Good morning, everyone, and welcome to another lovely Tell Me Something Tuesday. The weekly meme is hosted by Cambria Hebert and this week she's asking...
Do you usually like the book better than the movie or the movie better than the book? What is your favorite book to movie adaptation you have ever seen?
I have to say that usually it's a 50/50 shot whether I like the book or movie better. Half of the time I'm disappointed because there just isn't enough detail from the book thrown into the movie and half the time I think the movie does a much better job grabbing the essence of the book than actually reading it did. Some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptions include:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I really felt they did a good job adapting this book into the movie. This is my favorite book of the series (this and HBP), so I was worried what would happen when it went to the big screen. I was not disappointed. From the World Cup Quidditch Match to the revelation of Voldemort at the end, everything important that happened in the book showed up in the movie. I love the special effects of everything in this movie, too. And even though it ended on a sad note (what with Cedric dying and becoming a sparkly vampire ;-p), I still had a sense of hope just before Ron, Hermione and Harry boarded the Hogwarts Express to go home. This was perfect!
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
I slaved my way through these books and without a doubt, I loved the movies better. I just couldn't read all of Tolkien's detailed descriptions anymore! I loved the camera work done, the scenery, and the special effects (and Aragorn!). These movies are probably some of my favorite of all time and definitely, in my opinion, better than the books.
Pride and Prejudice
Again, this is another movie where I enjoyed it better than the book. I'll admit, I'm still reading through the book my first time right now, but it's very painful for me to read. The Classics are not my cup of tea. This movie brought that book to life for me. It took out all the long winded letters and seemingly nonsensical happenings and made me see the way the Bennetts lived, how Mrs. Bennett couldn't wait to marry off her daughters and how Elizabeth was set apart from her sisters. This movie is my favorite adaptation of the book that I've seen so far.
So, that's my answer this week. What are some of your favorite book-to-movie adaptations? Do you always enjoy the book more or the movie? :)