The Book vs the Movie: Ready Player One

Book written by Ernest Cline, 2011
Movie directed by Stephen Spielberg, 2018

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

 

When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 2 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, atmosphere, relationships, 80s references.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Certain 80s aspects, such as the horror icons. I also thought The Shining scene was kind of neat. It always kind of bothered me that Horror was kind of neglected reference wise in the book.

Verdict?: The book. My husband and I had an amazing audiobook experience while on a road trip. We were so pumped for the movie but unfortunately, it didn’t live up to expectations and most of the characters fell flat, which made it almost painful to watch. I had higher hopes, especially with Spielberg directing!

It felt too rushed and probably would have been better as three movies. My husband was so annoyed that he immediately listened to the book again to wash the taste of the movie out of his mind. So…yeah. The movie had its moments but I’m not sure I’d ever watch it again. The Horror elements were pretty cool, though, which is mostly what saves the rating.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

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

 

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The Book VS the Movie: The Princess and the Goblin

Book written by George MacDonald, 1872
Movie directed by József Gémes, 1991

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Princess Irene lives in a castle in a wild and lonely mountainous region. One day she discovers a steep and winding stairway leading to a bewildering labyrinth of unused passages with closed doors – and a further stairway. What lies at the top? Can the ring the princess is given protect her against the lurking menace of the boglins from under the mountain?

 

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Which I Viewed First: The movie, as a child.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie, slightly.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.75 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: For such an old book, I feel it was still pretty enjoyable for this day and age. The story was also solid and more interesting.

Things the Movie Did Better:  The characters seemed a bit more developed/likable. Songs also work better in movies for me than they do in books, even though Curdie’s song tended to get stuck in my head.

Verdict?: Movie, slightly. Enjoyed both about the same though.

Should the movie be re-made?: A live action version could be interesting but I feel the animated movie does a pretty good job.

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

 

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The Book VS the Movie: Beastly

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Book written by Alex Flinn, 2007
Movie directed by Daniel Barnz, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 2.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Characters were better and the story was deeper. The romance was better than the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Neil Patrick Harris.

Verdict?: Book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Maybe if it followed the book more closely and had a better main cast. I liked Neil Patrick Harris though. He sold it.

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

 

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The Book VS the Movie: Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Book written by Ray Bradbury, 1962
Movie directed by Jack Clayton, 1983

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show’s smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes – and the stuff of nightmare.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Story itself was better, darker, things felt more dire & horrifying, characters were deeper, great scenes such as the dust witch on the roof & Will’s father shooting at her were not in the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Seeing the mirror maze and carnival helped paint a better picture in my head, casting overall good, outcome of some of the characters was a little less depressing than in the novel.

Verdict?: Book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Yes–I’d love to see a darker version. This was dark for a Disney movie, but didn’t quite capture the mood as much as I’d hoped.

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

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The Book vs the Movie: The Lord of the Flies

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Book written by William Golding, 1954
Movie directed by Harry Hook, 1990

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.

The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie slightly more.

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

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: I feel that the book did better in regards to symbolism as well as the darker elements. I was more horrified by the deaths.

Things the Movie Did Better:  Better pacing, liked the characters even better due to good casting, seeing the setting with my eyes helped. The book’s writing could be somewhat confusing at times.

Verdict?: I enjoyed the movie better but the book made me think more. I think they both did well at getting the point across, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: No, but I’d love to see an all-girl cast like in the book Lost Girls.

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

 

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The Book vs the Movie: The Fifth Wave

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Book written by Rick Yancey, 2013
Movie directed by J Blakeson, 2016

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Character development, plot, creepier atmosphere, believable romance.

Things the Movie Did Better:  It was well cast–Chloe especially did a great job. The only casting I wasn’t thrilled with was Ringer, who was supposed to be Asian.

Verdict?: The book. I was told ahead of time that the movie was terrible but I actually liked it. It stayed pretty true to the book, but as usual it had a lot cut and the atmosphere was less creepy, which I think hurt it.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

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The Book vs the Movie: The DUFF

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Book written by Kody Keplinger, 2011
Movie directed by Ari Sandel, 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was pretty good (but a lot different).

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: This comparison is a little difficult because the book and the movie just felt like different stories to me. While the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a concept in both, the book seemed to be darker at times, more focused on Bianca’s relationship with Wes, and didn’t go into a lot into the whole DUFF thing like the movie did. But I believe the plot in the book worked better for that medium and I found it more interesting than the movie. I also felt more connected to the characters.

Things the Movie Did Better:  I like that the movie seems to be a little fluffier overall, despite the bullying aspect (which isn’t in the book). I felt the bullying was an interesting story change but it did make it a lot more different than the book. It kind of had a chick flick, Mean Girls kind of vibe, but that worked well for movie format. I did like the whole uplifting “DUFF” thing near the end, though.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

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