What’s Best – Book or Movie?

If you’re as passionate about reading as I am, there have bound to be times when your favourite book has been made into a movie.  In an instant your mind is buzzing with questions like…Will the director be as invested in the characters as I am, how far will they stray from the book, and is the person they choose to play my favourite character going to ruin the picture I have created in my own mind?  Natural curiosity has you going to see the movie, but before you have made it there you have already decided it’s not going to be as good as the book.  While I don’t think there has been a movie that has exceeded the quality of the book, two of my most loved reads have been adapted very well into film and has only strengthened my love of the stories.

The Help

When I first read The Help I couldn’t put the book down, I was instantly in love with Skeeter and the friendship she grew with the equally endearing Aibileen Clark.  Skeeter was determined to help people understand that all lives matter in a time when this behavior wasn’t accepted; my image of her was a woman who is bold, brave, kind and fearless.  Aibileen was much the same, she had a strength that was put so beautifully into words that I was afraid all these wonderful qualities would be lost in the movie, but Emma Stone and Viola Davis both captured the characters so well that it only brought Skeeter and Abileen more alive to me and these qualities shone through them.

The Help

The Help is one of the best adaptions of book to movie I have seen, and with so many iconic scenes in the book I am genuinely impressed at how they brought them to life.  The chocolate mud pie and toilet scenes were the funniest parts of the book, seeing the replication of it in movie exceeded my expectations and allowed me to relive the hilarity but deep meaning of these scenes all over again.  I felt happy to recommend this movie to my family and friends and knew that if they hadn’t read the book that the movie had captured enough to get a true sense of what the story was about.

The Help

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Although The Guernsey literary and Potato Peel Pie Society wasn’t as adapted as seamlessly to movie as The Help was, I still really enjoyed it.  Unlike the Help, Guernsey left out some key characters and portrayed others quite differently.  The reality is that not everything can fit into a 2-hour movie, however one let down for readers of the book was the absence of Juliet’s friend, Sophie.  Perhaps the decision for this is because Juliet’s past wasn’t as explored deeply as it was in the book and it would be adding another character into the fold.  For me, Sophie and Juliet’s relationship was as important as most the others in the book.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment for me in the adaption is that I had a much different image of Guernsey.   If I hadn’t read the book I would have been quite happy and felt that the scenery was just fine, but the movie made it much darker than it felt in the book and my mind had captured a much different reality.  There are other small changes such as the lack of Sidney’s new Secretary and the different take on Kit, but overall what made it into the movie was done well. The casting was good overall, and I feel that it would i you great incentive to read the book and discover more about Julie, Dawsey and The Guernsey Literary and potato Peel Pie Society.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

So whats best - the book or the movie?  Books are my first love and will win every time but It doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate and love the movie adaptation.  How about you?

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