For December 2020, we will be reading books that were made into movies/shows.
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What do you think were the best/worst book-to-movie adaptations?
Here some guiding question:
- What book-to-movie will you be discussing?
- What made the movie the best or not-so-great?
- Were there scenes you missed? Why do you think they were cut out?
- Did the changes affect the movie in a positive light?
- Would you say the movie stayed true to the core message of the book? If not, why not?
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The book and movie I will be reviewing is a clockwork orange. I think they do a wonderful job in the film adaptation. Alex is just as creepy and uncomfortable as he is in the books and the creativity that went into making the dystopian setting is amazing. They're exactly as I imagined.
The only thing that sucked was the ending, it wasn't the same as the book. The character development that Alex goes through in talking to his fellow droog is unbelievable. I assume it was cut out due to the fact that the original ending was cut out in Britain. It being an English film, that would make sense.
I hated that they removed this scene, but the rest of the movie makes up for it.
I definitely think the message was somewhat changed because of that missing scene, but everything is open to interpretation. I may be biased, because I loved the American book ending so much.
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I haven't actually read the books yet, but I saw the movie adaptations of The Darkest Minds and The Girl with All the Gifts and loved them! I know book-to-movie adaptations are a controversial topic but those two movies actually made me want to read the books, they were that good. There's great analysis to be had with comparing the two so I might do that someday...
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I always feel badly saying "the book was horrible" because in many cases, it was not that the book was so bad, it was that the acting was so good. I'm thinking of "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Shining".
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