Book to Movie Review – If I Stay


Today was the release for the popular book-to-movie adaptation of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. The book made me cry, the trailer made me cry, and the movie made me cry so much I thought I was the one teetering on the edge of death. Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I know I’m not the only one that slightly feels this way.

R.J. Cutler directed this tear jerking masterpiece, and along with ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Mia and Jamie Blackley as Adam, this book was done some serious justice. I first read this book a little over a year ago now, and while I wasn’t head over heels in love with it I still enjoyed it. I do have to say, and booklovers don’t hate me for it, but I did enjoy this movie more than I did the book. And I think I have a pretty legitimate argument as to why.

So if you’ve read the book you know how it goes, car accident right off the bat, lots of flashbacks, lots of Mia listening to what her loved ones have to say while she figures out if she wants to live and be an orphan or die and be with her family. Personally I felt like some of the flashback scenes in the book were dry and drawn out. I though it was all written beautifully, Gayle Forman has such a way with words, but I just felt like things were a bit ‘blah’ at times. Since movies tend to cut things out for time I noticed that a lot of those slow moving parts in the book were dropped for a film adaptation. That made me enjoy it thoroughly. I loved this film and I encourage everyone to see it!

Now for the burning questions that all serious booklovers want to know when deciding to see a beloved book turned film: What’s different?

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Silver Screen Saturdays #1

sssWelcome to my bi-weekly post of what’s hot in the book-to-movie world. Every 2 weeks I’ll just spend some time re-capping what happened in Hollywood and maybe throw in a short movie review now and again for the adaptions. It’s gonna be fun!

So, lots has happened in the movie world this past month and here are some of the highlights!

DivergentBluray Divergent was released on digital HD on July 22. I watched it about a bajillion times using Vudu; I got the download when I pre-ordered the BluRay combo pack from Walmart. It’s coming out this Tuesday (Aug. 5th) on BluRay and DVD. Target is having the best option that I have seen so far. The box that it comes in is glorious – if you got Catching Fire from Target then you know what I mean – and it comes with 3 discs so it has the most special features. I got the Walmart one as a gift from my parents, so I don’t feel too bad buying this Target version as well :p I also got a copy of the BluRay from Summit to review and the special features are fantastic! This is a must have for any initiate.

The highly anticipated trailer for The Mockingjay Pt. 1 has finally released! I thought this one would’ve been played awhile ago, but they just kept fans on the edge waiting. Looks amazing!!

The Maze Runner came out with a new trailer and some new posters! This trailer is epic, we get a glimpse of the grievers!! Watch for yourself:

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