Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books Vs. Films

In my last post I stated that I had not read the 'Twilight' saga for a reason. Some might think I'm absurd b/c the books are always better than the movie in that details are always left out of the films. While this is true, I feel that some films are much better than the books. *GASP*

Another thing, for me, is that if I am really anticipating the film, I don't want to ruin it by reading the book(s) b/c then the film might not be all that great to great as I had hoped for.

Make sense?!

Hmmm.....I am a massive Harry Potter fan. MASS-IVE fan. I watched films 1-5 before I finally sat down and really began to read the books. (I had Part 1 for over a year and had started it but couldn't bring myself to read past the 5th chapter for fear it would ruin things for me.) Being such a big fan I felt that I just couldn't contain my curiosity any longer and read ALL the books in the course of 3 months. I admit I couldn't put them down; reading while cooking dinner, while taking a bubble bath, reading until I feel asleep with book in hand. THEY WERE GREAT! Way better than the movies could ever be. And that is where I feel I messed up, reading past the movies I had seen.

When we took the kids to see 'HP & The Half-Blood Prince' I felt cheated. I left the theatre feeling angry that soooo much was left out and things were all wrong (don't even get me started). I ranted about this halfway through the movies and all the way home to the point where B asked me to please shut up. I was utterly and completely disappointed with film 6 of the Harry Potter series. Yes, I obviously read what was left out of the other films, what was added, etc. but the fact that I had already seen the films and loved them before I read the books, didn't change my feelings on the movies. It, of course, made me wish they had put that bit in there and there but I still loved to watch those films. I don't feel the same way about the 6th. I feel that if I hadn't read the book and knew what was coming, I wouldn't hate it so much.

Another book vs. movie example is 'P.S. I Love You.' I thought it was a good movie, a chick flick I could swallow. (Being that there are very few of them that don't make me want to vomit in their overkill of mush) I loved the story of a woman losing her husband and having to learn to live (and love) again....his letters left for her after death was so romantic to me. So after seeing the film, I got the book. I hated it. I prefer the movie version of it ANY DAY. I felt like it was nothing but repetition the entire 50 some-odd chapters. I honestly didn't think I'd make it through the book it was so bloody boring. But determined to finish it, I trudged on to the very last page and a joy washed over as I was finally able to close the book- never to open it again.

All the talk of 'Twilight' came. I never turn down a vampire movie (who can?!). My love (it helps that B loves vampire flicks as well) for the walking dead has rubbed off on Boo. She reads everything she can get her hands on about vampires and Dracula. She is fascinated by it doesn't help that sometimes she reminds me a bit of Wednesday Adams. While other kids are buying books at the book fair of unicorns and treehouses, she's grabbed 'The Encyclopedia Horrifica' and the creepiest Goosebumps she could find.

Back to what I was saying- I knew that I wanted to read the books but I also knew that I didn't want to ruin it for ME. So after seeing 'Twilight' 27x in a week and knowing there was another coming out, I got the first book in the saga. It laid on the dining room table for what seemed like forever. I wanted to read it but was afraid too. I didn't want it to ruin the movie that was currently in my top faves. So I waited.

B & I went to see 'New Moon' and it was after that that I said it was time to start reading. He asked me to please not read past the NM book b/c he didn't want it to ruin everything for the both of us.

So, 'Twilight' is finished (a day and half to read it....I had to pay attention the kids sometime). I will get 'New Moon' as soon as I can and I will do my very, very, very, very, very, very best to not read past that book. Hopefully it won't be that hard....I mean, the release for 'Eclipse' is just around the corner (June 30, 2010).

Who said these novels were only for teenage girls?!


alessandra said...

I know what you mean, never read the book before the movie ;-)
Thank you for your visit, and wow, I'm impressed, you take the comment thing so seriously, just kidding!

Shirley said...

That's why I'm glad they're making the last book into 2 movies. Otherwise, I would have had to make my own HP movie! I liked New Moon, and I liked to movie too. I think they did a great job with it! I hope you guys get to see it soon!

Shell said...

The absolute WORST book-to-movie for me was My Sister's Keeper. Thank goodness I read about what they did to it before I went to see it in the theater or I would have been throwing my popcorn at the screen.

I love HP- what I loved about the series is how everything tied all together in the final book- but since they left some of that stuff out in the movies, I don't know how they are going to pull it all off.

I read the Twilight series, but thought they were just okay(I know, I know, I'm just asking for it here), and actually thought the movie was better.

Stopping in from SITS- apparently to write my own book here in your comments!

Stacy said...

@ Alessandra: I seem to never have enough time to comment on blogs I like and I had time! I went a tad overboard (I admit), but I wanted to make sure I got ones I related to :)

@ Shir: I'm curious to see how they're going to do the next films since they left SO MUCH out of the last one. Here's to hoping it won't suck as much as the last!

@ Shell: I haven't seen that flick but heard good reviews, haven't read the book either. I want to say my SIL did. I'll have to read up on both. LOL @ your Twilight comment. It made me giggle :)

SPhan Photography said...

happy new year, stopping by from SITS