Movie vs Book?

My fam and I are going to see VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER this evening. Usually, I say the book is better than the movie, but so far in the Narnia series, the movie makers have made it a point to adhere pretty strictly to the books. I hope that continues because the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite stories in the series.

The Chronicles of Narnia was written for children, and I first discovered it when my kids were small. But what a delight at any age! I fell in love with the magical world of CS Lewis.

For one thing, the books are wickedly well-written. Take the opening of Dawn Treader for example.

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubbs, and he almost deserved it.

That’s up there with Melville’s “Call me Ishmael” for using a name to paint a deft character sketch. In those few words, we know Eustace is a real stinker and we’ll read on to see what happens to him because we love to see fellows of his sort get what’s coming to them. I’m not going to be a spoiler, but I will say following Eustace’s journey is well worth the trip.

So I’m looking forward to the movie this evening.

Have you ever been disappointed by a movie after reading the book or vice versa?

6 thoughts on “Movie vs Book?

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Jane–Sequels are tricky, especially if the author isn’t the same as the original. It’s one of the reasons some authors don’t like fan fiction. They don’t like the idea that someone else can manipulate their characters. In the case of GONE WITH THE WIND, everyone has their own idea of what happens with Scarlett and Rhett after the final page.

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Heather–The first time I saw LAST OF THE MOHICANS it upset me that it was so very different from the book. But it’s hard to resist Daniel Day Lewis for long. Once I surrendered to the idea that this was a new story that simply shared a few elements with the original, I enjoyed it tremendously.

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Anonymous–Well, after seeing the DAWN TREADER movie, I have to say the book was better. But that’s mostly because movies are such a different storytelling medium. What works on a page may fall flat on a big screen and vice versa.

  4. Jane L says:

    I was very disappointed in the Gone With The Wind sequel “Scarlett”. The movie and the book were both not what I had hoped for. I guess it is hard to re-create classics!

  5. Heather Snow says:

    I usually find the books better than the movies, but a couple of exceptions: Legend of Bagger Vance–I liked the movie (and the characters) much better, as well as Last of the Mohicans.

    Can’t wait to see Dawn Treader…

  6. Anonymous says:

    most times the book is better danielle steel being the case but the movie/book rage of angels loves them both the thorn birds def the movie as far as childrens books/movies i would go with the movies being better for me

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