Hi everyone! For any new followers since the last time I did one of these posts, this is the feature on my blog where I take movie adaptations of books, and try to answer the age old question, which was better, the book or the movie. This week, I’m talking about the movie adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel, My Sister’s Keeper, which also happens to be one of my favourite books.
This was the first ever adult book that I read, borrowed from the local library when I was 13. It’s not the sort of thing I would usually gravitate towards, given that it had no fantastical elements whatsoever, but I felt like trying something new, so I went for it. I ended up really loving it, the relationship between Anna and Kate really resonated with me, I was really intrigued by the ethical issues this book presented, and I learned so much about medical stuff that I never knew about before. The emotional storyline really hit me, especially the ending, and soon after reading, I devoured as many other Jodi Picoult books as I could find.
WHERE TO BEGIN? Oh I know, let’s start with the ending, which was fundamentally different and changed the whole point of the entire story. I can’t really say much more than that without revealing spoilers, but it made me really, really angry. I also felt like they changed way too much, like making Anna younger, pretty much ignoring Jesse’s whole storyline, removing the Julia and Campbell subplot. The cast was pretty good, but I don’t think I would have chosen Cameron Diaz for Sara, I pictured her older. They also added scenes that were not in the book to the film. I also didn’t think the film managed the switching POVs as well as the book did. It felt like a very half baked adaptation, and this book definitely deserved better.
Movie or Book Judgement:
Definitely Book here. There were some good aspects of the film, the cast was good, but there were too many structural changes to the core of the story, which meant that it felt like the book and the film were telling completely different tales, and the change to the ending was just unforgivable.
That’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I will be back again next month, talking about The Book Thief and it’s movie adaptation. In the meantime, my next post will be my regularly scheduled Top Ten Tuesday on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that.