Monday, November 9, 2009

Books on Film

This month's theme is Books on Film. There have been lots of recent film adaptations of books, like Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, J. M. Cotzee's Disgrace and the intriguing biography by Li Cunxin, Mao's Last Dancer. Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife is coming out this month, as well as the much anticipated adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. So is it true what they say, is the book always better than the movie? Let us know your verdict on your favourite books and movies.

Book vs. Movie suggestions:

Adult fiction:
* Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
* A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
* Atonement by Ian McEwan
* The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
* Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
* The Reader by Bernard Schlink
* Perfume by Patrick Suskind
* The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
* Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Children's fiction:
* The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
* Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
* Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
* Charlotte's Web by E. B. White


Megan said...

I find that I just can't watch a film straight after reading the book, I need to leave myself enough time to forget dialogue or I just don't enjoy it.

I don't think that there is ever a film that can capture the true magic of a book. I think that they can be great within themselves, but rarely do that offer the same depth of escapism that a book does.

My fave book of all time is Pride and Prejudice and I think that the BBC version - oh yes Colin Firth - goes somewhat to recreating the magic of the book, but I think that it has a lot to do with the 6 hours of screen time!

I loved Perfume, both the movie and the book - but it was years between them both.

Would love to hear from others

Kate said...

Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourites too! Both book and movie are great, but I did enjoy the book more.

I didn't really like the movie adaptation of Perfume. It's one of my favourite books, but the movie just couldn't capture all the sensory brilliance that Suskind did with his language.

I always enjoy the book more than the movie, because the whole reason you read fiction is so you can escape into the world you create for yourself. But there have been some great movie adaptations of books, like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. And I can't wait for "Where the Wild Things Are"! Looks amazing.

Wal01 said...

I agree about the book usually being better than the movie, but I have found that it is easier if I approach film adaptations as art forms of their own.

My favourite film of a book would have to Adaptation, where the author has been written into the movie version. Meryl Streep plays a reporter who gets personally involved with her subject. I actually borrowed the DVD from the library.

Loveit said...

Loveit says: I loved The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It is such an unusual book and quite haunting. I was really struck by how the victim narrates the novel and it is truly believable. Not sure if I want to see the movie as it may spoil this really special book for me. I really recommond this novel.... it is one you will never forget.

Humpty said...

I really enjoyed the film version of the Time Travellers Wife, yet couldnt "get into" the book version, which I found confusing.

Maos Last Dancer was brilliant in both format though I have to say I prefered the book. It gives the reader more time to soak up the details, whereas the film glossed over a lot.

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The fact is films that can never, ever capture the true magic of a book. They kind a spoil your imagination with the visuals.


tinman said...

I agree with the idea that although movies allow those who lack time to read, it also takes away an individual's imagination. I have been reading the"Twilight" series but first watched the movie before reading the book only to find that I was disappointed as images were already planted in my head on the characters.

Many movies do not even grasp the ideals the author is conveying in his/her book. "The never-ending story" is a prime example, the book has soo many more characters and situations that the movie, although appealing, lacks the true spirit of the book.

Each book holds a different image for each person (imagination) and is easily spoiled by viewing it on screen.

For light entertainment, yes books to movies can be fun, but nothing compares to reading a well written book that engulfs your mind and leaves you wondering, where are these characters now!