Horror Films that were based off of a book !

I don’t generally like horror books but seeing as it is Halloween here is a list of horror Films that were actually based off of a novel.

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black has had two films made of the same names. The first was released in 1989 with a remake being released in 2012. The novel was written by Susan Hill in 1983 and was written in the traditional gothic style.

Dracula

The introduction of Count Dracula began with Bram Stokers novel Dracula which was released in 1897. It follows the journey of Count Dracula as he moves from Transylvania to England to search for new blood. Due to this being released there has since been masses of interpretations of the book and the characters throughout films and TV.

Frankenstein

The first Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1818 and there has since been multiple films, plays and books written based upon this novel. There were further novels written on this with Dean Koontz Frankenstein (5 novels) being released in 2004.

The Ring

The 2002 film, the Ring, was a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film , Ring, which was based upon a novel of the same name by Japanese author Koji Suzuki. It follows a reporter who investigated the mysterious deaths of 4 teenagers. It is set in modern Japan.

The Wickerman

The Wickerman films were based upon a 1967 novel by David Pinner named Ritual. It follows an English police officer who investigates the ritualistic killing of a local child.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment any additions to the list you have or if you have any horror recommendations)

Top 5 Fictional Places To Visit

These are my top 5 Fictional Places that I would love to visit !

1. Hogwarts

I’m not sure if there is anyone who wouldn’t want to visit the school if witchcraft and wizardry! Imagine walking the halls, talking to the paintings and learning all about magic!

2. The Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

A whole factory dedicated to chocolate ! A chocolate river and oompa loompa’s singing, what more could you want.

3. The Emerald City

I would love to be able to visit the Emerald City from the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Be able to meet all the citizens of Oz and maybe even the wicked witch and the Good witch themselves!

4. Neverland

To be able to walk through Neverland with the Lost boys, to fly with Tinkerbells fairy dust and fight off Captain Hook with Peter Pan.

5. Wonderland

Visit wonderland with Alice and enjoy a tea party with the Mad Hatter. Meet the Cheshire cat and talk to the mighty dormouse. To travel throughout wonderland with all these famous character and fend if the Queen of Hearts and her army!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment any fictional places you would love to visit !)

TBR List

I have recently updated my to be read list and I thought I would share it with you!

You may see a book that you have read, or one you have never heard of and you may want to read them as well.

  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling

This is the original screenplay which continues on from the previous screenplay. We continue to see how Grindelwald follows through on his promises after being captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamamder.

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  1. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh follows the trail of a serial killer. However, the killer isn’t on trial he is in the Jury…

We follow the game the killer is playing and we see the ex-conman turned attorney who suspects all is not correct.

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  1. The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz is a story that follows Lale Sokolov in 1942 who becomes the tattooist. He was given the job of permanently marking his fellow victims with what would become the most memorable symbol of the holocaust.

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  1. Cordially Invited by Zoe Sugg

Cordially Invited is a non-fiction book which is seperated into season to help you celerate all events in style. It is the book with all the top tips for hosting and celebrating events throughout the year. Together with the great images we get an insight into how youtuber Zoella celebrates her life!

cordially invited

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have read these or they are on your TBR list)

Book Box Club – October

Fantasy Lands

This months book box club subscription had the theme ‘Fantasy Lands’. This proved exciting as I didn’t really know what to expect from this box.

This months bookish goodies included a Narnia beanie hat which was created by book box club for this box which is perfect for the winter months. The box also contained crystal soap named ‘Into the Fires of Mordor’ by Pretty Suds UK. There was also a little tin of Mad Hatter’s Tea by the Tea People. You can drink this mint chocolate tea whilst eating your Coraline biscuit which was also featured.

On top of all that you were also given a ‘As Travers’ tote bag which featured artwork by Liana Kangas and Briana Mora. Perfect for transporting your bookish goodies! A ‘Bridge of Clay’ postcard could also be found along side a sample from the book ‘Three Strikes’.

The main feature of these boxes are of course the books. This month featured the book ‘The Light Between Worlds’ by Laura Weymouth. This book is about what happens when two sisters are returned to the real world after having been previously transported to a magical realm. One sister thrives whilst the other struggles. Until four words change everything:

‘ Your sister is missing’

The books follows Phillipa as she discovers what happened to her sister Evie. Did she get make it back to the realm they came from?

The book is also signed by the author which adds further interest.

The book box club also includes an invite to the clubhouse where you can join an online book club with the offer. You get the opportunity to ask the author about the book and themselves.

Yet again I highly recommend this subscription box!

Many thanks, Caitlin x

( PS please comment if you have bought this subscription box or read the featured book!)

What I am currently reading

At the moment I am currently reading ‘The Perfect Silence’ by Helen Fields. This book is the latest installment in the DI Callanach Series. If you have read my previous blog posts you will know that I love this series and I am really excited to finish reading this one.

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The book is based upon the lives of DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner as they tackle the case of a murdered young woman. The case is peculiar and for this reason I am finding the book really interesting. It is quite unique and unlike the previous books in the series. This alongside the knowledge we already have and are discovering about DI Callanach and DCI Ava Turner its adds dimension to the story line.

I have read about half up until this point and I can’t wait to read more and explore the story and see the investigation go further. The book features gruesome crimes yet exciting friendships.

Upon looking at reviews, this book seems to get great ones. With majority being 4 or 5 stars on amazon however I did notice that a lot of the reviews said it was good but not necessarily as good as the previous books in the series. I am excited to see if I think that myself.

I would highly recommend reading the first three installments in this series as i absolutely loved them . We see a horrible crime with an exciting investigation whilst delving into the lives of the two main detectives.

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment if you have ever read this book or intend to)

Book Covers

“You should never judge a book by its cover”

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This is a common statement heard in many different contexts however I think in the context of literal books it isn’t quite like that. I believe that unless you are sent random books or buy one with the cover hidden we always judge a book by its cover.

I think that book covers are a major factor when picking a new book. It can greatly influence your choice. If it is aesthetically pleasing then you are more likely to choose that book. I am personally guilty of doing such a thing and I do feel as though this is the wrong thing to do but I just can’t help it. I believe that book subscriptions have really broadened my choices and changed my mind slightly about this. I have received books that I wouldn’t normally choose based off the cover and this has shown me that the cover doesn’t equate to the book.

I also think that when it comes to series it affects your judgment. One of my reaiding pet peeves is when they change the covers of series throughout and therefor they do not match. I will buy the first few in a series then they will change the theme. As I am a bit of a perfectionist it really annoys me as they don’t all look the same 😊. I am aware that this is completely irrelevant to the story but I thought I would just share it. Maybe this annoys you too!

Overall, I would agree that we shouldn’t judge a cover by its book but it’s so hard not to. I also feel as though sometimes the cover doesn’t match the book. I am also aware that this isn’t always the fault of the authors so I feel that more people should understand this !

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS I know this blog post is short but I hoped you enjoyed it! Please comment your opinion on book covers! )

Journals

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Journals have always been a good way to keep your thoughts organised and together and this has not changed. Recently, I feel as though journals have become much more popular again to keep your thought structured.

People use journals in multiple ways; to plan their time, to record the past and to put their ideas and plans in written form. I personally don’t really have a journal per say however I do have a book where I sometimes record my thoughts on certain books, what I would like to read next and what I have read in the past. This not only helps me keep my opinions on books together but also helps with my blog posts. If I have a thought about certain books I write them down and reference them when writing my posts. I find this extremely helpful as when I am writing a post I can struggle with trying to remember exact thoughts on the book I was reading.

Journals can be great fun and highly creative as it is common for people to design their journal in a way that works the best for them. Using different structures and content and pairing them with illustrations and doodles.

I personally think they are a great help and perfect for those who feel like they have to write everything down (like myself). I would also recommend it for those who write blog posts on any subject as it allows you to organise your thoughts and plan your posts. It can often bring more structure to your thoughts and allow you to look back on these when necessary.

 

Many thanks, Caitlin x

(PS please comment your opinion on journals and whether you use them !)