Which is better - The Book or The Movie (or mini series)?



Which is better - The Book or The Movie (or mini series)?

For me, there really is no decision the book is always better. There have been very few movies made from books where I felt the movie was just as good as the book, but I continue to watch the movies as you never know!  Most people know about GOT on HBO and it has brought a whole new readership to George RR Martin's Game of Thrones.  Fantasy fan or not this is a well done series and follows the book pretty well.  There are others, like My Sister's Keeper and True Blood, where the book and movie are two different ideas completely.  There have been several recent releases that we checked out and here are my thoughts on those:

THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood.  We had read The Handmaid's Tale for book club many years ago. We watched the HULU mini series as a staff over the course of the mini series.  It was really a lot of fun.  We'd meet at one of our houses with wine and food and watch 2 episodes at a time.  There was quite a bit of difference but nothing that took away form the original story. The mini series was done very well (as shown with the 10 Emmy awards!)and we can't wait for more.  

Another recent mini series based on a book was BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty.  First let me say that Liane is one of my current favorite authors.  That being said, Big Little Lies wasn't one of my favorite's of Liane.  I liked it, just didn't LOVE it.  So I went back and forth as to whether I wanted to watch the mini series or not.  I ended up binge watching one weekend and loved it.  It really brought out a deeper feel for me than I had previous gotten when I read the book.  This also won a ton of Emmy's!

And then there was GLASS CASTLE by Jeannette Walls.  We decided to go to the movies and see this as a staff.  Jill and I had read The Glass Castle years ago for book club and both loved the book.  Leslie and Courtney had not read the book.  We all agreed about the movie. 

None of us liked the movie and we were very disappointed.  Very important parts that were in the book were missing from the movie and the emotional ups and downs of the book that had you laughing and crying were totally lacking. So this I would say was a total thumbs down.

We are looking forward to checking out American Gods, Ready Player One, All the Bright Places and many more in the up coming months 

- Debbie Scheller, owner