Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tell Me Something Tuesday #1

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Cambria Hebert , where she asks and you tell. Simple enough.
This week she asked: Do you usually like the book better than the movie or the movie better than the book? What is your favorite book to movie adaptation you have ever seen?

My answer, Yes!
 No, just kidding. But honest, I usually perfer the book over the movie. Because book must fill 200 or more pages with words. So the author must include dialouge, character thought and emotion, narrative, plot, setting and character descriptions, and a whole lot more to meet their page requirement. A movie director must take what he or she see in the book and condense it into 2 hours or less of film, loosing many aspects of the story in process. And then there are the directors that have a different vision for the story. It's a sad, but true statement that leave many liking the books better.
Through there have been time where I've liked the movie as much as the book, and where I thought the movie was better. And I'll give examples of all three.

I, actually, won't go too much into the books I think are better their movies, except I that refuse to watch the Percy Jackson movie, because I heard my mom told me it was an utter flop and she hadn't even read the books. I do not wish to dampen my spirits concerning this series because the books are truly awesome!
And I depised the Eragon movie, mostly because I had been so excited to see it. Totally ruined from start to finish. That's all I have to say on the matter.

This next one is another movie that I probably never watch again. Oh, Inkheart, how you have wronged me. There were a great deal of major changes that I accepted as the movie progressed. The plot, setting, and character were still reflected beautifully. But the ending, oh that ending, had me yelling the characters. I won't say too much for those who still wish to see it, but it didn't end the way it should have. My personal suggestion, read the books, Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath, and stay far away from this movie.
Other books better than their movies are the Harry Potter series, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Man in the Iron Mask, and others. While these movie where not at all bad, they still had some things missing which made me sad.

These next movies are one that I deem just as good as their books.
A classic if there ever was one. To Kill A Mockingbird is warmhearting and powerful whether you read it or watch it. I don't think there could be a better book to movie translation.
I'd hate to repeat myself, but I almost have to. I saw the movie first, and although it missed a few minor things from the book, I have to say, watched or read, Bridge  to Terabihia is wonderful. I cried both times, and I am not a crier.
Next is Jurassic Park, I like both the movie and the book. Again, I saw the movie first, and read the book right after. Somethings were missed, other things I perfered to be missed.
Thirdly, a few movie that, in my humble opinion, surpassed their books.
First up, Matilda. Actually, this movie could almost fit in the pervious section, except for the fact that I like the movie ending better. P.S. I saw the movie first. :P
Next, Ella Enchanted, a refreshing new, and wonderful story if you see the movie. It isn't that I don't like the book, in fact, I'd probably read it again, given the chance, but it seemed dull compared to the movie. The Movie hightlighted everything about the book, included all the orginal characters, added depth to said characters, change the age of one character, added even more characters with depth include d :), breathed new life into  the plot, and still had time to throw in a couple of songs. The book is basically Cinderella with a twist; the movie is its own creature. And that's why I like it!

Last, but certainly not least, my favorite book to movie adaptation. Well, you ask for it.

Yes, it's Sherlock Holmes! Suprise! Surprise! In truth, it's mostly because I love the character of Sherlock Holmes, and Downey does a fantastic job of portraying Doyle's famous detective. Through the mysteries Holmes solves the movies are not the same as the ones in the books, but that's completely understandable. Who wants to know the answer to the mystery before the story even starts? I know I sure don't. And even through the cases aren't the same; key events, characters, and even certain peices of dialouge are! These two movies are the closest adaption to Doyle's stories that I can think of, and that is what make them so wickedly cool!

Well, that my Tell Me Something Tuesday. Hope you enjoyed it! :)


  1. So glad you dusted off your blog to join in the meme!!! You listed quite a group of movies! I loved hearing your opinion as well! I keep hearing how much the Percy Jackson movie wasnt good but i likes it! Yikes! Lol!!
    I loved Ella Enchanted too! Lol - i forgot about that one - what a great kids movie but i havent read the book. I havr never seen To Kill A Mockingbird either! I'm a slacker. Ha ha ha.
    I really enjoyed Jurassic Park as well but i havent read the books.
    Thanks for joining in the fun and I hope to see you and your blog next week!!!

  2. Glad you could visit!! Thanks for the meme! I know I have a lot of movies, I just kept thinking of more amd more as I wrote.
    I wouldn't personally know for sure if Percy Jackson's a flop, that's my mom said and I tend to trust her opinion.
    I can't believe you haven't seen To Kill a Mockingbird. For me, it was a school requirement.
    As for Jurassic Park, I know that there are three movies, but I'm pretty sure there's only one book, but I'd have to check...
    Yep, just Googled it, only one. Have fun reading and thanks again for the post!