Books to Movies(Beware of Personal Opinions Ahead)

Sometimes they are great and sometimes not so great.  I wondered as I watched Save Haven why that is as I cringed and made myself miserable mentally correcting all of the changes that took this somewhat interesting, albeit done before and better story, and turned it into the most boring flick of the year. I saw Sparks name on there as producer (I think ) and thought to myself that as the writer he surely does not have any hair left. I know I would have been pulling mine out and screaming at the top of my lungs at the changes that really made the movie pretty awful. And for those who liked the movie, I have to wonder if you read the book. Remember this is just my opinion and everyone has one.

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I remember having an even more emotional reaction to watching Pay It Forward after reading the book way before the movie. I was so excited and could not wait to see the movie. But when I finally was able to rent the DVD, it made me want to throw my TV out the front door. I was livid at the blatant changes and Kevin Spacey as the teacher still upsets me. I won’t go on and on about all the changes that were made, which resulted in one of the all time worse and most painful movies to watch, even though the book had a powerful message and story.

Why so intensely reactive to these movies based on books? I suppose reading for me is highly personal thing for me and it pisses me off to have what I love chopped up into something unrecognizable. (Sorry if I offended anyone’s senses with the last remark, but if you knew me, you would expect that reaction).

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On the brighter side of the book to movie issue, there have been stories handled with loving care and rendered outcomes of almost perfection. I found  “If Only It Were True by Marc Levy” in a library in Colorado, it was one of those times when I really wanted to find a new author and was grazing along when I came across this book and thought it sounded interesting. I loved it! But when Just Like Heaven came out a few years later, I had no idea when I rented it that it had been based on that book until I was watching it. And it hit me that it was so similar to that story and after a bit of research I think I googled it..I found it that it was based on the book. These two are both well done and I realized having a few years in between book and movie might be the way to go for me, so that I don’t become so,you know, emotionally involved.


The one book to movie that was done with exceptional taste, actresses (except for one and I like her in a lot in other movies), and story continuity was “The Help”. If you have not read the book, it was great and I can say you will not want to scream and pull out your hair while you watch the movie based on the book.

Now I wonder if I should watch The Great Gatsby before I read the book or after? I have the book waiting to be read.

There are books I would love to see made into a movies but I would loose my mind if they emasculated them.

Here are a few that would make great movie watching ( I think anyway).

Sarah Addison Allen’s Books –All of them– Sugar Queen, The Peach Keeper, The Girl who Chased the Moon.

Linda Francis Lee- Emily and Einstein

Dean Koontz- Odd Thomas ( the first one) But I am not sure Dean would let Hollywood anywhere close to his book and I can’t say I blame him.

What are some books you would like to see made into movies?


Author: iola reneau

I am a writer and sometimes author.

2 thoughts on “Books to Movies(Beware of Personal Opinions Ahead)”

  1. Ack! I’m afraid whenever they try to make books into movies. That said The Game of Thrones is making an awesome TV series. The transition from book to movie (or TV) is tough and I flux between excitement and dread whenever I see that they’re going to be doing a movie based on a book I liked. I think the prize for worst transition must go to The Scarlet Letter.

  2. One that I enjoyed, Book and Movie, was The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I still laugh about a class full of ruffians that I had after lunch back in the 1970s. I read Where the Red Fern Grows aloud to them. 30 minutes of “work” then 20 minutes of reading aloud. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when I finished. Then, the movie showed up on TV; I loved it when those kids proclaimed that the book was so much better. xoA

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