Hidey-Ho Scribblers! J Monkeys here with the time-honored question: Which do you like better, the book or the movie? How’s this for a diplomatic answer? I like both… Of course, I’m inspired about today’s topic because of the opening of a movie I’m SO excited to see: The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collin’s best-selling book series.
I devoured this book last summer. I loved it! I loved it so much that I abandoned my other responsibilities to finish it. I loved it so much that I used it as a cattle prod to finish writing the first draft of my own second novel. I wouldn’t allow myself to buy the second and third books in the Hunger Games series until I finished my work. I had to wait a whole month.
And, like is often the case with action oriented stories, I’m thrilled to see this one brought to life. Hubby and I have a date for next week to go to the theater. We have a babysitter and everything. Exciting times!
But what about other book/movies? I lived the grittiness of Timeline by Michael Crichton…both the movie and the book. I loved the sweeping views of Jurassic Park (the movie) and the terror of those scenes with the T-Rex…I had nightmares for months.
I remember being curled up in as small a ball as possible in my movie theater chair and freaking myself out with the noise of ice in my empty soda cup during a scary scene.
I thought the movie version of The Firm and A Time to Kill were better than the books by John Grisham, but I thought the book Skipping Christmas was much better than the movie, Christmas with the Kranks.
I liked the Twilight movies just as much as I liked the books, which was very much, indeed.
I thought the first two Harry Potter Movies were great, but I thought movies five and six had to cut so much of the story to fit it into a 2-hour movie that it barely hung together if you didn’t already know the plot. There were aspects of the movies that I loved, though. I loved seeing the Dementors brought to life…and the Thestrals.
Today’s Secret: I’m almost as much of a movie junky as I am a book junky! Either medium is fine with me as long as it tells a good story.
Today’s Question: What about you? What books turned movies did you love and which did you think didn’t work?