Summer break book contemplations: When books become movies
I am taking a summer technology break, so I have pre-scheduled some posts. I’ll be back in August with reviews of the books I read on my holidays.
When books become movies
Last week Huff Post Books posted a trailer for the movie Life of Pi. In November, we get to see an Ang Lee interpretation of my favourite book. I keep a copy of it on my desk.
I have clear pictures in my mind of what that characters look like. My imagination has already created the book for me. I’m afraid of what movie creators will do with this cherished story. Will their version live up to my expectations?
We encounter this question often, when books become movies. Sometimes movie makers stay true to the tale and enhance the experience for us, like they did with all the Harry Potter movies. Sometimes they make it better. I always liked the movie ending of The Firm by John Grisham better than the book version. Sometimes, though, I can’t bear the cinematic take on a favourite story. I don’t even want to be in the same room with the Ron Howard (starring Jim Carrey) version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Do you have a favourite book that movie makers enhanced, or tarnished?