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Book Vs. Movie #2: Me Before You

This is a new feature I started here on I Heart Fictional People. I always compare the book to the movie adaptation, so now that I have a blog, why not share my thoughts with my fellow bookworms? I will have 3 or more rounds, comparing different aspects of the book/movie, and then I will declare a winner. I doubt that the movie will ever be better than the book, but you never know! Hey, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were awesome! Plus, it’ll be fun to look at the similarities and differences.

This time, we are doing Me Before You. I finished the book a couple nights ago (you can read my review here), so I immediately went to Redbox yesterday and rented the movie. I watched it last night and loved it! Let’s see how the two compare 🙂

READER BEWARE: If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you may not want to read this. I won’t include major spoilers unless noted first. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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Round 1: Louisa Clark

I really liked Louisa in the book. She seemed so eccentric yet relaxed and calm. She just enjoyed her not-so-active life, which I respected. Then I watched the movie, and the girl I came to like so much came to life, and I LOVED HER. The first thing I noticed in the movie was her wardrobe. Omg. Everything she wore was fabulous. I couldn’t accurately picture her clothing while reading the book. I knew  she had a quirky, unique, and creative sense of style, but seeing her come to life with all of her lovely clothes was awesome! And she was so upbeat and lively and happy. I got a taste of that in the book, but nothing like how the movie made me feel.

Verdict: The movie! I gotta say, I really liked the book version of Lou, but the movie version of Lou was just a little better. I absolutely loved her. I loved everything about her. Great casting decision!


Round 2: Plot

***WARNING: SPOILER ALERT***

There weren’t that many changes in the plot. The main difference I noticed was that Will didn’t have a sister in the movie, which, in my opinion, was fine. She didn’t serve much of a purpose in the book. The other difference I noticed was that Will’s dad either wasn’t having an affair, or they just didn’t show it. I didn’t think this was a big deal. It didn’t change anything really. You could still see marital issues between his parents, but they weren’t fully explained, which was fine. Also, Lou didn’t move in with Patrick in the movie, which was fine as well because she ends up moving out anyway. So, all in all, I was completely satisfied with the plot in the movie.

Verdict: It’s a tie here! Joao Moyes wrote the screenplay, so I’m not surprised how well done it was. She knew exactly what to take out and what to leave in to make the movie complement the book perfectly. Kudos to her! I wish authors always wrote the screenplays! The movies would be so much better!


Round 3: The Ending

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!***

Okay, I have to be honest here. Things just seemed a bit rushed. It was like all of a sudden, we were in Switzerland, and Will was about to die. I liked that the book took some time and let us regroup after finding out that Will had not changed his mind and he was really going to end his life. It still hit me emotionally the same, but I kind of felt like, “Wait a minute. I need more time. It’s already this part?!”

Verdict: Book. The book wins this round, but that’s not a surprise. Movies don’t have the luxury of taking the appropriate time needed like books do.


AND THE WINNER IS…

IT’S A TIE!!!

 

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it is an absolute tie. I can honestly say that I loved the movie just as much as I loved the book. And I think it has a lot to do with the author writing the screenplay. That really made a difference.

What did you guys think of the movie? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Book Vs. Movie #1: The Maze Runner

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This is a new feature I’m starting here on I Heart Fictional People. I always compare the book to the movie adaptation, so now that I have a blog, why not share my thoughts with my fellow bookworms? I will have 3 or more rounds, comparing different aspects of the book/movie, and then I will declare a winner. I doubt that the movie will ever be better than the book, but you never know! Hey, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were awesome! Plus, it’ll be fun to look at the similarities and differences.

I was inspired to start this after finishing The Maze Runner the other day and then watching the movie pretty much right after. (Here is my review of the book.) So that is our first matchup!

READER BEWARE: If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you may not want to read this. I won’t include major spoilers unless noted first. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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Round 1: The Maze

For a movie that is called The Maze Runner, you would think the focus would be on the maze. We never saw the damn thing! They were so concentrated on the grievers. Come on! In the book, the runners were running through the maze, mapping the maze, and analyzing the maze constantly. I didn’t see any of that in the movie. Very disappointing. Yeah, we saw a glimpse, but nothing like what the book presents. I get there’s a timing issue and they had to fit a lot in two hours, but I really didn’t get the feeling that they were trapped in a maze because I hardly saw it.

Verdict: Obviously the book wins this round. It’s called The MAZE Runner. The maze should have been a main character, like it is in the book.


Round 2: Characters

This was one aspect I was so worried about because I really liked the characters in the book. Within the first 5 minutes of the movie, I knew I was worrying for no reason. I was SO impressed with the actors chosen for these roles. They all played their parts perfectly in my opinion, especially Dylan O’Brien, who plays Thomas. I kept telling my husband, “He’s the perfect Thomas!” It was amazing to see all of them come to life. Kudos to whoever was responsible for the casting decisions and to those actors! They rocked it!

Verdict: It’s a tie here! The book and the movie complemented each other so well! The characters were created in the book and came to life in the movie. Loved it.


Round 3: Grievers

Okay, I gotta hand it to the producers or the special effects guys or whoever was in charge of this because the grievers looked pretty damn awesome in the movie. Surprisingly, I actually liked them better than the book. They came off as more spider-like than slug-like creatures that rolled. Scarier in my opinion.

Verdict: Shocker! Movie wins this round.


Round 4: Plot

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!***

***I WARNED YOU!***

Where was the cliff in the movie?! That was one of the things I was looking forward to seeing! And that was pretty much how they escaped! To just completely remove it and replace it with some lame hidden passage that only opened with a key provided by the grievers was plain dumb. And where was the code they discovered? In the book, they spent so much time figuring out the code to use to unlock their escape route, but in the movie, it’s just the sequence of the maze sections?! Lame. Then again, how could there be a cliff or a code WHEN WE NEVER SAW THE FRICKEN MAZE?!?!


AND THE WINNER IS…

THE BOOK!!!

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The movie wasn’t bad. I just got so irritated with the major plot changes. Come on! Even if I try to judge the movie separate from the book, I still would’ve liked to see more of the maze. And the plot didn’t work all that well for me. Definitely wasn’t as intense as I expected.

What did you guys think of the movie? I’d love to hear your opinions!