Saturday 16 February 2013

Beautiful Creatures - Book/Movie

I after say i am pretty new to the Beautiful Creatures series and didn't know the book existed until i saw the movie trailer on the TV. I love fantasy novels and the movies have know exception with me being a huge Twilight and Harry Potter fan. I just knew i had to watch Beautiful Creatures when it was released on the big screen but first i had to read the book.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is the first book in a four part series which include Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption.

The book is wrote beautifully as though Ethan is writing it.
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Another recommended read from me. Once you read the first, you will want to read the second, third and fourth novels to this magical tale.

*Movie review below may show spoilers*
 When i read a book, whats happening seems to come alive inside my head and when i read Beautiful Creatures that is exactly what happened, i had huge expectations for the film and even though i thoroughly enjoyed it and i recommend everyone takes time out of their day to day life's to go and watch it i did walk away slightly disappointed. The film in comparison to the book was changed a lot. Don't get me wrong there was Ethan a normal southern country lad, Lena the caster girl whose life may change forever and the love story which makes the whole movie. But when you put the book and movie and compare. A lot of the books been changed and missed out, some parts happened differently and a few characters are missing. There was know funeral for her uncle (which starts in the second book) and the film after he's died states 6 months later. Which see's Ethan's memory wiped from him having no memory of him ever dating Lena and him going off to college and then he stops get out the car shouts Lena, which Lena hears then it ends. It just ENDS like that. The fact is despite the film being completely different from the book i really did love the film. And will buy it on DVD when it's released. In reality i just didn't want it to end. I understand they after make changes, it's a 600 page book and a 2 hour film. Since there's four books, i really am hoping there's a second film but there seems to be no word on a second film as yet. So if anyone as any information about this please let me know. Everyone's comparing it to Twilight, this is a silly comparison. There nothing alike. Not all fantasies are the same, this is unique and completely different. The graphics were amazing, really realistic which i loved.

There you go, i hope you go and watch it the more people who do the more likely a second will be released and i think Beautiful Creatures fans really want that, i know i do. I am going to carry on reading the four book series, i am only a few chapters in on the second one, which is so unlike me but the books are a lot longer then what i have been reading lately. I will let you all know how i get on with them.

If your going to watch it, enjoy.
If you have watched it, what did you think?

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