Book vs. Movie: The Road

Hello, my lovely readers!
I recently shared my thoughts on Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road. Well, I stumbled upon the adaptation on Netflix. So let’s see what’s more captivating – book or movie?

The Plot:

In a post-apocalyptic America, a man and son keep walking. There’s nothing but ash and desolation surrounding them. No animals, no food, no shelter. They are heading for the coast, not even knowing what they will find there…

Book vs. Movie:

So let’s kick it off with some thoughts on the novel. The only word that adequately describes this novel is haunting.

There’s not much of an explanation what caused the terrible circumstances the father and son are now facing which makes the story even darker. While reading I had an uneasy feeling that I could never quite shake. The plot is somewhat repetitive with actually works perfectly with the overall theme of depression and no hope.

It took me a bit to get used to McCarthy’s writing style and to get into the story in general. But then I was hooked. I am still not the biggest fan of this writer’s style, but the story is captivating. It’s a rather short book, so nothing is lost in case you really don’t enjoy the story.
Let’s move on to the film!

The Road is a very well-made adaptation. I’m not 100% over the moon, but I was impressed with how well the story was translated to the screen. 

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Book vs. Movie: Eat, Pray, Love

Hey guys!
Some of you may have read my book review on Elizabeth Gilbert’s famous novel Eat, Pray, Love. Of course I also had to check out the movie adaptation starring none other than the wonderful Julia Roberts. So let’s talk about it!

 

The Plot:
Liz is in a very bad place. Going through a terrible divorce which is followed by a tough break up she’s battling depression. That’s when Liz decides to make a change. She packs her bags and embarks on a journey. Over the course of a year she spends time in Italy, India and Bali, learning about the countries, the people but most importantly about herself.

 

Book vs. Movie:
I’ll begin with few thoughts on the novel which I really enjoyed. If you want to read the full review, click here.
Although I had initially expected this book to be a shallow story that was hyped too much. Well, after reading the first few chapters, my opinion changed completely. Liz Gilbert shared some very interesting and personal thoughts. I highlighted numerous passages throughout the book that offered lots of food for thought and invited further research. Eat, Pray, Love is a rather inspiring novel that will touch you.
So, once I had finished the book, I went to check out the film. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Fahrenheit 451 (1966+2018)

Hey guys!
Today I have a classic for you. As the iconic novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury got a new adaptation this year, I was inspired to finally see all there about this story!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Cover from Goodreads)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
In a time where fireman don’t put out fires but ignite them, reading has become a crime. Books are banished and even owning one is punished. Amidst totalitarian times like these, fireman Guy Montag begins to rethink his life…

 

Book vs. Movie:
Let’s kick off with the novel.
I know this book is famous and praised by critics and fans alike. However, I’m not exactly over the moon. The story and the topics are relevant and Bradbury provides a lot of food for thought. My problem is his writing style and the pace of the story. While the ideas fascinate me, the story bored me. I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly that annoyed me, but I wasn’t excited or thrilled by this book. It just felt flat to me, just as one-dimensional as a world without books. Furthermore, I was rather disappointed with the representation of women in this novel. Bradbury wrote in 1953 and was imagining some far away future, so you might expect him to be a bit diverse with his female characters. However, women generally appear to be brain-washed ideas who are incapable of thinking on their own. There is one exception, but Clarisse also wasn’t a character I liked. She was just weird and irritating, which clearly didn’t help with enjoying the book.

Maybe it works better on-screen, so let’s talk about the first adaptation by Francois Truffaut in 1966. First of all, it’s cool that the main role is played by an Austrian actor. You don’t see that too often! Seeing it all visualized helped bringing some of the ideas across and added in terms of intensity. But in general, the film was missing something, just like the book. The idea is important but the story built around it just doesn’t do the trick for me. It’s not Truffaut’s fault, he made the best film you could with the story given and the effects at hand at that time. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

Hey Guys!
It’s book vs. movie time. While I’m waiting for the next season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale to be released, I decided to check out the 1990 movie adaptation with Natasha Richardson as Offred. Let’s see whether it is any good!

 

The Plot:
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a near future were due to a mixture of pollution and diseases fertility rates dropped to an alarming level. Amidst this chaos a new totalitarian government, the Gilead, rises and brings changes. The society gets divided into different groups, each assigned a certain role. One of those new roles is the handmaid. These women are destined to bear the children of Gilead’s élite, whether they want it or not. One of those maids chronicles her old and her new life…

 

Book vs. Movie:
To be honest, when I picked up this book, I didn’t really know what I signed up for. I was in Portugal at that time and in dire need of something to read. At a bookstore I found a copy of The Handmaid’s Tale and had a vague memory that there is a supposedly very good TV show about it. Off I went, ready to be impressed.
Margaret Atwood did not fail to deliver. From the first page on I was hooked. Somehow torn between wanting to find out more about this terrifying society Atwood writes about and having an urge to put the book down because it feels very realistic, I just couldn’t stop reading.
The characters are very well written, so you’ll definitely get emotionally invested. I ended up holding my breath or having to put down the book to simply take a deep breath and let everything sink in. I rather enjoyed how Atwood switched between chapters set in the present day, recounting the day-to-day life of the Handmaid and her memories of pre-Gilead and their rising. Thus, she intensified the feeling how fast this kind of things can happen and that everything can chance without you even being aware.
I especially fancied Atwood’s use of certain key sentences that were repeated throughout the book and kept ringing in my head long after I had finished reading.
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Book vs. Movie: Maze Runner – The Death Cure

Hey guys!
It’s time for a quick book vs. movie post on the final part of the Maze Runner series. So let’s talk about The Death Cure…

 

The Plot:
As there are quite a view differences in the book and movie version respectively, I’ll keep it a bit general. Thomas and the other survivors prepare for their final battle to take down WCKD. Will they succeed? What about the cure? And which part will Theresa play in all this?

 

Book vs. Movie:
First things first, so let’s begin with the novel. The Scorch Trials had been a rather huge letdown, so by the time I picked up The Death Cure I just wanted to get it over with.
Author James Dashner has a few rather interesting ideas that could be seen as hint about how we live our lives and how we treat the world. However, the way he carries the ideas out it just doesn’t work. Most of the impact his thoughts could have had are lost in a weak presentation and at times it seemed like even he didn’t know what to make of it. It felt like even Dashner just wanted it to be over and didn’t have much of a clue how to come up with an interesting storyline that makes sense.
Just like the food for food moments, the novel also fails to convey the heartbreaker moments properly. Some scenes could be touching but ultimately you never get pulled in enough to care about any of it.
Moreover, most of the plot twist weren’t to surprising and the ultimate twist concerning the ending was outright annoying and uninspired.
Moving  on to the film, I have some more positive feelings here. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials

Hey guys!
Today I want to share my thoughts on the second installment in the Maze Runner series. Let’s see about the Scorch Trials – what’s better, book or movie?
Make sure to also check out my post on the first part!

 

The Plot:
After escaping the Maze the gladers are taken in by WCKD. They want to believe that the hard times are over, but little do Thomas, Theresa, Newt and the others know about what is to come…

 

Book vs. Movie:
So guys, I know that there is a huge fandom around the Maze runner series, but I have to admit that I am less than impressed.
I’ll begin with my thoughts on the novel by James Dashner. The first part in the series was not perfect, but it featured some interesting aspects and I was excited to see where Scorch Trials would take us.
However, I ended up disappointed. Not all of it made sense, over quite a few chapters it was boring and you could see where this was heading from the beginning. Nevertheless, I was rather by the way finished this novel. To be honest, it seemed like even the author didn’t really know what to do with the story or what to come up with. After this let-down of a book I was still interested to see what the movie would look like! Continue reading