Thursday Thoughts is a new feature that Ashley at Ok, Let's Read has created. It's basically a weekly discussion feature on certain topics. You may find more details and a list of future topics here.)
"Each week I will post a new, conversational post talking about a specific, book-related topic. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join! The whole point of Thursday Thoughts is to hear different points of view and opinions, otherwise I would have just kept it for myself! All I ask is that you put a link to Ok, Let's Read somewhere on your post so that other's can join in if they would like. In addition to that, each week my post will have a Linky widget on the bottom so that we can all link up, read each other's posts and hopefully spark some quality conversation!"
This week's topic:
April 3: Books to Movies - Do you enjoy book to movie adaptations? Do you have any favorite book to movie adaptations? Does it make you mad when movies do not perfectly follow the book (i.e. taking out plot points, characters not looking like you pictured them, etc.)? Do you mind seeing the movie before reading the book?Do you enjoy book to movie adaptations?
Eh . . . sometimes. I usually end up at least liking the movie because I liked the book and therefore the story the movie is based on.
Do you have any favorite book to movie adaptations?
My favorites for books I have read are The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, all of the Harry Potter movies, The Great Gatsby, and I am Number Four.
My favorites for books I haven't read are all of the Lord of the Rings movies, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Les Miserables, The Lovely Bones, and Water for Elephants.
And, if you're wondering, here are the book to movie adaptations I was disappointed in (varying from a only little bit to very disappointed):
Does it make you mad when movies do not perfectly follow the book (i.e. taking out plot points, characters not looking like you pictured them, etc.)?
I'm okay with changes (eventually), but I do get irritated when a ton of changes are made (mostly that's when they mess with the plot and add new things or take away the most important parts). That happened so much in Beautiful Creatures, and I noticed every little detail because I had just finished rereading it the day I saw the movie (horrible idea, by the way). It drove me nuts.
I also don't like it when the ending is changed--I just really prefer the movie's ending to stay the same as in the book. The biggest reason (and one of the only) that I was disappointed in The Golden Compass was the ending. I believe it was only changed a little bit, but it really irritated me because a really important detail was changed (which would've been really important if there was a sequel, but alas, there wasn't).
While I'm watching a movie, I usually get irritated with alterations to the details. I eventually become okay with them, but they still annoy me. Like Riley in Beautiful Creatures. One of the friends I saw the movie with had also read the book, but one of the only things that she could remember about it was that there was a witch who always sucked on a lollipop. And I don't think she was ever shown with a lollipop--at least never more than once. It's seems like such a small detail, but it's a pretty big one when it comes to the character.
Do you mind seeing the movie before reading the book?
If I intend to read the book, I would rather read it before seeing the movie. I tend to prefer whichever version I get to know first. For example, I read the The Great Gatsby months after seeing the movie, and I didn't like reading it nearly as much as watching the film adaptation. Same thing with Blood and Chocolate and How to Deal. I read books both movies were based off of soon after watching the films, and didn't end up enjoying reading them very much. Just as I usually end up comparing the movie to the book I am familiar with, I compare the book version of the story to the movie one. And almost every time, I prefer the version that first introduced me to the story.
Now it's your turn! How would you answer some of these questions?