I love reading books. If it’s a good book that I love, it’ll take forever to get me to put it down. I get very excited when I hear that one of my favorite books is becoming a movie (Vampire Academy anyone). I also look forward to reading books that are becoming movies (Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars). There’s something magical about having your favorite world come to life. If it’s done right, it’s a great experience, but sometimes the movies do not do the books justice and it leaves you unsatisfied. So what are some of the best and worst books turned into movies?
Harry Potter (best)
I am a huge Potterhead. I know the books front to back. The Harry Potter books were literally my childhood and I loved going to go see them on the big screen. Right before my eyes, there was the world I so desperately wanted to be in. The Harry Potter books are amazing, I would recommend them over the movies any day. As far as movie adaptions go, the Harry Potter series did pretty good. It would be hard to get all that information into a 3 hour movie but there were somethings I would have done differently. In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the burrow being set on fire should have never been included. It was unnecessary because it was never in the books to begin with. I also disapproved of the sendoff they gave Dumbledore. Maybe if they left out the burrow they would have had enough time to include Dumbledore’s funeral. Consistency was another issue. The first two movies Hogwarts was generally close to Hagrid’s hut (like in the books) but from the third one up it looked like Hagrid’s hut was a mile away. While most of the criticisms are minor, the Harry Potter movies were good.
Eragon is one of my favorite books. It is the book that started my obsession with Elves. I remember reading it and not being able to put it down. When the book ended I immediately wanted to know what happened next! I was very excited to see the movie, but I was not very excited afterwards. The movie really did not live up to the expectations of the book. It did not seem to grasp the concept of the book at all. It was really disappointing when Eragon was full of adventure and fantasy. The ending made it even worse. The ending basically made it to where there would never be a sequel, even though Eldest continues the story of Eragon. Eragon had a lot of potential that was never brought to the big screen, hopefully one day they’ll remake it and do a better job so that we can get the full tetralogy
The Hobbit (best)
I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan. The movies are pretty much my life. When I heard that they were making The Hobbit, I wanted to make sure I read the book before I saw the movie. J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the best writers. He was such an intelligent human being. He created languages for his books, created a whole other world that we know of as Middle Earth. Plus he wrote each song that was included into The Hobbit. While no movie adaptation is perfect, The Hobbit was such a beautiful movie. Martin Freeman captured the essence of Bilbo Baggins perfectly. It was visually stunning and I loved it. The Hobbit was able to give us much more than the book was able to offer. We got more of the world that we love while still be able to stick to the story. The Hobbit was my favorite movie of last year and I can not wait to see the other two.
I’m not going to go on a rant about Twilight. Before Twilight even announced a movie adaptation, I actually enjoyed the books. I remember reading New Moon and I couldn’t put it down. Granted I was 15 at the time and I was in love with the story, but I still thought it was a good book. I was at school when I heard about the news of a Twilight movie and that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart would be playing the lead roles. I was excited. The more I watched the movies the more I just did not like them. The actors just seemed awkward in their roles. It just was not a great movie at the end of the day. It is one of those movies that you watch the sequels just to see what happens next and to have a good laugh, but it’s not all that good. Too bad Twilight wasn’t one of those. Though the soundtracks were pretty awesome
I love books and movies that deal with fantasy, that can take me to another world that is different from my own. I am very protective of my books and I love seeing them come to the big screen. Sometimes they’re better than the book and sometimes they flop to the point where you’d like to hit the movie directer upside the head with the book. I love movies and I love books and both can make magic if it’s done right.