I was reading something in the paper regarding My Sisters Keeper which is being made into a film. The film sounds very similar to the book until the quotes of:
"Author Jodi recently admitted fans of her book may be surprised because film producers had changed the ending for the big screen.
She said: 'Having the ending changed would certainly not have been my choice. I wrote the ending very intentionally because I wanted to leave the reader with a certain message. And changing that ending changes that message."
Why do they mess with a perfectly good ending?!
I dont think I've ever enjoyed a film made from a book (if I have read the book iyswim!)
Really winds me up too, yes. That's why I mostly don't see films of books I have read, nor read books of films I have seen.
Some years ago there was a TV dramatisation of the book House of Cards, and at the end there was a bit of an enigma - a friend had the book so I asked to have a look at the ending and lo! It was utterly different! most off-pissing
Same goes for 'The Dark Is Rising' - which the film makers managed to spoil completely - it was practically unrecognisable, what with changing the nationality of the main character and his family, doing away with more than half the plot, and adding stuff just so they could use some special effects.
I loved this series of books as a child, and still love them now, and was very cross at the film.
Agree about 'The Dark is Rising' - I also loved these as a child (and can't wait until my dds are old enough to enjoy them too) and found the film virtually unwatchable - the pointless changes did not even make any sense.
I haven't dared to watch The Dark is Rising yet because I loved the books so much and heard very bad things of the film. Similarly, am not sure about The Secret of Moonacre because The Little White Horse was one of my favourite reads as a child and I am too frightened to see what Hollywood will have done to it!
I will freely confess to never having managed to read all of Lord of the Rings but that seems to have been fairly well received even by die-hard Tolkein fans.
I actually enjoyed My Sister's Keeper I was shocked by the ending and DH saw the trailer for the film a few nights ago so I thought I wanted to go and see it, but knowing that the ending has been re-written is a big let down...Why can't they just leave things the way they are?
I think Jodi Piccoult and her works deserve everything they get. I loved My Sisters Keeper because it was my first JP book and I was amazed by the skillful writing and twist at the end. I then read several other books of hers and was dismayed to realise Ms P follows a formulae that gets her lots of cash but sadly lots of undeserved credit for being a good writer.
Anyway. Yes, I, too hate it when plots are changed so drastically. I like to watch movies of books first (strangely) because I like to see someone elses interpretation of it before reading the actual story and making my own mind up. But then I am a bit of a theatre lover and that is essentially what theatre is about: taking a story and putting your own stamp on it with your own interpretation.
The most accurate book/film transition I have seen was The Green Mile, which was practically word perfect and wonderful!
I don't mind. In fact, I quite like to see what other people have made of a book I enjoyed. As for JP, I've never read her. The books look unappealing to me. So I'd mind even less if tehy changed one of her books.
your right the green mile was so wonderfully written and so beautiful portrayed on screen. However the books for jurassic park of which there are only two and yet three films, the books are better. i do love them though
tori haydens books have also been made into movies and the books are better.
Not to ruin my sisters keeper for anyone, i cried at the end, and i can't see how the film will end without the same ending the book offers. Her book plain truth has also been made into a film, i think it was made for tv. i haven't seen it.
Confessions of a shopacholic, orignal callled the secret dreamworld of a shopacholic, the books are brilliant i've read them all, is the film just as good i seriously doubt it, but will rent it to see
I watched 'the dark is rising' the other day. Whilst it has been many many (many) years since I read the series - I remember loving it. The film was very disappointing, dull, pointless even.
My favourite adaptation/one of my fave films is 'a room with a view'. Actually I read the forster book after I saw the film, and was very surprised at how closely they followed the book. I just love this film - its romantic and witty and the cast to me look like they really enjoyed filming it.