I love books and movies and sometimes, my favorite books become movies and the result is….moreso bad than good.
On Saturday after a full day of shopping, TC and I went to see “Time Traveler’s Wife” and I found myself, as I normally do, comparing it to the book.
I read the book about a year ago and liked it a lot. I think it’s safe to say that the book “broke” a piece inside of me and made me cry harder than I have at any book, even more than “The Bridges of Madison County.” Don’t mock me for reading it. It did when it was super popular and I was younger and more impressionable.
Moving on, while I enjoyed the movie (no spoilers I promise!), I didn’t enjoy it as much as the book. I think it’s safe to say that when books are adapted into movies, the book is just about always more enjoyable because you can imagine the characters and actions taking place better in your head than someone else envisioning it on screen. For example, while Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams are great, they aren’t really who I envisioned for Clare and Henry and if you read the book you’ll see why.
I can only think of one movie I like better than its books counterpart: “The Devil Wears Prada.” I think it was better acted and more well rounded than the book, which just kind of…ended. Um and Meryl and the fashion within it, I die!
Other awful movie/book adaptions include:
- Twilight (come on, you know I’m right)
- Nanny Diaries (why ScarJo, why?)
- The Firm (pre-crazy Tom Cruise) and
- Great Expectations (even Gwenie couldn’t save that one)
But despite the bad Twilight interpretation, I’m beyond excited to see New Moon in November.
I might be a bit of a book/movie snob but I’ll stick with the books, even though curiosity to see them on screen will likely get the best of me :)
What do you think, are you more of a book or movie purist? Or what movies have you seen that you liked better than the books or vice versa?
Note: So a friend of mine e-mailed me today, mad that I didn’t mention my shopping finds from the weekend. I didn’t want to bore everyone with it but if you’d like to see pictures, let me know! I’m always looking for a reason to show off fun stuff!