Hi everyone! For anyone who is new since I last did one of these, it’s pretty simple: each month, I take a book and it’s film adaptation and attempt to answer the age old question: which was better, the book or the movie. This month, I’m talking about one of my favourite books, The Book Thief.
I loved this book! It’s definitely the sort of book that won’t be for everyone, the narration style (it’s narrated by Death) takes a bit of getting used to, but once I did, I completely fell in love with this story. I fell in love with Liesel, and Rudy, and Hans and Rosa, and Max. I’ve read a lot of WWII books, but this one stands out to me, it’s quieter and more personal and even though you know exactly what’s going to happen (Death loves spoilers), it still crushes your heart.
I was quite worried about the film, because it’s a difficult story to translate onto screen, particularly with the way it’s told. Thankfully, they did a really great job with it, I thought the actors all did really great jobs at bringing their characters to life, they kept the Death narration & followed the story pretty faithfully. It’s a really great adaptation of the book, and one of the few times I haven’t been disappointed with the way a favourite book has been brought to screen.
Movie or Book Judgement:
AGH THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY HARD BECAUSE I REALLY LOVE BOTH. I’d say the book probably just edges it here, it was the way I first consumed the story and it’s very close to my heart, but honestly they are both brilliant.
That’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I’ll be back next month, talking about The Maze Runner and it’s movie adaptation. In the meantime, my next post will be my latest Quarterly Rewind, which should be up on Saturday, so keep an eye out for that.