Now a Major Motion Picture

Now a Major Motion Picture

Fandom and first love collide for Iris on the film set for her grandmother’s famous high-fantasy trilogy—perfect for readers of Fangirl!Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn't care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it's just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy's crazy f...

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Title:Now a Major Motion Picture
Author:Cori McCarthy
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Now a Major Motion Picture Reviews

  • TL

    This was so much fun and adorable :)

    I admit I found out about this way late, because I am terrible

    This was so much fun and adorable :)

    I admit I found out about this way late, because I am terrible at keeping up with things sometimes *sheepish* Haha... whoopsie.

    I was scrolling through my Amazon wishlist (stuff I marked private before my birthday) and came upon this, and on a whim bought it. I read a lot of literary fiction so my "light novels" don't number very many. I needed a bit of change of pace.. even if only for a day or two. This and

    were the calls to make :)

    This one was a hard one to put down... right away you get drawn into Iris's world as she is with her little brother on set... at first counting down the days till she can leave.

    Different things that happen begin to change her view on things and even though I wanted to shake her sometimes, it was great to see her come into her own.

    At first I was annoyed with Iris, parroting her father's attitude and especially Iris' dad for the way he acted and treated his kids. There's more to the family dynamic than what's on the surface, and I began to sympathize with them more... and they became "more human" to me.

    Iris was torn between finding her own way and pleasing her dad, along with essentially "parenting" her little brother. Gods... I wanted to hug Ryder so many times throughout this after a certain fact was spoken. I loved how he still had a happiness for things though and kept himself going.

    Gah, wanna say more but spoilers:(

    Romance element: so cute! It's there but doesn't overwhelm the story

    Snippets from

    Makes me wish it was a real series I could snag off a bookstore...anywhere. The snippets sounded so good! *pouts* Iris' song sounded amazing too, I bet it would have been on my "most played list" if it existed.

    Everything comes together but not in a "wrapped up in a box with bow all tidied up" thing. The Thorne family doesn't magically fix its problems, it doesn't say anything about

    which made it more satisfying for me, if that makes sense.

    Other positives:

    Loved most of the characters but Cate/Shoshanna, Eamon, Julian, Iris were my favorites.

    Cate was just awesome, and a strong person.. I admired her for going after her dreams and not giving up.

    The setting: 1. I'm a sucker for anything including Ireland 2. Miss Mccarthy wrote it in a way that makes me want to visit these locations someday.

    Once again, nothing critical to say ;-P. This was just a fun novel and the perfect read for a too-hot day outside.

  • Kelley

    5/5

    Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy is a young-adult contemporary romance about Iris Throne the granddaughter of M.E. Throne, a famous high-fantasy author. M.E. Throne is known most for Elementia, which Iris could care less about because of the crazy fans that come with it. Iris is only concerned about making music and winning the fight with her dad about college. When film producers decide to start filming a movie version of the books Iris isn’t very pleased and vows to get the mov

    5/5

    Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy is a young-adult contemporary romance about Iris Throne the granddaughter of M.E. Throne, a famous high-fantasy author. M.E. Throne is known most for Elementia, which Iris could care less about because of the crazy fans that come with it. Iris is only concerned about making music and winning the fight with her dad about college. When film producers decide to start filming a movie version of the books Iris isn’t very pleased and vows to get the movie shut down. Since Iris’s father is always writing a new book and their mother always ends up hiding in the greenhouse Iris has become like a single parent to Ryder. Their dad isn’t as thrilled with the movie being made as Ryder is so he makes Iris take Ryder to the filming in Ireland. This only frustrates Iris more because all she wants to do is work on her music and start recording. Things change when Iris meets Eamon O’Brien who is one of the actors on the set. Eamon who is a newly discovered actor is now in his first film surrounded by well-taught actors. After months of vowing to get the movie shut down Iris begins to fall for the production and become friends with everyone on set. Cate is the director and has put all of her heart and money into this movie. Iris begins to learn a lot from Cate and becomes a stronger person because of her. Cate and Iris are very much alike and Iris beings to see how hard it is for a women to succeed in a male dominated field.

    I picked up this novel because of how accurate it sounded to real life when a novel becomes a movie. The amount of people that freak out because it will never be as good as the books happens a lot. I have been known to get very upset after seeing an amazing novel become a movie since they usually leave out my favorite scene. This novel seemed like it was going to hit on that hard and I was interested from the very beginning. I feel like sometimes the directors that they put on films aren’t going to stay as true to the book as everyone wants them to. Since they have schedules and budgets the reader doesn’t always get everything, but if you have a director that loves the novels I think they would make it as true as possible. That’s what is shown in this novel because Cate truly loves the characters and the story, which makes her want to make it the best production that she can.

    I was also very interested to see where they went with the feminism and the female empowerment that I felt when I read the summary. Having gone to college for technical theatre I was always looked at as just a woman and what could I possible do to help the people who assumed I knew nothing. Being a woman in a very male dominated world is extremely hard and sometimes very tough to push through. This novel is very good at making you feel for all the characters especially Cate because she has been through so much since the very beginning of her career. Being seen as just a women can be very hard and is very hard for Cate because of how good she actually is. I had a very good mentor when I first started out in theatre and Cate reminded me a lot of that person. Cate decides to put her heart and soul in the one thing that got her through her hard times and that is Elementia. Being able to find that one thing to push you through is sometimes the best option.

    Iris is a very shy but stubborn and independent woman who believes that she doesn’t need someone to make her happy. This begins to change when she meets Eamon, maybe not from the very beginning of the friendship but the reader can see the spark. Many of the boys Iris meets just want to learn more about her grandmother and the books but Eamon is different. Iris begins to realize that Eamon wants to know more about her life than her grandmothers and the world she created. They begin to have long conversations about their lives and being to breach the subject of Iris’s hate of fantasy. This is a big deal for Iris because she has always kept her past to herself and never trusted someone enough to discuss some past events with. These conversations turn this innocent friendship into a very cute relationship that neither one of them believed could happen.

    McCarthy has shown through this novel that sometimes it’s hard for people to do the things they love. In every field or just in life people find it hard to do things that they want to do because they don’t have the money or the support. I have been very lucky to have support from all of my friends and family with the things I do in my life but I have also seen the opposite of that as well. I do my best to support all of my friends and the people around me because I know some people aren’t as lucky as me. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with life or struggling with not believing they can do something. Even though it put in the perceptive of a female and has very much a feminist background, I think anyone could take away a lot from this novel. I think anyone that loves a good fantasy book should also pick this up because the reader really learns about the world of Elementia. This novel really made me believe that I could do anything I put my mind to and that’s always something a book should do.

  • Elissa

    I'll be honest, I went in looking for a little fluff and wasn't expecting much, but inhaled this in one sitting. It was just so good!

    Iris and Ryder are the grandchildren of M. E. Thorne, the famous author who wrote a sort of feminist

    trilogy, of which the first book is being adapted for a film. The family (their father) did not approve of the movie, but to appease Ryder (8), the kids are sent to Ireland for two weeks to observe some on-location filming. While there, the self-is

    I'll be honest, I went in looking for a little fluff and wasn't expecting much, but inhaled this in one sitting. It was just so good!

    Iris and Ryder are the grandchildren of M. E. Thorne, the famous author who wrote a sort of feminist

    trilogy, of which the first book is being adapted for a film. The family (their father) did not approve of the movie, but to appease Ryder (8), the kids are sent to Ireland for two weeks to observe some on-location filming. While there, the self-isolated Iris (17) finds friendship and understands more about her family.

    This book is jam-packed with stories, touching on things like fanatics taking things too far, (keeping) anonymity in the current digital age, on empowering women. The cast of characters includes diversity of all kinds, including a f/f love story (though in the background). It's also about mental health, family, and family history. But it's not a bummer at all. Everything is treated seriously but with enough glow around it that I was never actually sad.

    Bonus: cute nerds, Ireland as a setting

    Nitpicks: absent parent, no other friends for Iris to check in with

  • ✶Rachelle✶

    I loved this book so much. Full review to come once I get a good 8 hours of sleep. Been awake for 24 hours and counting....

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    Iris was raised to resent her grandmother's world famous Elementia books, and her ire for the series deepened after a rabid fan crossed the line. Out of obligation though, Iris agreed to accompany her little brother to the set of the film adaptation. What she thought would be a most miserable trip, turned out to be quite life changing.

    From the cover and synopsis, I thought this book would be cute and fun, but it surprisingly had a lot of depth and tugged at my heartstrings.

    Things I really liked:

    Iris was raised to resent her grandmother's world famous Elementia books, and her ire for the series deepened after a rabid fan crossed the line. Out of obligation though, Iris agreed to accompany her little brother to the set of the film adaptation. What she thought would be a most miserable trip, turned out to be quite life changing.

    From the cover and synopsis, I thought this book would be cute and fun, but it surprisingly had a lot of depth and tugged at my heartstrings.

    Things I really liked:

    •This book was jam packed with so many wonderful characters. Eamon was witty, amusing, and full of quirks that I couldn't help but love. He was so wonderfully perfect! I also loved every second I got to spend with Julian and Shoshana, and I thought Cate was ah-mazing!

    •The friendships were strong. This was a production, which was facing a lot of adversity, and seeing the cast and crew bond together and help one another was a beautiful thing. The vibe was so contagious, even I wanted to pitch in.

    •Talk about your adorable romances! There were a few in there, but Iris' was my favorite. It was so sweet and awkward and exactly what I wanted for her first love.

    •You all know I loved my trip to Ireland, so the setting was a standout for me. They seemed to be filming in all the places I visited, which I loved, because I got to say, "I was there."

    •It was hard fought, but I enjoyed getting to the root of Iris's family dysfunction, and seeing some progress made towards a resolution.

    •McCarthy did a nice job weaving the Elementia story into the book. It was well integrated, and I liked the parallels that were drawn between that story and Iris' story.

    •This book was really fun. I laughed and smiled a whole lot.

    •Iris grew so much during this story! She learned a ton about her grandmother, her father, her brother, and herself, and it really opened up a whole new way of thinking for her.

    •The ending was so good! I am always happy to get an epilogue, but I swear, you will love this one.

    Overall: A sweet and charming story filled with romance, humor, family drama, friendship, and self-discovery, which left me with a big stupid grin on my face.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

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    is marketed as something that fans of Rainbow Rowell's

    will enjoy. It's been a few years since I read the latter book, but I can say that the blurb is true to an extent. NAMMP, like

    , features excerpts from a complet

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    is marketed as something that fans of Rainbow Rowell's

    will enjoy. It's been a few years since I read the latter book, but I can say that the blurb is true to an extent. NAMMP, like

    , features excerpts from a completely original fantasy novel. However, NAMMP is less impactful and more focused on fan culture, particularly in regards to book to movie adaptations. With that in mind, remember to take everything with a grain of salt. Otherwise, you might feel a little disappointed.

    The premise of NAMMP is actually unique compared to most of the YA contemporary novels I've read this year. It follows Iris Thorne, a girl who wants nothing to do with her late grandmother's popular book series. Despite her protests, Iris is sent to Ireland for the film adaptation of

    . She yearns for the film to become a commercial failure, but the possibility of finding love, friendship, and her musical identity gradually shakes her resolve. By the end of the film's production, she might have to say good-bye to her "Jaded Iris" title.

    The first thing I liked about this book was its depiction of fan culture. It was easy for me to relate to how the hardcore fans of

    feared that the film would deviate too much from the book series. It is an undeniable fact that although we bookworms love to see our beloved characters come to life on screen, we are rarely pleased by book to movie adaptations. We just can't help but see the creative license of the film industry as a catalyst for bookish sacrilege. xD

    It was also fascinating that NAMMP explored the "dark side" of fandom: it can cause people to emotionally or physically harm others. Iris did have a lot issues about

    , but the underlying reason for her hatred was justified. Her life would have been less complicated if a delusional fan hadn't terrorized her baby brother.

    Another thing I enjoyed was the book's enlightening discussion of sexism in the film industry. Cate, the director of

    , was underestimated because of her sex. Her production company was very patriarchal, so it was more than willing to cut her budget or cancel the film (which was supposedly a Feminist take on

    ). Thankfully, Cate refused to back down, determined to prove that women were a force to be reckoned with in both film and literature.

    My problem with NAMMP was something that I had already encountered in many contemporary books: the Bad Parent(s) trope. Iris's dad was a complete jerk, while her mom was almost nonexistent. Iris's dad was practically the antagonist in the story because he was a fountain of stress and resentment. In light of his undignified attitude, I wasn't surprised that Iris and Ryder treated him like he was anything but their parent. Personally, I really dislike it when contemporary books portray parents as the bad guys because it doesn't promote a healthy understanding of family life. Some people may say that this trope simply reflects reality because there are many bad parents in the world. Still, what's the point of further discouraging readers?

    In totality, I gave NAMMP 3.5 stars because it was both fun and enlightening to read. If you are interested in literary discussions on fan culture and Feminism, you should give this book a shot. Just tread carefully if you are triggered by the Bad Parent(s) trope.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Now A Major Motion Picture was a really fun reading experience about fandom, family, and finding yourself. We follow Iris Thorne as she and her little brother Ryder go to Ireland to see the filming of the grandmother’s beloved fantasy series, Elementia. Iris is no fantasy fan and there’s no live list for the rabid fandom

    Now A Major Motion Picture was a really fun reading experience about fandom, family, and finding yourself. We follow Iris Thorne as she and her little brother Ryder go to Ireland to see the filming of the grandmother’s beloved fantasy series, Elementia. Iris is no fantasy fan and there’s no live list for the rabid fandom , so she’s determines to get the production shut down and return home to L.A. as soon as possible. But Iris starts to see the magic in her grandmother’s story and gains a courage she wasn’t sure she had.

    I really liked the

    we get to see before the chapters. It really made everything seem real and let me get to know a lot of the different characters quickly.

    There was really

    all throughout the story. It felt very conversational and natural, never forced. And it created some great banter and dynamics between characters.

    My favorite part was probably the

    we see develop and really flourish in the last half of the book. They all felt so genuine and made me care about the individual characters more as well. I also liked the sibling relationship between Iris and Ryder.

    I liked seeing some

    in the story. Shoshana and Julian, two leads of the movie are half Filipino, and Shoshana is a lesbian.

    Iris’

    were the WORST! Her mom was completely absent and pointless in the story, and her dad was a piece of work. I just didn’t like them as all.

    I

    to the Elementia storyline until around 70% of the book. Before that I just didn’t really care and that kept my investment down.

    This was a fantastically quick read that I knocked out in a few hours. It really surprised me in a good way after the beginning was a bit lackluster. I loved the friendships, always a win from me, and seeing Iris’s journey gaining courage and bravery through her experiences. And the romance was adorable too.

  • Thamy

    I see why they compare this to Fangirl, but the story itself isn't the same.

    3.5.

    Iris is the granddaughter of a famous but deceased fantasy writer whose story is being filmed into a movie picture. She wasn't close to her grandmother and the last thing she and her family wants is more attention, which once culminated in her little brother being almost kidnapped by a crazy fan. Still, she slowly begins to understand what everyone's passion for her family's legacy is about and begins to love it hers

    I see why they compare this to Fangirl, but the story itself isn't the same.

    3.5.

    Iris is the granddaughter of a famous but deceased fantasy writer whose story is being filmed into a movie picture. She wasn't close to her grandmother and the last thing she and her family wants is more attention, which once culminated in her little brother being almost kidnapped by a crazy fan. Still, she slowly begins to understand what everyone's passion for her family's legacy is about and begins to love it herself as well.

    This book... I don't know what my problem was with it but I'd read, read, read and it wouldn't end. It's not even long but I just couldn't get into it. If I have to guess, I'd say it's because I felt like the author had fooled me. I got a contemporary YA to read but had to read large chunks of some fantasy book inside, plus long speeches defending the genre, which is far from being my favorite. By the way, that's why people compare it to Fangirl, which made us read a Harry Potter slash fanfic back then. I think that was what I found most similar about the two. The rest wasn't really.

    Even though I didn't really like the book, it had so many positive points. Unlike Iris and her family, I'm not against fantasy and the book raises so many good points of its importance I kept nodding back to it. Also, the side characters are quite an interesting bunch. I love how Iris actually becomes friends of the two big stars in the movie. She doesn't date them, they don't come on to her or antagonize her. In fact, the best scenes happen when they're all having fun.

    Moreover, the adult characters are deep and make sense. I felt so sad for Iris's grandmother, and she wasn't even in the book. There is a whole family dark secret side story going on that made me reflect a lot.

    In other words, this book had content, had funny scenes, and the romantic couple was cute. So why didn't I like it? That's a question I couldn't answer for sure, I can just say this wasn't my thing, hence this rating.

    Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  • Colleen

    DNF at 30 percent. I REALLY wanted to like this book because it sounded like it was up my alley... it was set in Ireland, and it was about a movie being taken place there. I just started losing interest within 30 percent. It's not a bad book, I just missed the connection.

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