In this post I want to talk about movies based on books which (by my opinion) usually almost never don’t satisfy my expectations.
Did you ever notice that sometimes you read some really amazing book and after a while, you find out that there is a movie taped by this book… You watched the movie then and here we go, what was the impression about it?
I don’t know how is for you but I was just never fully satisfied and I`m not one of the heavy movie critics. Many times when I speak with friends or fellow workers about this topic, they mostly confirm my opinion.
When I realized that I`m not the only one with this opinion I tried to discover what are the reasons for these thoughts.
The imagination is I think the most important reason that you treat the book on other way than movie. When you are reading a book, in your subconscious you imagine things which are written. By my opinion that`s one of the most impressive things of reading books.
When you watch the movie based on book you usually imagine things in different way. Even if the characters and actors are all right with their role and the story has good interpretation, the things are just different as when you were reading this book.
My example is the book Snowman by Jo Nesbo, the movie was good rated but for me the book was much better.
Bad interpretation of story
This is also one important reason or better to say problem. Sometimes the movies based on books just don’t follow the story as it is. They add some things and happenings into story or what is more common, they exclude some things out from the story.
Of course, we all know what the result is, the movie seems different from the book and we don’t like it. I had such feeling for a movie which was taped by the book The Dark Tower by Stephen King.
Bad character adaptation
Another thing in movie which is a guarantee to ruin the impression of a book we already read. In the book story there are usually good described characters of people that you can get a strong impression of them.
In the movie sometimes the actors just don’t play the role of characters from book as they should. There can also be a problem in the wrong decision of director of movie who chooses the actors. The example of that was for me the movie taped by the book The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Mistakes by director of a movie
Sometimes for all which is wrong at the movie is the director`s fault. From story, to actors, everything seems failed compared with the book of course. If you don’t compare movie with a book, it can be completely all right.
Example for all mentioned is the movie based on book The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson. I got the feeling that through the whole movie there are so many details missing and it was a bit disturbing to watch it having in mind the book story which was much better.
After all I can say that there are good books and there are good movies. But by my opinion these two thing are better to have it separately, I get much better impression then.
What are your experiences about the movies based on books? Do you think it is important which thing you do first, read a book or watch a movie?
I need to admit that I never watched a movie based on book before I read that book. If I watched such movie then I usually didn’t read the book later, probably I wouldn’t be impressed but maybe I`m wrong. I should try it one day and make my own opinion.
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