Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Books VS. Movies


I have a system. I didn't always have this system, but after many disappointments I came up with it. Whenever I see a trailer or hear word that a movie is coming out that's based on a book, I don't read it. I HAVE TO watch the movie first because if I don't, I will most likely hate it. If I've already read the book there is nothing I can do, but I won't re-read anywhere close to the release of the film.

That's what I used to do. I used to re-read the entire Harry Potter series before the movie came out so it was fresh in my mind. The problem with that is with all the details fresh we have expectations that are unattainable for a film. You don't have this problem when you reverse the process. If you watch the movie first you can decide then and there whether it's a story you're interested in reading, and you can appreciate the movie for what it is instead of having pre-conceived ideas. 99% of the time the book is better than the movie (The 1% includes The Road) so you have to work harder to like the movie. After watching a movie and then reading the book you get to see all the little details the movies can't incorporate. You can see the changes the movie made, but you don't hate them for it, usually.

It's so hard to keep the two art forms separate, and enjoy each for it's own. This makes it easier for me. Sometimes it's annoying to read the book and think, "She looked nothing like that in the movie!" *cough cough The Seeker in The Host cough cough* But you get over it. I wish it didn't always seem like it was book VS. movie. Why can't we love both equally and separately? I think they are both special and wonderful in their own unique ways.

At first I was kind of annoyed that nearly all the movies out these days are adapted from something (books, true stories, musicals) instead of coming up with something original. Now, I'm learning to accept and love the adaptions with the few originals thrown in.

I don't know if this system will work for you or not, but give it a shot and you might be surprised. :)

These are some of the book to movie details that annoy me the most:
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Let's completely change the Hogwarts grounds from what the books say they are and what the first two movies have already established! Meanwhile let's screw with the whole plot and mangle it as well! Great plan!
2. The Host - The Seeker is supposed to be dressed in all black with black hair, not white with blonde hair. This seems like an easy fix. Plus they left out the BEST LINE after freaking setting up for it earlier in the movie!
3. All Harry Potter films - Would it really have been so hard to give Daniel Radcliffe green contacts? Is that so much to ask!?
4. Twilight series - Kristen Stewart's god awful acting and Robert Pattinson's downright unattractiveness.
5. My Sister's Keeper - Let's completely change the ending! We'll have a different person die and we'll take out a major character!
6. Angels and Demons - Once again, let's completely change the ending and we'll have the guy live instead of die. Who cares!?

Some of my favorite book to movie adaptions are: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II, and Eat, Pray, Love

What are some of your most annoying book to movie details!? What are some of your favorites? Leave them in the comments!

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