I thought I had already written a post about books made into movies, but a search of my posts tells me no.
Every year, some outstanding books are made into movies & the results are often very mixed. I have to admit that there have been very few movies made from books that have left me preferring the movie, but there have been a few. Such as:
- Death Train by Alistair MacLean – Patrick Stuart & Pierce Brosnan wer fab & I loved the movie, but the book sucks!
- The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy – The book was hideous. Absolutely hideous. The movie? Loved it!
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – One of the few movies I’ve ever seen that has made me cry.
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – This one was a better movie purely because they wrote a better ending for the movie than Picoult did.
But, more often than not, the book is so much better than the movie ever could hope to be. There have been some real stinkers – like Lawnmower man, the Stephen King short story. It was a great short story, but really should have been left as that. The “movie” bore absolutely no resemblance to the story it was supposedly based on. Another one was The Shining – also another Stephen King book. I know most people love love love Jack Nicholson & I will agree that he’s great in his later movies, but I hated him in The Shining & thought the movie was laughable. Memoirs of a Geisha is another one. Excellent book – dreadful boring movie.
Usually, the reason for the preference of the book to the movie (at least in my case) is that I have read the book first & the movies so rarely live up to what I see in my head, in my imagination. When I was in high school one of my favourite books was Shoeless Joe Comes to Iowa, by W. P. Kinsella. It was probably the first book that I read & just couldn’t put down until I’d finished it. I’ve seen A Field of Dreams – I saw it when it first came out & I loved it. It was one of those very rare movies that I loved as much as the book. Until the other day. It was on tv a couple of weeks ago & we taped it, so I could watch it later. Well, I watched it & now I’m not so sure. It just wasn’t as good as I remember & it sure doesn’t live up to what I remember the book to be.
Maybe Hollywood should leave books alone & come up with something else to ruin!