Divergent: Book vs. Movie


Differences Between Books and film Adaptations


Books (photo via Flickr/Jennie Faber)

Many times when reading a book I will visual every scene in my head. Often when the book is turned into a film adaptation I only notice the differences between the two.

A lot of popular books include details that don’t translate well to screen. This is for a variety of reasons and personally I think the biggest one is that some effects just don’t look realistic. In “Twilight” it came across as awkward when certain details didn’t work on screen the way we pictured them in our heads. The sparkling and the werewolf transformation being the biggest two for me. There were differences in how the characters acted as well. If you want to read more differences between the “Twilight” novel and movie check out this article on the Examiner.

Often fans of movie versions of books will like both separately. I have liked books and the film adaptations as different stories, but when comparing them only noticed the differences. It’s easier to enjoy a film adaptation when you haven’t previously read the book. It keeps you from having preconceived notions of exactly how the movie should be and the disappointment when your favorite scene doesn’t make it onscreen. Here’s a poll on Goodreads showing that most people prefer reading the book before seeing the movie.

Personally I find it fun to go see movies based on my favorite books. The same goes for watching TV shows based on books. However, I have to remember that not everything translates well between the two mediums. When one of your favorite scenes or characters gets cut from the onscreen version, just remember you can go back and reread the book.

Characters Made to Hate

Caroline Bingley (photo via Flickr/colorinchi)

Caroline Bingley (photo via Flickr/colorinchi)

Characters are meant to be disliked, even when we can’t help but like them. In every story there is a lovable villain, or even a protagonist who gets on our nerves.

In books it takes time to notice that the character is more than one dimensional. I’ve noticed that as I read through a book or series, I sometimes hate a character and sometimes love them. Some examples of characters from books that we love and hate can be found on BookRiot.

Movies are faster paced than books are, yet we still catch glimpses of characters that make us love and hate them. A movie is much more interesting when you accidentally start rooting for the antagonist.

Possibly the most obvious medium that we find characters to love and hate is in TV. Episodes on TV develop characters over several seasons and give us different sides to these characters. Some sides we identify with and others make us wish the character would get killed off. For a list of some of these characters you can check out WordandFilm.

Essentially, almost every villain has a human side to them, something for us to love. In the reverse, all our favorite characters are capable of cruelty or some other quality we usually associate with the antagonist. These characters make the storyline interesting and provide a real life element to the plot. The books, movies and TV shows we remember and love always include our most loved villains and hated heroes.

How J.K. Rowling Ruined my Childhood

Recently J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series has revealed that she wished Harry and Hermione had gotten together instead of Ron and Hermione. The article appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 3. A lot of fans were furious with the announcement and I agree.

The appeal of Hermione and Ron was that neither one of them was the main protagonist. They were Harry’s friends and Harry didn’t fall in love with his female friend. Harry and Hermione represent what a real friendship is capable of.

It was refreshing to see two friends be extremely close and care for each other without it being romantic. The two characters cared for each other and made each other happy in a purely platonic way.

Ron and Hermione represented a natural progression. In the beginning they were both more focused on being Harry’s friends and being thrown together because of that friendship. They also became friends but didn’t have the same connection as they did to Harry.

This made it easy for romantic feelings to develop without it just being another story of a guy and a girl falling in love as friends. By saying that Harry and Hermione should have been together instead of Hermione and Ron, Harry Potter becomes another cliché.

Regardless of fans personal preferences for the relationships, the storyline was already finished. By admitting to a change J.K Rowling wishes she’d made, she’s affecting how fans see the story that already exists. The Guardian had an article on Feb. 8 that further questions whether or not J.K. Rowling should have revealed her doubts.

Harry Potter books. (photo via Flickr/Anders.Bachmann)

Harry Potter books. (photo via Flickr/Anders.Bachmann)