RST: My True Thoughts on Book to Screen Adaptations

There have been countless books that have been adapted and made into movies, TV shows and what have you. I think it’s safe to say that a horrible adaptation is a bookworm’s worst nightmare come to life.

I started a Movie/TV Show vs. Book segment on my blog last year and while I enjoy it very much, I don’t always go into detail about how I feel about the situation as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this because who doesn’t want to see a book they enjoyed ‘come to life’ so to say?

The first movie I watched that was based off a book, that I can remember, was A Walk to Remember. I didn’t know there was a movie for it…hell, I didn’t even know that Nicholas Sparks was such a well known author. It wasn’t until I got more involved in the book world and the blogosphere that I really considered the few (or many) differences adaptations can bring forth.

I try not to be too harsh when watching a movie that is based off a book because I have to put in consideration the filmmaker’s thoughts and ideas as well. Of course, as readers we have our own expectations, what we pictured as we were reading and we get a bit ‘annoyed’ when there are unforeseen changes. Nothing wrong with change but if the plot itself is going to be changed why even decide to base the film/show off that book in the first place

My point is that I don’t have any issues with book to screen adaptations… My thing is the ‘how it’s executed’ that gets me. There are some books that I think would be great if they were made into movies or even better, TV shows. I honestly wish that there was a book for the movie Remember Me. I cry every time I watch it and I think the emotions would be just as raw and heart wrenching if it were in the form of a book, if not more.

Let’s have a few adaptations and my brief thoughts on them.

  • The Twilight Saga – love/hate relationship with this series and I’m constantly on the fence about it
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles – what even was that movie? LOVE the changes made in the TV show…gives it a new and original feel
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians – great on it’s own but compared to the books, just…no
  • The Harry Potter series – I mean, the movies could’ve been better but I do frequent marathons so I don’t actually dislike it at all

There’s always the fear that a book that you loved so much was made into a movie what you don’t care about. This was why I was so happy when I found out that Cassie Clare was asked her opinion about characters and the world and whatnot during the production of Shadowhunters.

I think it’s very important that they take the fans and readers into consideration when adapting a book because they are the ones that’ll be watching and the internet’s not always a nice place. These days people get so easily offended that it’s not hard to be ridiculed and made a joke out of.

I’m perfectly capable of separating a book from it’s screen adaptation. I don’t get angry while watching City of Bones anymore because my sister and I think of it as a comedy. All in all, I’m glad that we readers are even granted an opportunity to see these books made ‘visual’. I’d be out of a segment if they were to stop lol.

See my Movie/TV Show vs. Book posts here.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#33): A Little Princess

The Book

A Little Princess

A Little Princess is a children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published as a book in 1905. It is an expanded version of the short story “Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s”, which was serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine from December 1887, and published in book form in 1888.

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I read the book years after I watched the movie and it was not what I was expecting. I found myself so engrossed in the story even though it was so different from the one I grew up knowing. I decided to pick up the book one random night and I ended up crying partway through. My heart is still broken and honestly, I’m glad I watched the movie before I read the book.

The Movie

Image result for a little princessA Little Princess is a 1995 American family drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Eleanor BronLiam Cunningham (in a dual role), and introducing Liesel Matthews as Sara Crewe with supporting roles done by Vanessa Lee ChesterRusty SchwimmerArthur Malet, and Errol Sitahal.

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I watched this movie time and time again when I was a kid and it became my favourite…until I watched The Secret Garden. Funny story, I was watching The Secret Garden once (this was long before I started paying attention to the credits) and I told my mom that it seems that the same person who thought up that movie, thought up A Little Princess. I wasn’t wrong, even though I didn’t know at the time that those movies were based off books. The movie brings all the magic of the book to life and you can visualise Sarah’s struggle at the school…going from a princess to a servant girl. Then again, all girls are princesses.

The Decision

The movie is more ‘Disney-fied’ if I can say that. It’s not as heartbreaking as the book and has a happy ending that doesn’t give you a bitter-sweet feeling. It’s easy to see now why I loved this movie so much growing up. What girl doesn’t want to be reminded that she is in fact a princess no matter her age or looks. I’m going with the movie on this one purely for childhood sentimentality.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#32): Before I Fall

The Book

Before I Fall

Before I Fall is a 2010 young adult novel written by Lauren Oliver.[1] It is written in first-person narrative of a teenager who is forced to relive the day of her death every day for a week. In an attempt to understand why this is happening to her, as well as trying to change her fate, she takes new actions each day, some of which are out of character and surprise her family and friends.

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I had this book for a while but I decided to read it because of the movie. I was really excited to read it because Lauren Oliver is easily one of my favourite authors. I enjoy her writing style quite a bit and it didn’t disappoint in this book. The idea of people reliving the last day of their lives is not new but the fact that Sam’s number was so exact- seven days- had me intrigued.  I did like the book, even though I had problems here and there with a few things. I admit I got confused by the way people were acting but that wasn’t too big of a thing for me.

The Movie

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Before I Fall is a 2017 American teen drama film directed by Ry Russo-Young and written by Maria Maggenti, based on the 2010 novel of same name by Lauren Oliver.


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I was most eager to see the differences in the years this took place. The book was written in 2010, back when acceptance wasn’t ‘the in thing’, so I wanted to see how the story played out when it was told in 2017.

There were minor changes made in the movie and that’s understandable because the movie would be grasped better if it was more ‘modern’. All those changes were easy to ignore though once the focus was on the bigger plot. While watching the movie, I forgot that it was based on the book. Seeing everything playing out before my eyes…I nearly cried. Just how Samantha knew that last day, that’s when my heart felt like it was being pulled out of my chest. This movie was- for lack of a better word- amazing.

The Decision

I love Lauren Oliver, she’s one of my favourite authors and I loved reading this book but I’m going with the movie for this one. I feel like I connected to the movie more.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#31): The Chamber of Secrets

The Book

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry‘s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school’s corridors warn that the “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened and that the “heir of Slytherin” would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families

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As tiny as this book is, the movie has nothing on it. I too want a flying car because that sounds totally awesome. What I don’t want, is to get beaten up by the Whomping Willow. Again, this book sets off all the switches in your head and opens up that door to imagination. This wasn’t my favourite in the series but there was a lot of suspense and I think as the years go on, I felt more sorry for Harry. Poor kid just couldn’t get a break.

The Movie

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, which is the second instalment in the Harry Potter film series, was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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When I first watched this movie, I was scared to death. I was alone in mine and my sister’s bedroom and all the lights were off so that added to the effect. Of course now, it being years later and me having watched the movie many more times, I’m not scared anymore but jeez, that snake though. I always did like that they made the movie version of Dobby so adorable.

The Decision

Book, book, book. Loved the movie and I will gladly watch it again. I’m actually due for a HP marathon but the book wins for me.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#30): The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

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The Fellowship of the Ring
is the first of three volumes of the epic[2] novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom.

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I read the book soon after finishing The Hobbit (twice) and this world that J.R.R. Tolkien created…wow. I remember thinking as I read the book that this man created a whole other world, threw in these various creatures and created a language that many people can actually speak today! That’s just something else man. I’ve only ever read the book once because hot d*mn, it’s huge! Very intimidating. The LoTR was one of the first fandoms I joined and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I actually feel like reading the series all over again because this post, it brings back great memories.

The Movie

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955).[4][5][6] It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

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I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings even though I didn’t know it at the time. I remember vaguely how I’d beg my mom to let me stay up Sunday evenings because this awesome movie about a man whose ring makes him invisible was coming on…again. I didn’t know at the time that it was the LoTR, but I think it’s safe to say that even though I’d forgotten, my love for it was set at an early age. My sister is a major fan so she told me to watch the trilogy and when I did…all the memories came back. I’ve watched the unextended version once, and all times after that…well, it’s not like those 208 minutes of my life were ever wasted. I get this feeling of happiness when I hear and see that opening scene. It sends shivers down my spine. If it were not because of the fact that I’m a wimp and chose to hide under the Fidelius Charm in the Harry Potter world, LoTR would’ve definitely been on the top of that list.

The Decision

I think it’s rather obvious what my decision is going to be. The movie, duh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s better than the book or that the book was not amazing, I just connected with the movie more and as mentioned above, I grew up with it. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and my granny, my sis and I would come together and watch this. The book can’t beat the time I spend with my granny. It is what it is.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#29): Civil War

The Book

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

Civil War is a 20062007 Marvel Comics crossover storyline consisting of a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar and penciled by Steve McNiven, and various other tie-in books published by Marvel at the time. The storyline builds upon the events that developed in previous Marvel storylines, particularly “Avengers Disassembled“, “House of M“, and “Decimation”. The tagline for the series is, “Whose Side Are You On?”

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I read the Civil War prose novel by Stuart Moore before I started this one. I had the sense while reading that something was missing…I was right. Once I picked up Civil War by Mark Millar and read the tie-ins that come along with the Event I realised that a prose novel couldn’t have possibly given the full effect of what goes on in this story. I’m a die-hard Captain America fan so imagine my surprise when I ended up siding with Tony for this one. I stand by my decision still. I’m sure I spoke about it a little in my review.

The Movie

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Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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When a brief outline of the plot was given out and that first trailer was released, I was pissed. Again, this Event is no small thing and the fact that they took so much away from it and changed a lot I went in extremely skeptical. The movie was good, of course. I have no doubt in the MCU but I was thinking of the story from the comic book side and it didn’t quite match up. It’s fine, it’s fine. I’m over it now. *narrows eyes* We’ll see how Infinity War plays out.

The Decision

I don’t think I’ll read the entirety of the Civil War Event again, maybe only the main 7 issues but that’ll be a while. As much as I wasn’t a fan of the changes made in the movie, that movie was really good and I am glad that they clearly showed the different sides and the point of views of Iron Man and Captain America. That said, movie it is for me.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#28): Catching Fire

The Book

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire is a 2009 science fiction young adult novel by the American novelist Suzanne Collins, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. As the sequel to the 2008 bestseller The Hunger Games, it continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem.

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I read this after I watched the movie…and then re-watched the movie because I couldn’t get enough of this. I don’t think it took me very long to finish book. Suzanne Collins’ writing is friggin’ awesome and the world she created…I wouldn’t want to live in it but I think the idea was amazing and very well executed.

The Movie

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collinsdystopian novel, Catching Fire (2009), the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film is the sequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and the second installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and distributed by Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence directed the film, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

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The Catching Fire movie was my introduction into The Hunger Games trilogy. I made a deal with a friend. I’d go watch Catching Fire with him if he watched Thor: The Dark World with me. Obviously the movie franchise is just as popular as it’s novel counterpart and at the time I stayed away from overhyped things, so I was quite reluctant to watch this movie. I came out of the cinema needing to read all the books because I fell in love. Also, out of all the movie adaptations of the trilogy, this one is my favourite because it was almost exactly like the book.

The Decision

Hmm…tough choice to make. I’d go with the movie for this one since that is where my love for this series started.

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