I read this book in 2013. Here is a post where I talk about the book. I remembered it after all this time. That was how effective the story was. I guess I went to sleep after that and woke up only now to watch the movie that was made out of that book. The movie was made in 2014 and I got to see it yesterday because I didn’t feel like doing anything else (aka the online course that I was trying to complete over the break, of which only two weeks are left 😦 ) Since I had opted for Amazon Prime, I picked this as the random movie to watch. And I was instantly hooked. I was trying so hard to not read the book overview as and when the movie was progressing. I remembered the main story but missed the bits and pieces. From the perspective of someone who read the book and got around to watching the movie 4 years later, it was good. Decent enough to keep me engaged and well done too. I am not sure how my views on the movie would have been if I had seen it when the book was too fresh on my mind. But this is better. I got to enjoy it and not feel bad about any discrepancies from the book 😉 Win-Win.
I know, I know. I have been writing about books a lot recently. But with Kindle Unlimited subscription, it is inevitable. But that is gonna stop for a couple of weeks. Have some other important stuff to finish, not to mention my long weekend trip 😉 during the Good Friday weekend. Yay!!!
So here are a couple of books I had finished but haven’t told you about it (not that I write about every book I read but still). And I also managed to see a movie which was on my watchlist for a long time. So here it goes.
Now, I don’t watch TV especially the reality TV (watching YouTube versions of XYZ’s Got Talent or The Voice etc doesn’t count), so I wouldn’t know about the various reality shows that go on in them. But recently I saw a news article about Jimmy Kemmel and his (in)appropriate questions to the couple, who were the winners of the show ‘The Bachelor’. Now imagine my surprise to read that news article when I had just finished this book the previous night. I was like ‘what are the odds’. So I guess the whole drama of how the eligible Bachelor chooses his partner with the help of his very best female friend, who was the reason he got into this show in the first place, and how they are all rigged may or may not be true. It also goes a little further than that I guess because this female friend’s attempts to make this eligible bachelor see her as more than a friend totally backfires especially with all conniving and very pretty women out in the show but fate plays a game in the end. It was a quick fun read and since I haven’t seen the show I was intrigued. I am not sure how it would fare with those who already knew about these. I wanted a quick fun read and that this book was. 3 stars.
b) The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter: I chose this book because I liked the cover. Simple logic 🙂 That car, that hair style, the old 70’s-80’s look come on, doesn’t it look cute? This was again a fun read. This is about a middle-aged woman (anyone between 35-55 according to my standards) who is bankrupt, goes to her step sister’s daughter’s wedding, finds herself in her dad’s old MG car to retrieve her eloped niece, who also happens to have her father’s scripts (her father was a screenplay writer), not to mention the counterpart in this chase, who happens to be the groom, who is as old as this woman and how their journey takes them across places (and states may be) and the fun and various new things that they learn in the process. It was a different story line I should say. It is not your usual romance. Yes sir, romance it is. But with lots of humor. I enjoyed the storyline and the fun that came with it. Gave it 3 stars.
Both are HEA books. There, I finally gave away a spoiler for both 😉
Next comes the movie:
The Book Thief: Unfortunately my intention of reading the book and then watching the movie didn’t last in this case. I finally ended up watching the movie because it was free on Amazon Prime (Jee…Wonder what would Amazon do without me and my subscriptions!!!) It is a very very cute movie. It is a sad one (spoiler alert) but not in the way you think. Yes, death is a sad thing, but more for the ones who are left out. We know that people die even in the beginning because we hear the voice over of Death telling you about this cute little girl who loves to steal books and read them and introduced you to other characters and their last thoughts before he sucked in their souls. I am not going to give away anything else about this movie. It did not make me cry, wasn’t even sad. Wonder why. I was able to see this movie with an understanding that people are gonna die no matter what, but what goes on between this girl and them during their lives is what is important. Maybe because it was the introduction of the movie by the Death himself (or herself) that prepared me for this. No idea. But I loved the concept, the execution, the acting, the cinematography and the art direction in this movie. Not sure how close to the book it is, but nevertheless enjoyable as a movie too. If you are an avid book reader, you will relate to this girl in one way or the other.