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

  • Lisa Mandina

    So cute! And yet another book set in Ireland to make me want to visit even more!! Full review to come on Lisa Loves Literature soon.

  • Reading Teen

    *full review to come*

    I adore this book. - Rea

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Ally (book__ventures)

    Now a Major Motion Picture is perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Both novels have an inner fantasy novel the stories are centered around. And after finishing Now a Major Motion Picture, I can saw that I hope Elementia is published like Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On.

    Iris Thorne has grown up in a “double shadow”. She’s grown up in the shadow of her father, who has grown up in the shadow of her famous grandmother, author of Elementia, the female-power response to The Lord of the Ring

    Now a Major Motion Picture is perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Both novels have an inner fantasy novel the stories are centered around. And after finishing Now a Major Motion Picture, I can saw that I hope Elementia is published like Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On.

    Iris Thorne has grown up in a “double shadow”. She’s grown up in the shadow of her father, who has grown up in the shadow of her famous grandmother, author of Elementia, the female-power response to The Lord of the Rings, in a sense. Iris despises the books, like her father. Mostly because all it has done is bring crazy fans into their lives, unwanted. But, due to a suggestion her younger brother’s therapist, Iris and Ryder end up in the middle of filming for the first movie of the fantasy trilogy in Ireland. There, Iris meets an up-and-coming actor, Eamon O’Brien, whose cuteness practically falls off the pages. The film seems doomed from the start, with a female director that the top executives seem against and budget cuts left and right. From the beginning, Iris would like nothing better than the film to crash and burn, but after getting to know the actors and crew, she realizes that the film is helping her more than she would have originally thought. It helps her to become closer to her late grandmother and the legacy she left behind.

    This book has all sorts of goodness in it. It has female empowerment, a light-hearted love story that will warm your heart, humor, and some harder topics that give this book a little edge. Now a Major Motion Picture delves into the scarier side of fandoms and the physical harm they can cause people. But it also showed the good side of fandom and how they can bring joy. It depicts a dysfunctional family, wrecked with misfortune and hurt and how they cope with it. The book has an awesome message on sexism within Hollywood, that is but a piece in helping the real reality of these remarks come to light.

    Overall, this book was a quick, fun read that had everything you could want out of a contemporary YA novel. I loved every single one of the characters. I was amazed to see that McCarthy developed each character so well in their own sense and gave each their own separate background story. McCarthy added some fun quirks to the book, like a playlist for specific scenes from the book from the main character and a map of the fictional world, Elementia. It started off slow, but it will for sure pull at your heart strings.

    I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

    Thank you to SourceFire Books for giving me a copy to review!

  • 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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