Confession time: I’m having trouble reading the last few days. I can’t make myself dig into anything. I’ve been watching movies.
Have you ever loved a movie then hated the book it spawned from? Normally it’s the other way around but I can think of a few.
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is one. I loved the movie. The book was okay but not as good as the movie, for me. I’m not saying don’t read the book. It was a good book. Just the movie was better.
Here’s a scene I loved: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79KNO67c-UM
(Warning - watch it with the sound off. The dubbing is horrible and unnecessary as there are subtitles.)
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman was an excellent book. Practical Magic was an excellent movie. For the life of me I never understood how they got the movie from the book. The movie was blessed with a fabulous cast and a sensational soundtrack.
Here’s one of my many favorite scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stQ31X8COWw
(On the other hand, jack the sound up on this one!)
The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols was a great movie but I could not get into the book. It should have been a book I would love. Again the movie had a great cast.
This is a scene near the end of the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVg6eVg-HdA
Someone Like You was a good movie. It came from the book Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman. Not sure why the book didn’t appeal to me.
Here’s the trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDhrhT2g9pQ
Currently I’m anxiously awaiting the release of a new book: Smoking Seventeen by Janet Evanovich which comes out June 21st. I’ve read excerpts and I already know I’m going to love it.
They’ve made a movie of the first book in the series - One For the Money. I love that book. Looking at the cast and knowing Hollywood, I predict the book will be better than the movie. Hopefully we’ll know January 27, 2012 unless they move the release date back AGAIN.
Are there any movies you like better than the books they came from? Books you’d like to see made into a movie? Television show?
I’m going to leave you with a pic of the only ‘One For the Money’ cast member I’m absolutely sure is the right choice:
Oh yeah! There's Ranger!