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Scary Books vs. Scary Movies


So, I just saw the movie The Boy, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. It was fricking creepy, and now I’m a little paranoid, but it gave me an idea for a post.

Are books or movies scarier?

With scary books you can take a break from reading it, and not be so scared. Also, there isn’t a jump factor whilst reading scary novels. But, there are much more gruesome and awful things written in books that just couldn’t be portrayed on screen.

Scary movies have things pop out at you all the time, and you can hear the different voices and background music to make things more suspenseful. You can actually see the emotions registered on the actor’s faces, and the creepy scenery. Also, the dark. This sounds stupid, but when you’re reading a book that is dealing with it being night time, you probably don’t imagine them in the pitch black it would be. Movies don’t let up with that; if it’s dark, it’s dark.

Although I’ve not read many scary books, or watched many scary movies, I do have the idea that movies are much scarier than books for me. The creep factor is just easier to watch on screen than read on page. In the moment I hate being scared, but afterwards it’s fun to recognize the “scariest” parts of the movie with the people you saw it with.

I went with 4 friends to the movie The Boy, and it freaked me out! It was not what I was expecting… like at all. The end, my gosh. It didn’t get a great rating on RottenTomatoes, but I thought it was pretty decent.

Anyway, all in all I think that movies are scarier than books. How do you feel?

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (15)


Hey, hey. MIA yet again. I’ve had so much going on lately. I’ve had even more dance, and even more soccer, and even more school work. It’s just been getting a little overwhelming. I haven’t read for a while, but it might be good to take a reading break. I will have a review of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson up within the next couple days. I’m currently reading The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey and I kind of haven’t really started it. I’m on page 10, or something, and I haven’t really been comprehending anything that’s happened, so I’m probably just going to reread the 10 pages. I’ll be free of everything soon enough, I’ll post more often. :)

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (12)


Last night I finished Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore and I really enjoyed it. It made me remember how much I love fantasy books. I had about 70 pages left when I was in my study hall, so I decided that I should go to the library and find a couple books that I don’t own and just check them out. I don’t usually like getting books from the library because I can’t mark my favorite parts, and I like buying the books so I can have the whole series lined up on my shelf. I will end up buying the books that I got from the library because I will read the others in the series and I want them all to be on my bookshelf. It seems pointless, but that’s how it’s going to work. Last night in between dance classes I started The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) – Sara Shepard. I checked this book out because I LOVED the TV show before they stopped playing it. I watched every episode and I loved it so much. I liked it better than Pretty Little Liars, but now all I have is PLL. I wanted to see where the story started and I’m so glad I checked this out because it is already so different from the TV show. I am going to be reading a lot today because I’m sick. Again. Gosh, I hate being sick so much. My whole family is sick and we’re all staying home today. Fun family sick day….

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Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore


Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore

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Title: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Harcourt

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 471

Source: Bookstore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Graceling is a fantasy book set in seven kingdoms, I believe. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy but everything I’ve read, I’ve loved, this book included. Gracelings, people that are Graced, have different powers. Some could be relevant and helpful, like swordsmanship, or some could be irrelevant, like holding your breath for extended periods of time. Katsa, the main character, is Graced with killing. She is used by the king of her kindom to hurt and kill criminals, or sometimes even innocent common people. She doesn’t realize this isn’t right until she meets another Graceling named Po. Po is Graced with fighting and combat and came to Katsa’s home kingdom in search of his grandfather. Po finds his grandfather there and their journey begins from that moment on. Katsa and Po take off and leave her kingdom behind. I really loved this story. Fantasy usually takes a little bit to get into, and this book did for me. This book took me forever to finish. There are so many names and places to remember, but once you get into it, it’s a great story. I just randomly picked this up off my shelf and I’m so glad I did! I definitely am going to read more fantasy from now on!

Characters: I loved the characters in this novel. Katsa showed that it’s okay to be unique and individual. She shows that you don’t have to have a husband to be respected. Po shows that individuality is a huge benificial factor. Po is my favorite character from this book. I love him. Again, curse the auhor who know how to make perfect male characters.

Who Would I Be?: I would be Katsa because she’s strong-willed and isn’t scared of anyone. She is so stront in wit and physical strength, obviously. She can have a mothering nature if she needs to, or she can break a man’s neck if necessary. Katsa reminded me of Katniss on so many occasions. Both are very strong female leaders. I really enjoyed reading about Katsa’s story.

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