Armchair BEA Day Five
Hey y'all!It’s Grace and because I can’t attend BookExpo America this year, I’m doing Armchair BEA! If you didn’t see my post yesterday kicking off the week with an introduction and talking about literature, you can check it out here. You can check out day two – about author interactions and audiobooks – here, and day three – about expanding blogging horizons and short stories –here. Day four was about diversity in YA, a hotly supported topic in publishing at the moment, which you can read about here.
For those of y’all who haven’t seen it in previous years, Armchair BEA is the virtual version of the conference we know and love. While those in NYC can mingle around and meet new bloggers in person, the rest of us still make the effort to come together online and chat about the upcoming releases, trends, and love for books that makes BookExpo so special. BEA day two is today, for all those in New York at the moment!Today’s topic for Day Five of Armchair BEA is a freebie, and talking about YA and MG. For the YA and MG topic, I'm going to give y'all links to two blog posts of mine that I feel capture my thoughts on the subject accurately.
Young Adult and Middle Grade
Why YA? on Lit Up Review
Why YA? It’s important. Young adult is that untapped mixture of ages and perspectives and issues that’s rare to find in any other genre. These books are everything that we’re going through and these times are just as important as what we’ll be doing in five years, or ten years.
Why to Reread MG on Words Like Silver
I love rereading MG because it reminds me of why I read, who I am, what I look for when I read, and it’s just all-over one of my favorite things to do.
One of my thoughts recently has been about book-to-movie adaptations. I love them, I hate them, I seriously hate movie covers of books. I go back and forth, depending on how good the book was versus what the movie should be. I give a lot of props to screenwriters because it's tricky to both keep the tone of the movie as well as memorable lines and actions, without jumbling too much of the story.I'm one of those people who ends up being pretentious about book-to-movies. One of my pet peeves is when people obsess about the movie and act like the biggest fans when they didn't even read the book until the week before. Although, I really respect the coverage that movie adaptations give to books and I love that they get more people to love the book.I still maintain that one of the most successful book-to-movies that I've seen is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I really loved Divergent too. They both have a really nice balance of keeping the most important elements of the story and infusing it with all the right lines and contexts that work with the book. In the same way, they also amp up a few sections to keep it more cinematic, and translate really nicely to the big screen.The adaptation that I'm most excited for is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. The music sounds like it'll be incredible and it looks like it'll contain the same emotion and grace that made the book such a hit. Hopefully, it won't turn into another Beautiful Creatures or Vampire Academy. I think it's a lot more difficult for a movie to be great if it's based off a paranormal book, simply because there are too many special effects issues that could contrast with the book, and parts that are tricky to successfully integrate. Contemporary movies seem much more likely to fit with the book, but I'm really excited for the upcoming ones! What movie adaptations are y'all keeping an eye out for?
HAPPY BEA WEEK!