As with most of Nicolas Spark’s stories, I did see the movie first. When I like a movie, that is when I go to the book to see it is even better! Was it for this book? Wait and see…
When Twilight was extremely popular (around 2009, maybe?), I read the complete series. I have also watched the movies as they came out.
I am not a Twilight fan, but it isn’t because of the typical reason (that she is a bad writer). I think her writing is just as good as most YA books on the market.
The reason I don’t particularly care for the series is because I find the plot ridiculous. Even in a universe where vampires would be attracted romantically to humans, I don’t think their relationship would ever work. It seemed too sudden and too shallow to produce the deep feelings that they both automatically had. I also don’t agree with whatever concept she invented about “imprinting” or whatever it was that caused such deep attachments to form.
I really felt like the movie did a good job of covering the plot. They really didn’t leave a whole lot out, as far as I remember. All the main characters were there, and all the same events happened. I think, there was some extra stuff about her human classmates in the book that didn’t make it into the movies, but no one cares about them anyway.
As stated before, I think most of the main characters were there. I don’t remember if Jacob’s father was a big presence in the movies, which I wish had been different. The Jacob/Jacob’s father thing was one of my favorite plot elements in the entire series.
Pacing: Mercifully, the pacing in the movies was much better. The pacing in the books was agonizing. I ended up skipping a lot of the descriptions and eye gazing, simply because I just couldn’t take it in the books. In the movie, at least the staring was not described.
Of all the movie versions of books (The Hobbit, Pretty Little Liars, and Lolita are some of my most recent comparisons), I really feel like this was one of the best. I think because the fan base was so large before the movies came out, they had to stick to the plot as much as they possibly could or they would have been tarred and feathered by the Twilight fan community.
Did you feel like the Twilight movie series was a good remake?
Over Christmas break, my husband and I went to seeThe Hobbit in the theaters. I had the flu at the time, and I was feeling pretty gross, but the theater was pretty comfortable and a long movie was just the kind of thing I needed to relax. We bundled my daughter off to her grandparent’s (where she also saw the movie- she thought it was a little too scary for her 6-year old brain) and off we went.
First of all, I hated the fact that they are breaking the movie into 3 parts. Seriously, the smallest book into 3 parts? But whatever. I had to get over that.
Thirdly, I wasn’t sure if I liked the introduction of the characters not in the book. I know some of them are mentioned in passing, but I don’t think some of them were meant to be main characters. But, after re-reading the book just after going to the movie, I think I see why they did it and where the story is going. Sadly, its pretty much filler to extend the length of the movies and tie in the LOTR story.
Finally, I felt like there was a little too much drama in the story. Every 5 minutes there was a new attack or battle. I thought the thing with the rock giants was silly, and there was no need for so many side orc and warg battles.
From all of this, you probably think I hated the movie, but actually no. I thought it was done really well. It’s just not really the quirky hobbit story from my childhood. It is a completely different tale for adults. So I liked it, because I tend to like richer, deeper stories now, but it is not the same story as the original. So as long as you are fully aware that the movie is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, and not J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, then you will be fine.
And at least there are more movies to look forward too in the next couple of years. I miss the epic drama build-up from my teen years. 🙂
Today’s banned book is Little Women. My sources didn’t really say why it was banned, just that maybe it was because it had anti-feminist themes. It could also be because of the fairly Christian discussions and refrerences in the story. I don’t believe that it is on any banned books lists today. [Read more…]
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars Box Set: Three years ago, four best friends had a fifth frenemy named Allison who disappeared mysteriously. Now, all the friends are back in town, and start receiving strange messages from a mystery person called “A.” Drama and more mysteries ensue.
Pretty Little Liars Show: One year ago the above happened. There are even more mysteries in the movie version, probably to fill in each episode.
Similarities: Well, the two storylines are very similar, expect they are completely different. There are fewer characters and mysterious events in the book, and many more in the show. However, the main characters have all been there, expect for boyfriends.
Differences: Although the spirit of the two stories is the same, the actual events are almost entirely different. There are a lot more details and plot twists in the show than in the book. However, the book is much more willing to kill people off than the show. The show has killed no one, while after 4 books, the series has killed like 4 people. Also, in the books, the girls aren’t really friends again. In the show, they return to being besties as soon as they all get the first messages.
Winner: I don’t know. I think they are both about the same. The book is hardly a piece of classic literature, so you don’t miss a lot of depth when it is translated to a show. I suppose if you’re into the story for more mystery and romance, then you would probably like the show better. If you want issues resolved faster, then the book is for you. Overall, I give this book 2 and a half stars, because I liked it well enough, but it wasn’t exactly riveting.