Hey everyone!🍁

September is almost coming to a close, and I have a pretty exciting announcement for you all!

I will be hosting an October event all month starting on Saturday, and I would absolutely love it if you guys hung out with me and celebrated, too 🍾

I love Halloween and the fall season, and this time of the year just inspires me more than any other time. I wish we could all snuggle into some blankets and chat about our favorite horror books and movies… topped off with some heavy rock music playing in the background and some spooky cocktails.

I have a lot planned, from social events to giveaways to a pretty spectacular reading challenge. I think you’d all have a blast, because though it is Halloween/horror-themed, it is also super friendly to bloggers and readers that aren’t huge horror fans. It’s just going to be a time to celebrate the awesomeness that is this time of the year and the readers/writers like us that enjoy it!

So, just a heads up, that I’ll be posting every day here (sometimes more than once a day!) and will also be super active on Twitter and Instagram and Goodreads. I have a Goodreads Blogoween Reading Challenge bookshelf if you want to keep an eye on that and see what it is I’m reading, and then maybe even make your own!

Let’s make this month fun and kindly, because with all the spooky movies and stories headed our way I think we’re going to need some friends nearby to keep us company.

You guys are awesome readers and I always love chatting with you, so it’s about time that I bring you some extra special events and content 🙂

Thanks for everything guys, I hope you’re as excited for this as I am!

Until October!!!☕️🕸🍂

My Goodreads (and the Blogoween Bookshelf)

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Live,

Morgan Paige

T5W: Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre!

Hey readerly friends!

I wish I were a fan of the most popular genres out there, like YA and mystery, or hell, even regular fiction. Alas, as you guys know, I am a HARDCORE fan of horror and fantasy- give me all the creepy and fantastical stories you got- and have a plethora of suggestions to convert even the most resolute realistic reader there is.

I think the first fantasy book I ever read was Harry Potter, but this was after years of reading King Arthur retellings (I consider that more historical mythology). So I was already well on my way to loving fantasy at a very young age! And as for horror, I think the first “horror” ish book I read was The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. This is DEFINITELY an amazing intro for young readers into the horror genre. I’d say that it is way better than any of the soft horror that’s hitting YA shelves right now (like A Savage Song by VE Schwab or The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater).

However, I have a few other book options that I think are a bit more… mature? I guess? Since we’re not all in middle school anymore (I kind of doubt that I have many followers who are that young, so I feel like this is an appropriate way to approach the prompt), I think there are some other options that would interest people who want to start getting into Adult Fantasy or Horror.

I chose a few options other than the ones I mentioned above, but feel free to try out Tom Gordon or King Arthur. Those were a little out of the norm, but they were definitely what started my love for fantasy and horror!

 

Horror: The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

Black House is a bit darker, but the first installment in this series is perfect for people used to fiction or coming-of-age stories. It’s just the right amount of creepy and supernatural and is set in the real world. Both of these authors are known for scaring the bejeezus out of their audience, but this book is more of an emotional rollercoaster. The protagonist is an amazing little boy and his journey was the first book to actually make me cry (in a good way???).

 

Horror: The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

Not nearly as hardcore as HP Lovecraft, so I definitely think that Poe is the gateway author to classic horror. He led me to Shirley Jackson, HP Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury (he is a modern writer, but has a very classic style). The Raven is a very easy and popular read, and is just the right amount of creepy and accessible for the historical fiction fan.

 

Horror/ Fantasy: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

So yeah, I’ve been fangirling over this novel all year, but basically this novel is perfect for the mature fiction reader who wants a taste of both horror and fantasy. Set in reality, this novel is such a fantastic narrative that makes you question beliefs, reality, and what it means to be good. The book isn’t inherently terrifying (the author even mentioned he never would have classified it as a horror novel), but there are some elements that are equally fantastical and horrifying. This is for the mature reader though, so check it out if you think you can handle themes about death, torture, and theology.

 

Fantasy: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I’ve seen only a handful of people who dislike this book, but for people new to fantasy I think it is overwhelmingly approachable. It is a story written from a young girl’s POV during her coming-of-age years, but even with such a young protagonist I think it is one of the most age-accessible novels ever written. People of any age and background come to love Lyra and her world, which is an interesting take on our own reality and the religions within. I think that seeing such political and religious upheaval in such an imaginative world would be very appealing to people who love mysteries and coming-of-age stories.

 

Fantasy/Steampunk: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

So… this is a bit of a curveball, but my most beloved subgenre in scifi/fantasy is none other than steampunk. I ADORE anything steampunk, and what got me into it was a few great books I stumbled upon. Many aren’t very good, if I’m 100% honest, but sometimes you find a gem that really captures the aesthetic and feel of a steampunk world without coming off as cliché. One of these, too, is Cherie Priest’s steampunk series that begins with Boneshaker. This is a perfect book to read for the reader who loves history or fiction or even alternate universe stories. It focuses on the strength of family and community and also has an air of mystery about it. I’d highly recommend this book to all readers; Cherie Priest is the steampunk queen!

Have you guys read any of these books? Or feel like you may jump into one of these genres now? I’d love to hear some of your recommendations for other genres, too! I certainly find myself stuck reading similar things, and maybe that’s only because I haven’t found the right book to break into a certain genre yet.

Let me know! Until next time!

This prompt is run by Sam and Lainey over at the T5W Goodreads Page. Stop by and say hi!

Live,

Morgan Paige

End of 2016: Highly Anticipated Book Releases

Hey everyone!

As the year winds down, it seems as if a lot of popular books/anticipated sequels are coming out in the next couple of months. I love this time of the year, because not only are there lots of spooky stories coming out, but some of my favorite authors are also publishing new books!

So I wanted to give you guys a list of books that I myself am highly anticipating. I’m not a huge trend-follower in regards to any aspect… fashion, lifestyle, books… I kind of just read and do what makes me happy lol so some of these may not be critically acclaimed, but I do highly recommend them J The authors are some of the best and I really think they’d be worth checking out!

Here are some highly anticipated books to be released before the year ends. I hope you guys enjoy!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Anticipated Release Date: September 27, 2016

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

 

Goldenhand by Garth Nix
Anticipated Release Date: October 4, 2016

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There, a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger—and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

 

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
Anticipated Release Date: October 11, 2016

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Anticipated Release Date: October 18, 2016

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

 

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
Anticipated Release Date: October 25, 2016

The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King’s armies.

Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone.

Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King’s growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law Andross Guile.

Meanwhile, Teia’s new talents will find a darker use-and the cost might be too much to bear.

Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse.

 

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror edited by Ellen Datlow
Anticipated Release Date: November 1, 2016 (Nook Book is available October 16, 2016)

Unlucky thieves invade a house where Home Alone seems like a playground romp. An antique bookseller and a mob enforcer join forces to retrieve the Atlas of Hell. Postapocalyptic survivors cannot decide which is worse: demon women haunting the skies or maddened extremists patrolling the earth.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Anticipated Release Date: November 18, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

 

Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
Anticipated Release Date: November 29, 2016

Forty-one-year-old school nurse Kate Cypher has returned home to rural Vermont to care for her mother, who’s afflicted with Alzheimer’s. On the night she arrives, a young girl is murdered—a horrific crime that eerily mirrors another from Kate’s childhood. Three decades earlier, her dirt-poor friend Del—shunned and derided by classmates as “Potato Girl”—was brutally slain. Del’s killer was never found, while the victim has since achieved immortality in local legends and ghost stories. Now, as this new murder investigation draws Kate irresistibly in, her past and present collide in terrifying, unexpected ways. Because nothing is quite what it seems . . . and the grim specters of her youth are far from forgotten.

 

 

All blurbs taken from Barnes and Noble.

Pottermore Patronus Test… My Results and Thoughts!

Hey, my friends!

I just wanted to share a new exciting addition to Pottermore that I think you might all have fun taking part in!

JK Rowling finally released the Patronus Charm backstory and included a test for Wizarding students at Pottermore to take in order to discover what our Patronus is!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting YEARS for this lol

This test was written by JK herself, so I’m not surprised by how deliberate and accurate it is. It actually stressed me out a bit because it warns you that it’s a timed test and to stay on the page… I kind of just clicked on whichever answer first came to mind- this may have been her intention, but don’t worry yourself anxious in fear that you’ll miss a question. It’s really well-timed and I only wish I could have reminded myself that it’s an experience, not a quiz!

It’s a great setup, though. It’s super interactive as if you’re going through the process of learning the Patronus charm yourself. And the Forbidden Forest scenery is so spooky and immersive! I’d definitely recommend you put the sound on because the music and the wand movements sound so beautiful.

My favorite thing I learned about the Patronus charm is the following small excerpt that JK wrote before you take the test:

The Patronus, asserted Spangle, represents that which is hidden, unknown but necessary within the personality.

So essentially, unless you are an eccentric and uncommonly forward person, your Patronus will reflect the part of you that you keep hidden within: the part that can lend the strength needed to cast such a powerful and personal spell. And I can tell you, the Beagle was the furthest animal from my mind when I was taking this test (I guess it really is an “unknown” aspect of my personality, huh?). But after doing a little research, I determined the Beagle is actually quite perfect. Here are a couple of things I learned about Beagles and what that might mean for me and my Patronus:

  1. Beagles are pack animals and are excellent with children- they are also prone to separation anxiety.
  2. They aren’t too demanding when it comes to exercise, and they also don’t tire easily.
  3. Beagles were often seen as a status symbol in paintings before their rise in popularity in modern day USA (more popular in the US than in England where they were first bred).
  4. Beagles were primarily developed for hunting hare, and are actually now one of the most popular breeds for therapy dogs due to their unassuming and calming nature.
  5. Some common traits associated with beagles: intelligent, determined, emotionally stable, friendly, tolerable, enthusiastic.

I hope I can attribute most of these traits to myself, as well! I think the MOST hidden part of my personality in this regard would be the “pack animal” idea. I am an introvert through-and-through, but after very long periods of separation from the ones I love, I become clingy and desperate for socialization. So maybe it just takes me a while to get to that point!


That being said, I think JK knows what she’s doing. Because at the very beginning of the test, it tells you to think of your happiest memory. And mine was one in which I was surrounded by the people I love the most, celebrating a huge and unexpected accomplishment of mine. They are the pillars in your life, and I guess my inner Beagle knows that 😊

I can’t wait to hear what you guys get for your Patronus! Please send me a screenshot or leave a comment of what animal you get 🦄 Or even on twitter, send me a pic so I can see!

And if anyone gets a hare, I think we have to be best friends.

You guys rock, until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

T5W: Characters You WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With

There are a lot of characters who I wish more than anything I could trade places with. For real: if I were Hermione, I’d be just as voracious with my schoolwork (hell, I was in Muggle school, too) and I’d learn as much as I could about the wizarding world… even with all the bad wizards and the troublesome Ministry of Magic. There are some characters who I love and just wish I had similar personal fortitude and will, or the worlds they inhabit are beautiful and interesting and I wish I could explore them.

Aaaaand then there are the characters who I love reading but happily say “see ya!” to when I flip that last page. Some worlds are horrible and are best seen from afar. Hopelessness and decrepit scenery are what usually keep me from daydreaming about particular worlds, despite the usual perseverance of the protagonists.

So for today’s Top 5 Wednesday (thanks to Sam and Lainey over at the T5W Goodreads page), lets chat about those character who you’d NEVER want to change places with!

 

 “Daisy St. Patience/ Bubba Joan” from Invisible Monsters

 

She’s a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway “accident” leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge that she exists. Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from becoming a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better. And that salvation hides in the last places you’ll ever want to look.

Bubba Joan only has a name thanks to Brandy Alexander. And though Invisible Monsters is a great story, Bubba Joan is one character who I could never trade places with. Not because of her disfiguring accident, not at all- she still is very interesting and I’d get a kick out of wearing veils and not worrying about being the center of attention. But her life revolves around vanity and fame and underhanded shallowness. That sort of a life repels me like oil and water… judgment and hidden intentions aren’t my way of life, and I would easily leave that life behind if I were forced to endure it.

 

Katniss from The Hunger Games

 

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.

I’m a HUGE fan of dystopias (notice the lack of typical dystopian worlds that are usually listed in prompts like this?), but The Capitol shares a lot in common with the model industry seen in Palahniuk’s Invisible Monsters, and therefore is a world that I never want to be a part of. The vanity, the starvation, the sheer ignorance of the greater developed world… all of it just makes me sick to my stomach. I loved watching as Katniss conquered political adversity while also dealing with a typical teenager-ly love triangle, but if I were ever transported into that world, I would likely have been killed. I couldn’t handle any of my loved ones being Tributes in the Games, and I know I couldn’t kill anyone… so I’d volunteer and then get killed… I’d be worthless in this world… so I’d rather never trade places with Katniss!

 

Ged from A Wizard of Earthsea

 

Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this classic fantasy tale. Le Guin is an amazing writer… but I can choose many other fantasy worlds in which I’d rather live in. For one, the harsh gender inequality and oppressive magic system made the world bleak. Just in this first book, there didn’t seem to be a lot of “good” magic… but there was definitely a lot of bad. And the wizarding school Ged attended was more disciplinary than educational, it seemed. Granted, Ged got himself in a lot of trouble, but most of Earthsea seemed very harsh and unwelcoming. I wouldn’t want to trade places with Ged, but I’ll certainly keep reading more about him!

 

Jacob from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

I wrote a summary on how I felt about this book at my Goodreads site, but overall I wouldn’t want to trade places with Jacob because of similar issues I found with Earthsea above. There are so many magical worlds/universes… and Miss Peregrine’s world has very underwhelming magic and annoying villains. I also wasn’t a fan of the premise of the “stay young forever” world bubble. The world was so unhappy and the kids were so… stuck. It wasn’t like in Peter Pan where you know the kids are happy and never want to leave. It was just a very sad existence and I honestly liked poor Jacob’s parents better than any of the Peculiar ones. So yeah… I wouldn’t trade places with him. Poor company, in my opinion.

 

Holly from The Bone Clocks

 

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls “the novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction.”

Holly probably has the most trying life of any character I’ve read, and the reason why I wouldn’t want to trade places with her is because of everything she had to endure. The only magic in this story tears her family apart and essentially manipulates her brain, until finally she grows old and the civilized world literally falls apart. She’s optimistic and lives through storybook romances, tragedies, and personal milestones, but there is literally nothing appealing about her life. I would not want to lose as many as she did and have to endure the end of the world.

What about you fun peeps? I’d love to hear if there are any of these characters that you’d actually like to switch places with! Who do you think in my list actually wouldn’t be that bad? Or do you have any characters that would trump this list completely? I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

 

 

All blurbs are taken from Barnes and Noble.

Thought Bubble: Humor in Literature

Happy Monday, friends! 🙃

It’s possible that you may have noticed, that this month my TBR list is riddled with stories of a serious nature. Most of them are genre-strong, foundational types of books that pretty much embody a certain type of literature:

Fairytales

YA Fantasy

Horror

We got the popular, stand-out YA fantasy novel that’s hitting the movie theaters, the artistic spin on traditional fairytales, and two horror novels- one on the grotesque end of the spectrum and one on the ghost story end. All pretty capable, basic types of novels that embrace their stereotype with fervor and ease.

But what about those novels that blend and sew genres together into a sort of patchwork quilt? I’ve read a few novels the past year that mesh multiple genres within a single story: horror, literary fiction, and dystopia (The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis), epic fantasy, regency romance, and humor (Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix), romance, mythology, and YA fantasy (The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Abdieh)… all are pretty terrible to actually market in this blown-out, genre-focused industry, which makes this mixture of genres even more compelling in thought and conversation.


The one literary, spicy blend that I wish to chat with you guys about most of all is the following:

Humor

In most mediums, the comedy genre is NOT taken seriously. In movies, plays (Shakespeare may have made it cool, but not many else have), and literature, comedy is seen as a satirical take on what’s really important. But as an added bit of a genre twist to an already serious piece of writing, comedy can take a novel from merely acceptable to ingenious.

What novels have you read that incorporate humor into their dialogue or narrative? What part does it play and why does it make a story seem so well-rounded?

Humor is necessary in writing because it is realistic. All these fantastical novels in fiction are either too dark, too unrealistic, or too imaginative, but one of the things that grounds them is a sense of humor. It is real and relatable and can touch even the most cynical of hearts on the worst day.

I have found that humor is displayed in three primary ways when not in a comedy-driven genre novel: we see irony, sarcasm, and surprise used in dialogue and narration in order to instill a bit of realistic tension in the audience.

More than anywhere else, humor is interspersed in dark fantasy and fiction. Characters goad other characters to make the audience laugh, the protagonist comes upon something unexpected which elicits a shocked giggle, and the narration turns themes and plots on their side, making humorous yet truthful remarks about its intent.

Some of my favorite novels that include humor in its most honest form are the following:

  1. Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
  2. The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith/ JK Rowling
  3. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  4. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Each of these novels showcase the different applications of humor as a literary device.

Galbraith doesn’t really write humorous characters in the Strike universe, but the three stooges-like depiction of some of the scenes had me giggling uncontrollably through all three books. Strike might be tailing psychotic murderers with an amputated leg, but some of the situations he manages to get himself stuck in are darkly funny and Galbraith uses that to bring the audience back from the depressing reality of crime.


Hawkins and Kadrey both write about terribly dark universes with pessimistic, trying-to-cope protags. Mostly, their lives were altered by someone else’s terrible actions, and because of that they developed a sick sense of humor and wit. Dialogue is like a battle of one-liners that leave the audience rolling with laughter, even though the characters just escaped a world-altering event or watched a loved one perish.

The thing that Bray, Kadrey, Galbraith, and Hawkins all have in common is the horribly dark, depressing universes that their characters exist in, and the audience can feel it’s oppression in the world-building. But the characters themselves bring the light and comedic effects to the forefront of the novel, therefore connecting with the audience and bringing a sense of realism to the story that other devices cannot succeed in.

Authors who successfully navigate the boundaries between humor and overwriting are the ones that produce well-rounded, interesting novels and characters. Comedy as a singular genre is just as flat as any other single-faceted genre, but when mixed with other devices it can create a realistic portrayal on paper.

Irony, surprise, and sarcasm make for interesting twists in otherwise one-dimensional narratives. Humor is just as important as any other device: a fairyland wouldn’t be worth defending without conflict, and a blue-collar worker wouldn’t be as interesting to get to know without tragedy.

I’d love to hear what you all think about humor in literature and some of your favorite examples. I know I didn’t list any classics above, but there for sure are some gems in the past. Do you think it adds to the story? Does it detract? Have you seen particularly terrible executions of it?

Let me know 🤗

Until Next Time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

T5W: Books You Want to See as TV Shows

Isn’t this the most opportunistic prompt in the history of T5W??? I absolutely love it. All the best TV shows are coming back in the next four weeks: American Horror Story, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supernatural (in its 16th season, if I’m not mistaken!)… if I could add to my growing list of favorite TV shows, I’d be the happiest fantasy/scifi enthusiast ever.
I’ve noticed that most of the TV shows I love are actual adaptations of books: Syfy’s The Expanse, Jessica Jones, Game of Thrones… but then there are the adaptations that I tried and just could NOT get into… Outlander, The Shannara Chronicles, and The Magicians to name the ones I liked the least. I just couldn’t get into them- I think they are written to appeal to different age groups.

But, if I had complete control over TV show adaptations, there are a fair few that would be on the drawing room floor STAT, complete with a little group of nervously hovering actors.

Some Book-to-TV-Show adaptations I’ve actually long dreamed for are:

  1. Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey – heaven and hell and oodles and oodles of volumes? Yes please! Kadrey cranks out these novels and I devour them when I get my hands on them. Stark and his weirdass cronies are amazing and I would LOVE to see them on screen fighting fallen angels and uppity mages. I would mostly love to see Kasabian’s weird dog body. Sign me up.
  2. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – I only say a TV show for this epic masterpiece because I feel like there is SO much material that has to be addressed and only a TV show could do it justice. I want to explore all the extra universes and see how Lyra and her little daemon Pan make their way into the underworld and through the tears. I think it’d be best for TV because of the graphics and the huge amount of changing settings.
  3. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – There’s kind of a theme here- series with multiple installments would make such amazing TV shows. Like with Mistborn, I think all the extra storylines would be able to be followed in their own right kind of like Game of Thrones. However, for some reason I genuinely think Mistborn would be best animated. All the flying and jumping and weird mental powers? It would be excellent animated and probably wouldn’t lose much in translation that would have to be altered with live action.
  4. The Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest – This is a fantastic steampunk series in which each book follows a different character set in the same universe. I think this would be a fantastic premise to follow the lines of American Horror Story- new book, new season, new characters. But it’s still the same twisted universe, and therefore would have a similar feel and touch each season.
  5. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray – This book series would be fantastic for TV. It would be like a magical Downton Abbey… but what really made my decision is the cameo it made in Bray’s Diviner series. If these series are combined, they would make EPIC TV shows and it could go on for seasons and seasons and seasons… ugh… plus, I think the diverse casts amongst the books would be so fantastic to see on screen, and just like The Golden Compass series, with the multiple POVs, TV would be a great way to ensure nothing gets skipped.

 

Do you guys watch any TV show adaptations? Maybe I missed some that have premiered and would LOVE to have some new suggestions! What makes a great adaptation, too? I feel like staying true to a book is most important for TV shows, and movies have a lot of shifting to do because of their time and financial constraints.

I’d love to hear which books you guys would love to be slotted for an adaptation J Let me know!

Until Next Time.

Live,

Morgan Paige

 

 

 

September TBR: Mad as a Hatter and as Late as a Rabbit

Oh gosh I’ve tried writing this post like, three times… and no matter what, each time, I feel like it’s a sloppy mess.

I have no idea how I managed to put together this ragtag group of books for this months TBR (quite late, I know), but it’s probably the oddest assortment of books I’ve clamored together for in a long time.

Part of the issue is how much I hoard books. I take from my friends, from the library, from book events, I buy from Barnes and Noble and other indie bookstores… I have to get ahold of myself! And yet, I also have to still read a few of the books from my past TBRs. I hate leaving things by the wayside.


I’m still working on the Murakami books, as a friend of mind was so gracious to lend them to me, but it’s taking me a while. Japanese fiction always take me a bit to get through. It’s such a different style and has suuuuch a different narrative approach going for it. I may make a thought bubble post on it, as I’d be very curious to hear what you guys thought about Western VS Eastern literature.

I have also picked up an assortment of books that just looked super interesting/different to me… and of course, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read an upcoming book-to-movie adaptation…

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  2. The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  3. Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  4. Dream House by Marzia Bisognin

Dude. I wish I had a rhyme or reason here lol


A YA fantasy, an illustrated children’s fairytale, a youtubers debut host story, and a horror novel. I’m actually really excited to get through Invisible Monsters. I’ve heard it’s even more graphic and disturbing than Fight Club and was actually rejected before Fight Club was published and Palahniuk gained a solid reputation. So far it seems so be a very decent commentary on how messed up materialism is in the modern world. But we will see how that goes! I love the narrator lol she’s so strange, I’ve never read anything like it before.

And I’m so excited to start Marzias book- she and I love the same kind of horror stories, so I’m bound to love a book she’s written.

I also have a confession to make… I gave up on a book yesterday… which is partially why I wanted to rewrite this post again.

Anybody heard of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes?

I saw it mentioned in a horror book club forum that I’m a part of and everyone was SINGING her praises. Saying how fantastic and dark and messed up the books she writes are… but the book was awful. I couldn’t even get through the 1/3rd point.


I… I could do a review on it if you guys are interested, but the book wasn’t a debut novel so I didn’t think it really would appeal to those of you who read my posts. Just let me know… sometimes it helps knowing what is good and what is considered bad in a book, for those of us aspiring writers. And damn are there some helpful pointers you could learn what not to do in this book.

Just let me know! Otherwise, it’s not really worth subjecting you guys to it lol

Well, until next time lovelies!

Live,

Morgan Paige

T5W: Characters You’d Want as Family

Hey guys 🙂

I have been such a terrible blogger, I know. I honestly think my whole “creative groove” has been completely reset by the flu that I had. It turned me into a lump of uselessness and it kind of extended into every aspect of my life. Since I’ve recovered (last Thursday… two weeks of a sickness really blows), I’ve put a ton of effort into things that would help me recover on more of a soulful level. Socially, I’ve been reset after an amazing girl’s weekend, and I’ve been making mindfulness and meditation a daily practice in order to connect fully with my own thoughts and creativity. I think I’ll make an actual post about that if you guys are interested… it’s fascinating how a clear and healthy mind/way of living really helps your own creative output. At least, it helps balance the negativity that can the world can inflict on you, you know?

Let me know what you guys think- and in the meantime, let’s talk family members 🙂

This week’s prompt from the Top 5 Wednesday group is pretty amazing. Its prompts like these that really help me remember just how important family constructs in stories actually are. I mean- can you honestly say Harry Potter would’ve been as touching without the Weasley family?


If I could, I would construct my own literary fam from a bunch of different books. I honestly found that it was really hard for me not to choose a million sisters lol is there a construct like this that you realized you are drawn to, also? I think I just love books where I can imagine the female lead is a best friend of mine… and who’s a better best friend than a sibling?


So here is my own little literary family- I’d love to hear what kind of parents you’d choose, also. I feel like the parents that people would choose for themselves are a bit more difficult, especially since very rarely do YA authors write complex parental figures.

  1. Mother– Calixta from The Glass Sentence by SE Grove. A mouthy, motivated, warrioress pirate who captains her own ship into a flourishing place of revenue? Yes, please! Everyone who works for her respects and fears her, but she also is fiercely protective and loyal to a fault. She would be a perfect matriarch to my little motley fam.
  2. Father– Gavin from The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Okay, so he’s actually a terrible father to his son in the books. But he is incredibly motivated, powerful, and resourceful, and I can’t help but feel like he would be an amazing dad once he came to terms with fatherhood. On the inside, he is a good and just leader who puts the world on his shoulders so no one else will fall. Plus, mixed with Calixta, I think the family would be unstoppable… literally no one would be ballsy enough to mess with those parents.
  3. Sister– Lyra from The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Seriously. Such a hard decision to make. But ever since I was young, Lyra was my go-to girl. She’s so strong, so confident, but she’s so much that I’m not. If I were to have a sister, I’d need someone more extroverted and unflinching than I am, and even though there are many other female role models that I wanted to choose as my literary sister, I’d want Lyra through-and-through.
  4. Brother– Bode from Locke and Key by Joe Hill. This is such a strange decision lol because I love my (actual) brother, and Bode really isn’t much like him. Just reading through the graphic novels made me feel some sort of protective instincts for him rather than “I just want to be his friend!” Bode is clever and super curious about everything, but he still has that childish innocence that little kids have even when they’re faced with dark events. I think his adventures and blatant trust in himself and his family would make him an awesome brother… and mixed with Lyra, they’d be the most evasive, exploratory duo in the history of fantasy.
  5. Pet/Familiar/Daemon– Bartimaeus from The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Now, Bartimaeus is probably cursing me from the Other Place. He definitely isn’t a pet- he’s a proud djinn with infinite power and skills, blah blah blah. But dang he’d be an amazing coconspirator, and since he isn’t human he doesn’t really fit the other categories. But he’d definitely make it into my family, nonetheless!

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Well there we go! I think my literary family would be such an amalgam of destruction and sass. Bartimaeus would probably be besties with Bode, and Lyra would drive Gavin up the wall, but hey, I’d have a ball! Maybe Calixta would teach me her Captaining ways and I’d just sail off into the sunset as my pirate-y alter ego.

Sounds like a pretty good life, eh?

I’d love to hear about your makeshift authorial family! Would you want a mansion full of crazy aunts and uncles from Miss Peregrine’s world? Four siblings to drive your Mr. Darcy father crazy? I’d love to hear 🙂

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige