We’re nearly halfway through March, I hope you are all having a great month! Of course, with a new month comes a new Reading Challenge for the Blogger Book Nook. This month is definitely a good one and I’m really excited to get stuck in, this month’s Reading Challenge is Books to Screen. This month is all about reading books that have been made into TV Series/Movie adaptions.
It does feel that every movie is based on something, I think most of the books on my bookcase are also in my film collection. We receive our monthly Reading Challenge from either Abbey or Tabitha, two of the kindest girls, on the Facebook page. Here we have some great conversations and are able to talk books! This is also the perfect opportunity to get to know new bloggers, ones that have a similar interest, books and reading.
Right, let’s get on with March’s Reading Challenge.
If you missed my Introduction to: Blogger Book Nook you should definitely check that post out here, before reading February’s Reading Challenge! I don’t want to fill this post up with too much of that as it’s all there for you to enjoy. For each Reading Challenge, Abbey and Tabitha come up with five questions for us to answer in relation to the prompt.
1. What’s your favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?
My favourite would be The Hunger Games franchise, the actors were all amazing and portrayed the characters brilliantly. I read the first and half of the second book, but with it being so slow I turned off and haven’t read the ending. The movies were completely different, I fell in love with them and wished they never ended!
2. What’s your least favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?
My least favourite would be The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I’m not sure if this was because I read the book beforehand. There was a lot that they missed out in the film that I enjoyed reading! I understand you can’t have everything from the book as it would be soo much longer, what do you include though to please everyone.
3. What book would you most like to see on screen that hasn’t been adapted yet?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series by J.F. Kirwan, I came across these books thanks to Neverland Blog Tours. I’ve hosted a Book Tour for both 37 Hours and 88˚ North, after falling in love all over again each time with Nadia I would love for this to be turned into a movie! You could say it would be a little like James Bond, just with a female protagonist.
4. Do you always read the book before watching the adaption?
I sometimes try to, but I did this with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and I was pretty disappointed as it’s crazy how much they miss out! I don’t think I’ve read a book before though, nothing comes to mind. I do enjoy reading the book after the movie, or even just not reading them! I enjoyed The Maze Runner movies so I will be reading those soon.
5. Does seeing your favourite characters on screen ruin how they appear in your imagination?
I think this is another where it depends on what it is, as well as who is portraying them. A couple of actors I have been disappointed, I actually read Vampire Diaries after watching the show, I felt Nina Dobrev played Elena Gilbert really well. I think because I don’t get attached to the characters, I don’t seem to imagine them.
Of course, we couldn’t have March’s Reading Challenge without indulging in a book that has been turned into a TV Series. I decided to pick up Suicide Squad: The New 52, I fell in love with these characters when I watched Suicide Squad in the cinema back in 2016. I can’t believe it was that long ago! I’ve always been a massive fan of DC Comics so I knew this was the movie for me.
My copies of The New 52, are actually the volume collections, one volume includes seven issues. For me, I love having a volume, rather than individual comics, they have great covers and look brilliant on your bookcase. Right, shall we get into our review! For this occasion, I reread Suicide Squad: Kicked in the Teeth, the first volume in the series. Here you are introduced to the characters who make up the Suicide Squad.
These comics were released in 2011 so the artwork is quite modern, the first version of the Suicide Squad actually debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 back in September 1959! There’s been quite a few variants and series over the years, but for me after watching Suicide Squad, I just had to pick up The New 52 as plastered all over the front cover was Harley Quinn, so I knew there was going to be a whole lot of Harley.
Harley is definitely one of my favourite characters of all time, I love how she behaves and she definitely kicks a lot of ass. Which is one of the main reasons why I love her, especially towards the end, as she’s been in prison she doesn’t know what happened in Gotham until Captain Boomerang let the cat out of the bag. This is where she turns into the Queen of Gotham and goes on a rampage.
I read these comics after watching the film, so I was a little confused with King Shark but felt he was actually a better character than Killer Croc. You’ve still got Captain Boomerang, who reminds me of the DC Deadpool and Deadshot. Throughout the comic, the characters swap and change, with a variety of deaths but it still goes back to the characters we all know and love from the movie.
I loved the story, I know there was a lot of people that disliked it, because it wasn’t what they thought it was, the characters worked well together in their battle. It was a little strange seeing Amanda Waller in her comic portray though, completely different from the movie and from the very first moment, I knew she was bad news. For me, I loved the slight twist at the end, that’s probably because Harley is my favourite character.
To see her love for the Joker shine through, it was great! I couldn’t review a comic without speaking about the artwork, I loved it. It really made the story come to life, one of the main reasons I have a love for comic books, they’re just so much better than books. As well as there hardly being any text! I became very addicted to this comic and just had to get my hands on the second and third to read what was next for the Squad.
I love books/comics that are like this, once I get hooked I just have to keep reading!
I hope you have enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments one book you would love to see turned into a TV Series/Movie adaption. I am always on the search for new recommendations. Just maybe I’ll add them to my Goodreads Bookshelf.