Musing Mondays (July 18)

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion).

I don’t know that I would say any movie from book I’ve seen was completely desecrated, but several have fallen far short of the mark for me. Two immediately came to mind.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was a terrific read, and yet I was definitely disappointed in the movie.

Likewise, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. That adaptation was way too far from many things that happened in the novel.

I was recently discussing adaptations and voiced the thought that the biggest problem might be that the writer of the screenplay is usually not the author of the book, and perhaps might want to infuse their own voice too much. While I get that, I think it does a disservice to the piece. Another thing I’ve heard from several director’s/executive producers is that they don’t think certain things from a book will play well on the screen. That may be so, but I think a better job could be done most of the time. Sometimes the little scenes are so important for various reasons.

What about you?

Tamie Xo

One thought on “Musing Mondays (July 18)

  1. kybookworm says:

    I think one of the reasons, the book is always better than the movie, is because, the author has the opportunity to spend five pages, explaining a character’s thoughts. The movie can’t do that. Five pages of inner monologue, translates to 30 seconds of facial expressions on film. Book lovers usually read, and reread, analyze, and dissect, a beloved book, before a screen adaptation comes out. Most of us have entire scenes memorized. Those scenes usually don’t make it to the movie.
    I was disappointed with “The Hunger Games” adaptation. Katnis was torn between Peeta and Gayle, because she was torn between the different parts of herself. That thread ran through all three books, but it was never addressed in the movie at all.

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