Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

27th January
2009
written by JohnArkontaky

Book:
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
©1922, P.F. Collier & Sons Co.
Short Story

Movie:

Director: David Fincher
Screenplay: Eric Roth
Starring: Brad Pitt, Kate Blanchett
Release: 12/25/2008
Rating: PG-13

If someone had told you about an amazing autobiography he read about a man-child who was born old and died an infant, then the next day another person were to recount a wonderfully strange documentary film about an un-aging man named Benjamin Button, you would be hearing two starkly different tales. These men share a name, yes, but with different families, upbringings, home towns, personalities, adventures, romances, and growing up in different time periods, it’s hard to say that there is only one curious case of a Button. (more…)

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27th December
2008
written by brandij

The Book
Author: Stephenie Meyer
© 2005
Published by Little, Brown and Company

The Movie
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
Released: November 21, 2008
Rated: PG-13

Twilight, the biggest book phenomenon among young adults since Harry Potter introduces Bella Swan, an incredibly average teenage girl, and Edward Cullen, her incredibly unusual love interest. Bella leaves sunny Phoenix for cloud-soaked Forks, Washington to live with her father (who happens to be the police chief of the 3000 person town). Clumsy Bella charms all the young men in Forks, with the exception of our cold-blooded hero, Edward. He seems to be repulsed by the very scent of her. Through the course of a few hundred pages (or a couple of hours) we learn that Edward isn’t truly repulsed by Bella, but rather is inhumanly attracted to her scent; specifically the smell of her blood. Edward, along with his super-humanly beautiful family are a coven of vampires who also routinely make their home in Forks.

Twilight pairs traditional teenage angst (Will Jessica ever get the nerve to ask Mike to the Sadie Hawkins dance? Should Bella re-use the paper about Pride and Prejudice that she wrote in Phoenix for an assignment in Forks?), with a retelling of Romeo and Juliet‘s lovers who can never be together. It also incorporates a healthy dose of history, chase, and suspense. By the end, you’ve grown to hope for Bella and Edward, and can hardly wait to pick up the next book in the series.

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23rd December
2008
written by brandij

The Book
Author: Nicholas Sparks
© 1996
Published by Grand Central Publishing

The Movie
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands
Released: June 25, 2004
Rated: PG-13

The Notebook has been highlighted as one of the best love stories of our time, and it well could be. Of course, this book doesn’t tell the story well. In, what appears to be characteristic Sparks style, we meet Noah 49 years after the story takes place. He’s now an old man, living in an assisted care facility. He spends his days reading the notebook in which the story of he and his wife Allie is written. The love story is that notebook, when Allie and Noah are reunited, 14 years after their summer of teenage love. In just a few days, their love is rebuilt, and they spend the next 49 years building a life. Noah reads to Allie to help her remember their life, as she sinks into the depths of Alzheimer’s.

The primary story in The Notebook takes only a few days, but the love that Noah and Allie share endures for more than 60 years. There is little action, little drama, and truthfully, little confrontation in the book. Sparks may draw you in with the premise, but he again leaves you hanging for the beautiful phrasing and imagery which you hope to find in the greatest love story of the decade.

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22nd December
2008
written by brandij

Nights in Rodanthe book cover
Book
Author: Nicholas Sparks
© 2002
Published: Warner Books

Movie
Directed by: George C. Wolfe
Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere
Released: September 26, 2008
Rated: PG-13

Nights in Rodanthe is written to be one of the “second chance at love” stories that middle-aged women across the world may dream about, especially with Richard Gere as the romantic hero. While the movie vaguely misses the mark, the book doesn’t even come close.

Sparks uses a formulaic approach to the love story; love coming into the lives of 2 people unexpectedly, distance forces the two lovers apart, and finally, the enduring quality of love. The simple story can appeal to those who are looking for a quick read; or who want to truly engage their imagination to give depth to the characters.

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