Friday, February 11, 2011

The Book or the Movie?

It's not a new thing for books to be made into movies, but look how much more often it's being done since the success of Harry Potter and Twilight.  In the YA genre alone, we know The Hunger Games movies are in the works, The Mortal Instruments series, and Incarceron just to name a few.

What do you think about this sudden rise in books to movies?  Do the movies help bring life to the characters you already love, or does it take away from the magic of the story for you?  Can you enjoy them separately from each other?

The author of P.S. I Love You, Cecelia Ahern, addressed the creative liberties movie-makers take when her book was turned into a blockbuster.  She said she had to get it in her head that the book was her baby, and the movie wasn't.  Certainly if the AUTHOR can come to terms with it like that, we, as readers and viewers, could too.

But what if the cast is off? What if the acting is bad? Will it ruin it??

What if the cast is perfect, and the acting is incredible? Will it make us forget about the book and watch the movie instead?

I've been thinking about books vs. their movie counterparts, and came up with a little list.

Title:                                                  Preference:

The Harry Potters                              Love them both
Confessions of a Shopaholic             Movie
The Time Traveler's Wife                 Movie (sorry, folks!)
A Walk to Remember                       Book
Twilight                                            meh... I like that the movies have live boys, but... meh
Love Story                                        Book
The Count of Monte Cristo               Book was good! Movie was better!
Pride and Prejudice                           Movie(s)
Marley and Me                                  Movie was surprisingly good! Book is still better!


  1. I love movies. I would go to one every week if I could! But I enjoy reading even more, and I always like the books better than the films.

  2. Aww I really loved the Shopaholic books!! They were hilarious!

    I'm a little worried that they'll ruin INCARCERON. I mean, it's like one of my fav books...ever. I love Taylor Lautner and all, but I can't really see him as Finn. :/

  3. I don't know if I could choose between the Harry Potter books or movies, either--love them both so much!

  4. The examples that come to mind are Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. I like the HP books better than the films and the LOTR films better than the book, strangely for the same reason: the movies leave things out. Bad for HP since it leaves out interesting subplots and the development of the non-trio and villain characters, good for LOTR because the long passages of description are made into easily viewable, beautiful cinematography. Unless a movie is very well done (or the book wasn't as well done) I tend to prefer books to films. I probably won't watch The Hunger Games movie because I want to keep my mental image of it.

    Oh, and I prefered Twilight the book to the film because they messed up Edward's character but I wrote a whole review on that topic!
    - Sophia.

  5. I definitely prefer the Harry Potter books so much more! The movies are a little bit disappointing to me.

    I can't read the book then watch the movie adaptation (or vice versa) back-to-back or it ruins whichever I experienced first. As long as I put some waiting time between the two so it's not fresh in my mind, then I usually enjoy both!

  6. Another example of movie over book is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The books were so dense...and the movies really made it more visceral!! :)

  7. Girl With A Pearl earring - I liked the film a lot better than the book

  8. My answer is - books written as if the writer was holding a film camera in his hands instead of a pen :)

  9. I usually prefer the book version.

    But if a movie is critically acclaimed and amazing, then I might forgo the book.

  10. It's a crap shoot. Some are better, some not. LOTR made better movies than books.

  11. They're such a different medium that I have to keep that in mind. Otherwise I almost always love the book too much and am disappointed in the movie.