"I recently finished some Umberto Eco. I'm finishing The Unbearable Lightness of Being [by Milan Kundera]. It's really deep, profound. A lot of metaphors. The books I've been reading are the literary 'winners'. I wasn't a big reader before, but my friend has been getting me to read them."
"Have you been enjoying yourself?"
"Is she a girl?"
"I'm reading Spider Man, Deadpool and some Avengers. Comics take me to a place where my imagination just runs wild. The one thing I like with comics today is that they make the worlds so big, the universe is so big. What's also great about comics these days is that they make the heroes super, but also human."
"This is my toy camera. I'm into fashion photography. Di kasi ako magaling mag-drawing, so nag-photography ako. A book that I enjoyed... For One More Day by Mitch Albom."
Nobody likes a movie tie-in. I've handled the Fully Booked social media pages enough to feel the rejection that movie tie-ins get when they're posted, promoted, and denied. In the comments, some people talk about how excited they are for the film, while others express their disapproval for the book's cover.
Why are tie-ins hated so much?, I wonder. Is it because we don't like the movie artwork? Is it because of the preconceived notion that adaptations are inferior to the novel? Maybe a little, but I think we've had enough good adaptations (and an open enough mind), for this not to be the case.
"My favorite poem is 'A Lover's Past'. I simply can relate to it. I've been reading Lang Leav since before this book was even released. I pre-ordered it!"
Ladies and gents, it's time for The Oscars 2014!
So, in anticipation for film's biggest day of the year, we your friends at the Fully Booked team have huddled around to deliberate and debate about our favorite movie adaptations. Understanding that books and movies are very different art forms, we realized that this process of choosing the 'best' could get very convoluted. And so, we have kept the criteria ultra-simple, asking ourselves 'Which of these adaptations is just an enjoyable movie, period?' Instead of claiming the title of 'best', we have simply gone with our own 'favorites', and we'd like to hear about your favorites, too!
Here's what we came up with:
The following is a transcript of an interview that Yvonne Romera of Fully Booked had with Lang Leav, for all of our e-zine readers.
We both are on Tumblr a lot...
Yeah, yeah we are! [laughs]
...And we know the community there. So how did you feel when they first responded so positively to your poems?
Well it was completely unexpected, cause I just randomly uploaded some poems one day. I wasn't at all careful. You know the notes just kept coming! I got like 40 notes and I was really excited, I was like 40 notes oh whatever, I was grateful that they like the poem. Yeah and then the notes just started growing and growing as more people discovered it and it went viral. And then people started messaging me in my askbox, it was crazy!
"I didn't like reading, until second year high school when a friend recommended The Lightning Thief. I don't really like classics. I like wordy books, but nothing too serious."
"How old are you?"
"How do you feel about turning 20?"
"It's just another year."
"Right now I like Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield. Emma Watson's first role was as Alice in the film adaptation. The day after I watched the film, my teacher called me to play Alice. It felt prophetic. I also like The Mysterious Benedict Society. I like a lot of children's lit. The plots are simple. It proves that you don't need a lot of plot twists to have a good story. You don't need a lot of drama."
"You're into theater...but you don't like drama?"
"Drama is for fun."
"I'm sporty, she's into theater."
"Running, football, swimming, ultimate..."
"I did theater when I was younger, but stopped because of school."
"What's the best thing about ultimate frisbee?"
"The spirit of the game, respect for the game, respect for teammates and opponents."