The ongoing struggle of book lovers is, is the movie going to do the book justice? Often times is doesn’t, leaving us disappointed and wondering why we even bothered seeing the movie.
Now, I’ve thought about this struggle for the past few days when I was trying to figure out what I was going to write about. All this thinking leads me to the conclusion that they have some pretty decent reasons for deviating from the book. Well most of the time.
Lets look at The Giver, by Lois Lowry. The book is great and I’ve read it three times, which made me SO excited for the movie. The movie was good too but totally different from the book, the only thing they have in common is the major plot points. I watched the movie after reading the book for the third time to refresh my memory and compare the two. And I can tell you that the changes they made in the movie where for a good reason, they made the story more exciting and compelling. The book is actually quite dull all though compelling in its own right.
There are so many other movies based on books that I’ve seen where I have read the book before seeing the movie. Not all of them have been as different as The Giver, but they’ve had their small differences all of which didn’t really change the story much, well not that I can remember anyway.
For example, in Paper Towns, a book by John Green, Margo and Quinton sneak into Seaworld, but this was left out of the movie to prevent a backlash from anti-Seaworld activists and rightly so. I will admit I did kinda miss that scene in the movie but I understand why it was left out and the overall feel of the movie was the same as the book.
I think a lot of the time the changes that are made in movies that make them different from their source material, whether those changes are big or small are done for a reason. Either because the changes speed things up, or make the story more exciting, or make the story appropriate for a wider audience. Sometimes I do get mad other times, I honestly don’t notice.
But I think the real struggle with the whole book vs. movie debate is that when we read the book we create our version of the world in the book and when we go see the movie we are looking at someone else’s version of that world and they never seem to match up quite right. I think that this is a battle we may never win for there are too many variables to get right for any of us to be happy.
– Written by Felicity “the book and movie blogger aka FillyCity” Demetriou. Check out her YouTube channel. It’s got all kinds of good stuff.