1.To my mind comes a rather negative example, which was quite disappointing for me. The book is called “Inferno” by Dan Brown and the movie has the same title and is directed by Ron Howard. I hope there is no spoiler alert here, but especially the ending in the movie varies fundamentally from the book.
2. The action scenes met my expectations. It was nice to admire the historical placed in pictures and not just thinking about how they might look.
3. In his books Dan Brown describes historical places in detail, which I enjoy and it inspires me to travel there. Since the movie is intended to be an action movie these scenes would take too much of the tension away. I see that it is necessary for the film, but it takes a lot of the “magic” of the story away. As mentioned before the endings differ quite much. Since this was the most thought-provoking part in the book for me, I couldn’t really see why it was changed. I guess, they wanted to leave the door open for upcoming film versions without having to incorporate the old story. It is not really plausible to me otherwise, because now the movie is just another action movie.
As a kid, I once read “Die unendliche Geschichte”, and then saw the movie in the cinema. I still remember how disappointed I was. The characters were not at all what I had imagined by myself, the story in the book was much deeper, and there were a lot of details simply not covered at all in the movie – for example entire scenes or parts of it, and of course the entire segment of thoughts. While this is understanding due to the different length of the movie and the book, and technical issues, it was still disappointing.
On the other hand, at a certain age this becomes so common that you don’t bother that much anymore – it is simply standard. There is still comparison of course, but more in a different way. The characters of course still don´t match, but as they are often stereotypes it does not matter that much. Harry Potter is a good example (at least for me). Of course, here the chars and settings were different as well, but it was such a good fit to my imagination, that I liked every one of the movies like previously the books.
I would say that settings can match expectations, as there is some kind of general understanding. A swamp will always be a swamp if it’s done generic, and therefore is a fit. This might also apply to any general things like music being somehow magical etc., especially in this case as most people might not have any in their mind.
I once read the “Lord of the Rings” series. Different aspects were that some important characters of the books have not been implemented in the film at all – for example a person that could turn into some kind of bear, and which was very interesting and also important for the flow of the story (the party got horses from him to continue traveling). However, as the material of the series was so huge, I assume that some parts simply had to be removed. After all, a book is often much more content than a movie has at its disposal, and that’s understandable. Of course, it can be argued if one scene is more important than another, but that’s a design decision. Also, if you leave out certain things you often have to implement new things that make the previous changes look natural, which is also understandable. Other things are simply left out because of the high amount of costs (like content that is computer-animated). A good example is the missing goodbye between John Snow and his warg in Game of Thrones which left the community angry as the reasons of costs were not accepted by the viewers.
1. I have read several books which got turned into a film afterwards. Most of the time it´s quite dissapointing because the film can never keep up with your imagination. One positive example are the Harry Potter movies. Although I grew up reading the books (several times), I also like the movies.
2. I think the movies transfer the athmosphere of the magical world in all of its aspects. Therefore I didn´t mind that some details were missing. Because the message was delivered anyway.
3. There are some aspects that are left out in the movies. I guess it is due to the limitied time. It didn´t bothered me a lot.
1 – I have read several books and watched the movie afterwards. In all the cases it was really disappointing, as the movie did not correspond to the world I had built up individually, when reading the book.
2 – Unfortunately not. I cannot deal with reading books first and then watching the movie. The other way round it is okay for me.
3 – Changing certain aspects of a book for the film is fine, as usually there are technical, monetary or other plausible reasons, why the film cannot take over all scences of the book 1:1.
A lot of times you am rather disappointed with movie adaptions of books. I am a very thorough reader and have a very clear-cut picture of the characters and surroundings in my head, and movies often don‘t live up to that.
By way of example, I was rather disappointed by the first Harry Potter movie after having read the book, since the movie was too dark compared to my imagination and I had imagined some of the teachers very differently. Later on though (I read the last 4 Harry Potter books at a later point in my life and watched the movies thereafter), I thought the movies did quite a good job at sticking to the stories and dialogues, despite all the complexity. I still think that some parts of the story got lost in the adaption, but they still managed to convey the picture quite accurately.
Although I love Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings “ movies, I still prefer reading the saga. I was a bit disappointed because the films don’t do justice to the books when it comes to the plot.They depict fragmented and shorted experts of the storylines, therefore many parts of the plot stay untold. I also imagined the characters and the scenery in a different way. What I liked about the movies were the costumes, the way the actors and the actresses acted, the special effects, and the music accompanying many scenes was absolutely outstanding. We need to bear in mind that the film is a separate medium that differs in many aspects from books.
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