The Would You Rather 2.0 Book Tag

I’ve been having a lot of fun with “would you rather” quizzes lately, especially the Would You Rather tag I did not too long ago. I was lucky enough to stumble across a sequel to it, which I found here. I am not 100% sure if this is the original, since I couldn’t find that information, but it looks like a fun one anyway!

1) Would you rather only do review posts or tag posts?

It’s a bit of a tricky question, since I’ve only recently started doing reviews. Tags are fun, but I’m already starting to run out of ones that I can answer well. I think if I had to pick, I would only do review posts since there is more room for me to choose what I want to write about.

2) Would you rather always see the film version first or never see the film version of a book?

I usually prefer to read the book first, since it bothers me when the film versions change things from the original book. Plus I find seeing the movie spoils the book! However, I think I would still prefer to always see the film version first because that way I would get to experience both. There are some really great film adaptations, and I would hate to miss out on the good ones.

3) Would you rather have a list of every book you’ve ever read (like Goodreads from birth) or still have the physical copy of your first favorite book?

I’m not sure if the second option is referring to any physical copy, or the actual original physical copy you really owned. I actually have a really, really hard time getting rid of books so I probably do have the physical copy of my first favourite book somewhere in the house. In terms of which I’d prefer, I would rather have a complete list, since I sometimes have a really hard time remembering all the books I’ve read over the years. I honestly can’t remember my first ever favourite book, so I don’t have much sentimental value attached to one specific book — I’ve just hoarded the majority of the picture books I remember reading.

4) Would you rather have an active in-person book club of non-book bloggers or have lunch with your best book blogger buddies once a year?

Definitely lunch once a year, although I don’t have any book blogger buddies yet. I would choose that over an in-person book club because I feel like it would be less of a time commitment. My time is already pretty limited. Plus, I’ve always hated group discussions. I’m naturally an extremely introverted person (I honestly would not be surprised if I had social anxiety), so I tend not to talk much in group settings like that, and I prefer discussing books online where I have time to think about what to say.

5) Would you rather have the time to read everything you want to read or the money to buy everything you want to read?

Very difficult question! I know I just complained that my time is limited, but I’m leaning toward having the money to buy all the books I want. I’m on the fence since I rarely buy books anymore. They are getting very expensive, so I’m always worried about wasting money on  a book I don’t like. However, with enough money to buy anything I wanted to read, it wouldn’t feel like such a waste. Of course, then I’d probably just complain that I don’t have time to read all my books.

6) Would you rather dream cast the film or have editing power over the script for the film version of your favorite book?

Definitely editing power over the script, to prevent them from changing everything! I’m not very familiar with current actors/actresses, so I would have no idea how to cast the movie anyway.

7) Would you rather have your favorite fictional superpower or your favorite fictional technology?

Probably superpower, if we count Harry Potter-style magic as a superpower. I’m not sure I know what my favourite fictional technology is.

8) Would you rather read an amazing story with a ‘meh’ ending or a ‘meh’ story with a spectacular ending?

Another very difficult question. I think it might depend on how long the story is. In a short story, I’d prefer a “meh” story with a great ending, but in a longer book, I’d rather have the majority of the story be amazing.

9) Would you rather not be able to read in a moving vehicle or not be able to read lying down?

I already can’t read in most moving vehicles, except for trains and the very rare occasion I take a plane, so I would choose that because it’s not such a change.

10) Would you rather reread your favorite book or series with fresh eyes, like the first time, or be able to un-read your biggest disappointment?

Definitely re-read my favourites as if they were new. I don’t actually have that strong a memory of my most disappointing read, so un-reading it wouldn’t help me much.

How Degrassi Got Diversity Right: The Importance of Diverse Stories

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about the importance of diversity in literature, especially in YA fiction. It’s a topic that I’ve been struggling with for a while because of the way I often see it handled. One of my favourite things to do is go on GoodReads and look at what other people have to say about the books I’ve read or plan on reading, but lately I’ve noticed a trend that started to really irritate me. It seems that many reviewers expect that all books will be diverse, and lower the rating strictly because a book lacks diverse characters. It got me thinking about what it really means to have diversity in fiction, and whether every story needs to be “diverse.”

I will start by saying that I very strongly support the need for diverse representation in fiction, especially YA books which for a long time, seemed very lacking. However, I took issue with some of the complaints I saw in reviews I was reading. Reviewers might complain, for example, that a story focusing on male protagonists lacked female representation, or that the female characters in that story were stereotypical representations. Reviewers might complain about a lack of racial diversity among the characters. I’ve also seen the opposite — where books are labelled as diverse just because they happen to include a character who is LGBT, a person of colour, etc.

My main issue with these kinds of comments are they seem to take things too far in the other direction. Diversity is included for the sake of diversity, not to serve any real purpose to the story. After thinking about it for several weeks, and reading many others’ blog posts on these kinds of topics, I found I had only one strong example of diversity done well:

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For those who are not familiar, the above images are about 13 years worth of the cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation, a Canadian teen series about students at a fictional high school. Not only is the cast itself quite diverse, but the show also does an excellent job of representing the diversity of experiences individuals of the same age may go through. For example, the show has featured several LGBT characters, each of which has their own unique story. The characters range from a self-hating gay young man who is so far in denial that it comes out as anger and aggression, to a very flamboyant boy who is already “out and proud” at only 14. You have characters who take a while to realize what their sexuality is. You have a brilliantly handled transgender character. You have strong female characters, and stereotypically girly female characters. And most importantly for me, the characters’ race, sexuality, etc. is not the sole defining feature of the person, at least not for anyone in the main cast. The “gay kid” is a fully developed character who has more to him/her than their sexuality.

What stood out to me about Degrassi as a great example of diversity is that not only were the characters diverse, but so were their stories. Even characters who went through similar experiences went through them in unique ways. For example, the show had several teen pregnancy storylines, each with different results — some characters had the baby and put it up for adoption immediately, some attempted to keep the baby, some had abortions, and one even miscarried. Just about every character went through some kind of relationship drama at some point, but again, those stories represented a wide range of different experiences.

This is what we need from diverse literature. We need books from the genre as a whole to be diverse, not necessarily diversity thrown haphazardly into each and every book. Not every female character has to be a strong female character, just like not every girl or woman in real life would necessarily fit that mold. I would even argue that not every story even needs to have a racially diverse cast of characters. A few years ago when I was in college, our professor for a diversity class opened up a discussion to the room, which had students from many different areas of the city. Several of the white students commented that it was their first time being in a class with a black person, and several of the black students said the same about white classmates. So for me to go from hearing about that to seeing complaints that a book isn’t diverse or realistic enough because there were no characters of colour in the individual story seems a bit silly. People of colour are certainly underrepresented, especially in YA books, but adding them in does not necessarily make the book more realistic or more diverse.

We need diverse books so everyone can see themselves reflected on the page sometimes. People naturally tend to identify with characters who are more like themselves. We also need diverse books so we can have exposure to the multitude of experiences that are unlike our own — to learn about time periods, cultures, places, and lives that are different from ours. We need diverse books, but don’t necessarily need each individual book to be diverse. As long as the genre as a whole offers a variety of representations and stories, I would consider it diverse.

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Earlier this year, I posted about some “reading rut remedies” with the different kinds of ruts I’ve noticed myself falling into over the years, and how to find a way out. That post can be found here for anyone interested. Since I’ve started participating in challenges, ruts have been a bit less frequent, but they do still happen. When I fall into a rut, I tend to fall back on old favourites like Harry Potter or A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Another strategy I tend to use is to read something quick and easy to try and get myself motivated to read again. For me, a rut is most likely when books take me much longer than I intended to read, either because they don’t hold my interest or because I just don’t have enough time to read. Reading something on the short side and that is a lighter read has been my best bet for getting back on track.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and the official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8909152I read this book last year as part of one of my reading challenges, and I liked it a lot more than I expected. This book is about a man named Lincoln whose job is to monitor internet security in his office, a task which includes reading his coworkers emails. He starts to read the interactions between two best friends, Jennifer and Beth,  and quickly becomes way too involved in their lives. While there are some potential ethical issues with the storyline, and I did not think the ending was the most realistic, it was a fun book to read and I really enjoyed it!

2) The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

9279177I’d heard a lot about David Levithan’s books, but never tried one until late last year. I was very interested by the very unique style in this book. The entire story is told in the form of dictionary-style entries, with each word “defined” by an episode from the characters’ relationship. This is a very short book, at just over 200 pages, so it reads very quickly. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that it is very careful to avoid gender-specific pronouns, so the story can apply equally well to couples of any orientation. I thought this book was very creative, and it was a fresh way to tell a fairly typical YA story.

3) Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

19547856I originally read this book because it was came so highly recommended all over the Internet. It is about a high school student named Simon who is gay and has developed feelings for a boy he has been chatting with online. A classmate discovers their chats, and blackmails Simon by threatening to out him if he does not help another boy get a date with a friend of his. I thought this was an adorable story, and I liked how Simon’s sexuality was important to the plot, but was not the central defining trait of the character. I was a little worried about picking up this book because of all the hype, but it definitely lives up to it!

4) The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

407429Sometimes when I get into a reading rut, all I want is something guaranteed to be funny. This is a book I’ve read many times over the years, and it is one that I always come back to.  This is a hilarious parody of classic fairy tales from the brilliant Jon Scieszka. The illustration style is strange, but adds to the overall weirdness of the stories. This was one of the most popular books when I was in elementary school, although my most distinct memory of reading it was when I was practicing for a Shakespeare scene with my best friend in high school. When we got fed up of reciting our lines, we’d take a break with this book. It will take only minutes to read, but it is amazing!

5) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

9780552574235This is another great YA book about a girl named Madeline who has a medical condition that causes her to have severe, unpredictable allergic reactions, forcing her to stay home. She quickly becomes friends with Olly, the boy next door. I’ve mentioned this book once before as one of my highlights of last year’s challenge, so I won’t go into too much detail (my comments about it can be found here). This book would be great for getting through a reading slump because it is a relatively quick read, with lots of illustrations and diagrams scattered throughout. I loved the interactions between the characters, and especially enjoyed how there was a twist to the end just when I thought the book was starting to get predictable.

The Would You Rather Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, so I thought it was a bit overdue. This tag was originally created by RayKayBooks, whose Youtube channel can be found here. It’s been a busy weekend, so this seemed like a nice quick tag to give a try. Here goes:

1) Would you rather read only trilogies or only standalones?

I would definitely prefer to only read standalones, although it would mean missing out on the few trilogies that I really enjoy (Hunger Games, for example). In general, I prefer standalones over series because I find series, especially trilogies, have a nasty habit of dragging in the middle. I also think reading only standalones would give me more variety of stories, since a lot of trilogies, at least ones that I know of, are from pretty similar genres. I think that would get pretty repetitive after a while.

2) Would you rather read only male or female authors?

I actually don’t pay any attention at all to the gender of an author when I decide to read a book. I pick books based on how interesting the plot summary seems. I guess if I had to choose, I’d pick female authors since the majority of the books that I read and most of my favourites are by females. I would hate to never be able to read another Jodi Picoult book!

3) Would you rather shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

Barnes & Nobles doesn’t exist in my country, but even if I replaced it with Indigo, our equivalent, I would still prefer to shop at Amazon. Amazon tends to have better selection, and often lower prices. I actually was in Indigo earlier today and was shocked by how expensive some of the books were. $32 for a hardcover!

4) Would you rather all books became movies or TV shows?

To be fair, I don’t watch a lot of TV and I’m probably more likely to watch a movie version than a TV series just because of the time commitment. I think my answer would actually depend on the length of the book or series and the genre. In general, I have issues with movie versions because they tend to skip over and change a lot of the book, but on the other hand, I don’t think most books have enough material to make a compelling TV series, unless it was a very short miniseries. I guess I’ll pick movies.

5) Would you rather read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

As it stands now, I tend to read 2-3 books per week already, so I don’t think reading 5 would be too much of a stretch, especially with a loose interpretation of what kind of books. For example, 2-3 novels and a couple of graphic novels or children’s books would be no problem. I would much rather do that than read only 5 pages per day, since that’s not enough to get involved in any story.

6) Would you rather be a professional reviewer or an author?

If I’d been asked this a few years ago, I probably would have said an author, hands down. Thinking about it now, I’m leaning more toward professional reviewer. It seems like a lot more fun to read a lot of books and write about what I think of them than to try and write books of my own.

7) Would you rather only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?

This is by far the hardest question in this tag. As much as I would hate to never be able to read my favourites again, I think I’d have to say I’d rather always read new books. If I kept re-reading the same few books over and over, I’d get bored and they probably wouldn’t be my favourites much longer. At least with new books, I’d have a chance of discovering a new favourite.

8) Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Definitely a librarian. I have no interest in any kind of retail job, so I wouldn’t want to be in sales of any kind. I also think a librarian would have a bit more variety in terms of what I’d be able to do, like running programs for kids. Also, through doing my challenges the past few years, I’ve come to really love my public library because of how well-stocked they are and how easy it is for me to get books. I think it would be great to share that with others.

9) Would you rather only read your favourite genre or every genre except your favourite?

This is a tough one to answer because I don’t really have just one favourite genre. I’ve actually seen some versions of this tag which says “favourite genres,” but the original seems to be limited to just one. I would probably still choose to read only my favourite genre since at least I’d be reading something that I enjoy, whereas reading every genre but my favourite would probably wouldn’t interest me much.

10) Would you rather only read physical books or eBooks?

Well, I already only read physical books only so that’s an easy decision. I don’t have an e-reader, and find it harder to read off a screen than off the page. Definitely physical books only.

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Non-Written Novels

This is the first Top 5 Wednesday category that I’ve really struggled with, to the point where I considered either skipping it or changing the category slightly. For a long time, I was a bit of a book snob when it came to graphic novels or audiobooks. I still don’t enjoy audiobooks very much, and I haven’t read a ton of graphic novels or manga. However, there are a few that I can think of that are worth recommending.

For the sake of variety, I am not going to mention some of the amazing graphic novels I’ve already recommended in other posts: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, and the With the Light series by Keiko Tobe.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and the official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

mauscomp_bI first found out about this graphic novel through a museum exhibit about it that I saw several years ago when I visited New York. This book is a very intense graphic novel about Art Spiegelman’s father’s memories of the Holocaust and his time in the concentration camps. Characters are illustrated as different kinds of animals to represent different groups, such as Jews and mice and Nazis as cats. Alongside this story, the novel also depicts the difficult relationship between Art and his father, and it was this aspect which actually stood out to me even more than the Holocaust story itself. I loved how the author chose to give a very raw, honest portrayal of his relationship with his father, without glossing over any guilt, resentment, or arguments there may have been. It is not an easy book to read, but it is well worth the effort.

2) The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

largeWhen I did my reading challenges last year, I purposely pushed myself to try more graphic novels, and this was one of the first that I decided I wanted to try. This graphic novel is an autobiographical account of Marjane Satrapi’s life, growing up in Iran and moving away when the wars started. I knew very little about Iran before reading this book, which made some of the story a bit confusing to me. For someone who hardly read graphic novels, and almost never reads non-fiction, I thought this book was very compelling and I really liked reading about how Marjane tried to find herself. Like with Maus, I appreciated how she did not try to sugarcoat the rough times in her life. I thought the honesty was very refreshing, and made it so easy to relate to her story.

3) Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

81idnjn-r3lAside from the With the Light series, I had never read any manga before this year. I’ve watched quite a few anime, and Death Note was one of the first I’ve seen as well as one of the best. I have only read the first volume of the manga, but judging by the anime, I would highly recommend this series. It is a story about a young man named Light Yagami who discovers a “death note,” a book dropped by a shinigami (death god), which gives him the power to kill people whose names he writes in the book, with some very specific conditions. Light decides to use the Death Note to rid the world of evil, but when the authorities start noticing that criminals are suddenly dropping dead, they start to investigate. The majority of the story involves the battle of wits between Light and L, an eccentric detective hired to figure out who is behind all of the deaths. The anime seems to have stuck pretty closely to the manga, so I would imagine the story is just as compelling in this format as well.

4) The Graveyard Book (Audiobook) narrated by Neil Gaiman

2337265As I mentioned above, I never listen to audiobooks unless they are specifically called for as part of my challenges. The main reason for that is I have a really hard time keeping my attention on the narration the full time, unless I have something else to do at the same time. I listened the audio version of this book performed by Neil Gaiman himself last year because of a challenge prompt requiring an audiobook, and I was very impressed. Although I would still say that I did not get as much out of the story as I would have by just reading it in written form, it definitely caught my attention. Gaiman’s narration was very captivating, and I loved how he altered his voice for each character. Some of the writing style reminded me a bit of Harry Potter. This is definitely a book worth reading in any form, but the audio specifically is worth a listen if you enjoy audiobooks.

5) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

17571564This one may be a bit of a cheat, since a lot of the book is actually in written form, however about as much of it is told through comics and illustrations. This book has been the highlight of my year so far. I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite a while, ever since seeing Allie Brosh’s comics about “the Alot” and her dinosaur costume. Her style is an excellent balance of humour and insight, ranging from hilarious stories about her childhood to very meaningful chapters about her battle with depression. I thought she did an amazing job of handling serious topics in a way that makes them very accessible without minimizing the importance of the subject. I’ve recently learned that Allie Brosh has another book due out later on this year, and I am really looking forward to it!

What Makes a Good Read?

This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately, as I started writing reviews for this blog and started branching out a bit more with my book choices because of my reading challenges. I enjoy reading other people’s reviews of books, even when I don’t agree with their opinions. It really interests me to see what other people thought of books I’ve read, or books I’m thinking of reading.

In the past, I tried to avoid reading too many reviews of a book before I started because I didn’t want them to colour my opinion. Recently, I’ve been tempted sometimes to look at the reviews on GoodReads while I’m partway through the book, especially when it is a book I’m not enjoying much. In those cases, I tend to scour the reviews to try and figure out what I’m missing.

Just a couple of hours ago, I finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, a book that has been very highly praised in a variety of sources. After reading others’ reviews, I was left wondering if I read the same book as everyone else. All of the things that they praised were things I felt the book was missing — the pacing, the emotional impact, etc. I think the same can be said for a lot of classics as well as literary fiction. Many of my Goodreads groups have intense discussions about how we rate the books we read, and whether more emphasis should be placed on the technical quality or on your subjective enjoyment.

In the case of classics and literary fiction, there often seems to be a trend toward inflating the ratings because the books are “supposed” to be good. This can leave you in quite the bind sometimes when you don’t actually *enjoy* reading a book that you feel like you are supposed to enjoy. In the case of classics, most people assume that they are considered a classic for a reason, and anyone who didn’t like it just didn’t “get it.” For literary fiction, it often seems that people want to rate them highly because they are so heavily praised by critics. In both cases, it seems there can sometimes be a bias toward rating a book higher to put forward a certain image of yourself, usually as someone who is more intellectual or more well-read.

However, I think your enjoyment of a book should have equal, if not more, weight compared to the technical quality. In fact, many rating systems actually prompt readers to rate books based on their subjective opinion. GoodReads, for example, uses a 5 star system, with each star representing how much you liked the book. It becomes a bit more complicated when you try to break down what makes a book enjoyable. Each of us has different standards for what makes a book good. For me, I’m most interested in compelling characters and a plot that keeps my interest and attention throughout. If a book has these two elements, I tend to consider it well-written, even if it is necessarily the most technically proficient writing.

To end off, I’d like to open it up to everyone else: Has anyone ever struggled with rating a book because you feel like you’re supposed to like it? What’s the one most important element you look for to consider a book good?

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends You’re Tired Of

This week’s topic is one that I had a hard time coming up with ideas for. I am not necessarily up-to-date on the most recent releases, so I tend to be a bit behind on trends. However, there are still a few that get really irritating! I apologize in advance if this post is a bit all over the place. I’m having a lot of trouble organizing my thoughts on this one.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and the official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Prequels  and “Between the Numbers” Books!

This was the one and only trend that immediately sprung to mind when I saw the topic for this week’s post. In general, I think authors have, or at least should have, a strong idea of where they want their stories to go, and write the books the way they intend so the additional material just doesn’t seem necessary. I don’t mind sequels so much, but I am so tired of seeing the many prequels and between-the-numbers books in series that really don’t contribute much to the story. It’s one thing if the book actually makes a meaningful difference to the plot or characters, but I have yet to find one that really does so effectively. For the most part, they tend to veer off on tangents or offer very minimally different perspectives on the events we’ve already read (Four, from Divergent, for example). In many cases, these additions seem to happen because of fan demand, and often seem like more of a cash cow than a way to really build on the story.

2) Harem Relationships

I’m not actually sure if this is what it is called in books, but I picked up the term “harem” from watching anime. Basically, what I mean by a harem is a situation where a character immediately has multiple characters, sometimes every character, in love with them. The most prominent example I can think of is Bella Swan in Twilight. Aside from the triangle involving Edward and Jacob, there were also other characters who immediately show interest in her — and that’s even with the whole “I’m nothing special” kind of lead character. These relationship dynamics are especially annoying when the lead character constantly wavers between all their potential options, but I actually find them just as frustrating when every character automatically falls for the protagonist for no apparent reason. Even if the main character was a really great person, it is very unrealistic for so many people to show interest in them immediately, especially without even knowing them. I get that there is more drama/suspense when we don’t know who the protagonist will pick, but it’s hard to relate to a character who has 4+ people openly in love with them right from the start.

3) “Unique” Names

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against giving your characters a unique name to try to set them apart from other books, especially in fantasy novels where these kinds of names seem to fit with the world they are building (ie. Harry Potter characters). However, I find it especially irritating when the book is set in the real world because it just seems so unrealistic. I know that there are real people in the world who have very unusually spelled names, but I’ve found in books it tends to go one of two ways. Either every character in the book has bizarre names, or it is a game of “identify the protagonist,” with only the main character having an unusual name or spelling. In the first case, it kind of messes with my immersion into the story. I find it hard to believe that not a single person in that character’s life has a common name (not a single Daniel, Michael, Sarah, etc?). In the second case, it ends up being another artificial way to try and set the protagonist apart without actually differentiating them from other characters by personality.  And as a side note — what’s with so many characters being named Sloane lately?!

4) Unnecessary Vulgarity

I find this is especially a problem in YA books, where authors try to make their teens sound more authentic by constant swearing, sexual humour, etc. To be clear, I have no problem with profanity or graphic content in a book as long as it fits the story/characters, and actually serves a purpose. The most irritating example I read fairly recently was Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, where nearly all of the dialogue between the two boys was extremely vulgar. I have no doubt that some teenagers really do speak and behave this way, but it really put me off the characters and took away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. The vulgarity just seemed excessive, and it did not do much to really advance the plot or develop the characters. The same goes for gratuitous violence or sexual content. It’s not a problem for me if it is appropriate to the story, but I hate when it is used just for shock factor or to make a character seem more “real.”

5) Changing the Endings in Book-to-Movie Adaptations!

I have always had a bit of a problem with adaptations, since I tend to prefer whichever version of the story I encountered first. No matter which I try first, I always end up comparing. I remember sitting through the Harry Potter movies in theatres with my best friend, constantly signalling each other whenever the movie did something “wrong.” I get that not everything translates well from page to screen (or vice versa), and for the most part, I can enjoy the changes as long as they are handled well. What really bothers me, however, is when the movie version completely changes the ending! The same goes for when it makes significant changes to the plot, such as the recent Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie adaptation which changed major plot points and even switched around some of the characters’ abilities. I especially hate when the entire ending is changed, one of most obvious ones being My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. The story was written the way the author intended, so it’s always puzzled me that moviemakers would think they know better what people want to see. If they didn’t think it was a strong enough story, why would they make the movie?