Tag: Books to Film

Book vs. Movie: Eddie and the Cruisers

Book vs. Movie: Eddie and the Cruisers

Posted September 21, 2022 in Bookish Things // 3 Comments

It’s not fantasy, it’s not YA, but I couldn’t resist doing a page to film post on my favorite movie. It’s a movie you’ve probably never heard of, based on a book you’ve almost definitely never heard of, with a fantastic soundtrack. Eddie and the Cruisers is now considered a cult classic – I’ve only met two other people who have seen the movie (without me making them watch it), and they’re both close friends. It has the feel of so many classic 80s films, and it’s not quite like anything else I’ve ever seen. Before I can talk about […]

Book vs. Movie: Catch Me If You Can

Book vs. Movie: Catch Me If You Can

Posted August 10, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

Let me set the scene for you. A young Leonardo DiCaprio plays Frank W. Abagnale Jr. He runs away from home, pressured by an unexpected divorce, and after struggling to find his way in New York City, he decides he wants respect and easy money. Instead of having to churn cream into butter to climb out of the bucket (a metaphor that runs through the film), he decides to go the easy way. The illegal way. He starts impersonating a Pan-Am co-pilot and cashing fake checks. Enter Tom Hanks. Hanks’ character, Carl Hanratty, a check fraud investigator for the FBI. […]

Book Vs. Show: Pachinko (2022)

Book Vs. Show: Pachinko (2022)

Posted May 11, 2022 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever had such luck before as I had with Pachinko. Four days after finishing the book, Apple TV’s new K-Drama dropped, and I didn’t know it was coming until I posted my review. Before watching it, I knew the show format with hour-long episodes was perfect for this. I also think it’s important to nod to Parasite, Squid Game, and others like it… because five years ago, US entertainment companies were not making K-Dramas. We still have a long, long way to go to embracing world culture, but the infusion of K-Pop and K-Dramas is a […]

Book Vs. Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Book Vs. Movie: Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Posted March 9, 2022 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

It’s been a while since I talked about Alice in Wonderland on this blog. I still find it one of the most interesting classic properties, overflowing with curiosity and possibility. The animated 1951 film is not the first time Disney brought Alice in Wonderland to the screen, nor would it be the last. Many other companies have produced Alice in Wonderland films and TV shows and even a miniseries. I picked this film in particular because it is well-known, has an interesting story, and actually… it failed. There’s an excellent article on Tor.com about the shortcomings of Disney’s animated Alice […]

Book Vs. Movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Book Vs. Movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Posted February 9, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

Many adaptations of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea have been made over the years, though Disney’s 1954 adaptation is, I dare say, the most well-known. The film came at a time when Hollywood was in love with dashing bad boy heroes in thrilling adventure stories. It’s the era of live action pirate films and Tarzan adaptations. Adventure films in cinemas sought to disappear in the deep, dark unknown. For this era, Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousands Leagues Under the Sea was the perfect choice for an adaptation. Like many modern book-to-film adaptations, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has changed a […]