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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Some books are born to be made into movies. Other best-selling books can make terrible movies. For example, I'm not a fan of Danielle Steel's books, but I do love the Lifetime movies made about them. I truly love the books made into Masterpiece Theatre mini-series since I'm such a classic fan.

But there are many books that I didn't care for, but I think they'll work as movies and often am there on opening day. "Eat, Pray, Love" was one of those books. Did not care for the writer's voice, nor did I understand her motives. But I think the screenplay writer did a much better job of making her motives make sense to me. I enjoyed the movie. Okay, not the Indian parts. Too OCD to want to go there for a vacation.

So "Water for Elephants" is coming out as a movie this weekend, and I'm very excited to see this as a movie. I didn't really care for the book (I know, I'm one of the few!) But I did really like the story and I think the movie looks perfectly cast, so I'm anxious to see it on screen.

So is there a book that you don't think worked as a movie? Vice versa?

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posted at 11:32 PM  
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At 8:59 AM, Blogger Denise said...

"My Sisters Keeper." The ending of the book took my breath away. I love that Jodi Picoult takes the reader out of their comfort zone and makes them think. Hollywood, however, changed the ending. Chickens. I also thought that casting Cameron Diaz as the mother was ALL WRONG.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I hated the ending of that book, Denise. I'm in the minority though since people seem to love it. But to me it was a cheat. It took away her right to make her own choice which was what the whole book was building to. :(

Sometimes books are better as movies. The only time I've ever thrown a book across the room was when I read Hannibal. In it the author had Clarice turn into a cannibal with him. Anyone who read the books know that she would NEVER do that. But luckily, Hollywood fixed the ending and the movie was good. Gory, but at least true to the characters.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Brittaney said...

I have to disagree with you Kristin. I actually liked the book Eat Pray Love better than the movie. Although to be honest I was a underwhelmed by both. I thought the movie was very...blah.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I didn't finish the book Brittaney. Her voice just sort of droned on for me. I thought the movie was the same way, but better than the movie. Though I am not a Julia Roberts's fan really.

I didn't like that book Denise enough so that I didn't see the movie. LOL And I don't read scary, so Hannibal, ack! I"ll bet they change the ending to "One Day" which I just read, so I'm anxious to see that one when it comes out.

At 12:06 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

When Water for Elephants comes out on DVD I'll probably watch it because I like Reese and I did read the book--I think I liked it, but it's been too long for me to remember.

I've never seen a movie based on a Dean Koontz book that was nearly as good as the book. Hollywood destroys those stories.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger freddikb said...

I read Sarah's Key a few summers ago and loved it. The raw, no holding back the truth, tale of a sister's determination to save her brother was incredible. I know it is a heartaching story, but I think, if done right, it could be a good, sobering movie. I also read The Widow of the South and thought that could be an interesting movie, again, if it was done right.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Sketch Girl on a New Adventure said...

Circle of friends did not work as a movie however I think the Annie of Green Gables movies did portray the 8 books rather well.


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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