Booklover Bites – Movie Versions of Books
I have always been hesitant to watch the movie versions of books I have read and loved because:
– I am worried the movie will not live up to my expectations.
– That the casting will not align with the characters as seen in my mind while reading.
– That they will change the focus of the story to enhance visuals or cut out some of my favourite content entirely.
A novel’s interpretation can be such a personal thing!
I adored the novel One Day by David Nicholls but I still have not watched the movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Now a copy has found its way into my home – should I watch it?
I really like Anne Hathaway as an actress but she does not match the picture of Emma I had developed in my head.
Check out this interesting article from Mental Floss, 11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books. Having not read most of the books on that list, only seeing and enjoying the movies myself, I was quite surprised by some of the inclusions. I can sympathise with Roald Dahl’s reaction to the original movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory though!
My favourite book ever, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell has been made into a movie that is scheduled for release in the US and the UK in October 2012 (and perhaps Australia in early 2013?). The cast list is impressive but I remain terribly worried. I simply cannot see how the 6 layer story format of Cloud Atlas could be done justice in film. These early thoughts from someone who watched a pre-screening are not filling me with confidence.
So dear readers…
Should I watch the movie One Day?
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What are your thoughts on Cloud Atlas being made into a movie?