Books and Movies for 100

My husband and I watch a lot of movies. He doesn’t read, but if it’s a speculative fiction novel I generally try to read it before we see the movie.

Of course we have our favorites, and each has quirks. I find little things annoy me when they change them for no reason in movies.

Like Eragon, did they have to make Arya into a human, rather than an elf?

I remember being very upset that they combined characters in Jurassic Park.

Harry Potter seems to one of the few who escaped major edits in the movie business, but that doesn’t mean they put everything from the story in there. Now and then Hermione gets one of those know-it-all lines that someone else actually said in the book and I shake my head still. Especially if it’s a character who could have been in the scene like Seamus.

As a writer, I’d like to think I’d have the ability to stick up for my story when (okay, IF) it transferred to the silver screen. Novels are difficult because we say so much, but they have a limited time for screenplay.

Is it only writers who are so picky about these things?

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3 Comments

  1. Jamie said,

    4 January 2009 at 08:36

    many things about Jurassic Park bothered me in its adaptation. The sequels were worse.

  2. SE Kiko said,

    4 January 2009 at 13:24

    Funny you blogged this…my other half and I have started rereading the Harry Potter books before the next movie comes out in July. It’s weird seeing all the little details that are different in the movies. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the movies just as much as the books…I just keep finding things in the books that I’d completely forgotten about.

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