David and I went to see Beautiful Creatures on opening day, so Valentine’s day. Initially I was going to write the comparison on Saturday, but felt that I needed a bit more time to explore the differences. Part of the reason for this is that I was a bit conflicted about the ending of the movie. It was going good with some small differences, but then it got toward the end and I almost felt like I had read the wrong book or need to read further in the series.
This is by no means to say that I did not thoroughly enjoy both reading the book and watching the movie. They both tell the basic story of Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate. A girl with powers she doesn’t fully understand and a curse that could decide her future forever, and a boy who grew up in a small town in the south where nothing ever seems to change. The love story between Lena and Ethan, and the circumstances surrounding their relationship, remains true, but even though they get to the same place, the journey is a little different. (Plenty of SPOILERS for both the book and movie Beautiful Creatures) Continue reading
So I noticed that this year there are a lot of movies coming out that are based on books. In the past, when there was a movie coming out I wanted to see based on a book, I tried to read the book first. For example, reading Lord of the Rings before Fellowship came out. Or, if I find out the movie is based on a book, I will try and read it such as True Blood (I know it is not a movie, but the idea still holds true).
So this formed a perfect idea: that is, to read the book, then watch the movie based on the book, and give you a handy comparison review. Some people cannot stand to watch a movie of a book they love or read a book based on a movie, but I think there are interesting things that can present themselves in each medium that you cannot necessarily find if you do not mix it up.
Now there are times that movies have ruined great books, but there are other times that I think movies have breathed life into a great idea in a book that was not fully explored. So here it is, my list of LitFlix for 2013:
Posted in Books, Introductory, LitFlix, Movies
Tagged Beautiful Creatures, Carrie, Ender's Game, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, The Host, The Seventh Son, Trailers, Warm Bodies, World War Z