So instead of a movie adaptation, I'm going to talk about a TV adaptation. There are times where a creator decides to take a book and make it into a TV series: Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and now Pretty Little Liars.
Pretty Little Liars is about four friends being stalked by a mysterious adversary called "A". At first the girls thinks it's their friend Allison, who went missing when they were 13. These secrets where ones only Allison knew about. But three years later, Allison's body was found murdered, leaving the girls to believe that this "A" is someone else. Someone who knows all their dirty secrets and is not afraid to reveal them.
The series stays true to this premise. Each week, we see the girls battle this "A," trying to find ways to stop them including blocking "A's" number from their phone. Soon they realize, this "A" means business and a simple blocking isn't going to them. This first season follows the first three books. So far there are eight books in the series. I guess that means more seasons to come.
A couple of differences:
I was told by my book club that I had to read this book and I am so glad I listened to them. As such, I am telling you the same thing: read this book and when you're done, read the second book. And when you're done with that, read the third and final book coming out August 24th. Here's why:
The Hunger Games is set in the future where North America was destroyed and all that's left is a nation called Panem. This nation consist of a ruthless government known as the Capital and 12 surrounding districts. As punishment for a past rebellion, the districts are forced to send one boy and one girl from the ages of 12-18 to the Hunger Games. As tributes, they must fight to the death leaving only one victor. The story is told through Katniss, a sixteen year-old girl who volunteered to participate in the hunger games in place of her twelve year-old sister. She leave behind not only her sister but her mother and hunting buddy Gale, a friend who has promised to take care of her family in her place. Along with fellow tribute Peeta and mentor Haymitch, she travels to the Capital and partakes in the rituals of the games.
This book has it all from suspense to romance, from humor to drama and all that's in between and by the time you're done, you'll not only hate the Capital has much as the districts do, but you'll want to run out and read the second immediately. And when you're done, there's one question I need you to answer: Peeta or Gale?
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Peter and the Starcatchers
Ever wonder how Peter Pan learned to fly or where Tinkerbell came from? What about Neverland and Captain Hook? Well in this retelling of a classic story, Barry and Ridley explore just that. In this version, Peter is an ordinary orphan boy traveling to a new country with his friends (the "lost boys") on a ship called Neverland. He meets a girl name Molly who introduces him to a world of star power. In this world, how do people fly? Not with fairy dust, but with starstuff, the remains of a shooting star. With this starstuff, people not only fly, but creatures are created, like the loch ness monster.
As Molly explains the battle of the starstuff, two halves: one designed to protect it known as the Starcatchers, the other dying to use it, a pirate called Black Stache (aka Captain Hook before the hook) is after the trunk in which the starstuff is being held, a trunk leaking out this powerful dust. A battle ensues and the group crashes onto a remote island, inhabited by a native tribe called the Mollusks. So how does this story become the Peter Pan we know.
Here's a rundown:
The best part, the story doesn't end there. This is the first in a series involving the boy we know as Peter Pan.
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Escape from the Carnivale: A Never Land Book
Now there's the middle grade companion of Peter and the Starcatchers. As Barry and Pearson were in the middle of writing the first and second books of the series, they decided to write a younger version of their tale involving Peter's friends.
In this story, a Mollusk girl name Little Scallop decides to go on adventure with her two mermaid friends Aqua and Surf. This is adventure go south when Surf is captured by a ship. Little Scallop seeks the help of a lost boy, James and the leader of the mermaids, Teacher to rescue Surf. Meanwhile, Black Stache, now known as Hook due to the recently attached hook in place of his left hand, is dying to get off the island when he sees the ship and decides to seize it as his own.
The simple tale unfolds, allowing young readers to follow the characters with ease. Readers don't have to read the previous book to understand and follow this one as it successfully stands on its own, but being able to read both does make the story that much more enjoyable.
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