Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?
Well, of course there's Harry Potter, and I think all the movies lived up to my expectations of what I know can be taken from a book and put into a movie. All the movies have done a fabulous job (in my opinion, obviously) taking the key plot points and necessary information (for the most part; that whole 'Moony' thing from the third movie still completely irks me) and cramming them nicely into a 2 1/2 hour movie.
...except Half-Blood Prince. Cinematically, it was wonderful. The first twenty minutes were pretty spot on amazing. The acting was great, the effects were wonderful. But like...with everything else that was needed to go into the movie (you know, like, the ENTIRE plot about Voldemort and Snape and the memories and how Snape even IS the HBP, etc. etc., I could go on), why on Earth would the director push all the necessary information to the backburner in favor of gossip? I don't really care who's snogging who, who likes who and why. Sure, I hurt for Hermione and Ron, but frick, there's a STORY that needed to be told, and I had to squint and turn my head sideways to even realize it was there. This is a fantasy movie that has a bit of romance in it, not a romance movie with a bit of fantasy! AUGHRFJ
Also, that scene with Ginny and Harry in the room of requirement where she all but goes down on him...totally unnecessary. Oh, as was the scene where she went to tie his shoe on the stairs and all but went down on him. Yeah. No thanks. I have the history of Voldemort to learn.
There's also the Percy Jackson movie, which I was quite happy with. I understand why he cut the corners he did, why he changed what plot points and storylines he did. And though I'm disappointed with the lack of Ares and Clarisse, and the whole thing about Poseidon making that house JUST for Percy was kind of strange, I really did enjoy the movie for what it was.
Hm...Series of Unfortunate events I thought did a wonderful job compiling the first three novels into a really good film. I like the way it ties all together at the end there. Sad that they couldn't do the second movie, but at least the first one is really good.
I can't really think of many others where I've read the book before the movie came out. The first Leven Thumps book is going to be made into a movie soon, and I'm pretty psyched for that. That series is nothing short of amazing (especially starting from book 2, when all the action really gets going), so I'm looking forward to how that turns out. Also, they're making Ender's Game into a movie. Orson Scott Card is writing the script for it, so I have faith that it'll turn out to be everything I've ever wanted in an Ender's Game movie <3
Um. If I've missed any, lemme know! <3
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