When was the last time you found a book that just swept you away? Reading can be a great escape when your stuck at home during the quarantine. Why not read before you stream?
Take a loot at the books below and let me know which ones are the most appealing to you! If you’re daring, you’ll order a copy and read it before streaming it on Netflix, Hulu, or any of your other online streaming accounts.
BOOKS TURNED INTO TV SHOWS
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BOOKS TURNED INTO MOVIES
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On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul… Written by Stephen King
Now let’s talk about the movie… That’s why we are here, right?
Ok, for the most part, I really enjoyed this movie. FOR THE MOST PART. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that Stephen King is my favorite author. However, I have not yet read Doctor Sleep, so I can’t say how well the movie follows the book.
With that said, I will just speak to the movie on its own.
The scene where ‘baseball boy’ is killed… NO, JUST NO!!! There was no need for the director to show that scene in such detail. It was horrific. It was grotesque. It was over the top and made me sick to my stomach. To be honest, I almost turned the movie off I was so disgusted by the fact that the director would show the scene in that way when he clearly had other options.
The cinematography was good. There were a number of really cool shots, interesting angles, and zoom features that made caught my eyes. Very artistic in ways that I didn’t expect.
I felt like Ewan McGregor did a great job as Danny. I’ve always enjoyed him as an actor and thought he was perfectly cast for this role.
Rebecca Ferguson was creepy and ethereal all at the same time. Right from her first scene you feel drawn to her character, but yet there is a tugging feeling that screams DANGER – DANGER – DANGER in your mind.
A huge shout out to Jacob Tremblay who played Bradley Trevor (baseball boy). Although it was my least favorite scene in the whole movie (not because of the acting but because of the act), Jacob gave a fantastic performance. No child should ever experience what his character went through and personally, I believe, not child actor should ever have to experience it either. It was violent in a way that should never have been scene, but he did a wonderful job and get a truly spectacular performance.
* Danny Lloyd, who played the character Danny Torrance in The Shining, makes a cameo in this movie at the baseball game and is listed in the credits as “Spectator.”
* Most elements from The Shining (1980) were recreated with duplicate sets and lookalike actors, though three shots were reused: the aerial shot of the water and the island and the two shots after it of the car driving on the mountain road. The shots were degrained, recolored as day-for-night, and had snow digitally added.
* Mike Flanagan painstakingly recreated the sets of the Overlook hotel from blueprints acquired from Stanley Kubrick's estate.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Our beliefs don’t make us better people. Our actions make us better people.” ~ Danny Torrance
“We’re all dying. The world’s just one big hospice with fresh air.” ~ Danny Torrance
TO SUM IT UP:
Would I watch it again? Probably not. Will I read the book? Absolutely.
Have you seen Doctor Sleep yet? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If not, I highly recommend seeing it for yourself and forming your own opinion.
As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for February 2020!
If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the [BUY IT HERE] button.
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#1 Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
An artist with a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.
I’d like to welcome A.G.R. Goff, author of The Sky Above, to my blog today. She is going to tell us a little about her book, her writing process, and her life.
What is your name and do you write under a pen name? My pen name is A.G.R. Goff. It’s a short version of my real name and I’d like to keep the mystery by not revealing it.
Where do you call home? At the moment, George/South Africa. But I have also lived in Germany and the UK.
Obviously, we know you are an author, but some writers have other jobs as well. Do you have another occupation? Do you believe you’re any good at it? Do you like what you do? I’m also a translator. I like it but my passion is writing.
If it doesn’t bother you, can you let us know what your childhood home looked like? Just a simple flat in an apartment block in East Germany.
Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing? I love my dog, but I guess that’s not really a hobby and I also play the saxophone.
What is your greatest dream? To be able to make a living with my writing.
I think there are a lot of us out there that feel the same way as you. I’d love to make a living with my writing as well. For now, I will settle for just enjoying the craft and sharing with others around me.
What kind of person do you wish you could be? What is stopping you? A sporty person. I guess I’m not passionate enough when it comes to physical exercise.
Not to pry too much, but do you remember your first love? Yes, but we never became a couple. I was 13 and met him when I was out with friends during school holidays. I kept going back to the same public swimming pool, just to see him. He never even looked at me.
What is the most terrible thing that ever happened to you? The death of my 16-year-old nephew. He died of pancreatic cancer.
What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? I always used to read a lot and I guess one day I thought, I can do this. But it took years to finally finish a book. I think I had to become proficient enough in English to feel the passion. My mother tongue is German and I wrote a lot whilst growing up in Germany but I never thought of myself as a writer.
Who is your role model? My mum. She’s an unbelievably strong woman.
What is your greatest fear? To become so sick that I cannot look after myself and my family.
Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? It depends on the mood I’m in. I read a lot from indie authors and that’s mainly e-books but when I’m at an airport I prefer paperbacks. When I walk the dog I listen to audio-books.
Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it? Yes, Stephen King books but only his older stories like Cujo, Carrie, The Shining. I was obsessed with his writing when I was a teenager.
See, now you are speaking my language. Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I get that his older stories are amazing, they are what made me fall in love with reading. But, if you haven’t already read some of his newer stuff like Mr. Mercedes, Elevation, or 11/22/63 then you should. They are great.
What is your opinion of novellas? They have their place and sometimes it’s nice to finish something quickly.
Have you ever read a book just based on its cover? All the time. When I’m travelling I buy books in stores based first on genre and then the book cover.
What is your favorite book genre at the moment? Thriller and Suspense
What books have made it onto your wish list recently? And why?Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey. A friend recommended it me.
What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?The Murderer of Cardim by Noah Alexander. I’m doing it to give a review. It turned out to be quite a good story.
If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why? Jodi Picoult and Stephen King, just because I love their books. Ray Charles, to talk about music and his life and Jamie Oliver for recipes.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?The Sky Above. A fictional survival story about the end of the world due to recent political events.
Well it is a stunning cover. I would definitely pick this one off the shelf at a bookstore to read the back cover.
How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)? I asked a professional graphic designer. Chloe Belle Arts.
Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your book(s)? Not this time. I usually like it quiet but sometimes music can be nice.
How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? It was something one of the characters said in the book and I thought it was a good title.
In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her? A normal 13-year-old boy who is forced to fight for survival and changes in the process. His whole world is turned upside-down.
What is your character’s greatest strengths? To adapt quickly.
And what are his/her greatest weaknesses? To lose faith.
What are some of his favorite foods? He eats anything he can get his hands on. There is no choice.
What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he has? He is good at looking after others without intention.
Will readers like or dislike this character, and why? Probably both because he’s torn between his upbringing and the need for survival.
What first gave you the idea for your latest book? Recent political events and what it could mean.
What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter? Definitely a pantster. I never know where my stories begin or end. It just comes to me whilst writing.
Have you come across any specific challenges in writing or publishing? What would you do differently the next time? I’m still learning, so it’s difficult. Writing is very personal, so I wouldn’t change anything. But when it comes to publishing – Maybe learn more about marketing.
Marketing is the hardest part of it for me as well. I’m much more the creative type. Id rather be writing then putting myself out there to post about my books.
Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional publishing company? Self-published and it’s hard work.
Yes it is. I’ve published 7 novel, working on #8, and I can absolutely say it is’t easy. For those people out there that say anyone can write and publish a book now because of indie-publishing – YOU’RE WRONG! It takes a lot of time, hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears!
If you’re a self-published/Indie author what made you go that route instead of the traditional publishing route? As a new author, it’s almost impossible to publish traditionally even if you have a very good story. A self-publisher has more control, financially and otherwise.
What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? Just write every day even if it’s garbage.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing? Do a course to get you started and then write, write, write.
As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for December 2019!
If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the cover image, the title or the [BUY IT HERE] button.
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Torrance, a writer and former teacher, signs a contract to spend the winter,
with his family taking care of an old hotel with a violent past. Secluded in
the Colorado mountains for 5 months, Jack, who is recently sober, slowly gets
more violent and angry. His son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the
“Shining”, to inform the people outside about what is going on in the
MY 2 CENTS:
Shining has always been one of my favorite horror films. It is perfect in just
about every way. When The Shinning was first released, in 1980, it received
mixed reviews. People didn’t really know what to make of it.
fact that it was nominated for a Razzie award – honoring the worst of cinematic
under-achievements – just blows me away. In my opinion, it is pretty
perfect! Much like Citizen Kane or Schindler’s List, I can’t think of anything
wrong with this film.
it’s metaphorical and it leaves the audience wondering what they just watched.
What is wrong with that?
loved the novel. It was one of the first books I ever read that truly scared
me. And the film, although very different than the novel, had the same effect.
I have read that Stephen King hated the movie and recently read the following
book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in
ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance,
trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s
crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from
the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening,
and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the
screen, ‘Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where
Jack Nicholson played the same part.’ And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy
Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just
me, that’s the way I am.” ~ Stephen King, on The Shining
In my opinion, yes, the book and the film are very
different. However, just because I love the book doesn’t mean I can’t
appreciate the movie for what it is. The Shining is a classic horror film that
will, until I die, send chills up and down my spine and nightmares into my sleeping
This film has some of the best cinematography I’ve
ever seen and to say that about a horror film is pretty amazing. Most horror
films, especially these days, are all about the jump out at you scares, the blood
and gore, and less about the visual aspects of the film.
The opening scene, where he is driving up the mountain,
Fun fact… Although the inspiration for the fictional
hotel came from Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, Kubrick ended up using Oregon’s
Timberline Lodge for the exterior shots of The Shining’s Overlook Hotel and all
of the interior scenes were filmed in England.
The entire film, from the opening until the closing
credits, visually draws you in and leaves you on the edge of your seat in anticipation
Nicholson is absolutely fantastic in this film. When you first watch him, he is
oddly and uncomfortably comical. His is so light hearted in some of the scenes,
especially the terrifying ones. However, as you watch his insanity settle in,
you realize it is a great performance. One of the scariest scenes is when Jack
is stalking his wife up the stairs. He is telling her, with a crazy smile on his
face, “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let
me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash
your brains in. …”
Duvall appears to be on edge and devastated throughout this entire film. I’ve
heard that Stanley Kubrick treated
Shelley very poorly throughout filming. Some people say he did it in order to
get this devastated performance, and although I don’t agree with his methods, I
have to admit it worked. Watching her, you truly do believe she is afraid… devastated…
and just completely lost.
Danny Lloyd is amazing and, in my opinion, gives us one of the all-time best child actor performances. He is natural and completely believable. I find it hard to believe that his film credits pretty much start and end with this film. However, he does make an appearance in the film Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. But, I was disappointed to find out he is playing just a spectator and not reprising his role as Danny.
is a photograph at the ends of the film, that shows Jack Torrancce, Jack
Nicholson’s character, smiling at the 1921 July 4th Ball at the
Overlook Hotel. It leaves the audience on edge, because it leaves you questioning
reality. Has he been there the whole time? Was he there before? The worst part
is that the questions are never answered.
When asked what the photograph
means, Stanley Kubrick said, “The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests
the reincarnation of Jack.” That would mean that Jack Torrance is the
reincarnation of a guest or someone on staff at the Overlook in 1921.
MY FAVORITE QUOTES:
“Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t.”
“I like you, Lloyd. I always liked you. You were always the best of them. Best goddamned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine. Or Portland, Oregon, for that matter.”
quote makes me wonder… ‘I always like you.’ Is he referring to the fact that he
knew him before, from time spent at the hotel? Plus, the mention of Portland,
Oregon… is that a nod to the fact that the exterior hotel shots were filmed in
Oregon? Just food for thought.
TO SUM IT UP:
film is a terrifying glimpse into the declining mental state of a man on the
edge. It’s a horror film where the lead character – a drunk on the wagon – is an
abusive husband and father. Sure, it is an extreme situation but the fact that
this type of thing can, and has, happened makes it all the more disturbing.
movie came out in 1980, so you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, I
highly recommend it. Especially if you
plan to see Doctor Sleep while its still in the theatres… watch The Shining
first, even if just to reacquaint yourself.
you seen The Shining? If you have, let me know your thoughts, in the comments
below. If not, I recommend seeing it for yourself and forming your own opinion.
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As an avid reader of fiction (and an author who one day hopes to make the list) I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE checking out the New York Times Best Seller list. So, here it is… The independently ranked top 10 Fiction selections for November 2019!
If you’ve read any of the TOP 10 selections and recommend them, please comment below and let me know. If you see something you like and plan to pick up a copy, you can do so by clicking on the title, the cover image, or the [BUY IT HERE] button.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.