I’ve recently read Gone Girl, go check out my review. This book for reasons that I can’t quite figure out has me curious about the movie adaption. Back when I read Enders Game which is a book that had me so emotionally attached I abhored the idea of a movie adaption. I refused to watch when my mother went out and bought the dvd, somehow I got roped into watching it when she saw it a second time and while it didn’t suck it was nowhere near the the books generation of profound and deeply moving feelings I had. I was so emotionally invested there, I hated the idea of someone messing with Ender and him not getting the on screen treatment he deserved. I’m not sure what that says about me but clearly some movie adaptions are okay while others fill us with dread.
Some movie adaptions however as rare as they may be trump the book. The only one that I can think of that fits that category is the Neverending Story. This one I saw as a child so many times it became part of my childhood and I can’t imagine not having grown up watching it over and over. As an adult I naively went and read the book thinking it couldn’t be worse that the book. I was wrong. The first half of the book actually was great. Such a pity I didn’t stop there. The second half was just crap. The author hated the adaption and I think because his work was greatly improved upon and the idea of this didn’t appeal. Well too bad the movie was better by far and reading the book is something I regret a great deal.
Some are even, Silence of the Lambs for example I think are right up there side by side with the movie perhaps being a bit ahead. Audition a Japanese horror adaption was I think better for the first three quarters of the book. The movie ending was oh so much better than the book though and I think because what was written while the same as in the movie seeing the ending visually just blew your mind.
What makes a good movie adaption? It’s hard to say really. Hollywood sure does like to use books I mean who wants an original idea that could go over well or fail epically. Hollywood doesn’t want to spend the money finding out its so much easier to see which books are huge and then go there.
The Hunger Games and sequel were pretty good. The Shining viewers loved, Steven King hates it.
John Carter got ripped a new one. I’ve only seen the movie so for me it was okay. Not sure where they spent all that money though.
Battlefield Earth anyone? I’ve never read the book and I’ve only seen snippets from flipping through channels of the movie but holy cow what epic suckage that is. Is the book worse? I don’t know and don’t plan to find out.
Some books are adapted well and some quite poorly. I’m not sure why Gone Girl is one that I’m curious about probably to see what kind of ending Hollywood allows. I won’t say more I don’t want to ruin the book, I suspect no matter how good the movie the book will still be the way to go.