5 Books You Should Read Before They Hit the Big Screen
It's a great time for fangirls everywhere when your favorite books get picked up for movie adaptations. From kilig-inducing YA novels like Everything, Everything to well-known classics like Murder on the Orient Express, here are five books you need to read before they come to life later this year!
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This cute and heartwarming movie stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue from The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Ben Parish from The 5th Wave). Due to an immunodeficiency illness, which renders her allergic to, well, everything, 18-year-old Madeline Whittier has lived her whole life in her bedroom with only her mom and nurse to keep her company. She wishes to experience the outside world and to have an ordinary, teenage life. When a boy named Olly moves next door, she finds herself finally falling in love—and finally actually living for once. But when her control-freak mom threatens to separate her from Olly, Maddy must decide whether breaking free of the four walls of her home is enough to risk for everything.
- Valerian & Laureline by Pierre Christin
This graphic novel by French artist Pierre Christin has received widespread acclaim for its visual art, concept, and storyline. Translated into over 10 different languages, the story follows space agent partners Valerian and Laureline in a series of humorous adventures as they attempt to save the universe using intergalactic technology and time travel. With fan-favorites Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne playing the titular characters, this space blockbuster will surely be out-of-this-world.
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Based on the wildly popular novel, Wonder stars Jacob Tremblay as August "Auggie" Pullman, a 10-year-old boy born with several rare facial deformities. After being homeschooled for the longest time, his parents decide to enroll him into private school. Although Auggie makes friends, he is still bullied and unaccepted by several of his classmates. As the story progresses, one can't help but feel inspired while following Auggie's journey as he deals with growing pains, judgmental treatment, and finally, acceptance of himself. Since the movie is directed by Stephen Chbosky (director and author of the heart-wrenching The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Wonder will surely be a tearjerker, so get your tissues ready.
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner
Our Teen Wolf-favorite Dylan O'Brien is back and better than ever in the third and final movie installment of the worldwide dystopian bestseller The Maze Runner series. The premise follows Thomas and the rest of the surviving Gladers as they attempt to find a cure for the deadly disease known as The Flare, subsequently facing off against the cruel scientist organization WCKD one last time. Friendships and loyalties will be tested in this ultimate battle for the truth and freedom the Gladers have dedicated their lives to uncovering.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known for Sherlock Holmes, then Dame Agatha Christie—one of the bestselling authors in the world—is known for Hercule Poirot. The story follows the Belgian detective on yet another thrilling adventure as he boards a train wherein a murder later occurs. Poirot must now use his wits to find out which passenger on the train car is the culprit before they reach their destination—or before another murder takes place. Kenneth Branagh both stars and directs this thrilling film, boasting an ensemble cast that features the likes of Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
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