CP English I Extra Credit: Books on the Big Screen

Here is your opportunity to do extra credit this six weeks! It’s the easiest it has ever been! There’s more than one way to get excited about books. Many books are translated to the Big Screen!  Right now, everyone is anxiously waiting for the film version of Andy Weir’s The Martian,   and we all know about the Harry Potter books translated into movies along with The Hunger Games Trilogy, but they aren’t the only ones. Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan’s Lightning Thief, The Help by Kathryn Sockett, and Tolkein’s Ring Trilogy only start a long list of movies that started life as novels.

For extra credit, comment below about what your favorite–or least favorite– film version of a book has been. In your recommendation, tell why you liked it and who else you think might like it– or not like it. Tell why this film version was great or awful. Feel free to join in a conversation and comment on other people’s recommendations as well. Of course, the guidelines here are the same as anywhere: Be considerate and think about your words before submitting them.(All comments do await my moderation–just in case, so you won’t see them instantly.)

The more involved you are, the more credit you get.

“How much extra credit?” you ask.

“Up to 40 points on a major exam,” I reply.

“Holy cow! That’s amazing!” you exclaim.

“I know,” I nod and answer.

So to get you started, here is my recommendation for a movie version of a book I just didn’t think worked:

hunger_games__mockingjay_part_1_movie_poster_by_triggerhappy039-d7iav0cI read all of the Hunger Games novels. In fact, I first listened to them as audio books and liked them so much that I bought the hard copy of them as well. So, I was excited when I heard that there would be movies. In fact, I did love the first movie. Jennifer Lawrence was a fantastic Katniss, and I loved the visualization of the capital. I thought they chose good scenes from the movie to convey the same main ideas that the book did. I did not enjoy the second movie quite as much, but it still held its own against the novels.

All of this changed with Mockingjay: Part 1. Because I had not absolutely loved the second film, I waited to see this third movie in the series until I could see it for free as part of my Amazon Prime membership. Since I was seeing it for free, I did not hold this movie to quite as high standards as I would a movie I paid big bucks to watch. Still it let me down.

First, the directors chose an all gray palette. Gone was any visual stimulation. They said, “Fire burn brighter in the dark,” but there wasn’t any fire, just dismal gray fog. The movie was visually boring, and this is the theme of the whole movie–at least at far as I was able to stand it. I watched about the first hour, and nothing happened. An exciting novel had been turned into one of the most boring movies I had ever tried to watch. Snooze-O-Rama! One of the worst things is that they cut this book into two parts, and this is proof that it was totally unnecessary. Hollywood greed struck and turned what could have been a suspenseful, tightly-plotted, two hour movie into a treatment for insomnia just to try to make a few more dollars. Needless to say, I’m not planning to see the last installment in the series.

 

OK, now you’ve seen how it’s done…let’s have your views on movies from novels.

 

 

Advertisements

56 thoughts on “CP English I Extra Credit: Books on the Big Screen

  1. One of my favorites is Fried Green Tomatoes the movie is great! It’s a must see, but the book, however, is totally different and people that have read the book then watched the movie are making it sound crazy. The story line is about a brother “buddy” who falls in love with “Ruth”, and Buddy’s sister was jealous because she wanted her brother all to herself, but when Buddy got hit by the train, and died Ruth got married a couple of years later to a man who beats her, and Buddy’s little sister comes and helps her move back home but “igdy” Buddy’s sister finds out Ruth is going to have a baby and she will soon name him Buddy, Jr. When Ruth comes back home to Alabama, the town feels alive again, but when Ruth dies of cancer, the town slowly dies. It’s an amazing movie, but I wouldn’t read the book again. The movie, however, I could watch a billion times

    Liked by 3 people

  2. My favorite movie version as a book would have to be the maze runner I love the book but I also love the movie I highly recommend everyone watch it and read it if they haven’t yet

    Liked by 2 people

  3. My favorite movie version of a book would have to be the maze runner I love the book but I also love the movie I highly recommend everyone watch it and read it if they haven’t yet

    Liked by 2 people

  4. One of my favorites if Fried Green Tomatoes the movie is frat its a must see if you like movies based back in the 90’s the book however is totally different and people that have seen the movie and read the book and review it are making the story line sound crazy. It’s about a brother “buddy” who falls in love with “Ruth” and Buddy’s little sister is jealous because she wanted Buddy all to her self but when Buddy gets killed by a train years later Ruth gets married and is in an abusive marriage so Buddy’s sister “Idgy” finds out Ruth is about to have a baby that will soon be named Buddy Jr so idgy comes amd convinces ruth to move back home to Alabama to help Buddy Jr grow up with the “threadgoods” Idgy’s family. But when Ruth gets cancer and dies the town slowly dies with her. It’s an amazing movie but the book I wouldn’t bother to pick up and read again.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. My favorite movie would have to be The Maze Runner. The movie follows the book pretty well, and I think the book is amazing! It’s a very suspenseful movie, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The first half of the movie is slow, but interesting. They all kind of start to figure out what’s going on, and there’s a group called the “maze runners” that runs in the maze to find more clues of what’s happening. Towards the end, the main character finds a way out, and brings everyone into the maze. When they get in the maze it is very intense, and a lot of action! They finally escape, but a lot of people got killed, and end up in the room of the people that made the maze. All of the workers are dead, and then a couple of guys come in, and take them into a helicopter, and this is basically the end, and you know they’re making a sequel, which, in my opinion, looks amazing! I highly recommend this movie, and the book, and I’m sure you’ll love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ve started reading the Maze Runner novels, but haven’t seen the movie yet. I’m glad to know that even though it starts out slow, it gets more exciting. Good information! I tend not to have much patience with slow movies unless I know there’s a payoff later! I’m not well-known for my patience? 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    2. I have seen this movie as well. It is really good!! I agree that it is very suspenseful. I am looking forward to seeing the sequel. I have not read the books yet but an interested in starting the series now after seeing the movie.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I would have to say that my favorite movie adaptation of a book is The Hobbit Trilogy. I really love the book and I think the movies are great. I might be a little bias because I have a lot of respect for Peter Jackson, and after seeing The Lord of the Rings movies, I just had to watch The Hobbit movies. I don’t think anyone could have done a better job with the movies, but J.R.R. Tolkien, in my opinion, wrote one of the best books in modern history, I strongly believe it deserved every award it won. To anyone who watches the movies before reading the book, I think you’ll be really surprised that the book was written in 1937, just after reading the book, I was surprised that it was written in 1937. Even though the book is so great, I think Peter Jackson does a great job at giving you the same feeling as if you were reading the book, a feeling of unease, anticipation, and creating a love for adventure. After reading the book or experiencing the movies, you’ll want to go out and have fun and explore.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. I absolutely love The Hunger Games series! I have watched the first two movies, but I haven’t been able to watch Mockingjay Part 1. I believe that the first two movies follow the books pretty closely, but sometimes it speeds through an important scene. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games series, you will more than likely still enjoy the movies! Although, I would highly recommend reading the books first then watching the movies. The first two movies were just as thrilling as the books! I would recommend watching the movies and reading the books in this series! I’m also looking forward to watching Mockingjay Part 1!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. My favorite book that is now a movie has to be the “If I Stay” series. I read both books before I saw the first movie that followed the first book “If I Stay”. The booms were brilliant and very eye-opening. The first book is about young adult, Mia Hall, who thought the hardest decision she’d have to make would be rather to pursue her life long dream, or follow the boy of her dreams while he chases his. What she hadn’t expected was to wake up outside of her body and watch has her family got rushes to the hospital. All of a sudden choosing between Juliard and Adam wasn’t the hardest decision. Theh hardest decision became so much more, ands she’ll have to ask herself “if I stay?”. The book and the movie bothtouch the heart. This is personally my favorite book that’s turned into a movie because it conveys the hardship, the emotions, and the message ain ways one will remember forever. The movie doesn’t stray too far from the original book plot, making the movie ideal for those who hate when the moviediffers from the book. Both the book and the movie are a coming of age love story that deals with the struggle of growing up. I really recommend this book and movies to others. I enjoyed reading it and was glad to find the movie to be a lot like the book. Its a must read and a must watch!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. What a difficult decision! As a musician myself, I think I’ll have to check this out. I don’t know if I could pass up Juliard. Of course, as someone deeply in love with my husband, I couldn’t leave him either!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. My favorite has got to be The Fault In Our Stars, I could read the book over and over. The movie was just as great, I could watch it all day. The book is about a girl named Hazel who has cancer. Her mom thinks she is depressed from this, so she sends her to a support group with other teens with cancer, this is where she meets Augustus. A boy that she falls in love with, she is scared to let him fall in love with her cause she fears she could die and he would be hurt. They had a beautiful love, they spent as much time together as they could. One day Augustus had to go to the hospital and finds out his cancer spread all over his body and he doesn’t have long to live. Sadly he doesn’t make it. Hazel is sad but finds out her parents are going to start a support group of their own after she dies and she is happy to know they will do something with their lives after she is gone.

    I love this book so much, it is so beautiful but yet so sad. I cry every time I read it. So if you don’t like anything with a sad ending this probably isn’t the book for you. I think its amazing though. The book and movie also have parts that will make you laugh and smile (so its not all that sad).

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hannah, I was stunned by how much I loved this book. I picked it up expecting to make fun of it as some mushy, weepy sap-fest!

      Boy! Was I ever wrong! I was hooked by Hazel’s personality from the first page! I loved the whole thing. Although it was a bit sad, it was an appropriate ending, and Augustus and Hazel were happy!!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. One of my favorite books that was turned into a movie was “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. In my 8th grade class we all had to read it and was such an enjoyable book. This book may sound like something very religious for some people that aren’t. But you don’t have to be religious to get into this book. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

    The main character is an older/senior man named Eddie who worked at an amusement park called Ruby Pier. The story begins around the time Eddie is about to die. Eddie had died from trying to saving kids who were stuck on a roller coaster. When Eddie dies he woke up and never really understood where he was. As he gathers his thought he starts to realize he’s not in the exact year he died. In this time he meets the first out of the five people he meets in heaven, which is the the “blue man” who was literally blue and was a part of a freak show that some how effected his life in some possible way. During his experience in heaven he had to meet 5 people. Each person he meets is someone that he has met , or someone that affected his life. And the more I reached into the book the more the situation and the reason he met all these people made much more sense.

    This book was absolutely amazing. I didn’t want to get into to much detail to spoil too much of the book. But this is one of the books I really enjoyed and it had many emotional sides to it. And the movie brought it more to life and it was almost exactly like the book, unlike other movies. Finally, I extremely recommend this book to absolutely anyone who is willing to give it a shot. It won’t be a disappointment!! TRUST ME!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I really liked the movie and book ‘Every Last Word’. It is a contemporary young adult novel about a teen girl dealing with purely obsessional OCD — and keeping it at bay enough to stay in the cool squad at her high school. The main character’s mental illness and anxiety are explored in great detail, as is her ongoing therapy. The story features in-depth descriptions of the protagonist’s obsessional thoughts and rituals. There is occasional strong language and a scene in which a teen has sex for the first time, but it’s not explicit or overly provocative for mature YA readers. Teens interested in reading about anxiety and mental illness will find Samantha an accessible and sympathetic character.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. one of my favorite love stories of all time would have to be the book “if i stay” written by Gayle Forman which was made in to a wonderful film that i enjoy so much that i continue to watch this movie repeatedly and i never get sick of it. i usually come to find that the books are better than the movies, but in this case i would have to say the movie showed the true drama and sadness that really defined what the story was all about and better showed the love between Mia and Adam. i strongly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys romance movies or books. although it is very sad i really gives you a new appreciation for what you have. oh and by the way, i would have tissues if i were you!

    Liked by 1 person

      1. even though you don’t enjoy these kinds of movies or books very much i still highly recommend this for you or any one even if its not really there type, its has an amazing story line!

        Liked by 1 person

  13. I watched the movie “Pride and Prejudice” a modern version of a classic novel which takes place in 1813. I enjoyed seeing how the characters in the early scenes of the movie were quick to judge each other also doing things to weaken each others lives. As time progresses, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy open up to see what they truly stand for. In return they see how similar they are. The movie ends up showing the two together professing their love for each other. The movie ending left me wanting to see what the future holds for the two. It also left me wanting to read the book to be able to compare the similarities and differences of two.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sarah, there are several movie versions of Pride and Prejudice, and I like almost all of them. The characters really do pull you in, don’t they? Odd to say for an English teacher, I liked the movies more than the book ! shhh! (I like the book; the movies have just been so engaging!)

      Like

  14. I haven’t read all the way through the Hunger Games, but I have seen all the movies and I love them! The first book pulled me in it was slow at first but after the start of the games it got very interesting I highly recommend reading it if you like action and also watch the movies. I can’t wait to finish the books and watch the last movie!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. In 7th grade I picked up a book called The Raft and it really makes you think about what’s happening. I would tell you the story but I don’t want to spoil it I hope you read it its one of my favorites they should make a movie bassed off the book but they haven’t I wish they would. I highly recommend this book!!!!!

    Like

  16. I have watched the movie The Outsiders and my parents recommended that I read the book and so I did start it.
    I think it would be a good movie or book to read or watch because it is based on kids our age who goes thru the same things that us as teenagers face today even tho it was based in the 1960’s. It talks about how different we are and can be and that we sometimes get viewed differently. Just like us as teenagers and young adults we all have choices to make some good some can and will affect our lives. But that in the end we all see the same the sunset.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes I liked the movie because to me the Greasers who were the not so good, but not so bad guys either, didn’t do the right things but still knew what was important in the end. I think what made it a good movie was how I can see some similarities in teenagers this day and time… I didn’t like how the Soc’s treated the Greasers but all in all I thought it was pretty good movie.

        Liked by 1 person

  17. One of my favorite that we had ro read was “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. The book was based on an older, senior man named Eddie. Eddie worked at the Ruby pear which was basically an amusement park. On one morning eddie tried to save some kids/adults on the ride that was broke and when he did something happen (can’t specifically remember) to him trying to fix the ride and had died during the process. When he died he had went into heaven and had met 5 people that somehow effect his life and maybe even theres. And some of the character were a real shocker to meet and not knowing what to expect out of them. This was a really amazing book that I actually doubted @ first. And when we watched the movie,surprisingly it was actually almost exactly like the book and a wasn’t a bad comparison to it.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. The book and movie comparison I chose to talk about is Twilight. I read the first book in the four part series, and really enjoyed it. The author, Stephanie Meyer, painted a great picture for me in her description of the main characters, Bella and Edward. I was very excited to see the movie because I enjoyed the book so much! In my opinion, the book had a much more vivid description of many different aspects. I had Edward pictured totally different that how Robert Pattinson appeared in the movie! The plot line of how Bella and Edward came to be was not as in depth as I enjoyed in the book. The movie was not a first rate film and had very few special effects. I was already a Twilight fan, and belonged to team Edward, so I watched the other films as they came out. By the time the other films were released, the first in the series was a hit, so they had a much larger budget to produce the films. The sequels were much more interesting with special effects, and very gripping as they went on. The last book in the series, Breaking Dawn, I thought was very well done, but I didn’t enjoy that it was broken into two parts. There was a lot of unnecessary “fillers” used to drag out the movies. Overall, I loved this series. To me it was a modern day “Romeo & Juliet” with a twist, and who doesn’t enjoy a good love story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sheridan, you make a good point that I had not thought of in comparing this to Romeo and Juliet. Since I’ve read the play about 1000 times, I don’t know how I overlooked this particular comparison!

      It’s also very interesting that you found the sequels better than the original movie. It’s usually the other way around. Do you think they listened to fan feedback to make them better?

      Like

  19. One of my favorite book series is Maze Runner by James Dashner, The movies were pretty good but they were nothing like the books. The characters looked a lot different than the books described them to look, some of the characters even had different names.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s