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Today, we're talking about Pulse by HJ Daly
Esa is a street girl living in a post apocalyptic world. A world that left her with nothing except the physical and mental scars that drive her to the person she is becoming.
Whilst searching for shelter, she encounters a creature known as a spinner who pulls her onto a perilous path. Now with a horde of goblins close on their heels, they must work together and enter the magical realm in search of answers. Why can she sense magic and why is a powerful sorcerer determined to end her life?
This is an exciting story of power, friendship and secrets. Secrets that threaten to rip Esa’s world apart.Pulse is aimed towards the young adult market. For those seeking adventure and magic with a futuristic edge. Most fantasy novels tend to hide the magical worlds or show as historic here I have tried to blend the worlds together.
Today, Helen has agreed to do a guest post for The Cover Contessa. So let's hear what she has to say about book adaptations to film!
Hello everyone and thank you for having me on the lovely Cover Contessa blog today.
My two loves are books and films so why not combine my loves and write a little piece, well hopefully little piece about film adaptations. No wait, I need to back up, my two loves are my boys which goes without saying... Nobody noticed that right? I get carried away sometimes, they understand or they should do by now, there are enough dust bunnies in our house to remind them.
There are so many adaptations especially now that Hollywood only ever seems to make adaptations or sequels, they do an awful lot of sequels. I will start with one that isn’t technically a film, I know great start but bear with me. Andrew Davies’s TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is hard to beat; then again with six episodes they had more time to develop the nuances that paint a wonderful picture of the early 19th Century. It allows us the opportunity to get to know how the main characters feel, how they will react, however this is not possible in films.
Of course I expect all the important scenes from the book to be in the film, silly me, or maybe it’s that I want my favourite scenes in a film and they should be knocking on my door and asking what I want, shouldn’t they? I do understand that they have to interpret a whole book into two hours worth of cinematic gold but sometimes they just don’t get it right. A good example of getting it right for me is To Kill a Mocking Bird, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest and even 1984. Others fail in spectacular fashion, for those of you that have read War of the worlds, know its works well because of the time it is set in. We, humans for those of you who aren’t sure, are totally defenceless, unable to fight these creatures and the scene when people flood out off the city will always stay with me. And what do Hollywood do, bring it to the present day, great plan.
One of the best adaptations has to be Harry Potter, how JK Rowland kept such control over the production we will never know, though we can only say a big thank you for that one. There were some unusual changes and scenes missed but overall they couldn’t have done it better and the supporting cast were out of this world.
Let’s go to the not so great adaptations, people we will either love me or hate me but the Twilight series were the first books in a long time that I couldn’t put down. Now to the films, what can I say, well that’s clean enough to put on here, how about they were complete and utter rubbish which was such a shame, what a rich source they had and utilised none of it. It was all about passion and obsession between the two main characters but none of this was shown in any of the films.
Where the producers of Twilight failed miserably, the producers of Hunger Games, for me, captured it all. I know avid fans might disagree about how they portrayed Katniss’s vulnerability but I loved it from start to finish. She only ever thought about staying alive and they used her because of that and I personally thought they did a great job to show that in the film. There is also one film that I think is better than the book, NO I hear you cry, there is just one, in my opinion anyway and that’s the Perk’s of Being a Wallflower. Heavy stuff but well worth watching, anytime.
I have my fingers, toes, hair if necessary and anything else you can think of, crossed for next month’s City of Bones. It’s one of my favourite book series and if they mess this one up my friend will never forgive them. She will have to deal with my constant ranting and moaning and has threatened to bring tape to put over my mouth if all else fails.So as you can tell I have the YA bug, I am a big kid at heart but who isn’t, all I can hope for is that book you can’t live without one day gets put on the big screen and they do a great job.
Aweome, Helen! Thanks so much for sharing that with us today!
Speaking of film adaptations, ok well, not film exactly, but a book trailer, let's see it!
Once I became a mum. I made up stories and poems, with my kids. I remember one about a flea in a cup of tea ... We even played them out sometimes, the accents I could never quite manage.
Writing is one of those things that I took a little more seriously, once the kids went to school full time. It kept me sane, those voices in my head actually became useful.
It was never up there as a job but can't say anything ever was. There was a time that I traveled Europe dancing in Latin American competitions but at my age my legs can't take it, though I have been caught doing a foxtrot across the kitchen before now.
I wrote my first book pretty quickly but then it sat in a draw for a long time. I'm glad someone was daft ... , I mean brave enough to take it on.