Monday, October 15, 2007

Books to movies

I am not a movie buff. Sitting in a movie theatre for 2 hours gives me the willies. Sitting still for 2 hours would probably kill me. I'm a multitasker and a fidgeter.

The reason I mention this is I was reading Laurell K. Hamilton's blog this morning and she went to see the movie based on the book The Dark Is Rising this weekend. If you'd like to read her comments, go here. She wasn't impressed.

I try not so see movies based off of books I love. I know the movie will never compare to my imagination. I so want to believe my own pictures of the characters I read about. Seeing them brought to life by an actor skews my own treasured perception.

Do you like to see movies based on books you've read?


Anonymous said...

I saw LKH's post as well. I'm contemplating seeing _The Seeker_ just so I can write angry letters about it. I'm already pretty upset about what they did to such an amazing book.

Jim Melvin said...

You're absolutely right. Movies based off books you love almost always disappoint. Of course there are exceptions. I think Peter Jackson did a marvelous job with LOTR. Jaws, The Exorcist, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest were better than the books. But this is disturbingly rare.