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Books and Movies with journals in them!

Hey all!
I've been sick, but I am trying to put a journal post together as well as the handwriting one I promised. In the mean time I was recently talking with a friend of mine about books where there is a heavy journal theme and ended up giving her a whole list. I thought you guys might enjoy it too. Some are more popular than others. I've also given a bit of an opinion and warnings on the movies... Also warnings for some spoilers!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
It's funny and entertaining, though a lot of humor that would probably be funnier to a middle school boy. Still, I find myself laughing out loud, especially at the first few books.

Dork Diaries - Rachel Renee Russell
The artwork is cute and the plot is fun, though completely ridiculous in some places. There are parts that are very hyper and I admit I skip pages where there is a lot of all-caps (or scenes with the little sister, she's too hyper for me) but over all I do enjoy checking them out.

The Popularity Papers - Amy Ignatow
I love these books, they inspire me to share a journal with my best friend in the whole world. It's a fast read (you'll want to read them in order) but really fun. My only complaint is that the blue ink handwriting portions of the book are sometimes hard to read.

Ellie McDoodle Diaries - Ruth McNally Barshaw
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I discovered them looking for Dork Diaries at the library. It's lesser-known but I enjoy it and I love how often her journal is mentioned (in the first book she even inspires her aunt to keep one). The artwork gets a bit sloppy as the series continues but it doesn't take away from the fun. If you like theater or Wizard of Oz, you'll enjoy The Show Must Go On... I've read that one so many times it has quickly become a favorite!

Hannah and the Angels - Linda Lowery Keep
Girl gets sent all over the world by her angels and she keeps a Composition Book journal (it's even seen poking out of her bag on the covers). Her journal doodles are sprinkled throughout the pages, though towards the end of the series there's less mention of her journal and more "if I had my journal I would write this".

Amelia's Notebook - Marissa Moss
I feel like I'm peeking into someone's journal when I read these... My journal as a kid looked a lot like hers! It's fun and inspiring even if the plot doesn't interest you and I recommend it to anyone that needs to get past the "First Page" of their journal. When I poke through them, I want to sit down and journal!

Anakin Skywalker: A Jedi's Journal
This is actually a journal you can write in but each page has bits of Anakin's journal. It's worth it if you just want Anakin's Journal, I personally wrote in mine but it's still fun to read if you don't.

The Journal of Milo Thatch
Even if you didn't care for Atlantis, the book itself is fun and I myself enjoyed seeing the movie via a journal. Some of the handwriting is a bit hard to read in places but overall I felt it was worth checking out.

Movies
Freedom Writers - PG-13
A dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) in a racially divided Los Angeles school has a class of at-risk teenagers deemed incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their future. She assigns reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals.
Where the journals are: You see one at the beginning being flipped open and written in. Then part way through the movie you not only see actual pages but the hand-written words scrolled across the screen and the voice-over/scenes of the people who wrote them. You see the individual Composition Books sprinkled throughout the movie.
Warnings: Gang violence, physical abuse and some language

According to Greta - PG-13
A rebellious and suicidal teen (Hilary Duff) gets sent for the summer to her grandparents, where her life takes an unexpected turn.
Where the journals are: You see her keeping art journals and it actually shows pages (especially at the opening and end credits). She also has a small one tied around her wrist and she is seen writing or looking in it.
Warnings: Strong theme of suicide, including an attempt, some violence and language

LOL - PG-13
In a world where connections via Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks are the norm, high-school student Lola (Miley Cyrus) is trying to navigate her way through the usual teen pressures of romance, friendship and overprotective parents (Demi Moore, Thomas Jane). Broken-hearted by a break-up with her boyfriend, Lola's world turns upside-down when she realizes that her best friend, Kyle (Douglas Booth), could actually be the love of her life.
Where the journal is: Off and on through the movie she is seen writing in it. Towards the end it is found and read and as her mother is reading it there is a montage of the scenes she is reading about.
Warnings: Some drug use, teenage sex, language... And a snooping parent reading a kid's diary!


What about you? What other books and movies can you recommend with a journal theme to it?

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dontletgo_ever
Dec. 10th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee. I read them way back in middle school, and they (combined with Amelia's Notebooks) really launched me into consistent journaling.
dreamitdoit
Dec. 10th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
The Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging series by Louise Renninson
Jay's Journal (forgotten the author)
dragonfly52585
Dec. 11th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
I love a trilogy by Patricia Wrede that starts as two ladies in Victorian times (but with wizards and magic being an everyday thing in society) writing letters back and forth while one is on her season and the other is at home. The whole first book is done in letters. The 2nd book is journal entries from the two of them as they travel the continent. :) the third is a combo of the two styles. I love all these books. I've read them multiple times and own them in hardback and electronic. ;)

Sorcery and Cecelia (1)
The Grand Tour (2)
The Mislaid Magician (3)
savannahjan
Dec. 12th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
Ironically, I find books written in diary form difficult to read. It is why I gave up on Fried Green Tomatoes.

So happy to see you!!

Love these lists!
ekeilram
Dec. 12th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome post! I was actually recently looking for films with journalling in them.

As an addition: Girl, Interrupted. The main character is regularly seen writing in a journal. It is not kid-friendly though since it's about a woman in a mental institution. It was actually based on a book. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172493/

Hope you feel better soon!
goldmourn
Dec. 18th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
That was the one that came to my mind first as well.
meishasmommy
Dec. 13th, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
Journal themed books and movies!
Thank you for doing my homework here! I'm pretty sure that I've Googled this subject and not come up with as much.
fragilephoenix
Dec. 13th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Crazy Beautiful<- I loved her altering of photos/when they showed her journal

Cruel Intentions <- Sebatian keeps a journal of his "conquest"

Dr. Who- River Song keeps a journal that you see occasionally :)
goldmourn
Dec. 18th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yay for the mention of River Song's journal on Doctor Who!
kinston
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
I came here to suggest three movies and they've all been suggested already (Girl Interrupted, Crazy/Beautiful and Cruel Intentions). Let me save you some time, Berry, and tell you that Crazy/Beautiful isn't a very good movie and you only really have to watch one scene to see the journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PU578qYZrE
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