Recently, I finished reading Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, I was at a lose for words. The book, which, is the author’s debut book, was amazing. The story was flawless, I could not put it down. Without sounding too corny, it was a true page turner. Hardy har har, I know. This got me thinking, I bought the DVD back on Black Friday for $3, and had yet to watch it.
I popped the movie in, and, I had to take a nap. That is how bland and boring the film was. That is pretty bad if some one has to pause a movie inorder to take a nap. Director, Robert Schwentke, and writer, Bruce Joel Rubin, truly butchered the story. It did not move at all. It was like a live version of “Where’s Waldo?” It made me glad that I had only spent $3 on the dvd. The actors did a good job, considering the material they were given.
This got me thinking, is it better to read the story or watch the story? I enjoy both. There are some books that I do not want to see in film version, then, there are some movies I know I wouldn’t want to sit through as a book.
Another prime example is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This is an amazing book. The movie…not so much. It really left me wanting more. I understand they can not add every detail and tidbit from the book, however, you can not cut out huge pieces and expect the audience to just catch on.
There is one that you can never go wrong in either media version. Anything by Stephen King. His stories are rivetting, which, helps with the movies. Another aspect that really helps bring the stories to life in the movies is that King has a helping hand in the process.
One story that I enjoyed boh versions of is Dear John. Director Lasse Hallstrom did the story justice. The only thing I did not like was that he combined two of the characters into one character. I don’t want to ruin it for those who have yet to see it, but, when it happened, I thought to myself, umm wait…what?
I have never seen, or, read any of the Twilight or Harry Potter stories. Nor do I intend to. I have heard mix reviews from avid fans. Some love seeing the story come to life, while others, are less thrilled. Some are not thrilled over little things, like, a character’s hair color being different in the movie than in the book. Whereas, others, don’t like when details are cut out. I try not to sweat the small stuff, like hair color. However, if it is something drastic, that is worth taking note.
So, I’d like to know, would you rather read the book or watch the movie? Or, are you like me, and you like to compare and contrast? Let me know what you are thinking out there, world!