“Mockingjay” By Suzanne Collins

So “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins just recently came out into theaters and definitely kept with its ongoing theme of awesomeness. I have mentioned before in my other two posts (“The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”) that I am a huge fan of this book series, so of course, I saw the movie opening night.

Being that this movie is still in theaters, consider this warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!

"Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

"Mockingjay" Movie Poster

“Mockingjay” Movie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Differences

There were a bunch of little differences, many of which have carried over from movie to movie, but I’m going to pick my top differences to discuss. Feel free to leave some of your top in the comments and let me know why they matter most to you.

  • Effie comes to District 13 instead of the prep team.
  • Finnick and Katniss don’t have their chat that was in the book.
  • There is no nightlock pill/capsule included in the uniform in the movie.
  • Katniss’ requests of Coin played pout much differently. I’m not a huge fan.

Effie

Effie in "Mockingjay"

Effie in “Mockingjay”

One of the things I liked most about the film is that they included Effie. In the book she was sparse, however the film prequels thus far have made her much more prominent which carried over into this adaptation.

The biggest difference here is that Effie styles Katniss this time around, where in the books her prep team was present in District 13 and they were the ones to prepare Katniss for the propos.

I really like this change because we get a lot more of Effie and it actually makes more sense to have her there instead of the prep team. But also, we get to see Effie out of her comfort zone. She is dressed in dull grays and doesn’t have her normal flair. It shows another side of Effie that I think the audience really needed to see to fully understand her.

Finnick

Finnick in "Mockingjay"

Finnick in “Mockingjay”

In the book I really enjoyed the scene where Katniss and Finnick talk about what’s going on around them. Katniss asks Finnick about the knots he keeps tying and they have this nice little moment of understanding between the two of them.

While watching the movie, I kept waiting and waiting for this scene and it never came. It didn’t really make a huge difference to the movie as a whole, so I understand the choice. But every time I saw Finnick I thought to myslef, “oh, here it is!” and then would be disappointed.

 

Nightlock 

The nightlock pill that was included in the uniforms is important to me. It represents that they all still have a choice when it comes to snow and that they all would rather die than continue living in their world. That pill represents their freedom to choose their fate if need be. It is also referenced a few times in the book so I think it is a necessary factor that should be included in the film.

I mostly just don’t understand why this wasn’t included. My guess is that maybe it actually is, but they just didn’t mention it in the first film. I’m really hoping this is the case.

Katniss’ Demands

This is the biggest thing for me and the only thing I didn’t like about the movie.

When Katniss goes in to her meeting with Coin, she makes a list of demands that she needs to be met in order for her to be the their Mockingjay. Her list includes:

  • Her family gets to keep their cat.
  • Gale and Katniss can hunt.
  • Saving the tributes taken hostage in District 1 and granting immunity.
  • And Katniss gets to kill Snow.

The movie did this whole scene backwords, and for that, I don’t really care. The way the wrote the script actually made it have a little comic relief with the cat being added in last. But what really bothered me is that “Kill Snow” was not included!

I don’t know if they did this for the fans who have not read the books, kind of as a way to keep them surprised later, but I think it was a really important line and I was really upset that that it was not included. It shows what Katniss’ motivation is – Snow. The movie makes it look like she is more focused on her love life.

Overall

I really enjoyed the movie as much as I did the book. After seeing it with my friends, we walked out of the theater trying to think of at least one thing we didn’t like, and that last point I made above was literally the only thing. I only have high hopes for the final installment of “Mockingjay” and I have nothing but love for the franchise.

 

K

 

 

“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyers

So we all know the ship has long sailed with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, however with the news that Twilight will be returning to the big screen soon and my mention of it the series in an earlier post, I felt it necessary to discuss this franchise. Specifically, let’s talk about the first film.

"Twilight" Movie Poster

“Twilight” Movie Poster

"Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer

“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So let’s get right down to it. I personally didn’t like the first film at all. When I read these books, I fell in love with the characters and story lines and I had images in my head that went along with what I read. The biggest problem I had was with the casting. I personally do not like Kristin Stewart’s acting. I think she has moments of gold, but they are few and far between. As for R Pats, not a huge fan.

Differences

I’ve decided that there are far too many differences to just pick out a few to talk about. Instead, I’m going to sum them all up in a couple points, and mention some things that irked me the most.

#1

There are a lot of little scenes that were either added or taken away from the book. Most of these scenes were not pivotal. However, a lot of what these scene changes did was change the tone of the movie and the story itself.

The "Spider Monkey" scene.

The “Spider Monkey” scene.

I found that in a lot of cases, they tried to make the movie seem hip and add things that were thought to be funny. I don’t think this story in particular has much room for funny. The moments in the book were enough.

So, for example, one of the scenes that were changed was when Bella first visits Edward’s home and they are talking and flirting in his room. In the movie they change the line “You shouldn’t have said that” – cute, feisty, flirty but confident – to “hold tight spider monkey.” Huh? Can someone explain to me why they did this. I still don’t get it, five years later; and I still don’t like it.

#2

The field trip. I mean, for starters, where did this idea even come from?! This was not even remotely in the book. The reason I particularly didn’t like this scene was because it changes some dynamic in the book.

There is interaction in this scene with the Cullens and Bella. I’m not sure that this is the way it should have been done. And also, why add scenes that were never even in the book? Isn’t the point of adapting a book into a film to make it as accurate to the original as possible?

I just didn’t understand why this scene was included when scenes like dumb cafeteria talk are.

Jumping to a Conclusion

I just personally don’t like this movie in comparison to the book. If you want to look at more detailed depiction of all the many, many changes from book to film, this website has compiled quite the detailed list.

I just feel like overall, the directing wasn’t on point and neither was the acting. The script lacked what made the book so great and the overall product was just not up to the standards of fan-girls (or Twihards as some refer to themselves,)

Like I said in my “Hunger Games” post, my friends and I rate movie adaptations from Twilight to Hunger Games. I really don’t see how an adaptation could be much worse. However, in their defense, at lease the movies started to get marginally better with each installment.

 

K

 

 

NEXT WEEK: “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

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“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

A while back I wrote an article discussing the Hunger Games and the first movie. It’s now time to movie onto the second installment, Catching Fire. Much like the first film, I really appreciated the adaptation of the second. It stayed really true to the book, however there were of course some changes that were made.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

"Catching Fire" Movie Poster

“Catching Fire” Movie Poster

Differences

1. In the movie, we get to learn more about Plutarch Heavensbee than we did in the book. This mostly happens because of the book being entirely in Katniss’ point of view (POV.)

2. The dummy of Seneca Crane is inspired differently in the movie than it was in the book.

3. The book version of Gale’s quarrel with the peacekeepers is quite different from the movies take on it.

4. The movie leaves out a lot of Haymitch’s past that was included in the book.

 

Plutarch Heavensbee  (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks with Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson)

Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) talks with Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson)

Plutarch

One of the biggest reasons Plutarch was more prominent in the movie was because the movies allows us to see perspectives of many characters. The book only allowed us to see into Katniss’ perspective.

One difference with this character development that I did have was that, in the movie, Plutarch never showed his watch to Katniss. In the book, the watch was a major hint to Katniss about the arena they would be playing in the Quarter Quell. Later, when Wiress kept repeating “tick tock!” it clicked for Katniss what Plutarch was trying to tell her.

I think they still did an accurate job portraying Plutarch as the good guy who was in on the rebellion, but I just personally missed that extra little something the watch gave to the plot.

Seneca Crane Dummy

The major difference here is that Katniss was influenced differently in the book and film adaptation. In the book, Katniss went in to the arena for her training score set with the idea of what she wanted to do. She wanted to target Seneca. What changed this was when the movie allowed Katniss to see what Peeta had done before her.

In the book, she was aware that Peeta had done something of interest, based on the looks of the people in the room, but she never got to see what it was.

In the movie, she walked in to see the portrait of Rue that Peeta had made. This fueled her idea and inspired the dummy of Seneca Crane differently and made a bigger impact.

Gale Vs. The Peacekeepers

Gale and two Peacekeepers

Gale and two Peacekeepers

The big difference here is that the movie puts more emphasis on Gale, making him look like a hero and further complicating everything about his character plot. In the book, Gale gets arrested because he was selling a turkey in the black market (which isn’t allowed) and in the movie he is arrested for tackling a peacekeeper in order to save an old woman.

Yes, movie Gale is much more heroic and brave (swoon!) but the book did not portray him quite this brave and daring. It changes how viewers will feel about Gale, whether this is a good thing or not.

Haymitch’s Past

One thing I really missed in the movie is the scene where Peeta and Katniss watch the old videos of previous games. One of the major ones in this scene was the year Haymitch won.

In that scene we learn that Haymitch was cunning and knew how to work the arena, much like Katniss. And not only that, It shows us a little more about Haymitch’s secret past.

Overall

I really loved the movie. I think it stayed very true to the book, even with the changes made. The changes made to the film adaptation helped round out the areas we didn’t see in the book and it worked really well. I definitely rate this in my top favorites.

K

NEXT WEEK:  “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyers

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth has really made a name for itself in the past couple years. This book is the first of a three book trilogy and was recently made into a film adaptation. The first movie came out in March of 2014 and the next installment will be in theaters in March of 2015. The book is about a dystopia society where all remaining humans are divided into factions that coincide with their dominant traits.

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD

"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

"Divergent" Movie Poster

“Divergent” Movie Poster

Let’s Talk Differences

So most of the differences from this book to movie adaptation didn’t really bother me, but for arguments sake, here we go!

  1. There were quite a few missing characters/initiates in the movie. (Ahem, Uriah, cough cough!)
  2. Edward was stabbed in the eye in the book and not in the movie.
  3. The scene in the chasm when Four is drunk. It’s a lot different in the book.
  4. Four professes his love to Tris in the book. (This is important. Duh.)
  5. The end. Since when is Janine Matthews so involved?
Tris and Four

Tris and Four

Missing Initiates

The movie adaptation is missing quite a few characters. Specifically Uriah and his dauntless born friends. It has been said that Uriah will be in the second film, however. The main reason I bring this up is because Uriah and his friends play a pivotal role in the book in making Tris feel like she belongs in the Dauntless Faction. They welcome her and take her under their wing despite the fact that she was born Abnegation.

Additionally, Uriah is a hoot and has so many great one-liners that really make his character stand out among a crowd. Not to mention a side story that comes into play later in the trilogy.

Edward

In the book, Edward was stabbed in the eye by Peter to get him out of the running. Dauntless only accepts the best of the initiates and Peter felt threatened by Edward. He ended Edwards chances of going any further in initiation. This is important because it really says a lot about Peter’s character and how ruthless he really is. In the book, the reader hates Peter. He is a despicable human being who will do anything to get to the top. The movie makes him seem like a smart talking jerk, but doesn’t really invoke the feeling of complete hatred in the viewers eyes.

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Tris and Peter talking on the train

Four

In the book there is a scene where Tris and Four run into each other in the chasm and Four is drunk. He flirts with Tris and tells her she looks good. This scene never happened in the movie along with the scene at the end of the movie when Four tells Tris that he’s in love with her. In the book there was this entire scene where Four dances around it and finally tells her that he is in love with her. In the movie, Tris tells him that she loves him, but he never says it. The book and movie are opposites on this.

The End

The end of the first book has a fight scene with Tris and Four, where Four is under the influence of the serum given to him and he tries to kill Tris. Ultimately, he comes out of it and realizes that it is Tris he’s fighting and shuts down the program they had him running through the computers that controlled all the Dauntless soldiers.

In the movie, after Four “wakes up” and realizes that it is Tris he’s fighting, he takes aim at all the people in the room. In the end, they put Janine under the serum’s control and she shuts down her program herself, not Four. This is kind of a game changer as far as the movie is concerned. It changes the power hold.

Overall

I really loved this movie as much as I loved the book. There were quite a few little details that were changed or missing, but I think they did a wonderful job of altering the story in a way that still worked on the original ideas it had. The scripts were good, the sets were amazing and the casting was perfect. I would definitely recommend you read the book and go rent the movie! You won’t regret it!

 

-K

 

NEXT WEEK: “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

 

The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is undeniably one of my favorite books. It’s a love story about two teens who, against all odds, shouldn’t be alive. This story resonates on love, loss and learning to let go of what you can’t change. Not only is the book a bestseller, and the movie topped box offices with just of $48 million in its opening weekend, but the fan base surrounding the film and its author John Green is astounding.

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD!

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

"The Fault in Our Stars" Movie Poster

“The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Let’s Talk Differences There are few things that were pretty different about the movie compared the book. Personally, I don’t have too many issues with the film adaptation. I understand that the changes made did not affect the story whatsoever, but if you read the book, you will see that some things were missing from the movie.

  • Kaitlyn is missing from the movie.
  • Hazel didn’t visit Isaac in the hospital in the film version.*
  • The cute scene where the little girl asks Hazel about her breathing tubes is not in the movie.*
  • The Oranjee Restaurant scene is completely different.
  • Augustus never has the argument with his mom before leaving to Amsterdam in the movie.

* These scenes were actually included in the deluxe edition of the DVD/Blu Ray set. However, the scene with the little girl is modified. More on that later.

The Oranjee Scene from the movie

The Oranjee Scene from the movie

Kaitlyn

In the book, Hazel has one friend that she tells everything to. That’s Kaitlyn. She talks to her about Gus and goes to the mall with her and all around makes her feel like a normal teenage girl. To me, Kaitlyn represents Hazel’s life before all the cancer stuff happened. Her normal life where gossip was normal and conversations about chemo weren’t.

What I also really miss about Kaitlyn not being included in the film is that it makes Hazel seem more like a loner than she really is. Yes, I would say that Hazel is somewhat of loner even with Kaitlyn, but in the movie, she seems more hopeless in the beginning because she only sees her parents and goes to cancer group meetings. Every girl needs her best friend, and even though Kaitlyn was sometimes absent in the book, she was still there when Hazel needed her.

Isaac

Now the reason I especially liked this scene and was sad that it wasn’t included in the film was because it showed that Hazel and Isaac are actually pretty good friends. Hazel goes to visit Isaac after having his eye surgery, leaving him completely blind, and they joke and chat and talk about life and how much it sucks. It’s a nice little scene that shows their friendship without Gus’s involvement.

Hazel and Isaac in the hospital

Hazel and Isaac in the hospital

The Little Girl

What I liked about this scene was that Hazel is so open and understanding about how other people look at her when they see her hooked up to breathing tubes. She is so caring and nice to the little girl in the mall when she asks what the tubes are for, she even lets the little girl try out her breathing tubes herself. (Awww!) But the movie didn’t include that and that was kind of a small disappointment.

However, in the deluxe edition of the movie, there is a scene in the airport when they are leaving for Amsterdam, where a little girl and her father are waiting next to Hazel. The little girl asks about her breathing tubes and Hazel lets her test them out. It’s basically the same scene as the book, just in a different location. The only problem is that it was cut out of the feature length film.

Airport Scene (with Author John Green as ‘Dad of Little Girl’)

Oranjee Scene

This scene was very different from the book. For starters, in the book, Augustus told Hazel for the first time that he loved her on the plane to Amsterdam. In the movie, he did it at Oranjee (much more romantic, for sure.) But the other big difference was that in the movie, they ate inside the restaurant, which was very modern and elegant looking. In the book, they ate outside overlooking a beautiful outdoor scenery. I don’t know about you, but I preferred the romanticism of that outdoor scene enjoying all Amsterdam has to offer in its beauty.

Augustus

Augustus had cancer before he met Hazel, and shortly before leaving for their trip to Amsterdam, he finds out that the cancer came back and he is dying. In the book, this is foreshadowed when he gets into a huge fight with his mom the morning they leave for Amsterdam. We find out later in the book that their argument was about Gus going on the trip because he was too sick. Gus fought to go and then told Hazel later. In the movie, there was no fight with his mom, there was no sign that he was getting worse. If you watched the movie without reading the book, you would have been shocked. There was no tell. Of course, maybe this is why they did it, but from my opinion, I think there should have been a tell.

-K

 

NEXT WEEK: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

 

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

One of the beautiful things about “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is its rawness. The book delves into the mind of its main character, Charlie, and fully commits the reader to what this boy is going through. The book is short, a quick read, and it yet it covers really heavy topics. The film adaptation came very close to the book, however there were, of course, some differences to make note of.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

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NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD

Personally, I think a lot of the changes that were made for the film were good and helped the plot a lot. I’m a definite fan of the movie. Though, there is one change that I wasn’t too happy with. Here are the differences that I want to talk about:

  • Charlie is a slightly less anti-social in the film.
  • Patrick glows on screen.
  • Charlie’s family is less present in the film.
  • Charlie’s poem is missing from the film.

 

Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

In the book, we only get to see Charlie from he point of view; self deprecating, anti-social, awkward, and possessed by his past. The film changes this a little for us. I think this is a good thing. I like that Charlie doesn’t seem so lost and lonely. Yes, he still is the same Charlie though. This change just allows us to see him more objectively and less the way he sees himself.                                                                  (Image Source)

The reason for this is the change in point of view (POV) from first person narrative to third. The POV allows us to see Charlie in a way that his peers see him. We don’t get stuck in his head where all the bad things are happening, and as the viewer, we get to see Charlie at his happy times too.

 

Patrick

If you read the book, you know that Patrick is a little out there. He’s bold, he’s charismatic and he doesn’t really care what people think about him (with the exception of a small group of people, who he really wants to love him.) In the book, we see this through Charlie’s eyes and understand that completely. We know that Patrick will say just about anything and that he is a great friend who wants to feel affection towards him.

But the movie Patrick is so much more. In the movie, we get to see a different side of Patrick that we didn’t even know we wanted. He has great comedic timing, and he brightens the screen. He seems like the type of person you want to have as your best friend, despite his love baggage, because you know that he will always be there for you and to put a smile on your face.

Simply put, Patrick is my favorite part of the film, not question about it.

Charlie’s Family

The biggest difference here is that Charlie doesn’t seem as close to his family in the movie as he does in the book. I don’t really have a problem with this personally, though it does change the dynamic of the movie.

By being closer with his family, Charlie’s struggles with remembering what his aunt did to him make it harder for him to come to the realization of what happened. He didn’t want to disappoint his family. But the film leaves us completely out on that whole inner battle. We, as an audience, feel confused and don’t really understand what has happened to Charlie until the very end of the movie.

The book also puts more emphasis on Charlie’s relationship with his sister, which is nice, but I didn’t miss it when I watched the movie. Their relationship was only secondary to the relationship he was building with Sam and Patrick.

The gang.

The gang.

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Charlie’s Poem

This is the one thing that bugged me about the movie. The poem wasn’t there. The big thing that started Charlie’s search for new friends was when his best friend, Michael, died. He found this poem, presumably written by Michael as a suicide note. I think the poem was so powerful and though it wasn’t that important to the overall concept of the story, it was still a powerful piece that lets us understand Charlie better and get inside his mind and understand what he was going through. I wish it would have been in the movie.

 

Overall

I really loved the movie. The book is great and the movie held its own. The casting was great and the scripting was great. I loved most of the movie and the only thing I would have changed is the poem. I would definitely recommend that you see it. But read the book first if you do. I think that’s the best way to do it. And you won’t be as confused if you have at least read it prior.

 

K

 

NEXT WEEK: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

If you’ve read The Hunger Games and seen the first movie, you know that they are about as close as a film adaptation can get. My friends and I actually rate film adaptations from Twilight (which is horrible, more on that later) and THG.  This says so much about the directing and time put into this movie. In my opinion, directors and producers mean the world to a film – especially if it is an adaptation of a beloved book.

But what I want to talk about are the little differences from book to film. Yes, there were quite a few, despite the greatness of it.

 

“The Hunger Games” Book Cover

 

 

“The Hunger Games” Movie Poster

Differences

1. The mockingjay pin that becomes Katniss’ symbol and namesake was not originally given to her by a lady at the black market. In the book, Madge gives Katniss the pin.

2. Where is Madge?! IF you have never read the book, you would have no idea that Katniss actually had friends outside of Gale.

3. Peeta’s father never visited Katniss in the movie. This is important. I will explain this in a little bit.

4. Rue. Yes, the movie made it clear that Rue was a very important character to Katiss, but it never really explains why.

5. More Gale. The movie showed us a lot more of what was happening with Gale while Katniss and Peeta were in the games. The book didn’t do that since we only got Katniss’ perspective.

6. The dog mutants at the end of the games were entirely different.

 

Now of course, there are many more differences I could talk about, but the ones I’ve listed above are the most defining for me.

 

The Mockingjay Pin and Madge

You can actually buy these.

 

Let’s start with number one and two collectively: the mockingjay pin and Madge. In the book we are given the background of Katniss and her friend Madge. Though they weren’t that close (let’s be real, Katniss doesn’t make friends easily) they still had a connection. Madge was the daughter of the mayor and obviously therefore had a slightly higher standard of living. But she still considered herself to be Katniss’ friend.

In the book, Katniss visits Madge before the reaping and that is when she receives the pin. Madge gave it to her. Later, Katniss gives the pin to Prim as way to calm and reassure her going into the reaping. Then, after Katniss volunteers, Prim returns the pin to Katniss.

I think this is so important because it shows that Katniss isn’t such an outsider. It shows that she has friends and that she is capable of being liked by others. The movie draws on her ability not to. Although it is hard for her, she is capable and that is important.

 

 

Visitation and Peeta’s Father

This is so important to me and I felt so sad when the movie didn’t include it. After the reaping in the book, Peeta’s father comes to visit Katniss. He brings her cookies and tells her to be careful. The reason I liked this scene so much was because it showed the connection between Katniss and Peeta’s family. Although it wasn’t a strong or obvious one, it was there.

The Mellark’s often baught meat from Katniss and talked with Peeta about her. They showed some compassion towards her and her sister. His visit makes that resonate with us (and maybe fall a little harder for Peeta!) The movie left this out, probably to save time and because it wasn’t essential to the story itself. But I felt gypped.

 

Rue and Katniss’ Relationship

Katniss and Rue

The movie did do a good job of including the relationship between Katniss and Rue. They showed that it was important, but I never felt that they explained why it was important. In the book, we are reading from Katniss’ point of view, and so we see things and understand things the way Katniss does.

In the movie, this is not so much the case. Yes, we are still primarily in Katniss’ POV, but we don’t get to know what she is thinking all the time. The book helps with this by hearing Katniss’ thoughts on Rue. The reason Katniss is so fond of her is because she reminds her of Prim. And in both the book and movie, it is obvious that all Katniss cares about protecting is Prim – no matter what.

 

More Gale

One of the major differences from book to movie is that Gale’s character is a lot more prevalent in the movie than he was in the book. This is mostly because of the whole perspective thing again. But the reason I have problem with this is because of what it does to the love aspect of the story. Yes, Katniss loves Gale, but she falls in love with Peeta too and then has to decide who she wants to be with, or “whoever she thinks she can’t survive without.” More Gale in the movie complicates this.

 

Mutants

The dogs at the end of the games are vastly different than the ones in the book. The reason is this: In the book, the dogs were mutants that had traits of all the tributes from that reaping. All of the previously killed tributes were essentially brought back into these mutts.

This difference complicates things a lot further and adds depth to that scene because not only are they still trying to survive, but the things trying to kill them are familiar. I think this was really important, but yet it was left out of the movie and the mutts became less important.

 

There are so many other things I know that are different about the movie compared to the book, but these are the ones that bothered me the most. Leave a comment below telling me what bothered you the most!

 

NEXT WEEK: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

“Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion

If you love zombies, you will love this book and film. I’m not a zombie fan, but this is one of my top favorite books of all time. The movie was pretty awesome too. “Warm Bodies” is one of my all time favorites.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Differences:

• R doesn’t have a wife and kids in the film adaptation.

• Julie’s mother’s death is not that important in the film.

• The setting is expanded in the film.

• M becomes a comic relief in the film version.

Do These Differences Matter?

Personally, I don’t really think so. I think the film was great and that it matched the spirit and attitude of the book. The details that were changed didn’t necessarily bother me all that much, I actually saw the film before reading the book. After seeing it, I went out and got myself the first copy of the book that I could find. I read the book in under a day! (That’s fast for me!)

However, I did enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the film. But what I really liked about the film was the character M. He became such a comedic relief for a film about zombies and romance. My best friend and I still *lovingly* quote him from the scene where they all band together to help R. “They say, fuck, yeah.” Classic. Funny. This guy really did a lot for the movie!

The setting increased in the film and that is completely fine by me. I really don’t see a problem in this change.

However, Julie’s mom’s death doesn’t seem to be as important to the movie as it did in the book. The same goes for Perry’s dad’s death. In the movie these are both written off as minor details, whereas in the book, they were the grounds for which the characters traits came from.

 

Did You Notice?

The book (and film) are loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. This is my favorite part about this whole thing. I love Romeo and Juliet and when I saw the movie, it clicked right away for me. The balcony scene when R breaks into the camp to find Julie and he is looking up at her on the balcony. Can anyone say “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Let’s also consider his name is R (Romeo), her name is Julie (Juliet). M would be Mercutio, Parry as Paris and Nora as in the Nurse. I mean, hello! This was brilliant! A forbidden love, star-crossed lovers.

 

Overall:

I loved both. I think both the movie and the book were great in their own ways. Each one kept me interested and continues to receive my love. I highly recommend you read the book. You won’t regret it!

 

K

 

NEXT WEEK: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

 

“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

If you have either read or seen “If I Stay,” then you understand why it is so near and dear to my heart. It is a story about love and life and making hard decisions about your future. The story centers on Mia, a musically gifted high school Senior trying to find her place.

Why You Should Read It

I bought this book over two years ago and always meant to read it and never got around to it. But when I saw that it was being made into a film, I kicked my but into gear and sat down and finally read it. I can honestly now say that it is one of my favorite books to date. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to be in Mia’s world.

I finished the book in under a day. I have literally only done that four times in my life. (In case you’re wondering, the books were: “I Heart You, You Haunt Me” by Lisa Schroeder, “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer, “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion and –obviously– “If I Stay.”)

 

Let’s Talk Positives (SPOILERS AHEAD)

The film was very well done and I loved almost every part of it. They stayed true to Mia and her personality. Adam, her boyfriend, was as perfect as when I read him. He was everything he needed to be and it was a great experience to see that on screen.

Mia’s family was just as funny on screen as when I read about them in Mia’s point of view. They were lively, funny, sarcastic and over the top – Something I wish my family could be. Imagine the fun we’d have!

One of my favorite parts in the book was Adam. Seeing how he was with Mia and how much he wanted her to be happy. When he creates a replica of the ceiling she will be looking at for her Julliard audition, it melted my heart. The movie fully did that justice.

The best thing about the fil adaptation? Mia’s song, written by Adam. Adam tells her in the book, “Don’t make me write you a song,” when he visits her in the hospital. He told her the only way he could write her a song was if she broke his heart. In the book, she never got a song; in the movie, she did (and it was beautiful!)

Now Let’s Talk Negatives

I had one major issue with the movie, and if you’ve seen the movie and read the book, you will know what I’m talking about. The break-in scene to get Adam in to see Mia.

In the book, the whole elaborate scheme to get Adam into the hospital room (where he wasn’t allowed) was much more intricate than the movie version. The book romanticized the whole ordeal. Adam got a famous friend to start a scene in the hallway and then rushed the hospital ward to get to Mia.

In the movie, it wasn’t so exciting or planned out. It was quick and left me feeling disappointed. Kim, Mia’s long time best friend is the force behind the plan and is supposed to distract the security guard while Adam sneaks in. Her scene is clever and has its moment, but it is nothing compared to the book.

Meanwhile, I had another problem with the way the movie portrayed people other than Adam in her book. As I said before, her family was great. However, it could have been better.  The book version allows for more swearing by her parents who make you, as the reader, feel like you belong. The movie didn’t include many profanities, understandably.

Another issue I had was that Mia spends a vast majority of the book worrying about her brother and if he was okay. This was only background fluff as far as the movie was concerned.

The thing is, the story isn’t just about Adam. It’s about everyone. The book illustrates that and shows us how important family and love are, not just one or the other.

Overall

I think the movie was great. I think the book was a little better though. Nevertheless, it still made me laugh, it still made me cry and it left the audience in the theater feeling like they were affected by what they watched.

When I read this book, I immediately told everyone about how great it was and tried to convince them to read it NOW. I’m still working on my roommate, the girl doesn’t want a sad book and I just want her to feel my pain as I read it! It’s not a bad thing to cry over a good storyline.

But my point is, go watch the movie. If you loved the book, you will enjoy the movie. And if you saw the movie without reading it, please go read it! IT adds more depth  and it makes you feel. Trust me on this, it’s worth it.

 

K

 

NEXT WEEK: “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion

 

If you want to read more about the differences, go check out this blog by Shaina Landis. She goes into more detail with her own opinions and talks about some things I didn’t mention here.

IF I STAY (MOVIE VS BOOK): 4 PLEASANT SURPRISES AND 4 UTTER DISAPPOINTMENTS

Welcome!

Hi! My name is Kaylin and this is my new blog all about film adaptations of books! I am a Junior at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, majoring in English with an emphasis in Publishing and Professional Writing.

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       With this new blog, I hope to meet people with similar interests and discuss films and books as a community. My entries won’t be limited to a specific genre, concept or theme. I want to leave the board wide open to discuss a little bit of everything. That being said, I will say that there are bound to be some limitations. I can only write about film adaptations that I have actually read the corresponding book. I will try my best to be as accurate and researched as I can.

Anyone interested in movies and literature will be able to relate and enjoy this blog. However, just because you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, it doesn’t mean you can’t get information from my site! Everyone is welcome here!

Now, the reason I have decided to theme my blog this way is because of my love of literature and film. Clearly, as an English major, I like to read and it is one of my favorite hobbies. But I also love going to see movies with my friends. Lately there has been a trend of book to film adaptations hitting theaters ranging from The Hunger Games to The Giver. I want to discuss this with people and use this blog as a venue to write down my personal thoughts and opinions.

I hope to become a better writer through this new opportunity and have fun while doing it! Enjoy!

 

K