Discussion: How do we feel about movie tie-in covers? The pros and cons.

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I’ve seen some mixed feelings about movie tie-in covers. Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em, and some people just don’t care.

I’ve decided to list a few pros and cons of movie/TV tie-in covers. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts too, so don’t forget to comment!!

The Pros:

1. They can look super awesome.

Like sometimes even better than the original cover *collective gasp*. But seriously. Take Nerve for example. The movie tie-in cover is so much better. Have you seen the original cover? I was actually so surprised by it because it looked so bad (I’m not trying to offend anyone here, I’m just sharing my honest opinion). I never would have picked it up if not for the movie tie-in cover (or if I hadn’t seen the movie before hand tbh).

Here is a side by side comparison so you can see what I’m talking about:

I mean really, which cover would you be more likely to pick up?

2. They can get people to read a book who might not usually want to read a book.

Sometimes when I drag my not-bookish friends into the book store, they see a movie tie-in cover. Then the conversation goes something like this:

Friend: Hey! I didn’t know they were writing a book about that movie?!

Me: Ummm, you know the movie is based off the book, right?

Friend: Uh, yeah, yeah, what you said. But that movie was awesome! Do you think I should read the book version?

Me: mmmm

Me: yessssssssssss

Friend: You’re right! I should totally read more! I think I’m gonna get it.

3. Sometimes you find out there is an adaptation coming because you spot the tie-in cover.22851100

This tends to happen when you pay more attention to new books coming out rather than new movies and shows.

Take The Giver for example. I probably never would have heard about the movie version (when I did) if I didn’t see the movie-tie in cover.

4. They can feature some of your favorite actors and actresses!33940357

For example: I love Nick Robinson. He is on the movie tie-in cover of Everything, Everything. Guess which edition I bought.

You guessed it! The movie tie-in version.

Although I really didn’t like the book… or the movie… so maybe that’s not the best example?

5. Sometimes they have some pictures from the movie in the middle.

I’m not really sure if this counts as a pro or a con… I guess it depends on how terrible the movie is and how much the actors actually look like the characters.

But still, I always have fun flipping through the pictures, regardless of whether I have/will read the book or watch the movie.

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The Cons:

1. They can look super terrible.

My first pro was that they can look awesome, so naturally my first con is that they can be a complete train wreck.

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For example: when they shove ever single actor in the movie onto the cover. Especially in that weird fade/layover style. Seriously?! Who designs these things?! Who thinks that that is appealing?!

Or when the tie-in cover is so far off from the feel of the book.

Great example of both of these things? The Great Gatsby tie-in cover.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Leo DiCaprio, but can you honestly tell me that this cover looks appealing? It’s certainly a cool movie poster, but it doesn’t quite cut it as a book cover for me.

2. They can feature an actor that looks NOTHING like what the character is supposed to look like.

Sometimes there are just minor differences, like the characters hair length is wrong (see: Everything, Everything’s Ollie) or they aren’t the right height.

But sometimes the differences are much worse than this. Like the (almost) entire cast of The Hunger Games. Or Cara Delevingne’s role as Margo in Paper Towns (disclaimer: I’ve seen the movie but I haven’t read the book. That being said, I still know about this and it annoys me).

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3. They can remind you of a painfully terrible movie/show that never should have existed in the first place.

LIKE THE SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW UGHGHGHGHGHGH

31342081Okay so I didn’t like the books, but I liked the movie (yeah, yeah, yell at me all you want. But that’s how I feel). So I figured that maybe the TV show would be more my speed too.

I WAS SOOOOO WRONG. I made it through mayyyybe one episode (I think I finished the episode?). But it was too painful and now every time I see the tie-in cover it makes my blood boil and stops me from trying to pick up the Mortal Instruments series again.

4. They can cause a book store to not carry THE REGULAR COVER THAT YOU NEED SO YOU DON’T STARE AT ACTORS YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT/LIKE WHILE READING THE BOOK

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I think the title of this one says it all.

5. The book is better than the movie. Why would you want to walk around looking at the movie cover rather than the book one?

The book is better than the movie with very few exceptions. So why would you want to be staring at not-the-actual-book-cover?

Also it annoys me so much when the movie is literally nothing like the book AT ALL and would literally never be associated with the book if not for the name of the movie and then there is still a tie-in cover.

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One good example: The Duff by Kody Keplinger.  I loved both the book and the movie (obviously the book was better though) but they were so different that I don’t really think there should be a tie-in cover.

So do we like tie-in covers?

I personally can go either way. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them. There really isn’t an in between.

How do you feel about them? What are your pros and cons? Let me know in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!

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Discussion: The Outbreak of Black Birds in YA. Is this a good or bad omen?

 

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I have been seeing black birds everywhere lately. It’s not that they haven’t been around before, but when two of your most anticipated releases of this year have a black bird in the title, you start to wonder….

What’s with all the black birds?

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Well, before we get to that, let’s examine what black birds symbolize.

There are three main types of black birds that have been popping up:

  • Crows
  • Ravens
  • and just “Blackbirds”

So what does this mean? What are their purpose?

I went scrounging the internet to find you answers. Here is what I found:

The Blackbird, Crow & Raven are closely interlinked and deeply interwoven in the myth and lore of the world. These birds have been seen and depicted as involved with powerful forces for both/either (depending on which story you read) good and bad in almost every major culture recorded.

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The Crow:

  • Associated with:
    • Justice
    • Shape shifting
    • Change
    • Magic
  • Can symbolize:
    • The journey from darkness into light
    • Ethical behavior
    • Guidance through the dark

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      Both the raven and the crow are associated with shape shifting.

The Raven:

  • Associated with:
    • Exploring the unknown
    • Courage
    • Shape shifting
    • The awakening of magic
  • Can symbolize:
    • A rebirth or renewal
    • The ability to find light in the darkness
    • New occurrences

The Blackbird

  • Associated with:
    • Protecting what is yours
  • Can symbolize:
    • The use of camouflage to protect ones family
    • The ability to sway with the winds of change

To summarize:

  • They all have something to do with magic and omens, as well as darkness and light.
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Her name makes so much more sense now, right?

 

What does this mean for YA?

We are in for some magical stories!!

I’m not gonna lie: I love magic. I love the idea of it and I love books with it. So I’m pretty darn excited to read these books.

A Few of the Published Books Featuring Ravens, Crows, and Blackbirds:

 

A Few Upcoming Books Featuring Ravens, Crows, and Blackbirds:

What books with black birds am I missing? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!!

(Also, you might have noticed that I just chose books with the birds in the titles… if we were talking about books with black birds on the cover *lets out low long whistle*. Let’s just say this post might never end)

What do you make of all the black birds in YA?

And thanks for reading!!

Discussion: What’s With All The Green Eyes in YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

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Lets talk about green eyes.

Apparently 2% of the population of THE ENTIRE EARTH has green eyes. But honestly with the amount of green-eyed characters in books, you’d think that every other person you pass on the street is gonna stare back with some variation of emerald or forest.

COME ON?? WHO ARE WE TRYING TO KID HERE?

I’ve met maybe 3 people in my life with honest-to-god green eyes.

I’m not counting those blue-but-sometimes-can-pass-for-green eyes, or hazel-eyes-that-look-green-on-good-days… I’m talking actual, no-possible-mistaking-it GREEN EYES.

Is there some universal law that love interests in books have to have bright green eyes?

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Where are the gorgeous browns and blues and ambers? The greys and the hazels? There are so many eye colors out there. So why does it feel like every other character in a YA book has green eyes?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for green eyes as much as the next girl, but other eye colors are gorgeous too. And I just really feel like there is a huge lack of other eye colors in the fictional-love-interest-pool.

Honestly, if a book isn’t set in northern or central Europe, it’s very unlikely that the character knows (much less has the chance to fall for) someone with the kind of green eyes that all YA-love-interests seem to have.

But guys, it’s not only love-interests that have green eyes.

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So many main characters and side characters and just characters in general have green eyes. And then their friends have green eyes too. Like I get one green-eyed person. Or gingers, that’s a whole different story (although still, three unrelated gingers in a small town school? Unlikely). But anyway, the two gingers that I actually know both have eyes more on the bluish side… not the bright vibrant green that authors seem to be so fond of.

But so many people with green eyes? All together? Something smells fishy.

I mean, obviously there are people with green eyes, and yes, those people can obviously be love interests.

I’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m just saying that it seems like every love interest in every book I’ve picked up happens to have green eyes. It’s kind of weird. If I had that many green-eyed-guys in my life I would be set.

And yeah, not all books have green-eyed love-interests. There are a ton of exceptions.

I’m just pointing out a trend that I’ve been noticing a lot lately.

Have you been noticing all the green eyes too?

Are there any other trends like this that you have been seeing in books?


 

 

Book Discussion

EBooks have been a thing for a while now. They are easier to travel with and read on the go. I get it. But something about them just turns me off. I always find that I have a much harder time reading and liking an eBook than a ‘real’ hardcopy book.

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Maybe it is because I like being able to flip through the book as I go; feeling the pages turn under my fingers.

Maybe it’s the smell of the book or the weight of it in my hands.

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Maybe it’s the satisfaction of looking at the spine and seeing how many pages I’ve read and how many more I have left.

No matter what the reason, I always without a doubt enjoy reading hardcopy books more than eBooks. I just feel like it is a better overall reading experience.

So my question for you is this:

Which do you prefer: hardcopy or eBooks? Why?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

 

Book Discussion

Hey guys! Right now I’m in the middle of two books. One I read on my phone when I’m on the go, and one paper back that I read at home. Yesterday, my younger brother gave me a strange look and said “Hey Em, how are you reading two books at once? Don’t you mix up the plots?”

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The answer to his question is no. I’ve never had a problem reading books simultaneously, in fact, it’s something I am almost constantly doing. However, after talking with my brother some more, he revealed that if he starts a book while in the middle of another, he almost always has to re-read the original book he was reading from the beginning.

This has led me to the conclusion that there must be at least two different types of readers: Multi-readers and Single-readers.

So my question to you is this: What kind of reader are you?

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(BTW, I’m loving these eye-brow-raising GIFs) What pros and cons do you think there are for each? Is one faster or more productive than the other? What does your reading style say about you? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments down below!