Ahhh the life long debate…e-readers vs. the real deal (a physical book). What’s your opinion on the subject? Some people prefer e-readers such as Amazon Kindles or the Barnes and Noble Nook. I personally have a Kindle and I love it, but I also love the feel of a physical book. I believe that both the Kindle and a real book has its advantages. With a Kindle you can download tons of books, which you can havr tons of books in your purse without weighing you down but with physical books there’s nothing like that nrw book smell. The feel of the crisp pages when you first buy a book. As for me I’m not sure whether I have a preference. I’ll just say I see the benefits of both ways to read, but as long as you’re reading who cares?
I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. It has been quite some time since I last watched the movie or read the novel. I had stopped getting involved with Harry Potter for reasons I would rather not say but before that I was a huge Harry Potter fan and that feeling never really left me. I LOVE Harry Potter, and I think Rowling had such a genius mind to come up with a concept such as the Harry Potter series. It has garnered so much love across the globe from generation to generation. My generation grew up with Harry Potter. I remember the first movie coming out when I was in 5th grade because went on a field trip to see it. However, what I love most about Rowling is that she didn’t put herself in a box. She was always known for Harry Potter but after she finished Deathly Hallows she ventured out and wrote something that had absolutely nothing to do with the Harry Potter universe, which was Casual Vacancy. I’ve never read it myself, but I plan on it in the future and she also has other non-related Harry Potter novels. I just think it’s awesome that she wasn’t subjected to stay in one genre. Casual Vacancy actually had great success. It became the 15th best-selling book of 2012 during its first week of release. Within the first three weeks the book’s total sales topped one million copies in English in all formats across all territories, including the US and the UK. The book also set a Goodreads record for the all-time biggest “started reading” day, later winning the Best Fiction category in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. I think this success is due to the fact that everyone was curious to see what Rowling could do outside of The Harry Potter universe. She proved that she wasn’t a one hit wonder, and I respect her for that as a writer. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I plan on making time for them.
What are book snobs you may ask? A book snob is a person that looks down on a person’s choice of reading material. A prime example of a book series that gets a lot of controversy is the Fifty Shades books. A lot of “real” readers like to call these books trash with no real substance and badly written. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I actually really enjoyed these books. These books made me feel things I had never felt before while reading a book if you get my drift *wink wink*. Those books made me feel naughty while reading them and so I got an enjoyable experience out of them, which is what reading is about. Reading is about escaping reality and going through an experience, and the Fifty Shades books did that for me. Honestly, I don’t remember too much of her writing style so I can’t comment on whether or not the books were poorly written I just know that as a “serious” reader I thoroughly enjoyed them. I don’t mind reading classics but I also don’t mind reading “smut” once in a while. We can’t be serious all of the time. So I say to whatever your reading preference allow people to enjoy what they enjoy. To each their own!
I was just sitting here reflecting on my favorite authors. Three authors came to mind. Right now I’m a really big fan of Stephen King and the other two names that came to mind were Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and two other beloved novels, and I also immediately thought of Nicholas Sparks who is a well-known romance writer whose 11 out of his 17 books have been made into movies and when I come to think about it none of his books-turned-movies have had bad adaptations. All of the movies that are based off of his books have been pretty good in my opinion. I think my favorite Sparks adaptations are A Walk to Remember, The Best of Me, and Safe Haven. But anyway, I digress. We’re here to answer the question which is “Is Nicholas Sparks the typical cheesy romance writer?” In my opinion I think not. I really think he brings depth to his characters and also to his plots, but I think I can see why some people might say he’s cheesy because most of the time the girl does end up with guy…but not without a lot of obstacles. Sparks is definitely not like the cheesy Harlequin novels that I frequently see for cheap on my Kindle that look like trash with a half naked guy on the front of the cover lol (I can’t stand those books. They just look like garbage). Anyway, Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors and I just bought his novel The Longest Ride at my local Books-A-Million, and I am excited to get into that story as I finish what I already have in my to-read list. So long and subscribe to my blog if you like what you see!
There has been an amazing resurgence of Stephen King this year. He has had two tv shows and two movies coming out this year (Mr. Mercedes, The Mist, The Dark Tower, and the upcoming IT). I am extremely looking forward to IT coming out this Friday!!!! *excited squeals* Anywho, I digress. Because of society’s renewed fascination with Stephen King it has also lit a fire within me as well as a reader. I started reading IT to prepare for the movie and then I also watched the 1990 miniseries, which was horrible in my opinion. It was cheesy and just plain bad. I didn’t even finish it. Anyway, I did all of that to prepare for the movie and now I want to continue reading more Stephen King. I just finished Salem’s Lot, and it is a fascinating and truly scary book. There were times in that book where I literally threw the book down and had to cover my eyes. For a writer to be able to produce those type of emotions out of a reader is great feat and King succeeds tremendously. Another thing that King is excellent at is great character development. Stephen King honestly gives his all as a writer, leaving no stone unturned. He makes the reader feel about these characters. I did finish reading Salem’s Lot a few days ago, and then I watched the 1979 movie yesterday. There were some things about the miniseries that I had a problem with like the fact that some of the characters names were changed and some plot points were changed, but overall it was a decent adaptation. The next Stephen King novel I plan on reading is Misery and then I plan on reading The Shining. This resurgence of Stephen King is really exciting for me because I feel like a new generation is being introduced to him, mainly because all of these tv shows and movies are coming out and so you know what that usually does to people. It makes people curious. It made me curious. Although, I’m not new to Stephen King. I’ve read Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary but this year has reintroduced me to him.
I just recently realized that my hobby is collecting books. I’ve always loved books and today I was in Books-A-Million and I saw so many books that I wanted. I saw this an illustrated editiom of Homer’s The Odyssey and it looked magnificient. One day my dream is to have home library. I have so many books already. I mean there is nothing like resding a good book. Now I’m on a Stephen King kick. I just finished reading IT a couple of weeks ago and now I’m reading Salem’s Lot. Reading can just take you so many places.
So about a month ago I watched the Netflix series “Anne with an E,” which is based off of the beloved series by L.M. Montgomery. For those who don’t know the series revolves around an orphan girl named Anne who is taken in by a brother and sister who live on a farm. Anne has such an infectious personality that it’s hard not to fall in love with her. I had never read the series before until now. I’m in the middle of reading while also reading other things. The Netflix series is what got me interested in the first place. Let’s first discuss the Netflix series. From the very first moment I absolutely fell in love with it. I felt like I could relate to Anne because she’s very much a dreamer and she sees the beauty in everything. I thought that was a very endearing quality about her. She romanticized people and objects. It’s like she constantly has stars in her eyes. Of course, there have been reviews on the series and surprisingly to me, there have been a lot of negative reviews. There have been positive reviews also, but the negative reviews really surprised me. The negative reviews have said how the Netflix series veers too much away from the source material and that the Netflix series is much darker than the book. I’m assuming that the reviewers are referring to some of the flashbacks that Anne has when she thinks back to the abuse that she endured while she was living with other people before she lived with the Cuthberts. Personally, I don’t see them as dark. Like one positive reviewer pointed out, it’s real life. The Anne in this series still keeps her familiar charm and precociousness, and she is still the lovable Anne that people have come to know and love because of L.M. Montgomery.