How many of us HAVE to read the book first? I fall into that category, but lately I do not even want to watch the movie. I think this is fall out from cramming so much school work into the last three years, so that now all I want to do is read. A lot. It’s not that the movies are ALWAYS bad. For example, the Harry Potter books. Uh…okay, maybe it is that the movies are not always what we expect. Just a minor change from the book is enough to cause me to loudly whisper in the theater “That’s NOT RIGHT!” (I no longer go see movies where I have read the book, it’s too scary.) Even “The Hunger Games” had a few changes that I thought made the book, but obviously did not translate within budget. I have not yet seen “Catching Fire”, possibly this weekend.
I did recently watch “Ender’s Game,” which is based on the book by Orson Scott Card. I loved the book, raced through it, and really was excited about the movie. Not so excited that I put my life in jeopardy by watching it at the theater, but I did rent it and watch it during a recent snow or sick day. It was good, it was exciting, but…it was not the book. Sigh.
Then I watched “I Am Number Four” (yes, I am just a few years behind). This movie was based on the first book in the series by Pittacus Lore. I LOVE this series. It’s Young Adult science fiction, which is great to me. I love science fiction, but some adult science fiction just gets so heavy, talking about the types of technology the aliens have, and its all so very engineer-y. Well, that’s all well and good, but it takes a while to plod through some of those adult sci-fi books. So, the Lorien Legacies is excellent. Exciting, interesting, unique. But, for all that, I was not all that excited about the movie, after I read the series. I was fearful for the sanctity of the beloved book. I did not finish the movie. I am sure it was a perfectly delightful movie, but it felt wrong. It did not match anything I had envisioned. Oh, wait, one thing was right. The dog, Bernie Kozar, was absolutely identical to what I had in my mind!!!
A coworker asked me if I had ever watched the show “Bones.” Well, yes, briefly, because I had read the series and because I love David Boreanaz. But…not too far into it, the series just did not ring true to the books. The downside is, now I have not read any of her more recent books, and I have not watched anything past the first season. I have not watched the “True Blood” series for the same reason.
So, the movie “Divergent” comes out in a few weeks. I am just not sure if I am going to be there. I loved this series, loved it. I can already tell that Four is not as I pictured him, I have avoided watching too many trailers or seeing too many adverts, but that’s just not good right there. I can see me being thrown forcibly out of the theater when I yell at the screen “that’s not RIGHT!”
Please, someone tell me I am not alone in this book snobbery? Or is it because I am just starving for some serious reading time, that I am eschewing movies for books for a while? Book geeks of the world unite!