Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
Lately it seems like I’ve been watching a lot of books to movies adaptations, but in reality I’ve only seen Before I Fall and Everything, Everything. At least that’s current for this year. However if we also talk about The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, and rewatching the Harry Potter series then yep that’s a lot right there (I know I’ve seen a lot more, but I’m currently blanking out as I’m writing up this post). I’m not a huge fan of books to movies adaptation simply because I like to know what the characters are thinking instead of guessing what they’re thinking (especially concerning about my ship). Books gets my emotions all worked up in a way movies don’t. For instance, when I first watched Half Blood Prince I didn’t cry at the ending while a handful of people in the movies did, however, I was an emotional wreck on the inside. It helps to know what’s ahead, but maybe because I knew what was coming that gave me a meh feeling.
These days I try not to have too much expectations for books to movies adaptation because if I do I know I will end up being disappointed. I was pretty excited about watching The Fault in Our Stars but because I’d reread the book a couple of days prior of going to the movies all my brain did was nitpick every detail of that movie that went wrong. Like omg this scene doesn’t go here or wait I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen until that chapter. My brain just wouldn’t shut up throughout the entire movie. Little details are inevitable to be changed (ugh that maze scene in Goblet of Fire was supposed to be fun but they didn’t encounter even a sphinx) but if you’re cutting up big chunks that are important in the book and won’t make sense to the person who hasn’t read the book before then that’s not going to fly by me.
However, emotions aside there’s just something about books to movies that makes me cringe. I don’t know if it’s because they smash details together (some I enjoyed like Harry receiving his Firebolt from Sirius at the end of the Prisoner of Azkaban movie) or cut out super important scenes (this one annoys me a lot especially if it’s a huge thing in the books). And then there are things like in the movies that just didn’t feel like anything happened even though a lot of things happened in the book (ex. Before I Fall movie was not conveyed well.). While I may like some movies a bit better than the books that is not always the case.
Movies that were better:
1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – Made me read the book because the action otherwise it’s the only book in the series I’ve actually liked and managed to finish.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I’m not a big black & white movie fan, but I loved this one more than the book
3. My Fair Lady by George Bernard Shaw – okay so this is a musical, but it’s a play before the musical before the movie (I don’t think I’m making sense). Anyways it’s one of my favorite movies and thought the play was only so-so. Maybe the hopeless romance in me didn’t like the play too much because of George Bernard Shaw’s note at the end.
4. Paper Towns by John Green – Surprisingly enjoyed this adaptation a lot more than I thought I would as I didn’t really liked the book.
5. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – book Mia was annoying whereas movie Mia was a bit more mature (?) Bonus points because Julie Andrews is in it despite the sequel didn’t remotely follow the books.
What are some of your favorite books to movies adaptation? Do you like books to movies adaptations or are you like me and prefer the books?