10 Film Adaptions I’ve Watched Without Reading the Book

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that all true literary-lovers should read the book before watching the film. Not to do so is a crime. But sometimes temptation wins out, and your friends are all going to watch the adaption on the opening day and ‘I haven’t read the book yet’ sounds like a poor excuse not to go. It happens. It happens more than I will ever willingly admit. So, here are the 10 films I watched before reading the books. I’ll let you in on an even more shameful secret: I still haven’t read them yet!

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  3. The Help by Katherine Stockett
  4. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman


What film adaptions have you seen before reading the books?


REVIEW: Dear Life by Alice Munro


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“People have thoughts they’d sooner not have. It happens in life.”

Alice Munro, Dear Life (2012)

Life comes with regret, something the characters of Alice Munro’s short story collection Dear Life know all too well. The people in these stories are ordinary. It’s like peering through a window into someone’s living room and watching them go about their day-to-day life. In thirty pages or less, Munro sets out the landscape of an entire life in prose that is clear, concise and unapologetic.

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It may sound bizarre, but a Wet Nelly is a traditional Liverpuddlian bread & butter pudding style bake. Having said that, when I presented it to my mostly Liverpuddlian course mates they seemed bemused, so who knows really? Maybe it’s not as popular as it once was. I got the recipe from the National Trust website, and I have to say it is a particularly tasty dish, especially served warm with a dollop of ice cream!

READING PLACES: Fifty-Eight Deli

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If you like cheese, ham, or cheese and ham then Fifty-Eight Deli is the place for you. I say ham, but really that’s not good enough a word for all the delicious freshly sliced deli meats this cafe and deli has to offer. There are an amazing selection of mouth-watering sandwiches to try as well, but I went for a cheese board which along with three scrumptious cheese, came with some delightful chutneys.

Situated in Oxton Village, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon, regaining your energy before moving on to the next big read!

REVIEW: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson


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it’s like the jigsaw pieces that have been floating around in my head for the last couple of months have suddenly slotted together to form a picture.”

Lisa Williamson, The Art of Being Normal (2015)

The Art of Being Normal is a Young Adult book that addresses many difficult topics: identity, family, class, prejudice, friendship, ignorance and love. They are issues we struggle to deal with as adults, when we think we have everything figured out, but for a teenager who is just becoming aware of the world they are particularly terrifying.

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