When I heard The Giver was being made into a movie, I was super excited. It was one of those books that was a part of my childhood and helped shape the type of reader I am today. The novel has been banned in several parts of the world. I felt lucky enough that my grade 6 teacher believed in his students to be able to handle the mature themes and reflect on its message. Continue reading
Books have been adapted into movies. In recent years, it has become a popular practice to transport words from pages and human imagination onto the silver screen.
As a book lover, it can be an exciting and terrifying experience. Movies can reaffirm your love for a book or destroy its magic.
An unspoken rule among most book lovers is read the book first, and then go see the movie.
In a feature I call “Book to Film,” I will be examining how movies compare and contrast to their respective books.
This time around the story is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Juliet is back in England, trying to re-integrate into Victorian society. Meanwhile, she is searching for a cure for her condition and haunted by the choices she had made on the island. A serial killer is on the loose, and it turns out, the killer is murdering the people who have wronged Juliet. She tries to find out who’s behind it and is reunited with some old faces. Continue reading
I really enjoyed Michelle Berry’s novel Interference. At first glance, it might seem like a simple novel but speaks volumes about the human experience. It examines how people can come into our lives, for the better or worse, and how we respond, physically or mentally, to them can reveal a lot about who we are.
The novel is comprised of short stories about the neighbours on Edgewood Street in a small town called Parkville. It has everything from Seniors Ladies Leisure League hockey, teenagers, child abduction, disfigurement, and cancer. As it progresses, readers will begin to notice how interconnected the characters’ lives really are. Continue reading
I absolutely loved this book! It’s one of the few books I’d re-read over and over again. Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a great pick for anyone who understands how the publishing world works or obsessed with books and has a love of reading.
The novel is about A.J. Fikry who isolates himself inside his bookstore, Island books, after the loss of his wife, avoiding people and becoming a bitter man. He seems to have run out of luck. His bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history and his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen. But then his world is turned upside-down when Maya, a baby girl, is abandoned at his bookstore and he takes it upon himself to raise her. She is the best thing that happens to him. She cracks the hard shell he wears and helps him to start living again. Even the locals of Alice Island start noticing his transformation. They help him raise the little girl and slowly he becomes a changed man and a part of the community. This book is all about second chances, love, and reminds us why we’re drawn to storytelling. Continue reading