Book vs. Movie: Everything, Everything

Everything Everything is a book I fell completely, truly and utterly in love with. You can clearly see from my review how much I adored it, and when I knew it was going to be made into a movie, I was so excited.

The movie is one of the most visually appealing I’ve ever seen. A year ago, I may not have been able to appreciate it, but after studying a year of media, I can appreciate how utterly beautiful it is.

What did I love most about the movie? I would say the plot, the characters, the story…but this movie stays so true to the book. There is hardly anything different, and the only thing I picked up on was Nurse Clara’s daughter being a friend to Maddy.

I appreciated this movie in many ways. Focusing on the movie rather than the book related things, I love the way this film is shot. There are close ups and angles I haven’t see in movies before. There are words that show up on the screen to give another level, another layer to the movie. There is a great consistency in colour throughout this movie – specifically blues and greens. It could be in large things, like the sea, or small, like Maddy’s laptop cover…but it wrapped everything together.

Maybe it was the colours and consistency, the soft focus, blur and close ups…but this movie seemed very chilled. Comforting. Relaxing. I adored it.

I would happily say this is the best movie adaptation I’ve ever seen, for the simple reason that I couldn’t possibly say which is better. I felt more emotion towards the book and I love the added details, drawings and descriptions. But the movie gave me beautiful shots, music and other aspects of having a visual form. Both were beautiful.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Book vs. Movie: Eclipse

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I’ve got to say, my opinion has changed about the Twilight movies with this one.

Much of Eclipse was either Bella’s inner battles or action. Personally, I got fed up of Bella’s thoughts! After a long time…it bored me so much. I honestly went through some scenes feeling bored.

Also, I do feel like large scale action can be portrayed better on a screen – especially with so many characters! When in the past most of the books have been Bella’s thoughts, I’ve actually been fed up with the movies not portraying her feelings properly. But for this one, I actually liked the movie format.

I thought it better suited the movie format, in some ways! It’s rare for a bookworm to say…but I don’t think the book needed all 400 pages. Instead, it only needed 2 hours.

What did you think of this movie?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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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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Book Vs Movie: Twilight

Hi all! Welcome to my second book to movie adaptation review, where today I’m going to be talking about Twilight! Just so you know, it’s likely I’ll be posting one of these every week now – with a possible bonus of those coming out in theaters (MISS PEREGRINE’S ANYONE?!).

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This is actually the first time I’ve ever watched Twilight – and I was really looking forward to it. I finished the book for the first time last week, and I adored it. You can read my full book review here!

But it might not surprise you if I said I didn’t expect to enjoy the entire franchise – books and movies. After all, the whole thing appears to have bad review after bad review…and when I read the book, this shocked me for the first time. Although the writing is simple, it’s not bad. Although the book is cheesy, it kept me hooked. Although Bella is whiny, I think she has a good reason to be. And finally, although the romance is ever-lingering, I felt like it wasn’t as instant as I expected it to be.

However, watching the movie…kind of made me understand why so many people dislike Twilight.

I felt none of the emotional connection to Bella like I did in the book. The love was totally unrealistic, instant and so, so cheesy. I found myself wanting to see inside her head, watch her battle with her demons..instead of just seeing from the outside the bare bones of their love. Not much of the movie actually hit home with me…because I just wanted the book to be read out, instead.

I think you can probably see – I’m disappointed. Because just like with The 5th Wave, I felt like this movie was missing a lot that the book had. It’s simply impossible to compress the book into a 2 hour movie.

What did you think? Did you like the movie or the book more and why?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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Book vs. Movie: Jane Eyre (2011)

Hi guys! Welcome to another new section of my blog, where I’ll be talking about books vs. movies! Some of my absolute favourite movies are adaptations of books, and I love discussing my opinions. Mostly, the book holds a special place in my heart…but there have been times when I’ve actually liked the movie more!

Today’s movie (and my first movie to discuss!) is the 2011 adaptation of the famous Charlotte Bronte classic, Jane Eyre.

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I actually have a little story behind this movie. I read Jane Eyre when I was 11 for the first time, and I’ve re-read it twice since. Shortly after I read it the first time, I saw a movie version on TV. I don’t remember much about it…apart from the fact that I absolutely adored the movie. So the other night, I decided I’d re-watch! Long story short, it wasn’t until the movie ended when I realised I was watching the wrong version.

As it turns out, I actually watched the 1997 version on TV years ago – and that’s the version I was looking for. However, I’m really glad I saw this version too! It gave me yet another interpretation of a very beautiful story, and one I enjoyed very much.

There’s no doubt about it – the acting is top notch and the love between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester rings pure and true in this movie. It’s beautiful, lovely and made me cry just as the book did. They included all the important scenes, and made them truly amazing. But…I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I remember liking the 1997 version.

A couple, small things niggled me. One…the love between those too was, although very true, very instant. I wish I could have heard maybe some passages from the book to enhance the process of Jane falling for Rochester.

And two, the movie skipped and jumped a couple of times. There’s no way to explain this without giving spoilers, so if you don’t want them then I would skip the next part!

The movie starts when Jane leaves Thornfield. Then it skips to her schooling at Lowood, followed by living at Thornfield. The plot then follows as normal from there, when she leaves. I can understand why they did this…but I also think it would be confusing if you were watching it without reading the book first.

Before I ramble too much…the big question (and one I’ll ask myself in every book vs. movie post I do): did I prefer the book or the movie?

You’re probably not shocked to find out my answer is the book. It’s over 500 pages and fitting all of my favourite scenes into two hours would be impossible…I couldn’t help but feel there was something slightly missing with the movie that I felt with this beautiful novel.

But even saying this, I would still recommend watching this movie if you’re a Jane Eyre fan! It’s definitely worth a watch.

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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