Book vs. Movie: 1922

Hello, my darling readers!
Last year I stumbled upon the Stephen King adaptation 1922 on Netflix and ever since have been curious about the novella. Well, I finally read the thing, so let’s talk about it!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father.

Book vs. Movie:

Let’s kick it off with some thoughts on the movie. I already did a full review (which you can read over here), so I’ll try to keep it short.

Although Netflix filed the film as horror I would refer to it as a thriller. Except for maybe one scene at the very end, there is nothing scary about this in the traditional horror movie sense. However, on a psychological level, 1922 can be chilling at times.

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Book vs. TV Show: The Haunting of Hill House

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I’ve been curious about The Haunting of Hill House ever since the show came to Netflix. Well, I wanted to read the book first, so it took me a while – but here we are!

The Plot:

…of the Show (according to Rotten Tomatoes)

The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous hauntedhouse in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts… some which lurk in their minds… and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.

…of the Book (according to Goodreads)

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

The Haunting of Hill House on Goodreads

TV Show:

As you can see from the two plot descriptions, the book and its adaptation are bound to be somewhat different. Nevertheless, there are a few things that remain the same and you can tell where the show drew inspiration from the novel. Before we get to the comparison, I’ll talk a bit about the book!

I was pretty excited to pick up the book but ended up very disappointed.
Why you may ask? First of all, the characters were pretty annoying. I didn’t like any single one of them or cared in the slightest what happened to them. Especially, Eleanor was so much in her own headspace, constantly complaining about bullshit that I soon got very annoyed with her. Honestly, most of the characters seemed to be so bothered by entirely trivial things that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes.

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Book vs. Movie: Bird Box

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Today I bring you another horror-themed book vs. movie post. For last year’s Hallow Horror film marathon I watched Bird Box and ever since then I’ve been curious about the novel it’s based on. So, let’s find out about that!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Bird Box on Goodreads

Book vs. Movie:

As I watched the movie before checking out the novel, I’ll begin with some thoughts on that front. I’ll try to keep it short and concise but if you’d like to read the full-length film review, head over here.

I liked that the movie really committed to the “don’t look or you’ll die” theme. The only glimpses we get of the outside world are through blindfolds which is a nice change from all those horror movies that assault you with tons of special effects and monsters.

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Book vs. TV Show: Hemlock Grove

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Today I bring you a book vs. TV show posts dealing with a series I already covered in detail in March. I finally had time to pick up the novel the show is based on, so let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

Hemlock Grove on Goodreads

Book vs. TV Show:

Oh my, this was bad.
I’ll just write a few words on the first season of the show (as that is what’s covered in the book) but will spend most of the post going over the novel as I already have a detailed review of the adaptation!

So, I saw a post on Tumblr that prompted me to immediately check out the show on Netflix. I pretty much binged the first season and liked it quite a lot. Sure, there were flaws (quite a few of them to be honest) but the idea was good and the vibe of the show was right down my alley. The casting was also on point and the chemistry between Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron was undeniable to I was excited about this whole thing and kept watching. Well, season 2 and 3 were awful and I was disappointed.

Most of the time, books are better than their adaptations so I wanted to give Brian McGreevy’s novel a shot as well.
I shouldn’t have.

While the show had some redeemable qualities, there was nothing I liked about this book. And that says a lot as it should actually be 100% my cup of tea.

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Graphic Novel vs. Movie: V for Vendetta

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Welcome to my final graphic novel vs. movie/TV show review for this month. V For Vendetta was one of the things I bought at comic con and I was super excited to read it. Let’s see how both the iconic graphic novel and the movie fared imho!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, this graphic novel takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with some thoughts on the graphic novel.
First of all, I am rather smitten with the artwork. At times it’s super colorful, at other times it’s drab, always perfectly capturing the mood.
The drawing reminded me quite a bit of the Watchmen graphic novel. Alan Moore is the author of both but the illustrators differ, so I was rather surprised by that.

Alan Moore wasted no time giving you an accurate picture of just how horrible this world is. By the way, on one of the first pages we get the line “every man needs to seize the initiative and make Britain great again.” I found it a little unsettling that the slogan of the president of the United States comes from a graphic novel about a fascist regime. I don’t know what I’d worse: that they have no clue about that line being in V for Vendetta and they accidentally went with it, or that they deliberately chose it.

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Comic vs. TV Show: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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It only recently dawned on me, that one of my favorite Netflix shows is also based on comics. So let’s how Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fares on paper!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.

Comic vs. TV Show:

This time, I’ll begin with some thoughts on the Netflix production as I had watched the show before I picked the comics.

If you followed my reviews, you’ll already know that I am quite smitten with the show. I love the dark tones and that the show isn’t afraid of anything. The stories presented so far are interesting and even though I had some stuff to criticize, the show is one of my favorite Netflix productions so far.

The casting is 100% on point and Kiernan Shipka delivers as Sabrina. However, ever single one of the other cast members fully convinced me as well. Be it Ross Lynch as Harvey, Miranda Otto as Zelda or Michelle Gomez as Madam Satan.

Furthermore, the show comes with some really intriguing aesthetics. The set and costume design is amazing and the color palette is just perfect for the vibe of the show.

So – the comics. I’ll keep it short: I loved them. If that’s even possible, the comics are even a tad darker than the show. While on-screen there are quite a few funny moments, that is not really the case here. It’s a bit different but that’s a good thing!

The comics also take the time to explore more of the backstories of the characters. Although we are – at the moment – up to three parts of the show, I still feel like I don’t know enough about Edward Spellman, Madame Satan or Salem for that matter. As is usually the case with comics, the stories aren’t long but I feel like I’ve gotten a good insight – also in Sabrina past.

To be honest, there’s nothing that I didn’t like about the comics. The drawings are amazing and as I was reading I kept making mental notes of certain images. I wanted to recreate so many of the amazing panels, reading the comics was actually quite inspirational!
The only thing I am sad about is that the future seems to be hanging somewhere in limbo. There are currently 8 comics with more supposed to be coming. However, the last one came out in 2017, so I don’t know if there is still any hope for more.

In this case, I don’t want to decide which version is better. I thoroughly enjoyed both the comics and the show. Both are very recommendable, so be sure to give each a shot!

Did you prefer the comics or the show? Let me know in the comments!

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