Jumanji through the Years

Jumanji is one of those films I watched as a child only because it regularly played on TBS. It’s a weird movie that I enjoyed for no particular reason, other than that it has an intriguing premise that was fun to reenact with friends.

Adapting picture books into movies is always an interesting process. Picture books aren’t plot-focused so making a movie adaptation is more about representing the “essence” of the book than it is about retelling the story. Chris Van Allsburg’s premise is simple: Judy and Peter play a board that brings each challenge to life within their home. Though startled by animal stampedes and thieving monkeys, the kids have no problem powering through the game and winning. Continue reading “Jumanji through the Years”

More “A Christmas Carol” Adaptations

Plenty of classics get multiple adaptations, but A Christmas Carol is somewhere in a realm of its own. There are hundreds of film, radio, TV, theater and parody adaptations. (And probably more beyond what I saw on the Wikipedia page.)

The trend continues in 2017. Not only is there a new movie about the story, but there is a new YA retelling of A Christmas Carol as well. Moviegoers this year might see The Man Who Invented Christmas, and YA readers might read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. How do these new versions stack up against the rest? Neither is a direct retelling, so for once, the story feels semi-original!

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Book vs. Movie: Before I Fall

I discovered “Before I Fall” about a year after its publication, and it has been one of my favorite books since then. A lot of Lauren Oliver’s books have been optioned as movies over the years, but never made it past the screenplay development process. “Delirium” was even turned into a TV show, only for it to stop production after filming the pilot episode. Because I expected “Before I Fall” to have the same results as Oliver’s others books—that it would never have the movie—I was genuinely surprised (and excited) when I saw Lauren Oliver share a trailer on Twitter.
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