From Page to Screen: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Oh how I love you, Lara-Jean. Devotedly brought to life on our small screens by the wonderful and adorable Lana Condor (whose potential as Jubliee was criminally cut away from us in X-Men: Apocalypse), TATBILB is honestly, without a doubt, on my favourite – and definitely one of the better – adaptations to date! From the heart-warming family dynamic to the instantly lovable, Peter Kavinsky, TATBILB is the modern rom-com we’ve all been waiting for, whether we knew it or not.

So, I supposed a bit of background is in order, in case you’ve managed to avoid all forms of internet recently and don’t know what To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Is!
Based on the New York Times best-selling trilogy by author Jenny Han, this is what Goodreads has to say:
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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From Page to Screen: Ready Player One

Brought to the big screen by none other than Steven Spielberg himself, Ready Player One is adapted from the novel of the same name by author Ernest Cline.

As a film in its own right, Ready Player One is an enjoyable ride as any blockbuster on the market. Chock-full of Easter eggs and a pop culture reference for every generation. It has a little something that everyone will enjoy.

A quick synopsis of the book, for those who don’t know;

RPO-ECIn the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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From Game to Screen: Tomb Raider

Not entirely book related this one, I’ll admit! However, as much as I adore the written word, I adore video games and movies just as much, so we’ll see how this goes.

I have been a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise for as long as I can remember. I remember going round my then best friend’s house and watching her mum play it on their PlayStation 1.  I was enraptured and I desperately wanted play.

Now fast forward to 2011 when a reboot of the entire franchise was announced and I was hyped, I was so excited, I know I actually pre-ordered it when it became available. Then came 2013 and I finally had the game in my grasp. And I loved it. I loved loved loved it. I loved this version of Lara; her vulnerability and her development from naive, sheltered Lara, to kickass, independent Lara. Although a tad too linear for a lot of people (a flaw I do understand), I still had the best time playing this game.

Another fast forward to 201 and a film adaptation of this excellent game was announced! Now, my excitement levels were pretty low, game to screen adaptions never work, off the top of my head, I cannot think of one good one (if you can please let me know in the comments!), and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Angelina Jolie duo. I’ve never been the biggest Jolie fan and they never felt truly Tomb Raider to me.

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Then, the fateful casting announcement happened; they told the world that they had cast Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and my excitement went from 0 – 100. What a perfect fit I thought in my mind, she suits the new Lara 100%, this will be amazing, I prematurely anticipated.

Then, guys, then I watched the film…

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