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Bookish news from the big and small screens

There have been lots of exciting bookish things happening in the cinema and on television this past week - we've seen the release of The Mortal Instrument's first installment; City of Bones, the beginning of Under The Dome on Channel 5 and new trailer release for The Book Thief!

Although I'm yet to venture to the cinema for City of Bones (and, if I'm honest, I'm not sure whether I will. Unfortunately the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower has really put me off it - sorry!) I have been squealing about The Book Thief a lot and have given Under The Dome a trial run.


Under The Dome seems to be off to a typically "Stephen King" start - in the vein of a lot of his previous TV ventures (Rose Red, for example) - cheesy overacting, terrible script, laughable "horror" and a-typical American stereotypes! However, this is all we come to expect from Stephen King TV adaptations these days! I will be tuning in to the next episode because underneath it all is a very interesting concept (albeit slightly reminiscent of The Simpsons movie); an American town finds itself trapped underneath a dome that has fallen from the sky. How did it get there? Who put it there? What is it? These questions are the ones that will keep me watching. Even though my King-brain has a slight inkling for the inevitability of a ridiculous alien vs. military finale. We'll see!



As for The Book Thief... I have been hotly anticipating this film for ages! I was an emotional wreck at the end of the novel (by Markus Zuzak) and I was really excited when I heard that Geoffrey Rush had been cast as Hans - but I was also slightly disappointed that neither Hans, Liesel nor Rosa were German actors, and I think this is my main disappointment in the trailer. Coming from a German family background myself, I couldn't help but feel the accents were just a bit... weird. The speech seems slowed to the point of unnaturalness for what I can only assume is the ability for non-German kids to hear the words and understand them. It has dulled my excitement just a bit, I must admit. I was also a little disappointed to see that there seems to be no presence of the character of "Death" Which made the novel so unique! However, the film itself looks beautiful and it's one I definitely will be venturing to the cinema to see!

Watch the trailer here!

Have you caught any of the shows/trailers mentioned above? What were your thought?!

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