I grew up with paper books. And encyclopedias. Remember those? Maybe you do and maybe you don't. I remember reading (well mostly looking) through each volume in fascination. What an amazing world it was out there, and don't get me started on those Time Life books, Mammals, Planets, Volcanoes, Insects...sooo cool. Needed to write a paper on Sri Lanka? Great, there was one whole column to plagiarize from. What, you would do that? There needs to be 300 words and there are only 265 in the book...
Anyhoo, here are some pros on each:
1. The smell. Of the pages. Especially if it is a scratch-n'-sniff.
2. The sound. Pages turning.
3. The feel. A tactile experience.
4. The look. Who doesn't like the look of a shelf of books, and you can make a flip movie.
5. The taste. Not really, I just didn't want to leave out a sense, but a few nibbles won't kill ya.
6. Easy to go back a few pages because you missed something.
1. Soooo convenient.
2. Not very heavy
3. Saves paper
I have both... :)
From inner dialogue to background information, many elements are going to be missed as a book is transformed into a movie. It is a challenging art form to do justice to a piece of literature. It is exciting to know that your favorite book is going to come to life on the movie screen (I don’t know if they are silver anymore). It can also be disappointing since other’s visions can greatly differ from your own. We all have our idea of what the characters and setting should look.
When I was young, I wasn’t familiar with actresses and actors, so it wasn’t difficult to believe that they were the characters that were portrayed. Case in point (and I know Star Wars is not a book but hear me out), Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will always be Han, Luke, and Leia to me. When a book comes to life with a famous person a role, it does make it that much harder to accept them as that character. Not impossible, but just a bit more work.
The setting is not going to be exactly as you picture it. It could be close, or it could be way off. It is fun to see high definition scenery compared to fuzzy mental pictures. It was a bit disjointed though, to see the Hogwarts grounds change between films.
I try to read the book before seeing the movie and I never get my hopes up. Here are some of the hits and misses in my opinion:
As I was reading the book, I kept thinking, “This is written like a movie”. I could be wrong, but I think the author wrote this with a movie in mind. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I enjoyed the book.
Mars looked right. I’ve seen so many pictures (I’m a space/astronomy buff) that it was hard to go wrong. My question is: Why is Jason Bourne there? (Yes, he did a good job.)
Ready Player One
If you’ve read my previous ramblings, you know that I’ve read this book a few times. I was excited when the movie was announced. I didn’t recognize the actors, so that was good. Some of my favorite parts were omitted and others made just for the movie. That was fine, a few more topical ideas allowed it to reach a younger demographic. I heard a complaint that there was to much CGI (ummm, it took place mostly in a virtual world, what did you expect?).
The Hunger Games (the first one)
Visually it was very close to what I imagined. Woody from Cheers was odd at first, although he grew on me.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
If I hadn’t seen “The Office” (UK), Martin Freeman would have been perfect. He was very good in this role and I quickly forgot the previous character. Set wise, it was close to my vision… I’m glad they stopped there though.
Not even going to go there…
Field of Dreams
I admit I saw the movie first. It was quite a while later that I read Shoeless Joe. A few things were different, the reference to J.D. Salinger was changed, but overall it was true to the book. It was refreshing to see Darth Vader in civilian clothes.
The Lord of the Rings
Three long books, three 2 1/2 hour movies. There were so many scenes left out, but I understand the reason (5+ hour movies?). Visually it was stunning. Jackson picked perfect locations and I couldn’t fault any of the choices.
A few recognizable actors, but that didn’t detract much. I thought the effect of the Ents was a bit cheap though.
Short book, three long movies. Should have thought harder for the LOTRs. Hey, there’s that Office guy again (it was a good choice).
The Bourne Identity
Again, here is a book that I read much later. The book is very different from the movie, so it is difficult to compare. I liked them both.
There are more that I could talk about if I could remember them. What movies would you add?
There are many books that I have re-read. The mark of a good/great book is one that compels you to return for another go. There are many reasons for a re-read:
- You missed something the first time. I do this a lot. Usually it is because I read at night and I fall asleep and forget
- It is exciting
- It tugs at your heartstrings
- You can relate to it
- It is so well written that you enjoy it just as much as the first time
- It brings back memories of where you were when you first read it.
So here is a list of books that I have read more than once, not in any particular order (not even alphabetical you ask? Nope, not even alphabetical...)
Ready Player One
Breakfast of Champions
The Foundation Trilogy (and beyond)
Cather in the Rye
The Long Walk
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and the other ones)
A Canticle for Leibowitz
The Arctic Grail
Oryx and Crake
A Wrinkle in Time
There's probably more...What books have you read over and over (or just over)?