Book vs. Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Welcome to another Book vs. Movie post! Today I’m finally going to be talking about the Miss Peregrine’s movie adaptation!

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As I’m sure many of you have gathered, I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while. So I was super excited (if a little dubious) when I finally headed to the cinema last Tuesday.

I’m sure many of you who have read the books gathered why I was dubious. After all, there are obviously many tweaks with the story…Emma can control air (and is now the one that flies), Miss Peregrine has a bow…what are those skeletons…etc etc.

I’ve always thought I preferred movies that stuck close to the books. For example, I adore the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. It also doesn’t help that I hated the twists they made to the Paper Towns movie. But actually, I’m wrong.

I love movies that are twisted. They just have to be done right. They have to keep even those book lovers on the edge of their seats, having new experiences but still feeling close to the book characters.

And that’s exactly what Miss Peregrine’s did for me! It twisted the story perfectly, but stayed close enough to the original book that I still felt that closeness only bookworms get.

Before this movie was released, a lot was discussed about the director. Tim Burton, the infamous director of Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland also directed Miss Peregrine’s…and there is no doubt he was the right choice for it. I’m only more of a movie watcher recently, so I wasn’t that bothered about the director (apart from having loved Through the Looking Glass), but Miss Peregrine’s showed me exactly why everyone gets so hyped about this stuff.

So overall, I’d definitely recommend this movie for both lovers of the books and people who just find the trailer interesting. It’s perfect for either! The only last thing to mention is the big question…book or movie? Honestly, I can’t say either. I loved them both for different reasons, and I think you will too.

What did you think of this adaptation? Did you prefer the book or the movie?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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