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Movies Based on Books

I should know better. Never watch a movie that is based on a book. It is always different and I usually hate it. The one exception is Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics).

In all honesty, I haven’t watched very many movies based on books. I get disgusted at the movie and disappointed with myself for thinking this one might be better.

I remember when Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition) was coming out and I wanted to watch it so bad. I hurried and finished the book so that I could watch it. (I have a rule that I have to have read the book before I watch the movie. That way I’m not influenced by someone else’s interpretation and I don’t picture their cast characters. I have my own picture in my head based on the author’s words.) Anyway, Under the Tuscan Sun (Widescreen Edition) came out…and the story line was completely different! I still loved the movie for a movie, but it was nothing like the book.

I’m always afraid people will think they don’t need to read the book because they’ve seen the movie. AAAAGGGGHHHH! I want to hit them. Yes, I know hitting is wrong.

I would rather take the time to sit for hours reading a book than the instant gratification I would get from watching a movie. Don’t get me wrong, every once in awhile I enjoy watching a movie. Let’s say…once or twice a year. Actually, I have the desire more often, I just like silence and it’s hard to get silence with children and a husband. Especially, if your husband is an Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie fan and feels it’s his duty to ruin the movie experience for his wife. Although, that only happens if I pick out the movie.

Back to movies based on books. I recently finished reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1). I enjoyed the book so much I thought I would watch the movie. AAAGGGHHH! Why did I do that?! I couldn’t even like the movie for a movie. I should have known better. I almost stopped the movie in the first 20 minutes but decided to finish it out. This is one movie I could not enjoy. I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t too different from the book. I don’t know…I think a lot of the emotion didn’t carry over from the book to the movie. I have a friend who thinks it did, but I didn’t see it. I have to say the book is definitely much better.

So, now you know. I don’t like movies based on books. Although, I do have a confession…If Sophie Kinsella’s book, Can You Keep a Secret?, is ever made into a movie I’ll be one of the first in line. I laughed all the way through that book and kept trying to figure out who I would cast as whom. That is one book I would love to see as a movie.