One of our foxes asked, “What is your favorite book to film adaptation and why?”
This is going to be a very short post.
Five years ago, the book-to-movie question was phrased by our senior fox this way: “Do you ever go to see movies because you read the books they were based on? Why did you like or dislike them?” My answer at that time is posted HERE. Basically, I don’t watch many movies. I also tend to avoid film adaptations of books that I’ve read.
It’s not that I dislike movies. I do enjoy them, once in a while. But when I watch a movie, I can’t help feeling that I should be doing something else, like crocheting, doing laundry, or paying bills. So if I’m going to take the time to watch a movie, I prefer to do it at home. And when I’m at home, I rarely have control of what’s on the screen. Consequently, my opportunities for watching movies is quite limited. As for watching movies based on books, my thought is that if I’ve already read the book, I have a difficult time justifying the time to see a story I already know.
I did indulge once last year. When the movie Dumplin’ came out, I watched it on TV. Apparently hubby was asleep, so I had control of the remote for a few hours. I had the book by Julie Murphy, but hadn’t gotten around to finishing it yet. I loved the movie (and since I watched it at home, I loved that I could get other stuff done while watching). Afterward, I finished reading the book, and while I agree with critics that it’s a great story, I liked the movie better. I think it’s probably the fast pace of my life, but I’m not really interested in a lot of backstory and inner thoughts, which aren’t shown in a film. The premise is that an overweight teen and her beauty queen mother have difficulty connecting. She also has trouble accepting the fact that her handsome co-worker is really interested in her romantically. Both the movie and the book tell the story well, but in the book, the heroine seems much more cynical and I found her hard to sympathize with. Also, the ending in the movie was a little more satisfying. I guess this qualifies as my current favorite.
Since the other movies I’ve watched in the last five years were not based on books (as far as I know), this is my only update. One of my kids gave me a gift certificate to our local movie theater, and this week I’m planning to take my grandkids along to watch something they’d like. Chances of them choosing a movie based on a book are slim, so I’m quite sure this will remain my favorite book-to-movie for some time to come.