Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tell Me Something Tuesday!

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cambria Hebert .

This is a fun weekly question she asks other bloggers in the hopes that we will all get to know one another a little better.

This question this week is:
 Do you usually like the book better than the movie or the movie better than the book? What is your favorite book to movie adaptation you have ever seen?
Is it crazy that I really look forward to this meme every week? I love the questions that are asked that truly make me stop and think before I answer and I of course love all the people I get to meet and getting to read their answers as well. Sometimes I even find myself wishing I would have remembered to mention some of the great books or authors or places they did.
It has been a lot of fun to be a part of this every week!
Okay, now on to the question and this time, it is actually rather easy for me to answer.
 I almost always enjoy the book way more than the movie. 


I think I like picturing everything how I want it in my head before seeing an actor play it out on screen. Plus sometimes I think you feel so much more emotion when you get caught up in a good book versus just watching it on the big screen.

In fact, I have a pact I made with myself, if I plan on reading a book and it comes out as a movie, I will not watch the movie before reading the book. I just won't. 

Unfortunately this pact has caused me to spend a whole night sitting up finishing a book before I could see the movie the next day but it was worth it.

I also will not read a book after watching the movie. It just isn't the same and it ruins the book so I won't do it. I am an all or nothing kind of girl. 

There have been some amazing book to movies out there. Ones that are just as good as the book even though changes were made.
One that comes to mind is P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

This was a fantastic emotional movie that had me in tears numerous times throughout. In fact I had to buy this movie after seeing it because I just knew it would be one of those movies that I would watch again and again.
Of course the hotness that is Gerald Butler could have factored in to that decision just a little bit.

And then there are those books that are made into movies that are just awful.
 Perfect example, this is one of my favorite books by Sparks but the movie, gah! It was just awful! The characters were all wrong, they changed too many (really great) details and the whole thing was such a disappointment I wanted to cry after watching it.

It really upsets me when that happens. Would I have liked the movie if I hadn't read the book first? Maybe, probably. But having read that fantastic book and then seeing that dismal movie, yeah, so wasn't good. 
It almost threw me off every watching one of his movies again. Almost.

Another movie(s) that was horrible (sorry Twilight fans!) was yes, the Twilight Saga. I liked the books, I truly honestly did but the movies? Yikes! I haven't even seen the last one yet because I just can't get past the bad acting (gasp, I know, sorry Cambria!).

So the now we come to the second part of the question, which is a little harder to answer. I really don't know what my favorite book to movie adaption is. 

I have a lot of movies that I have really loved but I don't think I have a favorite.
I loved The Help and while the book was better than the movie, the movie was still really good.

Same with (yes I am pretty sure this book has come up in this meme before from me but I can't help it! I loved this book and movie) A Walk To Remember

I know I could name a dozen more but I will spare you the super long post.
But I would like to hear what your favorite book to move adaption is if you have one.



  1. I agree with Twilight...the movie left much to be desired. I liked New Moon better, and Esclipse was really good. The latest movie, Breaking Dawn part 1 was really good!

    The other one that I thought was bad was Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.

    My favorite book to movie adaptations are Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both parts)I am Number Four, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

  2. I didn't even think of A Walk to Remember of P.S. I Love You, but I LOVE both of those movies (and have read A Walk to Remember). :) Great choices. And while I kind of agree about Twilight, the acting (and everything about the movies) got better with each installment, imo. :)

  3. LOL!!! I agree with you for the Twilight movies, the acting isn't very good but I love me some Jacob so I'll keep watching. LOL.

    I haven't read or watched any of Nicholas Sparks books / movies but only because I just know I will be a sniveling mess, crying all over the place. lol. But I have heard wonderful things about those books so I can imgaine that the movies just can't live up to that.

    But you know I try not to watch a movie if I know about the book and have read it first. It's kind of a rule for me too. I think because the books are so much more detailed and the movies make more sense that way. but that just might be me. lol.

    Anyway, I am so glad you look forward to this meme every week! So do I and I love talking with all of you!

  4. Some good choices there Ali, I agree The Help was a wonderful book, but I did enjoy the movie, even though a lot was cut out. I never read Nights in Rodanthe but the movie was terrible, I do think the Notebook was a good adaptation. Let's hope they don't murder the Hunger Games!

  5. I totally agree with all your points I even have the same pact with myself too. :)

  6. Juliababyjen and Erin I still need to watch the last one, I will get around to it someday!! I have heard it was better than the previous three.

    Cambria, I agree, Taylor is nice to look at. ;)

    Heidi, Lets hope so! The trailers look good so I have high hopes they won't murder it too much!

    Veronica that is awesome!!

  7. Sorry for the late reply!

    I love your answers, especially when you mentioned PS. I love you. I watched the movie before I read the book, and I have to say I didn't even compare them. The movie was as original as the book so there's no objections or criticism of what's in the book or what's not. It was one of the movies that I truly and really enjoyed and wouldn't mind to watch it over and over again!

    Great post!

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy