Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hi guys! Today I have a fun book tag that I saw over on Kat’s blog, KatReadsALot! The tag was created by Emma from Emmmabooks on YouTube. You can see the tag video here.

So here we go!


69313561. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

It was pretty hard to think of a book that needs a sequel. Most novels are tied up pretty well, so they could use one, but don’t really need one.

I decided to go with The Duff by Kody Keplinger because I absolutely adore the story and the characters, and I would love to see more of them!

 


8524702. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series

This one was easy. The Gallagher Girls books are amazing and action pact. Oh, and it takes place in a girls school for spies. Not to mention there is a boys school for spies.

See where I’m going with this? Lots of awesome spin-off potential!

 


jjj3. An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

Another easy one. I just finished Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard, and OH MY GOSH it was amazing! Sarah Beard has one more published book that I’m going to read as soon as I can get my hands on it, but I really hope she comes out with more books fast.

And mean a lot more books. Like a million of them.


27670524. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

I stand by my belief that Katniss should’ve ended up with Gale. I mean, I get why she ended up with Peeta, but I’m not too happy about it.

I guess the romance between Katniss and Peeta just never felt real to me.


125072145. Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

I’m not hating on Girl of Nightmares, because the book was amazing and the ending actually fit in perfectly. I just wish it ended differently… more happily I guess.

I also kind of wish this book had another sequel. Maybe that would make up for how sad I was at the end.

 


 

45874926. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

These movies would be badass. I would love to see I Am The Weapon come to the big screen. It would be amazing, like the mash up of James Bond and Jason Bourne in the very capable body of a teenager.

I don’t know why this isn’t happening. It needs to. Get a producer on the line right now.

 


182493157. Totally Should’ve Had A TV Show

Those Girls would make an amazingly addicting melodrama. It is full of backstabbing and revenge and hormonal teenagers. Seriously it would be amazing to watch. It could totally be the next O.C.

Do you still have the producer on the line? Don’t hang up yet. This needs to happen too.

 


 256711528. Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Honestly Pale Highway’s cover just doesn’t do it for me. The book itself was good, but I never would have picked it for myself just because of the cover.

There could be a whole lot more going on here, and instead it’s just kind of ‘blah’.

 


399999. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Cover

I don’t have one specific pick for this one. My pick is more of a genre really: books turned into movies. Just like when they changed the cover for The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to feature a still from the movie.

I hate when they re-release books with new covers that feature the actors in the movie. That really gets on my nerves, especially when the movie doesn’t do the book justice.


946048710. Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book 1

Now,  I haven’t actually read the sequels of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children quite yet, but I don’t know if I really want to. I feel like the book could’ve been wrapped up very nicely at the end of book one, and they left it with a cliffhanger just so there was room to write more.

Then again,  I might end up loving the sequels, so who really knows.

 



 

That’s it for this book tag! Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

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Book to Movie Wishlist Tag

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I saw the Book to Movie Wishlist tag over on twistinthetaile and immediately knew I had to do it! There are so many great books that I would love to see turned into movies.

The rules of this tag are simple: list 5 books that you would like to see turned into a movie. So without further ado, lets begin!

1. Those Girls by Lauren Saft

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I think Those Girls would be an amazing movie. There is so much drama, revenge plotting, and emotions that it would keep audiences transfixed until the end. Also, all the characters are so realistic that bringing them to life would be amazing.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Anna Dressed in Blood would be one of the most amazing horror movies ever. Seeing Cas, Anna, and the rest of the crew on screen would be magical. I feel like the movie could be a disaster if it were made poorly (just like any great book turned movie), but with the right crew and cast, it would be amazing.

3. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

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Unraveling might just be my all time favorite book, so turning it into a movie is definitely a dream of mine. Janelle and Ben would kick some serious behind in this fast paced action/sci fi movie. I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Actually, I think the whole Selection series would make an amazing movie series. The reality TV style setting of the books would translate over very well to a movie (in my opinion, of course). The characters are all so well created that bringing the to life is not hard to imagine. I really would love to see this one happen!

5. I Am The Weapon by Allen Zadoff

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There is so much action, mystery, and excitement in I Am The Weapon that it is hard not to want to see it as a movie. I kind of imagine Boy Nobody as a cross between Ethan Hunt and Jason Bourne. This is another one I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for.

So what do you think of my list? What books would you like to see as movies? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you decided to do this tag on your blog, leave me a link so I can check it out!

Author Q&A- Lauren Saft

I had the honor of interviewing one of my favorite authors today; Lauren Saft! Her debut novel, Those Girls, is one of my all time favorite reads. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you get on that right away! Lauren is also an awesome person, and is definitely an author to watch!

 

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Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I suppose I’ve been writing since high school, or possibly even before that. I have always taken to writing, and have written stories since I learned how to write. I was on my high school newspaper, and always enjoyed the creative writing aspects of high school English classes. I wrote for my college newspaper, and pursued creative writing workshops as an undergrad. I’m not sure I can articulate why I started, it’s just something that I was always naturally driven to do!

I think truly, what drove (drives) me to write was the fact that I love to talk, and writing was a way for me to get out everything I had to say without interruption 🙂

Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?

A: Oh man, the world inspires me! My friends, my family, funny things I see on the street or at work, trends I notice, the plethora of social habits that make me angry, and the few that bring me joy. I don’t have one particular muse, but if I’ve ever met you, loved you, seen you at a Starbucks, odds are something of you will make its way into my writing.

Q: What was the original idea behind your book Those Girls?

A: Those Girls was originally (and largely still is) a spoof about me and my best friends 18249315and what we were like in high school. The story is 100% fiction, but much of it is a sort of satirical account our experience at an all-girls school in a bougie suburb.

The three perspective structure of Those Girls was meant to be a commentary on what seems to be a pervading culture of self-absorption and narcissism. I’ve always been extremely amused by the fact that so many people only seem to see the world through their own eyes, only feel what happens directly to them, and have little to no concept of (or interest in) how their actions impact others. I think high school is a particularly apt breeding ground for this way of thinking, so I wanted to initiate a conversation on the subject of self-involvement and how destructive it can be.

Q: Which one of the girls in Those Girls are you most like, Alex, Mollie, or Veronica?

A: I am definitely the most like Alex (especially outwardly), but Mollie and Veronica are definitely within me as well. I am all of them, all of them are me, and at the same time — none of them are me or any one person — they are characters I invented; so while there are aspects of me in all of them, they are fictional amalgamations of traits necessary to move my plot forward.

Q: What is one thing visitors don’t know about your home town of Philadelphia?

A: That it’s totally awesome! That it’s got everything New York’s got, but it’s cheaper, prettier, cleaner, the people are nicer, and the cheesesteaks are for tourists.

Q: Tell me about the time you met the Olsen Twins! What was that like? Are you a big fan?

A: Oh my god, I am THE BIGGEST FAN. I have been intrigued and enamored with them since their Full House days; they’re like a real life “Truman Show” (do you even know what that is or are you too young?!) They were basically Hollywood’s children, have been in the spotlight since before they were old enough to conceive of having a choice. They were told what to eat, what to wear, what to say, what movies to be in, had not even one minute of their childhood that was not curated, controlled, and observed, and now they’re like these amazing tiny little billionaire style icons, and I just am fascinated by their evolution.

Anyway, oh yeah — when I met them: I was working at Penguin when they did a book with them, and I literally had a phone-tree set up to let me know when they were in the building. One day, I got the call, and I sprinted from my desk to the conference room with a copy of their coffee table book in hand, and, sweating, I got them both to sign it.

Ashley smiled at me. Mary-Kate did not.

Q: Are you currently working on a writing project? If so, can you tell me about it?

A: I am! Unfortunately, it’s taking me a lot longer than I’d like to finish it, but it’s another YA novel, about two seventeen-year-old aspiring artists who spend a summer in New York in search of experience, inspiration, and the stylish creative mystique of Andy Warhol and his Superstars.

It will hopefully be on shelves in Spring 2018.

Q: You have worked in many different areas such as retail, childcare, and TV production. What has been your favorite job so far and why?

A: I suppose TV production, which is what I do now when I’m not writing books, has been my favorite. I’d been weened weaving stories together with words, and it’s been an interesting challenge to combine my training in aural story telling with the task of visual storytelling. When I think about a scene for a show I’m producing, I think about the things I’d describe to establish a sense of place if I were writing a chapter in a book, but instead of writing the words, I shoot (or choose) the images.

Waitressing had its fun moments too. Retail was by far the worst.

Q: If you could give advice to high-school you, what would you say?

A: DON’T CARE SO MUCH WHAT PEOPLE THINK. Focus more on developing a skill, gaining useful knowledge (like how taxes and insurance work), and less on what your friends are doing and thinking.

Also, you’re not fat.

Q: What is something that you want the world to know about you?

A: That I’m here! That I write books that are meant to be funny and true and make you uncomfortable and make you laugh and make you cringe, and make you feel not ashamed by your most shameful moments. I want the world to know that if you’re into imperfect people being imperfect in an imperfect world — my books are here for you.

You can find Lauren Saft online:

Website

Goodreads

Twitter

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