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Sharing the Love! The Jay Dee Show 34

So many positive videos this past week! And my first ever live stream! That was fun. I uploaded a total of 4 videos, all on my main channel. I was planning on doing more videos today, but didn’t have enough time.

So, on my main channel, I talked a lot about some positive stuff and a bit about Star Trek: Discovery. Let’s take a look.

We start off with the big one. The live stream. It’s a Q&A, and I was joined by a few people who watched it as I streamed it live over the internet.

And then, there’s some Star Trek: Discovery news.

I moved on to talking about Harry Potter and why Piers Morgan is wrong about it.

And then I shared my love of booktube with everyone!

Coming up soon are the delayed Authors Answer video, plus a Star Trek video, a new tag appreciating small booktubers, and more!

Let me know what you thought of these videos. Thanks for watching!

Why Harry Potter Is Important (aka Piers Morgan Is a Jerk)

Recently, J. K. Rowling celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Piers Morgan responded by calling it hogwartswash. Basically, he insulted it. But Piers Morgan is well-known for being a jerk. I made a video addressing this, and I stated why Harry Potter is important. Check it out.

A lot of people started reading because of Harry Potter. It created a whole generation of readers. Some of you reading this right now may have started reading because of it.

How important is Harry Potter to you? Let me know in the comments.

The Best Novel to Movie Adaptations

Are you the kind of person who gets excited when one of your favourite books is being made into a movie? Or are you afraid that they’ll completely destroy your beloved story? Well, I say “yes” to both questions.

I compiled a short list of the novel to movie adaptations that I thought were well done. And they are:

  1. Lord of the Rings trilogy
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. Harry Potter series

I explained my choices in a video, which you can watch below.

What do you think are the best novel to movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments below.

Hogwarts and Ilvermorny House Sorting

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out soon, and so you can now find out which house at Ilvermorny you can join. Ilvermorny is the North American school for witches and wizards. I decided to give it a try, but not before sorting myself into a house in Hogwarts. I’d actually sorted myself in the older version of the website, so my account was no longer there. I sorted myself again, and here is the result.

I was surprised! I couldn’t believe it! My house changed from the last time. I was kind of disappointed.

So, after that, I found out what my Ilvermorny house was.

The result was very surprising, although I didn’t know what the houses were before. I’m satisfied.

Have you found out which houses you’re a member of? Go to Pottermore and find out! Then let me know in the comments below.

Adults Reading Young Adult Novels? Oh yes!

You know, when reading novels, I don’t think age matters. So, I’ll make a confession here. I’m a thirty-eight year old man who reads and enjoys young adult novels from time to time. How about you?

I’m sure everyone’s read Harry Potter. I read it all the way through and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was fun to read, and I have no problem letting people know that.

Do you think there’s a stigma against adults reading young adult novels? You sometimes hear some people saying, “You read that? But it’s for kids!” The same goes for watching cartoons or Disney movies. I still love watching Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Transformers. They’re lots of fun. And I like escaping from my life as an adult occasionally just to indulge in my inner child. And since I have a young child, I’ll continue watching kids shows for a long time. And I’ll enjoy it.

When it’s time for my daughter to read Harry Potter, I’ll gladly talk with her about the story, as well as watch the movies with her. No problem!

Are you an adult who enjoys young adult novels?

Entering the Strange World of Movie Novelisations

There are a lot of movies based on books.  For some, I’ve read both the novel and the movie.  That’s always an interesting thing to do, seeing how they’re different.

Lord of the Rings comes to mind when I think of movies made from books.  They did a pretty good job, I thought.  There were some things cut out, but overall, it was one of the better adaptations I’ve sen.  Another is Harry Potter.  I think it was reasonably well-done, although some of the things that were cut I felt were essential to understanding the whole story.  The movies didn’t have as much heart as the books.  Jurassic Park is on the other end of the spectrum.  The movie held little resemblance to the book.  The book was smartly written, had several subplots, and was absolutely fascinating.  The movie focused more on the dinosaurs and action, rather than the story.  It was a fun movie, but I was disappointed in the story.

A unique one is 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The novel and movie were written at the same time.  Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick worked together, making sure the novel and movie followed each other closely.  However, the movie was changed to go to Jupiter, while the book went to Saturn.  I believe this had to do with special effects.  Late 1960s special effects weren’t good enough to show the rings of Saturn.  Subsequent books ignored the fact that the first one went to Saturn, and instead focused on Jupiter.  I loved both the novel and movie, though.  Usually, I find that novels feel much longer than movies, but in this case, the movie felt slow, while the novel moved at a quick pace.

startreknemesisAnd then there’s the topic I want to talk about, movie novelisations.  I’d never read one before.  Until now, that is.  I’m currently reading Star Trek Nemesis, the final movie featuring the Next Generation cast.  The movie didn’t go over well with people, and as I’ve watched it, I wasn’t enthusiastic about the book.  Well, the novel is very easy to read, follows the movie very closely, and is incredibly short.  But I have this very strange uneasy feeling while reading it.  I’m inside the heads of the characters.  I know what they’re thinking and feeling.  And that’s everyone, because we’re inside the heads of every character in every scene.  I’m not used to reading omniscient point of view novels, except for limited omniscient.  In this book, we know everything.  I’m really not used to being inside Star Trek characters’ minds.  And another thing is that I know exactly what’s going to happen.  There’s no suspense, and there’s really no difference from the movie other than knowing their thoughts.  It’s kind of unsettling.

What do you think of movie novelisations?

Now You Can Study Online at Hogwarts

With all of the online courses I’m taking, there’s something that caught my eye recently.  Hogwarts.  That’s right, you can study at Hogwarts online!

I did some looking around there, and apparently, you can study all of the classes for first year students, and they take 9 weeks to complete.  There are assignments, homework, tests, and quizzes to do.  You can do them at our own pace, though.  You can join a dorm.  You join a class and can interact with the same 100 people for the entire time you’re enrolled in that class.  You can talk to other members of your house in your common room or to anyone in the Great Hall.

Also, it’s made by fans, so the professors and people writing the courses are all volunteers.  And it’s free.  But one thing about houses.  There is no sorting hat.  You choose your own house.

So, anyone find it interesting?

Read the book first!

Several years ago, back when I was in high school, I readJurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  I was enthralled.  It was great science fiction, had a good deal of science, and was intelligent.  I enjoyed the book very much.  I later watched the movie when it came out.  While I was impressed by the special effects, and I really enjoyed seeing the dinosaurs, I felt that the story was lacking.  The story was a bit different than the book, and wasn’t nearly as intelligent.  The movie was almost all action and special effects.  It didn’t satisfy the story lover in me.

After that, I was determined to read the book before I watched the movie.  I read Lord of the Rings a year before the movies came out.  I read the Harry Potter books before I watched any of the movies.  In both cases, I enjoyed the experience of seeing a familiar story unfold on the big screen (or on DVD), but I felt that the book was better.  However,Lord of the Rings was extremely well done as an adaptation of a novel.

At the moment, I’m reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.  There’s a TV series based on his novels out right now, and I haven’t touched it at all.  I won’t watch it until after I’ve read the books.  I just feel that I can gain so much more by reading the book before seeing the movie.  I can imagine what the world is like first, then see how they made it look in the TV series or movie.  If I watch it first, then read the book, my imagination doesn’t work very hard.  I just picture the actors and the scenes that I remember from TV or the movie.  I want to use my imagination.  Therefore, I will read the book first.

How about you? What do you prefer to do?  Book first or TV series/movie first?