What the movie did well: I thought they had a good casting of Rudy Steiner. The only thing I thought that was bad about him was that he waited a little too long for Liesel. Their casting was wonderful overall and most of the characters did a good job despite that they got only 2 hours for the movie.
What the movie did poorly: I HATED THE ENDING. They completely ruined it. The book had it perfectly done to the point that it would put you on the edge of tears. AND THEN WHEN YOU GET TO THE MOVIE YOU THINK “OH, WELL THAT WAS LAME!!!!!” It wasn’t a tear-jerk er at all and I was half yawning how bad it was compared to the book.
Ways the movie was like the book: The movie was good because it did a good job with the narrator and making it death. However I quite liked the scene where Liesel arrive because it was quite well-done.
Ways the movie was not like the book: THE ENDING SUCKED. I cannot stress enough how bad the ending was.
What I thought of the movie overall: I like the movie but it was terrible at the end. If the movie had ended without that bad of an ending I would have loved.
I think that the Book Thief was a good book even if it swore a lot. I thought that the book, from a writers perspective, was good and that the plot line and message of the book was great. Do I wish it would have sworn less? Yes. But I still think that it was worth it. Because even though we talk about the Holocaust a lot in school, and I think we don’t talk about it enough still. I think that it was cool to see how little Liesel and Rudy knew about the concentration camps. I also thought it was interesting how much more she hated the Nazis once she learned that than when she didn’t know it before.
Source: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan Page 231
Context: They are talking about the destruction of an animal to bring down a great power
Quote: “But there is power in killing innocence. Terrible power.”
This makes me think: I’m not sure why I picked this one it’s not like most people get cosmic abilities from shooting a random old lad on the street. However something about this seems to be something most writers agree with. In Harry Potter you have to kill in order to make a Horcrux. And then in this book I found it as well. I think the reason most people think this is because most of us are distraught and disgusted about killing something innocent so we as humans have to have a reason for someone to do it.
Source: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan page 230
Quote: “We’ve been anticipating a huge and dangerous monster, but…”
Context: At this point in the book they’ve been looking for an animal that can destroy the foundation of their society, but then they see this cow-eel thing that isn’t harmless at all and realize that that’s what they were looking for. Even though it couldn’t hurt a fly.
This makes me think: I think that the most dangerous things in our life are probably everyday things we don’t think about. Even though it might be that we could get burnt down in a fire, or shot in a war, the most likely thing to kill us is probably the cars we see on the freeway, or the people around us (science says that 1 in some small number of people are psychopaths.) But we still need to remember that we can still be friends with these people and drive our cars.
In The Book Thief Max Vandenburg writes a story about liesel called the Word Shaker. In the story Max uses a lot of symbolism. In the story he talks about a big tree, an idea, which nobody can chop down. But, one day, a man comes into the town and finds the girl who planted the tree sitting in the branches. They talk and she chooses to come down. In my opinion it shows how she had an idea the she chose to share with other. When she is climbing down the tree she decided to share her idea, but when she is on the ground and the tree topples it is when other can understand her idea and grow that idea. I think this applies to our life because it shows how we are the only ones who decide what to do with our ideas. We can share them, or let them be destroyed.
In “The Book Thief” we see that Liesel has the secret of stealing food and book, and Hans and Rosa have the secret of hiding Max. Are all these secrets good for them, and what could the effect be of them. Well the obvious one is that when Rosa and Hans are hiding Max if they get found their entire family will sent to Dachau but what might the affect of Liesel’s secrets. I think that Liesel could potentially get caught by Rosa and get a good beating because she didn’t share. I don’t think that the extent of Liesel’s secret is going to be that bad but once again I think that Rosa and Hans are in some pretty hot water.
Source: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Page 216
Context: “Not interested in semantics? ”
Dictionary Definition: the branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.
Ammon Definition: literal definition of words