Book Vs Movie: The Lightning Thief

Hi everyone! If you are new to the blog and unfamiliar with this feature, it does what it says on the tin: each month I take a movie that has been adapted from a book and try to answer the age old question, which was better, the book or the movie. This week, I’m talking about the first Percy Jackson book, The Lightning Thief and it’s movie adaptation. People who know me well will probably know how this one will go before they even get to the end, but if you don’t, then be prepared for a rant!

Book Thoughts:

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I read this book for the first time when I was 14, I had just changed schools, I didn’t really know anyone very well yet and another new girl in my class recommended this series to me. I borrowed the first one from the library, not really thinking too much about it, but from the very first line I was OBSESSED. The humour in this series is amazing, the characters were brilliant, the plot was pacy & the mix of Greek mythology and modern day America was done perfectly and made my Greek mythology loving heart incredibly happy.

I was so addicted, I sped through the rest of the series in about a month I think, borrowing the rest from my friend and by the time Heroes of Olympus came out that October, I was all caught up and ready to go. Percy Jackson was also how me and my friend Hannah (Books, Life and Other Oddities) first became friends because we were both addicted to these books, so to say this series means a lot to me would definitely be an understatement.

Movie Thoughts:

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Oh dear. Where to begin on this one? THEY CHANGED SO MUCH. Everyone got aged up from 12 to 16, and of course they’re being played by 20 somethings because Hollywood, so it’s even more ridiculous. Percy Jackson’s story is definitely a coming of age tale and it’s a very different story if you change it from a 12 year old kid growing up to a 16 year old. They added this weird subplot of looking for pearls all over America, when in the books, they just get given the pearls during their quest, which means that the focus is taken off the lightning bolt, the WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE QUEST.  They combined Annabeth and Clarisse into one character, so when Clarisse appears in Sea of Monsters, the basis for her rivalry with Percy is unclear. The whole rivalry with Ares is cut, Mr D isn’t in charge of the camp, it takes much longer for Percy to become aware of his parentage…….I could keep going, but basically, the film hardly resembles the book at all.

We deserved so much better than this terrible film, and the sequel was even worse, so we never actually got a proper Percy Jackson franchise, just two awful films. Had the first film followed the book a bit more, I reckon it could have done really well, because the cast actually wasn’t terrible (despite being the totally wrong ages) but alas, it wasn’t to be. Hopefully now that the film rights have gone to Disney, we might get a more faithful film one day, but I’m not holding my breath.

Movie or Book Judgement:

BOOK. There’s not even a competition here, the book is a million times better than the movie. The actors in the movie are pretty good, I liked Logan Lerman as Percy (even though the part really should have gone to someone much younger) but the script is so far from what the book is that it barely resembles it and as a book fan, that’s just not what you want when you see an adaptation.

That’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I’ll be back next month, talking about the My Sister’s Keeper book and it’s movie adaptation. In the meantime, my next post will be my regularly scheduled Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that.

 

 

Book Vs Movie: You

Hi everyone! If you are new to the blog in the past month or so, this is a regular monthly feature where I take a book and it’s movie adaptation, and answer the age old question, which is better, the book or the movie. This week, I’m actually talking a TV adaptation, and talking about Caroline Kepnes’ novel You, and it’s Netflix adaptation.

Book Thoughts:

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I actually read the audiobook after having already seen the TV show, so I wasn’t coming into this book completely fresh. I did like You, but the writing wasn’t really for me, & although I found the plot interesting, it got somewhat repetitive and bloated at points. The narration by Santino Fontana was definitely my favourite part of this book, they definitely could not have chosen a better narrator for this. I actually did a review of this one, so if you are more interested in my detailed thoughts, you can find them here:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/you-review-audiobook/

TV thoughts:

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Like I said, I watched the TV show first for this one, and I’m glad I did it that way, because honestly if I hadn’t watched the TV show, I probably wouldn’t have read the book since it’s not the kind of thing I usually go for. I actually liked the TV show better for this one, it took all the things I liked about the book, the creepy narration, the twisted characters, but it also trimmed some of the fat from the plot so it was far tighter paced than the book, which I appreciated. I also thought it was really well cast, the two leads were great in their roles and there was a good supporting cast as well.

TV or Book Judgement:

TV for this one! I liked the book well enough, but I felt like I enjoyed the story much more on the screen and I think it definitely helped that they trimmed some of the excess story from the book, for a thriller, I definitely found the TV show more thrilling than the book.

So that’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie (well TV), I’ll be back next month with all of my incredibly salty thoughts on the Percy Jackson movie, so I definitely wouldn’t miss that one! In the meantime, I will have my latest Quarterly Rewind post up on Monday, so stay tuned for that.

 

Book Vs Movie: The Hunger Games

Hi everyone! If you’re a new follower in the last month or so and you haven’t been around for one of these before, it’s pretty straightforward, each month I take a book and it’s movie adaptation and decide which one of them is better. This week I’m tackling one of the YA adaptation juggernauts and talking about The Hunger Games and its movie counterpart.

Book Thoughts:

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Granted, it’s been a long time since I read the first Hunger Games book, I was about 15 I think, but I was completely addicted to it. It was one of those books where I was up reading until late into the night, frantically turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. The combination of reality game show and Roman gladiator style fighting, was unlike anything I’d ever read before and I found Katniss such a compelling heroine. I’ll never forget reading the ending and wanting to frantically grab for the second book as soon as I could.

Movie Thoughts:

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It was always going to be difficult to capture The Hunger Games on screen, but overall I think the film-makers did a pretty good job. I wasn’t a massive fan of the shaky cam on this, but I liked how we got an insight into the behind the scenes of the games. I also think that the cast was perfect, everyone really inhabited their roles so well. There are things from the books that I wish they’d kept, like Peeta’s leg being amputated and Katniss going deaf but overall, it’s a pretty faithful adaptation, enjoyable to both fans of the books and those who are new to the series.

Movie or Book Judgement:

I love both, and honestly this is really close, but I think I would still say book. It’s difficult because they both do different things very well, but the close first person perspective of Katniss is one of the reasons that I found the book so addictive, so for that reason the book just edges it. I still really love the film though!

I’m going to have another Book Vs Movie post next month, where I’m going to be talking about You, and the Netflix adaptation of it. In the meantime, I should have new Writing Corner and Jo Talks posts up over the weekend.

Book Vs Movie: Between Shades of Gray/Ashes In The Snow

Hi all! This is the second of my new monthly feature where I compare books to their movie adaptations and decide which one of them is better. This month, I’m going to be talking about Between Shades of Gray and it’s movie adaptation, Ashes In The Snow, since it seemed like a timely one to talk about because the film was released this week in the UK and I just watched it last night. I read the book about four years ago now, but luckily I did review it on here, so it will be much easier to remember my thoughts.

Book Thoughts:

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I really loved this book when I read it four years ago, I liked that it was something a little bit different for a WWII story, so often they focus on the atrocities of Hitler and what happened under Stalin’s regime gets somewhat forgotten, and I love learning about parts of History that I don’t know much about. I loved the characters and I thought Ruta Sepetys’ writing was beautiful. If you’d like to read my more detailed thoughts, the review is here:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/between-shades-of-grey-review/

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This film is really harrowing, I cried multiple times throughout, as I did with the book. I thought Bel Powley was a brilliant Lina and Martin Wallstrom did a great job as Kretsky, in fact all of the actors really captured the emotions of the film. I will say that I felt like the book felt more hopeful than the film did, even in her darkest moments, Lina still holds out hope that things will be better, which I didn’t feel so much in the film and the ending was very different from the book, but on the whole, the film was very true to the book and captured the story wonderfully.

Movie or Book Judgement:

Book, but honestly both are really great, I think I just loved the writing in the book so much that it edges it for me. I would definitely recommend the film too though!

I’m going to be back with another Book Vs Movie post next month, where I’m going to be talking about The Hunger Games, one of my favourite books! In the meantime, I should have a review of my latest read, Priory of The Orange Tree up tomorrow.

Book Vs Movie: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Hi everyone! Today marks the start of a brand new feature for BookLoversBlog, something I’ve been wanting to start for over a year now but just haven’t had time to with everything going on with Uni. It’s going to be a monthly feature, where I compare a book I’ve read to it’s movie counterpart and come up with a judgement as to which one I prefer, as hopefully a fun way to integrate my love of films a little bit more into this book blog!

For the first instalment of this new feature, I’m going to be talking about The Perks of Being A Wallflower. I actually watched the film for this one before I read the book, I saw the film when it was released back in 2013 and didn’t actually read the book until last year.

Book Thoughts:

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The book is written in an epistolary format, which kind of put it on the back foot for me from the start since I’m really not a big fan of that style, I find it kind of jarring to read, it just doesn’t feel like I’m reading a story. I also found the book kind of difficult to follow, if I hadn’t already seen the movie, I’m not sure I would have had a clue what was going on. I didn’t really love Charlie’s narration either. I can definitely see why some people love it so much, but I personally wasn’t a massive fan.

Movie Thoughts:

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I actually really liked the movie! The film has a far more cohesive narrative than the book, and I felt like the other characters were a lot more fleshed out, in the book, you only really get to know Charlie and the other characters seem more like side notes. I thought the casting was great, especially Ezra Miller as Patrick and I felt like the film offered a lot more hope than the book did? I think I liked the story, but the book didn’t necessarily express it in the best way and it came across better for me in the film.

Movie or Book Judgement:

Movie! I know the saying is the book is always better, but I think in this case, the story was more suited for the screen than the page, at least for me anyway.

So there we go, the first instalment of my new feature! I hope you guys enjoyed this and if you have any suggestions of films/books that you’d like to see me talk about on here, then please let me know, I can’t promise I will get to them right away, especially if I haven’t read the book yet, but I will definitely try.

I’m going to be back with another Book Vs Movie post next month, where I will hopefully be talking about Ashes In The Snow, the film adaptation of Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray, it comes out on the 15th July, but I think it’s going to be a largely digital release, so fingers crossed that Amazon will have it! In the meantime, my next post will be a new Top Ten Tuesday.