MISC: Films I wish were books

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If you haven’t watched God’s Own Country yet then I highly recommend that you do. Seriously, I will lend you my copy on DVD if I have to. It’s a significant film personally for me because it’s the first I watched on my own in the cinema. Admittedly, I did bump into someone I knew there, but I still sat on my lonesome and as the lights went down I was glad, because it’s a film you don’t want to be distracted from. You might think you’ve been transported to the world of the Brontes as soon as the brooding scenery and howling winds fill the screen, but this is an entirely modern story of romance and redemption.

John is a young farmer who feels trapped by circumstances. His father and grandmother rely on him to maintain their struggling farm but John wants other things. Instead of confronting his problems he drowns himself a drink and isolates himself from others. The arrival of Gheorghe, a Romanian migrant worker forces him to confront the reality of the situation and his own feelings.

It’s a film punctuated by silence, things left unsaid, frustrations buried. John’s family have survived so long by hiding their emotions that they are strangers to each other. In one scene his grandmother irons his father’s shirt after he suffers a stroke, and once she’s done brings the fabric up to her face and inhales deeply. Worry and grief rise suddenly to the surface and she cries into the shirt, but when John steps in she drops it quickly as if caught doing something unspeakable. It’s heartbreaking to watch but perfectly demonstrates how they have internalised their feelings.

Gheorghe offers them all a chance of a fresh start, and his tentative relationship with John is hopeful. It’s a beautifully drawn story of intimacy, love and communication and watching the film, the bookworm in me couldn’t help thinking how brilliant it would be in novel form.

It made me think about other films I wish were also books, and here’s a little list:

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The Royal Tenenbaums

Wes Anderson films are so visually engaging, I can just imagine how wonderful the descriptions would be, how detailed the characterisations. It’s the sort of off-beat, quirky book I can imagine Miranda July or Daniel Handler writing. Actually, I think all of Wes Anderson’s films would probably make amazing novels.

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A woman who runs from the alter, not once, or twice, but several times. I think The Runaway Bride would make a perfect romantic read that is also about learning who you are. I’d love to see the narrative split between the two main characters, as their attitudes towards each other slowly start to change.

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I’d love to read a book told by the film’s protagonist. She is such an unapologetic and compelling character, but vulnerable too. Teenage pregnancy isn’t actually something I’ve come across often in fiction and it’s an important topic.

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There are a lot of Inception fanfics out there, and many of them are perfect so maybe I’ve already got what I wanted on this one. The Inception universe is an interesting one, layers of consciousness and impossible spaces, not to mention intriguing characters with shady pasts. How cool would a series of novels based on the Inception-universe be? Also there’s not nearly enough Arthur in the film, so maybe a novel could remedy this oversight.

What films do you wish were books?

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MISC: Guess who’s back?

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I may have taken an impromptu hiatus from the blog over the last few weeks. Sorry guys. It turns out that preparing for London Book Fair takes up more time and energy than this naive little intern thought. I enjoyed every minute of it, but alas the book fair is over and now I can turn back to the wondrous world of book-blogging. I’m excited to get back into the game and catch up with everything I’ve missed!

MISC: Taking on a Kindle

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I haven’t been the most active on the blog recently, I’ve got a few posts scheduled, but I haven’t been leaving as many comments or actually been doing as much reading. The thing is, moving and starting a new job do take some adjusting, and while I’m having an absolute blast, I haven’t quite settled into a new routine yet. Literally everything about my day has completely changed and moving to the big(ger) city has already led to a lot of new and exciting experiences.

I’ve done my first commute to work and my first day in an office. I’ve gone for my first drink in Soho and gone to watch a panel show being filmed. But on a more bookish topic I did something that I didn’t think I’d ever do: I read a book on a Kindle. Continue reading “MISC: Taking on a Kindle”

MISC: Songs Inspired by Literature

EtheringtonHeaders-MiscBefore I was an avid book-reader, I filled the book-shaped hole with music. That’s not to say there’s only room for one of them, I still like to plug in my headphones, and to the distress of anyone nearby, sing off-key along with the songs, but there was a time when I was still at school that music and bands were everything to me. Now I feel like those albums I used to listen to are old friends; we don’t need to see each other every day, but I know that they’re there when I need. Listening to Florence and The Machine’s album Ceremonials this week, inspired me to write a post about songs that have been inspired by books and writers. Continue reading “MISC: Songs Inspired by Literature”

MISC: WWW Wednesdays- 23rd August 2017

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WWW is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Each Wednesday book enthusiasts share their reads by answering three questions:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next? Continue reading “MISC: WWW Wednesdays- 23rd August 2017”

MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 21st August 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a back to school freebie. It’s been a few years since I had the dreaded back to school feels, but this week I’m going to reminisce. So here’s my list of ten books set in school, five I’ve read and five I want to read. Continue reading “MISC: Top Ten Tuesday- 21st August 2017”

MISC: Down The TBR Hole #7

After buying a ridiculous amount of books over the last few months I have quite a bad book hangover, or rather my purse does. It’s definitely taken a hit recently. So with more physical books to read, it seems only fair that I review the books still waiting to be bought.

Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading “MISC: Down The TBR Hole #7”