I’ve said this before. I sometimes have a hard time watching a movie based on a book that I believe that won’t live up to the pages. Science fiction stories are the exception since I like to see fantasy worlds brought to life. On the other hand, modern day tales of suburban households are a little different. For instance, this year, I read Lois Lowry’s The Giver and then watched the movie which was quite different from the book but since I was more interested in how they recreated this utopian/dystopian society it really didn’t bother me. On the other hand, I read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars but still haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the movie.
I was having a similar problem with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl which I finished reading the same week it came out in theaters. I really enjoyed the book and was having a hard time convincing myself to watch it on the big screen. However, my book club pals decided to make it an event and finally convinced me to join in the fun.
I must first say… the book was better. Isn’t that always the case? However, the movie is good. It stays pretty close to the original only changing minor plots to save time (the movie still runs 149 min) but overall a very good adaptation. Nonetheless, I can’t help but wonder what it’s like for someone who hasn’t read the book to watch this movie… any of you out there? Let me know.
Anywho… here’s my recommendation: if you have watched the movie, don’t bother with the book. If you haven’t watched the movie you’ll be fine either way but of course my recommendation would be to read the book. The book takes you on a ride for days that the movie simply cannot take you. Check the trailer for the movie here if you haven’t had occasion to see it yet (I sincerely doubt it).
In case you were wondering, here’s a list of 16 movies based on books that came out (or are coming out) this year in theaters. Here’s the list for 2015. Now, if you excuse me… I got a lot of reading to do.