Books Versus Their Movie Counterpart…

…great idea, or did they kill the story?

I find myself in my own personal argument about this, because although there are books I have read, and thought the movies were terrible; I also know that so many people decided to pick up and read that book because they saw the movie.

Some easy ones for me that should have never been made? Any Romeo and Juliet movie; ever. Honestly, I never enjoyed the story, so there was zero chance I would like any movie based on this story.

This is strictly my personal-non-scientific-I-watch-too-many-movies opinion; so we will just go with it.

I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the movie was done at the theater, but not released on dvd. I read it in a day, and by that time, the next two books were already out. So it took a while before I got caught up to the book releases and had to wait in line for the remaining books. I loved the movies, as much as the stories.

I absolutely love the Twilight series. The movies were painful to watch because I think Kristen Stewart is the worse actress ever; but I loved the stories. So yes, I did watch, and own, each dvd.

The Hunger Games. I loved the books, but as each successive movie comes out, I find it more unbearable to sit through.

Inkheart. Oh. My. Goodness. I love this story, and the movie. I watch it all the time. I do not know why, but I love watching Brendan Fraser in any movie. Goofy; serious; I just like him. But Inkspell and Inkdeath never made it to film. Journey to the Center of the Earth? Loved him in that. Yes; I own that too.

Inkheart Cover

And Narnia. Oh my favorite, glorious Narnian world. I have heard rumors about The Silver Chair being next to be produced, but the actors are grown, and can no longer fill the roles as they left them.

Another well loved book!
Another well loved book!

What movie have you loved that you wish was written in a story?

Me? Stephen King’s From a Buick 8.

B&N 6-10-2015 007

One of my favorite stories, as you all know, and I would love to see this made into a movie.

What about you?

19 thoughts on “Books Versus Their Movie Counterpart…

  1. SciFi and Scary September 24, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    In general, I don’t like books made into movies because then the book is made to fit the director’s imagination… and I like *my* imagination, thankyouverymuch.

    The only movie I think that did it better than the book was Jurassic Park.

    I’m so nervous to see The Martian when it comes out. I LOVE the book, and if they ruin it, there will be much gnashing of teeth and threatening of whipping with limp noodles involved.

  2. Barb Knowles September 24, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Okay. I could discuss FOREVER why I way way way prefer to read the books instead of watching the movies. WAY more. I will never (never say never) watch The Game of Thrones series. I think they would completely ruin the books. Although everyone I know says differently. Except……….all the Harry Potters. And The Hunger Games. I’ve read the 3 books at least 15 times each and own all the movies. I do think the last movie missed so much that was in the book. But I do see how it is impossible to keep all threads going. We’ll have to see when the last one comes out.
    I really love this post. And I don’t know the book Inkheart but am going to see if I can get it on my Nook as soon as I press “Post Comment.” Thanks!

    • Angela September 24, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Please find Inkheart! The best story ever. About people who can read a story out loud, and bring the characters to life. What is better for us readers than that?

      • Barb Knowles September 24, 2015 / 7:04 pm

        I already bought it!

  3. thewriteedge September 24, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Angela, my nine-year-old and seven-year-old are advanced readers. Do you think they’d enjoy Inkheart? (And is it appropriate for that age range?)

    By the way, I thought Disney’s movie version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was phenomenal! One of the closest and most seamless adaptations ever. I was so sad when they gave up the series. Voyage of the Dawn Treader was such a disappointment!!

    • Angela September 25, 2015 / 8:40 am

      I did not like Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well as the other two either. I still bought it though LOL.

      Inkheart is a very long story, but I think if your children are advanced readers, they would not have an issue with it. There is some violence, but it is minimal and not all blood and gore. I do not recall any cursing; if there was, that would have been very mild as well. As I do not know the type of stories they like to read or are used to, I can’t say if they would find it scary or not. You can flip through different parts of it to get an idea of if you think it is suitable for them.

      I would love to hear if they do indeed read it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. shervonwriter September 25, 2015 / 4:12 am

    Books ultimately for me have more depth than movies. That is what the movie industry lacks. Depth.

    • Angela September 25, 2015 / 8:35 am

      I agree. With books, you know what is going on in their minds, and movies just cannot capture that very important part of a story. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Roe's Cottage September 28, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Sometimes the best movie adaptations are the ones that don’t try and be the book… The Prince Caspian film is very different from the book but I like it – plenty of action and I even like the little innocent romance it introduced.
    But saying that, I would love to see another Watership Down made now that CGI is so advanced, and split into four (just like the book) with far more detail than the original film (which I do still enjoy). I think I’d have to direct it though!! 😄

    • Angela September 28, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      I liked Prince Caspian as well, even though it tended to stray from the book a bit. I think the one I would most like to see made into a movie is the very first book, The White Witch. The graphics they could do with the woods between the worlds, as well as first meeting Aslan would be amazing!

      • Roe's Cottage September 29, 2015 / 7:28 am

        It’s called ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ in the UK… It’s interesting why they change names for other markets. I agree though; all the Victorian London scenes too, and the dying world where the Witch comes from. Plus a flying, talking horse… Doesn’t get much better than that!

      • Angela September 29, 2015 / 9:50 am

        Oh. My. Goodness. It is called “The Magician’s Nephew” here as well. LOL. Obviously I have not picked it up in a couple years. That is too funny! One of my all-time favorites and I got the title wrong 🙂

      • Roe's Cottage September 29, 2015 / 12:43 pm

        Hahahaha!! Sorry, didn’t mean to all you out! But they do change title names for the weirdest reasons… Apparently Americans wouldn’t ‘understand’ “The Philosopher’s Stone”……!! 😕😜

      • Angela September 29, 2015 / 5:06 pm

        Exactly. Harry Potter immediately comes to mind. No worries; I screw up just as much as the next person. And it actually gave me my laugh for the day. Big laugh; actually 🙂

  6. Kristin October 22, 2015 / 11:21 am

    I just read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, without realizing it was made into a movie a few years ago. I can’t bring myself to even watch the movie now because Robert Pattinson is just so far from how I pictured Jacob. Maybe I’ll soften after awhile?

    • Angela October 23, 2015 / 10:56 am

      I have seen the movie, but not read the book. The movie was good, so I imagine the book had to have been fantastic. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  7. Lee October 22, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    I think I am with a lot of people here that I prefer books to remain just books and not be turned into movies as I don’t want to see someone else’s vision of the book, what the characters look and sound like, how places look, etc.

    However, there is one exception, there is a book titled Pure that I wrote a blog about:

    The reason I would love to see that turned into a movie is the makeup and special effects that would be used to create the characters, for example there are some mothers who were holding their children when a nuclear blast happened and their children are fused into their bodies, or there are people who were standing next to each other waiting for the bus when the blast happened and were fused together and all lives so they have to all move together and live their lives that way. I can’t even imagine what these people would all look like!

    • Angela October 23, 2015 / 10:55 am

      Where can readers find this book at Lee? Thanks for sharing!

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