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“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.” - Augustus “Gus” Waters, The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The fault in our stars quote of the day

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.” - Augustus “Gus” Waters, The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

The fault in our stars quote of the day

(via epicjohngreenquotes)

I just visited the IMDB page for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, and to be honest I am not that excited about it. 

I don’t understand why they can’t make a film adaptation as grand and identical to the best selling novel as Harry Potter? Hollywood filmmakers love creating a movie out of a very popular book and they would always fall short in terms of the screenplay. Like what they did with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Percy Jackson and the Olympians was no different. Both films were rushed that the major characters seem shallow and some stuff that made alot of sense in the book was made pointless and confusing in the movie. In the case of Percy Jackson, the story was changed big time, it was almost a crime, like what they did in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. With the exception of Twilight and possibly soon, Fifty Shades of Grey. Twilight is such a crappy book, it was not beautifully written, and I personally  think Stephanie Meyer should just stop writing because she lacks imagination and the skills, so making a shitty movie out it is fine with me. But The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson could’ve been better, if only they didn’t change and omitted a whole lot, to the point that it would make you walk out of the movie house halfway through like what my friend did when she saw Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter recently.

Now they suddenly thought of filming the second book of the great Riordan series ever, and make it somewhat more closely to the book. It is very odd and laughable. I wonder how it will turn out without Chris Columbus directing, and how will the story look like when they have a lot of explaining to do since they omitted Kronos, Clarisse, Dionysus, changed the actual look of the Camp and lots more. From Annabeth’s hair color to omitting the importance of the other Gods in the story up to Luke’s motivation on stealing the lightning bolt from Zeus.

I really don’t mind the age difference, though. An older Percy Jackson is fine, but do I hope they had kept Percy’s humble and kind personality (which is incomparable to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter) and his Cyclops of a half brother, Tyson.

I can only imagine how confusing and messed up the screenplay’s going to be. Still, I plan on watching it when it comes out for the  curiosity and fun of it. 

firstbook:


We wish there were an Olympic event for reading.

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(via literatureismyutopia)

Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Henry: Abraham..do not give in to despair. Remember your mother-remember what she whispered with her dying breath…

Abraham: Do not try to manipulate me, Henry! And do not pretend to care that I suffer! You care only for your own gains! For your war! You know nothing of loss!

Henry: (rose to his feet) I have spent these three hundred years mourning a wife and child, Abraham! Mourning the life that was stolen from me; a thousand loves lost to time! You know nothing of the lengths I have gone to protect you! Nothing of that which I have suff—

Henry: (composed himself) ..No…it mustn’t be this way. We have come too far for this.

(No, Henry didn’t kiss Abe. (*__*) Damn shippers. LOL)

And the meme’s goes on. (*___*)

rolfness:

Yesss.<3I knew you were my favorite president for a reason.

And the meme’s goes on. (*___*)

rolfness:

Yesss.<3
I knew you were my favorite president for a reason.

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rolfness:

Run boy, run.&lt;3

rolfness:

Run boy, run.<3

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I can’t believe what I’m seeing when I watched it. I can’t seem to understand why the author of the book, Seth Grahame-Smith, decided that he had to change the storyline for the screenplay of the film version. He’d gone too far away from the book, I think. Still, with a good imagination, he was able to make another story out of it that is as interesting as the book, though it is more fictional, but with a little disappointment.

In the book, Seth artistically inserted all the Vampire stories to what really happened in Abraham Lincoln’s history, as a boy until he grows up as a Lawyer and the President of the United States, until his dying day. All the characters in the book, though some only played a small part, are important in defining Abe as a person and a Hunter. The events and characters gave an in depth explanation why he hated vampires.

While I strained my eyes with the 3D glasses, I keep on waiting for characters like Jack Armstrong and Anne Rutledge to come out, and wondering who the hell is Will Johnson? Where did Adam and Vadoma came from?  While Henry seems more agile, he has a different stand regarding the war and slavery. The movie version has a totally different storyline. 

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In the book Henry urged Abe to run for office to support the war. No Adam or Vadoma. Jack Barts is not that hard to kill, he died with one swing of Abe’s ax when he was 16 and in fact his first vampire kill. Mary and Abe had 4 sons. Mary had suffered extreme depression from the death of their first son Eddie, in losing Willie, and witnessing Abe’s assassination was the last straw.

The film version may be as entertaining in a different kind of way, because of the overflowing gore and great 3D effects, but easier to understand for the simple minds. The cinematography and fight scenes were great, as expected from the Director, that would make TWILIGHT a cartoon show. 

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Though,  I expected more from the story and was given loads of gore, blood squirting and galloping horses instead, I was a little disappointed. I probably expected a lot since the screenplay was written by the same person who wrote the book. But like what Suzanne Collins did in Hunger Games movie adaptation, the book was way better. They sort of killed the story of the book, actually I think Seth outdid Suzanne in killing their own book. By giving us a rushed less talk more violence screenplay, that will  make the ones who haven’t read the book clueless and us who actually loved the book a wee bit disappointed.

The end scene in the film is interesting but I would’ve loved it if they did the same ending in the book. Whereas Abe became an immortal, not because Henry was lonely, but to continue what they had started. It’s not just about vampires. It’s about Abe’s dream, every man will be free. He was there in the crowd when Martin Luther King Jr was on the stage. Every man, regardless of color is free.

As a sucker for action films, yes I enjoyed the movie. However also as a reader, I can’t take out the fact that it is based on a novel that I read prior to watching the film, it would’ve have been far better if he stayed on the same story line as what he did in the book. I should’ve read it after seeing the movie, like I did with Percy Jackson, so as not to be disappointed. As for Seth as a writer, I still admire his talent in comedy and will still read his works. I might actually read his first best seller Pride and Prejudice And Zombies.