December 2, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Book to Movie Adaptations

Hi Everyone!!!

I hope you're all doing well and recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday or in the case of non-U.S. peeps, recovering from an awesome weekend!

It's Monday Pep Rally! YAY! 

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

So I thought in honor of the AWESOME Catching Fire movie that came out last week, we would talk about book to movie adaptations. So what makes a good book to movie adaptation? Well, for me? I don't think it has to be EXACTLY like the book. My little sister and I differ on this point. I've had to stop sitting next to her at the movie theatre because she complains and becomes one of "those people." I'm looking at you - book to movie adaptation Debbie Downers. I think it's important to entertain the people that read the book and the ones who haven't, so there is certainly a delicate balance. I think a movie needs to take the best parts of a book without losing the essence of the story. 

The Harry Potter series I think did this pretty well. Even better toward the last few movies in the series. I think the casting was excellent and the world imagined was how I pictured it reading the books. Hunger Games in comparison was pretty good, but Catching Fire was amazing. The added layers of emotion in the sequel really made it one of the best book to movie adaptations I've ever seen. 

There are some bad ones out there too. Most recently THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer. I adored this book. I thought it was SO much better than the Twilight series and I was very excited to see the movie. BUT the director and screenwriters totally missed the mark on this one, in my opinion. One of the worst book to movie adaptations I've seen recently. The connection between the characters wasn't there and the horrible acting by Max Irons just sealed the deal. He's not a bad actor, but he just did not do well in this. 

Let's end on a great classic --To Kill A Mockingbird. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I thought the adaptation was done well and captured the emotion from the book. The casting was stellar. I mean Gregory Peck as the beloved Atticus Finch? Seriously smart.

So what do you think? Which are your favorite? Which do you think failed? Tell us on twitter using the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Have a great week, Misfiteers!


Allie @ Little Birdie Books said...

I couldn't get through the first ten minutes of The Host ... it was just awful. But I figured maybe because I didn't read the book, I just didn't get the movie. Apparently that's not the case!

I saw quite a good adaptation recently - The Way I Live Now. Differs from the book, but I actually really enjoyed it!

erica m. chapman said...

Right? I totally agree. Oh, I'll have to check that one out! Thanks for stopping by ;o)

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