Musing Mondays – Books v Movies

Today’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading:

Do you like movies made from books? Which ones do you think have been done well — kept mostly to the plot of the book, etc?

I do quite enjoy movies made from books and regularly go to see them. Some of my favourites include the recent Narnia films and Atonement. I also often enjoy movies that are based on a book (particularly The King’s Speech) when I haven’t read the book.

However, there are things I am prepared to tolerate in a book which I cannot tolerate on screen and the main one is extreme violence (well, most violence). I absolutely loved Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy but you could not pay me to sit down and watch the films. It’s simply too violent.

Things that really annoy me about film adaptations of books:

– casting Anne Hathaway as a British person (see Becoming Jane), particularly when that British person is supposed to have a distinctive British accent (Emma Morley in One Day)

– excessive length. I like films to be spot on the 100 minute mark. I’ll tolerate 2 hours. 2 hours and 30 minutes of Harry Potter adaptation is too much.

I’d like to say I’d be open to watching films where inspiration has been taken from the book but the film has not remained firmly aligned with the plot of the book – but I think that would just annoy me.

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4 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – Books v Movies

  1. verityjdo 20 June 2011 at 12:12 pm Reply

    I’m with you on the length of films – I struggle with anything longer than 90 minutes really. At leats with a book you can put it down, but if you’re at the cinema, you’re stuck there geting more and more wriggly.

  2. carabossesbakeshop 20 June 2011 at 2:43 pm Reply

    I agree. Some of the casting choices are bizarre.

    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2011/06/musing-mondays_20.html

  3. A Damned Conjuror 20 June 2011 at 3:11 pm Reply

    what’s wrong with Hathaway? that trailer for One Day is a great example of the terribleness of movie trailers, so mawkish and trite.

    • readingwithtea 20 June 2011 at 5:04 pm Reply

      Nothing wrong with Anne – just she can’t do a Yorkshire accent (or at least can’t in the trailer!)

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