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Is Tim Burton’s Vision Hurting the Miss Peregrine’s Movie Adaptation?

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a 2011 historical fantasy novel most famous for its use of photographs to drive its narrative, is just the next Young Adult book to get adapted to the big screen. The MPHFPC movie itself in the same film category as many successes, such as The Hunger Games, as well as an almost overwhelming amount of flops, such as The Fifth Wave. With many of the most recent YA book-to-movie adaptations underperforming, or just outright flopping, in the box office, it seems the the MPHFPC movie would be faced with the task of not only succeeding in the box office, but appealing to both the fans of the book, as well as the casual moviegoer.

I was and still am looking forward for this movie. After starting and finishing the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series last year, I became very excited with all the possibilities and potential the books contained for a movie adaptation. Many aspects of the book seem primed for the big screen, so when I found out one was actually in the works, I was beyond excited. I became even more excited when I heard that the talented Tim Burton would be directing the film. But over the past year, though, as I have watched this film take shape in anticipation of its approaching release date, it seems to me that the mysterious and fantastical story told in the novel has lost some of its key aspects at the hands of Tim Burton’s “vision” in its transformation to the screen, and I personally believe the film is worse off because of that.

If you have read any amount of the three books in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy, you know that the characters make the story, especially the Peculiars. Ransom Riggs, the author of the book series, manages to make sure that each and every one of the many Peculiar children are well-realized, each having their own personality that is built upon throughout the series. The children’s unique peculiarities also play into those senses of individuality, serving as a kind of extension of those personalities. Their personalities and individuality are one of the reasons that the book series is a favorite of mine.

I believe Tim Burton has neglected this aspect of the MPHFPC story, though. This is most evident in the switching of characters peculiarities. Emma, a main character in the series, had the ability to create fire, a peculiarity perfect for her fiery attitude. But in the movie, she has switched peculiarities with Olive, one of the younger children in the series, now having the peculiarity of permanent levitation. Not only that, but Olive has been transformed from a innocent little girl in the books to a fire-wielding grown woman in the film! Characterization being an important part of the entire series, those and other large changes truly do have a great affect on the story as a whole.

MPHFPC stood out in the YA scene due to its darker and more ominous tone. From whats been shown to us, though, it doesn’t seem that the tone hasn’t at all transferred over into the movies. It seems the movies are focusing more onto the more fantastical elements, while neglecting the darker, grittier elements that upped its appeal in the book market, such as its inclusion of WWII aspects to the story. Seeing as not many YA adaptations have horror elements to them, I think including the darker parts of the story could have helped the movie to stand out against the sea of unsuccessful Young Adult adaptations. It seems, though, that Tim Burton has preferred to stay on the more fantastical and light-hearted side of the story, staying away from the darker and more realistic elements.

I think that the problem with characterization and tone points to a larger issue with Tim Burton as a director. I don’t think he completely understands the potential that fans of a book have. The book community can be a very important group to attract, especially for such a popular  and well received book.Creating a faithful adaptation that would have appealed to larger movie audiences would have been completely possible, and I think by making some of those large changes might turn away some of the book fans while also making for a less appealing movie to general audiences.

In the end, I am still excited to experience this movie on September 30. These are just my opinions, though, and I would love to hear the thoughts of other fans of the book. Don’t be afraid to comment and share your opinion on the movie. I think that the discussion of this movie can play over into the rest of YA book-to-movie adaptations and spark an interesting conversation.

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(+ I think we can all appreciate Eva Green’s hair, though. I mean look at it!) b6b8c29859ec595915e4bdc3650d0a15

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Where is Star Trek: Beyond?

Hello guys! I’m Mimi, the new writer for ReadGeek and right now I want to ask you guys to do a little something for me – Turn on your T.V. Go ahead, do it. Watch for a couple hours, or maybe a few days, and you will see plenty of promotional adverts for movies, such as Finding Dory, Suicide Squad, and Independence Day: Resurgence, but I can almost guarantee that you won’t see a single one for Star Trek: Beyond 

The third installment of the reboot of the Star Trek series is scheduled to be released on July 22nd and so far, Paramount Pictures has only released two trailers. Only two trailers seems like a good idea, considering that is the average number of trailers per movie, but this movie’s predecessor, Star Trek: Into Darkness, had three trailers and it did very well in comparison to the other movies in the franchise that only had two.

The lack of trailers isn’t the only problem though. The lack of promotional images and interviews is also a huge drag when compared to those of Into Darkness. Beyond did well with the release of multiple screen-grabs and one interview in late April/early May, but that was a month ago. Around this time in Into Darkness‘s promotional campaign we had two Star Trek themed app releases, a cover story in Entertainment Weekly, multiple image releases, and a first look featurette. Please, tell me you see the problem too!

We are less than forty days away from the premiere of Star Trek: Beyond and we are getting promotional efforts that would be better suited for a movie that is trying to scare consumers away. Many people have taken to various websites and social medias to complain about this issue. Some people have even predicted what they think the movie will turn out like based on the two trailers. A large group of people have predicted that Star Trek: Beyond will barely make 1/3 of what Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness made at the box office.

In my personal opinion, I’m excited for this movie. I definitely do not believe it will be the best in the entirety of the Star Trek franchise and I don’t have reason to think it could be even in the top three. I am really just excited to see what they can make out of this movie. The trailers left me kind of confused and I am hoping my questions will be answered. Also, this reboot always had a really excellent cast with actors like Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, and Zachary Quinto, just to name a few. I do hope the comedy is great in Star Trek: Beyond just like it was in Star Trek: Into Darkness and the special effects are as beautiful.

Paramount has been very quiet about this movie and when confronted with multiple articles and comments on this topic, they chose to push even farther away. Let’s hope that as release time draws closer, Paramount Pictures wakes up and surprises us all with not only an amazing movie, but some equally amazing interviews and adverts, as well. I look foward to seeing Star Trek: Beyond in theaters on the silver screen on July 22nd.

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My Top 5 Favorite Moments From The Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer!

Hi Guys! It’s Jordan from ReadGeekx3. As you probably know, the full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was released on Thursday. Many new and exciting scenes and clips were shown throughout the trailer, only increasing my eagerness to see this movie. And I have gathered my 5 favorite moments from this new trailer to present to you guys. 

1. The Destroyed Capital

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This clip puts an emphasis on the destruction that occurs during this revolution. This has to be my favorite shots in the trailer, stressing the destroyed state of the Capital.

2. President Coin

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This shot shows President Coin in a new position of power with a new haircut to match. This clip gets me excited to see what role she will play in the film and also foreshadows the conclusion of the film (Those in the know will get it).

3. The Map of Pods

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The refusal of the Capital to simply surrender is on full display in this clip. They’ve stocked up on deadly traps, such as the ones used in the Hunger Games, to hinder the advance of the rebel forces. A move very questionable as it seems as if it would be less effective than simply sending in Peacekeepers.

4. The Falling Parachutes

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This clip is very much a clip for those who have read the books, as not everything in this shot is as it seems. I won’t spoil it, but do know that this is a very important part in the story and will leave a lasting effect.

5. Squad 451 In The Transfer

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This shot shows Katniss in the Transfer, shooting into what seems to be an explosion. This should be one of the most action packed parts of the movie, so I am super excited to see it on the big screen!

I am very excited to see this movie this fall and I know I’m not alone. Tell us about your favorite moments from this trailer in the comments! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes out November 20! If you liked this, please follow and check out some more of our post! 

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Book Review: Disney Descendants: The Junior Novel

  Hey guys it’s Jamari here from ReadGeekx3 with another Book review! This is review is for the Junior Novelization of Disney’s Descendants based on the script written by  Josann McGibbon and Sara Parroitt. 

This review is going to be more straight to the point so I don’t spoil anything for the upcoming movie since everything that happens in the book happens in the movie (since it’s literally a direct transfer from the movie script)

It picks ups right where the Prequel The Isle Of The Lost left off, Prince Ben, son of Beast and Belle is about to become king and he is first proclamation is to have four children from the Isle of the Lost brought to the kingdom of Auradon to live a normal life. And the four children chosen are Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos (Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar, Cruella). And they are set to attend the boarding school, Auradon Prep and learn how to be good. 

The junior novel was very interesting and I can already tell that this is going to be my favorite DCOM of all time! I give the junior novel 10/10 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I highly reccomand this book to those who are really excited for Descendants and who can’t wait to know what happens! 

   

Descendants premieres on the Disney Channel on July 31 and you could see it early on Watch Disney and Disney on Demand on July 24!  

 

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 Production Photos! 

Hey guys, it’s Jamari here from ReadGeekx3 here with some new and exciting pictures from the set of the upcoming installment Allegiant – Part 1 with comes out March 18, 2016!

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 And we also got an first look at Christina, coursety of Zoè Kravitz!

And we also got a picture of the cast at  Dinner from Daniel Dae Kim!!!

More News, the ALLEGIANT Collectors Edition released this October and voting is in the process for which deleted scene you want to be included in the collectors edition!


That’s pretty much all for this post! Check for more posts soon!


The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 comes out in theaters on March 18, 2016

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New Mockingjay Part 2 Teaser Trailer!

Hey guys! It’s Jordan from ReadGeekx3 with a some awesome news for you guys! The new Mockingjay Part 2 teaser trailer was released not long ago. For a teaser trailer, this video is very long and gives us a very good glimpse into what the movie will be like. There is a lot of focus put on the damage that President Snow has done, which helps emphasize on why he must be brought down. At the same, you also see some of the good that is managing to survive even during the situation. Mockingly Part 2 will be released on November 20th of this year. Tell us what you think of the trailer below and follow to stay up to date on all book news.

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Paper Towns Movie Poster Released!!!

Hey guys it’s Jamari here from ReadGeekx3 here with another post! Today the official poster for the Paper Towns movie was released!!!

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Paper Towns will be released in July 24, 2015 (release date moved from June 5) and we will be getting a trailer on the TODAY Show on March 19!! That’s all for today! Check our for more posts and updates soon!

Blogger Awards Coming Soon! Nominate Blogs Now!! [OPEN]

Hey guys, it’s Jamari here from ReadGeekx3 here with a special announcement! This year we are hosting a blogger awards! We will be carrying out the celebration during the summer and all now and through then we will be nominating blogs for categories for the awards. The great thing also is that you guys get to nominate people too! You can even nominate yourself if you fit the category! Here are the rules!

Rules:

  1. When casting nominations, a nominee must be a blog. It DOESN’T have to be just a WordPress blog. It can be any type of blog no matter the program used.
  2. Nominee MUST fit category of nomination.
  3. People nominating others are allowed to nominate themselves if they want.
  4. To nominate a blog, go to the comments section of this blog and type the blog site, category of nomination and link to the site. (Can be multiple nominations).
  5. Nominating will be cut off near June 2015.
  6. Nominee can be nominated for multiple categories.

Categories:

Books

Movies

Photography

Art

Other (type another category name)

(category list is subject to change)

Reward:

Each winner will receive;

  • A custom made ReadGeek Certificate (which will be available for PDF download)
  • A badge to wear on their blog
  • A announcement blog post on ReadGeekx3
  • And a free follow on Social Network accounts (WordPress, Twitter, Instagram [possibly])

Now here’s a category we specifically picked out the nominees for which will be won according to polling votes! That category is for Favorite Fandom Site!

Here is the poll!

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https://thedivergentseriesny.wordpress.com

http://www.quarterquell.org

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Since this poll only lasts for a week, an extended poll is below after this poll runs out! That’s basically it! The ReadGeek Awards (working title) nominations are now open! Nominate blogs for the categories down below in the comments section! Check for updates coming soon! Check for more soon!

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Book Review: Paper Towns By John Green⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hey is Jamari here from ReadGeekx3 with another book review. This book review is on John Green’s Paper Towns novel. This is the second John Green book I’ve ever read, the first being The Fault in our Stars (Review link here), and I can honestly say this is by far my favorite John Green novel.

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The novel is about Quentin Jacobson trying to find out where his friend and crush Margo Roth Spiegelman who has disappeared. He uses clues that she left for him to try to find where she is. When he gets closer to finding her he learns that the Margo he thought he knew was a completely different person than he thought she was.

I thought this was a great book and one of my favorite books by John Green and I’m looking forward to reading some of his other books too! I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! And I can’t wait to see the film adaption coming this summer, which is apart of out list of 2015 movies we want to see!

Check out more soon!

The Divergent Series By Veronica Roth Series Review

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Hey it’s the third day of GEEKMAS and here I have a review I’ve been holding back for a while. This is one of my favorite series of all time! Instead of doing a review for each book by themselves, I’ll be doing an entire overview of all the books in this post. Now lets get started.

DIVERGENT

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In Divergent, Beatrice Prior takes an aptitude test, which in her world determines what faction you will be put in for the rest of your life. Abnegation: The Selfless, Erudite: The Intelligent, Candor: The Honest, Amity: The Peaceful, and Dauntless: The Brave. When she takes her aptitude test her results come up as inconclusive, Divergent. Divergent is someone who get’s more than one result on an aptitude test and can’t be placed into one faction which disrupts the system. So the only way to harvest order in the system is to kill off those who are Divergent.

Beatrice has to make a choice that will change her life forever. Whether she decides to stay in Abnegation with her family or choose a different faction. Dauntless, a faction where she feels she can be remade in and goes under a the name Tris.

This book goes fast paste with initiation of the dauntless members and comes to a thrilling climax. I was’t able to put this book down for one second while reading it.

INSUREGENT

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The sequel picks up right where Divergent left off, Tris is put in a traumatized state from the ending to the first book and watches as the factions she once lived by start shattering. You are taken through two other factions you don’t yet get to see, Amity and Candor, and learn more about how they live. While in the headquarters for the factions drama occurs which leads to large amounts of actions and keeps building up to the final climax in this book. It yet amazing and is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read.

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Allegiant picks up right where Insurgent left off. Tris and her friends finally escape the city to  finally find out what is really beyond the fence of the city. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare is found inside what is known today as the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. There they find out the secrets of whats really been going on in the city and Tris learns more than she ever knew about her mother and why she came to the city. This story is told from not only the point of view of Tris Prior but also her love interest Tobias Eaton. The story goes back and forth through both eyes of the main characters. The story starts getting a little slow in the middle of the book but builds up and keeps building up to the final and emotional climax.

The main controversy with this whole book was the ending. I won’t spoil it but it had to to with the death of an important character. Though I found it really emotional  it was both bold and daring of Veronica Roth to end the series which stands Divergent aside from other YA Dystopian novels and was a bold and daring choice of the author.

FOUR: A Divergent Collection

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This book would be considered as a Divergent Prequel but some stories in this book take place during the events of the first book. Four: A Divergent Collection is a collection of five short stories by Veronica Roth written from the perspective of Tobias Eaton. Like how we heard his voice in Allegiant, in this story he take the aptitude test before Tris does an makes a decision like Tris’s to either stay in his born faction Abnegation or choose a faction that suits him. The stories in this collection include, The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor. The first three stories take place before the events of Divergent where Tobias chooses his new faction and goes through Initiation. The Traitor takes place in the middle of a few key scenes from Divergent.

I enjoyed this book a lot. After I read Allegiant I needed more from this world and this book was more than what I asked for.

Ratings:

Divergent: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10 stars

Insurgent: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️9 stars

Allegiant: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10 stars

Four: A Divergent Collection: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9 stars

The series’ success brought Veronica Roth a movie deal for her first book Divergent which came out March 21, 2014 and greenlit Three following movies!

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent which comes out March 20, 2015 and The Divergent Series: Allegiant which is being split into two movies!

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That’s all for today’s long review of The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Check out more posts for GEEKMAS all this week!