The Book vs the Movie: Beautiful Creatures


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Book written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, 2009

Movie directed by Richard LaGravenese, 2013

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Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 2.5-3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 1.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Better plot, better character relationships, more interesting.

Things the Movie Did Better: I honestly didn’t really care for the movie. The accents annoyed me–especially Ethan’s (I’m from the South and some of the accents are the worst I’ve ever heard), the plot was really slow, and it just felt really cheesy. The only things I liked about the movie was the settings and the dining room scene. It just wasn’t for me.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: While I didn’t love the book, I liked it much better than the movie. I was kind of hoping that the movie would be better, but I was disappointed. While the book really dragged for me in the middle, the entire movie seemed to drag and wasn’t even enjoyable to watch.

Should the movie be re-made?: Undecided.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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