What worked… and what didn’t?

Posted 24 August 2022 by Kim in Reading / 0 Comments

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Almost always, I’m going to love books more than the screen version. But that’s not always true! Let’s took about some books that found their way to the screen, big or small, and what worked… or what didn’t!


1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Which was better? The movie

I read the book and I watched the movie. The chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter, to me, was almost nonexistent in the novel but beautiful in the movie. The book just fell flat for me, while the movie felt more emotional, more well paced.

2. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Which was better? The book

The movie took bits and pieces from other books in the series, which made it less of a movie version of the book and a so-called revamping of the storyline. NOT my favorite.

3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Which was better? The book

I enjoyed the book and had high hopes for HBOs adaptation. But just in the first episode, changes to the plot were made. And that can only change the entire course of the rest of the season. I haven’t made my way through to the end, but I can’t see any way to make events farther along happen because of it. At least, if there’s going to be any resemblance to the book

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Which was better? Toss up

The book was great, twisty and dark. The movie version was pretty close to the book, and I was happy that it maintained the dark elements. If anything, they might have been even more poignant, thanks to Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. So I call this one a tie!

5. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Which was better? Toss up

The book was a fantastic psychological horror novel, dark and scary as hell. In my opinion, the movie was just as good, maybe even better!

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