Madeleine Sara over at Scribble and Edit is hosting a Novel Films event. This topic has come up many times before, but I always find it fascinating.
Everyone's had that experience where they read a book and think, "This would make a great movie!"
Or loved the movie so much, they ran right out to buy the book. And of course, that sinking feeling of seeing the movie based on a book you loved, and it just not being up to par.
Quick note, I saw a tee shirt once that said, "The book was better. "
LOL. Love that!
Usually, that's the case. However, here's a few titles that I actually enjoyed the movie story better in some way, shape, or form. (Don't hate me) o_O
JAWS -- I love the movie in every way. The book disappointed me. The ending was so different, I didn't care for it at all in the book. And the characters did not draw me in like the movie does. But props to Peter Benchley for a classic story that has scared people outta the ocean for years.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO -- The most recent version of the movie is my fave. The book is a gem. It has everything that makes a good story great. BUT! I prefer the ending of the film. The characters end up happier, and it makes me feel better because of it. But Alexandre Dumas was a genius!
STARDUST -- I adore this movie so much. It's funny, fantastical, romantic. The book did not have the same feel to it. Don't get me wrong. Neil Gaiman is amazing and the entire concept is magic. But I did not fall in love with the book the way I'd hoped.
DRACULA -- Actually, this book is my all time fave. And the Coppola version of the film is deliciously gratifying, but the book did not have that romantic thread the movie has between Dracula and Mina Harker. I really missed that in the book. Even so, the book still rocks and Bram Stoker was a true literary pioneer.
Now it could be that I saw these film versions BEFORE I read the books. Maybe because I loved the films so much, the books couldn't compete. Doesn't matter. It's rare that this happens.
Now for a few films that did an incredible job of living up to the grandeur of the book:
Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson is my hero)
Out of Africa
Silence of the Lambs
The Green Mile
Just to name a few.
Films that couldn't quite cut it are abundant. I think what gets me the most is when there's one characteristic that stands out in the book and the film makers don't include it. Really feels inauthentic.
For instance, in The Da Vinci Code, the main character, Sophia, has red hair. That's a significant part of the story, yet it was left out of the movie. Sometimes it's the little details that count most.
Today's also the cover reveal for NA author, Vincent Morrone:
Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more. And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.
As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?
Check out http://vincentmorrone.com/ where you can learn about Vincent and leave him a comment. You can also connect with Vincent on Twitter https://twitter.com/Vince524 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Morrrone.
Also, you can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18108617-vision-of-shadows