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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.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Review

My thoughts are still going ninety to nothing after reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1) by Ann Brashares. I am going to try to tame them enough to write a decent book review.

 

Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby have been friends since birth. Their mothers met in an aerobics class for pregnant women. They were all born in September except Lena who was born early. They have spent every summer together until now. This summer each girl will go her own way and in the process find out life is not always about them. At the beginning of the summer they were almost sixteen and girls, by the end of the summer they are still almost sixteen but have started maturing into young ladies. Each girl has had to deal with the issues life hands us such as death, divorce, and sex. Each girl had expectations of what their summer would be like, yet life interrupted their expectations and showed them what it had in store for them.

 

The book centers around a pair of pants that magically fits each of them. Each girl has the pants for a week and then sends them off to the next one in line. By the end of the summer they should have had the pants twice. The pants coupled with their naive expectations make for a wonderful read.

 

I respect how the author handled the issues of death, divorce, and sex in a subtle way. As I stated earlier, life happens and that is what happened in this book. Life happened for each of the girls. The author didn’t have to say…”Look, big topic approaching!”…it flowed with the story line just as the issues happen in everyday life.

 

The book comes full circle with the girls back together at the end of the summer. Each one is changed in ways they never expected. Mostly for the better. They are wiser and more mature. They all have stories to tell at some point but for now are busy trying to digest what it means to them. Their friendship is stronger and so are they.

 

This is definitely a book I would recommend every girl and woman read. I loved it and only wished I would have read it sooner than I did.

What I’m reading

What I’m not reading is the last of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). I waited so long for this book to arrive, waited for hubby to finish reading it…and now…I can’t get into it. I don’t know why. I haven’t had this happen with the other six books. Maybe it’s because it’s the last one. Maybe it’s because I will get so caught up into the book I’ll forget I have a family to take care of. Or maybe I’ll get upset at the family because can’t they see I’m reading a really good book and they should leave me alone. (They haven’t picked up on that fact yet…mom has book…leave alone).

I am reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1). I’ve been wanting to read this book for years and finally bought it. I was tired of it being checked out at the library whenever I had the urge to read it. I am really enjoying it and can’t wait to sit down and try to organize my thoughts for a book review.

Book reviewing isn’t easy for me. It takes me a while to analyze why I like or dislike a book. I probably make it a lot harder than it really is. Oh well. That’s part of who I am…over analyzing for know reason.

I’m also trying to read The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down (Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 2). I actually started this book before “The Pants” but wanted to read “The Pants” first so I set “Yada” aside. Bad me. Well, I really wanted to read “The Pants” and am a firm believer that books choose the person. The person doesn’t always choose the book.

I’m not sure what book I’ll try to read next. I have several checked out from the library. One of which is Reconstructing Natalie (Women of Faith Fiction #18). I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time and the library finally had it. We’ll see what happens…remember, the person doesn’t always choose the book.