I have an opinion and express it frequently. Sometimes my thoughts about movies and books follow the mainstream. Other times? Eh, not so much.
I have three categories. The Good Ones, the movies that brought the books to life and vice versa; Blah, movies that fell flat. And the movies that surpassed the books by a wide margin.
In the Good column (according to my vast research of the last few minutes with IMDb):
- To Kill a Mockingbird. Comparing the book and movie isn’t relevant. The two are both outstanding in their own right.
- Hunger Games. The first chapter sucked me in and wouldn’t let go. The movie started slow. Then exploded. The hubby rolled his eyes when he saw my choice for that night’s entertainment. Then was mesmerized until the very end.
The Didn’t-Work-for-Me column:
- Gone With the Wind. About everyone has seen the movie. But what about the book? Holy crap, read it. The written word, the storyline with all the side streets and alleyways, gives us the reasons behind Scarlett and her character traits. It makes the movie seem trivial.
- Twilight. Yeah I liked the movies. Got posters of RPatz and everything. But the screenwriter didn’t capture the true magic of the books.
Movies that Blew Me Away. And are nothing like the books:
- Harry Potter. IMO, the books can’t touch the movie. Absolute genius. And I get chills thinking of those words, ‘you have your mother’s eyes’.
- The Princess Bride. I loved the movie so much that I figured the book would be great also. *shiver* Ahhh, no. Horrible, in my opinion. Nasty ending and blah writing.