Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis | Book Review

Rachael Lippincott’s Five Feet Apart is adapted from Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’s screenplay of the same name. It’s a love story between two teens who have cystic fibrosis (a.k.a. CF), and they must remain six feet apart to protect their health. One of them is a YouTuber who makes a video-diary of her life, and the other pushes back against his mom’s insistence on trying every possible treatment that could cure him. It’s a pretty good novelization of a movie.

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, by Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

Adapting the last half of Twilight into a graphic novel, Young Kim keeps her beautiful artwork while completing a disappointing conclusion to the novel. For those who missed the Twilight hype and don’t care about spoilers, Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, starts with Bella meeting Edward’s vampire family and has a vampire hunting….

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 by Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

It’s been years since I last reread Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, and I was a Twihard back then. I remember wanting to read and own the graphic novel adaptation, even though I believed it wouldn’t be as good as the novel, but I didn’t do either until this year. Young Kim adapted Twilight into a beautiful graphic novel that is pretty accurate to the original book. This review comes from the perspective of having read the novel it’s based on and not being such a Twihard anymore.

Movie/Television · Review

My Thoughts on ‘Love, Simon’

I really liked Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli, when I read it in 2016. So, I was elated to see the first trailer for the movie. Now that HBO has it, I finally watched Love, SimonĀ a week ago. It’s an okay but bland movie. What I liked: The movie largely sticks… Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Love, Simon’

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Songy of Paradise by Gary Panter | Graphic Novel Review

For months, I’ve thought about whether I would write a review for this graphic novel or not. I’m unsure how fairly I can rate and review the book because it was one of two major texts that I analyzed for my final project in my independent study last semester. Now I think it’s time to write this with the note that I’ve read and analyzed it too many times to feel particularly objective about it….

Classics · Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy

Paradise Lost by Pablo Auladell & John Milton

Spanish artist Pablo Auladell set out to adapt John Milton’s Paradise Lost into this graphic novel. A few days after Satan’s Fall, he awakens in Hell and rallies his troops to come up with a new plan to attack God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve are starting their lives together in the Garden of Eden. In this adaptation, we see a condensed and beautiful version of Paradise Lost, even if the characters are relatively flat.

Thoughts

What Makes a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Unsuccessful?

In a creative writing class about three months ago, we briefly talked about what makes an adaptation good or bad. I had to put into words what I hate about bad adaptations. Where do they generally go wrong? Just as there is no one formula for a great movie, there is no one formula for… Continue reading What Makes a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Unsuccessful?