Top Ten Tuesday- Page To Screen

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is a page to screen freebie. We can talk about anything page to screen related! I’m not often a fan of adaptations, especially when they are from my favourite book but there have been some good ones and I’m going to list my favourites.

Matilda– One of my favourites! I love the book, but I equally love the movie.

The Witches– Another Roald Dahl… I think this was so well cast. I used to love watching this!

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory– I know, I know. I’m a Roald Dahl fan girl, but the older version has my heart! ❤

The Help– I was worried about this book being made into a movie but I thought it was so well done.

Me Before You– This was one of my biggest worries as it’s one of my favourite books, but they did it well!

Harry Potter– There may have been some bits missing, but I thought in the main part, the movies were fabulous.

Love, Simon– I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I was worried about this one too, but it was SO good.

Little Women– I love the March sisters! So well cast.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas– I read the book to my class last year and I was reminded by how I prefer the movie. Rare!

The Wizard Of Oz– You can’t beat this movie.

What are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Characters I’d Love To or Hate To Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about characters that we’d love to switch places with. What a fun prompt! I decided to split it and pick 5 characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with.

In no particular order here are mine

Let’s swap please?

  1. Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter– Luna is all kinds of awesome and I think it would be fascinating to be in her world.
  2. Jo March- Little Women– She’s one of my favourite March sisters.
  3. Lola-Lola And The Boy Next Door– I just loved her characters!
  4. Miss Honey-Matilda- I’m compared to her by my class and the parents of my class. It would be a good swap.
  5. Sara- A Little Princess- I love this story. Even though she has a hard life, it’s a sweet ending.

No thanks…

  1. Amy Dunne- Gone Girl- She’s a psycho character. No.
  2. Katniss- The Hunger Games- She may be good at the games but I don’t want to live in her world.
  3. Dobby- Harry Potter- Poor Dobby! 😦
  4. Lou- Me Before You– I can’t imagine going through what Lou did. Will… 😦
  5. June- Paper Butterflies– June has horrific experiences. I don’t want that life.

What did you do this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Shows/Movies To Binge Watch

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

Today’s list is all about those shows or movies that are great to binge watch. I struggled with this topic because I don’t watch a lot of TV/movies. I’d rather be reading! So here are some shows that I have binge watched and enjoyed along with some feel-good movies that always bring a smile to my face.

TV Shows

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- I binge watched the first and second season. Not in one go, but definitely a few episodes a day/night!
  2. Gilmore Girls- I was late to the party for this one. I managed to watch all seasons though in a few months. That was good binge watching material!
  3. Gossip Girl- I came to Gossip Girl a few seasons in and I binge watched the first few seasons.
  4. The O.C.- I remember binge watching the first season… then I had to wait for the rest of them on TV!
  5. Friends- If I don’t know what to watch, I know I’ll find an episode that will fit my mood!

Movies

  1. The Greatest Showman- A recent love! I absolutely adore this movie. The soundtrack is phenomenal. It’s one of the only movies that I’ve seen multiple times at the cinema.
  2. Matilda- I adored this movie and it’s one of my favourite feel-good choices when I need a pick me up!
  3. Grease- I have lost track of how many times I’ve watched this musical movie!
  4. Mean Girls- One of my favourites!
  5. The Lion King- I had to shove some Disney in. This movie makes me very happy.

What have you got on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- Matilda

Matilda

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Thoughts:

I have so much love for the book Matilda. It has to be one of my most favourite Roald Dahl books, if not my favourite. Argh. I just love it so much. I have reread it recently, because I read it to my first ever class. I do intend to read it to my current class too, after our current class book.

If you don’t know the story of Matilda (where have you been?) it’s about a exceptionally gifted girl. Her parents think she’s the most irritating child ever. Matilda is desperate to go to school and learn. She doesn’t expect to be facing an awful headmistress who takes an immediate disliking to her. The Trunchbull is an awful headmistress. She thrives on punishing and hurting children. Matilda wants to teach her a lesson once and for all.

I remember having such fond memories of reading Matilda when I was younger. I can’t even recall how many times I reread it. Going back to it, even after reading it fairly recently was such a lovely, heart-warming experience for me. This book just fills me with joy even though there are bloomin’ terrible characters. I love to hate Mr and Mrs Wormwood and the evil Miss Trunchbull.

I was struck by how things are a little different in the film. Mrs Wormwood in the book is rather a curvy lady but she isn’t as much in the film. There’s also more play on Matilda’s powers, which I can imagine does make the film that little bit more magical. It is just as dark though. I hated the way Matilda was spoken to. Evil parents! I thought that Miss Honey’s back story was much more fleshed out and upsetting in the book. I can’t believe Roald Dahl got away with writing such dark stuff for children, but it certainly didn’t do me any harm.

I really do believe there is no writer like Roald Dahl. His books make me so happy. I would love to reread more in the future as part of this feature!

For Beth’s wonderful review, please check out her blog HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

Next up in Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit Challenge (March):
The Girl Of Ink And Stars- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Top Ten Tuesday: All About The Villains!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s list it’s all about the villains! I loved putting this list together. I love a bookish villain!

Voldemort and Dolores Umbridge- Harry Potter

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Voldemort has to be one of the ultimate villains in children’s literature. He’s so evil, I love to hate him. Dolores Umbridge also drove me mad but I loved it. J.K. Rowling sure knows how to write a villain!

Miss Trunchbull- Matilda

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I used to be terrified of Miss Trunchbull when I was younger. She scared my class too, but they loved it at the same time.

The Grand High Witch- The Witches

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The Grand High Witch is such a fantastic character. I really wanted to read this book to my last class but I think it would have scared them.

Amy- Gone Girl

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Amy is a messed up character. She freaked me but I LOVED it.

The White Witch- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Ooh, The White Witch was evil and powerful. Loved to read about her.

Mrs Danvers- Rebecca

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I found Mrs Danvers to be so creepy. She got under my skin.

Queen Levana- The Lunar Chronicles

Love Queen Levana. I felt like Fairest helped to get to know the character more. I think she’s a fantastic villain.

President Snow- The Hunger Games

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You have to have a great villain in a series like The Hunger Games. I think President Snow was a perfect villain.

Ty- Stolen

Ty got under my skin because he was so awful yet somehow you ended up feeling sorry for him? How does that work!?

Who are your favourite villains? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!

Chrissi’s Class Reads… #3

Over the past 6 weeks, we have been devouring Roald Dahl. We even found time to fit in a picture book. I think it’s important that my class access a range of literature and in my experience they do still enjoy a picture book!

My little bookworms make this bookish heart very very happy.

James and the Giant Peach

I have to be honest and say I wish the children hadn’t picked this book for a class read. They weren’t as enthused as usual and it took us a while to get through. I tried to make it interesting, but their attention and imagination wasn’t as captured as I’d hoped!

The BFG

The BFG was a completely different reading experience for my class. They absolutely lapped up this book. They loved the way he spoke. Weeks later, they are STILL obsessed with whizzpoppers.

The Magic Porridge Pot

The Magic Porridge Pot is a cute little fairy tale which tells the story of a porridge pot which keeps cooking a poor family porridge, which then goes out of control! My class loved this book and enjoyed role playing the story.

Matilda

Matilda is a favourite of mine and happily my class adored it too. I’m a real life Miss Honey in their eyes which is the cutest thing. We included Matilda in some our writing sessions, by writing a diary entry for a character in Matilda and also imagining what we’d do if we had Matilda’s powers!

Next half term, I am looking forward to exploring some more authors with my class. As much as it has been fun to explore Roald Dahl, I think it’s important for them to be exposed to different authors!

Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Favourite Heroines From Books. I have completed a list similar to this before with strong female leads, but I’ve added some new additions since then. So here is my revised list in no particular order…

(Book images go to Goodreads!)

Jo March- Little Women –

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

She doesn’t conform to the ‘usual’ female roles. One of my favourite characters in literature!

Katniss- The Hunger Games-

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Strong in every possible way!

Tris- Divergent-

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Definitely her own person. Very headstrong.

Matilda- Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda

She faces awful parents and a terrible headteacher. I love the little bookworm that is Matilda!

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

The Help

I absolutely love these ladies from The Help. I especially admire Skeeter for trying to make a difference.

Juliette- Shatter Me trilogy

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Juliette’s strength as a person grows so much throughout the series!

*New additions*

Celaena Sardothien- Throne Of Glass-

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

She’s a kick ass book loving character!

June- Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)

A fiesty and intelligent character!

Poppy Sinclair- Dead Jealous/Dead Silent-

Dead Jealous (Poppy Sinclair, #1)

Likeable and real!

Rowan- Me Since You

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A heroine in different ways to others in this list. Strong despite terrible things happening to her.

Who are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your posts!