In honor of last night's Oscars I wanted to focus today's Monday Discussion on the best and worst of movies made from books.
Generally, I avoid movie versions of books I have loved. Specifically, I would not see the movie versions of The Road, The Lovely Bones, and The Time Traveler's Wife because I loved the books and did not want the movie to ruin it. In fact, for this reason I am considering avoiding the movie version of Water for Elephants and The Help, both due to theaters in 2011.
There have been surprises, like Cold Mountain, The Perfect Storm, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for which I loved the movie and the book.
And then there are books which I did not love, but I really enjoyed the movie versions of like No Country for Old Men.
But unfortunately, from time to time, I have seen a bad movie version of what was a good book. In my opinion recent examples of these include The Blindside (movie was sappy, book was very interesting and thought provoking and not just about Michael Oher) and The Ruins.
Specifically The Ruins movie version still makes me mad. For the record, The Ruins is my favorite horror book of all time. The movie not only changed the ending (which in this case changes the entire tone of the book), but they changed the order in which the monster killed off the characters. Also, in this novel, the characters are stranded on a hill top and being stalked by a plant-monster. The waiting is unbearable in the book. In the movie, there is no tension in the waiting. The characters are built up during these uneasy moments of doomed waiting in the book, waiting for help that they know will not and cannot come. In the movie, the characters did not have the chance to be developed because there was not emphasis on the tortured waiting.
I could go on for awhile about how much this movie ruined the book (pun intended).
To add to the discussion, The Chicago Tribune ran this article on Saturday suggesting books to compliment some of the Oscar nominees.
Now it's your turn. For today's Monday Discussion, share your opinions good or bad about books being turned into movies.
And remember, I now have the Monday Discussion Archive accessible here.
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