Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Books Versus Movies

I was on Facebook and there was a link to this piece titled Ten Appalling Films That Were Adapted from Great Books. It's on The Literacy Site, and while I'll link to the article and include the video, I"ll also list the books in case you don't want to sit through an almost eleven minute video (the video is over a year old, so apologies if you've seen it before).

Here's the list:

Gulliver's Travels
The Time Traveler's Wife
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Scarlet Letter
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Cat in the Hat 
The Golden Compass

And honorable mention was given to:

The Da Vinci Code
All the King's Men
The Lovely Bones
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

And...in the comments, a number of people mentioned:

The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Lightning Thief
Ella Enchanted

and many others.

I haven't read all of those books (although I've read many) and I haven't see all the movies. Furthermore, I'm not going to comment about which movies didn't live up to my expectations, which books were better, which movies were better or even which books I'd like to see made into movies. What I find most interesting is how strongly people feel about this topic. If you read the comments that accompany the article, people feel very strongly about which of their favorite stories fell flat (or worse) when brought to the big screen.

More importantly, I found reading the comments a great source of future reading material. Lots of books I've read, but also lots I haven't gotten around to. With people feeling so strongly about their choices, I'm planning to pick up a few of these books. I might even watch some of the movies I haven't seen, at least for comparison's sake. 

Do you have any movies (or television shows) that disappointed once they were translated into another venue?

Have a great day!



Mary Preston said...

I watch any adaptations with the attitude of trying not to compare. It really does no good.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, I think you've nailed it. They're completely different entities. Trying to squeeze a complex book into a two-hour movie is going to necessitate some changes, so it's best to read, watch and enjoy whenever possible.