That awkward moment when a movie is better than the book…

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Books are always better than the movies… or are they?

This week in my ethics class we are learning about categorical imperatives… AKA something that is always true, in like, every circumstance imaginable. And of course, me being obsessed with books and all, thought “oh! Like how movies are always better than the books!”

But that got me thinking…

Yeah, sure. There are some AWFUL book to movie adaptations (Percy Jackson I’m looking at you), but there actually have been some adaptations that I’ve enjoyed more than the book.

So categorical imperative this is not.

But… how can a movie ever compare to the book?!?!

Honestly, this is a question I ask myself after watching every single awful adaptation out there. Right after I ask myself “why did I think this was going to be any better than the million other awful adaptations I’ve forced myself to sit through?”

But, surprisingly, it is possible. There are a few I can think of, but the one example that stands out most in my mind is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

Don’t get my wrong: I didn’t have a problem with the book. I actually ended up giving it five stars (check out my review here), but the movie was just better.

The movie had everything I needed from the story. I don’t feel like it missed anything or changed anything. And, I got to look at Sam Claflin’s beautiful face for two hours… which definitely didn’t hurt.

To break it down: I feel like the movie gave me the same story and a better experience.

<big?I cried when I watched the movie (all three times), but not when I read the book. And I cry at everything. So what does that tell you?

What makes a movie better than the book it was based off of?

Honestly this can come down to a number of factors.

1. Watching the movie before reading the book.

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I actually watched the first Percy Jackson movie before reading the books and liked it. Then I read the books, fell in love with them, re-watched the movie and saw what an awful adaptation it really is.mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_ver11_xlg

Another version of this however: I watched the City of Bones movie before reading the book. I really liked the movie and have actually seen it more than once (yeah yeah I know that a lot of people don’t like it… but let me live, okay?) but when I tried to read the first book I actually kind of hated it and couldn’t get into it at all. And while I was reading, I kept comparing what was happening in the book to what happened in the movie and found myself thinking “no, that’s not right” even though the book came first…

2. The movie containing the same story but better.

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I think this happens when a movie is able to take the essentials from the book and use the visual/audio aspects of movies along with the story to deliver a seriously amazing masterpiece.

This happened to me with both Me Before You (as mentioned above) and Room by Emma Donoghue.

3. The movie takes the idea of the book but delivers a completely different story (which it pulls off brilliantly)

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A movie adaptation that does this is Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. The story line in the movie and the book are completely different, yet follow the same characters in the same high-stakes competition. Yeah, of course there are some similar scenes, but for the most part the stories follow their own path. And while I did love the book, the movie was a bit more entertaining.

Talk to me:

What other reasons could a movie be better than the book? What movies did you enjoy more than the book? Let me know in the comments below!

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January Wrap Up

I can’t believe how fast January flew by! I didn’t realize it was February until this morning, when I when I went to write the date and saw that it was no longer a 1 for the month, but a 2. This month I read seven books, which is pretty impressive (if I may say so myself)considering everything else I have going on.

 

I ran a giveaway this month with The MacBath, a wonderful literary soap store on Etsy (I totally think you should check them out if you haven’t already.. their products are amazing!!).

I do have a couple exciting giveaway’s coming up this month as well, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

What books did you read in January?

Book Review- Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Penguin on January 2, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Domestic life, Family life
Pages: 385
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Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I watched the movie before I read the book. (And by the way, the movie adaptation is pretty darn good). But I’m so glad I did, because otherwise Me Before You is not the type of book I would have probably picked up, no matter how many other bloggers I saw raving about it.

Me Before You was a beautiful book, full of hope and love and heartbreak in the most surprising and heart wrenching ways. Louisa (or Lou) is trapped in her small town and she doesn’t know it, until Will Traynor begins to show her what it is like to want something for the first time.

The characters and relationships in Me Before You are sincere and raw, and their struggles made me cry *ahem* more than once (to say the least).
The story is truly heart shattering and yet it is also one of the most uplifting books I’ve ever read. There’s this hope throughout the story, and it’s moving in a way I didn’t know I could be moved.

I would recommend this book to everyone, cause this is not the kind of story you want to miss. And if you really don’t want to take the plunge, at least watch the movie, cause it’s pretty much a watered down version (as in it leaves out about half of the plot) but it still gets the same message across.

I am going to give Me Before You five out of five hearts.

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