I’m super excited to do this tag, you wouldn’t believe!
So, some things will be done differently in today’s post! Firstly, I recruited my lavaaaaly little sister to help me with this tag, who was ecstatic to help me come up with ideas and anecdotes. For the second thing, it may be apparent that I never use gifs in my reviews or posts, but for today I will be using a few gifs to help persuade you to watch my recommendations! (Next post with gifs will be in 2016, probably.)
Thank you to Aentee from Read at Midnight for tagging me; I’m going to go a bit nuts with this. And maybe do more than five. And maybe mix up the rules a bit.
I. Create five Book-TV Pairings.
II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.
(I’m going to change the rules a bit, but to those I’ve tagged, you do not have to follow what I did! Feel free to do Book-TV pairings; I just don’t watch as much TV. I’m going to do 3 movies and anime each, plus 1 TV-book pairing. Just for fun.)
If you’ve read: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
You should watch: Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)
Why: Both The Young Elites and Kyoukai no Kanata centre on individuals with supernatural/demonic powers and the everyday to fantastical afflictions of their condition. Both are fantasy, though Kyoukai no Kanata has more demons, supernatural powers, and the occasional fun filler episode. (It’s a short anime, so it’s only 12 episodes too!) Whilst The Young Elites takes a darker twist than Kyoukai no Kanata, both book and anime explore the humanity of its characters and how lost, lonely souls intersect with each other – finding meaning and themselves along the way.
(Also, the animation in Kyoukai is awesome. And yes, she is using her blood as a weapon.)
If you read: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
You should watch: Psycho-Pass
Why: Both book and anime share common themes – analysis of the surveillance state, exploration of the interplay between institution and power, and how society and its people internalize with and exist within a system. Whilst Nineteen Eighty-Four examines how one individual subverts the established system and Big Brother, Psycho-Pass is how a young law-enforcer works in conjunction with the system (the Sibyl System) to enforce justice. Both have some incredible (and scary!) plot twists, excellent storytelling, and compelling narratives on dystopia, society, surveillance, and control.
(And below is the Dominator – a gun that can pass ‘judgement’ on criminals based on their emotional states, also known as their eponymous Psycho-Pass.)
If you’ve read: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
You should watch: Wolf Children
Why: Both book and anime are an exploration of the tribulations of growing up and family. On a very personal note, Wolf Children is one of my favourite movies (not just animated movies, but movies) of all time, and frankly no movie has made me cry as hard. It is a beautiful, heartfelt story about motherhood, belonging, and unconditional, enduring love, with some fantastical elements – the children are half-wolf, half-human. (And now I am tearing up thinking about it. Is there a support group for people who’ve watched Wolf Children? Anyone?)
If you’ve read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
You should watch: Pans Labyrinth
Why: Though Pan’s Labyrinth takes a more fantastical twist, both book and movie explore the impact war has on children. It focuses on how children, in their innocence and childlike wisdom, cope with the disasters and traumas of war, and their steadfast resolve to do anything to protect whom they love. The ending of Pan’s Labyrinth is a compelling point of discussion. And though it may be dark, graphic, and haunting, Pan’s Labyrinth is actually really beautiful.
If you’re read: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
You should watch: Snowpiercer
Why: If you’re like me and you love a good book or movie about oppression and rebellion, then perhaps you will enjoy Snowpiercer. Instead of outer space, the last of humankind live on a train after attempts to reverse global warming created an ice age. Whilst the rich and powerful live at the front of the train, the poor and powerless live at the back in a slum-like compartment. What follows is a thrilling, heart-stopping, and at times disturbing rebellion as the lower echelons fight their way to the front. As much as I enjoyed Snowpiercer, be warned: it is not an easy movie to watch.
If you’ve read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
You should watch: 50/50
Why: Though both book and movie share a common denominator – cancer – whilst The Fault in Our Stars centres on a romance, 50/50 is a raw portrayal of the struggles with his new diagnosis and how his cancer affects his family and his friendship with his best friend – some, unfortunately, less than ideal. It is an exploration of how people perceive, behave, and think in the presence of someone dying, and also an analysis on the effect it has on the sufferer themselves. 50/50 tackles these questions with wit and humour, but also has its earnest moments of self-awareness. A really great film. (Though, don’t watch it with a young audience or with your parents, unless you enjoy the awkward silence that follows a sex scene.)
If you’ve read: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
You should watch: Firefly
Why: Okay, correction: even if you haven’t read Saga, you should still watch Firefly. Before it was unjustly cancelled in 2003, Firefly ran for 14 (awesome) episodes. Even with its short run, Firefly found its way into my heart. It is a space-western, and follows the crew aboard its eponymous name. Not only does Firefly have one of the best characters (and you find a way to love them all), it has some truly fantastic writing – sometimes hilarious, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes serious, and always awesome.
One of my favourite quotes from Firefly:
When you can’t run, you crawl. And when you can’t crawl, you can’t do that… You find someone to carry you.
(I AM NOT SHEDDING A TEAR.) Joss Whedon, give us Firefly Season 2 please? Pretty please?
I tag these lovely people, some of them my newer followers (HELLO!):
- A.M. Bradley at Hungover Fiction Lover
- Anette at Anette Reads
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
- Jenny at Jenny in Neverland
- Josie at Josie’s Book Corner (to make up for the HP tag!)
- Krista at Loveable Reader’s Book Reviews
- Macy at Macy Loves Stories
- Mara at Across the Books
- Nicola at Book Bunny (to make up for the HP tag!)
- Quionna at QuiReads
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it!
To close, let’s slip off our bookish shoes for one moment: What is your favourite movie, TV show or anime? :D Any recent discoveries or recommendations? I’d love to hear in the comments below!