Book vs. Movie: The Devil Wears Prada

Hello my lovely readers!
I recently wrote a post on Lauren Weisbergers novel The Devil Wears Prada and on how much I – unfortunately – disliked it. Let’s see how the movie adaptation holds up in comparison!

 

The Plot:
Andy Sachs lands her first magazine job – at not just any magazine! She gets to work at Runway one of the most famous fashion magazine in the world. However, her boss Miranda is basically the devil. Andy has to survive one year in this job, but will she be able to make?

 

Book vs. Movie:
In case you haven’t read my book review, let me summarize real quick what I disliked about the novel: It was super repetitive, not only in motives but also in language. None of the characters had any depth. Despite Andy being the heroine of the story, I can not relate to her or even like her. She’s annoying, unprofessional and ungrateful. Miranda is depicted as extremely one dimensional which really did not help the story.
In light of these points of criticism, I was surprised how good the movie turned out to be.ย  Continue reading

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Book vs. TV Show: The Man in the High Castle

Hello my lovely readers!
Not too long ago, I did a book review on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. I was super excited to check out Amazon’s adaptation of the story into a series. So I sat down, and binge-watched…

 

The Plot:
America 1962. The Second World War ended almost 20 years ago, but it didn’t turn out the way we know. In this novel, the Nazis won. The U. S. was divided into different zones, occupied by the Nazis and Japan. However, a resistance is working against the regime…

 

Book vs. TV Show:
Those of you who read my book review will know that I had my troubles with Philip K. Dick’s novel. While I consider the story itself both fascinating and horrifying, the way he carried it out wasn’t really to my liking. As the book was rather short and many aspect felt undeveloped and pale, I was very excited about the TV show, as it would provide more time to lay out certain events. Moreover, the book ended kind of in the middle of everything, not answering a single question that was raised. That really annoyed me, so once more, I got my hopes up for the show to continue where the book ended.
So I sat down, made myself comfortable and waited for Amazon to blow me away.
Well, they did a pretty good job! The cast is very well picked and, honestly, I couldn’t find a single actor or actress who didn’t fit in perfectly. You can also tell how much effort they put into making everything look realistic. Every little detail was taken care of. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Inkheart

Hello my lovely readers!
A few days ago I wrote a post on Cornelia Funke’s wonderful novel Inkheart. I was pretty excited that there is a movie adapation and of course sat down to watch it immediately after I finished the book. But was it worth the time? (By the way, stay tuned for reviews on book 2+3, Inspell and Inkdeath!)

 

The Plot:
Meggie, a twelve-year-old girl, looks out the window of her room and sees a strange man standing in the yard. Little does she know that his appearance is bound to change her life forever.
This stranger is from another world, a world created with ink on paper. And Meggie’s father Mo brought him here. Him, and some darker characters…

 

Book vs. Movie:
I already covered my opinion on the book in detail, so let’s just do a quick summary: the novel as absolutely wonderful. The story is unique, the characters are to die for. It’s simply magical. Inkheart is a special book that connects in a certain way with everyone who loves to read. This novel will never let you go.
So, let’s talk about the film. Cornelia Funke herself is on board as producer, the cast list consists of Hollywood’s finest actors. What could go wrong here? The answer is: everything. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Look Who’s Back

Hey guys!
This Book vs. Movie post will revolve around one the best German books I read in the last years, the infamous: Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes. Of course it didn’t take long for this best-selling novel to be adapted for the big screen!

 

The Plot:
Hitler is back. He wakes up in present day Berlin without any memory of what happened in the last 70 years. Strolling around in his uniform, Hitler is picked up by a TV company. As they believe him to be an impersonator doing a satirical comic programme, he is put on air…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Timur Vermes wrote a very dark and very gripping book. I love how dark and smart it is and how much stuff you can read between the lines. You wouldn’t expect it, but the sense of humor is outstanding. In fact, I ended up taking pictures of some quotes and sending them to my friends, so they could have a laugh too! You should know a few things about WWII and the people involved to fully understand the stuff the writer alludes to. Otherwise many of the smart little side notes will be lost. But tha’s exactly what I enjoyed about this novel. Timur Vermes takes the reader as smart person and doesn’t spell everything out! Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Shutter Island

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It’s time for another Book vs. Movie post. Inย  Dennis Lehane famous thriller was turned into a movie by Martin Scorsese. But can this star-packed adaptation live up to the book?

 

The Plot:
It’s 1954. Two U. S. Marshals are sent to Shutter Island. A patient escaped from Ashecliff hospital for the criminally insane and is nowhere to be found. Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule investigate the disappearance but soon they are in over their head. Things are not the way they seem on Shutter Island…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Let’s kick off with the novel. It was a fascinating read that kept surprising you with a twisted plot that was hard to see through. I could hardly put the book down, as I was so intrigued to find out what would happen next. Especially the ending came as a huge surprise!
Well, I am convinced that you could make an amazing film out of this, so I was excited to see Scorsese’s adaptation. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Gone Girl

Hello folks!
Today I want to talk about one of the biggest book adaptations of the last years: Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn 2012 best-selling novel was turned into a movie in 2014 by David Fincher starring nothing but Hollywood’s finest actors.

 

The Plot:
Nick’s life is shattered when his beloved wife Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. The cops start investigating and soon it becomes fishy: mopped up blood on the floor, a staged scene of struggle. Was Amy killed? Abducted? And even more important: Who did it? Nick?

 

The Rating:
This movie was nominated for tons of awards and the novel made it on the New York Times Best Seller list. So I was pretty excited to finally check them out!
Let’s start with the book. It was most definitely a gripping read you can’t put down. The novel consists of diary entries, alternating between Nick and Amy. So we get a pretty thorough insight into their thoughts and see each event from different angles. The crime part seems thought through perfectly and when the big plot-twist somewhere in the middle, your mind is blown. Continue reading