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Good Books Bad Movies – Good Movies Bad Books

June 7, 2013

Your favorite book is now a movie. How does the movie measure up? Here are three of my favorite, or least favorite movies and books.

How  some movies compare to their books

The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn II

This is the final chapter in the Twilight series. Bella is now a vampire and a mom. The birth of her child Renesmee, has angered the Volturi .  They believe she is a forbidden “immortal child”, and are coming to set things straight with the Cullen clan.

The movie was disappointing, and is my least favorite. It has the appearance of a low-budget film. The acting is bad, although Kristen Stewart is better at being a vampire than a human. The final battle scene is ridiculous with too many flying heads, making it more humorous than exciting.

I thought the book was considerably better. The characters were more believable and appealing.  You get more of the romance that is missing in the movie.  One thing that would be an improvement would be to change the makeup for Carlyle and Edward from stark white.

Harry Potter – Deathly Hallows II

This is the final battle between good and evil. Who will win, Harry or Voldemort?  War rages at Hogwarts and many have died. Morale is almost non-existent while everyone waits for the outcome.

The movie was excellent. The acting was superb and the script tight. It was definitely an edge-of-the-chair, nail-biting, heart-wrenching movie.  It tied everything up at the end, but left an opening for a completely new series with the offspring of Harry and friends.

I loved that Deathly Hallows II closely followed the book. If you read the book, you could follow the movie as though you had it with you. The editing was good in that the parts that were missing did not ruin the continuity of the story.

The Notebook

This is the story of Noah and Allie and a summer love that would not die. Told in retrospect from Noah’s point-of-view from an old diary that he kept, it is what brings Allie back to him when she forgets.

The notebook is one of my favorite movies.  It is about the endurance of young love that survives disapproving parents, an almost marriage to the wrong person, war, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The book was wonderful as well. The movie is faithful to Nicholas Sparks’ novel, although the book fleshes out the characters and story to a larger degree. It is a beautiful story. The Notebook is a must see, and read.

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