I have to confess, I have been banging my head around about this week’s theme. The reason is because I am not a big literary reader. Years ago I bought one book from Oprah’s list at a garage sale. I intended to read it, but couldn’t quite make it. You see, as much as I wanted to be a part of some groupie following the biggest fad to date, I just wasn’t that interested in the book. Yes, Oprah loved it, yes it was on the best seller list (thanks only to Oprah), yes several people had given rave reviews of it. But, I didn’t get past reading the back cover. ‘sigh’ The library lady was very happy to get duplicate copy. And to tell you the truth, I lose interest if the books are too big, or what I call “too wordy”. So, I have a hard time, even with the classics reading them in full.
About the only books I have read before the movie came out were ones that my sons liked. Both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series were my son’s favorites. So, together we would read them and wait eagerly for the movie to come out and discuss them. I have to admit it was really fun. And since I, too, love fantasy/magic it was an easy thing for us to do. I thought both the books and the movies were good, although the movies missed some of the storyline that I felt was important.
But that’s the trouble with making a movie. Some things, like filming the Lord of the Rings in full, just cannot be done. I believe that Peter Jackson did a marvelous job with the movies, even though it would have been impossible to fit everything from the book into the movie. But, he took the story perception and ran with it. Too many movies don’t do that, it seems. The producer adds to or takes away from the book to ‘make it more interesting’ or appealing. It’s a shame.
I did read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my youngest son before he learned to read. We then waited in 2005 for the new remake to come out. I hated it. Tim Burton, true to form, took it down a dark and twisted path. However, I loved the book and the 1971 movie version with Gene Wilder in it. Mel Stuart produced it, and did a great job of staying within the story. The Chronicles of Narnia was good also, staying within the storyline. But it had been years since I read the book and couldn’t tell you where the story would have gone astray.
I stick mainly with Christian books now days. And we all know not too many of those get made into movies. I did watch the movies made from Janette Oke’s Love Comes series. I have read those books and liked them. The first movie was good, and I liked the actors. But from the second movie on, it went downhill for me. Even though they were produced by Michael Landon Jr., it just didn’t match my own take from the books. So dicouraging.
My middle son lately talked me into reading “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold, which is being made into a movie. An odd story, told from a dead persons point of view, I hated the book. So even though I doubt it, maybe, just maybe I’ll like the movie.