Friday, May 6, 2011

Books Before Movies

I went to see Water for Elephants with a group of friends the other night.  The book was in my TBR pile, but since I knew the movie was coming out I postponed reading it.

I wanted to experience the movie without comparing it to the book.  I didn't want to be jaded in my opinion and wanted to be able to give it a fair chance.  They always say the book is better than the movie.  Well that's because we use our own imagination to visualize what the characters will look like and how the setting is portrayed.  If the movie doesn't share those same perceptions, then we leave disappointed.

Adapting a book to film is difficult.  How do you take a lengthy novel and condense it into a 2 hr movie and still do the book justice?  The movie has to appease those that have read the book and those that haven't.  

That being said, half of us read the book and the other half hadn't, but we all loved it.  Reese and Rob had great chemistry and the creation of the circus was impressive.  It takes you on a behind the scenes look at how difficult circus life was during the Depression.  It was heart wrenching to see how expendable these people were and how everyone turned a blind eye as to how they were treated.

I'm not sure if the book will remain on my shelf or if I will eventually pick it up and read it now that I know the outcome.

Have you read a book that you had a difficult time finishing, but ended up enjoying the film or vice versa?  

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