Should Be Reading. This week's musing:
Do you like movies made from books? Which ones do you think have been done well, kept mostly to the plot of the book?
This is an interesting musing and the answer for me is - sometimes. I often think the movie version of a book is pale in comparison. However, there are some movie adaptations that I feel did the book(s) justice. For example, I count J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series among my favorites. I also feel that the movie franchise of HP has remained quite true to the books.
Recently, a very good friend and I went to see 'Water for Elephants'. We both agreed that the movie stayed true to the book and was indeed well done.
The same friend (hi Julia!) and I read Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy last summer. We also saw all three of the movies. The first two movies - 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' and 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' were remarkably well done. However, the third, 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' was a major letdown. The book was so good and the movies to that point had been, as well. The third movie was a mess, though. It was choppy and strangely edited. If I hadn't read the book I would have been so lost and confused watching the movie.
While I do sometimes enjoy a movie based from a book - I most often prefer the printed version of the story. I enjoy being immersed in the details that are so often left out in a movie.