Read This? Watch This! Tag

So, the Read This? Watch This! tag was first created by Sydney over at Books & Stuff and since I’ve talked a lot about books but have neglected TV shows for a bit, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to combine the two. I wasn’t personally tagged by anyone, but she said everyone who wanted to do it could, so here I am!

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The rules are very simple:

  1. Create 5 Book-TV-pairs.
  2. Tag your book blogger/booktuber faves.

If you read THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (or more specifically City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls), watch BEING HUMAN.
They may not seem like the most obvious pairing, but think about it (and I am sorry but this does contain Spoilers for the TMI series if you haven’t read it yet): Although it is not the main plot, in TMI Simon, a vampire, lives with Jordan, a werewolf. You have the same set up with Being Human, you just need to add a ghost to the mix.

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I think that’s just such an interesting dynamic in both the book and the movie, because the “creatures” usually wouldn’t get along, but somehow it works.

I watched both, the UK and the US version of Being Human and I ultimately can’t say which one I like better. They start out very similar but then diverge in terms of storyline as they go on. The UK version doesn’t have as much of a closed end though as the US one.

 

If you read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, watch RED BAND SOCIETY.
While not all the children in Red Band Society have cancer, it is about a band of teenagers with serious illnesses, just like The Fault in Our Stars. I think both deal with the topic in an emotional way, but also with a certain sense of humour. Red Band Society got cancelled after one Season, but despite the fans fears, they actually gave it a proper ending. The show managed to make me want to laugh and cry in equal measure, so I think it could really be interesting for fans of TFIOS. I kind of miss the show now …

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If you read DREAM FACTORY, watch HAPPYLAND.
I read Dream Factory close to when the show came out and when I watched the trailer for the first time I was just baffled. All I could think about was, “Didn’t I just read that?”. Both, the book and the show, are about teenagers working in an amusement park. After really watching the show though, I started to realise that they are quite different, but I still like the concept of it being in a theme park a lot and think it’s a fun show. Unfortunately, the show ends with a cliffhanger since it didn’t get renewed. Still, if you are ever bored and just want something light and fun to watch, this is a pretty decent show!

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If you read IF I STAY, watch SAVING HOPE.
If I Stay has this magical love that conquers all and a character that has an out-of-body experience while being in a coma – guess what? Saving Hope has the same ingredients. While Saving Hope certainly can’t be classified as YA, since it’s more of a medical drama with a twist, I still think the pairing works. After a car accident (ring a bell?), surgeon Charlie finds himself in a coma. His fiancée, whose also a surgeon at the same hospital, has to somehow live on while Charlie has to find a way to wake up again.
I don’t even know how many seasons into the show they are right now, but it’s starting to get a little ridiculous. Nonetheless, I need to know how it all ends. It’s addicting!

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If you read THE LYING GAME, watch RINGER.
I was almost going to suggest, if you read the Lying Game, watch the Lying Game … or Pretty Little Liars, but that’s like cheating since they are from the same author and producer. Good shows though! However, my suggestion is to watch Ringer! It’s also about twins “swapping” places and Ringer is even more similar to the Lying Game book than it is to the show. I always feel so sorry for the one sister that just gets dumped into the situation and doesn’t have a clue about anything. Also, I feel like I should apologize, because it’s another show that got cancelled and didn’t end so well … I guess I never gave up hope that they’d somehow continue it (just like I wish the same for the The Lying Game show …)

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So yeah, those were my recommendations, I hope you liked them! Now, I cannot wait to hear what my nominees for the tag will suggest:

  • My Tiny Obsessions
  • Geekritique
  • Vinnieh
  • FlickThrough
  • I am also going to suggest it to some BookTubers, such as Christine from polandbananasBOOKS, Raeleen from padfootandprongs07, Natasha from Tashapolis and Liz from Elizziebooks but I don’t know if they’ll even see it.

Fall Review: Manhattan Love Story & Happyland

I’ve reviewed a lot of shows for this Fall Season and I am finally about to see an end on the horizon. Today I’m talking about MTV‘s Happyland and ABC‘s Manhattan Love Story! After that I’m only planning on reviewing Jane the Virgin and (the show I am most looking forward to) The Flash. If you still want my opinion on anything else, let me know in the comments below!

Happyland

Have you ever read Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler? Because this show reminds me so much of the book! It’s basically also about teens that work in an amusement park or theme park that is very similar to Disney’s and about falling in love, the illusion of fairy tales and happy endings. The show definitely diverges on some other topics, because parents are barely involved in the story in the book, but are really important to what’s happening in the series.

I have to admit, that I’ve seen stronger pilots this season. Happyland, while interesting on some level, didn’t grab my attention like other shows managed to do. The actors are alright (and include: Camille Guaty, Shane Harper, Katherine McNamara, Cameron Moulène, Ryan Rottman, Bianca A. Santos, Chris Sheffield, …), but the premise is nothing I haven’t seen before in multiple soap operas. It’s difficult to relate to the fact that your crush seems to be your brother and other than that they are just building on a lot of more love triangle-related drama. I can’t really tell where the show intends to go, but I think I won’t follow it for too long.

Manhattan Love Story

Analeigh Tipton seems to be everywhere these days and I certainly don’t mind it. There really isn’t much to say about Manhattan Love Story; it is a fun sitcom that takes on the difficulties of dating and relationships in New York City. If you’ve watched the Trailer above, you’ve pretty much seen the entire first episode. The main cast isn’t that huge and consists of the aforementioned Analeigh Tipton as well as Jake McDorman, Jade Catta-Preta, Nicholas Wright, Kurt Fuller and Chloe Wepper.

So, this isn’t the smartest of shows or something like that, but people like Romantic Comedies and this one is a pretty standard example of one. Besides the extensive thought voice-overs (which are just too much for me), I really don’t find a flaw in it. The show is sweet and fun and that might just be enough.

What are your thoughts? Talk to me in the comments!