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Jun 5 2017

Better Than The Movie

by Camille B

Image 4My family hates it when I’ve already read the book to the movie that we’re watching. In spite of my best efforts, I always find myself blurting out at some point, “That’s not what happened in the book.”

There would be loud groans and eyes rolling (and probably a secret meeting to vote me off the island), but I’d find myself unable to resist every time.

Book lovers know what I mean, that feeling of disappointment you get when you see a book that you thoroughly enjoyed butchered on its way to the movie screen, the final product barely resembling its original story line.

For movie lovers there’s no love lost, their mantra is, “I’ll just wait for the movie to come out.” Their take is, why waste time reading the book when they’re going to make it into a movie anyway?

But oh, how much of the story you miss that way. According to Rich Santos of B&N Reads, a movie gets lost in translation. Once a filmmaker decides upon settings and characters, we’re limited to seeing those characters and settings through their eyes.” 

It’s no wonder then, why a lot of times we are left disappointed when the characters don’t turn up on screen looking the way we imagine them, or we’re left waiting for scenes that never appear because the producer couldn’t squeeze them into the budget or time frame.

To me, no movie is better than the one that plays out inside the head of you the reader when you get wrapped up in a really good book. Time is suspended, characters appear on cue looking exactly as you expect them to look. You can enjoy it at your own pace because you don’t have to cram everything into a 90 minute time frame.

In your mind’s eye, it can be as long as you want it to be and include everything that you want it to include because it’s all coming from your imagination. A book allows you to feel the characters’ emotions and hear their inner thoughts, in a way that not even the best movie narration can. Here is a lists of books that are described as better than their movie version: Books That Were Better Than The Movie

Don’t get me wrong I love movies, but I would never watch one instead of the book. Even though I know there’s a good chance I might be in for a let down, I still get excited whenever I see a book that I enjoyed made into film.

It isn’t just me, whenever a book is made into a movie, the waiting list at the library for that particular book goes up again. Some people are re-reading the book and others are curious because of the sensation the movie is causing.

I think too, that producers are making a greater effort to stay true to story lines. There are movies that some say are actually better than the book (hmm). I haven’t seen all of them but here’s a list, you be the judge: Movies that are better than the book

So which are you? Do you prefer to get lost in the pages of the book, or sit tight and wait for the movie trailer?

Below are just a few popular books that were made into movies. You can find both the book and the movie at your DCPL library:

The Fault In Our Stars                                     My Sister’s Keeper

The Devil Wears Prada                                    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Notebook                                                     A Man Called Ove  (Swedish with English subtitles)

Gone Girl                                                             The Girl On The Train

Life of Pi                                                               The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

The Time Traveler’s Wife                                 The Great Gatsby

The Help                                                               The Lovely Bones

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hope L June 5, 2017 at 10:57 AM

LOL, Camille! Thanks for making me laugh this morning! My spouse has been guilty about this lately as we try to watch “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu.

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