What I’m Reading Now: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

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Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling as we all know.  You might not know that Jack Throne is also adapting the screenplay for Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races.

What I’m Thankful for 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating today.  In keeping with tradition here at Stacks,  we are going to share what literary things we have been grateful for this year.  I’m going to go first.

I am thankful for my Nook Tablet.  Now this is something that I have never thought I would say.  I bought it because I got a heavy employee discount on it when it first came out but I haven’t used it all that much until this year.  Since leaving B&N, I’ve had to buy more books than I have ever had before.  I much prefer the real deal when it comes to reading but I have to admit the convenience of my Nook has its benefits.  The books themselves are cheaper.  I don’t have to get dressed to the bookstore.  I don’t have to wait for them to be delivered and they take up space in my apartment.  My place is already overrun with books as is.  Plus, my nook is a little easier to read on the train to work because it doesn’t take up as much space.  So thank you, Nook.  You will never fully replace books for me but you have come in handy.

I am thankful for #Weneedmorediversebooks movement.  It has made me aware of my own privilege which I never really thought about.  I’m sure if you look through the books that I read you will noticed that they are mostly all women but you also will noticed that they are also mostly all white.  And their characters are also mostly white as well.  I’ve been trying to be find more authors of color, who are from different backgrounds from me but also look for books with protagonists who are from different cultures.  I’ll admit that I still have work to do but I am trying.  Thank you for Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Julie Kagawa and Nnedi Okorafor just to name a few.  I hope that 2016 will bring new authors and new voices.

I am thankful for book clubs because it forced me to read books that I probably would never have read on my own.  Also, it’s also fun to talk books with friends.

I’m thankful for J.K. Rowling’s twitter.  I’m thankful for her in general but following her on twitter just reaffirms everything I have ever thought about her and that I really want to be her friend.   She’s smart, quick, funny and does not suffer trolls.  She truly is a bright spot on the internet.

And finally I’m thankful for all you reading.  Kate and I started this blog for fun.  A way to keep connected and talk books but I think it’s fair to say it has passed our own expectations.  I thought that maybe a few of our real life friends would read it and comment but to have complete strangers from all over the world, like our blog and leave comments has been so much fun for us.  If it wasn’t for you, I’m not sure that Kate and I would have been as motivated to keep updating the blog.  So with complete sincerity, thank you.

What would you like to see?

Featured imageCassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series has already been made into a movie.  You may have forgotten it existed since it came out and was gone just as quickly in 2013.  I’ll admit, I have a copy of it, given to me by a friend and I still haven’t seen it.  From what I hear it wasn’t good.  Well, it looks like Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Magnus will have another chance to live off the page but this time on TV.   ABC Family has ordered the series Shadowhunters to premiere sometime next year.  Honestly, I think it will be better TV show then movie.  It has so many subplots and characters, that a more serialized form would be a better fit to get all of it in.  And for me at least, the casting is more in line with how the characters are in my head then the movie.  Though, that is not the case for everyone.  Some fans have express their “concerns” over the fact that some of the actors are not the ethnicity as the characters in the book.  For instance, the actress cast as Isabelle, Emeraude Toubia, is hispanic.  I don’t see this as a problem because a) She’s beautiful, tall with long dark hair like Isabelle and b) we are never really given her nationality beyond the fact she is a Shadowhunter because in the shadowhunter world, that comes first, nationality comes a distant second.  Props to the producers and ABC Family for casting based on who they thought was the best fit for the role.  I hope it’s good.  I do have some reservations about this series but I really did enjoy reading them as a whole and I will see the movie eventually.  It got me thinking though.  What other book that has already been made into a movie would I like to see made into a TV Show?  I have two on the top of my head.

First, hands down, Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  The first two books were made into a movies and well they were bad.  OK, they were fine but anyone who read the book, knew they were lacking.  Percy, Annabeth and Grover were too old and the prophecy that was the center of the whole series was left out!  It was just a mess.  With 10 books, if you include the Heroes of Olympus there are plenty of material to work with for several seasons.

Second, Harry Potter may seem like a strange one because the movies were really good.  As far as adaptations go, they were faithful to the source material but also have their own identity but think of all that was left out?  The beauty of TV shows is that you more time to tell the story depending on how many episodes.  Movies are about 2 to 2 1/2 hours long.  Shows are 30 minutes to an hour long from anywhere to 12 episodes to 24.  That’s a lot more time!  Maybe then we would get to see more of Dobby and the house elves.  More of Neville’s back story and well more of the other characters in general.  Just think of the possibilities!

Those are two I can think of right now?  What other movies based on books would you like to see go the TV route?  Sound off in the comments below.