Me, on the other hand, I read a lot of books. I try reading different genres and push myself with what I'm reading. I definitely try to take chances on the books I pick up. Not so with films. I'm really incredibly picky about films. N tries to convince me to watch a film with him by reading out the little blurb to me or by saying some actress I like from something else is in it. And it all just makes me think 'nah, I don't think so.'
And I wonder if N and my views of books and films are switched around. Where he takes more chances on film and I take my chances with books. There's not more story to that, I just found it interesting to realise. The films that I do like to watch ... film adaptations. And especially with my recent reading slump, I turned to them more. Here's what I've been watching (these are not reviews!):
Twilight: Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part One and Two
I really didn't like the first Twilight film. Something about the entire thing felt off to me. I can't really pinpoint what it is about it. It just wasn't what I was expecting and for me it really wasn't something I felt like I could invest emotion into. So I put off watching New Moon for absolutely ages. And then I saw it and it was weird with floating Edward's face as Bella puts herself into danger. It was laughable, and not in a good way. But I'm a masochist about these things, I still wanted to see how the rest of the series was going to play out... so I watched Eclipse and the two Breaking Dawns. ...And I liked them. I think maybe I went into these three films with such low expectations that it would have been impossible for the films not to at least meet them. But I enjoyed the experience of it. I'd finish one of the films and think how much I'd like to re-read the books.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I have to admit, I am not the world's biggest fan of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was one of the few books that I've actually thrown across the room in frustration. There's a lot that I don't like about the book and there are still a lot of issues that I have with the story. ...But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed watching the film. All of the problems that I have with the story seemed less when watching the story on film rather than reading it. I was able to relate to most of the characters and there were moments when I could see why this story has so many fans. I'm still not one of them, but it's as though I took a step closer after seeing the film adaptation. And I suppose that's worth something.
I love the story of Jane Eyre, I really do. It's one of my favourites. I've probably seen every adaptation of this story that's ever been made and I'm so familiar with the story that I was actually really confused when I started watching this one. There were moments, lots of them, at the beginning of this film where I thought 'wait, have I seen this already?' I actually thought that maybe I'd already rented the DVD previously and just forgotten that I'd done so. But I hadn't. This is one of those books and films that I could watch endlessly. It's very comforting to me to return to this story and to these characters.
The Lucky One
I know that Nicholas Sparks is a bit of a twat and I do have issues with some of his storylines, but whatever. I am still a closet-fan of his film adaptations. And The Lucky One especially appealed to me because of Zac Efron. Ugh, I could just spend all day looking at him. He is painfully good-looking. And in this, he's a man in uniform who takes care of dogs. I watched this with N and he actually said at one point during the film 'do we really need to see Zac Efron shagging?' at which point I just sshhed him. Because, really.
Have you seen any good film adaptations lately?
I love that adaptation of Jane Eyre, it's done really well considering it's a more recent adaptation (I find the recent ones go a bit off track a lot of the time).ReplyDelete
Yes! I loved how atmospheric it is..Delete
I haven't seen the two Breaking Dawn's yet, I want to, to finish the series, but I've been off the books for years and don't really care anymore!ReplyDelete
Ooh, why bother then? Maybe try something new instead...Delete
The Perks adaptation was pretty much perfect, in my opinion. They couldn't have done it better :) And that Jane Eyre was pretty good, too (though I still haven't read the book...) The new Gatsby film is good, and so was Warm Bodies, though it deviates quite a bit from the book. Sorry, I just really love films ;)ReplyDelete
I really want to see Gatsby... my book group is trying to organise something, should be fun.Delete
Warm Bodies just doesn't appeal to me at all though. Not sure why :)
Oh, Zac Efron... He really should marry me. I love all of the Nicholas Sparks' adapatations, though I agree about the man himself. I'm really surprised you didn't like perks - I would have thought it'd be right up your street.ReplyDelete
Oh Sophie, I loathe it. I can't even put into words why though, otherwise I probably would have written a blog post about it by now.Delete
Stardust. I saw the movie first then read the book by Neil Gaiman. The book is a well written book but I think they did better with the movie. The ending in the movie is better and there is a bit more excitement.ReplyDelete
I love both the book and the film. You're right, there's a much more dramatic ending in the film.. I'm not sure why I prefer though.Delete
Kirsty and I watched The Lucky One together... purely for grown up Zac Efron. Yum!ReplyDelete
Yum indeed! Though I don't feel particularly guilty watching a younger Zac Efron either...Delete
I didn't love The Perks of Being a Wallflower either but I've always been interested in seeing the film. I suspected that it would make a better film when I was reading it.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I was pretty surprised by how much I did enjoy the film! I think the music soundtrack helped things along..Delete