I would have to say neither. Let them stand on their own in whatever medium they originated in.
I have lost the amount of times I have watched a movie based on my favorite book and have been disappointed though a few hold their own – BBC version of Jane Eyre, Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice, the newer version of Little Women (I love Wynona Rider as Jo), Gone with the Wind. I think most times our disappointment stems from the fact that we have an idea of what our characters look like and then the movie doesn’t live up to that expectation. Not to mention how some change the whole plot so the movie version is completely different. WHY?! Except for the few listed above, I haven’t really liked any of the movie versions of books I read. This includes Nicholas Sparks’ books made into movies. Except for the Notebook, why do they all have that Hallmark channel/Lifetime vibe? It frustrates me. The books are soo good. I have since stopped trying to watch the movies based on his books.
At the same time, I don’t know if I would want my favorite movies turned into books. Though at the moment I think all my top 10 favorite movies stem from books already. I mean, I am trying to think of 13 Going on 30 as a book and I just can’t. It stands on its own as a movie. I don’t think I would get the same out of it as a book. Or 27 dresses. Or… I can’t think of any others at the moment.
This is about to turn into a rant so I am going to end it here. But what do you all think?
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