There are many adaptations of books to movies. Some movies come close while others should not share the same title as the book they claim to reproduce. There are many I could go on about Stephen King books, Tolkien books but the one I wanted to mention was one where I saw the movie first and enjoyed it enough to read the book. Then I no longer enjoyed the movie because it had so destroyed a wonderful book.
I am talking about Eragon, by Christopher Paolini. It is the first in the 4 book series the Inheritance Cycle. Without too many spoilers, it is epic in scope with a far reaching storyline involving several races, and magics, as well as dragons, politics and war. I enjoyed them immensely and was happy the movie did not do well enough to continue the series in film. Heck they left out a whole race of people from the book.
I believe if it is not broke, do not fix it. There are many wonderful books that have been “re-imagined” when the original story would have been more than appropriate. If a book is popular enough to warant a film being made, it makes no sense to change it. That will just mess with the built in fan base. I can only imagine how I would have originally thought of the movie Eragon if I had read the book first. My condolences to the fans and Christopher Paolini.
Do you have books that were made into movies that drove you nuts?
- Zoe’s Book Review: Eragon by, Christopher Paolini (omegaclass.wordpress.com)