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On Saturday, as promised, I took The Girl to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  She absolutely loves Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (click here to read our review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and she was so excited when she found out one of her favorite books would be on the big screen.  The Girl and I were both curious how “a novel in cartoons” would be transformed into a non-animated movie, and I’m happy to say it was done quite well.

Like the book of the same name, Diary of a Wimpy Kid focuses on Greg Heffley as he enters middle school.  He wants to be popular, but despite trying his hardest, he gets beat by a girl in wrestling and is forced to sit on the floor and eat his lunch because no one will let him sit at their table.  His endearing best friend, Rowley, doesn’t help matters by dressing like Greg and asking him loudly if he wants to come over after school “to play.”  Packed with hilarious moments — from playing a tree in the school play to a sleepover with the disgusting Fregley — Greg’s antics had us laughing from the very beginning.  But there are some serious moments in the film, when Greg’s quest to be in the class favorites section of the yearbook jeopardizes his friendship with Rowley.

I thought the move from book to movie was seamless, as the cartoons in the book are brought to life in animated sequences and Greg is shown writing in the diary.  I haven’t read the book and I’m much older than the target audience, but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying the movie.  We don’t usually go to the movies because it can get pricey, and I was relieved when I walked out of the theater and didn’t regret spending money to see it.

I know you’re all waiting to hear The Girl’s (age 9) thoughts on the movie, especially since she’s read the book, so here you go:

Did you like the movie?

Yes.  It was very funny.

Do you think they did a good job turning the book into a movie?  Was the movie much different than the book?

Yes they did a good job.  The movie was just like the book, and they brought the drawings in the book into the movie by showing Greg writing the diary.

A lot of the movie was the same as the book, like the “cheese touch,“ but some of it was different, like when Greg tries out for the Wizard of Oz and is offered the part of Dorothy.

Do you think they did a good job choosing real people to play the parts of characters you knew only as drawings in a book?

Yes.  And I like how they showed each actor with the drawing of the character they play from the book.

Any last thoughts on the movie?

I want you to buy the DVD when it comes out.  I think they should make the rest of the books into movies, too.  I think anyone who loves the book like I do should go see the movie.  They did a good job showing the importance of friendship.  And my favorite part of the movie was when Rowley showed up at Greg’s house on Halloween wearing a blinking light so he can be seen in the dark and Rodrick [Greg’s older brother] tells them a scary story about kids being eaten.

Did any of you see the movie yet?  If so, tell us what you thought of it in the comments!

Disclosure: We forked over my hard-earned cash to see the movie.  The Girl received the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid as a gift.  I am an Amazon associate.

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Another challenge completed, and in the nick of time!  The Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie’s Written Word — which ran from July 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010 — allowed participants to choose six Jane Austen novels, sequels, retellings, or movies.  And since all things Jane Austen are my guilty pleasures, this challenge was perfect for me.

I read four Jane Austen sequels and/or retellings and watched two movies.  Here’s my list with links to my reviews where applicable:

Books

1.  Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
2.  A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward
3.  Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen
4.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith

Movies

5.  Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I’ll always have a soft spot for the first Pride and Prejudice movie I saw in high school, the 1940 version starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson.  I saw that movie in my 11th grade English class, and it began my love of all things Jane Austen.  But I also really enjoyed the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy.  I thought the two of them were perfect.  I didn’t really care for Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet, and the actor who played Mr. Collins was more creepy than ridiculous, but I really enjoyed it.

6.  Becoming Jane (2007)

The fact that Jane Austen wrote six of the most popular love stories ever published yet never married fascinates people, and everyone wants to believe that Jane had a love story.  In Becoming Jane, Jane (Anne Hathaway) falls in love with Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy).  Of course, knowing that she died young and unmarried, we know nothing will become of the romance.  Still, I really enjoyed the film and it made me cry — despite there being no evidence that the real Jane and the real Tom were ever romantically involved.  We’ll never know whether the real Jane had a love story, but it’s fun to imagine how things might have gone for her.

I want to thank Stephanie for hosting such a wonderful challenge.  I hope she decides to hold another one this year.  I’d sign up in a heartbeat!

Disclosure: I borrowed the Pride and Prejudice and Become Jane movies from a friend. I am an Amazon associate.

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If you want to know what Serena and I thought of the new Quentin Tarantino flick, Inglourious Basterds, read our review at War Through the Generations!

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I apologize for posting this list of winners a bit later than I expected, but better late than never!

But first…did anyone run out and see Twilight over the weekend? Serena and I went on Saturday afternoon, and it was fun times for sure. I’m not sure the movie was meant to be laugh-out-loud funny the whole way through, but that’s what we did. I read the book quite awhile ago, and I remember enjoying it a lot, but I don’t remember the book being so…plotless. Much of the movie was Bella and Edward staring at each other (not that I minded gazing at the eye candy that is Robert Pattinson, but I digress), and all the action was confined to the last 30 minutes or so. I’m pretty sure someone who didn’t read the book was watching it wondering when the heck something–anything–was going to happen! Still, the movie was enjoyable, and I hope they make the rest of the books into movies (though they better get a move on because Edward’s not supposed to age!). All I have to say is Edward and Jasper = hotness!

Anyway…back to the winners:

The lucky winner of The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff is Serena from Savvy Verse & Wit! Congratulations!

The lucky winner of Sam’s Quest for the Crimson Crystal is Veens from giving reading a chance! Congratulations!

The lucky winner of Sam’s Quest: The Royal Trident is Bookfool from Bookfoolery and Babble! Congratulations!

Happy Reading!

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