Fiction Nation: Life’s a Peach

by Allana Luta Nowadays, it takes a lot for me to get out of the house during weekends. There are very few things that will make me dress up and go to the crowded mall willingly instead of staying at home to rest. In the past two weekends, the sole reason I left my bed was the film Call Me by Your Name. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the book by André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name is about Elio and Oliver’s love affair that one summer in Italy. Elio is the 17-year-old son of a professor…

Fiction Nation: What is Essential (Can Also Be Seen on Film)

by Allana Luta Warning: spoilers ahead. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go to the nearest cinema, watch it, then come back here to share your thoughts. 🙂 We all know the story of the Little Prince: his rose, his intergalactic travels, his fox and his return to his planet, all told by the Aviator stranded in the Sahara desert. The movie isn’t an exact adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella but is instead a re-telling of it, with the Aviator now an elderly man living next door to the film’s protagonist, an unnamed little girl. After she fails…

Fiction Nation: Where Allegiances Lie

by Allana Luta Movies have been a part of my life ever since I was little. I’m pretty sure I watched films before I could read which is why films have a special place in my heart. But when books I love get adapted into films, I get a little defensive as if the film industry is out to personally ruin my experience of something wonderful. And it’s not exactly unfounded. Remember The Golden Compass? As a reader, I’ve come to accept that film adaptations will never be as good as the books. Until they are. That’s when my loyalties falter….

Fiction Nation: Spellbound

by Allana Luta One of my favorite fictional adventures involve a hatter, a wizard and a moving castle. Any guesses? For those unfamiliar with this movie (I doubt there are many of you), Howl’s Moving Castle is a Japanese animated film released in 2004 by Studio Ghibli. The story revolves around Sophie, a young girl who, in the beginning, works as a hatter in her mother’s shop. By an (un)fortunate circumstance, Sophie is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a witch. As she searches for a cure to break the spell, Sophie finds herself working as a cleaning lady for the…

Fiction Nation: Hopelessly Devoted to Books

by Allana Luta So I have decided to share with you some book-related hopes of mine… Get ready to be sick of the word hope by the end of this article! 1. Hopefully, the Paper Towns movie will turn out great.   The people who wrote the screenplay for The Fault in Our Stars are the same writers for Paper Towns so my expectations are high even though PT isn’t my favorite John Green novel. I don’t really remember what it’s about but I am interested to see how Cara Delevingne (and her eyebrows) interprets Margo Roth Spiegelman. I’m also excited to…

Fiction Nation: To the North and South with Elizabeth Gaskell

by Allana Luta Now I know January usually signals beginnings but I can’t help feeling the beginnings of that time of year when there’s more pollen in the air, love songs are heard everywhere and couples make out in public like they just don’t care. (Points for the rhyme, please.) February is still a week away, but why not get a head start, eh? Because right now, Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North and South has already gotten me in the mo-hoood for looo-hoove… or at least longing stares and soft, electrifying touches of the hand. Let’s get our hearts racin’! Published in 1855, North and…

From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: 5 Adaptations of Books to Enjoy

by Allana Luta Gone Girl. Mockingjay. The Maze Runner. If I Stay. The Hobbit. What do these books have in common? They have all been adapted into films and will most likely be the next Hollywood blockbusters in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to watch ALL the films! And I don’t think I’m the only one. Book adaptations have been around for as long as I can remember. And with the success of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies, among others, and recently with The Fault in Our Stars, I doubt they…