Tuesday, March 26, 2013

10 Reasons to Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie

Are you a fan of books as movies? If that's the case, you understand that the inevitable question between book lovers in addition to cinema fans is if you should read the book or see the movie first.

I hope this list encourages you to read books that are movies before seeing the book on the big screen!

1. Imagine the people as you want
While reading the book the movie is based on initially one can bring the cast to life in whatever way you want. You are able to picture the characters in whatever way works optimally just for you.

2. Escape into a novel for a little while
While watching a movie you often can't free yourself as easily as when reading a book. That means reading the book before with will provide you some time off from the difficulties within your everyday life.

3. Put together Possibilities and Opinions on the Story
Every time we see books as movies we are basically told what we should think. When reading a book it is more simple to keep the plot open for interpretation and take pleasure in the pondering a bit more.

4. There is usually some more to the history
When we watch movies that are books usually we miss out on a lot of world development. Through a book we obtain the entire back story on the characters, the world, and the story all around.

5. Fall within the Characters' Minds
When we read the book the movie is based on, we will be able to read one or more of the main characters' thoughts. This inner-dialogue we don't hear in the movie typically allow us to sympathize with the characters easier.

6. No Worries Related to Arriving Below Cost and Duration
Production companies secure dedicated financial constraints and they need to squeeze the book into a movie that's at most a few hours long. Now and then these type of things will certainly detract from the story we are expected to imagine.

7. Love the Tale Even More
A powerful novel will rein you in and keep you there. With books as movies you may be merely dedicated to it for a couple of hours at most. Jump into the book initially, then the film can make one all the more invested in the story.

8. Read Those things the Author Intended Us To
With movies based on the book we may be seeing half the story a lot of the time. Diving into the novel first will allow for us to realize the tale as the writer hoped us to.

9. Brag Liberties
You know those people who say "the novel was a great deal superior compared to the movie". You can be that person if for no other rationale than to show them up first.

10. Use Your Creative imagination
One doesn't need creative thinking to see a film, and in the event you watch the movie first, then you will be visualizing the film elements the whole book. Then you definitely won't be able to workout that gorgeous mind of yours!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

3 Good Christian Children's Books About Death

There are several appealing children's books on the market either helping parents to explain death to young children, or targeted directly at children for their reading pleasure, which incorporate an explanation of death. But surprisingly few of these are specifically Christian books. However, I am able to recommend three such books which are very engaging.

1) Water Bugs and Dragonflies by Doris Stickney was published by The Pilgrim Press in 1982. This is a very small, slim book, containing a story which starts below the surface of a quiet pond among a little colony of water bugs. The story finishes with the transformation of a water bug into a dragonfly and illustrates beautifully the fact that the dragonfly cannot return below the surface of the water to tell the water bugs what has happened to it, and what life is like in its new body. A prayer follows, which the child reader may use as a guide when praying for the person whose loss he or she is mourning. The book then gives notes for parents advising them on what they can say to a child about death, and backing this up with quotations from Matthew and Mark showing the way Jesus approached little children. The book ends with a prayer for parents. I think this is an ideal resource for parents who might be unsure and insecure about how to handle the subject.

2) Will I Live Forever? by Carolyn Nystrom illustrated by Jo-Anne Shilliam was published by Lion Hudson in 2006. Told in the first person through the viewpoint of the young child, it directly addresses the reader with a question about sad, scary thoughts, and then relates those questions to the child's world. The story encapsulates the Christian understanding of why we die, starting with the story of the Creation, and of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It goes on to incorporate quotations from the Gospels. It is also very honest and straightforward about the physical processes of death - the corruption of the body, the reason why it must be cremated or buried, etc. It goes on to reflect upon heaven - once again answering the kind of direct, logical questions a young child will demand to be answered. This is an excellent book, one you will wish you'd had access to when you were a young child.

3) Grandma's Party by Meg Harper, illustrated by Paul Nicholls, was brought out by The Bible Reading Fellowship in 2003. This is a delightful book centred around the funeral of a grandmother, and it offers practical ways to help children be part of the grieving process when a loved one dies. It includes a story and also creative craft ideas for how a child may become involved in preparing for a tea following the funeral; recipes; instructions on calligraphy to make place cards; and how to make picture frames, books of memories, and paper water-lilies. The book has a solid Christian base, explaining the resurrection from the dead, and finishing with prayers which may be read by a child at the funeral. This is a lovely, practical book, helping parents to understand how to involve and include children at every stage, so they may live out the truth that death is a part of life, not something alien and taboo and frightening, to be hidden behind a wall of silence and mystifying rituals.

S.C.Skillman is the author of mystery romance novel "Mystical Circles" in which Juliet, concerned that her younger sister has fallen for the charismatic Craig, leader of a dubious New Age spiritual group, sets off for the Cotswolds to see the situation for herself. She arrives at Craig's community hoping to rescue Zoe. But intrigues, liaisons and relationships flare and flourish or fizzle out quickly within this close circle and, despite her reservations, Juliet is drawn into the Wheel of Love... with completely unforeseen consequences.