BOOK VS MOVIE : Peter Pan

wow it has been a while since i had a Book VS Movie face off and as i have just finished my first book of my Classic Challenge, Peter Pan, i feel that this would be a great set of combatants to face off. The book is a widely regarded classic and has actually been made into 2 movies by Disney.Along with many films that stem from it such as Hook, Neverland, Return to Neverland and of course the slew of movies staring Tinkerbell.

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now this leaves many options as to which movie to compare the book to. but really for me there is only one option. Disney’s live action Peter Pan has been one of my favorite films since it’s release and as i find it to be closest to the book it is the fairest comparison to make.

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Now this is an odd comparison because while i did not overly enjoy the book (although i did give it 3.5 stars) what i LOVED about the movie is how close it stuck to the book in many places.

I came out of this book feeling that Mr Barrie was probably a little bit sexist… and hated children… which makes me wonder why he wrote a children’s book. Although if this book was published today it would not pass as one. this is the only children’s book i have ever come across that makes such casual reference to orgies. Most of the quotes I LOVED in this book, and there were quite a few of them, were actually included in the movie but the movie also took advantage of the fight scenes which play out much better on the screen than in this book. I think this may be the case mostly because this book was originally a play so the movie may actually be somewhat closer to the original text than the book.

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The other thing I enjoyed much more in the movie than the book was the relationship between Peter and Wendy… I loved the romance in the movie but in the book she was an odd mix between mother and girlfriend with him sometimes caring and other times not. while the idea behind this was that they were playing pretend i still feel the movie captures this by Peter and Wendy being the “mother and father” of the lost boys.

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the other thing is the movie removed the sexism from the original text. Wendy became a wonderful character who was strong and independent, and in the end it is Wendy who really saves the day, turning the damsel in distress stereotype on it’s head

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the movie also in my opinion makes better use of “the hidden kiss” which was prevalent in both the movie and the book but unlike in the movie in the book the kiss is given swiftly in the beginning of the book with no real meaning. the story of the movie is that of a Tragic Love story while the book is merely about “heartless youth” the one thing the book had over the movie was the ending (which the movie cut out but did show a rough version in the DVD special feature). this ending is one of those beautifully tragic endings that had the book focused more on Peter and Wendy’s relationship probably would have been sadder than it came across, i know the movie version had me crying the first time i saw the “deleted” ending.

So this one goes to the movies… and I must admit I am a bit disappointed with myself because this puts the movies in front of the books… I should probably start putting up some of those movies that do a really bad job because I know there are heaps of them. What do You think?

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BOOK VS MOVIE : Ella Enchanted

May Contain Spoilers

As It is Fairy Tale Fortnight and I have only recently just read the original book of one of my FAVOURITE (Fairy-tale inspired) movies (despite the fact I am far too old for it) it only seems fitting that this should be the next book and movie to face off.

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As this is one of my favourite movies I had high expectations for the book… and that is where it all went wrong. all the things I LOVED about the movie were the things they took great liberties with. in fact the movie is one of the loosest adaptions of a book I have seen in a long time.

Things in common

  • characters names
  • Ella is under a obedience spell
  • there is a giants wedding
  • she falls in love with a prince

and that is about it…

Main Changes  **SPOILERS**

  • Edgar (chars uncle) does not even appear in the book, however he is the main antagonist in the movie, plotting to kill the prince.

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  • in the book ogres are evil, elves are mystical, fairy’s are secretive and the giants are happy.  in the movie ogres are scapegoats, giants are enslaved and elves are forced into show business. (the only named elf in the book is a “king”, in the movie he is the weirdo that wants to be a lawyer)

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  • also while in both book and movie Ella has to do what she is told in the movie that includes the impossible while in the book she merely feels ill if she can’t.

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  • in the book the setting is nothing all that special, but in the movie it is a wonderful mix between modern and medieval, this transcends the setting and moves into the characters themselves

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don’t get me wrong once I stopped waiting for stuff to happen that I saw in the movie I quite enjoyed the book. but the magic I was hoping for just was not there (that’s the problem with expectations).  So it is with great surprise I give this one to the movies. but don’t take my word what do you think

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BOOK VS MOVIE : Twilight

In honour of the release of the movie release of one of my favourite books The Host. I will be starting a new… segment… books VS movies. we all know that

“the movie is never as good as the book”

… although some do come pretty close… and in rare cases I have found the exception that makes the rule (although in these cases it is usually movies that become books rather than books released as movies) there is always the question of which one you experience first.

Now as i have not seen the Host movie yes i am going to start off with the book to movie of Meyer’s best known book Twilight.

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Now for me this is an easy choice… mostly because the movie sucked… in fairness I have found that the movies have improved with each addition but that does not change the fact that the first one was not much to start with. I disagreed with most of the casting in this… I never agreed with Pattinson as Edward and like most people it did not take long before Stewart was annoying the crap out of me. It has become a well accepted fact that most of the crap that this series gets spawns from this movie (or at least most of the crap that does not spawn because of the annoying twihards). In all fairness one of the main reasons this movie did not work was that the vast majority of this book happens in bella’s head. without Bella’s descriptions of Edward and her inner monologue all you are left with is the creepy guy who watches her through windows before kidnapping her and nearly killing her… yeah sorry not working for me. When you add in the “interesting” choices in lighting and tone (Did anyone else notice that the vast majority of this film is BLUE…? I know it is called “Twilight” but that is taking it too far). Compare these two cafeteria photos.

 

What it really looks like

What it really looks like

in the movie

In the movie

When you add in the fact that Pattinson HATES Edward and so therefore plays him as a guy who hates himself this movie loses all the magic that was in the book (and yes for a long time this was one of my favourites and I still enjoy to read it sometimes) I can still remember how Excited I was when this movie came out and how disappointed I was when I walked out of the cinema.

Now although I have ragged out this movie I do need to give them some credit for what they did RIGHT.

1st Ashley Greene made the PERFECT Alice (which is lucky because if she wasn’t I would NOT have been happy

2nd Cam Gigandet made a great James, the perfect mix between deliciously evil and bad boy hot, making climax of the movie actually climatic… although I admit I was disappointed when he had to die (despite what the book says)

3rd… actually most of the minor characters were cast well. notably Charlie, Carlisle, Esme, Jasper and well the Cullen family in general.  

Still despite this (at least for me) the movie still falls short.

but don’t let me tell you what to think.

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Books Vs Movies 

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