I won't lie, I too have fallen trap to this way of thinking. This idea that a movie absolutely must follow the book exactly. I've actually come out of movies-made-from-books disappointed. The prime example -- and when I learned that my way of thinking about movies-made-from-books was flawed -- was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I was so excited to go. I loved all the Harry Potter books. I was pretty mad after that movie, and it wasn't for the reason you might think. See, they got the snake all wrong. ALL WRONG. That was not how I envisioned the snake!
And I was mad, and I let that ruin the movie for me. It was then that I realized that books are not movies, and movies are not books, and each has it's own separate entertainment value. Since then, I have enjoyed every movie-made-from-a-book I've seen.
What? How? Why?
I just don't care if they match. They don't have to line up! That's the beauty of creating the same idea in two different mediums.
- Vampire Academy -- February 7
- Divergent -- March 21
- The Fault in our Stars -- June 6
- The Giver -- August 15 (oh my heck, I LOVED this book! I can't wait to see this movie!)
- The Maze Runner -- September 19
- Gone Girl -- October 3
- The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, part 1 -- November 21 (I did not realize they were doing this third book in two parts. I guess we'll see how it goes!)
So don't wonder if you should go to a particular movie because you think it won't align with the book. Accept that it won't, and go experience the story again through a new lens.
What do you think? Do you enjoy movies-made-from-books even if they're a bit "off" from the written story? Why or why not?