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Best and Worst Litflix of 2013

The year is coming to a close. Christmas is just around the corner and soon after that the year will come to a close. So here at Comparative Geek we are going to start a season of reflection on the last year. Starting out I am looking at the Litflix that I reviewed over this last year and deciding on the best and worst examples. I will keep it simple and just look at 4 different categories. 

Best overall Litflix will be the Litflix that was the best overall movie, possibly even with deviations from the book the movie still creates an overall good experience. Worse overall is the movie that I enjoyed the least of the Litflix movies and again accuracy is not necessarily the important element, but is just generally not a good experience. Most accurate is the one that sticks the closest to the source material. Least accurate is the one that deviates from the source material, possibly so much that it is unrecognizable. Continue reading

LitFlix: The Great Gatsby

This weekend David and I went to see our latest exploration of LitFlix, The Great Gatsby. It can be interesting when a movie is based on a classic novel because there is often so much already known about the book or at least an air about the book that can be hard to overcome. So I have to start out saying that while I did enjoy the book and the movie, most of the characters are really just despicable people, which ultimately is kind of the point of the story.

So for those who do not know The Great Gatsby is a love story, but it is also about the self indulgence of Americans in the 1920’s. It also has an interesting look at fulfilling your hope and dreams or being practical. The movie practically contained every line from the book so it is hard to compare in that way, but there are some other items that I think can be discussed with a book like this.(Spoilers for The Great Gatsby to follow) Continue reading

LitFlix for 2013

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:

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