Here’s a super Good Question. What’s better? The book or the movie? It came on the other night and I know we’ve talked about this before but not for a while and we have a lot of different readers now so let’s do it again.
Most of you know that I read. A. LOT. If I see a movie that’s going to be released, I’ll go buy the book and I’ll read the book first. If I see the movie first, my imagination doesn’t let me go anywhere with the story. There’s no “imagining” what people look like. What the houses and towns are like. I really like that part of reading. To let my mind just go. If you see the movie first, your mind is set to what the movie showed you.
It’s terribly disappointing to a reader, who loved a book, to see a movie where they changed major things. Just like in the Good Question, “My Sisters Keeper” did a really crappy thing in my opinion. They killed the opposite sister than the book did at the end of the movie. That sucks when they do that because it changes the whole dynamic of the story.
The most other notable book that drastically changed something was Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary.” The whole point of the story was that the “new doctor” who moved in across the street saved the old woman while she was having a heart attack. So when his (the doctor) little girls cat gets hit by a car, (the old man neighbor) he shows him the Pet Sematary and the cat comes back to life and if you’ve seen the movie, you know what happens.
But why do they have to change such a major thing? I can see little things need to be changed but one of the major points of the story?? That ticks me right off.
Another movie that was not nearly as good as the book was “The Reader.” The “boy” in the movie seemed so alone. I mean yes, he got sick and stuck in the rain and she took him in but in the book he was very close to his family. His dad in particular but in the movie, he didn’t even have a dad and his family was very cold.
So, what do you think? What books that you’ve read were better as a book than a movie? Do you have a movie that you felt was better than the book?