Armchair BEA Day 4 – The Adaptation Awards & Giveaway!

BEA Day 4

IT’S THE FOURTH AND FINAL DAY OF ARMCHAIR BEA! I’m so excited for today’s topic – book to movie adaptations! Recently, Adelena and I (along with one other friend) decided to do print to screen adaptations as our topic for our school’s radio assignment and we had quite some fun doing it! Though rushing for the deadline was probably our least favourite part. Definitely hate rushing under deadline pressure.

Anyway, let’s dive right into it!

THE ADAPTATION AWARDS

Nothing beats bringing a story to life on screen – except when it turns out so bad you just cringe and want to dig a hole and crawl inside. But there are some which you just want to hug and shower it with all your love. And there are some which are so wonderful you leave the cinema (or your sofa) gaping, completely mind blown by its sheer awesomeness. This is The Adaptation Awards, where the best and most deserving book to movie adaptations are recognised for their greatness!

First up:

the adaptation(s)-that-Was/were-so-good-it-made-me-want-to-read-the-book(s) award

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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling takes home the prize! I’m so fascinated by the world that was built by J.K. Rowling and the directors that made it a reality. And remember what I said about being a sucker for potions? Harry Potter is just POTIONS (AND SPELLS) GALORE. Oh and I’m pretty obsessed with the various kinds of wands – actually, I was so obsessed I went to Pottermore, played the game where you have to find stuff in each scene/chapter of the books and they’ll reveal a tidbit of information as a prize for completing the scene, and I played enough just to reach the one where they had a full length guide to all the wands and the type of woods and cores available/used. Yup, I was just very curious.

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Armchair BEA Day 2 – Eye Candies

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Welcome back to day 2 of Armchair BEA! Today’s topic is “Visual Expressions”, or as I like to call it, Eye Candies. Incase you’ve been living under a rock – which I doubt so – there are so many different ways to tell a story, not just through traditional novels.

Comics, mangas, movies, TV shows, animes – these are all amazing platforms storytellers have used to weave their tales. I’ll be sharing my love for a few of them and recommending some of my favourites to you.

Animes

Before you start going, “Aren’t animes just Japanese cartoon for adults?”, let me reassure you that they are not. Once upon a time not so long ago (just last year, in fact), I thought animes would be rather boring because how could you sympathise with drawings? Darn, was I wrong. Yes, some animes are light and fluffy, catering to young kids but there are a lot more genres to it – I would even say as many as books.

So fret not because there really is an anime for everyone but these here are some of my favourites (hint: I really think you should watch them).

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Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan

Long story short, humans have been driven to near-extinction by man-eating giants called titans. What remains of humanity lives within a walled city that protects them from the dangerous outside world. It does sound futuristic but the world comes off more historical-fantasy. The world-building is splendid and the animation to die for. Plus, the story’s different from anything I’ve ever watched or read so really, watch this or I’ll slay you like a titan I urge you to watch this. Continue reading “Armchair BEA Day 2 – Eye Candies”

Armchair BEA Day 1 – Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?

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This is the third year since we’ve heard about BEA and are – yet again – unable to attend. However, when we found out about Armchair BEA, a way to have similar experiences at the convention except that it’s online, we jumped on the opportunity. This is our first time participating in Armchair BEA (though Adelena has seen a few bloggers doing it last year) and we really look forward to connecting with all you booknerds over the next few days!

Introductions

Why do you lovE reading and blogging?

JZ: I don’t know, man. Probably cause my mom read so much when she was pregnant with me, LOL. I think reading brings you to so many places and makes you feel things you never thought you could feel (I thought books were not supposed to make me feelsy but clearly I was reading crappy books when I was younger), and when you read something that you were never able to put into words, it’s just like YAAAAASSS. For blogging, it felt like math homework until I realised I didn’t need to be so formal and discuss world-shaking issues all the time – that was when I went ‘heck it’ and wrote whatever I wanted to. After all, it is a space for your thoughts.

Adelena: You know, it’s pretty sad to just live one life on earth. Books allow me to live a hundred different ones in so many characters’ shoes. What’s not to love? As for blogging, while I do have friends who like reading, I don’t think they would appreciate how much I truly want to fangirl (or sometimes rant) about the books I’ve read – though JZ suffers through them anyway (THANKS GIRL). So blogging is like an outlet for all my bookish feelings and opinions! Continue reading “Armchair BEA Day 1 – Nice to Meet You, Where You Been?”