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Reviewers' Roundtable: Book vs. Movie

 Michelle from Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)

Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
 Emily from Emily's Crammed Bookshelf (Mondays)

Book vs. Movie

In general, I look forward to new interpretations of my favorite stories. I am not TOO picky about how it's done. As long as the director keeps the spirit of the book, I understand that not everything can be exactly the same. The biggest reason is for time purposes. Who wants to watch a five hour movie? Not me. So I GET it. It's fun for me to see what a story looks like from someone else's eyes.

Here's an example of keeping the spirit of the book:

When Charlie came out, everyone was talking about how it was a better interpretation of the book. I was looking forward to it, because there were a lot of differences in Willy Wonka. When I saw Charlie, though, I was disappointed. The ending was different and it lacked some of the magic that Willy Wonka had. And get this - Roald Dahl helped write the screenplay for Willy Wonka (and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but that's a story for another post.) Anyway, my point is that sometimes the less literal the interpretation, the better.

Here's the most recent book to movie that I have seen:

And I loved it! The parties were portrayed perfectly and the music captured the drama well. The cast was perfect, too.

Here are some of my favorite books turned into movies:


  1. I totally know what you mean about getting the spirit of the book right. I really get disappointed when the movie doesn't feel the same as the book. I can't wait to see Perks of Being a Wallflower so I can see how it feels since the author of the book also wrote and directed the movie.

    I didn't like The Great Gatsby book, but the movie looks fun.

    1. I loved the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie! It was great. You'll like it.

  2. I haven't seen Gatsby yet, but I want to. It's one of my favorite books, so I worry that the movie will be disappointing.

    Here's my Top Ten Best Movie Adaptations.

  3. I'm totally the same way about book to movie adaptations. It's not about getting every single detail on screen, but rather portraying the story and like you said the spirit of the book. Check out my TTT @


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