To the movies because of books

The topic this week is….. Do you ever go to see movies because you read the books they were based on? Why did you like or dislike them?

I’m NOT allowed to watch a movie in theatre if it is based off a book that I have already read. My older sister is just like me (in this respect) so we tend to wait until a movie comes out and will rent it. We meet up at her place or mine for a movie night and then talk through the entire movie.

“I can’t believe they have HIM playing so-and-so!”

“They cut the best part!”

“What in the world were they thinking? This happens over the span of months NOT in the blink of an eye.”

You see it would be hard for us to do this in a theatre. So we avoid them. I find myself hollering (muttering under my breath really) about trailers not even looking like the books. The latest example. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant Man. I know they are comic books but still! First you hear me going, “Hank Pym and Tony Stark created Ultron. Why is Hank Pym not in this movie? Why is Ant Man coming out after this movie and WHY is Hank Pym OLD and handing the reins over to Scott Land? That is not how it happens.” Then my brother just shakes his head and smiles a bit muttering ‘dork’. He KNOWS that I will watch these movies anyway. He knows that I will probably love the movies and buy them. He also knows that I will usually say “The book is better, go read it.”

There are a lot of movies I have watched that are based off of books but not many that I can recall thinking I wanted to see it because of the book. Except Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. All of which I truly loved.

I sort of went on a little tangent there but hey…anyway. My sister and I read Eragon. She bought the movie, we were so certain it would be wonderful. We were both horridly disappointed. They cut MORE than HALF the book, really I am wanting to say they cut about ¾ of it. The actors and actresses did wonderful with the roles that they were given and with the scripts they had. If I had not read the book I would have really enjoyed that movie. But because it was a book that I had read and thoroughly enjoyed enough to rush out and buy the next in the series and then waited anxiously for months for the third it was a HUGE let down. I never did watch that movie more than that one time.

Now I do not hate all book to movie adaptions. I anxiously await for ones directed by Peter Jackson. That man is absolutely brilliant. He has a way of taking the book and putting it onto the big screen without losing much of the integrity of the story. Some things may be added for those who have not read the books and to please audiences but he stays so close to the books and he fights to be able to do so.

Besides Peter Jackson movies the last one that I watched because I had read the book was Tuck Everlasting. My 6th grade son had just read it this past fall in school, I went out and rented the movie for his class to watch. Because he had watched it, my other two wanted to watch it as well. I had not read the book in years. I found it very enjoyable. I thought it was a sweet portrayal of the book. At the end of the movie, I found my 12 year old saying the movie was good but that some things were not the way they should have been. But this movie did go into the we will watch it again category.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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5 Responses to To the movies because of books

  1. jeff7salter says:

    don’t believe I’m familiar with most of the movies/books you cited, but I certainly CAN identify with sitting there watching a movie that did a hatchet job on a book I really enjoyed. And, yes, I’m not above providing a running critical commentary as I’m viewing.


  2. Oh,I am TERRIBLE about talking through movies, so yes,I avid the theaters, too! My husband and I critique and in the case of mysteries, speculate…I’m really good at guessing who the real bad-guys are , etc, but actually, I enjoy being fooled even more!


    • Luckily, we have 2 drive-in theaters here both within a 30 minute drive of town. So if I absolutely do NOT want to wait I can always catch a movie there.
      I do enjoy watching them with my sister and talking about them, and guessing who did it when there is a mystery.. My kids have picked up on my habit. My 5 year old has said things like “She’s not your friend!” because he has heard me telling people “You can’t trust her, she did it!” So he does that with their Disney movies.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like movies are an big part of your family time! It’s nice to have something that you do together like that. It’s great that your kids are learning how to provide thoughtful critiques.


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