Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Random Musings (4): Books To Movies

Just yesterday I was browsing through new author posts and I saw on the amazing Kristin Cashore's blog that GRACELING....wait for it.... IS GOING TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE! YES! And so, I thought to do a post on all the books-to-movies recently announced/going to hit the big screen soon that I am just dying to watch.

If you haven't read any of the above yet, then you're seriously missing out. A lot. Graceling (first to the Seven Kingdoms trilogy), has been my ultimate LOVE of YA Fiction ever since I first read it till now. It's right up there with The Iron Fey trilogy and The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. But here's the blurb of GRACELING if you haven't read it:

In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.  

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Read more about the awesomeness HERE.


Next, it's THE BLOOD OF EDEN series by Julie Kagawa. Another favorite.

Sooooooooooo excited to see who's gonna be casted as Ally! Here's the blurb for THE IMMORTAL RULES (book 1):

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness….

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Read more about TBOE's big news HERE.


Next up, it's another favorite, ANGELFALL by Susan Ee!!!!!! Squeeeeeee!

I've read and LOVED Angelfall back in March of this year, and I was so excited when I got to know that the film rights have been optioned and that the next book has an official release date!!! Fall 2013!! So, here's the epic blurb:

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Read more about Ee's celeb moment at Entertainment Weekly HERE.


And there are the famous ones, The City of Bones (first in The Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare and the Fifty Shades series by another amazing individual, E.L. James. I am SO EXCITED for TMI to be out!! I've watched the trailer SO MANY TIMES, and I don't mind watching, oh, a million more times! Here's said amazing trailer:

The cast is BRILLIANT! Lily Collins is so beautiful, and after watching her in Priest, I'm BEYOND EXCITED to watch TMI! My emotions now just talking about TMI: &*^%^%$%^#%@$@%*$(&^)*. Yeah, you get the idea. Jamie Campbell Bowie's okay as Jace, I guess, but I think Collins is the real deal.


As for my dear Fifty Shades, I'm hot and cold for this one. I LOVED the series (and a particular sexy, dominant and mercurial billionaire), I'm so afraid that the movie won't live up to the book. I mean, James' writing was beyond amazing and... What if Fifty didn't live up to the Fifty of all Fifty fans's imagination out there? ;(

Anyway, I don't think the official cast list is out yet, so I'm just sitting tight in my little book nook and crossing my fingers!

P.S. My friends recently bought the book for my birthday!

Me with my beloved new copy of Fifty Shades
P.P.S. Due to the unnaturally hot weather here in Singapore, I've bunned my hair up.


The other one I'm all hyped up to watch is CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins! I loved HG (the book and movie), but Catching Fire and Mockingjay the books fell flatter, but so far HG the movie was one of those that really lived up to the book, so I'm excited to see where Catching Fire the movie will take us to.


Another book-to-movie I'm excited about is Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monster! YES, so after three years of hiatus, PJ changed hands and now director Thor Freudenthal (Thor, haha, how apt) will head the rest of the series. And the trailer LOOKS AWESOME. Even though the movie will probably not follow Riordan's plots closely (like how Percy's not 13 years old-looking, and how Annabeth and PJ are in love when they're only supposed to get together in the last instalment), I'm still excited.

Here's the PRETTY FREAKIN' AMAZING trailer (Lerman cut his hair!):


I'm running out of time (got to get back to studying... SIGH...), but the other two that I wanted to feature was SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo and the INSIDE OUT trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones. I read and loved Shadow and Bone, and I've heard amazing things about the Inside Out trilogy.

To read about SAB, click HERE. I've featured the Inside Out trilogy before, but you can find out more HERE.

Are any book-to-movie you're waiting on? I haven't watched or read (don't really plan to, to be honest) THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer yet, has anyone watched it though? Is it any good? Any that I've missed?


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Cyp's Abbreviation Dictionary

DNF = Did Not Finish
HEA = Happily Ever After
PNR = Paranormal Romance
UF = Urban Fantasy
YA = Young Adult

Erotica Reference

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f/f = female/female
m/f = male/female
m/m = male/male


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