Friday, August 23, 2013

Which is Better

Have you ever judged a book by its movie or vice versa?



Many of our did and this what we had to say:




SARAH BIRCH'S PICK WAS:

BOOK TITLE:by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Peter Sollett(2008)

REASON: I'm glad to say that there are many things that the movie gets right in its interpretation of the original book (like Nick's yellow Yugo!) but a few things make the novel superior. The book tells the story from two perspectives, by alternating "Nick" and "Nora" chapters; additionally the print version of Nick is far more likeable than Michael Cera's somewhat whimpy portrayal. Overall I say it's both a watch and a read!



ANNEMARIE DEGROOT AND JANIS RAPCHUK BOTH LIKED:

BOOK TITLE: by Michael Ondaatje

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Anthony Minghella(1996)

ANNEMARIE'S REASON: I liked both the movie and the book, but was amazed at how closely the book was able to be put onto film. It remains one of my favorites. The film version was an amazing representation of the book and the chosen cast resembled the people I saw as I read the book.

JANIS'S REASON: Another great movie/book combo is "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje and the movie had Ralph Fiennes. The movie was excellent but I liked the book better because it explained the protagonist's motives.



JANIS ALSO PICKED:

BOOK TITLE: The Quiet American by Graham Greene

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Phillip Noyce (2002)

REASON: The book I like is "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene and the adaptation of the same name (the 2002 version with Michael Caine). I liked the book and it has special meaning for me because I bought it off a street vendor in Viet Nam BUT I liked the movie better because of Michael Caine's amazing performance for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.



ALISON HART'S CHOICE WAS:

BOOK TITLE: by Jane Austen

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Joe White (2005)

REAASON: I liked the book best, of course. This because some of the scenes that I liked in the movie were not included in the 2005 version (the one with Keira Knightly) of this movie. I also do not think that the movie accurately depicts the era which the book is set in. Some of the events that occur in the book have a modern slant to them that is not true to the actual times that Jane Austen referred to. I still like the movie though.



CORRINNA MEIDINGER CHOSE:

BOOK TITLE: by Robert C. O'Brien

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH - 1982)

REASON: When I was kid, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien, was my favorite book. So when the movie, The Secret of NIMH, came out in 1982 I was quite excited to see it. What a disappointment! The book was so much more engaging, suspenseful, and intriguing to me than the movie was.



DANICA DIXON PICKED:

BOOK TITLE: by Fanny Flagg

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Jon Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes - 1991)

REASON: Love the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes. Two life messages ring true for me in this movie:



* Be Fearless in Who You Are!

* Friends, past, present and future, come by to lift you with their comments and stories.



SAMUEL CASSADY LIKED THIS ONE:

BOOK TITLE: by Jack Kerouac

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Walter Salles (2012)

REASON: The book! The most recent version of the film stars Kristen Stewart ... Enough said? Although, Garrett Hedlund, as Dean, was fantastic.



JIM GRAY'S PICK WAS:

BOOK TITLE: by Alan Moore

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder (2009)

REASON: While I actually like the film's twist ending better than the book's, the movie is all style and no substance compared to Moore's definitive Graphic Novel. The characters are shadows of themselves and important plot lines are dropped entirely.



KATHLEEN JOHNSTON LIKE THIS ONE:

BOOK TITLE: by William Goldman

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Rob Reiner (1987)

REASON: This is one of the few books where I equally love the movie and the book. The quirky nature of the plot gives you lots of laughs while it rolls along quickly and unpredictably. The movie stays true to the spirit of the book.



SHE LIKED THIS ONE TOO:

BOOK TITLE: by Bryce Courtenay

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: John G. Avildsen (1992)

REASON: While the movie was never a blockbuster, I enjoyed it - right up to the end. The problem with most movie adaptation is that they can't resist tweaking the book. In "The Power of One," the tweaking changed the ending for no apparent reason and shut down the possibility of a sequel before the reviews were even in.



PABLO ZANETTA'S CHOICE WAS:

BOOK TITLE: by Phillip K. Dick

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner -1992)

REASON: My choice is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Phillip K. Dick. The film, Blade Runner, is based on this novel although it takes a lot of liberties with the plot. I am a fan of both the novel and the film. The novel is certainly deeper in its exploring of identity, slavery, mortality and what makes us human. But the film is a visual masterpiece that also explores these themes in a subtle fashion (as long as you stick to the director's cut without the horrible voice over narration that ruins that subtlety).



KRISTIAN MCINNIS PICKED:

BOOK TITLE: by Phillip Pullman

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Chris Weitz (2007)

REASON: My pick is the "The Golden Compass." The movie removed the most controversial part - and therefore the most interesting - of the book's religious themes.The movie also did a poor job of setting up the world and characters, making it difficult relate to the story.



TARYN ALARD CHOSE:

SERIES TITLE: by J.K. Rowling

MOVIE VERSIONS DIRECTED BY: Chris Columbus: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002);Alfonso Cuaron: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Mike Newell: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); David Yates: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011)

REASON: The books because given the time restrictions of the movies some of the elements that they cut out were understandable, but they were confusing. There are certain plot lines that were needed to make sense of the overall plot. For example, the Marauders and the map, in the third book and the locket in the fifth book. For this reason, whilst the movie adaptations are decent and do a good job of translating the material, the Harry Potter Book Series will always be the best.



SIERRA ROBSON PICKED:

SERIES TITLE: by Nobuhiro Watsuki

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Keishi Otomo (2012)

REASON: We have the whole set of Rurouni Kenshin manga in omnibus format in our collection. There are also multiple anime released as well as a movie. I prefer the original graphic novels because the adaptive version added in filler episodes and changed some important details and scenes. Also, the drawings and character designs in the graphic novels are more attractive.



Reign Zhang liked:

BOOK TITLE: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series) by Stieg Larsson

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: David Fincher (2011)

REASON: This is a rare case that I like the movie better than the original novel. Perhaps it's due to watching the movie before reading the series. I found the movie version of the characters more likeable, partly because I already like Daniel Craig and partly because I fell head over heels for Rooney Mara's Lisbeth (main protagonist). There is more explanation and details provided in the novels, therefore the movie actually left more room for my own imagination.



SHE PICKED THIS ONE TOO:

SERIES TITLE: by Bisco Hatori

TELEVISION VERSION DIRECTED BY: Takuga Igarashi (2006)

REASON: The manga for this series is quite popular, and while the anime is well done, it doesn't come close to the original writing. It falls short in the last few episodes due to the manga still being written at the time the anime finished leading to a weird ending that didn't fit the series well.



ANOTHER NOTEWORTHY BUT ANONYMOUS SUBMISSION WAS:

BOOK TITLE: by Carson McCullers

MOVIE VERSION DIRECTED BY: Robert Ellis Miller (1968)

COMMENT: In this case, I prefer the book over the movie, and this is my favorite book so the movie can't beat that! The book focuses on 4 characters that all pivot around the fifth central character. It is a long book with dense characterizations and the movie just can't keep up with everything going on. It even drops one of the 4 characters. The movie simply leaves out too much.



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