Tag: Books to Film

Book Vs. Movie:  Peter Pan / Hook (SPOILERS!)

Book Vs. Movie: Peter Pan / Hook (SPOILERS!)

Posted September 18, 2020 in Bookish Things // 1 Comment

This is a little different than my typical Book vs. Movie post because it’s not necessarily an adaptation… it’s sort of a retelling/continuation.  There were a couple reasons I decided to choose Hook for this month’s Book vs. Movie (aside from the fact I read Peter Pan recently). It is one of my all-time favorite movies. There are thematic elements and moments in it that are surprisingly closer to Peter Pan than many direct adaptations I’ve seen. Some quick insight about this film for those who have never heard of it – this is a 1991 Stephen Spielberg film starring Robin Williams as […]

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Book Vs. Movie: Eragon – In Which I Try & Convince Myself This Isn’t Terrible… But It’s Still Terrible

Book Vs. Movie: Eragon – In Which I Try & Convince Myself This Isn’t Terrible… But It’s Still Terrible

Posted August 28, 2020 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

A few years ago, I wrote a post expressing my deep disappointment about the Eragon film adaptation and my desire that the franchise be revitalized… and completely overhauled for screen. In the time since then, the post still gets hits and comments.  Most of the comments telling me that I am, frankly, wrong. So I figured, it’s been a while?  Maybe I’ll go back and give the film a good critical watch.  I can be more eloquent and less ranty, right?  Maybe, like Ready Player One, it’s a decent film if you have NO IDEA what the book entails?  I’ve gotten better at […]

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Book vs. Movie: James and the Giant Peach

Book vs. Movie: James and the Giant Peach

Posted August 10, 2020 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

Those of you who are regular followers here may remember that I read James and the Giant Peach earlier this year, and well… found it wanting.  Just a weird little book with bugs and creepy pictures that I didn’t super need in my life, despite growing up with the movie as a kid. Yeah, for some reason, James and the Giant Peach the movie managed to be a nostalgia film for me – possibly because of Tim Burton’s stop-motion, which is the same thing that brought in The Nightmare Before Christmas and made that a staple, too.  While Roald Dahl’s books are widely […]

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Book vs. Movie:  How to Build a Girl (SPOILERS!)

Book vs. Movie: How to Build a Girl (SPOILERS!)

Posted July 17, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

The film adaptation of How to Build a Girl feels like a familiar story.  I’ve seen these characters before, read stories about them.  But it’s a different sort of story than How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran.  It lacks something that makes the books so enjoyable to me, and instead is a similar coming-of-age story. I think movie-Johanna and book-Johanna could come to be friends.  But they have different journeys. Please be patient with me as I try to explain.  How to Build a Girl is one of my Top 20 favorite books on a level of sheer enjoyment.  I […]

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Book vs. Movie: Holes (SPOILERS!)

Book vs. Movie: Holes (SPOILERS!)

Posted June 15, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

Fact:  It makes a huge difference when the original author is involved in writing an adapted screenplay. In the case of Disney’s 2003 adaptation of Holes, Louis Sachar’s involvement as the screenwriter created a story that was pretty darn close to the original book.  As of late, my experience with Disney’s adaptations has been pretty sour (see my Book vs. Movie post on A Wrinkle in Time for some… exhaustion in that matter) and so when I’d listed Holes for one of these posts, I dragged my feet.  I had seen the movie before (I was 14 when it came out) so I […]

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