Book Blogger Hop #4

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What was the one time you thought the movie was better than the book? (submitted by Tomi @ A Bookworm’s Guide To Life)

I don’t think I’ll ever answer this question as it is posed, but I do believe there are some films that are comparable to their bookish beginnings. No, there will never be consensus, and people will argue, favoring one over the other, but I do think these two movies were done well and stayed as true to their book origins and showcased the importance in these stories.

I enjoyed reading The Watsons so much with my students my first of teaching that I have tried to find a way to read it again every year, even if it is not with my entire language arts class. Last year I was lucky enough to teach a creative writing course, and we read the book in that class and did a variety of writing pieces from it. I do own the film version because I enjoy it thoroughly.

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Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

 

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Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There’s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who’s thirteen and an “official juvenile delinquent.” When Momma and Dad decide it’s time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They’re heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history.

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3 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop #4

  1. I had a hard time with this question too! There are movies I’ve been okay with but I can’t think of any that were better. I’d like to see Ender’s Game. I really enjoyed the book and the movie looks well done.

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