I’ve been thinking a lot about books and movies based on the books lately. Whenever there is a book turned into a movie, I always try to read the book first. My main reason for this is, the book is always better. I don’t think I have ever read a book, then seen the movie and preferred the movie over the book. I think one of the main reasons for that is when I read a book I sort of see a movie of it in my head. As I read, I visualize what the places and people look like and play it all out. Many people complain about the differences between the books and the movies, and I’ll admit that I do too sometimes, BUT we all have to remember that the movies are BASED on the books. Right there that tells us that there are going to be differences. Never have I seen a movie that followed the book 100%. When I see these movies, I like to point out the differences to myself and wonder… Why did they add that? Why did they take that part out? Why did they change this? Sometimes the answer is as easy as time. Some parts that are not important to the plotline would just take extra time to add in to the movie. One example of this is from Gone with the Wind. In the book, Scarlett has two children before she marries Rhett (a son with Charles Hamilton and a daughter with Frank Kennedy). In the movie, these children do not exist. The relationships between Scarlett and her first two husbands (Charles and Frank) are barely touched upon in the movie because of the time it would add to the film, which is already around 4 hours long.
Charles Hamilton and Scarlett O’Hara
Frank Kennedy and Scarlett O’Hara
Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara
My next movie-based-on-the-book will be released in theaters on March 29, The Host! I have been waiting for this movie for years, ever since I read the book. I loved the book, which was written by Stephanie Meyer, and have read it a few times.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
After I read it the first time I started visualizing the actors and actresses I could see in the roles. When they started making the movie, I’ll admit that I was very disappointed with the people chosen to play the roles, especially for the main character. I am very interested to see how the movie pans out. I’ve watched the trailer a few times and noticed differences already. They are small differences but enough to make me a little crazy haha.
One of the major book vs. movie upsets for people is for the fairy tales. I grew up with Hans Christian Andersen and Grimm’s fairy tales.
Hans Christian Andersen
Disney has their own versions of many of those tales. Some people berate Disney for changing the fairy tales and the way that they changed them. Not me though. I love Disney movies, always have and always will. I don’t care that they are different because like I said before… these movies are BASED on the original stories. I love both the original tales and the Disney versions of the tales.
I’m always interested to see how people change the fairy tales to make them their own. Recently I’ve started watching the ABC show Once Upon A Time. I’m about halfway through season one and I love it! I love how the show connects all of the classic fairy tale characters together AND how it transfers them into modern times, not knowing who they used to be. If you’ve never heard of the show, haven’t watched it but have an interest in fairy tales, check out this link to read more about what the show is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_Upon_a_Time_%28TV_series%29
The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales that were transported to the “real world” town and robbed of their real memories by the Evil Queen, Regina (Lana Parrilla), using a powerful curse obtained from Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). The residents of Storybrooke have lived an unchanging existence for 28 years, unaware of their own lack of aging. The town’s only hope lies with a bail bondswoman, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who was transported from the fairy tale world before she could be cursed. As such, she is the only person who can break the curse and restore the characters’ lost memories, aided by her son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), with whom she has recently reunited (after giving him up for adoption upon his birth), and his book of fairy tales that holds the key to ending the curse. Henry is also the adopted son of Regina (who is the mayor of Storybrooke), providing a source of conflict between the two women.
Each episode focuses on a character backstory. One segment details the character’s past life that, when serialized, adds a piece to the puzzle about the primary and/or secondary characters and their connection to the events that preceded the curse and its consequences. The other, set in the present day, follows a similar pattern with a different outcome but also offers similar insights. In addition, another storyline follows the results of what had happened after the curse took place and after it was broken by Emma.
That section is the show’s summary taken from Wikipedia. I really enjoy the show’s take on the fairy tales. I like seeing the characters from different stories interact with each other, creating new fairy tales.
In conclusion… Books definitely over movies but I still enjoy the movies (and tv shows)!