This weekend the husband and I went to see The Hunger Games; and while I thought it a good movie, I still think the book was better. The movie lacked some of the more interesting cliffhangers and foreshadowing (not to mention, completely removed a likeable character). I gave the book a B-; and based on that same scale, I would have rated the movie a C.
It gives rise to a question being asked more these days as more movies based from books are being made: What is better, the book or the movie?
Before The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I was adamant that a movie could never (ever, ever) be better than a book. And then Peter Jackson wowed us with an artistic genius that I doubt even Tolkien could have matched. Tolkien himself admitted that he was no author, but a linguist; the books allowing him a platform to create his Elven language.
I read The Hobbit when I was a seventh grader and I will confess this: I hated it! I thought it the worst book ever written! I remember skipping chunks of the novel just to save my sanity! If I had to read one more description on how the blades of grass grew from a sparkling emerald meadow, I was going to vomit!
When I saw the trailer for The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, I was not wide-eyed, clutching my chest, and squeezing tears of joy from my eyes as some of my friends and other moviegoers were. But fast forward a few years and sitting in my DVD cabinet you’ll find all three extended version sets (oh how much time I’ve spent enthralled in this epic trilogy! Worth. Every. Second.). Now, I can’t wait to see The Hobbit movie, even though so many (many, many) years ago, I often fantasized about throwing the book in the toilet.
I still stand by that in MOST cases, the book is better than the movie. But I’m interested in what you have to say on the matter. Is there a movie based from a book that blew you out of the water; whilst the book itself waned? Or how about the other way around? Have you ever found yourself so excited to see a movie based from a book you fell in love with, only to be extremely disappointed?