you really invest in it. Then along come these hotshots from Hollywood and they tweak the story, they add faces to the names, they make the story their own.

And by doing so, they take it away from you.

The next time you read the book, or go on to the next book in the series, you’ll see the actors’ faces instead of the ones you dreamed up and it’ll all take place on the film sets, as opposed to the settings you had in mind. So much for your imagination.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like movies-based-on-books (Harry Potter comes to mind).

Sometimes the movies are even better than the books (like Lord of the Rings).

But sometimes the story gets butchered. One for the Money

The reason I bring this up is because one of my favorite books will soon be in a theatre near you.

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My Uncustomary Book Review!

31 Oct

I recently found a website called “The Uncustomary Book Review,” which reviews books in a whole new way (hence, the title).

Reviewers on the site tell what first attracted them to the book they’re writing about, pick a few favorite quotes, mention new words they learned about while reading the book, and lastly, they briefly discuss some of the thoughts they had while reading.

The idea really charmed me and I’m now happy to report that my first book review is live on the site!

You can find my review of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien here.

The title may ring a bell for you since I recently blogged about the book.

I assure you, it’s quite a different kind of review.

Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments (here or there).

Can You Choose the Genre of Your Life?

27 Oct

I met a guy the other day. Let’s call him Ben.

We got to talking and he told me a bit about himself:

He’s 23 years old. When he was 19, he started dating a girl, she was 17 at the time – a month into the relationship, her father found out and made them get married. After the wedding, the girl totally changed, she made Ben’s life hell, and after three years and a kid, they got divorced.

It’s been a year since the divorce. He wants to be an engineer, but that isn’t a realistic option for him right now. Instead, he’s stuck in a dead-end job.

His ex still has it out for him. He has a kid to take care of. Wonderful kid, but still. Ben’s in a pretty crummy situation. He’s just starting his life and he’s got all this baggage.

But you know the funny thing? You’d never know it by looking at him. And it’s even harder to believe after talking with him.

Source: Krzysztof Poltorak via fotocommunity

He’s happy. He’s at peace. Not in the least bit cynical. He still believes in the beauty of marriage, and would love to get married again one day.

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