Daily Archives: April 4, 2009

The Secret Life of Bees

the-secret-life-of-beesTitle: The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Finished: April 3, 2009
Pages: 302
Published: 2002

My first mistake in reading this book was watching the movie first and then reading the book when it was so fresh in my mind.

The Secret Life of Bees is the story of a young girl, Lily, who runs away from home to try and escape the demons of your childhood. She makes the journey to a place she thought her mother visited years ago and begins to learn the beekeeper and honey business, bringing Rosaleen, her surrogate mother along with her.

The story is so emotional and so raw, it’s easy to tell how it translated to film with the right characters to play the parts. And having seen the film I found it to be very true to the book compared to some translations. It’s a great coming of age story as Lily grows from a young innocent, naive little girl, into a young woman handling her own demons and thriving for the first time.

Absolutely great book.

*Challenges – Book Into Movie, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, New Author Challenge, TBR Challenge, Book vs. Movie Challenge, Spring Reading Thing, Book Binge


Filed under adapted to film, Fiction

Twilight Director’s Notebook

twilight-directors-notebookTitle: Twilight Director’s Notebook
Author: Catherine Hardwicke
Finished: April 3, 2009
Pages: 164
Published: 2009

Director of Twilight created this great book showing the process of making a movie based on a book. It was very entertainin to read all the facts you would never usually hear about.

Catherine Hardwicke lets the audience into her world as she talks about scouting locations, creating characters, costumes and make-up, creating intense fight scenes, and set design, plus much more.

It’s a great and fun book for anyone who’s a fan of Twilight as a book and also as a movie. Exclusive pictures and behind the scenes photos, not to mention a quick read, is very enjoyable to look back upon after watching the film and reading the book.

*Challenges: 2009 Pub Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Countdown Challenge, New Authors Challenge, RYOB Challenge, Book Binge


Filed under Non-Fiction