Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

I am currently working my way through the Beautiful Creatures series. Apparently so are a lot of other people (the book is # 1 on the NYT Children’s Series list). It is for these reasons, that it is not surprising that I was excited to see the first film this week and very surprising that so far it hasn’t been more popular.

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Although I am really enjoying the books (as you can see in my book review) they are too long, too complicated, and nonlinear in a way that I thought would make them hard to film. At the same time, I was very interested to see how they would distill the complications into a coherent narrative, especially the endings which many people found confusing.

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Marry Date or Dump: Beautiful Creatures

ridley-beautiful-creatures-11255539-324-2161We read “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for the blog last week, I just saw the movie (side by side reviews coming this weekend) and I’m quickly working my way through the sequels. Like any good young adult romance, the young men in the novels have been on my mind – even though that is beginning to feel creepy since they are like eight years younger than me.  In this world of southern manners, dark magic, and good intentions who would you marry, date, or dump? Let me know in the comments!

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Beautiful Creatures: It’s not all black or white

Book  Beautiful CreaturesWe have read three books about witches for the blog. I think that I’ve liked them all, but Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl has definitely been my favorite (even though they are pretty pointedly called casters not witches). The novel is told from sixteen-year-old southerner Ethan’s perspective.

Ethan has lived in Gatlin, South Carolina his entire life. Despite having a recently deceased academic mother, voodoo practicing and tarot card reading housekeeper and reclusive father, Ethan seems to have fit in to a certain extent – he is a star basketball player and is accepted by his peers as “one of them.” A large part of this is that his family is ensconced in Gatlin history, with roots that go back beyond the Civil War or as they call it in Gatlin “War of Northern Aggression”.

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