“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.’” #ThursdayQuotables

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.  Every week, readers share a quote or passage from the book they’re reading that strikes them – whether it be funny or philosophical or something in between.


I know I haven’t done this meme in a while, but I’m re-reading Anne of Green Gables.  How could I not?  Anne says some of the sweetest things.  I can’t even pick favorites.  Nearly every piece of dialogue in this book is perfection.  Here are a few particularly delicious ones.


“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”

“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

“It’s all very well to read about sorrows and imagine yourself living through them heroically, but it’s not so nice when you really come to have them, is it?”

“Do you think amethysts can be the souls of good violets?”

“Jane’s stories are too sensible. Then Diana puts too much murders into hers. She says most of the time she doesn’t know what to do with the people so she kills them off to get rid of them.”

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”


I am making myself stop there.

I could go on forever in the beautiful descriptions and Anne’s philosophies.  I could quote the entire book.  If you are ever in the mood for a quick read that will warm your heart and soul, there is no book I can recommend more whole-heartedly than L. M. Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

Book > Film: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

If you liked Harry Potter and you haven’t seen Fantastic Beasts by now, you’re missing out.

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My husband and I went to see this last weekend because this film is wonderful. A friend of mine and I went to see it back on opening weekend in November and we loved it.  A bit of a gushing review: it has silly points, scary points, is well acted (Queenie + Jacob = <3)

It’s also loosely based on a book!  Very loosely.  As in, why bother.  Which is likely why the script has been released in book-format.  I’m not going to start reviewing movies on this blog, because I think you get enough book reviews, but I think it’s interesting to look at a film based on a book (especially when I’ve read the book) and see how the two stand together.

So this is going to get a little weird because, in this case, they almost aren’t comparable.  One is a film with a plot and characters.  The other is a textbook with amusing notes in the columns by the trio.  Let’s try this anyway.

How They are the Same

  • Both contain magical creatures.
  • Both contain some comedy.
  • Both are somehow related to the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by Newt Scamander.

How They Differ

In the film... there are characters, a plot, and adventure.

In the book the format was not a story, so no need for characters

In the film the story takes place in the 1920s.

In the book the “story” takes place while the trio is at Hogwarts.

Overall?

In the case of Fantastic Beasts, the changes are 100% forgivable.  The story was inspired more by the backstory Rowling had on Newt Scamander than on the actual textbook itself.  I did like that the manuscript made an appearance in the film, but I do think that this new series will be based on something much larger than “fantastic beasts”.

If you haven’t already seen this film, I cannot recommend it enough.  It was my favorite film of 2016, and that’s saying a lot for a year that saw a huge Marvel release and a Star Wars film to boot!

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For more information on the film, original book, and published script, check out:

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them on IMDB
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) on Goodreads
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) on Goodreads