Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Books vs. the Movies Made From Them
The movie I watched tonight was My Sister's Keeper based on the novel of the same title by Jodi Picoult. The movie was still the same story, the same characters (for the most part) and I still cried just as much, but what they left out, and what they changed, made it into a story I enjoyed much more. A lot of that had to do with the ending of the book, which was just... horrible. But I remember when I read the book, Picoult* even said something along the lines of her son having read the book and not speaking to her for a week** because of how it ended, and she just told him basically, that's how it wrote itself. So I can't be mad at Picoult for the book ending the way it did, but I can be very thrilled with the movie people who changed it. And they didn't even make it a happy ending, just a more believable one, I thought.
Also, while I'm talking about books and movies... I enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife movie as well, and I especially enjoyed the special feature where they talked about how they took the book, and made it into a screenplay... very interesting.
* Plus she hates the idea of the movie changing the ending according to this. But she says here that she did enjoy the movie.
**I believe this is in the the reader's guide in the book.