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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Discussion: How do we feel about movie tie-in covers? The pros and cons.

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I’ve seen some mixed feelings about movie tie-in covers. Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em, and some people just don’t care.

I’ve decided to list a few pros and cons of movie/TV tie-in covers. Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts too, so don’t forget to comment!!

The Pros:

1. They can look super awesome.

Like sometimes even better than the original cover *collective gasp*. But seriously. Take Nerve for example. The movie tie-in cover is so much better. Have you seen the original cover? I was actually so surprised by it because it looked so bad (I’m not trying to offend anyone here, I’m just sharing my honest opinion). I never would have picked it up if not for the movie tie-in cover (or if I hadn’t seen the movie before hand tbh).

Here is a side by side comparison so you can see what I’m talking about:

I mean really, which cover would you be more likely to pick up?

2. They can get people to read a book who might not usually want to read a book.

Sometimes when I drag my not-bookish friends into the book store, they see a movie tie-in cover. Then the conversation goes something like this:

Friend: Hey! I didn’t know they were writing a book about that movie?!

Me: Ummm, you know the movie is based off the book, right?

Friend: Uh, yeah, yeah, what you said. But that movie was awesome! Do you think I should read the book version?

Me: mmmm

Me: yessssssssssss

Friend: You’re right! I should totally read more! I think I’m gonna get it.

3. Sometimes you find out there is an adaptation coming because you spot the tie-in cover.22851100

This tends to happen when you pay more attention to new books coming out rather than new movies and shows.

Take The Giver for example. I probably never would have heard about the movie version (when I did) if I didn’t see the movie-tie in cover.

4. They can feature some of your favorite actors and actresses!33940357

For example: I love Nick Robinson. He is on the movie tie-in cover of Everything, Everything. Guess which edition I bought.

You guessed it! The movie tie-in version.

Although I really didn’t like the book… or the movie… so maybe that’s not the best example?

5. Sometimes they have some pictures from the movie in the middle.

I’m not really sure if this counts as a pro or a con… I guess it depends on how terrible the movie is and how much the actors actually look like the characters.

But still, I always have fun flipping through the pictures, regardless of whether I have/will read the book or watch the movie.

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The Cons:

1. They can look super terrible.

My first pro was that they can look awesome, so naturally my first con is that they can be a complete train wreck.

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For example: when they shove ever single actor in the movie onto the cover. Especially in that weird fade/layover style. Seriously?! Who designs these things?! Who thinks that that is appealing?!

Or when the tie-in cover is so far off from the feel of the book.

Great example of both of these things? The Great Gatsby tie-in cover.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Leo DiCaprio, but can you honestly tell me that this cover looks appealing? It’s certainly a cool movie poster, but it doesn’t quite cut it as a book cover for me.

2. They can feature an actor that looks NOTHING like what the character is supposed to look like.

Sometimes there are just minor differences, like the characters hair length is wrong (see: Everything, Everything’s Ollie) or they aren’t the right height.

But sometimes the differences are much worse than this. Like the (almost) entire cast of The Hunger Games. Or Cara Delevingne’s role as Margo in Paper Towns (disclaimer: I’ve seen the movie but I haven’t read the book. That being said, I still know about this and it annoys me).

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3. They can remind you of a painfully terrible movie/show that never should have existed in the first place.

LIKE THE SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW UGHGHGHGHGHGH

31342081Okay so I didn’t like the books, but I liked the movie (yeah, yeah, yell at me all you want. But that’s how I feel). So I figured that maybe the TV show would be more my speed too.

I WAS SOOOOO WRONG. I made it through mayyyybe one episode (I think I finished the episode?). But it was too painful and now every time I see the tie-in cover it makes my blood boil and stops me from trying to pick up the Mortal Instruments series again.

4. They can cause a book store to not carry THE REGULAR COVER THAT YOU NEED SO YOU DON’T STARE AT ACTORS YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT/LIKE WHILE READING THE BOOK

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I think the title of this one says it all.

5. The book is better than the movie. Why would you want to walk around looking at the movie cover rather than the book one?

The book is better than the movie with very few exceptions. So why would you want to be staring at not-the-actual-book-cover?

Also it annoys me so much when the movie is literally nothing like the book AT ALL and would literally never be associated with the book if not for the name of the movie and then there is still a tie-in cover.

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One good example: The Duff by Kody Keplinger.  I loved both the book and the movie (obviously the book was better though) but they were so different that I don’t really think there should be a tie-in cover.

So do we like tie-in covers?

I personally can go either way. Sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them. There really isn’t an in between.

How do you feel about them? What are your pros and cons? Let me know in the comments!!

Thanks for reading!

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- Nerve

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Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Published by Dial Books on September 13, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 294
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A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly.

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

Nerve was quite the game. Vee is a quiet, behind the scenes type of girl, until she decides that she doesn’t want to be anymore. Vee joins NERVE, an online game run by unknown people where contestants face their fears to win prizes. She gets partnered up with Ian, a hot and mysterious boy, and together they have to face the demands of NERVE, and try to survive.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters (and of course NERVE). It was fast paced and kept me gripped the whole time. I couldn’t help but squirm at the characters discomfort and gasp when something almost went (or just went) wrong.

It was easy to relate to Vee, and interesting to see her world through her eyes. Most of the characters had a strong presence, although some did seem a little stereotypical. I feel like there could have been a bit more individuality, although the characters did fit their respective roles quite well.

I did see this movie when it came out (so before I read the book, as I have a bad habit of doing), but let me just tell you this: besides the characters names and the name of NERVE, the book and the movie have nothing in common. The dares are completely different, the game is set up differently, and the ending is not even close to the same. Both are incredible, but don’t skip out on either one. You’re going to want to experience them both.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, or wants to get into them. It is a really quick read (I did it in four hours over two days), so its great for you if you don’t have a whole bunch of time.

I am going to give Nerve four out of five hearts.

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