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today we have Mickey @ I'm A Book Shark talking about Books to Movies!
Ok Mikey the floor is yours!
Books Into Movies
I don’t know about you, but I definitely get all fangirl giddy when a movie based on a book I loved is being filmed and released. I stalk it on various movie and fan sites until it finally hits theaters. I check out the different actors playing my favorite characters and judge the choices. At that point, I’m either completely stoked or already disappointed. Then there are times when I’ve read a book and watched a movie from the past, or when I’ve already seen a movie and go back to read the book. Sometimes I love the characters and actors, sometimes I can’t stand it. Let’s look at some examples: books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, and how I’ve felt about the actors. And if you’ve read my blog, you know that I love lists!
Times when I’ve been happy with the actors portraying my favorite characters:
Times when I’ve been disappointed with the actors portraying my favorite characters:
There are times when Hollywood gets it so right! True Grit and The Princess Bride are examples of absolutely brilliant casting. Every single character in those movies was portrayed by a worthy actor. I can’t say enough good things about the casting in other movies like Princess Diaries and even Derailed. And everyone and their mothers loves Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice! But sometimes Hollywood seems to have no idea what it is doing, and I’m left wondering if they even read the original book. The Lovely Bones didn’t sit right with me at all, except for maybe Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, and I hardly want to think of him that way. Nicholas Sparks books to movies are hit or miss. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are spot on while Dear John and The Last Song fell slightly short. And for the love of everything dark chocolate, how did they make He’s Just Not That Into You into a movie completely opposite of the lesson the book tries to teach you!?
Okay, off the soapbox. I will leave you with one recommendation. If you never want to see another movie based on a book again, do yourself a favor and watch one last one. Go out and find the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice. Watch it and love it. Any fan of the book has to appreciate this version of the movie. I am a fan of most visual attempts of this book. I love Keira Knightley, but there is just something about this old school adaptation that makes me love the fact that Hollywood still puts forth a valiant effort to bring our favorite characters to the big screen. (Yes it’s in black and white. It’s worth it, I promise.)
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