Book ⇆ Movie Novelization/ Tie-In TBR

Novelization

Read Before After Movie~ It really depends on if I want to get spoiled on major plots

Since novelizations are written from the movie I cannot read them directly after watching the movie.

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Black Panther

One of the few novelizations with black people as main characters and it is Black Panther so…of course I want to read it.

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Thor: Ragnarok

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Hopefully, this catches the beats of the movie which captures awkward young adulthood. A lot of novels/movies (especially young adult fiction) don’t/can’t capture that magic.

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Alien: Covenant

For some reason I want to read this first then watch the movie.

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Kong Skull Island

This is one of those stories that feel like would be elevated by a novelization.

Tie-In

Read Before After Movie~ a long time after watching the movie not as long as novelizations though

Similar to novelizations  I have to watch the movie first then read the book a while afterwards. There is more leeway since a lot of the time tie-in books have more going on that the movie didn’t/couldn’t portray. Nonetheless, I’m hesitant with books that get turned into movies because that whole ‘this is not like the book’ feeling from reading the book before seeing the movie. Overall, there has to be this time of separation between reading the book and watching the movie.

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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

In my head this is going to be light fun teen book/movie like The Duff. Out of the books I have been wrestling hard on should I read this before seeing the movie. Since this seems light and fun I’ve been wanting to read this because I want that more than another issue y.a. fiction (as much as I enjoy them).

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Annihilation

Neutral on this one but probably not going to like it.

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Monster

This will be interesting especially coming out the same year as The Hate U Give. How are the two movies and books going to compare against each other? It is always good to have black books about the same subject because it leaves space for different opinions.  How is a 1999 book going to be different from current young adult literature? I have so many questions.

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The Darkest Minds

Is this the tie-in cover? Doubt I will like this because its pre-2015 young adult which usually is not for me. But black main character in y.a. movie so I’ll give it a try after I see the movie.

Tie-In

Read Before After Anytime~ since these are set in the universe but not the basis of the show/movie

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Snow Falling

There are not a lot of novelization or tie-in romance novels so this is welcome. Honestly, I don’t think I will like it. It seems like it will be very campy/traditional romance not new wave romance.

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Assassins Creed: Origin

It is Assassins Creed set in Egypt. Again, the novelization/tie-in market is so dry on diversity but the film industry is a desert.

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Charmed: The Power of Three

Using the image of the first book in the series but it can be any book in the series. I really want one of those omnibuses for some reason.

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Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox

I miss this series.

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Planet of the Apes: Revelations

Pretty much cool with reading any of the tie-in novels (even the old ones).

Currently Reading 

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Battlefront II: Inferno Squad

If you listen to the audiobook for anything listen to it for the space/Star Wars sounds.

 

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Analyze Book Covers: Layers

*I could not find the cover artist for some of these so if you know it list them in the comments below and I will edit the post.

**Also, my analysis is based on seeing these covers online so there probably are so many elements that I am going to miss.

***have not read the synopsis or cover reveal (skimmed to find the cover designers) for most of these but know what they are vaguely about so there are obvious clues to the analysis that I may miss there too.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Cover Designer: Rich Deas

I already talked a bit about what I liked about the cover and reviewed first six chapters here.

Background: Completely black which I think is to emphasis the whiteness of the girl’s hair.

We have a view of the main character from her hair to middle of her face. One of the most striking parts of the cover is the darkness of the characters skin (the darkest that I have probably seen on a young adult book cover). Her skin has brown or yellow symbols (this is one of the elements that I think will be better analyzed in person). Her hair is bright white and her eyes are a light blue or grey.

The shadowing and the colors makes this feel very vibrant I would not be surprised if the cover is in that velvety cover material.

Her hair is straight bright white sticking up with a red, blue, and other colors head scarfs. There is a white chain thingy with beads on it and a blue jewel in the middle. There is white symbol  lines sitting on both sides of the jewel going down her forehead.  I can not tell if the jewel has something in it or not. The title is sitting in her hair (there are parts of the hair that is looping around the words).

Cover Reveal

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Tagline: The revolution is here

Author:  Dhonielle Clayton

Artist:

Point of view: We are shown the back of the girl with her looking back at us.

Background: light flashing like what usually is shown in glamour Hollywood book covers.

On side of  her of her hair  we can see her hair is sticking up in a fohawk, with an assortment of different color and type of flowers covering a large portion of her ear. Her dress is pink with a white top. Out of all the book covers I think her face looks the softest because of how she is sitting her mouth. Her mouth is slightly open showing a bit of her teeth, a look that a lot of models have in photos. Her facial expression does not have the determined/serious look the others have she is looking more  in wonderment (I wonder if that says something about who she is as a character?).

The title words seem to be breaking apart. There are black swiveling lines that are breaking apart the word “Belles”

Cover Reveal

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Tagline: Rise Up.

Author: Justina Ireland

Cover Designer: David Curtis

Background: There is a big dingy, probably more because color of photo than anything, American flag in the background laying like it has fallen the rest is black

Point of view:  full back of girl in front of American flag

She has braids which make sense if she is fighting zombies but they are long so the zombies could grab one of the braids (but also it makes me think of action scenes where the character is fighting with their hair flying in the wind, I like it) Did you not notice that she is holding a bloody curved knife looks like a shortened sickle or hook? Is she wearing a long coat or a long dress? The outfit signifies this is in the pre/post-civil war. The cover is very dark, background and characters clothes are black. The character has a somber or serious facial expression looking off into the distance, makes sense for someone who has just fought zombies.

Overall look makes me think of an old photo.

Cover Reveal

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A Blade So Black

Author: L.L. McKinney

Cover Designer:

Background: white and crème rhombus checked pattern, author name is in red on top of cover

Words: A blade is in white so black is in black it feels like the image is siting on top of the white, the K on black is elongated

Image: black girl with naturel hair (afro) holding two small knives, inside queen of spades silhouette with red and pink roses in the background (notice that the spade has paint splatter imagery  reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland where Queen of Hearts has her guards, if I remember correctly, painting white flowers red). Also, it looks as if the girl is bursting out of the card because the painted image inside the spade is painting over the white and crème patterned background (bringing color).   The girls gaze is off in the distance not looking at the viewer. Is she looking at the queen of hearts? preparing for a fight? She is obviously in a fighter stance.

The image of the girl with the two knives makes me think of those pictures/videos of someone playing the drums with paint. The paint is splashing out  like she is sounding the revolution.

Cover Reveal

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Undead Girl Gang

Author: Lily Anderson

Cover Designer:

Background: Blue jean jacket

Point of view: focus is on one of the shoulder pockets 

There are pins throughout the jacket (7 in total)

Top

(1) pink stone (diamond?)

(2) partially spread deck of black cards, showing only the face of one card which shows a gold crescent moon

Bottom

(3) zombie green  hand with pink nails (decaying) pinky swearing with a brown hand with black nail polish and pink bracelet with star (occult?) in the middle

(4) author name in cursive pink with black outline with gold stars on certain parts around it

(5) sword with black hilt with pink or silver blade, black outlined

(6) little black banner off to the side that has in white lettering a novel by

(7) Biggest pin is pink heart with “Undead” in black (horror font) “Girl Gang” in black lettering in gold banner at bottom

Cover Reveal

 

Reprintable: Promises

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Synopsis

Carlie and Gordie…
They had know each other since early childhood. Gordie had moved into the house behind Carlie’s when she had been only five years old. They had been inseparable for seven years until Gordie’s father had received another assignment and moved his family to Germany. For four long years Carlie had missed Gordie.
Now he had written her to tell her they were coming home. Carlie was having a fit. Had he changed over the years? Would he still be her best friend? Or would they greet each other as strangers?

The Rad

  • Has black teen characters but does not has race as a plot while not erasing the racial dimensions of the characters.
  • Friendship between a boy and girl. The story centers this strong relationship it could be said that this is the true love story.
  • Subplot which I will not reveal because spoilers but I liked it and it added dimensions to the main conflict.

The Damage

  • The shortness/there needed be a some sort of subplot or something that went beyond Carlie dealing with Gordie.
  • There was not enough put into the main plot or subplots that did exist.

Subplots that could have been beefed up

A. Friendship between Gordie and Carlie

B. Gordie *spoiler* plot

C. Carlie life outside of Gordie

The As If

There was some questionable things presented such as Gordie saying one girl was the bad girl who he would date but Carlie is the good girl who he would take home.

Felt a way about how the family took Carlie on like she was the wife or something to Gordie. I don’t know how to exactly explain it but it felt like too much for a teenager girl to take on.

If this was printed today…

– there would be at least a 100 more pages

-there would be more subplots and a beefed up main plot

-it probably would not be painted as a romance (but also I feel I read it as a romance based on the cover and the “first love from silhouette”/”Americas favorite teenage romance” tags so it may be based on my assumptions because the synopsis does not read at all like romance)

T5W: Best Books 2017

*little factoids about the books which may possibly change since there are two more weeks left in the month
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) Lines We Cross

A. Making the white guy love interest work to deserve his person of color love interest

Status update on goodreads at 60%: Doesn’t let Michael off hook for racism like every time I think they finna do it they do a nope. You are actually going to face the hard work without a poc holding ur hand and coddling you through it (trying to keep this light but interracial relationships romantic and non-romantic need people who not only care about their friend/partner struggles  but also constantly work to get rid of their racism/prejudice)

B. Marina (main character) has a full life

It shows her family, friends, experiences, and so much more.

C. Audiobook

Listened to this 97-98% on audiobook so the narrators had to be good.

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) Piecing Me Together

*read this at the same time I read The Duff

A. Probably the closest I will ever get to seeing my experiences as a teen in a novel.

B. Focuses on intraracial issues

C.  Black feminist themes

It is connected to what feminism, womanism, or just what some black girls deal with. There was definitely a compare and contrast that happened between Piecing Me Together and The Duff.

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The Duff

*most read by other people

*read this alongside Piecing Me Together

A.  Kind of progressive in terms of sex positivity (my review gets further into why its a kind of)

B. Main character is messy- opinionated, kind of judgmental,  all stuff honestly I was as a teen. A part of the compare and contrast mentioned earlier with Piecing Me Together is the fact that I found myself in both  novels.

C. Movie –>Book

Seeing the movie before the book is probably going to be my newest method since it has worked really well this year.

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) Allegedly

*first young adult novel read

*only readalong finished

A. The book that made me get back into young adult

B. The mystery

C. The Readalong– the experience of asking, answering, and chronicling the progression of the story.

 

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) The Hate U Give

*longest book

*highest rated

A. Visibility- the fact that it is so widely read that I can still find a new review about it in December

B. More than Police brutality- a lot of people describe this as a novel about police brutality which is a disservice because 1. it makes people go into the novel with a certain expectation that is solely about police brutality 2. it is so much more than police brutality

C. Own the physical copy- one of the few person of color (particularly black) young adult books I owned this year so I tabbed it up.

There is so much that it did that I covered in my review of the novel

(Covers are all from goodreads)

Reading Expectations Vs Reality

As you read you can never truly know what you will find in between the pages.

Novelizations

Expectation All the flaws of show/movie will be dealt with

Reality Most if not all of the flaws appear

Expectations Favorite characters will get chance to be centralized

Reality Characters I do not like are prominent

Expectation Story will dig deeper into underdeveloped parts

Reality Large boring filler parts

Reading Old Books

Expectation Discovering old books I never got chance to read

Reality Reaffirming why I never needed to read those books

Expectation Rediscovering old series I was into back then

Reality Realizing that most of these books are either bad or not of interest

Expectation Old books = cheap and easily accessible

Reality Hard to find and not cheap

Non-fiction

Expectations This is going to bring so much depth and information to this topic

Reality Spends chapter after chapter repeating stuff

Expectation Balanced conversation about topic

Reality Biased and unbalanced on topic

Expectation  Story is only going to be about subject nothing else

Reality  Author centers themself in story

 

What are some of your expectation vs reality you have noticed in your reading?

Being A Y.A. Returner: Being Y.A. Returned

A while back I talked a bit about Being An Adult In Y.A./Being A Y.A. Returner so today I want to talk further into some observations about my y.a. reading.

Here are a couple of things that I have noticed about my young adult reading.

  • Own Voices/diverse books are the majority

A. Young adult is more diverse (or at least there is a community to push up the diversity happening)

B. Young adult that talks about so many different things that past y.a. did not

This could be a post in itself but I just enjoy so much about reading diverse books.

  • #1 Genre Read = Realistic Contemporary

Diverse books are mostly in the realistic contemporary genre (what I would give for a good fluffy contemporary). It will be interesting in 2018 with more genre expansion and particularly sff for diverse books how that will affect my reading.

  • Unknowns are my favorites

Most of the books I liked/loved I did not plan to read. On the opposite end some of the books I got really excited about I did not like or finish.

  • Mainstream ≠ me

A. Diverse books do not necessarily become mainstream (which actually sucks now that I am thinking on it).

B. It is a weird thing where I am into y.a. but not extremely into it. In the past I have described it as being a guest, coming into y.a. to read certain books then leaving out.

  • Nothing later than 2010’s or Future/Present YA is my realm

Anything not between 2015-17 seems to not be for me. Sometimes this can be awesome because everything I am reading is pretty new. On the other hand it can be annoying waiting on the newest book to come out.

Overall, I am just excited about being back. I did not expect after everything that I would be back but I am enjoying it.

Since it has been troublesome deciding what post to do next in this series I need your help.

Analyzing Book Covers

Quick catch-up: after a mostly great months reading novels I’m in a not slump but everything that I’m reading is okay.  They are in that ugh middle ground of being neither bad or amazing. Bummer.

So a couple of days ago I randomly analyzed a book cover which was really fun so now I want to do more. All of these are from my goodreads to read shelf so I know at least a little bit about them making this not a just based on cover alone thing.

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Monday’s Not Coming

First thoughts: The cover is atmospheric the red color makes me think of an alarm blaring. Look at her facial expression and body language. She doesn’t have her hands around her knees but it still looks hectic with the color.

Second Viewing: A couple of things I did not notice or know how to pinpoint- I did not notice that the red is not just a background that the character is sitting on top of it is lighting her skin, shoes, and clothes (I know there is a word to describe what the red is doing to her but I can’t think of this exact word/wording).The red lighting makes the white  words stand out even more. I did not notice that the words are basically white chalk.

Further into her facial expression which I couldn’t pinpoint. Looking at it now it seems like she is distracted, her mind is somewhere else. This probably ties into her being distracted thinking about her missing friend.

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Princeless Short Stories Vol. 1

Black girl riding a light pink/purple dragon in the air. She looks like she is ready to go into battle seeing as she has her knife out in the air. She and the dragon are not going angry or sadly into battle but happy. The warrior princess is very in line with the Princeless series.

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Babysitter IV

Tagline: Her life is still on the line…

She is obviously in the kitchen on the phone. This is the fourth Babysitter but she has the window opened…drapes opened…(Or the blinds are those type of drapes that cannot be closed).  Also, she has her back turned to the window with all the aforementioned things… Definitely can tell it is the 80s-90s because she is on a cordless phone (side comment: some people say the cellphone killed a lot of horror trappings). It is midday about to turn to the darkness of nighttime so she is doing all of this when it is about to be dark out.
Her face is scared and she is holding the cord on the phone tightly. It makes me think of Scream since I sampled (but did not finish) the script and saw the movie trailer. I feel like a scary movie character wore the exact outfit the main character wears on the cover but I have not seen enough scary movies to really tell.

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Tooth And Talon

Don’t remember what this is about so this is going to be interesting?

The main character has a high tech suit in a forest. What does that mean? Is the forest she is going into dangerous? There are red leaves that look like feathers so is the “Talon” referring to a bird she is trying to get to? Look at how huge the leaves are they are almost taller or are taller than her. What is the blue-ish bulbs on the leaves?

The woman pictured has a look of searching that blank what is going on look.

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The Legend of Shadow High

Tagline: Ever After High meets Monster High!

Mirror: The broken window in the middle I’m assuming signifies the portal between the worlds. In the mirror is the forest which is usually something you see in Ever After High than Monster High.

Sides: From monster high there is Frankie Stein and Draculaura, from ever after high Raven Queen and Apple White (these are  usually the spokesman from both worlds which ugh since I don’t like Draculaura and Frankie Stein but that is another conversation)

Anyway, the emblems around the mirror incorporates monster high skull (bottom) and ever after high girl with hood (top). On the top above the ever after high emblem is the two skull crests leaning on each other. All of the emblems and lining around mirror are in gold and black.

Background: There is a grey symbol that starts off big then gets smaller. The symbol is distinguishable at the top until it all bunches all in together at the bottom.

The overall style is something that Ever After High first series by Shannon Hale does which makes sense seeing how the story is set in Ever After High and written by Hale.

It would be interesting next time analyzing covers of books I know absolutely nothing about or have already read.